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Welcome to the April 2006 edition of the Artmedia
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Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
This month we continue a series of excerpts from the book, with an excerpt from the introduction to chapter 26.
Spontaneity is acting without thinking, we don't know what to do, and yet something happens. This doesn't mean that it comes out of nowhere, everything comes from somewhere. We just take the mind out of the loop, which still leaves lots of emotional and physical impulses with which to work.
For the most part we are reactive creatures, with many conscious and subconscious patterns, and we hate yielding the control of the mind, and fear unknown consequences. We all have an inner critic judging our actions, and demanding that we seek the well-trodden path, to play it safe, and what we have to do to be spontaneous, is to take the critical part of the mind out of the loop, so it doesn't stop us in our tracks.
One can argue that nothing is in fact spontaneous, because studies show that brain activity starts several moments before we become consciously aware that we have 'spontaneously' decided to do something.
The hard thing is allowing that jump off the cliff into the unknown, but the good thing is that there is always something there when you do, it's just not yet known and therefore not under control.
It is in fact quite easy to be spontaneous. You just make a space for something to happen, and participate in it as it happens. This is a little like making a hole in the sand and letting the waves fill it, no planning is required, just participation and timing. Timing, because there is no point in doing it when the tide is going out.
The known, at any time, is just a small island in the sea of the unknown, and because the known is full of patterns and habits, I like finding my art in the unknown. As a result I like giving lots of space for spontaneity in my shows, and tend not to tour any particular show for very long, because I get tired of the structure.
If it's not an exciting exploration for me as the performer, it will not be one for the audience either, and the surest way of encouraging this, is to put lots of the unknown in the show. Not knowing is a wonderful freedom from the need to control.
After years of performing and teaching, I realise that these control issues are often at the heart of our relationship with clown. Can we let go of the need to control the outcome, and allow each moment to blossom of its own momentum? Can we stay out of our own way? Can we act without acting?
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, 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. The book is available on order through bookshops and online stores in New Zealand, Australia, America and England. Order your copy today. Find it on Amazon by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj
"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 around us."
Playspace: Clown Intensive in Sydney, Australia - Clown Summer School Retreat in Corromandel, New Zealand
One Week Clown Intensive,
Sydney, September 11 to 15. (5 day) Price Buster Aus$400 (by June 1st),
Earlybird Aus$500 (by August 11th) Aus$600 (full)
Feature: Total Theatre School of Physical Theatre, Western Australia
Total Theatre is a professional school where performers are learning to live their dreams. Where else can you ride a one wheel bicycle, sing an aria, stand on your head, swing on a trapeze, wear a red nose, beat on a drum, recite Shakespeare, tap dance on a table, juggle plates AND learn to relax?
And it's not too late to begin our 2006 one-year training! We are again offering a special intensive make-up segment in mid-May for a small group of latecomers.
Total Theatre, based at the beautiful Camelot Theatre in Mosman Park W.A, was founded by Annie Stainer in 2002, to provide a well-rounded organic training with an emphasis on physical theatre techniques and the creation of original work. Open to students aged 17yrs+, the training includes: Creative Movement, Theatre, Mime, Feldenkrais, Mask, Improvisation, Dance, Circus Arts, Voice, Singing, Text, Scriptwriting, Stage Combat, Martial Arts, Clowning, Percussion, Commedia dell'Arte and Aerial Skills.
Total Theatre's reputation for it's unique and holistic training has spread far and wide, attracting students from interstate and overseas as well as our new International Patron, world famous Actor, Writer and Director Steven Berkoff.
To join the special latecomers group and for all course details please contact Sophie on (08) 93854211 or email email@example.com or visit www.totaltheatre.com.au
Feature: Moontan, Digital Short Feature Clown Film, Auditions Update
In February we put out an audition call for a female American clown, and a male NZ or Australian clown, to star in Alan Clay's new low budget clown film, Moontan, to be shot in Wanganui, New Zealand, in October. The script is an adaptation of Alan's first novel, published in 1995, about a couple of clowns who get involved in an occupation of a theatre, and this has been adapted into a half hour screenplay. The film will be shot in the Wanganui Opera House, which is New Zealand's last Victorian Theatre, and the dates of the shoot are October 2 to 22.
Since this call, we have had several interesting
auditions and there are more on their way, but as yet we don't have the pair
of clowns we need to star in this film, and we will be accepting
auditions till the end of May, and we encourage any of you who are
interested to apply. We are particularly opening up the age of the clowns,
and will now accept twenties to forties, and also the nationalities. Thank
you to those who have already auditioned, and your applications are still
"This novel, which describes the occupation of the Civic Theatre by a collective of artists is simple but well-told. This book is enjoyable, the characters are convincingly portrayed... Moontan spends much of his time observing physical reactions. His views of performers working a crowd, of theatre workshops and improvised shows are credible and successfully draw the reader into the world of a clown." Find the full review of Moontan at: www.artmedia.net.nz/book_review.htm
Networking and Feedback
"Call for Short Performances - Putting on an Act 06, Perth, Australia. The thirteenth Putting on an Act produced by PICA is seeking proposals from artists interested in pushing the parameters of performance to create a dynamic festival of short performance works. Putting on an Act provides an opportunity for both emerging and mature artists to test their ideas, talent and skills in front of an enthusiastic audience. A jury will select the 'best of' the festival performances for the final night. Works must be short - no longer than 15 mins duration. Proposals are invited from the following areas of practice: live art, contemporary dance, experimental music, text based performance, physical theatre, audio/visual and hybrid works. PICA provides its performance space, publicity and technical support. Proposal Deadline: 5 May." For program criteria and an application form go to the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts site, and find this link under Resources at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Hi Alan, First let me thank you for your Physical Theatre News. It is always a pleasure to read through it & see what my colleagues are up to. My name is Txi Whizz & together with Wavy Gravy I co-direct Camp Winnarainbow for Adults. The 2006 Camp is taking place June 13-18 on a ranch in rural Mendocino County, California, USA. This performing arts camp offers a wide range of classes for students at all skill levels. You can study theatre improvisation with Wavy Gravy; butoh dance with Hiroko Tamano; aerials with Carrie Heller; magic with Steve Ringel; tap/rhythm with Frankie Kerr; chorals/keyboards with Jim Corbett; &.clown with Moshe Cohen, Bryan Welch & Txi Whizz. 2006 is our 20th anniversary, and promises to be the best camp yet. $500 gets you a sleeping mat in a beautiful tipi, or a campsite if you prefer the privacy of your own tent. Three sumptuous meals are provided every day. You have your choice of classes in all of the performing arts: juggling, music, mask, unicycle, stiltwalking, theatre, & dance, as well as classes in costume, make-up & art. These six days hold many unique performance opportunities. Plus we have a lake with our own waterslide, which will be open every afternoon. Wavy Gravy says "Big fun or your money back"." Thanks again, Txi. For more information & to register visit the Camp Winnarainbow site, and find this link under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Greetings, My name is Tony Camarda. I am Production Coordinator for Flynn Creek Circus. We are based in Mendocino County, California, USA. The first weekend in June we are producing the 4th Annual American Circus Festival , in the village of Mendocino. We would like to invite you to be a part of the event. Flynn Creek Circus announces the production of The 4th Annual American Circus Festival, to take place June 2-4, 2006, in the village of Mendocino. This event is a juried competition, a cabaret to be judged by both a panel of circus luminaries and by audience ballot. There will be numerous categories of competition - winners to receive Cash and fabulous prizes. Housing provided for all performers. Details and application can be found on our web site. All circus/physical/musical/freak acts welcome to apply. Application Deadline is May 2nd." Respectfully, Tony Camarda. Find a link to the Flynn Creek Circus site under Circus at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"The H.V. Quenzer Agency in USA is accepting submissions. This agency represents circus style performances such as contortionists, acrobats, jugglers, sword swallowers. Their bizarre performers & models have been used for various circus & carnival acts as well as in various television and film projects. They also represent body mod people, fire eaters, belly dancers and bondage performers. HV Quenzer staffs models and performers for print, broadcast, or live performance in a variety of categories including gothic & fetish, vaudeville, celebrity impersonation, contortionism and body modification. If you are interested in being staffed by HV Quenzer, please check out the form on our site." Find a link to H V Quenzer Agency under Resources at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Whistler, Canada, will be continuing it's signature street entertainment program for the 19th year in 2006. The 2006 program is evolving slightly, focusing on a busking element. Tourism Whistler is looking for some great, professional, family-friendly acts to busk as part of the program throughout the summer. The program runs on weekends from June 30 to September 4, 2006, with performances taking place in Whistler's key village squares. If you haven't already, please fill out our performer application form on our web site. Thanks and we're looking forward to another great summer in our Olympic resort!" Festivals & Events Department, Tourism Whistler. Find a link to the Whistler Street Entertainment Program under Festivals and Events at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Want to perform? Buxton Festival Fringe is urging would be participants not to miss their chance to become part of one of England's most prestigious Fringe Festivals featuring a heady mix of drama, music, exhibitions and much more. "We don't censor, we don't select and we welcome the unusual. Last year we had a brilliant response and we are hoping for an even bigger, more diverse Fringe for 2006", says Fringe chair, John Wilson. "Buxton is a historic spa town set in the heart of the Peak District with easy access to several major cities. The timing of our event also makes it a natural choice for performers wanting to test out their material before taking it on to Edinburgh." The 2006 event will run from July 7-23 in parallel with the opera and literature-based Buxton Festival. Taking part is easier than ever with performers being invited to send in their entries by email this year. In the past the Fringe has sent out a printed information pack but this year the information for entrants has been updated and put it up instead on the Fringe's new, improved website. The information for entrants is now more comprehensive with additions including an expanded, illustrated venues list. The Fringe is now open for entries. Performers are asked to read through the entrants' info section, then download and fill in the entry form and email it. This year, for the first time, you can also pay your Fringe fee online. Many companies choose to sell their Fringe tickets through the Buxton Opera House. For 2006, and at the same cost to performers, the Opera House is offering online ticket sales in addition to walk up and telephone sales. The Fringe has been able to keep the fee for entrants to just #60. The closing date for all entries is a strict May 1 after which if performers do enter, they will not be in the printed programme." Find a link to the Buxton Fringe site under Festivals and Events at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"ZIDLab in Amsterdam, Netherlands, offers unique training opportunities for performers, actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, students and others interested in development, exploration and creation within the field of physical - visual and multimedia theatre and dance. The work is based on Western and non-Western physical visual theatre and dance tradition, with a strong interdisciplinary approach. Within the framework of a specific training, the basic principals of the work of ZID Theater are always included: exploring and transcending the borders between theatre, dance, music and visual - media art. Director Karolina Spaic and actor Sebo Bakker together constitute the artistic core of the company and lead the activities. ZIDLab and ZID Theater from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, organizes the International Summer ZIDLab from July 1 - July 8. If you wish to join the program, or wish to receive more information, please contact ZID Theater for more details, and find more information on our web site." ZID Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Find a link to ZIDLab under Training at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
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