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Welcome to the January 2008 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its seventh year and reaching over 2,300 subscribers.
Welcome particularly to everyone gathered in Christchurch for the World Buskers Festival... Only in New Zealand could we call a festival this, we're naive enough to think that we are the centre of the world, it's part of our charm... and also to those gathering in Western Australia for the WA Circus Festival, more about this in the Features.
2008 has dawned and feels much better to me than 07. My summer Clown Retreat was very successful and the new space proved perfect for the event. In the Playspace section this month I have information on the next retreat in January 09 and on a new Sydney intensive in May this year. I am continuing my program of themed workshops in Sydney, this time with one looking at playfulness.
I'm off to France for the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival in a week or so, because my film, Moontan, is in the Market at the festival. Clermont Ferrand is the biggest short film festival in the world, and the market is attended by buyers from TV and festivals. The challenge is to get noticed however, so if you are one of these people, or you know one, please draw their attention to Moontan .
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the San Francisco Clown Conservatory with information on their auditions for the 2008-09 school year. They offer the only comprehensive professional clown training in North America. The First Year Program covers a broad range of clown skills and the Advanced Program is for the development of a professional quality act. Clown Conservatory graduates go on to work in top circus and theatre companies worldwide.
In the Features, Lunar Circus are offering a Master Class Programme in Circus Arts, which will culminate in the WA Circus Festival in Karridale. Classes start today, and run to 30th of January, so be in quick to take advantage of this great programme. The Master Classes will culminate in the three-days circus festival. Over 50 Australian and international artists featuring circus, music, puppetry, dance, comedy, cabaret and more will provide entertainment from noon to midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week.
We also feature the audition announcement for a new Artmedia project, Dance Sisters, an online game and feature film, based on my second novel. The story is a romantic drama about a female song and dance duo who overcome adversity and the control of a Kings Cross cyber sex cult, to win a song competition. We require two women, early twenties or late teens, who can sing, dance and act, or have any of these skills. Auditions are in Wanganui and Wellington in late February.
In Networking this month there's an opening for a full time community circus performer/teacher in Dargaville, New Zealand. Circus Kumarani aims to introduce Community Circus to New Zealand and the application deadline is January 29th. We also have an update on the 8th Auckland Buskers Festival which runs from the 1st to 6th February. This event features top class acts from all corners of the world and to apply to next years festival, see their web site.
In Australia, the Circus and Physical Theatre Association Conference is coming up in Adelaide in early March and, under the chairpersonship of Sue Broadway, the organisation is once again championing clown training, which makes me very happy. "One of our aims at the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Conference is to support professional, contemporary clowns and to develop their work, so we are thrilled to present clown master classes with Emil Wolk, as part of our continuing effort to address the need for national, world-class clown training in Australia." Emil was my first juggling teacher, at the late Reg Bolton's Edinburgh Summer Circus School in 1977."
Also in Australia the 9th 'One Van' International Festival of Puppetry is happening on 26th April 2008. Puppeteers are invited to join in the very popular 'puppet jam' on Friday night. If you're interested in putting on a workshop or participating in the Cabaret of Puppetry, send them an 'expression of interest.' And Flying Trapeze Australia in Mullumbimby, NSW, will be holding Trapeze Intensives in March and April.
In the USA, the Circus Day Foundation is offering a unique and concentrated 15 week session covering all major circus disciplines. This St Louis based program runs January 28 to May 18. In Tucson, Arizona, O-T-O Dance Inc. is holding their Winter Session Aerial Dance Classes. Although the classes have started, you attend a partial class at a prorated fee. Classes run until May 9th.
'Clowning Around... the World with Circus Magic' is the theme of this year's Circus Magic Convention to be held in Virginia, USA in late February, where you can learn from exciting entertainers from all around the world. And Dzieci, in New York, are holding a 'sunrise on Saturday to sunrise on Sunday', 24 hour immersion para-theatrical workshop. Pay what you can and bring layers of clothes and a blanket,
In the UK, FairGround Theatre Company have news of an evening Performer Development Programme in Bristol aimed at adult performers of any age or experience. The course offers training in specialist theatre skills including physical theatre, devising and cross disciplinary performance.
In Spain, Escola de Clown and Pepe Jimenez are casting the first Clown-Musical Spectacular. If you are a clown or singer and would like to audition, send your CV to Pepe. Deadline 31st January. Also from Escola de Clown, an Intensive Clown Workshop in Barcelona on Clown Numbers. The workshop taught by Jon Davison will look at various ways of creating clown numbers, based on the interests and abilities of participants.
In Asia, Circus Action International is looking for people interested in using performing arts and circus as an educational tool or simply a way to build confidence to participate in teaching projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and India. The projects are set to begin in July 2008. The first conference of Circus Action International is being held in Cambodia during their Circus Festival in April. In Singapore The Caring Clown Unit is seeking volunteer hospital clowns to visit the children at Kandang Kerbau Children Hospital and also participate in other invited events.
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New on the Artmedia site, our Physical Theatre blog features current Physical Theatre news items. The Artmedia blog is designed to provide you with timely information on auditions, opportunities, festivals and training as a supplement to our monthly newsletter. As the blog develops a strong readership, we intend charging for this service, but grab your chance now to post your items for free. This site regularly gets 6000 visitors a month and we have a strong community of interest in physical theatre and electronic publishing.
Our links page on the Artmedia site had grown so long that it was hard to find any one link, so we have now split the links into seven pages, one each for Festivals, Training, Resources, Circus and Clown, and Physical Theatre, and two pages of Performers links.
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Sponsor: SF Clown Conservatory Auditions for 2008-09 School Year
The Clown Conservatory offers the only comprehensive professional clown training in North America. Clown Conservatory graduates WORK with top-level circus and theater companies throughout the United State and abroad, including Cirque Eloize, Cirque du Soleil, Circus Monti, The New Pickle Circus, Aga Boom, S.F. Shakespeare Company, Lunatique Fantastique, Woman's Will and many other great companies.
The First Year program (September -
June) at The Clown Conservatory offers instruction in classic clowning,
circus skills, acrobatics, mime, dance, character development, business, the
creation of original clown material and more. Students also explore the
history and current practice of clowning and its relationship and
responsibility to society.
755 Frederick Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.759.8123 ext. *814
DVD auditions may be submitted as early as January 2008; live auditions by request only.
For more information about Clown Conservatory or Circus Center, please visit our websites: www.circuscenter.org www.clownconservatory.org
"It was the Clown Conservatory that gave me the direction, the skills, sparked my imagination and demystified the possibility of actually finding work in the circus. I love what Jeff Raz is doing with the Clown Conservatory and when I'm touring through the Bay Area I always swing by to see what the new clowns are up to." - Jonas Wolverton (Class of 2002, Cirque Eloize in "Rain")
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Sydney Clown Intensive - Playspace
Monday 5th May to Friday 9th May, (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day
Alan's Sydney workshop series for 2008 has been themed for greater targeting of individual preferences, however each workshop will essentially cover the same ground work in clown, with a good physical warm up, and exercises to develop emotional expression and clown communication skills. The May Intensive will focus on creating a play space.
"For a child everything is play, and when we grow up we start to take things seriously. This means we know more and more about the world and how it works, and we understand that some actions are frivolous and others are worth effort. What do we lose in this maturing process? We often lose our spontaneity, our ability to find the joy in each moment, which is what guides the playing process. We begin to understand that there are consequences to our actions, and that some outcomes appear more desirable than others. This means that we are less and less inclined to take risks, and more and more we want to play it safe. But risk is important in life, because we expand our world and learn new things by taking risks. It is common wisdom that if nothing is ventured, nothing is gained.
"When we play games, we suspend the 'real world' and allow interactions within defined rules, from which we can learn, and from which there are no real consequences. Games give us an opportunity to take risks in controlled ways. Through the experience of repeated attempts to achieve a goal, we refine our strategies, and thereby learn to evaluate the world, so the long term consequence of play, is knowledge. Play is a natural part of the growth process, so natural it is instinctual when we are young, and forms the bulk of our learning experiences. As we get older this natural process gets ritualised into sport, or recreational activities, or lost altogether in the knowledge and experience of life.
"Playfulness is central to clown, and this is why we think of clowns as child like, and why they appeal to children. For a clown, it's all a game and the normal rules of life do not constrain the game, and there are no real consequences. This is the truth of it, if we let it be this way, and it is this freedom to play that we love, and sometimes fear, in clowns." Rediscover this play space in this one week intensive.
$400 Price Buster (by March 31), $500 Earlybird (by April 15) $600 Full. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) email: firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
Summer Clown Retreat 2009 - Wanganui, New Zealand.
Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th January 2009 (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.
Grab your chance to get away from it all and reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river. The fees include six nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. The Clown Retreat will be held in a secluded studio within reach of breathtaking west coast beaches, bush walks and jet boat or canoe expeditions, but still handy to good coffee and all the facilities.
NZ$500 Price Buster (by August 31st) NZ$600 Earlybird (by November 15) NZ$700 Full. Including 6 nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) email: email@example.com to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
"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: The 2008 Master Class Program and WA Circus Festival
Lunar Circus is proud to present once again, their master class program, from January 24th to January 30th. Over 40 instructors and highly accomplished performers will take the novice and experienced artist to new levels. The festival master class workshops will cater to all skill levels with a focus on both the emerging and professional performer. The master class program aims not only to further skills but to inspire performers to create new and original acts and to serve as a networking platform for the industry.
The Master Classes will culminate in the three-days circus festival. Over 50 national and international artists featuring circus, music, puppetry, dance, comedy, cabaret and more will provide entertainment from noon to midnight on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February. The festival caters for both kids and adults with shows that are original, elegant, contemporary, silly, intelligent and always lots of fun.
Performances will be held simultaneously on outdoor stages and inside the Lunar Big Top and Little Top. The Dr Reg Bolton Bar will take festival comers late into the night with its outrageous and risqué nightly cabaret.
For more info go to www.lunarcircus.com (Pictured right, Dawn Strindburg, on of the acts at the Festival)
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns 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.
"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."
Feature: Moontan in Market at the Claremont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France
Alan's short film, Moontan, is in the Market at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. Clermont Ferrand is the biggest short film festival in the world, and the market is attended by buyers from television and festivals.
Moontan Screenings to date:
Australian Screen Producers Fringe, Rough Cuts, Brisbane, Nov 2006
Fringe Film festival, Wellington, New Zealand, July 2007
Australian Directors Conference, Sydney, Australia, October 2007
"In 2008, the Clermont-Ferrand festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary and will present three competitions mixing film and digital medium, thus bringing greater diversity to the short film format – diversity being its basic principle, its source of uniqueness and vitality. Enjoy cinema on the move with all the newest French and international productions, the best groundbreaking films, and a large choice of retrospectives."
February 2nd to 8th, Clermont Ferrand Film Festival Market, in the video library, available for viewing on 35 video terminals.
Feature: Dance Sisters, Auditions for two female lead Singer / Dancer / Actors, Wellington, New Zealand
Artmedia is producing an online game and feature film set in Sydney and based on Alan Clay's second novel, Dance Sisters. The story is a romantic drama about a female song and dance duo who overcome adversity and the control of a Kings Cross cyber sex cult, to win a song competition.
We require two women, early twenties or late teens (or who can play these ages), who can sing, dance and act, or have any of these skills. We are looking to cast unknown actors in these roles. You will need to commit to two years ongoing filming and hard work.
The initial phase of the project will involve building up the online profile of the main characters by releasing a series of podcasts onto popular video web sites during 2008. This will mean rehearsals and video shoots beginning in the next few months and continuing through 2009. This will be followed by the feature film production in the summer of 2009/2010.
The pay during the web site phase of the project will be a combination of an advance and profit share in the feature film. Pay during the film production stage of the project will be standard industry rates. The Dance Sisters project will be an opportunity for some dynamic new performers to get great exposure, industry experience and have some fun!
If you're interested in auditioning for either of these roles, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a time on one of the days above. We are always happy to receive CV's and expressions of interest for work on our films. Find more information at: www.artmedia.net.au
"Circus Kumarani seek an experienced circus skills teacher and performer in Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand. This role involves teaching circus skills in object manipulation, acrobalance and equibrilistic, as well as running and organising workshops and show productions . A part time position is based at the Creative Centre in Dargaville with full time work extending to include Northland. Salary and contract period will be negotiated to suit. Applicants are instructed to provide their application via email with cover letter and brief CV. Circus Kumarani aims to introduce Community Circus to New Zealand. We are an active part of a national network, organising regional and national festivals and conventions. Our work is focussed on all ages and all abilities. Application deadline 5pm Tuesday 29th January 2008. See our website for contact details." Thomas Hinz, Creative Director, Circus Kumarani. Find a link to Circus Kumarani under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Auckland Buskers Festival , New Zealand. The 8th Annual Auckland Buskers Festival runs from the 1st - 6th February and is in locations all over the city as well as night shows outside OHagens Bar in the Waterfront and a cabaret at the Classic Comedy venue on the 31st January. The event features top class acts from all corners of the world and is excellent family entertainment. For information on how to apply to the next festival visit our new web site." Nick Nickolas, Auckland Buskers Festival. Find a link to the Auckland Buskers Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Master Class with Emil Wolk, 1st -- 4th March, Adelaide, Australia. In 2008, ACAPTA offers Conference delegates the opportunity to take part in a Master Class with internationally respected clowning and physical theatre expert, Emil Wolk. One of our aims at the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Conference is to support professional, contemporary clowns and to develop their work, so we are thrilled to present clown master classes with Emil, as part of our continuing effort to address the need for national, world-class clown training in Australia. Emil's extraordinary range of training influences read somewhat like the genealogy of contemporary clowning and he brings a skill set that combines knowledge of both character and acrobatic-based clowning, and other forms of physical theatre, vaudeville, comedy, all in combination with a thorough knowledge of mainstage theatre. This Master Class will occur across two half days of the Conference, ensuring delegates are still able to attend and take part in other Conference programming. It will focus on working with circus and physical theatre artists who currently have a work in progress, and who feel they would benefit from Emil's experience in developing their work. The Master Class will have strictly limited numbers, so if you are interested in attending, please email an expression of interest that includes details of your professional background and about the work you propose to bring to the Master Class. Visit the web site for more information and contact details." Freya Waterson, Conference Coordinator, ACAPTA. Find a link to ACAPTA under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Festival of Puppetry, 26th April, Blackheath, NSW, Australia. The 9th 'One Van' International Festival of Puppetry is happening on 26th April 2008! As April 26th is a Saturday, puppeteers are invited to arrive on Friday to join the very popular 'puppet jam' on Friday night at the Gardiner's Inn. On Saturday morning there will be workshops, followed by performances for young and old throughout the day. The day will once again be accompanied by a fair with stalls outside the main venue. There will be some outdoor performances as well. The Festival will conclude with the Cabaret of Puppetry on Saturday night. We do accept expressions of interest for workshops, children and family shows, exhibitions, roaming puppets and for participation in the Cabaret of Puppetry with a 5-15 minutes performance. Please express you interest in writing and send us some photos or a DVD of your performance. Please visit the Puppetry Australia web site for more information and contact details. I am looking forward to hearing from you." Can Yasmut, Manager, Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre Inc. (BANC). Find a link to Puppetry Australia under Puppet Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"Trapeze Intensives with Flying Trapeze
Australia, NSW, Australia. Hello trapeze enthusiasts! Just wanting
to let you all know about a couple of dates for our 3 day intensives coming
up in Mullumbimby, NSW (home of Spaghetti Circus). The first one is March 8,
9 & 10th (the 10th being labour day in Vic) The second intensive is April
25, 26, & 27th. (Anzac day long weekend) Cost is $320pp, you will start your
day with a 1 & 1/2 hour Yogalates class followed by 6 hours of flying (2 x 3
hour sessions) Maximum number is 9 Minimum 7. A non-refundable deposit of
$150 is due one month prior to the intensive beginning. Please email us ASAP
to secure your place. If you require any more information please visit our
web site and don't hesitate to call or email us. " Steen & Holly Shoar,
Directors, Flying Trapeze Australia. Find a link to Flying Trapeze Australia
under Training at:
"Marathon, Dzieci's 24 hour immersion para-theatrical workshop , sunrise on Saturday, January 27th to sunrise on Sunday the 28th , New York, USA. $50-$150, pay what you can, bring layers of clothes and a blanket. Partial participation may be arranged with prior notice. 'My experience totally defies words.…The use of movement and sound was transformative on a kinaesthetic and visceral level.' -Lisa Lerner, participant, The Thunder, Perfect Mind. Please visit our web site for more information and contact details." Matt Mitler, Company Director, Dzieci. Find a link to Dzieci under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Performer Development Programme, 25th January - 28th March, Bristol, UK. FairGround
Theatre Company is offering PlayGround, a part time (evening)
10-week long Performer Development Programme (PDP) aimed at adult performers
of any age or experience. The course offers training in specialist theatre
skills including physical theatre, devising and cross disciplinary
performance, and aims to challenge common approaches and perceptions of
theatre. The methods of the programme are informed by a range of theatre and
non-theatre practices including Lecoq based performance techniques,
bodyweather movement/manipulations, voice exploration, theatrical
musicality, dance and martial arts. Performers who train on the programme
may then be invited to work with the company creating future
productions. For more information and contact details visit our web site."
Tid, Joint Artistic Director, FairGround. Find a link to FairGround Theatre
Company under Resources at:
"Intensive Clown Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, 26th - 27th January 2008. This workshop on Clown Numbers at the Escola de Clown is being taught by Jon Davison, a co-founder of the Escola de Clown. What makes a clown number work? How can we devise one? We will look at various ways of creating clown numbers, based on the interests and abilities of participants, working solo, in duo or group. Visit the web site for details and contact information." Jon Davison, Escola de Clown. Find a link to Escola de Clown under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Call for Circus Teachers and Conference Helpers,
Asia. The first conference of Circus Action
International is being hosted by Phare Ponleu Selpak in Cambodia at
their Circus Festival 3rd to 6th of April 2008. Inspired by the success of
Cirque du Soleil's 'Cirque du Monde', Ethiopia's 'Circus of Hope' and
Cambodia's Phare Ponleu Selpak, Canadian director, Jerry Snell has founded
another institution for Youth at Risk, using Circus and Performing Arts as a
tool for helping migrant and street children, working children, freed bonded
labour children, trafficked and victims of slave labour in Asia and Africa.
In collaboration with co-founder James Tanabe, they have begun to set up
Circus Action International which is currently a network of teachers,
programs, companies using performing arts and circus as an educational tool
or simply a way to build confidence and resolve feelings of isolation and
abandon in youth cornered by complex problems such as human trafficking,
war, AIDS/HIV, poverty and political corruption. If you are interested in
helping organize communications (I need a English to French translator) or
interested in the teaching projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and India,
please contact me. The projects are set to begin in July 2008. If you can
send me your background and availability for the future that would be great.
Especially if you already have plans to come to Asia. Please visit the visit
web site for more information and contact details." Jerry Snell, Circus
Action International. Find a link to Jerry Snell Industries under Resources
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