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Welcome to the September 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 just back from the New Zealand Community Circus Convention run by Circus Kumarani in Dargaville, which was a wonderful gathering of the clan, a sharing of skills in workshop sessions, in seminars and performances. Paul Woodhead from Dubbo, Australia presented his meticulous research on the benefits of circus in schools through the Circus West program that he runs in NSW .
This month's issue of the newsletter is significant for the return of National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia, who have a Special Feature to promote the auditions for their 2009 Bachelor of Circus Arts degree course, which start next week, and also some auditions for the new production from veteran physical theatre company, DV8.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the Arrowfield Buskers Challenge. The event is being held at the beautiful Arrowfield Estate in the upper Hunter Valley, NSW. Created as a fund raiser for the Leukaemia Foundation, the Buskers Challenge is an opportunity to perform, build your profile as a performer and have a great family day out. Busking categories include one for Street Performers with excellent prizes for all categories.
In the Playspace section, my summer Clown Retreat in January '09 is almost full, so contact me if you would like me to hold you a place on this fun workshop. 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.
In the Special Features this month, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) are holding auditions around Australia for their 2009 Bachelor of Circus Arts course, a three-year full time degree. Auditions begin Next week, September 22nd in Tasmania and continue around Australia until October 2nd. Graduates of the Circus Arts programme have gone on to work for Circus Oz, Cirque du Soleil and Tokyo Disney, among others.
In the Features, DV8 Physical Theatre is holding open auditions in New York, Paris and London for future projects and for the 2009 tour of To Be Straight With You. They need trained dancers who can act and improvise. Auditions begin October 4th in New York.
In Networking we have information on Tempo 08, New Zealand’s Festival of Dance. This month long festival in Auckland offers classes, workshops and forums. It kicks off September 28th with a giant dancing "wave" down Queen St. As part of the Body Festival in Christchurch, the South Island Dance Network is meeting October 12th. Also in New Zealand, the 2009 International Comedy Festival is calling for applications from performers. The festival dates for Auckland and Wellington are May 1st - 24th. The application deadline is December 5th.
In Australia, Alice Cummins is holding Improvisation and Performance Workshops at Cecil Street Studio in Melbourne, beginning October 8th. Alice says,"Come willing to be provoked, challenged and inspired." Also in Victoria, Earthcore are calling for performers. Over the years Earthcore has featured some crazy art, performances, and visual shows and 2008 will be no different. The application deadline is now, so get in quick, if you're interested. And finally in Australia, the Gold Coast Arts Centre is holding auditions for its Performing Arts Summer School, Cabaret Berserkus. Successful applicants will undergo a challenging 12-week rehearsal period from November 2008 to January 2009, culminating in a professional production for the public. Application deadline is September 24th.
In the USA, the American Youth Circus Organization in Boulder, Colorado, is calling all youth circus educators to their Conference and Workshops, October 10th - 12th. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics from coaching techniques to program development and fund-raising. This year's theme is "Raising the Bar". And the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco is holding Clown Weekend Workshops starting October 4th. This brand new series of workshops is appropriate for students new to the field of clowning as well as those with more experience.
We end the networking this month with a bit of an aerial theme. The call is out for a Lead Aerial Instructor at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. This position will be at least 25 hours/week starting immediately, with the possibility of full-time salary and benefits. Candidates should have considerable experience in both performing and teaching aerials. In New York, the Espana/Streb Trapeze Academy seeks Advanced Flying Trapeze Instructors. The ideal candidate will have experience with advanced flying trapeze performance and be able to teach advanced classes. Catchers are also needed and encouraged to apply.
In Dublin, Ireland, an Aerial Dance Forum and Workshop is being offered by Dance Ireland, October 6th - 10th. The aerial workshop, being taught by Chantal McCormick, is limited to 12 adults. And two Japanese-born aerialists, male or female, are required for a unique performance off the Southbank in London, UK. Application closes 23rd September for the September 24th performance. You will be choreographing your performance for a purpose built truss over a stage.
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Sponsor: Arrowfield Buskers Challenge, NSW, Australia
GOLDEN TIMES ON THE GOLDEN HIGHWAY
Do you have a musical or performing act to share
with people throughout NSW or do
you just want to enjoy a great family day out?
Musicians, clowns, street performers, glass blowers …. all acts welcome to attend this unique, fun and exciting event.
All proceeds of the day shall be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation … so you will be raising your acts awareness whilst helping raise money for a worthy cause.
The event is being held at the Beautiful Arrowfield Estate in the upper Hunter Valley – Great music and performing acts, Great wine, Great prizes …
The busking categories include: Junior (U16), Individual Adult acoustic or amplified, Individual Group acoustic or amplified & street performers. Excellent prizes for all categories. The winner of each category will compete for the major award A.B.C. busker of the year.
The day will be filled with entertainment for everyone attending – both competitors and spectators. Fun for all the family with face painting, clowns, horse cart rides and of course music, food, wines and craft ….
For only $25 per Busker
(this includes entry for your family of up to 5 people), Spectators $10
Adults, $7.50 Concessions and $40 for a family of 5 you can help raise money
plus awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation and have an unforgettable day…
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Playspace: Summer Clown Retreat - Wanganui, New Zealand
Summer Clown Retreat - Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th, January 2009 (5 days)
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.
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.
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. The fees include six nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. The Clown Retreat is held in a secluded studio within reach of west coast beaches, bush walks and jet boat or canoe expeditions, but still handy to good coffee and all the facilities.
NZ$600 Earlybird (by November 15) NZ$700 Full. Including 6 nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) email: firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
"I'm always encouraged by the passion and dedication of the students in their exploration of the artform. And in my on going process of evaluating my teaching, I've redrafted my clown program. 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." Alan Clay
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.
"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."
Special Feature: National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) Auditions, Australia
NICA AUDITIONS 2008
CALLING ALL ASPIRING CIRCUS ARTISTS!
If you have ever dreamt of becoming a circus performer, now is the time to cartwheel your way into a career as one! The globally recognised National Institute of Circus Arts is auditioning to fill their highly sought-after Bachelor of Circus Arts degree course for 2009. Auditions are being held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in September and October.
Those with a flair for the physical and a desire for a challenge will have the opportunity to apply for this prestigious course, with successful applicants participating in the three-year full time degree, conferred by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
NICA students have come from both around Australia and overseas, with backgrounds in areas as diverse as martial arts, ballet, gymnastics, theatre performance, acrobatics and youth circus.
Master of Circus at NICA, Lu Guang Rong, says, “We are fortunate to have a team of global trainers covering a huge range of skills, acquired from diverse international careers. Studying at NICA puts young artists on a path towards an exciting career in performance and circus.”
Graduates of NICA’s Bachelor of Circus Arts have gone on to work for Circus Oz, Cirque du Soleil, Tokyo Disney, Cavalia, Circa, Spiegeltent, La Clique and Silvers Circus, amongst other.
Give yourself the chance to be the future of Australian circus! Audition for the National Institute of Circus Arts when they’re in your city!
Applicants are required to register for an audition via the NICA website at www.nica.com.au or by phoning NICA on 03 92146975.
Feature: DV8 Physical Theatre Open Auditions 2008, New York - Paris - London
DV8 Physical Theatre is seeking highly experienced and trained dancers with strong technique and discipline. Acting ability and a willingness to improvise are essential. The company will be holding open auditions in New York, Paris and London for future projects and the re-casting of the 2009 tour of To Be Straight With You. To reflect the cultural diversity of the characters presented in To Be Straight With You applications from ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Please note all auditions start promptly at the advertised time. For more information on the auditions and the company go to www.DV8.co.uk.
"Dance and movement workshops, Tempo 08 , Auckland, NZ, 28th September - 31st October. Tempo 08—New Zealand’s Festival of Dance—will kick off in September with an exciting line-up of performances, classes, workshops and forums that is sure to get you dancing in the streets. The festival will feature some of last year’s favourites plus lots of new performances from New Zealand and abroad. The workshops include Samoan dance, dance movement therapy, Release technique/Contact Improvisation. Downtown Auckland is set to be engulfed in a giant dancing “wave” as part of Tempo’s opening day festivities. Beginning at QEII Square, the streets will be flooded by a wave of dancing bodies that travel up Queen Street to Aotea Square where the party continues with a huge outdoor Rueda, an energetic Salsa-style group dance, and a free Les Mills BodyJam class. Have a look around the website for full details of what’s on and come join in on the fun." Mary Jane O'Reilly, Artistic Director, Tempo 08. Find a link to Tempo under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"South Island Dance Network Meeting, Body Festival, Christchurch, NZ, 12th October. Launched in May 2008, the South Island Dance Network seeks to support and enhance dance in the South Island. In the first Christchurch-based meeting we will be hearing from leading people in dance-related fields from health, recreation and education, as well as key members of the dance community. The meeting will be held in the Great Hall, Arts Centre, Sunday 12th October from 10.00am – 2.00pm. A full schedule will be available nearer the time. Please register your desire to attend by contacting the Body Festival office. Visit the Body Festival web site for contact details and more information." Nicola Muir, South Island Dance Network. Find a link to the Body Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Perform in the 2009 International Comedy Festival , Auckland and Wellington, NZ, application deadline 5th December. It's time to open your diaries and uncap your highlighters as we announce the dates for the 2009 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. The festival runs Friday the 1st to Sunday the 24th May 2009. Be sure to visit the Performers website which will be launched Monday the 10th November 2008 and get your applications in by December 5th. We'll have more details on the Festival for you soon, but if you have any queries in the mean time please go to our web site for contact details." Kylie Aitchison, Director. Find a link to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Performing Arts Summer School Auditions, Cabaret Berserkus , Gold Coast Arts Centre, Australia, application deadline September 24th. Roll up! Roll up! The Gold Coast Arts Centre is eagerly seeking applications from the Coast’s most inspiring and adventurous young talent, for the upcoming 2008/09 Performing Arts Summer School, Cabaret Berserkus. From singers, dancers and acrobats to musicians, technicians and jugglers, applications are sought from all youth interested or accomplished in puppetry, circus, clowning, cabaret, musical theatre, pop, rock, physical theatre, visual theatre – and any other talents/passions applicants can conjure up! Applicants must be prepared to perform a brief special talent of no more than 2 minutes in duration, plus two additional performances as outlined on their audition application. All applicants will also be required to take part in a group dance audition. Successful applicants will undergo a challenging 12-week rehearsal period from November 2008 to January 2009, designed to teach students theatre skills, develop ideas alongside industry professionals, sing, dance and push the boundaries of their talent like never before, culminating in a professional production for the public. Summer School Fees are $550. A limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available. Please download the appropriate application form from our web site." Coral Heyes, Executive Assistant, Gold Coast Arts Centre. Find a link to the Gold Coast Arts Centre under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Improvisation & Performance Workshops with Alice Cummins, Cecil Street Studio , Melbourne, Australia, 8th October – 5th November. Come and taste another approach to improvisation and performance. The first half of the workshops will be focusing on a deep body warm-up, followed by duet, trio and group improvisations. Through a practice of sustained awareness and listening we will create performances that are intelligent, spacious, tender and alive. My approach is influenced by Body-Mind Centering (BMC) and New Dance practices. I offer dancers, physical theatre performers and movement artists a unique approach to technique, composition and improvisational performance. Come willing to be provoked, challenged and inspired. Participants in this series will have the opportunity to perform on Friday 7th November in an In House Performance with Al Wunder's students. Please contact me for more information." Alice Cummins. Email: email@example.com
"Call for Performers, Earthcore 2008 , Victoria, Australia, application deadline mid-September. Dear Earthcorians, we are now accepting submissions for performers but be quick. If you get this too late, still send through your demo after the cut off date and we'll consider it for when Earthcore hits Japan and China in 2009 !! Over the years Earthcore has featured some crazy art, performances, and visual shows and 2008 will be no different. Our policy is to never have the same thing twice so we need fresh ideas. We love art installation proposals - lighting designs and performance of all shapes and sizes and 30 % of our budget goes towards ensuring Earthcore not only has the most avant garde music art this side of the equator but artist expression as well. Once again be it from anywhere in the world. If you have a great idea and know you can pull it off then we want to hear from you !!! We accept these proposals via dvd, email, mail and even fax. Visit our web site for full contact details. Cheers." Earthcore HQ. Find a link to Earthcore under Festivals and Events at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Conference and Workshops for Youth Circus Educators, AYCO , Boulder, Colorado, October 10th - 12th. Calling all youth circus coaches, program directors, board members, and supporters to the 2008 AYCO Educators Conference. This year's theme, Raising the Bar, unites us as we come together to improve our skills, talents, and visions to more successfully fulfill our missions working with youth and supporting the preservation of the circus. We are choosing to host a general assembly this year. Workshops will cover a wide range of topics from coaching techniques to program development and fund-raising. We are very excited to announce that we are working with the Boulder Arts Alliance to offer workshops by professionals in areas of Grant Writing as well as Program Assessment Strategies. Other workshops offered throughout the weekend include Acrobatic Technique and Spotting (Chuck Johnson, Seattle Acrobatics and New Circus Academy), Aerial Skills Progression (Cathy Gauch, Boulder Circus Center), Injury Prevention for Circus Arts Student (Panni Spears, Flexibility Plus, Rochester), Movement Composition and Choreography (Diana Greiner and Sarah East Johnson, LAVA, NYC), Aerial Spotting Techniques (Elsie Smith, NICCA, Vermont), Social Circus in Germany (Romy Backofen, Kornerzirkus-Kids, Neukolln, Germany), Out of Hand - Teaching Juggling and other Object Manipulations (Karen Quest, Cowgirl Tricks, San Francisco). Many round table forums on mentoring, sustainability / succession planning for youth programs, teaching outside one's culture, and more. Saturday Night Performances by Lazer Vaudeville and Frequent Flyers! Conference Registration, Hotel information, and our current updated list of workshops can be found online at our web site. Save the dates: October 10 - 12, 2008! questions? Please contact me." David Hunt, President, American Youth Circus Organization. (Photo left: AYCO Conference) Find a link to AYCO under Festivals and Events at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Clown Weekend Workshops, The Clown Conservatory , San Francisco, US, October 4th - April 5th. The Clown Conservatory is delighted to present its brand-new Monthly Weekend Workshop Series for 2008-2009! In this unique series, resident and guest Conservatory instructors instruct on a wide range of topics. The Series is appropriate for students new to the field of clowning as well as those with more experience. Workshop Series includes improv, clown therapy, fundamentals. The weekend workshops are $150 + $20 with discounts for 3 or more workshops and for Center students. For more info visit our web site." Nancy Weiland, Clown Conservatory. Find a link to The Clown Conservatory under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Lead Aerial Instructor Required, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts , US, beginning September 2008. Candidates should have considerable experience in both performing and teaching aerials, and be able to coach static aerial skills (solo trapeze, corde lisse, web, lyra, fabric) at all levels. Acrobatic skills would also be a big plus. This position will be at least 25 hours / week, with the possibility of full-time salary and benefits for the right candidate. Philadelphia has a rapidly-growing circus community, a vibrant arts scene, and lots of opportunities for performers. Please send resumes / inquiries to Shana Kennedy. Visit our web site for contact details." Shana Kennnedy. Find a link to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm.
"Advanced Flying Trapeze Instructors Wanted, Espana/Streb Trapeze Academy,
New York, US. The Streb Lab for Action
Mechanics in Brooklyn, NY, is seeking positive, energetic,
adventurous and organized individuals for the flying trapeze arm of our
organization. We are in search of candidates for our 2008-2009 season. You
must have a zest for teaching flying trapeze and be committed to the
development of diverse cultural programs. The ideal candidate will be an
advanced flying trapeze artist able to teach advanced classes and will have
experience with advanced flying trapeze performance. Knowledge of and
experience in the performing arts with a focus in circus and aerial arts is
also a plus. Catchers are also needed and encouraged to apply. All
instructors have an opportunity to grow and build within a not-for-profit
organization. Teaching private aerial instruction on our 23 foot high,
mechanical truss system is also available and encouraged. Part time only,
pay is competitive and based on expertise, dedication and availability. We
do not offer housing or transportation. Visit our web site for full contact
Bobby Hedglin, Director,
Espana Streb Trapeze Academy.
Find a link to
Espana Streb Trapeze
Academy under Training at:
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