Massimo Agostinelli, a reputable multi-talented artist, South African Born to Italian parents is a Montreal-based independent choreographer of contemporary dance, mentor, speaker and international teacher of Bouffon theatre. 46 years in the industry, still very active and in demand for his unique approach to his teaching and art.
Agostinelli worked as artistic teacher/coach for Le Cirque du Soleil's artists from 2004 to 2021.. He also taught Bouffon for their corporative events such as Disney, Bombardier, Young Presidents Organisation, World Young Presidents Organisation, Mosaic Montreal amongst other reputable corporations, and also worked on Le Cirque du Soleil's special events and workshops in Las Vegas, Red Bull in Santa Monica, Nitro Circus, television and many other research projects.
He also taught and choreographed for the students of at L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal since its inception over 30 years ago until 2019..
Agostinelli has also been artistic director and choreographer for Tanz Danse, Collège Montmorency’s dance troupe, since 1994. He is approaching his 30 year milestone with the troupe in the fall of 2022, where is still active choreographer and artistic director. He has since the last 5 years worked with Claude Bellemare as assistant and now co-directing the troupe.
He also choreographed and/or taught Bouffon for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, L’ École de danse de Québec, The School of Dance (Ottawa), The National Theatre School of Canada, amongst other artistic institutions. He has directed and created two corporate shows for Cirque Éloïse and two Bouffon productions for the Vancouver Fringe Festival (2003 and 2004). In 2013-2018 Agostinelli started his troupe Écho which consisted of alumni Tanz Danse members.. In 2017 he launched his Bouffon Troupe Bouffon de Bellefeueille who premiered their show Cul de Sac at the Montreal Fringe Festival and the Montreal Clown Festival in 2017.
Since 2016, Massimo Agostinelli has taught Bouffon and/or facilitated/presented at Asian Symposium of Creative and Innovative Marketing for Creative Bangkok, Thailand; as speaker for TEDxLille, Lille, France; Creative Mornings, Montreal; Rencontre Créative Lab, Montreal; Créa-France, Paris; Mosaic Lille, France; Mosic Montreal; Créa-France, Paris; Wigwam Conseil, Nantes, France; Mind Camp Canada; Mind Camp Chile; Creative Melbourne, CREA- Sestri, Italy and has many exciting teaching, choreographic and research projects lined up until 2019.
In 2017, the short documentary Le Ridicule Ne Tue Pas, directed by Nathanaëlle Vincent on his work with Bouffon with Cirque du Soleil and his company Bouffon de Bellefeuille is touring film festivals world. The film won Best Short Documentary Award at the Trace de Vie Film Festival in France..
In 2019, Massimo Agostinelli signed on with ComedyCorp..clwho now represents him for all internation corporative conferences and workshops.
That brings us to the end of 2019, Massimo Agostinelli was at the summit of his career and about to do a huge international tour in 2020, amongst other projects he was working on. He was at that time 2 years away from his official retirement. .And then the pandemic happened and changed everything!
Agostinelli does plan on retiring at the end of this year but will remain active as a speaker, facilitator, teacher, choreorgapher and artist at a capacity that will be determined as we slowly resurface from the pandemic..