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Welcome to the April 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.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre with information on their California and Denmark summer classes. The workshops and intensives include a Grand Guignol workshop which explores our fascination with the macabre and a month long Physical Theatre Intensive that will train you to command the time and space of the stage.
In the Playspace section I have new information on my Sydney Clown Intensive in July this year and I remind anyone interested that the best deal on this workshop is coming up in early May. Clown is empathic, 'feeling with' the audience, and it is also playful, open to the impulses in each moment, and this workshop will develop these skills.
This month we Feature Australia's biggest Contact Improvisation gathering, the fourth annual convergence. There will be five days of Contact Improvisation jamming, classes lead by some of Australia’s most experienced practitioners, discussion, and more, in a relaxing and invigorating beachside location.
In Networking we have information on an Introduction to Circus Skills class in New Zealand with the Wellington Circus Trust. And in Australia, the International Association for Theatre for Children and Young People is holding its World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in Adelaide. The programme includes workshops on Brecht and Makhampom.
Also in Australia the
One Van International Festival of Puppetry is
holding a one-day mini-festival on April 26th in Blackheath, NSW,
with workshops including shadow puppets and roll-card marionettes. And the
Melbourne Fringe Festival will open expressions of interest in performing at
the Fringe Festival Hub on April 21st.
In South Korea, the annual Chuncheon International Mime Festival is being held May 27th to June 3rd. This festival focuses on contemporary mime, physical theatre and street theatre. And in South Africa, Zip Zap is hosting the Cape Town based Social Circus Instructors' Training in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil in August. The program is aimed at anyone using circus as a social intervention tool with marginalised groups. This includes social workers, teachers and circus artists.
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Sponsor: Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Summer 2008 at Dell’Arte International:
workshops in the Dell'Arte training system developed over 30 years of
actor-training. Fees includes tuition, housing and meals. Take one workshop
or all three.
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Sydney Clown Intensive
Monday 7th to Friday 11th July, (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day
We tend to think of clown as the painted faced character which has come down to us from the circus tradition of the last two hundred years. However clown is possibly the oldest art form, occurring in every society throughout the ages, and it is an art form which has been undergoing a renaissance and a rejuvenation over the past few years. Modern clown is less character based and more interactive than traditional clown, it is less about hiding behind make-up and more about revealing our true selves, and less about routine based entertainment and more about spontaneous artistic expression. We need training and tools to facilitate these new skills in our work, and this workshop aims to give participants a way of working which supports this process.
Clown is empathic, 'feeling with' the audience, and it is also playful, open to the impulses in each moment, and this workshop will train and develop these skills through improvisation exercises. Each day will start with a yoga warm up and participants will work physically to free themselves from patterns and to connect with their emotions. Street theatre has informed and assisted the development of modern clown, and participants will take simple exercises out into the street environment to assist in the development of interactive audience skills.
The workshop is aimed at those with a professional interest in clown. It is suitable both for beginners and for those with experience, and it functions best with this mix in the class. There will be a minimum of four and maximum of eight on the workshop. $400 Price Buster (by May 7), $500 Earlybird (by June 7) $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: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
Listen to the podcasts in the Angels Can Fly series at www.alanclay.com/wordpress/ .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: acic08 --
Australian Contact Improvisation
Convergence #4, June 5-9, Lennox
Contact Improvisation’s biggest Australasian gathering!
Proudly supported by NORPA, with the assistance of ARTS NSW, acic08 is the fourth annual Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence. From all over Australia, New Zealand and beyond, participants converge and indulge in 5 days of Contact Improvisation (CI) jamming, classes, discussion, and more, in a relaxing and invigorating beachside location.
This year, acic08 is dedicated to providing not only classes and workshops lead by some of Australia’s most experienced CI practitioners, but also to facilitate the time and space for each participant to guide themselves through the event – be it with self-directed inquiry, shared investigations, or just plenty of dancing! Favourite activities will return, including the live music jam, the performance night and the Underscore. The convergence continues to support and enrich CI culture in Australia and beyond, for individuals and communities alike.
Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre is nestled metres from Seven Mile Beach, beside the tea-tree freshwater lake. Dance on the sprung timber floor of the stadium hall, amongst the trees, on the beach, or in the water! Residential participants stay in comfortable dormitory accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, and continental breakfast is provided each morning beside the beach. Lunch and dinner are delicious mostly-organic, vegetarian cuisine, cooked onsite by sought-after local chefs Anthea Amore and Casper Brace. Meal times take place beside the beach and under the stars; perfect fuel for 5 days of dancing and getting to know your dance partners!
Participants can attend for 5 days (Thurs-Mon), 3 days (Sat-Mon), or 1 day only (Sat). Residential Option is for Thurs-Mon only. For further information go to www.theconvergence.org.au , or contact the acic08 office : (03) 9525 6232 email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited Work Exchange opportunities available
photo by Alejandro Rolandi
"Introduction to Circus Skills class with the Wellington Circus Trust, NZ, during Term One holidays. Have a go at a variety of circus activities including static trapeze, tissu, low-flying trapeze, juggling, acrobalance & tumbling. Classes are from 28th April to 2nd May (5 nights), from 6 to 8pm. Visit our web site for more info and contact details." Eileen McNaughton, Trustee, Wellington Circus Trust. Find a link to Wellington Circus Trust under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"The International Association for Theatre for Children and Young People, ASSITEJ, are holding their World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in Adelaide, Australia, from 9th - 18th May. ASSITEJ celebrates theatre for children and young people made by artists from across the globe. The endeavor of the theatre makers – whether from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe or Australia – is to create experiences and memories which celebrate, question and consider the world around us and within us, provoking young people to feel, think and see into the past, present and future. Presented in Adelaide, Australia over ten days in May 2008 the festival will include Brecht, Makhampom Workshops and Theatre Forums. Come and join hundreds of national and international guests from around the world, along with thousands of children and young South Australians - suspend time and allow your imagination to run free! Aside the from the Festival program ASSITEJ registered delegates can participate in a diverse variety of professional forums, workshops and industry events which will connect you to peers and colleagues from around Australia and the world. You can find the programme details on our web site. I look forward to seeing you at the theatre." Jason Cross, Artistic Director. Find a link to ASSITEJ World Congress under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Puppetry Workshops, One Van International Festival of Puppetry , Blackheath, NSW, Australia, 26th April 2008. Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre will be hosting a one-day mini festival for 2008 with workshops and an exciting program of children's shows. This scaled-down version of the award-winning puppetry event will continue the tradition of "One Van", providing performances and participation for all age groups, with low ticket prices and an insight into the weird and wonderful world of puppetry. Back by popular demand, the evergreen Richard Bradshaw will be conducting a workshop on shadow puppets, as well as perform his enchanting, whimsical shadows to delight audiences of all ages. And new to the festival will be a traditional 'Punch and Judy' show from Adelaide, as well as a workshop/demonstration about the history of these archetypal characters. Pelican Puppets from Bathurst will be offering a workshop on the construction and operation of "Pop-Up Puppets" which will enable children 5yrs and older to create their very own puppet theatre. In addition, Anita Sinclair from Melbourne, always original and a crowd favourite at the Cabaret will present a workshop on creating roll-card marionettes for adults, with an emphasis on those working with the disabled or in therapy. Visit the Puppetry Australia web site for festival programs and bookings." Sean, Webmaster Puppetry Australia. Find a link to Puppetry Australia under Puppet Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival, 24th September to 12th October. Do you want to perform at the Melbourne Fringe Festival Hub? Expressions of Interest to perform at the Festival Hub opens on 21st April and closes on 9th May. Registration for Fringe events will open on 26th May and close on 13 June. Please note: Even if you are selected to be part of the Festival Hub, you will still need to go through the registration process. Visit the web site for full details." Find a link to the Melbourne Fringe under Festivals at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
Mime Awareness Day, Boulder, Co, USA, Sunday, May 18th. Come one -
Come all! May is
International Mime month. Join us in a celebration of the International Mime
Awareness Day (MAD!) the third Sunday in May on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall.
Mimes can perform
their routines on our special outdoor
for a free High-Definition video shoot complete with theater props. There
will also be free performance DVD's if you're lucky! The Le Centre du
Silence's Director Samuel Avital will represent the leading school for Mime
celebrating it's 37th year with the International Summer Mime Workshop.
Great exposure, promotion, and fun! Visit our web site for more
information." Find a link to Mime Over Matter under Mimes at:
"Street Performer Auditions, South Street Seaport,
New York, NY, April 22nd. The "2008" Street Performer Auditions will take
place at Pier 17 on Tuesday, April 22nd from 12noon-2:30pm and from
5:30pm-7:30pm. Registration will take place on-site the day of auditions
starting at 11am for the morning session and 5pm for the evening session. As
usual, we seek self-contained acts such as musicians, magicians, mimes,
balloon artists, jugglers, acrobats, singers and dancers. Auditions will
take place on the pier and in the case of inclement weather, the atrium.
Candidates chosen will be placed on our "2008" Street Performing Roster" and
will notified by mail. Compensation is on a "pass-the-hat" basis. You can
find more information and contact details on our web site under Events."
Find a link to South Street Seaport under Resources at:
"Training for Social Circus Instructors, Zip Zap, August 25th - 29th, Cape Town, South Africa. August 2008 will again see Zip Zap host the Social Circus Instructors' Training in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil . The training program is aimed at social workers, youth workers, teachers, circus artists and trainers using circus as a social intervention tool with marginalised groups. Places are highly sought after but extremely limited and applications close June 27th. For more information email us. Visit our web site for more information and contact details." Laurence Estève & Brent van Rensburg, Co Founders & Trustees, Zip Zap, School of Circus Arts for Social Change in Cape Town. Find a link to Zip Zap under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
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