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Welcome to the October 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 news of their Bi-annual Bali Intensive. This is a unique opportunity to study traditional Balinese performing arts and crafts with village masters, as well as Dell'Arte mask and movement techniques.
For the first time in seven years of publication we have no Playspace section in this issue, because my summer Clown Retreat in January is full. We will be announcing new workshops soon however, so keep checking the website for updates: www.artmedia.com.au/Clown.htm We replace the Playspace section with an excerpt from Angels Can Fly, this month, because we've got a bit of a clown theme in the networking. We include one of the exercises: the Normal Question.
In the Special Features this month, Giovanni Fusetti is coming to New Zealand in the new year to give workshops in Mask and Clown. The Journey of Mask offers a completely new dramatic expression, while The Red Nose workshop is a journey into the mystery of laughter.
In Networking, applications to CircoArts' two year Diploma programme close in November. This is the only fulltime course in circus and physical theatre in New Zealand. TIE in Australia are holding auditions for actor/singers to tour schools, but be quick if you're interested as applications close October 24th. In Bondi Beach, Ruby's Place Performance Cafe has a call out for performers and a Voice Movement Therapy workshop is being offered in Brisbane the weekend of November 8th - 9th with Sophie Martin.
A 3-day flying trapeze intensive in Mullumbimby, NSW is being held the end of November. Book your place with Flying Trapeze Australia asap, if interested. Still with trapeze, Bobby's Big Top in the USA needs staff for a Trapeze Summer Camp. Applicants need to be proficient in all areas. Also in the US, Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater has 2 fulltime internships available for their season beginning September 2009.
In Los Angeles, Mime Theatre Company is looking for novices and professionals to join this new group. The primary styles will be Marcel Marceau's mimodrame and Etienne Decroux's Corporeal Mime. And Moveo in Barcelona, Spain, is holding an Intensive Weekend Workshop in Corporal Dramatic Mime, November 22nd - 23rd.
The Czech company, Puppets in Prague, are accepting applications for their Marionette Making Workshops being held in January 2009. In the UK, auditions are being held in Darlington for dancers and physical theatre practitioners for a new production of Beneath the Banyan Tree to tour schools. And DanceXChange requires two dance artists to develop a project for delivery to schools in the West Midlands beginning December.
An International Women's Clown Festival is being held in Vienna, Austria, November 28th - December 6th. In Paris, a 2-day Intensive Clown seminar is being given by Dario Levin. The seminar is directed to people with or without experience in clown. And Peter Ercolano is holding a one day Immersion Clown Workshop in Rome on October 25th.
The 3-week Israeli Contact Improvisation Festival begins December 16th. The festival has become a true community event, owned and operated by the Israeli Contact Improv community.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the physical theatre community, so send us information for inclusion in this newsletter, and please also forward this to someone else who may be interested.
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Sponsor: Dell'Arte Abroad Bi-annual Bali Intensive
traditional arts of Bali with Dell’Arte Abroad program
Since 1996, Dell’Arte International has invited students, teachers, designers, directors, and artists to immerse themselves in the traditional arts of Bali and encounter the profound spirit of the Balinese people. In this unique and wonderfully successful program participants study traditional Balinese performing arts and crafts with village masters, as well as Dell'Arte mask and movement techniques led by Dell'Arte's Founding Artistic Director Joan Schirle.
Bali is an extraordinary country where creativity is ordinary. In Bali, art serves the community, the religious practices, the economy and everyday living. The trip introduces students to Balinese performing arts in a way that allows them to experience how the Balinese live and create, and how family life and religious customs are woven into the creation of art.
The program begins with three days of orientation to the language, customs, and ceremonies of Bali, as well as informal meetings with Balinese teachers to observe their work. Introductory work will include a symposium on masks with local carver I. B. Anom, visits to the studios of several mask carvers and puppet makers, and attendance at a shadow play (wayang kulit) and dance performances.
During the next four weeks of formal study, classes meet five days a week. All students will study kecak , a rhythmic vocal chant, as well as participate in regular Yoga/Alexander Technique sessions, block printing, and symposiums on the links between Balinese and western mask performance traditions.
Sometimes our study will take place in a classroom setting, sometimes outdoors, and often in its traditional setting at village and temple ceremonies. The core of the program is designed so that each student spends a large percentage of their class time on one area of interest most important to them. Students will choose between:
Find out more about Dell’Arte International at www.dellarte.com
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: International Training in Movement Theatre with Giovanni Fusetti - New Zealand - Summer 2009
THE JOURNEY OF MASKS
Wellington, January 17th to February 1st
THE RED NOSE
Auckland, February 8th to March 1st
The Journey of Masks
Wellington, January 17th to February 1st
Masks are very ancient and powerful forms of human expression. In the training of the physical actor-creator Mask playing is fundamental, because it combines strong emotional awareness and a powerful body alertness, with a rigorous technique of articulation of the body into dramatic forms. By covering the facial expressions of the actor, the Mask allows a return to the roots of one’s own presence in space. Gestures have to be amplified, and everything is brought back to the body, thus giving the actor a complete new sense of space, presence and dramatic expression. The training will explore Neutral Mask, Larval Masks, Primary Masks, Half Masks and will culminate with Commedia Dell’arte.
The Red Nose
Auckland, February 8th to March 1st
Welcome to a journey into the mystery of laughter: from discovering one’s own clown to creating theatre with her/him, till a final public performance of a Clown Variety Show. To discover one’s own clown is to respond the question: What is so funny about myself? It’s the unfolding of one’s own unique comic persona that is transformed into a universal comic form. It’s a unique experience for any performer: raw, pure, direct, personal, challenging, empowering, revealing, and extremely rewarding... It’s the exquisite pleasure of touching the empty space of complete physical comedy, to explore and play with the naiveté and the vulnerability of the child, combined with the rigor and the technique of the adult, thus revealing the poetry of the ridiculous, and a unique personal poetic power.
For detailed information about the trainings: http://www.giovannifusetti.com
Enrolment and information contact Greg Goodyer: email@example.com Mobile: (+64) 0212674986
Giovanni Fusetti was a student, pedagogical assistant and improvisation teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He co-founded and served as pedagogical director of KIKLOS International School of Theatre Creation in Padua, Italy, and is now developing the school’s new form: HELIKOS. Giovanni has taught and collaborated internationally with theatre companies, schools and universities including Naropa University (Boulder, CO), LISPA: London International School of Performing Arts (London), Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake, CA). Giovanni’s 20 years of pedagogical research includes training in Theatre in Education, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, Gestalt Therapy, Bioenergetics, Wutao and Process Work. His pedagogy integrates physical theatre with different practices of physical and emotional awareness.
"Diploma in Circus Arts with CircoArts, CPIT, Christchurch, New Zealand. Applications close November. This two year full time course in Circus Arts commences in February. This unique programme is designed to build on your skill and performance base and to offer you intensive training in the circus skill area of your strength. Subjects you will cover include circus skills (aerials, acrobatics, juggling and manipulation, equilibristics), body training (dance, yoga, Feldenkrais conditioning and exercise science), performance (physical theatre, clown and comedy, devising and performing), history and comparative studies, business and risk management. For more information please visit our web site and contact us for an application form." Chris Carrow, Circo Arts. (Photo: CircoArts students) Find a link to CircoArts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Performers who can act and sing required to tour schools with TIE, NSW, Australia. Applications for auditions close October 24th. TIE - Theatre in Education needs performers to present educational productions in primary schools. Visit every state in 2009, with full-time sub-contractual work from mid-February to late-November. Improvisation experience is highly regarded. Couples/pairs encouraged to apply, as well as singles. Driver's Licence essential. Musical ability or any additional skills an advantage. Applications for initial round of auditions close October 24th, but earlier applications will be considered prior to this date, and mutually acceptable private audition times arranged for suitable applicants. Send brief biog or phone ASAP. Visit our web site to learn more about what we do and for full contact details." Nick Byrne, TIE. Find a link to TIE under Resources at: www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Call for Performers at Ruby's Place Performance Cafe, Chapel by the Sea - Bondi Beach Mission, Australia. Hi everyone, Ruby's Place is our Arts/ Cultural program. We are open to expressions of interest to perform at Ruby's Place Performance Cafe. If you are a musician, magician, dancer, circus performer, puppeteer or something else really cool, give us a call. Visit our web site to learn more about us and for contact details. Cheers." Liz Page. Find a link to Ruby's Place under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Voice Movement Workshop with Sophie Martin, Brisbane, Australia, weekend intensive November 8th - 9th. Voice Movement Therapy encourages you to unlock the breadth and full expression of your voice through song and movement, in an organic exploration of the voice and the voice within the body. By introducing you to new ways of accessing your voice I provide safe ground for you to develop and extend the range, power and expressive potential within your singing, sounding, and speaking voice. Through movement we excavate the hidden qualities of your voice and new possibilities emerge enhancing your essential performance qualities, your sensitivity and your relationship with the world. The eight week course introductory course has already begun, but the weekend intensive is Saturday, November 8th 12-6pm and Sunday, 9th 10-4pm. The cost is $80, bookings essential. Please contact me to book a place." Sophie Martin, Voice Movement Therapist. Phone: 0413 588 398.
"Trapeze Intensives with Flying Trapeze Australia, NSW, Australia, November 28th - 30th. Don't miss the next flying trapeze intensive in Mullumbimby NSW. Let me know ASAP if you would like to book in. Cost is $320 and a $150 deposit is required to secure your booking. Please email us ASAP to secure your place. Please visit our web site for more information and contact details and don't hesitate to call or email us. " Holly & Steen Shoar, Directors, Flying Trapeze Australia. Find a link to Flying Trapeze Australia under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Staff Needed for Trapeze Summer Camp 2009, Pennsylvania, USA. I'm sending out an early post looking for staff at a summer camp in PA. There's a flying rig and a 20' rig for single/swinging trap, double trap and Spanish web. Qualified applicants need to be proficient in all areas and salary is based on experience. We are interviewing for the director position, second and third person. Adult housing provided and minimum duties outside circus hours. Airfare, room and board provided. Phone or email me for further information. Visit our web site for contact details." Bobby Bates, President, Bobby's Big Top, Inc. Find a link to Bobby's Big Top under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Puppet Theatre Internships available with Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater Inc., Westfield, USA, for 2009/10 Season (September-May). Das Puppenspiel is now accepting applications and auditions for 1-2 Intern positions for the 2009/10 Season (Sept-May). These internships are full-time with stipend. They require college level training or professional performance experience. Puppetry experience helpful, but not required. Dance experience a plus. There is an emphasis on quality theater, using 'bunraku' style puppetry, mime, mask and live acting. As an intern you will be fully integrated into the creative and touring process with 2-3 other full-time puppeteers. You will be rehearsing and performing all shows in repertoire throughout a regional and national touring radius, and be given the opportunity to hone (with assistance) visual arts skills in puppet making, construction, and repairs. You should be mature, versatile, and willing to tour. EOE. Email or snail mail a cover letter, resume, references, and photograph. Please visit our web site for full contact details." Kevin Kuhlman, Managing Director, Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater Inc. (Photo by Frank Rossotto: from Das Puppenspiel production of the Snow Queen) Find a link to Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater Inc under Puppet Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"Newly-forming Mime Theatre Company is currently seeking actors, Mime Theatre Studio, Los Angeles, USA, Lorin Eric Salm, Artistic Director. Both novices and professionals are invited to join the group. The initial phase will require potential members to participate in a long-term laboratory in which they will learn the techniques and styles that will serve as the foundation for the company's work. The primary styles will be Marcel Marceau's mimodrame, Etienne Decroux's Corporeal Mime, and will include some influence of Stefan Niedzialkowski's style. Those with prior training/experience in Mime will be integrated into the group early enough to be sure they are familiar with these particular styles, while respecting their current skills by not requiring them to spend time covering material they already know. Those who demonstrate the dedication and talent necessary to succeed in this genre of theatre will become members of the company, which will create original works to be performed for the public. Lorin Eric Salm will direct the company artistically, and will conduct the training laboratory. Once enough people have expressed interest, an information meeting will be scheduled. Anyone interested in attending this meeting should contact the studio. Please visit our web site for contact details." Lorin Eric Salm, Mime Theatre Studio. Find a link to Mime Theatre Studio under Mime at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Intensive Weekend Workshop with the International School of Corporal Mime, Barcelona, Spain, November 22nd & 23rd. This year the training arm of Moveo is offering 8 weekend workshops. Taught by Olivier Decriaud, these short and intensive workshops (12 hours) are designed for actors and professional dancers, students of dramatic art or dance who want to approach the physical theater through the study of the Corporal Dramatic Mime of Etienne Decroux. Each workshop focuses on a topic that constitutes a starting point for the understanding of the universe of the corporal dramatic mime and a key point in the training of the physical theatre actor. The workshops admit a maximum of 15 students to ensure that all students are personally attended by the teacher. If you wish to enrol in one or more of the Moveo workshops, find full contact details on our web site." Stephane Levy, co-Artistic Director, Escuela Internacional de Mimo Corporal Dramático de Barcelona. (Photo: School of Corporal Mime) Find a link to Escuela de Mimo under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Marionette Making Workshops with Miroslav Trejtnar of Puppets in Prague, Czech Republic, 6th - 20th January 2009. Working under Czech puppet masters, students learn the techniques of designing puppets, making technical drawings, woodcarving, painting, and puppet costume design. The daily schedule is intensive: students work eight hours, with morning sessions consisting of short lectures and afternoons for practical work. In the evenings, students visit puppeteers' studios, attend puppet theatre performances, and see the best animated Czech puppet films. The course is designed for artists, theatre makers, and puppeteers who want to learn the craft of creating a wooden marionette. Students will be selected on the basis of their experience, and all applicants should send photos of their work with the application. The workshop is taught in English. Visit the web site for information on fees and accommodation." Miroslav Trejtnar, Puppets in Prague. Find a link to Puppets in Prague under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Auditions for dancers and physical theatre practitioners being held by CTC Theatre, Darlington, UK. Applications close 30th October. Auditions 7th November (audition expenses are payable). CTC Theatre, the North East specialist producer of theatre for young audiences, are working with Toronto-based young people's theatre company Theatre Direct, to create a new production of Beneath the Banyan Tree for National Touring to venues and schools in Autumn 2009. Pay is £20k-25k full time. We are planning to hold initial auditions for female performers with experience of South Asian dance traditions and also male performers with strong physical theatre practice, in early November. To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter. Visit our web site for full contact details." Miranda Thain, Creative Producer, CTC Theatre. Find a link to CTC Theatre under Youth Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"Dance Artists wanted for new dance development project for delivery to schools in the West Midlands, UK, December 2008 – March 2009. This will include 15 hours of school-time delivery of one 90-minute workshop, one day of planning, and one day of attendance at training (schedule negotiable) and for one artist, the development of a resource pack for teachers which will support the continuation of the work once the session has been delivered. The fee is £765 or £975 (based on £37/hour and £210/day) with limited funds to cover travel costs. DanceXchange (dx), the Dance House for Birmingham and the West Midlands, is a multi-faceted organisation with its own venue, touring dance company, public class programme, and a particular expertise in developing responsive and imaginative participatory work with young people. dx is pleased to be working in partnership with Chase PAIRs, an Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Forum hosted by Chase CVS, to deliver a new dance development project on healthy relationships in Cannock Chase (funded by Staffordshire County Council’s Arts and Museum Service’s Arts Development Fund). This project will give Year 5 students at 10 Chase District primary schools the opportunity to engage with the ideas underpinning healthy relationships through dance. The appointed dance artists will benefit from gaining insight into an expanding and important area of arts development, thoughtful administrative support, the excellent facilities at dx (studio space is available for planning), the opportunity to invigorate practice through collaboration and make new or strengthen established links. Full project information and details on how to apply available upon request. Visit web site for contact details." Kate DeRight, DanceXchange. Find a link to DanceXChange under Dance at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Clownin 2008 - International Women's Clown Festival, Vienna, Austria, November 28th - December 6th. Laughter is universal and fascinates at this very special festival, which takes place every two years. The best female clowns from Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Austria, England, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and the USA will be there. A workshop for clown beginners(for women and men) is Nov 29th - 30th. Led by Lila Monti (clown, actress, director, teacher) from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the workshop teaches the basics for clown-beginners: contact with the public, game and imagination, transformation of impulse into action, handling of joy and failure, improvisation (solo and together), etc. The workshop will be conducted in English. A free panel discussion will be held Dec 1st on women in the contradictory contexts of 'art - humour - poverty'. The introductory presentations will be by speakers from Israel (Yaara Perah), Brazil (N.N.) and Austria (N.N.), followed by a moderated panel discussion, that opens up to the audience. Translation is provided. Visit our web site for more information and contact details." Clownin Team. Find a link to Internat'l Women's Clown Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Intensive Clown seminar with Darío Levin, Paris, France, Sat and Sun December 6th - 7th. Directed to people with or without experience in clown, the seminar will include: physical and emotional aspects of clowning, development of the clown language, vulnerability and improvisation in solo, pairs and trios. Each day will begin with a physical warm up to prepare the body for the expressive work of the day. It is our hope that the seminar will allow participants to learn more about themselves through work on their own clown and also to develop aspects of the clown language. Please visit our web site for more information." Dario Levin, la casa del tonto. Find a link to la casa del tonto under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Full Day Immersion Clown Workshop with Peter Ercolano, Rome, Italy, October 25th. This one day workshop is the Introduction to the 1st level – Clown Heart. Visit the web site for more information." Peter Ercolano. Find a link to Peter Ercolano Workshops under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm or phone: +39 3408303237
"Israeli Contact Improv Festival, 16th Dec - 3rd Jan, early registration for workshops ends 30th November. The ICF08 will happen for the 7th time this winter. This will be a special year for us, as we have transformed the festival into a true community event which is owned and operated by the Israeli Contact Improv community. The third week of the festival will be a week of master-classes, workshops, jams and performances in Tel-Aviv with guest teachers from around the world. Find festival details on our web site. A note on "the situation" in Israel: Here in Israel, everyday life goes on normally -- we work, study etc. The news is often difficult, but that's why it is important to keep dancing! If you have questions regarding safety, or the political situation please feel free to contact us at any time. Hope to see you soon!!" Israeli Contact Community. Find a link to Israeli Contact Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
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