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Welcome to the February 2009 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its eighth year and reaching over 2,500 subscribers.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the Celebration Barn Theater in the U.S. with information on their season of performance-study programs. They are offering a range of workshops with world-class teachers including an Ensemble Touring Project with award winning actress and choreographer, Laurie Carlos.
the Playspace section, the earlybird deal on my Sydney Clown Intensive next
month expires at the end of this month. Following two summer clown retreats
in Wanganui, New Zealand, I find that the relaxed atmosphere and secluded
environment means that students get more out of the contact hours and can
also process and discuss the work outside of the class.
As a result I am increasing the
number of residential workshops in New Zealand and am introducing a Winter
Clown Retreat in August.
We also have news from Total Theatre in Western Australia of their new 3-month Physical Theatre Course starting in April. The course covers a range of circus and theatre skills. Now in its eighth year, Total Theatre has established a unique reputation as one of Australia’s outstanding theatre training opportunities.
And from the Polimnia Physical Theatre Company in Puerto Rico they announce their Seventh International Mime and Physical Theatre Festival. The festival is packed with workshops and performance opportunities. The festival is being held in San Juan March 23rd to 29th.
Networking we have information on a free Dance Theatre Forum with Susanne
Linke in Auckland March 22nd, organised by DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New
Zealand). This is an opportunity to hear this pioneer of German dance
theatre talk about her work. KAGE Physical Theatre in Australia are offering
four groups or individuals the opportunity to work with them for 4
weeks. Applications are due February 20th. Also in Australia, the Next Wave
Festival is calling for proposals from young emerging artists seeking
support for the creation of new works or projects in dance, performance and
other fields. The festival will take place in May 2010.
Theatre Ad Infinitum in the UK is holding a Weekend Intensive Physical Theatre Workshop February 28 and March 1. The workshop is open to professional and semi-professional actors/directors/theatre makers. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is accepting submissions for all shows wanting to appear in the 2009 Fringe Programme. The Festival runs August 7th - 31st. The Academy of Circus Arts, Europe's only travelling circus school, is accepting applications for their next term, which begins May 1st. The Academy tours England and gives weekly public performances as part of the training.
In Armenia the High Fest Seventh International Performing Arts Festival is seeking artists and companies in all areas of the performing arts: street arts, circus, mime, puppetry, theatre, dance, music, etc. The festival begins October 1st. The application deadline is March 1st. The Imaginarius Street Theatre Festival will take place in Portugal May 28th – 31st. If you would like to participate, send your proposal by February 28th.
Itinerant Learning Programme for Street Arts in France is currently holding
auditions for its third class of apprentices. The programme runs October
2009 – March 2011. Applications are due by March 31st.
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Sponsor: The Celebration Barn Theater 2009 Workshops
An International center for the
development of original theater, Celebration Barn Theater offers a full
season of intense, creative, focused performance-study programs with
world-class teachers. Located in the stunning foothills of Western Maine,
there is a wonderful freedom here, working far away from the distractions of
everyday life. Visit us online at
www.CelebrationBarn.com to register or call (207) 743-8452 to learn
more about our incredible 2009 workshop season!
Diet Coke and Mento phenomenon. It all started at Celebration Barn Theater!
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Sydney Clown Intensive
Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th March 2009, (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." Alan Clay
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 Feb 28) $500 Earlybird (by Mar 31) $600 Full. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) email: clown[at]artmedia.com.au to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
Winter Clown Retreat 2009 - Wanganui, New Zealand
Sunday August 23 to Thursday August 27 (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.
Following two summer
clown retreats in our centre in Wanganui, NZ, we find that the relaxed
atmosphere and secluded environment means that students get more out of
the contact hours and can also process and discuss the work outside of
the class. As a result we are increasing the number of residential
workshops in New Zealand and are introducing a Winter Clown Retreat.
Reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a
beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.
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.
NZ$600 Price buster (by June 15) NZ$700 Earlybird (by July 31) NZ$800 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.
Feature: Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops hosted by Third-Way Theatre, Melbourne
April 24/25/26 - Melbourne. Theatre
for Social Change - An Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed (devised by
Augusto Boal) as practiced by Third-Way Theatre, Australia and Stage-Left,
Canada. TO methods are used as a tool for strengthening understandings about
hard to address social issues. Focus of the workshop will include: History
of TO, image making, sculpting, games, group building exercises, trust
exercises, intro to FORUM theater and the role of "the joker". Times: 10am
- 4pm. Costs: / $170 Conc / $220 Full / $270 Not for Profit Organizations /
$320 Institutions, Universities etc. 10% discount if paid by 1st April.
For all workshops contact: email@example.com or ring 61 3 9005 7460
Feature: Total Theatre – 3-Month Physical Theatre Course, Western Australia
Total Theatre – Mosman Park,
Now in its eighth year, Total Theatre has established a unique reputation as one of Australia’s outstanding theatre training opportunities, successfully bringing together some of the best specialist teachers and practitioners of the profession and delivering a well rounded high calibre training.
The course will include: Theatre, Mime, Dance, Feldenkrais, Improvisation, Circus Arts, Aerial Skills, Voice, Singing, Stage Combat, Martial Arts, Clowning, Commedia dell’Arte, Acting for Film & Television and Self-publicity.
The course will run from April to June 2009 with training running 3 days per week (Mon – Wed, 9.30am – 5:00pm). Application, fee and audition details are available at www.totaltheatre.com.au
If you have any questions, contact Sophie on (08) 9385 4211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature: Polimnia Physical Theatre Company - 7th International Mime and Physical Theatre Festival, Caribbean
The Polimnia Physical Theatre Company of Puerto Rico is proud to announce
the Seventh International Mime and Physical Theatre Festival in the
Caribbean to be held at the Francisco Arriví Theatre in San Juan, Puerto
Rico from March 23 through the 29, 2009. This year the event will be an
exciting action-packed week. The performance venue is an internationally
recognized world class facility, ready for creative action by polished
International Mime and Physical
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. Here are some reviews that have been posted on Amazon:
"Dance Theatre Forum with Susanne Linke, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, Auckland, 22nd March. DANZ, the national organisation for dance in New Zealand, is holding a 'Tea & Talk with Susanne Linke' as part of the DANZ National Training Programme for 2009. Choreographer Susanne Linke is one of Germany's most influential dance icons. This forum is an opportunity to hear this pioneer of German dance theatre talk about her work. The forum is presented in association with the Auckland Festival and TAPAC and will be held at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday March 22nd from 5pm to 6.30pm. The forum is free but registration is essential. Send an email DANZ to register. Visit our web site for contact details." Tania Kopytko, Executive Director, DANZ. Find a link to DANZ under Dance at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Dance Theatre Mentorship Program, KAGE Physical Theatre, Melbourne, Australia. Application deadline February 20th. KAGE COACH is an initiative run by KAGE Co-Creative Directors Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck. The program will offer 4 groups or individuals the opportunity to work part-time with Kate and Gerard for 4 weeks. Applicants are encouraged to bring existing material, ideas or concepts in order to make the most of the mentoring program. KAGE COACH is designed to extend and encourage an artist's creative practise by exposing them to new ways of working and providing fresh stimulus with the aim of propelling the artist's work to develop further. Questions to think about when applying are: What are your ambitions as an artist? What would be of most benefit to you as an artist right now? What would you hope to gain from the KAGE COACH exchange/mentorship? Please include: Written application (1 A4 page), DVD footage of recent work and a current biography. Closing deadline is Friday the 20th. Visit our web site for contact details." Kate Denborough Co-Creative Director. (Photo right: from Headlock - photographer Jeff Busby (c) 2008 KAGE) Find a link to KAGE Physical Theatre under Physical Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Call For Dance and Performance Projects, Next Wave Festival, Victoria, Australia. Application deadline 13th March. The Next Wave Festival is a curated biennial festival open to young emerging artists seeking support for the creation of new works or projects in visual arts, dance, performance, new media, text, sound and more. The 2010 Next Wave Festival will take place in May 2010 and we are excited to announce our Call for Proposals. Next Wave is seeking projects that respond in interesting and complex ways to the 2010 Next Wave Festival theme 'No Risk Too Great'. Next Wave encourages applications for the creation of hybrid works that combine two or more art forms; from curators and collectives as well as individual artists; and from interstate and regional applicants. Projects that work site-specifically and that critically consider their location or context are encouraged, as are projects that may be suitable for venues other than established theatres, galleries, and arts centres. Deadline Friday 13 March 2009. Visit our web site to download the application pack and for contact details." Jeff Khan, Artistic Director. Find a link to Next Wave Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Clown Workshop in Risk, Play and Relationship, Actors Gymnasium, Chicago, USA, April 13th - May 18th. The trio known as 500 Clown creates some of the most accomplished foolishness and significant slapstick in Chicago theatre. Now The Actors Gymnasium is pleased to present a 500 Clown workshop, exploring the use of physical risk to access emotional risk onstage. This class will help participants develop a sense of play and probe the multiple relationships that keep a performer reactive and body-centered rather than stuck in his or her own head. Come dressed to move. Taught by Molly Brennan, Adrian Danzing and Paul Kalina. For more information visit our web site." Larry DiStasi, Artistic Director of Programming. Find a link to Actors Gymnasium under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Aerial Dance Festival, Frequent Flyer Productions , Colorado, USA. August 2nd - 15th. The 11th annual international Aerial Dance Festival 2009 is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Join us for a 2-week immersion through classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions, and performances. The dates are tentatively August 2 - 15, 2009. Details and registration information will be available soon on the web site." Nancy E. Smith, Artistic Director, Frequent Flyer Productions. Find a link to Frequent Flyers Productions under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Weekend Intensive Physical Theatre Workshop, theatre ad infinitum, London, UK. February 28th and March 1st. The Lecoq-trained company that had recent success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival with their hit show Behind the Mirror (Best of the Fringe–Observer 2008) is running a weekend intensive workshop open to professional and semi-professional actors/directors/theatre makers. Participants will dive headfirst into a theatrical journey that will push the physical limits of the actor as creator and ensemble player; explore neutrality–the creator as a blank canvas ready to be filled with a palette of infinite colours; the basic principles of mime and how to use and create a theatrical space; we will draw on observations from the world around us, the elements, materials, and animals to help us create vivid and daring characters; exploring poetics and the abstract. The final part of the weekend will involve finding your own gestural storytelling language, how to work as a chorus and the creation of a short devised piece and private performance. The course will be led by George Mann and Nir Paldi. There our only a limited number of places on the course so book early to avoid disappointment. If you would like more information, or to apply for a place on the course, please contact George Mann. Visit our web site for contact details." George Mann, theatre ad infinitum. Find a link to Theatre Ad Infinitum under Physical Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Call for Submissions, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs August 7th - 31st. Submissions are currently being accepted for all shows wanting to appear in the 2009 Fringe Programme. It's the biggest arts festival in the world, with something for everyone: theatre, comedy, music, dance, exhibitions and much, much more. For complete information on bringing your show to Edinburgh visit the web site for full details." Edinburgh Fringe Team. Find a link to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Vocational Circus Training, The Academy of Circus Arts, UK. May 1st - October 4th. Accepting applications now. The Academy of Circus Arts is Europe's only travelling circus school, where the Big Top is your class room. The Academy tours England during the summer each year and, for almost the entire tour, the Academy is performing to the public each week. Our tutors are professional circus performers and teachers, chosen for both their specialist skills and their experience in teaching a variety of performance disciplines. All students can expect to perform from the very first show of the season, alongside professional circus performers who are also their training instructors. Our graduates now perform in circuses and related performing arts not only in the UK, but around the world. Whenever possible, we ask applicants to attend an audition. The Academy generally holds two open auditions during the May – October season. If you are unable to attend an audition we ask for a videotape or DVD to be sent to us for review. Visit our web site for more information and to download an application form." Martin Burton, Founder, Academy of Circus Arts. Find a link to the Academy of Circus Arts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
All Performers, High Fest Performing Arts
Festival, Armenia. Application deadline March 1st. The High Fest
Seventh International Performing Arts Festival welcomes artists and
companies in all domains of the performing arts: street arts, circus, mime,
puppetry, theatre, dance, music, etc. The festival will take place October 1
- 10, 2009 in Yerevan (Armenia). Besides the Main Program of High Fest 2009,
two Programs will be held in the framework of the Festival: International
Program of Puppet and Children Performances (fourth edition); and Arms Fest
- Armenian International Student and Youth Program (third edition). The
deadline for sending applications is March 1, 2009. If you are interested in
participating at the High Fest 2009, please visit our web site to download
the application form." Artur Ghukasyan, President, High Fest. (Photo Left:
High Fest 2006, Kinodance, USA, (c) High Fest 2006) Find a link to High Fest
under Festivals at:
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