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Regarding Sigfrido Aguilar by: Steve Smith
I am writing this letter of recommendation on behalf of my former teacher and constant source of inspiration, Sigfrido Aguilar.
I first met Sigfrido in 1971 when I was a student at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Our association went beyond the boundaries of that three-ring venue, and much of what I have accomplished in my career is due to his guidance and counsel. I have already written a letter outlining our relationship. Now I would like to give you a few examples of how this incredible man has helped shape the world of clowning and physical theater.
Mr. Ron Jenkins, who was a fellow student with me when we studied with Sigfrido in Mexico in 1973, has gone on to author three books: “Acrobats Of The Soul”, “Subversive Laughter” and “Dario Fo and Franca Rame-Artful Laughter”. He has translated and directed the work of world renowned Dario Fo on several occasions. Mr. Jenkins is currently Professor, Chair and Artistic Director of Wesleyan University Theatre Department.
Mr. Rob Torres, (who was a student of mine at Clown College in 1991) studied with Sigfrido in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007. He is an amazing physical comedian who, this year, was the recipient of the Budapest International Circus Festival’s ‘Bronze Award’ for his clown performance.
Mr. Drew Richardson, who worked with Sigfrido in 1989, is a brilliant clown, who is the first person in the 21st Century to make new, short, silent movies in the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd,
Ms. Karen Hoyer, who was a staff member of mine during my time at Clown College, has studied and collaborated with Sigfrido on several occasions, in 1991 and again in 1996. Karen is a sensitive, soulful teacher who knows how to bring out the best in her students, and who still practices what she teaches by performing whenever she can.
There are many more examples of individuals who have been touched, impacted and inspired by Sigfrido Aguilar. But, like dropping a pebble into a pond, the ripple effect of his works and teachings have spread throughout the globe. His influence on the Clown World is immeasurable. And because all of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Sigfrido treasure him dearly, he is also irreplaceable. He has the talent of a genius, and the humility of a Monk. And, because his child-like spirit embraces everything around him, it is as if he is giving a huge, collective hug to humanity through his work and his life.
Sincerely, Steve Smith
June 6, 2007
Dear Erendira Award Committee,
I am writing to you on behalf of Maestro Sigfrido Aguilar. I have known, studied and worked with Sigfrido since 1997.
He came highly recommended to me by my colleagues at Ringling Bros. Clown College. Since 1997 I have had the pleasure of studying and exploring abstract pantomime, clown theatre, and improvisation under the direction of Sigfrido. His guidance has helped me create unique pieces that have been performed for the past ten years worldwide. I have had the opportunity to perform these pieces at Lincoln Center, NYC, International Mime festivals including Festival International de Pantomima in Puebla, and various theaters through Europe. I have received three invitations to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, all of this is due to the work of Sigfrido.
Sigfrido is truly a gift to this performing world. His knowledge and direction in the field of movement theatre, improvisation, mime, and clown are invaluable to us all. This part of the performing arts, as you know, is a cornerstone to the theatre as ballet is a cornerstone to dance.
It gives me great pleasure to write you this letter of recommendation for Maestro Sigfrido Aguilar. I hope you will strongly consider him for the Erendira Award.
Warmest Regards, Robert J Torres
"México, D.F. julio 25 de 1979.
Sigfrido Aguilar, director del
Estudio Búsqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C.
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
Tenemos antecedentes de la brillante labor que viene desarrollando ese Estudio Búsqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C. que con tanto éxito dirige usted en esa ciudad. Reciba una calurosa felicitación por los beneficios que su Estudio Búsqueda aporta a la Cultura Teatral de nuestro país."
Alejandro Bichir, Jefe del Departamento de Teatro Foráneo.
Professional Actor Training Program.
Department of Dramatic Art, University of California, Santa Barbara - USA.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do an in-depth study of creating clown-theatre with one of the master teachers of the twentieth century... Five full weeks of classes and rehearsals that will culminate into a fully produced ensemble performance."
School of Drama.
Departamento de Actividades Teatrales de la UNAM (1982)
Department of Dramatic Art, University of California, Santa Barbara.
MIME JOURNAL, Pomona College Theater Department for
The Claremont Colleges - USA, november 1985
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