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Welcome to the August 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.
Soon after last month's newsletter was published, Australian circus icon Reg Bolton passed away. Reg was a much loved figure in the Australian circus community, and chair of the Australian Circus and Physical Circus Association. He passed away peacefully doing what he loved, running a workshop in rural Australia. My first circus training was under Reg's instruction in Edinburgh in 1977, and I served under his chairmanship on the ACAPTA committee for the last couple of years. He had a strong belief in the circus community, and in the value of fostering each member of the community, and was a big supporter of youth circus. He is survived by his partner, Annie Stainer, who runs the Total Theatre school in Perth, and two adult children Jo and Sophie, and our thoughts are with them. "An online notice board has been setup up for Reg. Reg would have loved for people to be connecting in some way from this, across different communities, around the world. This notice board welcomes anyone who would like to add something. We would love to receive your story, discussion, article, photo, link or suggestion." www.regbolton.org
Last month marked a milestone for the newsletter with both the Sponsorship and the Feature items coming from Europe, which represented the culmination of my efforts to rebuild the European readership after Australian spam law forced us to move the newsletter into a Yahoo group. In this process we lost many non English speakers, and also many English speakers, who didn't understand what they had to do to stay subscribed. This month however we return to our roots with a New Zealand focus, which is nice to see, as I have recently bought a house in Wanganui, the small town in New Zealand in which I was born. The Artmedia postal address has changed as a result, and anyone who has been sending mail to our Sydney PO Box, please in future send this mail to: 80 Talbot St, Wanganui East 4500, New Zealand.
In the Sponsorship this month, we welcome back CircoArts. Now in its
tenth year of delivery, CircoArts provides the only tertiary level programme
in circus and physical theatre in New Zealand. CircoArts is pleased to
announce that international fees for the 2007 programme have been heavily
discounted and that Australian students continue to pay domestic New Zealand
fees. CircoArts are now accepting 2007 applications for the Diploma in
In our occasional Campaign section this month Philippe Charluet writes: "It is with a mixture of sadness and empathy that I acknowledge Graeme Murphy's and Janet Vernon's resignation as Artistic Directors of their Sydney Dance Company from April 2007, as after 30 years it can definitely be termed 'theirs'. Without Graeme and Janet, Sydney Dance Company will not be SDC but only a shadow of its former self. No doubt, new creative endeavours will be undertaken, but could not, in any way, be matched with the creative genius and vision that this partnership has given us. As a sign of respect, I suggest that the new company be given a new name. "
In the networking, the NZ International Comedy Festival have confirmed the dates for next year's festival, and we have a call for street performers for the Auckland Harbour Festival 2007. In America, Avner the Eccentric and Michael Levine, co-producers of the Phyzgig Vaudeville Festival in Portland, Maine, are seeking variety arts performers to appear in this year's edition of this annual event, and the DVD of Tony Montanaro, Theatre and Inspiration, a documentary film, is now available for sale online.
We have information on a Flying trapeze intensive workshop for all levels
in the eastern townships of Quebec, Canada, and in England Missfit
productions have a call for dyslexic and dyspraxic writers, for a March 2007
event at the Barons Court Theatre in London, while the Peterborough
Festival, which runs from 30 June to 8 July 2007, welcomes all new acts that
could feature as street entertainment and in the Mayor's Festival
Procession. In France, Denise Namura and Michael Bugdahn announce the dates
of their dance training courses, à fleur de peau, in Paris, and Clown Gerrit
from Germany reports on his experiences last year at the Siberian
International Street Theatre Festival.
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Sponsor:CircoArts programme at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand
It's been a long, cold winter in Christchurch, New Zealand, but the woes
and worries of frost and flu have been kept at bay for many of the city's
arts' lovers with an array of offerings from the students of the CircoArts
programme at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. Now in its
tenth year of delivery, CircoArts provides the only tertiary level programme
in circus and physical theatre in New Zealand. So far, this year's
performance projects have shone a spotlight on the diversity of CircoArts
programme as it hits double digits, and with many highlights still to come.
With a script made up of splintered shards of Western thought and writing, the show examined in visceral detail the modes of being that we have (and that we have always had) through the infused media of circus and physical theatre skills taught in the CircoArts programme. More than a mere showcase of virtuosity, The Butler illuminated some very dark places in the Western psyche and demanded much from its audience by way of critical self-reflection.
Noted performance studies teacher, Bill Blaikie (Charles Sturt University, NSW), reviewed The Butler saying: the show was an "an outstanding combination of skills at the circus end of physical theatre or the physical theatre end of circus. The cast, crew, CircoArts teachers and director, Mike Friend, have demonstrated, yet again, that circus and physical theatre comprise a form that can generate fresh and surprising theatre, and that the future of such work is definitely assured and pregnant with untold possibilities."
The fruition of these possibilities are starting to be revealed as the
second major show for the year goes into production, ready for opening in
Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
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
Or find the paperback 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 chapter we have an exercise which you don't want to seek out, but if it occurs in the street, you need to know how to respond. Some people are violent. It's their way of being. When you engage with people like this, they want to play by attacking you. But it is not a game you want to encourage.
In a workshop situation, the interaction can be acted out, revealing our subconscious reactions, and we can see how, surprisingly, almost always we want to buy into the fight. To keep everyone safe therefore, we impose a rule of 'no touching'. One person acts casually as if on a street waiting for something, and another plays the part of a violent person, conjuring up real anger first, as in the emotional exercises in Chapters 13 and 25. The violent person then enters the stage and confronts the bystander, who reacts on impulse, and the impro is simply played out from that point. Big applause, and the next couple have a go. This exercise can often be most effective if the 'ONLY safe response' (see below) is not given to the participants to start with, but is discovered through feedback and discussion of each interaction.
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One Week Clown Intensive in Sydney with Alan
Clay, September 11 to 15. (5 day) Aus$600
Summer Clown Retreat with Alan Clay ,
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.
Feature: Call for Performances for the Australian National Circus Conference
The Australian National Circus Conference will be held in Wollongong, NSW, on December 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2006.
The Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association, Circus Monoxide and the University of Wollongong join forces to present the 2006 National Circus Conference in Wollongong, in the Monoxide big top. The conference brings the circus industry and the academic world together for two and a half days of high-risk discussion and hair-raising performance around the business of danger - artistic, political, practical - in circus and sideshow. The three industry representatives on the conference organising committee will put both the shows together. We would like to feature some of the diverse circus, physical theatre and sideshow work currently being created nationally. Neither show can be finalised until funding is confirmed.
We are especially interested to hear from people who intend to come to the conference anyway and might like to perform while there and receive the humble fee to help off set their costs. It is unlikely that the budget will allow us to pay travel, accommodation and per diems but we will stretch it as far as we can. The conference will provide a rigger, lighting and sound operator. There will be a tech/dress run in the afternoon prior to each show. We will need comprehensive tech specs sent to us prior to the event and every effort will be made to meet your technical and production requirements. We will discuss with you prior to the tech rehearsal any amendments that have to be made. The intention is to pay a small fee per act. There will be billeted accommodation available with the local circus community on a 'first in - first served' basis. We will also be sending out a list of cheap accommodation available in the area.
We are looking for acts of approximately five minutes duration. We would like you to address 'Danger' in some imaginative way - we are open to surprises here! Physical, emotional. whatever 'dangerous' performance might mean to you. Could you please let us know: What apparatus you use - if any? What your technical requirements are? What type of flooring / space requirements you need? Number of performers? Could you also please send us a brief description of your act, any relevant publicity material - DVD, video, photos - and a brief biography. If you are proposing a high skill-based act - using, for example, swinging trapeze or chainsaws - we will need to know you have performed this kind of work in a professional context several times. We will also call you to discuss insurance and OH&S issues. Please note that both shows will have a very limited tech rehearsal time - 2-3 hours each!
Your act will be considered in the context of creating two varied and surprising nights of performance for a diverse audience of academics, industry peers and the general public. Include all your tech reqs, the names of the performers and a contact person. Closing date: Monday, August 28th. Notification date: Early October 2006. Send all act proposals to: 2006 National Circus Conference Committee, C/- Circus Monoxide, PO Box 265, Corrimal, NSW 2518." Alicia Battestini, Circus Monoxide. Find a link to the Circus Monoxide site under Circus at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
Campaign: Acknowledging Graeme Murphy's and Janet Vernon's resignation as Artistic Directors of the Sydney Dance Company
It is with a mixture of sadness and empathy that I acknowledge Graeme
Murphy's and Janet Vernon's resignation as Artistic Directors of their
Sydney Dance Company from April 2007 (after 30 years it can definitely be
I have been privileged to be part of this 'family' and able to record
what motivates Artists of such calibre and who we may only see once in a
lifetime. I am sure we will hear a lot more of Graeme Murphy and Janet
Vernon, and that their work and creations will transcend the small
mindedness and banality that this era of "dirt rich economic prosperity" and
short term opportunism seems to applaud.
"Hi Alan, With the fantastic success of the 2006 NZ International Comedy Festival, we've already starting planning for next year. We have confirmed that the dates for the Festival will be 4 - 27 May 2007. More information regarding the 2007 Festival will be available from our website in late October, and applications will be due in November of this year. If you have any queries in the mean time, just get in touch with us at the Festival Office. See you next year!!" Kylie Aitchison, Festival Producer, ODDFELLOWS NZ International Comedy Festival, Auckland, Wellington and the Comedy Convoy nationwide. Find a link to the NZ International Comedy Festival under Festivals at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Hi Alan, I am co-ordinating the Street Performers for the Auckland Harbour Festival 2007. I would really appreciate it if you could place this ad requesting expressions of interest on your website. The Human Garden Agency, Newmarket, Auckland, NZ Street Performers Required For Summer Festival. The Human Garden Agency is co-ordinating the street performers and theatre acts for the Auckland Harbour Festival 2007. The Festival is a three day event which will be held over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, 27, 28 & 29 January 2007. The 2006 Festival was a huge success. We are looking for expressions of interest from performers who have an entertaining act that might fit with a maritime theme. e-Mail with details of your act; availability, rates and requirements." Regards, Liz van Dyk. Find a link to the Human Garden Agency site under Resources at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Avner Eisenberg (Avner the Eccentric) and Michael Levine, co-producers of the Phyzgig Vaudeville Festival in Portland, Maine, are seeking variety arts performers to appear in this year's edition of this annual event. Phyzgig is presented by Acorn Productions, a non-profit arts organization, and runs from December 26 to 31, 2006 at the Portland Performing Arts Center, a wonderful 300-seat theatre that is home to Portland Stage Company, a LORT-D theatre, and SPACE Gallery, an alternative arts storefront venue. Phyzgig celebrates a grand vaudeville tradition that dates back hundreds of years. The physical comedy festival began with a series of performances of Avner the Eccentric at the old Oak Street Theatre in 1997. During the next few years, the festival expanded to the point where it now offers Portland audiences a great opportunity to chase away post-holiday blues with a family-oriented week of music and magic, mirth and mayhem. Each performance is a mini-festival unto itself, showcasing the work of three to seven vaudeville entertainers, and all vaudeville performances also feature the Phyzgig pit band "Chiarivari." Phyzgig features two different types of performances. Vaudeville Shows are a non-stop thrill ride through an exciting series of performers. These variety shows feature expert juggling, incredible illusions, mystifying magic, captivating storytelling, and more physical comedy than the festival has ever packed together before. For the younger aficionados, Acorn offers the popular Phyzkidz series at SPACE Gallery, afternoon performances that contain all the excitement of the mainstage shows on a smaller scale. Younger audiences will especially appreciate the room to move around in the storefront gallery/theater on Congress Street. Please visit our web site for more information and to download an application to perform." Find a link to the Physgig Vaudeville Festival under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Tony Montanaro, Theatre & Inspiration, A
documentary film. The DVD of Tony Montanaro , Theatre and
Inspiration is now available for sale online at the Films By Huey website.
The premiere screenings of Tony Montanaro, Theatre & Inspiration were well
received by audiences in Maine in Waterville, South Paris, and Portland. The
film was selected for screening as part of the Maine International Film
Festival held in July and was just selected for screening at the Atlantic
Film Festival In Halifax, Nova Scotia for mid-September. Tony Montanaro
(1927-2002) was one of the great mime artists of the 20th Century. Theatre &
Inspiration celebrates his life and contributions to the world of theatre
and the joy he brought to audiences across America and Europe. In the film,
rare archival footage of Montanaro is interwoven with interviews and
performances. Featured in the film are Montanaro's wife and performing
partner, Karen Montanaro, legendary mime Marcel Marceau, and many of Tony's
past performing partners, Celebration Theatre Company members, and students.
The film's soundtrack features some of Maine and New England's finest jazz
musicians including Steve Grover, Brad Terry, Glenn Jenks, and Deborah
Henson-Conant. "Tony Montanaro, Theatre & Inspiration", 56 minutes, 2006,
directed & edited by Huey, Leland Faulkner, and Richard Searls, produced by
Films by Huey. You can order the DVD 2 ways: You can pay by credit card
online OR print out the order form and send a check payable to: Films by
Huey, 103 Montrose Ave, Portland, ME 04103, USA. DVDs are $19.95 plus $3
shipping, Maine residents add 5% for Maine State Sales Tax." Karen
Montanaro. Find a link to Karen's classes at the Celebration Barn under
Training, and find a link to Films By Huey under Resources at:
"The Peterborough Festival
2007 (30 June - 8 July) ~ Myths & Legends... Welcomes all new acts that
could feature upon the World Music stage and the Mayor's Festival
Procession. We also seek Street Entertainment both during and in lead-up to
the Festival. * The Peterborough Festival is the largest cultural event in
Cambridgeshire. * In 2007 we want to explore myths and legends throughout
Festival activity. * We welcome and support local, national and
international artists. * We particularly like to support innovative and
emerging companies and artists - what have you got to offer? Want to get
involved in the Festival scene? Are you a student/student company wanting
further experience? * 2006 saw a UK-first as we used Internet streaming and
conferencing to introduce World Premiere's via the Festival and we gained
global attention. To register your interest/ promote yourself please forward
information to (deadline for submission being 31 August 2006: Joseph
Ballard, The Peterborough Festival, Lady Lodge Arts Centre, Orton Goldhay,
Peterborough PE2 5JQ." firstname.lastname@example.org
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