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Welcome to the May 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.
I'm hobnobbing with the stars at the Cannes Film Festival with my film Moontan at the moment, and as a result this issue has been completely created by our editor Trish, which shows the benefits of having a professional working on the publication. Enjoy. As always, we do need your support however to make this happen each month, so if you value the publication and see a possibility to promote your own work, please contact us about Sponsorship and Feature opportunities.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the San Francisco Clown Conservatory with information on their auditions for the 2008-09 school year. Based in San Francisco, 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 Playspace section I have information on my Sydney Clown Intensive in July, which is already almost full, and I remind anyone interested that you can still get the Early Bird deal on this workshop until the first week of June. "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 also include another of the anecdotes from Angels Can Fly, this time from Australian performer Rumpel, aka Jolly Goodfellow, Kangaroo Jester of Oz, who is currently working with Cirque Du Soleil. Rumpel has a number of anecdotes in Angels Can Fly, and in this one he shares his foolosophy of life.
This month in the Features we have the annual Red Spoon Clown Intensivepresented by Flying Heart Productions and Red Spoon, June 20th to 22nd. This three day, full time intensive in Fremantle will be dedicated to unleashing the clown through improvisation, observation and exercises. They invite you to explore the pleasure of being stupid, the honesty of being joyful and the excitement of altering reality to suit the game. This workshop is limited to 16 participants only.
Also in Features this month we have the Mask and Clown Intensive with Aole T Miller from the USA and Andrew Cory, June 27th to 29th. This three day Brisbane workshop will focus on the physical, emotional and imaginative qualities of mask work and contemporary clowning. This workshop is for actors, performers and dancers of all experience levels.
In Networking we have information on the Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance being offered by the University of Otago in New Zealand. The Fellowship is open to any New Zealand or international community dance practitioner, teacher or researcher. Applications close June 1st. The NZ talent agency Show Shop is looking for experienced live performers and entertainers to add to their books. A division of Green Room Talent Agency, they will consider all types of performers in all regions of New Zealand. And in Wellington fire performers and jugglers have a weekly gathering at Frank Kitts Park. The emphasis on the evenings is to swap ideas and share knowledge.
In Australia, the World Dance Alliance is holding a Dance Global Summit in Brisbane, July 13th - 18th. The conference/performative dialogues component of the Global Summit will explore mind/body connections, sustainability, transcultural conversations and re-thinking the way we make dance/performance. In Melbourne, Zen Zen Zo presents Stomp 2008, a week-long intensive training program, July 21st - 25th. This popular annual event promises to take the participants on a journey of transformation, both personally and professionally.
Cirque Du Soleil is currently casting in the US for 3 physical actor roles (2 males, 1 female) for a new show based on Elvis and his musical heritage. The show will open in Las Vegas in 2009. All three roles require a strong foundation in physical acting and the candidates must not suffer from vertigo. Applications close August 4th. In Tennessee, Delbert Hall and Jonathan Deull are offering a Rigging Workshop for Aerial Dance and Circus, June 28th - 29. If anyone really wants to learn about aerial dance equipment and how to rig it, this is the workshop.
Also in the US, Simply Circus Inc is creating an online resource by putting all of the circus and clown related abstracts and theses papers possible online in one place. If you have authored a thesis paper on a circus or clowning related topic, they want to know about it.
In the UK, In Toto Theatre requires an Accordion Player/Street Arts Performer in London for an outdoor comic and stylized dance/music/puppetry act for family audiences. Application deadline is May 25th. In the West Midlands, Blue Coat C of E Performing Arts College seeks to employ a Performing Artist in Residence. You will work as part of the schools resident Theatre Company, which works both within the school and in the wider community. This is a one year freelance post.
The 2008 European Juggling Convention is being held in Germany from August 2nd to 10th in Karlsruhe. If you'd like to give a workshop, let them know. There will be something to learn, experience and be amazed by day and night.
In Switzerland, the WorldCircus Geneva 2010 requires performers in all areas of the circus arts. All shows that have a bearing on the circus are welcome, including animal and insect trainers, and the employment of electronics and computers, as long as the theme of the circus is preserved. Applications close August 30th.
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Sponsor: Clown Conservatory Auditions for 2008-09 School Year
The Clown Conservatory at Circus Center offers the only comprehensive professional clown training in North America. Clown Conservatory graduates WORK with top-level circus and theater companies throughout the United States 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 Clown Conservatory exists as
part of Circus Center San Francisco, a not-for-profit circus organization.
Circus Center was created in July 2001, after the San Francisco School of
Circus Arts had acquired the New Pickle Circus, two names that embody a rich
and much older history.
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. $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
This month we continue a series of excerpts, with another of the anecdotes:
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: Annual Red Spoon Clown Intensive presented by Flying Heart Productions, Fremantle, Western Australia
Clown ignites the absurd that is in all of us and gives us greater access to our creative impulses as actors, performers, artists and humans!
Contemporary clown is not about face paint and big shoes (or even ‘red nose’); it’s about finding a unique character within yourself who delights in laughter and play, whose reality is elastic but whose experience is deeply human. It is about combining playfulness and laughter with a quest for honesty. Clown invites our individual and unique imagination, naivety and humour to the stage as well as our capacity to share these qualities with an audience and our fellow performers. Explore the pleasure of being stupid, the honesty of being joyful and the excitement of altering reality to suit the game.
This three day, full time intensive has a very physical focus. Each session will be dedicated to unleashing the clown through improvisation, observation and exercises. You will commence a thorough investigation into clown spirit, clown relationships and the mechanics of clown comedy with its wonderful comic joy in the absurd! All work will use the body as a primary source for creativity. You will be challenged to find the truth that is the cornerstone of your clown, to (re) discover your imagination and refine your understanding of stage presence!
The workshop is limited to 16 participants only
Date: June 20th - 22nd
Costs: $275.00 (GST included)
A deposit (non refundable) of $50 will ensure your place
Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Fremantle.
Contact: 0438161072, firstname.lastname@example.org www.flyingheart.com.au
ANDREW CORY - Clown Tutor
Over the last ten years, Andrew Cory has worked professionally in Australia, Asia and in Europe as an actor, a movement director and a clown. He has worked with a number of independent and professional companies in Australia including The QLD Ballet, The QLD Theatre Company, The QLD Symphony Orchestra, The South Australia State Theatre Company, and studied at Ecole Philip Gaulier (London), Centre Selavy Mask School (France), Todo Performance Academy (Denmark) and the School for Mime Theatre (USA). In 2002 Andrew received a professional development grant from Arts Qld to pursue his clown studies at Bont’s International Clown School (Spain).
Andrew has been a movement tutor for the Acting Dept. of Queensland University of Technology, NIDA Extensions Program and at Griffith University Applied Theatre Dept. He has taught movement and acting at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA). He is a founding member of The Angry Mime collective (Brisbane). In 2003 Andrew formed Red Spoon to explore various concoctions of clown, movement and text.
Quote from previous student:
"Andrew brings a passion and joy to the work that is infectious. It is challenging but the rewards are immense. I have found so many applications for what I have learnt in all areas of my life and work."
To see images from last years Intensive go to www.flyingheart.com.au and click 'DIARY' then scroll down to Intensive Review.
Feature: Mask and Clown Intensive with Aole T Miller (USA) & Andrew Cory, Brisbane, Australia
27 - 29 June 2008, 10 am – 4 pm daily @ Metro Arts. Brisbane. Cost: $230/$180 (conc)
This three day workshop will focus on the physical, emotional and imaginative qualities of mask work and contemporary clowning and their application to the actor/performer. This workshop is for actors, performers, dancers of all experience levels who wish to:
The idea of using masks in actor's training is
to give the actor a deep experience of the body and to unlock the
creativity of the physical body and its inspiration. A freedom and
release of the body and voice will result in using masks over the 3
workshop days. Mask work also helps actors find an experience of working
from the character’s ego without the actor’s personal judgments getting
in the way.
"Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ, applications close Sunday 1st June 2008. The University of Otago invites applications for the 2009 Caroline Plummer Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to any New Zealand or international community dance practitioner, teacher or researcher. Applicants need not possess a university degree or diploma, or any other educational or professional qualification, nor belong to any association or organisation of dancers. If you have a passion for community dance and want to be able to inspire learning, healing, and peace in our community through community dance then this Fellowship is for you. The Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance was established in 2003 and honours Caroline Plummer (1978-2003). Caroline completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Diploma for Graduates in Dance, and was awarded the University of Otago Prestige Scholarship in Arts. What made her academic achievement most remarkable was that she was diagnosed with and treated for cancer during her study. Caroline completed her degrees in November 2002, and she was given a personal graduation ceremony in March 2003. She died on 28 April 2003. The Fellowship acknowledges Caroline's outstanding scholarship at the University of Otago, her passion for dance, and her vision for community dance in New Zealand. For application forms and more information, please visit our web site." Alison Finigan, Head of Alumni & Development Office, Otago University. (Photo left: Caroline Plummer) Find a link to the Caroline Plummer Fellowship under Fellowships and Awards at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Experienced live performers and entertainers sought
for Show Shop, a Division of Green Room Talent
Agency , New Zealand, closing date 31st December 2008. Show Shop
markets and supplies live performance for promotional and entertainment
purposes to private, corporate and public audiences. We are looking to add
to our database of available acts. All types of performers considered in all
regions of New Zealand. Please email us a photo and brief bio about your
act. For more information and contact details, please visit our web site."
Rebecca, Show Shop. Find a link to Show Shop under Resources at
"Dance Global Summit, World Dance Alliance, Brisbane, Aus, July 13th - 18th. The World Dance Alliance (WDA) serves as a primary voice for dance throughout the world, encouraging the exchange of ideas and the awareness of dance in all its forms. The Global Summit is an international activity of the World Dance Alliance that brings together specialists from each of the WDA Chapters (Asia/Pacific, Europe and The Americas) to focus, analyse and reflect on the development of dance/arts practice and research in a global context, undertaking choreographic and performance projects, and publishing regularly. Its activities are initiated and realised through five networks: Research & Documentation, Creation & Presentation, Education & Training, Management & Promotion, and Welfare & Status. The conference/performative dialogues component of the WDA Global Summit, to be held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries Precinct, will explore the following key issues facing culture and the arts in the 21st century: mind/body connections; sustainability; transcultural conversations; re-thinking the way we make dance/performance. Please visit the Ausdance web site for more information." Cheryl Stock, Vice-President (Pacific) WDA- AP. Find a link to Ausdance under Resources at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm"Melbourne Stomp 2008, Zen Zen Zo's week-long intensive training program, Aus, July 21st - 25th. This week-long intensive training program, which has now become a popular annual event, introduces performers, directors and teachers to the exciting physical actor-training techniques of the Suzuki Method, Viewpoints and Butoh Dance Theatre. Melbourne Stomp will take the participants on a journey of transformation, both personally and professionally, as we investigate the ingredients of 'extra-ordinary theatre' in a rigorous, fun, and challenging environment. Visit our web site for more information." Lynne Bradley, Co-Artistic Director, Zen Zen Zo. (Photo Right: from Unleashed © Zen Zen Zo) Find a link to Zen Zen Zo under Physical Theatre at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Casting Physical Actors for New Show, Cirque Du Soleil , Las Vegas, US, applications close August 4th. We are presently looking for physical actors for our new permanent production based on Elvis and his musical heritage that will take place in the theatre of City Center in Las Vegas in 2009. We are currently casting three positions: Young Man, 18 - 32 years old with excellent dance and improvisational skills; Man, in his 40s with strong musicality and good vocal projection; a physical actress, 30 - 35 years old. All three roles require a strong foundation in physical acting and the candidates must not suffer from vertigo (the artist will at times perform high in the air). Should you correspond to the described profiles, please apply on-line by going to our web site and clicking on the 'job openings' link. Type in the keyword 'Elvis' to bring up the three job descriptions, then follow the instructions. Thank you in advance for your interest!" Fabrice Becker, Casting Director, Cirque Du Soleil. Find a link to Cirque Du Soleil under Circus at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Rigging for Aerial Dance and Circus Workshop,
instructors Delbert Hall and Jonathan Deull
, East Tennessee State University, USA, June 28th - 29th. Get 'hands-on'
experience rigging various apparatus. Topics will include Apparatus of
Circus/Aerial Dance: (Low single-point trapeze, static and swing trapeze,
silk, Lyra, nets, Spanish web, cloud swing and more). Learn about these
apparatus, how they are constructed, and how they are used. Hardware: (Beams
clamps, round slings, carabiners, shackles, figure eights, pulleys, swivels,
bungee, rope, and more). Learn the ratings of hardware use in rigging aerial
effects, how to select the proper hardware for each effect, and how to
install it correctly. Also learn how to construct a bungee pack. Forces:
Learn to calculate the dynamic forces and shock loads that will be exerted
on the equipment and the structure supporting that equipment. Safety: Learn
about safety systems (mats and spotting systems) as well as how to inspect
aerial rigging equipment. Learn about resources for apparatus, rigging
hardware, rigging software, books on rigging, and more. Cost is $250. We are
making this workshop really affordable. If anyone really wants to learn
about aerial dance equipment and how to rig it - this is the workshop.
Please visit the web site for more information and contact details." Delbert
Hall, ETCP Recognized Trainer. Find a link to the Delbert Hall web site
under Training at
"Accordion Player/Street Arts Performer Wanted, In Toto Theatre , London, UK, applications close May 25th. In Toto Theatre require an accordion player (male or female) and musician collaborator for an outdoor comic and stylized dance/music/puppetry act for family audiences. The piece, loosely based and inspired from the ‘Bumba-meu-Boi’ tradition of N E Brazil was first performed by In Toto Theatre in Summer of 2004. Further development on the act is taking place this year with a view to touring the performance more extensively in 2009. A few shows will be taking place this year, however, with a reduced cast and some of these will be at indoor events in the Autumn. We are seeking a highly experienced musician to steer the overall musical direction of the piece. Ideally, a performer familiar with the street arts/ festival touring sector. The willingness and ability to take on a character role, as well as perhaps perform in eccentric costume an advantage. A Knowledge of Brazilian Maracatu rhythms will also be helpful, though not essential. More important is a keen interest in being part of a creative team developing the show alongside puppeteers, dancers and musicians. This is a paid part-time position. Please email Sarah for more information. Visit our web site for contact details." Sarah Carter, Artistic Director, In Toto Theatre. Find a link to In Toto Theatre under Physical Theatre at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Performing Artist in Residence, Blue Coat C of E Performing Arts Secondary School , West Midlands, UK. The Performing Artist in Residence will be employed to work as part of the schools resident Theatre Company and under the direction of the Senior Performing Artist in Residence. The Theatre Company which uses all performing arts and media skills works both within the school and in the wider community. We are looking ideally for an artist who specialises in music or dance however other performance art forms will also be considered. It is also essential that the artist we employ has an interest or experience of working with young people, children and community members. The successful candidate will be involved in delivering a variety of projects including: Developing performance work that will be toured to our partner primary schools and the local community; running after school and holiday activities; using their artistic skills to deliver literacy teaching across the curriculum; work closely with partner primary schools to deliver performing arts projects as well as providing training and experience for the primary staff; to network with the local community alongside the Senior Performance Artist in Residence identifying community groups to work with and developing projects with local community groups. This is a one year freelance post earning £12,000 a year and working 17 hours per week, 40 weeks a year. This part time role will mainly involve working during the school day. There will be some evening and weekend work and as such we are looking for a candidate who is willing to work flexible hours. It is essential that all applicants hold a full driving license and have access to a car. For more information please send me an email or call. Visit our web site for contact details." Becca Herbert. Find a link to Blue Coat C of E Performing Arts College under Resources at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"2008 European Juggling Convention, European Juggling Association , Karlsruhe, Germany, 2nd to 10th August. There will be something to learn, experience and be amazed by day and night. This 31st convention will feature an exciting opening show and gala. In addition to the many workshops there will be open stages every night for those who want to perform. Or if you'd like to give a workshop let us know. You can pre-register online at the web site for a reduced price or on arrival at the convention. Please visit the web site for more information." EJC Team. Find a link to the European Juggling Convention under Festivals at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Call for Performers, WorldCircus Geneva 2010 , Switzerland, applications close August 30th. This 365 day international festival of circus arts requires performers in all areas: circus, street theater, puppet circus theater, Butoh, Contemporary Dance, Opera, Music. All shows that have a bearing on the circus are welcome, including animal and insect trainers, and the employment of electronics and computers, as long as the theme of the circus is preserved. Send a complete dossier with DVD. The successful applicants will receive a contract. All artists will be paid in Swiss Francs. For application forms and complete details, please visit our web site." Youri Messen-Jaschin, CEO, World Circus Geneva 2010. Find a link to World Circus Geneva 2010 under Festivals at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
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