October 2004

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - October 2004

Noosa International Street Performers Festival, Qld

Sydney Clown Intensive, March 2005, earlybird deal

Parramatta Busking Competition, Sydney, Australia
Red Spoon Clown Intensive 2005, Brisbane, Australia
Belfast Circus, seeks Head of Youth Circus, Ireland

Theatre for Social Change Workshop, Western Australia
MotionFest - Physicality & Performing Arts Festival, US
Sunay’ha, British artists for Parkistani Collaboration, UK
Johnny Melville, Physical Theatre Workshop, Holland
Commedia dell´Arte, Teatro Asure, Madrid, Spain

Brisbane Children's Entertainment Business for Sale
6th Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Conference
FireFlyDance holds Auditions for Aerialists, New York
Director Sought for Total Theatre Network, UK

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Welcome to the October 2004 edition of the Artmedia
physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an
Australasian focus and a global perspective.

In the Sponsorship this month, you are invited to come
and busk at the Noosa International Street Performers
Festival, in Queensland, Australia, from November 5th
to 7th. Pitches for buskers will be located along
Hastings Street, as well as Lions Park in Noosa Heads.

In Playspace news, I am teaching a new Sydney clown
intensive in March next year. A couple of weeks ago I
posted the first of the 'Angels can Fly' clown exercises
on my blog, and for those interested in clown training,
you can find this and other information on the book at
www.alanclay.com/blog.html .

In the Australian Features we have information on the
Parramatta Spring Festival in Sydney, featuring a
Busking Competition with over $4000 worth of prizes.
Auditions for the competition are on the 3rd to 5th
November, in Church Street Mall with the finalists
progressing into the Busk Off final at Lennox Bridge.

Also in Australia, we feature an opportunity to discover
'the incredible and tumultuous world of the clown', with
Brisbane based company Red Spoon, who are offering
a two week clown training intensive, from 10th to 21st
January, 2005.

And in Ireland we feature a search by the Belfast
Community Circus School for a committed Head of
Youth Circus. They are looking for an 'outstanding,
wonderful, committed, confident, caring, sharing,
talented, individual or duo' to take on responsibility for
programming, training and development for members
of the Youth Circus.

In the Networking, we have a bit of a workshop focus,
with information on a Theatre for Social Change
workshop in Western Australia, and on Johnny
Melville's workshop in Holland, and some Commedia
dell´Arte classes with Teatro Asure in Madrid, Spain.

We remind you that MotionFest - Physicality and
Performing Arts Festival - a professional development
conference for high level variety entertainers in
Baltimore, USA, is approaching in early November.
MotionFest has just announced a new teacher from
Cirque du Soliel, Frisco Canyon, a theatrical acrobat
with four years of performances in the Vegas run of

And on a multicultural note, we have the Sunay’ha
Festival, in the UK, where theatre makers from
Pakistan will bring their work for collaboration with UK
artists, and showcase this in a 3 day public event of
dance, theatre, and workshops.

And finally in the Noticeboard, Pip Squeaks,
Brisbane's and Queensland's largest and most
successful children's entertainment business is up for
sale, and the dates and location of the 6th Australian
Circus and Physical Theatre Conference have been

In America, FireFlyDance is holding auditions for
Aerialists in New York City, and in England a director
is sought for Total Theatre Network, UK's development
agency for physical and visual performance.

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the
physical theatre community, so send us information for
inclusion in this newsletter, and please also forward this
to someone else who may be interested.

Artmedia Site News - http://www.artmedia.com.au

New on the Artmedia site this month, we have Rosemary
Armstrong, walking tall on her personalised aluminum
'legs', dancing and balancing along sand dunes, up and
down stairs, along suspension bridges and enjoying being
TALL! Find her info at www.artmedia.com.au/rosemary.htm

On the site you can also find links to physical performers,
companies, resources and festivals all over the world, and
you can also subscribe to this newsletter. The newsletter
archive now includes all issues for 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Check it out at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/news.htm

From the classic clowning tradition of yesteryears, iDado
is one of the up-and-coming new vaudevillians. Find his
information at: www.artmedia.com.au/dado.htm
Aerialize have information on their aerial theatre classes and
projects in Sydney. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm
Hemlock Mejarne is an acrobat, stilt-walker, who has a
range of skills. http://www.artmedia.com.au/acronym.htm
Circus Unique, children's workshops and entertainment
Sue Broadway has information on her touring performances
and projects. http://www.artmedia.com.au/broadway.htm
Bike Boy, world-renowned street entertainer and extreme
performer http://www.artmedia.com.au/bikeboy.htm
The Bendy Em Show. Check out Emma's contortion show
at http://www.artmedia.com.au/bendyem.htm
Physical TV has info on Karen Pearlman and Richard James
Allen's Dance Films. www.artmedia.com.au/physical_tv.htm
And the International Stage Combat workshop, to be held in
Queensland, http://www.artmedia.com.au/stagecombat.htm

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Sponsor: Noosa International Street Performers Festival

The Noosa International Street Performers Festival is taking
it to the Streets of Noosa, Qld, Australia, this November!

From November 5th - 7th....Noosa will be transformed and the
streets and parks will come alive thanks to the Noosa
International Street Performers Festival. Noosa Council is
bringing the weird and wonderful world of street performing to
you, with entertainment for the young and the young at heart.
Noosa will be brought alive with fire twirling, jugglers,
musicians, stilt walkers, clowns, fire shows and much more.

The Street Festival this year is to be held in conjunction with
the Noosa Multi Sport Festival and Triathlon, an event which
ensures thousands of people are in one place at the one time,
in other words a captive audience for buskers! So show your
stuff, come busk with us!

You are invited to come and busk with us at the Noosa
International Street Performers Festival. Pitches for buskers
will be located along Hastings Street, as well as Lions Park
in Noosa Heads.

On Friday 5th Nov during the evening, a street carnival will be
held in Hastings Street with the end of the evening being
marked by a fire show on Noosa’s Main Beach.

On Sat 6th, big crowds will be present at the Triathlon Festival
Village and on Sunday 7th the Triathlon presentation and
closing entertainment. Busking circles are available in these
spots for the whole weekend.

Come and enjoy
* Park and Beachside Pitches
* The sights while you’re here
* The action of Queensland’s biggest triathlon

Busking permits required, please apply to:
Website: www.noosastreetfest.com.au
Email: mailto:info@noosastreetfest.com.au

Noosa International Street Performers Festival
Noosa Council, PO Box 141, Tewantin Q 4565, Australia
Phone: (07) 5449 5101 Fax: (07) 5447 1062
A comprehensive program of activities throughout the
festival is also available from the above contact.

Playspace News - Workshops with Alan Clay

"In the best clown tradition Alan held up a window-mirror for
us to step through and reflect on the patterns, habits and
rituals of our days... It was funny, moving and excellent
theatre." NZ Herald.

MotionFest, Baltimore, USA
I will be teaching at MotionFest, Physicality and Performing
Arts Festival, from November 11-14, at the Best Western
Hotel and Conference Center, Baltimore, USA. More
information and registrations at www.motionfest.com  

5 day Sydney Clown Intensive, 2005
The next workshop I will teach in Sydney is a new five day
Clown Intensive in March next year. Enrolments are already
coming in for this intensive, so it is proving popular. Contact
me if you would like a place held for you on the workshop, or
if you want more information. A Aus$300 deposit confirms
your place, and there is an earlybird special if you pay by mid
January. More info at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/Clown.htm  

Angels can Fly Tour, 2005
In May I will launch my new book, 'Angels can Fly, a Modern
Clown User Guide'. On my new site you can sign up to get a
free eBook copy, or check out some of the anecdotes, or the
blog postings, which now include one of the clown exercises
to be published in the book. http://www.alanclay.com .

Clown Exercise posted on the 'Angels can Fly' Blog
A couple of weeks ago I posted the first of the 'Angels
can Fly' clown exercises on my blog, and for those
interested in clown training, you can find this and other info
on the book at: http://www.alanclay.com/blog.html

I welcome feedback, particularly by comment on the
blog, as this is part of the development process of the book.
You can also join a yahoo group to get a free eBook copy
of 'Angels can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide', when it is
launched, at: http://www.alanclay.com/ebook_list.htm  

Feature: Parramatta Busking Competition, Sydney, Australia

Extreme Performance Hits the Streets @ Parramatta Spring

Performance will be a major focus of Parramatta’s multicultural
food, wine and entertainment Festival- Parramatta Spring from
10am-10pm on Saturday 6 November as Circus Blurto, Kush
Cabaret and Sydney’s leading roving performers hit Prince
Alfred Park, Church and Market Streets with their colourful and
lively routines. Global dance and music will also feature
throughout the day and continue into the evening with the Loy
Krathong Thai Water Festival.

Another highlight will be world renowned Stalker Theatre
Company, fresh from their European tour, performing “Red”,
their latest stilt acrobatic performance in Church Street from

A Busking Competition with over $4000 worth of prizes on offer,
will add further variety to this year’s Festival. Auditions for
the competition will take place from 10am-4pm Wednesday 3
to Friday 5 November in Church Street Mall with the finalists
progressing into the Busk Off final from 4pm-7pm at Lennox

For further information, please contact 8839 3311 or visit

Feature: Red Spoon Clown Intensive 2005, Brisbane, Australia

An opportunity to discover the incredible and tumultuous world
of the clown! Brisbane based company Red Spoon is offering a
two week clown training intensive from 10 – 21, January 2005
at the Metro Arts, Brisbane. The course is aimed at the Theatre
Clown with a focus on developing the character and fantastic
reality of the clown as opposed to learning tricks, magic etc.
You will be challenged to find the truth that is at the cornerstone
of your clown, (re)discover your imagination and refine your
understanding of stage presence.

The tutors are highly experienced performers and trainers –
national and international. Andrew Cory is the founder of Red
Spoon and will lead the core clown training whilst Scott Witt will
train participants each day in movement and Slapstick (including
props). Slapstick training will promote the virtues of precision,
complicity and focus. Andrew has trained in clown, mask, mime
and regular acting in Australia, Europe and USA and is currently
a movement tutor for the Acting Dept at the Queensland
University of Technology. Scott is an associate director at the
Queensland Theatre Company and is President of the Society
of Australian Fight Directors Inc.

The course runs from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. The
clown will be unleashed through movement exercises,
improvisation, observation and above all a sense of joy and play.
You will learn critical devising skills. We will commence a
thorough investigation into clown spirit, clown character and
clown relationships - chaos, panic and spontaneity will be our
constant friends. Yet fear not for we shall fight adversity with
absurdity!!!! Cost is $490, for further enquiries please contact
Andrew on 0401 246 048 or mailto:andrew@redspoon.com.au  

Feature: Belfast Community Circus seeks Head of Youth Circus

Belfast Community Circus School seeks a committed Head of
Youth Circus

Belfast Community Circus School is one of the longest lived and
most prolific arts organisations working with young people in
Ireland. Over the past five years the organisation has expanded
following the purchase of its own dedicated performance and
training venue. Its programme of activities and services has
expanded to include professional development for adults;
professional performance agency; production of circus theatre
performance; and the staging of an international street theatre

The Circus School is looking for an outstanding, wonderful,
committed, confident, caring, sharing, talented individual (or duo)
to take on responsibility for programming training and development
for members of the Youth Circus. In an ideal world, this person
would also assist with advice and support for a professional
development programme for the 30 or so freelance teachers and
performers associated with the Belfast Community Circus School.
The Head of Youth Circus would also work alongside an Outreach
Officer to put together teams of tutors to offer circus training
opportunities to young people across Northern Ireland from
predominantly disadvantaged communities.

The position is full time and offers a salary in the range of 55,000
AUD – 65,000AUD. The Circus School would be interested in any
proposals for a job share. Any interested parties should contact
Will Chamberlain by email: mailto:will@belfastcircus.org  More
details of the organisation can be found on www.belfastcircus.org  


"Exploring Freedom - a weekend workshop in Theatre for
Social Change in Western Australia. Augusto Boal said:
‘All we do in theatre is allow the good and the bad to arise so
we can observe it, get to know it and embody it.” This is an
intensive with Anne Sorenson at the Noonyarra Retreat in
Parkerville. We live in the ‘free world’. We have free choice,
free will, freedom of speech and association. Wars, we are
told, are to ‘fight for our freedom.’ Are you really free? Come
and explore what freedom means personally, socially and
politically, with Drama Therapist and Activist Artist Anne
Sorenson, in a peaceful and inspiring setting in the Perth Hills.
10am – 5pm, Sat and Sunday 6th & 7th November. Why not
stay the night and enjoy a shared meal, sunset, the warmth
of the potbelly and good company." Anne Sorenson

"MotionFest Physicality and Performing Arts Festival is a
professional development conference for high level variety
entertainers, at the Best Western Hotel and Conference
Center, Baltimore, USA. The workshops will run November
11-14, with a Video Shoot show and social starting 7pm on
Wednesday Nov 10. Besides the camaraderie, networking,
fun and general kick in the butt your career and performances
could use, MotionFest also provides critique sessions with
teachers and experts, theatre tech professionals, makeup
professors, copyright and trademark attorneys, accountants,
insurance professionals, agents, street performing at
Harborplace by request, video sessions, marketing experts,
and costuming issues. More information and registrations on
the web site." Find this link under Festivals and Events at

"Contemporary Puppetry Masterclass, October 27th, at
Komedia, Brighton, UK. 10:00 - 17:00. A masteclass for
practitioners experienced in using puppetry, with Artistic
Director of acclaimed international company, Teatro de
Marionetas do Porto. A practical session concentrating
on the company's use of puppetry within interdisciplinary
work, particularly focusing on multimedia and
choreography. It will also feature a forum discussion on
the aesthetics of contemporary puppetry." Beccy Smith,
Project Manager at the Puppet Centre Trust, BAC, Lavender
Hill. London. mailto:pct@puppetcentre.demon.co.uk

"Sunay’ha (UK) invites theatre artists and the general public
to explore the work of some of Pakistan’s most interesting
theatre-makers. Theatre makers from Pakistan will bring their
work for collaboration with UK artists, and showcased in a
3 day public event of dance, theatre, workshops and
discussions exploring the exchange of UK and Pakistani
artists. Context Theatre are now seeking: British artists
from any background - including circus, dance, theatre, film
- to explore ways in which Pakistan has impacted upon their
work. Artists are invited to submit proposals for 3- 20 minute
exploration of Pakistan on their own work, which preferably
deploys the artistic medium in which you work. Favorable
entries will be selected for participation in The Sunay’ha
Festival, Spring 05 in London. We are also seeking theatre
directors and actors capable of working in Panjabi and
English to collaborate with visiting Pakistani theatre
practitioners. Find more information on the web site." Find
a link to the Sunay'ha Festival under Festivals and Events
at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm  

"Johnny Melville Workshop, 22 to 24 November, a three
day live-in workshop-experience in Maurik, Holland, in the La
Divina Commedia. Living there - food and sleep, and workshop
intensive, all for 300 euros. Drawing on techniques from aikido,
tai chi, acrobatics. slapstick, clowning, kids' games and
improvisation Johnny moulds his group into a support situation
for individual strength....an approach to theatre which is based
on self-learning manner giving the chance for individuals to
develop their own style of character/comedy. A leading factor
in Johnny's work with actors is the chimpanzee: a perfect
example for the physical-theatre actor's research and study:
chimps have power in relaxation, awareness of space,
softness of touch, incredible agility and a sense of play. At
the end of every workshop course Johnny always takes his
group out into a performance situation. whether it be the
street or museum/ shopping mall/ public event, etc. Register
with Berry Knapen at: mailto:info@absurdist.nl " hope,
health and happiness, Johnny. Find a link to Johnny's site
under Clowns at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm  

"Commedia Dell'Arte classes - November 04 to January
2005. 16 to 20 on Thursday and on Wednesdays from 17h.
Training of the actor. Effective breathing and economy of
energy. Levels of tension in the extra-daily body. Training
of the humorous actor of the Kyogen (Japan). Construction
of the carnival body. The Mask. The utensil. Study of the
body with mask. Technique of the mask. The rule of the 3
times. The mask and the public. The personages of the
Commedia dell´Arte. Structure of Commedia, "entradas"
and "salidas". Technique of "grammelot". Construction of
"lazzo". Resistance between 2 personages. Technique of
improvisation. Improvisation with and without mask.
Assembly of classic scenes. Taught by Fabio Mangolini.
Graduated '87 from the International School of Mime of
Marcel Marceau in Paris, and later taught in the school of
M. Marceau for several years." Adela Balboa, Factory of
Theatre, Asura, Madrid, Spain. Find a link to Theatre Asura
under Training at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm  


"Hello fellow clowners, I need to sell my business urgently -
Pip Squeaks - It's Brisbane's (and Queensland's) largest and
most successful children's entertainment business. We provide
entertainment at children's parties, schools and corporate
functions all over South East Queensland. We offer over 60
characters which are all clowns in different costumes. The
business is fully developed, highly profitable, has a database
of over 4000 customers including Brisbane City, Channel 7,
QLD Parliament House, Commonwealth Bank, Suncorp
Metway, Brisbane Broncos, Coca Cola, & Starlight Foundation.
There is heaps of opportunity for growth and expansion and all
systems and operations are already in place. We currently
have 11 entertainers on staff working exclusively for us. If any
of you are interested in a career change and would love to
clown full-time, email me at mailto:purplekm@hotmail.com
and I can give you further information, or you can find out more
about it on the web site." Best wishes to you all, Love
Karen-Maree. Find a link to Pip Squeaks under Children's
Entertainment at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm  

"The 6th Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Conference.
is now confirmed for Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 April 2005
at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre in Victoria. Make a
note of the dates now and let colleagues know. ACAPTA will
also be in residence during the Tasmanian Circus Festival,
18 to 23 February 2005 - running the bee-bop-a-blue bar and
an information stand plus organising a series of nightly talks.
Do you have a suggestion for a talk or forum? Email Linden
Tierney mailto:tienstar@hotmail.com and visit the ACAPTA
site, where you can now join as a member online via our
secure server." best wishes, Catherine Oddie, Executive
Officer. Find a link to the Australian Circus and Physical
Theatre Association under Resources at

"FireFlyDance holds auditions for aerialists, gymnasts and
dancers, November 13-16 in New York City. FireFlyDance
is a New York based company which performs, teaches and
organizes aerial dance, circus art and fire manipulation is
holding company auditions on November 12, 13, 14 and 15.
Talented, inspired, creative artists are sought from a variety
of circus and dance mediums. Auditions are for full and
affiliate company members, as well as company instructors
and future guest artist. There will be three formal auditions
held with one day of call-backs. We are audition Full
Company Members, Affiliate Company Members, Instructors
and Guest Artists. A full Company Member works, travels,
rehearses and teaches with the company on a weekly basis.
Must have exceptional talent in one specialty plus well-
rounded skills in a variety of floor and aerial disciplines. Also
must have at least one pre-choreographed routine and
experience instructing at least one specialty to students who
are at an intermediate to advanced skill level. Must reside in
New York City. For additional information visit our site." Sarah
Kennedy. Find a link to Fire Fly Dance under Dance at

"Director sought for Total Theatre Network, UK's development
agency for physical and visual performance, promoting the
sector and delivering a year-round programme of events and
publications. We now seek a Director, to lead the organisation
and to develop, communicate and deliver Total Theatre
Network's vision. Salary £25,000 p/a. For more information
and an application pack log on to the web site for the School
of Community and Performing Arts, University College
Winchester. Closing Date: 8 November. Interviews: 23
November." Find a link to Total Theatre under Resources at

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