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Artmedia - Physical
Theatre News - May 2005
Sponsor: CircoArts, Circus Training in Christchurch, New Zealand
Angels Can Fly Workshops, NZ, Aust, UK, Switzerland
Features: Dell'Arte Summer Workshops, California and Denmark
Physical Comedy Workshop, Alex Pinder, Melbourne
Angels Can Fly, NZ, Australian, and UK launch dates
The Great Clown Debate, ACAPTA Conference Report
Networking: Clown Workshop with the New York Goofs, Ottawa
The International Festival of Animated Objects, Canada
Roving Classical Commedia University, New York, USA
Circus Space Seeks Youth Programme Manager, UK
New River Festival Seeks Acts, Enfield Town, UK,
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Welcome to the May 2005 edition of the Artmedia physical
theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian
focus and a global perspective.
This month we welcome CircoArts as sponsor, with
information on their circus training in Christchurch, New
Zealand. CircoArts have realised the value of building up
their market profile, and they have taken a series of
sponsorships to showcase the work at the school, so
look out for more information in coming months.
The Sponsor and feature spots in this newsletter is what
enables you to get it free, so please support them. With
sponsorships now booking in advance, you may also like
to book your promotion in early for maximum impact.
Advertisers in the newsletter consistently report a good
response to their items.
In the Playspace section, I announce the Angels Can Fly
Workshop Tour, with workshops in New Zealand, Australia,
the UK and Switzerland, in coming months, including a
new clown masterclass in Sydney next month.
These workshops are being run alongside launch events
for my new book, the first of which is tonight in Lower Hutt,
New Zealand. The date of the Auckland launch has moved
by a day, and is now on Friday 20th May at 1pm, and I
have just arranged a new launch at the Sydney City Library
in June, and you can find more information in the Features.
Also in the Features, the Dell'Arte International School of
Theatre offers Summer Workshops in Blue Lake, California
and an intensive workshop in the Dell'Arte training in
Aasen, Denmark, with Master Teachers Joan Schirle,
Ronlin Foreman, Michael Fields and guest Laura Munoz.
And we also have information on a weekend Physical
Comedy Workshop with Alex Pinder in Melbourne,
Australia, where, 'through improvisation, characterisation,
slapstick, masks and costumes, students will have the
opportunity to create clown characters and comic skits'.
In the Campaign section, I report on the Great Clown
Debate at the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre
Conference, held last month in Geelong, and other
highlights of the event.
In the Networking, in Canada, we have information on
a clown workshop with the New York Goofs in Ottawa,
and on the International Festival of Animated Objects
which is now accepting proposals for all programming
In the USA there is a Roving Classical Commedia
University in New York, and in the UK, Circus Space
seeks a Youth Programme Manager and the New River
Festival Seeks Acts in Enfield Town.
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=================================================== Sponsor: CircoArts – A Hive of Activity!
CircoArts, New Zealand’s only tertiary circus provider based
at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is
a hive of activity. Here is just a taste of some of recent events
and performances involving our staff and students…
CircoArts is bustling with new talent. New and returning
students from New Zealand, Australia and Europe are
enrolled in CPIT’s Diploma in Circus Arts, a two year tertiary
programme covering a broad range of subjects from circus
skills, devising and performance, history and comparative
studies to business and risk management.
Within CircoArts historic and grand headquarters, students
are preparing for a career in physical performance media with
a strong emphasis on contemporary circus. It is an exciting
and demanding year for our students, many of whom leave
CircoArts with a clear pathway into the industry.
First year students are busy learning introductory circus
skills while second year students are extending their
knowledge and ability in their specialist area. Both groups
are honing their skills in preparation for a series of public
performances. While the theme for the Year Two’s upcoming
physical theatre show remains tightly under wraps, round-the-
clock activity in the CircoArts studio promises yet another
eclectic and impressive production in the making.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Those who packed the Christchurch Town Hall on April 16th
for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s Proms Series
were entertained by CircoArts students and Juggling tutor
Adrian Kirk, who performed to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice,
Peter and the Wolf and The Juggler. This performance
brought symphony and circus to life for the many children
who attended; a wonderful and innovative collaboration on
the part of CircoArts and the Christchurch Symphony
CircoArts graduates, Vicki Crosby, Thomas Monckton,
Bianca MacKail, Corey Moir and Daniel Bain formed the
Troupe Circus Arts group for Jambalaya, the NZ Festival
of Rhythm, Dance and Carnival held in Rotorua over Easter
weekend. Jambalaya’s traditional line-up of Latin and
Pacific dance and music was enhanced by the Troupe’s
dynamic acts, blending comic character with fine-tuned
circus skills. Their aerials, hula hoop, slapstick and
physical theatre performances amazed and amused
Thomas Monkton graduated (2004) with a Clown Comedy
and Acrobatics Major.
Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Conference
Godfrey Sim, CircoArts Academic Leader, has returned
from Australia where he attended the National Australian
Circus and Physical Theatre Conference in Geelong,
Melbourne. The conference brought together performers,
teachers, theoreticians, technicians, sponsors and other
groups and individuals from this thriving industry.
The development of tertiary circus providers continues to
be vital to the future direction of New Circus. Godfrey
reports: ‘It is clear that our tertiary training providers have
an important role as one of a number of pathways to a
career in this field. CircoArts continues to fill a training
niche… the conference emphasised the need for training
institutions to keep providing information about their
courses as well as engage in dialogue about curriculum
Want to know more?
For information about our Diploma in Circus Arts or to
sign up for a promotional CD or DVD log onto our site
=================================================== Playspace: Angels Can Fly - Workshop Tour
Clown training with Alan Clay exploring a physical and
irreverent approach to clown, placing an emphasis on
rediscovering a sense of play, the curiosity to explore and
innocence to see things in new ways. Each day starts
with a yoga warm up, followed by exercises to develop
physical and emotional expression, and improvisational
exercises to develop comic timing and audience rapport.
Clown & Physical Theatre Workshop, Gisborne, NZ
(5 day) June 4 to 8 (Sat-Wed) 10am to 4pm
Earlybird: NZ$550 before May 14. Full: NZ$700.
Enrolments, Barrie Miller: email@example.com
Ph New Zealand: (06) 8675076.
Clown Masterclass, Sydney, Australia
(3-day) June 13 to 15 (Monday-Wednesday) 10am to 4pm.
Earlybird: Aus$320 (before June 1st), Aus$420 ( full fee )
Enrolments: Alan Clay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clown Masterclass, London, UK
(3 day) June 29, 30 and July 1 (Wednesday-Friday) 10am to 4pm
Price and booking details to be confirmed.
Email: Alan Clay, email@example.com for this info.
"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.
=================================================== Feature: Angels Can Fly, launch tour dates
Angels can Fly is now available in paperback, on order
from bookshops in Australia and New Zealand, and by
the end of May the book will be available to order in US
and UK bookshops and on line. ( ISBN 0-9578844-1-9 ).
Clown is a fascinating, diverse, complex and exciting
art form, which has existed around the planet for
thousands of years. Like any art form it has to evolve
to stay relevant to the culture nurturing it, and at the
same time, and by its very nature, clown teases and
turns upside down the cultural patterns and boundaries
This book is an attempt to chart the growth of modern
clown, and to promote that process by providing, not
only practical exercises for individuals and groups, but
also reference points for thinking.
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction, following the
adventures of ten clowns, some personal clown
anecdotes from clowns from around the world, a total
of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on
the nature of modern clown.
Befitting this eclectic mix, the launch events will not
only include readings from the book, and an opportunity
for questions and book signing, but also a 15 minute
clown show entitled the 'Seven Clown Commandments'.
New Zealand Launch Events:
Hutt City Library, Woburn Rd, Thurs 12 May, 6.30pm
Hamilton Library, Garden Pl, Sun 15 May, 1.30pm
Auckland Central Library, Lorne St, Fri 20 May, 1.00pm
Australian Launch Event:
Sydney City Library, Customs House, 21 June, 12.30pm
UK Launch Events:
Peterborough Festival, UK, Saturday 25 June
Clowns Gallery Club Night, London, Tues 5 July, 7.30pm.
The Clowns Gallery, The All Saints Centre, Haggerston
Road, Haggerston, East London.
Look out for more launch events in Australia in September,
and in USA and Canada in October/November.
=================================================== Feature: Dell'Arte International School of Theatre, USA
Dell'Arte International School of Theatre offers Summer
Workshops in Blue Lake, California, and Aasen, Denmark.
Visit www.dellarte.com for descriptions and info on fees
and housing, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a brochure
In Blue Lake:
Mask Making and Mask Performance with Bruce Marrs
June 28-July 9 or July 19-30
Truth in Clowning with Master Teacher Ronlin Foreman
Heart of a Poet / Mind of an Actor / Body of a Gymnast
- Generating New Material with Master Teacher Daniel
Stein - July 12-30
Action in Action: The Autonomy of the Actor with NaCL
Puppetry with Sandglass Theatre with Eric Bass, Ines
Zeller Bass and Dave Regan - August 8-19
In Aasen, Denmark: with Master Teachers Joan Schirle, Ronlin Foreman,
Michael Fields and Guest Artist Laura Munoz
The Dell'Arte Intensive
An intensive workshop in the Dell'Arte training
developed over 30 years of actor-training.
For Dell'Arte Alumni:
Believe, Behave, Become: The Carlo Legacy
This workshop will include the movement and acting
exercises Dell'Arte founder, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi,
called 'The Showers.' Course will also include yoga
and contact improv. Non-Dell'Arte grads who take the
Intensive are eligible for this course as well.
Visit www.dellarte.com for descriptions and info on fees
and housing, email email@example.com to receive a brochure.
=================================================== Feature - Weekend Workshop in Physical Comedy, Melbourne
A weekend theatre workshop in Physical Comedy led
by Alex Pinder, Saturday 18th to Sunday. 19th June.
The Rechabite Hall, Northcote, Melbourne, Australia.
Through improvisation characterisation slapstick,
masks and costumes students will have the opportunity
to create clown characters and comic skits. A very
practical workshop that is fun and challenging with
plenty of laughs!
Alex Pinder is an actor, director, and acting teacher,
having taught at a number tertiary institutions and drama
schools including The V.C.A. NICA and The National
Theatre Drama School.
He has performed for the Melbourne and Sydney Theatre
Companies , and directed and performed for La Mama,
Chambers Theatre Company and Theatre Sans Frontiere
in England. TV & film credits include four years on the
children’s series, Ocean Girl Stingers Back-Burner, Blue
Heelers, Angel Baby, & The Real Thing. He trained at
L Ecole Jacques Lecoq Paris.
The Rechabite Hall 157 Westbourne Grove Northcote.
Sat. 18th & Sun 19th June 2005. 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Cost- $150:00. Bookings: 03 9489 7376 or 0409 210202
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
=================================================== Campaign: Great Clown Debate, Conference Report
The Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Conference
was held last month, and one of the features of the event
was the Great Clown Debate, looking at clown training.
I think it is fair to say that the panel was one of the high-
lights of the conference, both in entertainment value, and
information value, and I have just posted a transcript of my
presentation on my blog: www.alanclay.com/blog.html
The naysayers, who want to suggest that having a public
debate about the clown curriculum at NICA is somehow
counter-productive, were proved wrong by the strong
attendance of NICA students and staff, the cheers at the
mention of the clown campaign, and the feedback
from the aerial teacher in the public responses, assuring
those present that the training of clown at the institution
has been developing over the course of this campaign.
My call for some sort of push to come from the conference
to set up a tertiary level training in clown in Australia, bore
fruit in the final goal setting session, when Godfrey Sim
from CircoArts offered to host a Curriculum Development
Conference as a next step in developing this training.
Another highlight of the conference was the, 'Towards a
Sustainable Circus Physical Theatre Sector' panel, where
Antonella Casella, a performer with Circus Oz and founding
director Vulcana Women’s Circus, presented a proposal for
a shift from funding, to investment over a ten year period, to
solve the structural problems of the current system, with
more companies being formed, and no new funding overall.
John Baylis, the Programme Manager at the Australia
Council Theatre Fund, also on the panel, agreed that this
sort of shift was the sort of approach required, but he
suggested that the push would have to come from the
industry directly to the government.
The vagaries of funding has meant that the part time
administration position that ACAPTA has enjoyed over
the past year has now disappeared, however a strong new
committee was elected at the gathering, and we'll have to
see where they take the organisation in the future.
"Ottawa Clown Workshop, June 24-25-26. This three day
workshop will feature Dick Monday, Tiffany Riley & Mark
Gindick from the NY Goofs. The focus will be on developing
character through clowning, improvisation, physical comedy
and eccentric dance. Classes will be held on Friday evening
from 7-10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.
Tuition is $300.00 (US). Early Bird Special: Register
by May 1st and get a $50 discount! $75 deposit will secure
your spot in the class and is non-refundable. The balance is
due on the first day of class. You can pay the deposit through
Pay Pal on the NY Goofs site or, send your check to: New
York Goofs, 1109 Cross Bend, Irving TX 75061." Any questions
email Ian Lloyd (Ottawa contact)
Find a link to the New York Goofs site under Training
"The International Festival of Animated Objects is a
bi-annual festival celebrating mask, puppetry, and all things
animated in main-stage shows, screenings, exhibitions,
workshops, site-specific shows and lectures. We are now
accepting proposals for all programming for 2007. Call for
Artists- Filmmakers~! The International Festival of Animated
Objects is seeking short comedic films, videos and dvds for
inclusion in our “Puppets on Screen” series in '07. The festival
showcases exceptional artists working in the area of puppetry,
mask, and animated objects. Films should be between 30
seconds and 15 minutes. No entry fee! Submit your film on
VHS or DVD with title, director, other relevant information, a
short synopsis, a still for print purposes, and brief bio of the
artists involved. Please include return envelope and postage
if you want your submission returned to you. Deadline: Post-
marked by September 1, 2005. Successful entries will be
shown at the 2007 International Festival of Animated Objects
in January 2007, and will receive CARFAC fees and a copy
of the festival program. Send to: Puppets on Screen Curator,
1030 – 20 Ave SE, Calgary, Ab, T2G 1M6, Canada." Xstine
Find a link to the International Festival of Animated Objects
under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Roving Classical Commedia University (Totally
Is traveling to New York City. Intensive: 9 Day Course on
Commedia Dell' Arte, May 19 - 27 (Sat May 21 is a day off)
Location: Pier Studios, (Houston & West St. Pier 40) New
York City. 5 to 8 hours a day (With breaks). Price: US$495
Hovey Burgess, Julie Goell, Stanley Allan Sherman with
special guest teacher Alessandra Belloni combine 117 years
of theater experience to give students a firm grounding in
Classical Commedia Dell' Arte. Teaching collaboratively,
these three master teachers offer an integrated program of
masks, music, dance, acrobatics, slapstick, juggling,
improvisation, scenario work and more! Students learn the
physical style of Commedia Dell' Arte as it was "then" and
how it may be used "now" as a creative tool for actors,
performers and directors. For more information about Hovey
Burgess & Stanley Allan Sherman and what we will cover
go to our web site." Find a link to the Roving Commedia
University under training at
"The Circus Space is seeking a Youth Programme
Manager. Circa £23,000 pa. Based in a Victorian power
station in Hoxton, The Circus Space's Youth Programme
runs alongside the UK's only BA in Circus Arts, a diverse
programme of professional development, adult classes,
corporate workshops and a wide range of public/in-house
productions. We need a dynamic Arts Education specialist
with the skills, talent and vitality to take the Circus Space
Youth Programme to the next stage of its development. For
a full job description please contact Tamsin Weatherly.
To apply please forward a full CV, supporting letter and
references to The Office Manager, The Circus Space,
Coronet Street, London N1 6HD. The closing date for
applications is Monday 30th May at 5pm. Interviews w/c
6th June." Tamsin Weatherly, Office Manager, The Circus
Space. Find a link to the Circus Space under Training at
"Calling all artists, performers, musicians, storytellers, street
performers, for the New River Festival, Enfield Town,
10th July 2005. The Arts Team at the London Borough of
Enfield Council are looking for acts and workshop leaders
for a small diverse community festival based beside the
New River, Gentleman's Row this summer. This is a great
opportunity to showcase new work and be part of a special
event that celebrates art, community and the environment.
We are also looking for art pieces for a temporary sculpture
trail around the site which fit in with the themes of the
environment or the senses. Preference will be given to local
based artists, though all are welcome to apply! Please send
proposals and ideas by May 16th to Julia Harriman, Arts
Officer, Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA. Phone
0208 379 1466, email:
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