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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - July 2006
Giovanni Fusetti from KIKLOS school in Padua, Italy, teaches
Clown Workshops in Colorado, USA
Earlybird deadline on September Sydney Clown Intensive (Aust)
Dutch Publication (partly in English) about Movement Theatre
Moontan, Digital Short Feature Film Investment Opportunity, NZ
1st Australian Theatre Directors Conference 2006, Canberra
8th Annual Aerial Dance Festival 2006 in Colorado, USA
Sideshow World of Wonders is Seeking Performers, USA
Red Nose Relief Report, 'The Heart of a Clown', USA
Starfish Resort Seeks Circus Week Performers, Jamaica
Mask Theatre Workshop Leader Needed, Shropshire, UK
Ministry of Culture Funds "Writing for the Street", France
El Rayo Misterioso seeks your eMail Support, Argentina
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Welcome to the July 2006 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its fifth year and reaching over 2,100 subscribers, with a further 5,300 on related Yahoo lists.
In the Sponsorship this month, we welcome Giovanni Fusetti who is co-founder and pedagogic director of KIKLOS International School of Theatre Creation in Padua, Italy. He is a former student, pedagogical assistant and improvisation teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and in September he will teach two workshops as part of 'International Clown Training 2006' at the Boulder Circus Center in Colorado, USA. Giovanni will also direct five students, who have studied with him in Boulder over the past couple of years, in a full-length theatrical piece , a Pu-Pu Platter of Love , which will be presented during the Boulder International Fringe Festival in August.
In the Angels Can Fly section, we continue a series of excerpts from the book with another of the anecdotes, this time from the chapter on Self, by New York based, Hilary Chaplain. Angels Can Fly is now in over 120 Public Libraries in America, Australia and New Zealand, and we are steadily supplying requests for the free e-Book version. Yes this is still available, but includes none of the over 70 photographs which the paperback contains, or you can find the paperback on Amazon by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj
And in the Playspace section, the earlybird deadline is fast approaching on the Sydney Clown Intensive, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a place on this class and make sure you get your earlybird payment in to us in the next four weeks. Interest has also been strong from around the world in the Summer Clown Retreat in New Zealand, and we have taken our first fully paid enrolment some six months prior to the workshop, which has to be some sort of record. Make sure you get your NZ$100 deposit in to hold your place on this popular course.
In the Features, we have information on a Dutch publication about Movement Theatre, which is partly translated into English. In 'Grif from studio to landscape' co-founder Frits Vogels describes birth and history of movement theatre group Griftheater (1975-2003). The author has been artistic director of the group during the same period. In this unique book the reader follows the development of Griftheater from mime school project to landscape theatre group.
The cast, crew, script and location are all in place for Alan Clay's short feature film, Moontan, to be shot in Wanganui, New Zealand, in October, and Artmedia are now offering an opportunity to investors to be part of this project. Please pass this offer on to friends you feel could be interested. Investments of as little as NZ$1,000 now have the chance to earn this investment back from initial DVD sales, and also to take 1% of the profits from DVD, television and ancillary sales, in addition to receiving an autographed DVD and invitations to screenings at film festivals.
In the networking, the inaugural Australian Theatre Directors Conference is being hosted by the Australian National University in Canberra, on the 11th and 12th of September. "Directing in Australia is both establishing itself and changing. Creating a dialogue about the art, about the function and form of directing will advance the understanding of this young craft. The conference aims to engage professional directors, aspiring directors and academics in dialogue and practical exercises about a range of issues faced in theatre practice."
In America we have information on the 8th annual Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado, USA, which runs August 6 -18, providing an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air. Sideshow World are seeking performers for the State Fairs in eight American states from New Jersey to Florida over the next three months, and Paul Kleinberger has a report on the results of clowns from Red Nose Relief turning up to help in disaster situations in America and scaring the relief agency staff. He concludes that, "at Red Nose Relief, all we require is the heart of a clown. You don't need to be in full costume and make up. The truth be told, what we desire to do is best accomplished without any make up at all and very few of the traditional clown trappings."
In Jamaica, the Starfish Trelawny Resort invites performers interested in coming to participate in Circus week in November, in return for a week of free board and accommodation. In England, a mask theatre workshop leader is needed by Trading Faces in Bishops Castle, Shropshire, and the French Ministry for Culture and Communication announces an innovative funding opportunity for writers of street theatre.
Finally in Argentina, El Rayo Misterioso who follow Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Artaud, Grotowski, and Kantor, need a place of their own, otherwise they won't be able to survive. "This year the rent has increased nearly three times its price, and we have decided to take up a struggle asking our friends to support us to make this project continue. We only ask you to write a few lines about El Rayo Misterioso to back this request."
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Sponsor: International Clown Training 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, USA, led by Giovanni Fusetti from KIKLOS School in Italy
International Clown Training 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, USA, led by Giovanni Fusetti at the Boulder Circus Center.
The Clown is the poetic transposition of the unique silliness of the actor, as revealed by the smallest mask in the world: the Red Nose . -- Giovanni Fusetti
September 4 - 24th, 2006, THE RED NOSE, The actor in search of the clown
Deeply rooted in the Pedagogy of Physical Theatre, the Red Nose" proposes an introduction to theatre clown, considered a specific theatre style. The pedagogy focuses in particular on the analysis of the physical and emotional world of the actor, revealed by his or her natural body. This will lead to the discovery of a unique clown, with a specific body, tempo, voice, costume, attitudes, emotions, and poetic world. To discover one's own clown is to reveal one's own unique imperfections, physical conflicts, "non-neutral attitudes", and "background noises", to amplify them with the use of the smallest mask in the world: the Red Nose. The sublime stupidity of the clown is his enduring trust in life, despite his complete inadequacy. As a theatre style, Clown has a unique poetic potential because it allows the performer to explore and play with the naiveté of the child and the rigor of the adult, thus revealing the poetry of the ridiculous and a unique poetic silliness. The work begins with the red nose as a mask, and then explores the clown body, the entrance, the clown hierarchy, clown relationships, the clown costume, improvisation with objects and with the public. devising clown numbers. The workshop will end with a public performance of Clown Numbers. The workshop will be conducted by Giovanni Fusetti.
The deadline for enrolment is August 4th, 2006.
General Schedule: Monday - Friday: 6 - 10pm, Saturday 2 - 8pm (first two Sundays of the workshop off) Third week's schedule is similar, with additional weekend work to prepare for the final performance! Tuition: $800 (late registration: $900 - after August 4th)
September 26th - October 8th, 2006, CLOWNS IN LIFE, Advanced Training in THEATRE CLOWN
Deepen the poetic world of clowns, in terms of writing and exploration of everyday life - through the eyes of a clown.
The journey of physical theatre training begins with the Neutral Mask and ends with the Red Nose. Through the Neutral Mask the actor discovers a state of physical presence and calm, in absence of conflicts. A space where he can reflects the space of life. Here the mimo-dynamic journey can start: elements, materials, colours, animals, human characters, to be ready for the play of theatre styles. From the story of the world to the story of theatres: the neutral mask is always there, in the presence of the shape-shifting actor. The last step of this journey is the "mimo-dynamic of the actor himself". The silent actor explores his own body and emotions and through the amplification and articulation of all this physical and emotional "background noises" he enters the Clown State. To discover one's own clown is to reveal one's own unique imperfections, physical conflicts, and 'non-neutral attitudes", to amplify them and use them as a mask: the clown. A poetic transposition of the actor's most intimate space. As the neutral mask is the mask of humanity, the red nose is the humanity of the mask. This advanced workshop will go into the roots of the clown state, through the analysis of the physical and emotional world of the actor, as revealed by her or his natural body with the help of the neutral mask. This will lead to the discovery of a unique clown, with his specific body, tempo, voice, costume, attitudes, emotions, and poetical world. Once the Clowns are born, the journey of the workshop will lead them to the exploration of everyday life. The poetical power of the clown is based on an extreme emotional vulnerability, a vivid articulation of the present moment, and a very naive approach to the world. In particular the clowns will be lead to explore themes like love and relationships, death and tragedy, power and hierarchy, social conventions and institutions like education, politics and health-care. The final step will be the approach to poetical writing and each actor will work on a monologue of his or her clown, which will be presented to an invited audience. This workshop requires previous participation in the training THE RED NOSE, with Giovanni Fusetti.
The deadline for enrolment is August 26th, 2006.
Tuition: $650 (late registration: $750 - after August 26th) General Schedule: Monday - Sunday, 4 - 10 pm. (Lighter schedule on Sundays & day off)
A reduction in tuition fees is available for participants who apply for both workshops. Both workshops will be taught in ENGLISH.
Giovanni Fusetti has been co-founder and pedagogic director of KIKLOS International School of Theatre Creation in Padua, Italy, where he has been teaching Movement Analysis and Technique, Improvisation and Creation Based Theatre Writing. He is a former student, pedagogical assistant and improvisation teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He directs and teaches internationally, collaborating with theatre companies, drama schools and universities throughout Europe and in the US, including The University of London, Naropa University (Boulder, Co), LISPA-London International School of Performing Arts, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, (California), Centre Contemporaine d'Arts Corporels GENERATION TAO in Paris. His 17 years of pedagogical research includes training in Theatre in Education, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, Gestalt Therapy, Bionergetics, Wutao and Process Work and an extensive practice with theatre in performance, education and healing. In his pedagogy, he is integrating physical theatre with different practices of physical and emotional awareness, for the training of the actor/poet/creator, on the path reconnecting theatre to its origin: ecstasy. He seeks to be fully alive while on this planet.
To express an interest, make inquiries, or to book a place, please call ELIZABETH BARON at: +1.303.746.2669, or e-mail her at: email@example.com
"When I walked into the room to begin Giovanni's clown course, I was properly terrified. But within five minutes, my fears had not only been addressed, but had disappeared. Giovanni is so naturally heartfelt and instinctual in his teaching, that it is impossible not to relax and have fun. The work of clown is intimate and vulnerable, but Giovanni responds by creating a very safe environment for the very serious business of exploring silliness! By the end of three weeks, my heart was so full I almost couldn't stand it. Whether an actor of not, I would recommend this class to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the terribly delicate, demanding, foolish, crazy variations of human nature." Lucia Rich, physical actor-creator
A Pu-Pu Platter of Love, August 18 to 26 at the Carsen Theatre, Boulder.
Five clowns, Elizabeth Baron, Mark Hatfield, Lucia Rich, Noelle Houssney and Bobby Dartt (pictured left), who have studied with Giovanni in Boulder over the past couple of years, have been so inspired by the work, that they decided to bring Giovanni in to direct a full-length theatrical piece. The result, a Pu-Pu Platter of Love, will be presented during the Boulder International Fringe Festival, from August 18 to 26 at the Carsen Theatre.
Serving you love songs and scenes from around the world! An intimate and delightful evening of entertainment turns riveting and hilarious when the gut-wrenching but unavoidable truth comes out...
"The show will involve lots of music - banjo, trombone, Fado, Opera, Elvis, triangle... and dance - The story will unfold from this band of musicians that usually performs a set revue, but through a series of events, things unravel, and the audience is with them both for the conversations and conflict, and for the characters' more intimate realizations and discoveries. There will be music after this point, it just will have changed... Basically - we're blending the principle work - the performing clown, where the drive is the number and the audience, with the later study - where we'll still connected with the audience, but they see us in life, in the world, even interacting with each other in familiar social roles familiar... still clown - but even closer to our human existence. We've found writing from this form guides us to the poetic level, and the results are really funny and really powerful. People get drawn in by the humor and the characters, then are blown away by the surprisingly common human experience."
Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
Angels Can Fly is now in over 120 Public Libraries in America, Australia and New Zealand, and we are steadily supplying requests for the free e-Book version. Yes this is still available (but includes none of the over 70 photographs which the paperback contains) at www.alanclay.com Or find it on Amazon by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj I encourage you to buy the paperback, as this gives me some return for my three years of work in writing the book.
This month we continue a series of excerpts from the book, with another of the anecdotes from the chapter on self, by Hilary Chaplain.
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, and Summer Retreat in Sandy Bay, New Zealand
The earlybird deadline is approaching on the Sydney Clown Intensive, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a place on this class and make sure you make your earlybird payment in the next four weeks. Interest has also been strong on the Summer Clown Retreat in New Zealand, and we have taken our first fully paid enrolment some six months prior to the workshop, which has to be some sort of record. Make sure you get your NZ$100 deposit in to hold your place on this popular course.
One Week Clown Intensive with Alan Clay, September 11 to 15. (5 day) Earlybird Aus$500 (by August 11th) Aus$600 (full)
Clown is an art form which has existed for thousands of years, and undergone a revolution in recent times, as it made the leap back from circus into theatre, giving birth to 'new clown' and physical theatre. This course takes a broad view of clown, which allows students room to develop their own unique style. 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. This workshop will also include opportunities for those who want to create clown performance material. We often have ideas or images of what we want to do, but we need a structure to help us develop these. This workshop is designed to help with this process.
Clown Summer Retreat , Wednesday January 10 to Sunday 14, (5 day) Sandy Bay, Coromandel Peninsular, New Zealand. Including 6 nights accommodation, Price Buster NZ$520 (by 1st Sept), Earlybird NZ$620 (by 1st Nov), NZ$720 (full) A NZ$100 deposit is payable to hold a place.
The Clown Retreat will be held in a secluded studio by the beach at Sandy Bay, at the top of the Coromandel Peninsular, about four hours drive from Auckland, New Zealand. The fees include six nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. The Clown Retreat is timed to be held just before the world buskers Festival in Christchurch for those coming for the summer season in New Zealand. The Retreat will provide an opportunity to reconnect with that playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting.
"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.
More information at: www.artmedia.com.au/playspac.htm Enrolments and enquiries e-mail email@example.com
Feature: DUTCH PUBLICATION ABOUT MOVEMENT THEATRE partly translated into English
In Grif from studio to landscape co-founder Frits Vogels describes birth and history of movement theatre group Griftheater (1975-2003). The author has been artistic director of the group during the same period. In this unique book the reader follows the development of mime school project to landscape theatre group.
Success and disappointment, joy and trouble, connected to the theatre world, are passing by - and give (from inside) an image of this passionate group of theatre makers. Also the international recognition together with the educational activities get attention.
In Grif from studio to landscape all performances of 28 years of Griftheater pass by. The book is richly illustrated with photographs in black and white and is accompanied by a DVD of two hours. On that DVD are fragments of many productions - as a result of what the history of this illustrious company will be alive again (? 25.-, book + DVD).
The book is partly translated into English.
The editor of the book is Theater Institute Nederland (Dutch Theatre Institute) in co production with Stichting Landschapstheter En Meer (SLEM) (= Foundation Landscape Theatre And More).
Griftheater has been the initiator of this nowadays operating company SLEM. The actual project is JAARRINGEN, on the famous OEROL Festival on the Dutch isle of Terschelling. On the beach an enormous sculpture of 25 rings (after the annual growth rings of a tree) has been excavated. Diameter: 300 meters. Every evening 'exists' a performance that isn't a performance: at the same time the audience itself is performer and audience of each other in three groups of 50 persons. Daily two film-makers make a report that is projected on huge screens. The project is in honour of 25 years of OEROL.
www.landschapstheater.nl www.grif.nl www.fritsvogels.nl www.brunodoedens.nl www.tin.nl To order a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature: Moontan, a Clown's Story - Short Feature Film Investment Opportunity
The cast, crew, script and location are all in place for Alan Clay's short feature film, Moontan , to be shot in Wanganui, New Zealand, in October, and Artmedia are now offering an opportunity to investors to be part of this project. Please pass this offer on to friends you feel could be interested. Investments of as little as NZ$1,000 now have the chance to earn this investment back from initial DVD sales, and also to take 1% of the profits from DVD, television and ancillary sales, in addition to receiving an autographed DVD and invitations to screenings at film festivals.
Moontan is a half hour short film, adapted from a successful novel by Alan Clay, which will initially be entered into short film festivals in New Zealand, Australia and North America, promoting the sale of the DVD. Once the film starts winning awards at these festivals, then we have a chance to sell to television in these countries. Should this happen, it would not be unrealistic to expect a return of 300% on the initial investment over two to three years. Find more information at: www.artmedia.net.nz/investment.htm
This production is a particularly good investment, because we have cut costs to the minimum by using the latest high definition digital cameras rather than film, and have involved everyone working on the film as a stakeholder in the success of the production through profit share deals. The crew are all graduates of films schools in Australia and New Zealand, and we also have a great cast, with a lead actress from Canada and lead actor from Australia.
Mark Hudson will play Moontan. Mark trained in acting at Q Theatre in Penrith, N.S.W, Australia, and has subsequently been a guest actor, and a major character in the Australian television series, Water Rats, and various featured characters in A Country Practice. Mark also studied clown and buffoon with Philippe Gaulier, in London and Sydney. He studied mask with Carl Masens, Commedia Dell`Arte at Sydney University, and improvisation with the Bangkel Theatre in Indonesia. He has performed as clown through out Australia at festivals, in theatres, and in indigenous communities. He also directs clown theatre, and has worked with some of the rising stars in Australia, including clowns now working with Cirque Du Soleil.
Annette Devick will play Crystal. Annette is from British Columbia in Canada. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University, USA, and has attended at the National Circus School in Montreal, Canada, where she trained in: Acrobatics, Unicycle, Artistic Bicycle, Juggling, Handstands, Chinese Chair Balancing, and Clowning. Annette has also trained in Clowning and Bouffon with Philippe Gaulier in Germany and with Grant Heisler in Canada, and has subsequently performed with the Big Apple Circus in New York and through out the USA, and with Cirque Eloize and Cirque Du Soleil in Canada. She has toured with Cirque Du Soleil through Europe and North America.
Networking and Feedback
"We receive your newsletter and included you in our links if you don't mind. Think your information is great!!!! All the best from the other side of the world," Diego, Escuela de la Comedia y el Mimo , a project of the Saperoco group of Venezuela, in Granada, Nicaragua. Find a link to the Escuela de Comedia under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Alan...great newsletter. I will have to have to contribute when I come back from the mime seminar. Nice tone to it all, bravo. be well...merde towards all your projects (as we say with the French mimes at show times)" Nick Johnson, Artistic Director, Alithea Mime Theatre, Co-founder, School for Mime Theatre, Gambier, Ohio. Find a link to Alithea Mime Theatre under Mime at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Welcome to the inaugural Australian Theatre Directors Conference 2006. The Directors Conference is being hosted by the Australian National University in Canberra, on the 11th and 12th of September 2006. The conference aims to engage professional directors, aspiring directors and academics in dialogue and practical exercises about a range of issue faced in theatre practice. The conference also hopes to provide an opportunity for directors to network with their industry peers. Aubrey Mellor OAM, the Head of NIDA and acclaimed director will give the keynote address. Due to the huge response to the conference, it has out-grown its initial free registration status. For this reason the registration fee has been introduced of $100. Directing in Australia is both establishing itself and changing. Creating a dialogue about the art, function and form of directing will advance the understanding of this young craft. Professional directors and academics have been invited to present a 20 minute paper to the conference under the possible topics: Australian directing style; Director versus Playwright; The director’s changing craft; Interpreting the action; Preproduction; The actor and director; Creative team interaction; and Collaborative drama." Find a link to the Australian Directors Conference under Festivals and Events at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"The 8th annual Aerial Dance Festival 2006 in Colorado, USA, which runs August 6 -18, provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air -- for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Join us for a 2-week immersion through classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions, and performances. The Festival is produced by Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc., a non-profit, aerial dance-theatre company. The internationally recognized faculty brings many years of expertise to the classes. Don't miss a truly unforgettable experience of airborne dance! Faculty: Jacques Bertrand, Robert Davidson, Fred Deb', Cathy Gauch, Tim Harling, Danielle Hendricks, Steve Homsher, Kaile Larson, J. Darden Longenecker, Jeff Rusnak, Bronwyn Sims, Elsie Smith, Nancy Smith, Gretchen Spiro, Jennifer Vierow. Performances: Jacques Bertrand and Fred Deb', Robert Davidson, Tim Harling, Elsie Smith, Bronwyn Sims, Frequent Flyers Productions, Aircat Aerial Arts." Find a link to the Aerial Dance Festival under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"The World of Wonders is now seeking performers for the State Fairs in eight American states from New Jersey to Florida over the next three months. We are enlarging for fairs and will be placing another sword swallower, blockhead, fire eater, magician, juggler, and novelty acts. Come join us on our 2006 season, For contact information please visit our site." Wishing you the best, John, Sideshow World. Find a link to the Sideshow World site under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Good Morning Everyone! The rains and resulting floods throughout the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states in America a few weeks ago were devastating, with millions of dollars in property damage, several deaths and a mobilization of the Red Cross and the National Guard resulted. Red Nose Relief encouraged coordinators and responders to seek to support the local food drives and clothing drives that were going on, as well as to respond to the local Red Cross chapters to help out. However, as sometimes happens when you are involved in the building of a new organization with a unique mission that interacts with other agencies who really don't understand what it is we are trying to accomplish, we hit a snag... When a clown responds to a disaster situation, the best costume or uniform, if you will, is maybe a pair of clown shoes, maybe a colorful vest, definitely a nose, possibly a hat and or a tie. That's it! A clown in full traditional costume and make up just doesn't work. I think everyone understands that the full costume and make up routine doesn't come across well in a very high stress situation. Even the lite auguste look can be "too much". You have to go in very lightly. Overall, the best approach is plain cloths with your nose in your pocket. That being said, we really have to use the same approach with the agencies we are working with...plain clothes with your nose in your pocket. Some of our very well intentioned responders and coordinators have presented themselves to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the United Way and other agencies for training, for local agency coordination, and for other activities in full costume and make up and have literally scared the heck out of some of the uninformed agency staffers and volunteers. The fear of clowns is a legit fear. It not only exists in some of audience members. It exists in the core of staffers and volunteers in the various relief agencies we are working with. Our folks need to be sensitive to it. We sincerely appreciate that many of our responders are very proud that they are clowns, proud of how they appear, proud of how they perform. At the same time, here are Red Nose Relief, all we require is the heart of a clown. You don't need to be in full costume and make up. The truth be told, what we desire to do is best accomplished without any make up at all and very few of the traditional clown trappings." Thanks so much, Fuddi-Duddy, Paul Kleinberger, Red Nose Relief. Find a link to the Red Nose Relief site under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"This email is to invite performers that would be interested in coming to Jamaica for a week in November, the 5th to the 11th, to participate on our Circus week. This will be happening at Starfish Trelawny resort, which is part of the Superclubs Family. The resort will provide accommodation and transfer from airport to resort and back. It is an all inclusive resort so meals and drinks are on the house. This is a resort for families, so if you are married with kids you can bring them as companions. The only thing you have to pay for is the air fair. If you are a minor but you are a performer and you are interested, you can bring your parents as companions too. For more information contact Starfish's Circus Director Stephanie Barreiro." Thank you, Looking forwards to hear from you. Vladimir. email@example.com
"Mask Theatre Workshop Leader Needed - Shropshire. Trading Faces the mask theatre specialists recently relocated to Bishops Castle in Shropshire. Following this relocation the company is now expanding and inviting expressions of interest from mask and physical theatre practitioners based in Shropshire and surrounding areas. Skills in teaching or leading workshops, experience of devising theatre and professional performing experience essential. Other skills that might be useful would include experience of Issue based theatre and mask making or other craft skills. Regular work opportunities start September 2006 ranging from local half day workshops to three week long projects. Projects often involve staying away from base single room accommodation will be provided. All projects are team lead usually with Trading Faces Artistic Director. Trading Faces projects involve a wide range of participant groups including degree students, secondary and primary workshops, people with special needs, teachers and youth workers. In the long term there may also be opportunities to join the cast for touring productions. Trading Faces have 20 years experience of specialising in this field of work. For more information about Trading Faces visit our web site." Find a link to the Trading Faces site under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"A new device of assistance to the artistic writings for public space Within the framework of the Time of arts of the street, the French Ministry for the Culture and the Communication, in partnership with the SACD, launches a new device of assistance, "To write for the Street". It aims at recognizing the singularity of the artistic writings of creation for public space and the auteurs/concepteurs who incarnate it, while accompanying by a financial support adapted the phase by development by the writings. It also seeks to support the taking into account of these steps in places, and with partners, likely to continue the accompaniment of the projects of writing. The procedure for requesting assistance will be specified during the summer 2006. For more information: Elena Dapporto, DMDTS
"Dear friends, El Rayo Misterioso has 12 years of non stop theatrical work in Argentina. Since our beginnings we have been struggling day and night to fulfil our aims and hold our ideas and our art. It was this way that we could make our project grow and accomplished our objectives: we built two theatre halls in Rosario; we have been editing a research drama magazine for 12 years which, because of its contents, is used as study material by students, research groups and institutions all over Argentina and other countries as well; we have travelled to more than 10 countries with our plays participating in festivals, delivering workshops, seminars, conferences. We have moved students and audiences, not only because of the aesthetic level of our performances, but also because of our method of working as a group, at an ethic and organizational level. We have also done 7 editions of our "Experimenta Theatre" (unique in its kind) and 5 editions of our "Experimental Seminar", attended by students from more than 13 countries and 10 Argentine Provinces. They have all had the opportunity of witnessing our devotion, respect and professionalism towards our Art. We have the support of the INT (National Theatre Institute), which is highly valuable, but it is not enough to maintain our activities. We do need a place of our own, otherwise we won't be able to survive. This year the rent has increased nearly three times its price. The rental agreement expires in November 2006 and the owners have no intention of renewing it (because of the high rental demand there is in our city, the cost would not be less than $3000 per month.) This situation makes it really hard for us to keep the doors open beyond this year. We think that it is important for those who believe in Art to support a group which outstands because of its experience, research work, and that has contributed with new elements to students and professionals in the field of drama based on the proposals of our teachers: Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Artaud, Grotowski, Kantor. This is the reason why we have decided to take up a struggle asking our friends to support us to make this project continue. We only ask you to write a few lines about "El Rayo Misterioso" to back this request and send and e-mail to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Thanking you in advance, with best regards, Aldo El-Jatib, María de los Ángeles Oliver, José Pierini, Virginia Dragone, Ada Cottu, Verónica Garat, Julia Rosenzvaig, Sabina Valentini.
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