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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News
- November 2010
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Welcome to the November 2010 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre news, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its ninth year and reaching over 2,500 subscribers. This newsletter has now become an occasional publication, which we put out when there is demand from Sponsors and Feature advertisers and we invite you to support the publication.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre with news of their 9th Bali Program set to begin January 6th 2011. This unique program introduces students to Balinese performing arts in a way that allows them to experience how Balinese live and create, and how family life and religious customs are woven into the creation of art. Dell'Arte also offers a Master of Fine Arts in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre.In the Playspace section, there are places still available on the Clown Retreat next March in Wanganui, so take the opportunity to develop your clown tool kit, or take the leap into an artform that you've always wanted to develop. Those interested in the retreat need to get your payments in this month, to get the best deal on this course.
My book on modern clown, Angel's Can Fly, has just been released as an eBook for the Apple iPad and is available in the States through the iBooks app at iTunes. We recommend the iPad version as this gives you the best value product and the most versatile reading experience of any format, as it is searchable, has a detailed contents and contains links between pre-requisite and co-requisite exercises. In Australia and New Zealand Angels Can Fly is available as an ebook for the Kobo reader, which can be purchased in New Zealand through Whitcoulls, or in Australia through Borders or Angus & Robertson.
In the Features we have a movement workshop for performance with Anna Yen. Playmoves uses the Feldenkrais Method with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways and is for performers, directors, physical theatre devisors, and drama teachers. The Brisbane workshop runs December 13th to 17th.
We also have Clare Bartholomew with an invitation to spend a week with her in the world of clown. This Clown Workshop for experienced performers is designed to help participants find their own ‘clown’ characters. The workshop begins November 15th in Melbourne.
Also Featured is a Body Weather Weekend Intensive with Tess de Quincey in Melbourne. The workshop runs November 12th to 14th and will provide an immersion in Body Weather principles alongside elements of BUTOH training.
We have a new Social Circus section, recognising the growing interest in this work. Recently there has been more and more interest in Clowns Without Boarders, a world-wide organisation that was founded in Spain in 1993 by Tortell Poltrona and now has branches in nine countries, with an active South African troupe. Meanwhile Bond St Theatre from New York continue their ground-breaking work in Afghanistan.
In Networking we have information on the 2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival Artist Registrations. Feedback from participants tells us you will need to double check venue suitability. If you are going to participate, you have to remember it's a fringe, so you will need to do everything yourself. The registration deadline is November 19th, 2010.
A new Facebook Group for Physical Theatre has been set up by Jerry Boland with the hope of creating a world wide network of physical theatre related people and reducing the problem of different groups not being connected to other physical theatre related groups. He is inviting everyone with an interest in physical theatre to join.
The Women’s Circus in Melbourne is inviting women 18+ to run away to the Circus by attending their November Test Drive of introductory circus skills classes. And in Brisbane the exist-ence festival of performance art is calling for performers to take part in their festival being held November 26 - 27. The Flashpoint Forum on circus and physical theatre and it's impact on the world is being held by ACAPTA in Sydney on November 10th - 13th. In Queensland the Woodford Folk Festival needs improvisers and performers to act as characters in a massive festival game.
Toronto, Canada is hosting a Symposium on Performing Feminist Culture November 5th - 6th. A wide range of discussants and participants have been invited to create an open dialogue. The event is free, but you need to register early. DV8 Physical Theatre will conduct a ‘mock audition’ workshop for professional dancers in Copenhagen on November 20th. This will be an opportunity to work with Lloyd Newson and to see what skills he requires when choosing performers for DV8.
Anomic Multimedia Theatre in Norwich, UK is auditioning actors/dancers with strong physical and vocal technique for a long term project in 2011. The application deadline is November 20 for the December 4th auditions. Circ-Que-O is offering residencies in Catalonia, Aragon and Midi-Pyrénées, Spain to create contemporary circus art forms. Between two and four projects will be selected. The application deadline is January 12th. The International School for Physical Theatre in Berlin is offering a Theatre Workshop on the Buffon to run November 18th - 21st.
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Sponsor: Study Abroad in Bali with Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, January 6th - February 4th
Arrive in Bali January 6 -
depart February 4.In
this unique and wonderfully successful program participants study
traditional Balinese performing arts and crafts with village masters in
their own homes. This trip introduces students to Balinese performing arts
in a way that allows you to experience how the Balinese live and create, and
how family life and religious customs are woven into the creation of art.
Bali is an extraordinary island where creativity is ordinary. Art serves the
community, the religious practices, the economy and everyday living. This
program is designed for those who want to participate in the family and
ceremonial life of outstanding Balinese master teachers, during an intensive
Playspace: Clown Retreat with Alan Clay - Wanganui, New Zealand
There are places still available on this retreat, so take the opportunity to develop your clown tool kit, or take the leap into an artform that you've always wanted to develop. You need to get your payments in this month, to get the best deal on this course. (Photo below: RuthAnne Molloy from the July 2010 Clown Retreat)
Clown Retreat March 2011
1st to Saturday March 5th (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.
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$500 Price Buster (by November 30) NZ$550 Earlybird (by January 15) and NZ$650 Full. Includes 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.
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide - now available as an eBook for the iPad and Kobo readers
Angel's Can Fly has just been released as an eBook for the Apple iPad
and is available through the iBooks app at iTunes. (eBook ISBN:
9780957884489) We recommend purchasing the book for the iPad as this gives
you the best value product and the most versatile reading experience. The
ebook costs only US$9.99 and is searchable with links between pre-requisite
and co-requisite exercises.
The ebook can also be
purchased for the
Kobo reader in New Zealand through
or in Australia through
or Angus & Robertson.
"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: PlayMoves - Movement Workshop for Performance with Anna Yen, December 13th - 17th, Brisbane
PlayMoves - Movement Workshop for Performance with Anna Yen
This workshop is for
performers, directors, physical theatre devisors, and drama teachers. Our
starting point is a focus on playfulness, presence, physical awareness, and
‘complicity’ with other performers. It is inspired by the work of Monika
Pagneux, a renowned European theatre teacher, whose quest is to awaken the
performer, inviting the attentive and joyful performing physical presence
that marries risk with vulnerability and self-confidence with authenticity.
It combines the Awareness Through Movement work of the Feldenkrais Method
with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways to assist the performer
expand creative and physical possibilities, and their ensemble skills.
Wonderful writing / devising exercises that begin from the physical, are
integrated into this week.
Dec 13-17, 2010 Brisbane, Australia. $AUD 270 / AUD 220 Early Bird if paid by Nov 11, 2010. All Bookings and Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature: Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew, November 15th -19th, Melbourne
You! Clown? Wanna be stupid onstage, without being a dunce?
Spend a week with Clare
Bartholomew … in the idiot world of clown.
Feature: Bodyweather - Intensive Weekend Workshop led by Tess de Quincey, November 12th - 14th, Melbourne
This intensive workshop will be led by Tess de Quincey who was a dancer with Mai-Juku 1985-91 and introduced the Body Weather philosophy and methodology into Australia in 1988.This workshop will provide an immersion in Body Weather principles alongside elements of BUTOH training.
Body Weather is a broad based, comprehensive physical training which cultivates a conscious relation to the state of constant change inside and outside the body. It is an open investigation that can be relevant for anyone interested in exploring the body. Butoh arose in the 1950's, but references origins in ancient Japan. It is a contemporary dance form emphasising images which transform and explore extremities of the body.
The workshop introduces participant to three different areas of the practice which vary between high-energy work and more quiet meditative sessions:-
- a dynamic and rhythmic work-out which includes aerobic and anaerobic exercises to develop strength, coordination and a vibrant, physical grounding;
Manipulations - a series of precise forms concerned with stretching and alignment on the basis of breath and weight;
Ground Work - a wide variety of exercises to sharpen sensorial focus and to develop sensitivity, awareness and the scope of expression through the body.
November 12th - 14th, Friday 6-9pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm.
Participants should be aware that this work is NOT therapy or healing.
Bookings are essential as places are limited, so please register as soon as possible to ensure your place on the workshop. To book, please send your contact details (name, address, telephone numbers and email) alongside a brief biography outlining your age, background and experience as well as detailing any previous injuries. Please send this alongside payment of $200 member or $240 full price to:
DANCEHOUSE, 150 Princes St, North Carlton. Information at http://www.dancehouse.com.au and www.DeQuinceyCo.net/MelbourneIntensive Bookings: email@example.com
Social Circus News
Recently there has been more and more interest in Clowns Without Boarders, a world-wide organisation that was founded in Spain in 1993 by Tortell Poltrona and now has branches in 9 countries with an active South African troupe. Meanwhile Bond St Theatre from New York continue their ground-breaking work in Afghanistan.
"Clowns Without Borders South Africa has been performing in schools throughout the eThekwini Municipality as part of Celebrate Durban 2010. The show at our first school in Waterloo is a great one. We enter chanting, “Ajukujah” laughter erupts and fingers start pointing. We haven’t done much besides entering on stage and the atmosphere has already become more joyous with laughter and chit-chat among the learners. Even the teachers are in stitches with laughter. It is then that I remember that clowns are not only for children. I knew these kids were going to be discussing what they saw in the show when it is over. After bringing laughter and joy to their lives, our second objective is to open their minds to other possibilities in terms of gender, HIV/AIDS, and violence. We seem to be on the right track!" Sussie Mjwara
"Here are some thoughts from Annabel Morgan (aka Banana Bell) on the tour: Our Halala eThekwini (Celebrate Durban) tour has truly been a celebration of the cultural and ethnic diversity of eThekwini. The Celebrate Durban tour has taught me many interesting lessons, from clowning to working with children with disabilities. Here are a few lessons that stood out for me. I have been deeply disturbed by the stories I have heard during our children’s rights training about the treatment of children with disabilities in South Africa so it was inspiring to visit Golden Steps. The children were so uninhibited and when a few of them felt the impulse to join us in the dance at the end, the principal allowed that freedom and spontaneity. These small moments give me great hope for humanity." Jamie McLaren Lachman
"Capitalizing on cross-cultural and peace-building work initiated over the past 8 years, Bond Street Theatre returns to Afghanistan with the generous support of a $95,000 grant from the United States Institute of Peace. The 18-month program designs and implements innovative programming that connects local theatre artists to NGOs with goals of passing on theatre-based techniques in conflict resolution and peace-building, and building the capacity of artists and NGOs in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat. Inherent to Bond Street Theatre's commitment to Artistic-Humanitarian Relief Work, the company will create leave-behind programming that equips a community to sustain itself and progress in a post-war atmosphere. To learn more about the work being done in Afghanistan visit the Bond St Theatre web site." Lisa Dowda, Program Director. Find a link to Bond Street Theatre under Physical Theatre at: www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival, Artist
Registrations, New Zealand. Registration deadline November 19th 2010. Artist
Registrations for the 2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival are open. Contemporary
artists in New Zealand and around the world are invited to register an event
with the 2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival. We are an open-access festival with a
focus on innovative and experimental contemporary art within, between and
across all art forms. Find out everything you need to know about how the
Festival works, what the Festival provides to artists and how to get
The final date for
artist registrations is 19 November 2010, but don’t relax yet as you won’t
want to miss out on applying for some funding or a key venue."
Smith, Director, Dunedin Fringe Festival. Find a link to Dunedin Fringe
Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Women’s Circus Program Sessions, Melbourne, Australia. November 14th & 21st. Ever wanted to runaway to the Circus? The Women’s Circus invites women 18+ to run away to the Circus! Join us in November for a Test Drive. If you are interested in seeing what the Women’s Circus is all about or if you want to join the New Women’s Program in 2011 this is the opportunity to test it out in a fun and relaxing way. No matter what your fitness level, age or ability why not come along, have some fun, meet the trainers and see the training space. Activities will include games, warm up, introduction to various circus skills such as aerials, acrobalance and juggling. We are holding 4 test drive sessions (subject to numbers) Sunday 14 November 10-1 & 2-5pm, Sunday 21 November 10-1 & 2-5pm. Cost: $30 full / $25 concession (this is fully deductible from Term 1 fees if you join up)." Dianne Toulson, General Manager, Women's Circus. Find a link to Women’s Circus under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Call for performance work, exist-ence: a
festival of performance art, live art and action art, Brisbane,
Australia. The festival is being held November 26 – 27 at the Judith Wright
Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. To all
performance, live, action artists, exist-ence is heading into its third
incarnation happening this November 26 -27. Over two nights local artists
will showcase a range of projects including solo, collaborative and
durational works. International artists will be streaming live online into
the venue, and a series of dvds, archives and art-i-facts will also be
presented. If you would like to be involved, we are calling for dvds, live
work (to stream via the internet using ustream or other internet freeware
program live into the performance space) and artifacts. We have no money BUT
we have a lot of energy! Every participant will be sent a catalogue after
the event, and if you would like art-i-facts returned to you, we can arrange
that. If you are interested, please visit our web site for contact details.
Rebecca Cummingham, exist-ence. Find a link to exist-ence under Festivals
"Symposium: Performing Feminist Culture,
WIAprojects, Toronto, Canada. November 5th - 6th. WIAprojects (CWSE,OISE/UT),
OCADU (Equity and Diversity & the Faculty of Art) & XPACE Cultural Centre
are working together to present Symposium: Performing Feminist Culture. The
intention of the symposium is to engage the cultural community in working
through some central concerns around feminist cultural production and its
role as a creative and activist strategy for both the production of culture
and its presentation and dissemination. Performing Feminist Culture wishes
to engage other cultural practitioners in a practice of thinking, making,
presenting and theorizing about what feminist cultural workers do. With this
in mind, WIAprojects has invited a wide range of discussants and
participants, some who do not necessarily identify as feminist, to create
this open dialogue. This includes, as well as WIAprojects collective
organizers and facilitators, a diverse and complex mix of peoples who
variously identify as woman, man, trans, person of colour, disabled, queer
and in practice as a filmmaker, educator, poet, theatre director, opera
composer, painter, performance artist, curator. Discussants are coming from
across Canada and the USA. There will be an exhibition of Carolyn Jervis'
Love Letters to Feminism and performances by Leena Raudvee & Erika DeFreitas.
The event is free but we are asking for people to register early as space is
limited. Please visit our web site for more information and to register."
Pam Patterson, Co-convener, Performing Feminist Culture. Find a link to
Symposium: Performing Feminist Culture under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Intensive Theatre Workshop on the Buffon, International School for Physical Theatre (APT), Berlin. November 18th - 21st. In the conflict with God and the world, the Buffon embodies the figure of the anti-hero, the last one on the social scale: rejected, set apart and avoided. Contrary to the 'individual and naive' clown, the Buffon is consciously sacrilegious and completely disrespectful. Their unrestrained nature and their grotesque play dynamics create a mythical atmosphere of disturbing attraction. This Intensive theater workshop will include play, body, improvisation, character development and scenes. The International School for Physical Theatre is the only theatre school in Germany providing a 2-year professional training programme in physical theatre according to Jacques Copeau and Jacques Lecoq´s pedagogy. Please visit our web site for more information." Ulrich Ernitz, co-Director, Atelier für physisches Theater (APT). Find a link to APT under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
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