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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - May
Welcome to the May 2010 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its ninth year and reaching over 2,500 subscribers.
The May issue is coming out a little early this month, because of deadlines on some of our Networking items (see below) and in this issue we welcome items from a bigger range of our international subscribers.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Celebration Barn Theater in Maine (USA) with information on their summer season workshops. They offer world-class teachers in an environment far away from the distractions of everyday life. The one and two week workshops offer a range of workshops including neutral mask, art of movement and performance for musicians.In the Playspace section, I have information on my July Clown Retreat in Wanganui, New Zealand, on which there are still a couple of places available. Students from Australia, New Zealand and France are currently enroled. In Angels Can Fly news, over 100 Australian high schools are now using the book in their drama departments.
In the Features we have information on Physical Fest, the annual physical theatre/movement workshop and performance festival in the UK. Organised by Tmesis Theatre in Liverpool, the workshops are run by some of the world’s best practitioners. Physical Fest starts June 5th.
In Networking we have information on the 2011 World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand, which will take place January 20th - 30th, 2011. The Buskers Festival is an invite only event, so send in your expression of interest by July 20th. The Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance offered by the University of Otago is accepting applications for 2011. Applicants need not possess a university degree or diploma, or any other educational or professional qualification, but you will have a passion for community dance and want to be able to inspire learning, healing, and peace in the community through dance. The Fellowship is open to any New Zealand or international community dance practitioner, teacher or researcher.
The American Youth Circus Organization is holding a Youth Circus Educators Conference this September in Vermont (USA). It will be a weekend of engaging workshops, discussions, and skill building. And in partnership with the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) they are offering professional trapeze teacher training in the 4 days leading up to the conference, which starts September 17th. In Philadelphia, the Five Minute Follies is looking for singers, dancers, jugglers, comedians, magicians, sideshow performers, and all kinds of variety acts to perform Saturday May 1st. Unusual acts are especially sought.
High Performance in London (UK) are casting for a show in Qatar. They need jugglers, fire jugglers, human statue, stilt walkers, acrobats, hula hoop, contortionists, acrobats, hand balancers, performers juggling other equipment, magicians, musicians, dancers, and actors for the 6 month contract beginning November 6th. And the Southern Lights Circus and Street Arts Festival in Kimmeridge, which runs June 11th - 13th, is calling for people who can offer circus skills workshops. The Festival aims to bring like minded people together to teach each other and swap skills and tricks and to provide a wide variety of workshops from beginner to advanced.
In Hamburg, Germany, Buskers Ville is being held as part of the International Festival of Street Arts, STAMP, on September 3rd - 5th. Approximately 20 groups will be selected for Buskers Ville. Applications close May 15th. The Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts is offering a 1 year masters program in Physical Comedy. The program which begins January 2011 is a unique collaboration between the academy and the aid organisation Clowns without Borders Sweden. Application deadline is May 31st.
Dance Day will be celebrated all over the world on April 29th by the international community of dancers. This is an International Dance Council CID, UNESCO initiative, created to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Events are being organized by dance companies, amateur groups, schools, associations and other institutions active in dance. And in Cambodia, the International Circus Festival, Tini Tinou, is inviting circus artists to be part of this year's Festival. Every year artists and troupes from more than 10 different countries attend. If you would like to provide a workshop send in your application before July 15th. Tini Tinou runs November 15th to December 12th.
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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network with other physical theatre artists.
Australian Recreational Centre
for Aerial Arts(ARCAA) offer flying trapeze, silks and clown skills.
Our artmedia.com.au website deals still provide great value. For one page on the Artmedia site, it is just Aus$20 a month, or Aus$30 for as many as you want, so contact us if you want to promote your work on a site which features search engine referrals direct to your page, and over 1,600 links from like-minded sites. We also have a publishing service, where we do your website at your address. On this deal it is just Aus$40 a month to maintain and promote the site, no matter how many pages you have, and only Aus$20 a page set up cost.
Sponsor: Celebration Barn - Theater Workshops
An international center for creating original theater, Celebration Barn Theater offers a full season of intense, creative, focused workshops with world-class teachers and artist residencies. 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 2010 season!
Improvisation, May 31 - June 5
with Keith Johnstone
Discover the joy and freedom of performing without preparation with one of the world’s leading authorities on improvisation!
Show Incubation: Open Residency, June 7 - 22
Retreat to the Barn for intensive rehearsal time to take your show-in-development to the next level. Come for one week or two!
Ten Day Directed Residency, June 23 - July 3
with Robert Post
Collaborate with a master of physical theater to both electrify and refine your work.
Barn Boot Camp, July 5 - 17
With Davis Robinson, Karen Montanaro and Guest Artists including Broadway's Avner the Eccentric, Fred Garbo and more!
Build a foundation for making theater that is rich with originality and spontaneity. It's the best of the Barn condensed into two weeks!
Neutral Mask, July 19 - 24
With Dody DiSanto
Connect to the innate wisdom of your body through neutral mask, and discover awareness, freedom, and the power of essential gesture.
Eccentric Performing, July 26 - August 7
With Avner Eisenberg and Julie Goell
Explore the core of red-nosed clowning. Learn how to build rapport with audiences, find comedy in problem solving, and discover your personal Eccentric Performer.
500 Clown: Risk and Play, August 9 - 14
With Adrian and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig
Create theater with an edge as you explore the essential elements of 500 Clown: physical and emotional risk, action, audience and humor.
Performance for Musicians, August 17 - 22
with Deborah Henson-Conant and Karen Montanaro
Investigate your strength and uniqueness as a performer and develop your own style of musical performance at any skill level.
Art of Movement, August 23 - 28
With Karen Montanaro and Christine Sullivan
Celebrate movement possibilities through improvisation, Alexander Technique, and a variety of physical disciplines. Learn how to achieve maximum expression with minimum effort.
500 Clown: Life is
worth the risk! Photo by: Michael Brosilow
Playspace: Clown Retreat with Alan Clay
Clown Retreat 2010 - Wanganui, New Zealand
Wednesday July 14th to Sunday July 18th (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.
Reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river. Following the last two clown retreats in Wanganui, 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.
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.
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.
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. Students from Australia, New Zealand and France are currently enroled and there are still a couple of places available.
NZ$650 Earlybird (by June 1) NZ$750 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.
Many of the exercises in the retreat are taken from Alan's
book, Angel's Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide. Over
100 Australian high schools are now using Angels Can Fly
in their drama departments. You can find information on
Angels Can Fly at
http://www.alanclay.com including some of the exercises, a
link to an excerpt of the book on Google Books, and an eBook for
the Microsoft reader. If you are unable to attend the retreat in
Wanganui you might find that reading Angels Can Fly
provides a similar experience. People say: "I'm reading your
book and loving it. I feel like I'm involved in one of your
workshops." Buy the book on
Feature: Physical Fest Workshops, Classes & Performances, June 5th to 12th, Liverpool, UK
There are also evening classes in Angola
Capoeira, with Taciturn dance, Pilates and outdoor morning classes in Tai
Feature: Body Weather & Butoh Weekend Workshop led by Tess de Quincey, June 18th - 20th, Sydney
This workshop will provide an immersion in Body Weather
principles alongside elements of Butoh training.
For further information: www.bodyweather.net
"2011 World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand. Application deadline July 20, 2010. The 2011 World Buskers Festival will take place January 20th - 30th, 2011 and we are now accepting expressions of interest. The annual World Buskers Festival has the gamut of street, circus and comedy styles and shows all rolled into 11 days of non-stop fun and excitement. Expect the unexpected from a local and international line-up of talent appearing in Christchurch venues and street corners. The World Buskers Festival is an invite only event. Artists seeking to be considered for the 2011 Festival should send a recent promotional kit by July 20, 2010. You can find more information and contact details on our web site." Jodi Wright, Director. Find a link to World Buskers Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Dance Fellowship, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Applications close Tuesday, June 1st. The University of Otago invites applications for the year 2011 for the Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance. 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, or 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. Closing date Tuesday, 1 June 2010. For more information and to download an application form, visit the website." Caroline Plummer Memorial Trust. Find a link to the Caroline Plummer Fellowship under Fellowships and Awards at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Youth Circus Educators Conference/Professional Trapeze Teacher Training, American Youth Circus Organization & New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, VT, USA. Friday 17th - Sunday 19th September. Join youth circus coaches, directors, and administrators for a weekend of engaging workshops, discussions, and skill building. This year, along with opportunities to learn new teaching techniques and build your skills, we will be rallying our members to build AYCO’s strength for the next decade. It’s a conference not to miss! Plus in partnership with the New England Center for Circus Arts, AYCO is offering a Professional Trapeze Teacher Training with NECCA Founders Elsie and Serenity Smith, September 14th - 17th. Registration includes Educators Conference Weekend. More details coming soon. We hope you'll make your plans and reserve the dates. Those interested in presenting at this year's conference should save the dates and contact David Hunt. Find contact details on our web site." Zoë Brookes, Acting Executive Director, AYCO.(Photo left: American Youth Circus Organization) Find a link to AYCO under Festivals and Events at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Variety Acts Needed, Five Minute Follies, Philadelphia, PA, USA. May 1st. Singers, dancers, jugglers, comedians, magicians, sideshow performers, and all kinds of variety acts sought for the Five Minute Follies, a fast-paced live onstage variety show. Unusual acts especially sought. The performance date is Saturday, May 1st at the Rotunda, 40th and Walnut, Philadelphia. Your act must be no longer than 5 minutes and it must be entertaining (funny, dramatic, touching, surprising, whatever). You must be able to get on and offstage quickly, no longer than 1 minute setup and 1 minute breakdown. No bands, but solo artists welcome with own accompaniment (live or CD with backing tracks). Electric piano provided but you must supply accompanist. Feel free to send links to audio or video. No pay. No pyrotechnics, no nudity, no animal acts. You can find more info on the web site. Thanks!" Michael, Five Minute Follies. Find a link to Five Minute Follies under Festivals and Events at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Call for Circus Performers to work in Qatar, High Performance, London, UK. November 2010 - May 2011 (6 month Contract). Jugglers, fire jugglers, human statue, stilt walkers, acrobats, flamenco dancers, hula hoop, contortionists, acrobats, hand balancers, performers juggling other equipment, magicians, guitarist/ vocalist, flute, violin, accordion, clarinet, saxophone, opera singer, tap dancers, break dancers, swing dancers, Shakespearean actors/actors. You must live in the UK or be able to audition in London. Only apply if you can commit to 6 months in Qatar. The work is 5 days per week, 2 days break. Fees will be paid in Local currency. (approx Euros 2000 per month). All flights, transfers, accommodation and Insurance will be paid for. Artists have the chance of gaining a double contract for 1 years contract. Please send in a QuickTime file or youtube link of your whole act filmed from start to finish. Also please send your usual cut show reel. Put your name and act in the subject matter. Find full contact details on our web site. Only apply if you are suitable and can commit. Thank you " Zoe Ryan, Artistic Manager, High Performance. Find a link to High Performance under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Circus Skills Workshops & Call for Instructors, Southern Lights Festival of Circus and Street Arts, Kimmeridge, UK. Friday June 11th - Sunday June 13th. Southern Lights was established in 2007 by the performance company Flame Fire Shows with one simple goal: To bring like minded people together to teach each other and swap skills & tricks. Every year we aim to provide a wide variety of workshops from beginner to advanced in as many skills as we can. We have some of the top performers and skilled amateurs ready to give you the benefit of their experience. Workshops cover a wide range of skills, such as juggling & spinning to professional performance techniques and yoga. Anyone with skills to share is welcome to suggest or provide a workshop. If you have a skill to teach please contact us. This years festival is being held in the grounds of Smedmore House, Smedmore Estate, Kimmeridge. You can find more information on our web site." The Team, Southern Lights Circus and Street Arts Festival. Find a link to the Southern Lights Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm .
"Buskers Ville, International Festival of Street Arts, Hamburg, Germany. Application deadline May 15th. STAMP was conceived to bring together a multitude of contemporary arts which are suited to be brought to the venue of the street and to provide opportunities for artists to connect and interact with each other and, quite possibly, create something new. In our opinion this is really exciting! There will be street performances, illuminated carnival costume arts, two parades - during the day and at night, multiple street music and urban cabaret, spectacular street dance and the latest street art. STAMP will take place on September 3 - 5, 2010. We will select approximately 20 groups for Buskers Ville from the applications. You will receive binding confirmation of any subsidies by the end of May. STAMP will provide free accommodation in modest hostels and school gyms, free or subsidized catering and partial or complete reimbursement of travelling expenses. You can find more information and download the application form on our web site." Carl Rose, Buskers Ville. Find a link to Buskers Ville under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm .
"Masters Programme in Physical Comedy, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden. Application deadline May 31st. Do you want to learn techniques developed by Clowns without Borders Sweden; to spread laughter and hope in communities struck by crisis around the world? Do you want to live, study and train in Stockholm for one year, create your own solo show and go on two international tours? Then apply to our Master’s Programme in Performing Arts! 'A Year of Physical Comedy' is a unique collaboration between the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and the aid organisation Clowns without Borders Sweden. It is specially designed for professional performing artists with a background in the traditions of trick based or physical comedy such as clowns, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, mime artists. The programme runs January 2011 - December 2011 and includes two international tours to areas of crisis, free of charge. You can find more information and download an application from our web site." Saara Printz Werner, Course Administrator, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. (Photo right by Anna Hagvärn) Find a link to Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Dance Day, International Dance Council, UNESCO, world wide. On the 29th of April, as every year since 1982, Dance Day will be celebrated all over the world by the international community of dancers. It is an initiative of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO. The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Emphasis should be given to addressing a “new” public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year. Dance Day events may be special performances, open-door classes, public rehearsals, lectures, exhibitions, articles in newspapers and magazines, dance evenings, radio and TV programs, visits, street shows, parades, shop window decorations etc. Events are primarily organized by dance companies, amateur groups, schools, associations and other institutions active in dance. Wherever possible, it is better for events to be organized jointly with a non-dance institution such as a government agency, a public school, a municipality, a business enterprise, a trade union. At best, events should take place in “new” places, such as streets, parks, squares, shops, factories, villages, discotheques, schools, stadiums etc. By setting the event in original surroundings you stress the fact that this is an event dedicated to the universal family of dancers. More ideas for Dance Day can be found on the CID website." Dr. Alkis Raftis, President of the CID. Find a link to International Dance Council CID under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Tini Tinou International Circus Festival, Phare Ponleu Selpak, Cambodia. Application deadline July 15th. Festival dates 15 Nov to 12 Dec. Tini Tinou is an International Circus Festival in Cambodia. Phare Ponleu Selpak is a Cambodian NGO. The festival welcomes every year artists and troupes from more than 10 different countries. Last year artists from Romania, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, Germany, Canada, France and Belgium were represented. From November 15th to December 12th the seventh edition will welcome 150 artists and more than 10,000 visitors during 7 days. Before the Festival, two weeks of workshops are held in Battambang by professionals and senior artists to exchange their skills with young pre-professional artists so as to foster mutual understanding and favouring cultural exchanges. If you are a circus artist who would like to be part of the Festival, please go to our web site to download the application form. The Festival provides a fixed fee, accommodation and catering. The Tini Tinou Circus festival aims to bring joy and to share unforgettable moments." Christelle Fatoux, Festival Coordinator, Tini Tinou. Find a link to Tini Tinou under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm .
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