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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News
- February 2012
Welcome to the February 2012 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre news, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its tenth year and reaching over 2,500 subscribers. This newsletter is an occasional publication which we put out when there is demand from Sponsors and Feature advertisers and we invite you to support the publication by contacting us about promoting your work.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the Accademia dell'Arte with information on their Performing Arts Programs in Tuscany, Italy. Students live, eat and study in a spectacular sixteenth century Renaissance villa overlooking the hills of Tuscany and the city of Arezzo. Their programs for undergraduates, graduates and professionals include a one month summer program and a two and a half year MFA in Physical Theatre plus other training and performance opportunities. Accademia dell'Arte is also the co-organizer of the CrisisArt Festival in July and they invite performing artists and arts activists to come and share their visions of the future.
My new Modern Clown Summer School is in its final week with some wonderful clowns attending from NZ, Australia and France. The three week structure has really given students time both to learn the tools of the trade and to practice them by developing performance material and students have been using the weekend breaks to go on tramping and jet boating adventures. I have information in the Playspace section below on next January's Summer School.
In Networking we have information on the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. There are $5 tickets available for many of the shows on Opening Night February 24th, so take advantage of this great price and support the Fringe. In Victoria, Alex Pinder is offering a Physical Comedy Weekend Workshop on March 17th and 18th. This promises to be a fun workshop with plenty of laughs creating clown characters and comic skits.
The Registration Evening for the Sydney Fringe Festival is being held Friday March 2nd. Expect an evening of great entertainment and the Fringe team will be on hand to answer any burning questions. Also in NSW, the biennial Catapult Festival showcasing young circus & physical theatre performers is being held March 29th - 31st. This year the Festival includes 'The Renegade Show' on Friday March 30th, which is an informal evening of performance hosted by Charles Sturt University students.
In the US, Celebration Barn are offering a month-long performance intensive starting July 2nd. The daily classes are designed to make you push the boundaries of creative theater. The workshop is open to performers of all experience levels. In New Mexico, Wise Fools is casting a new physical theatre production to debut next year. They are looking for aerialists, stilt acrobats, dancers and physical theatre performers. Auditions will be held in Santa Fe, May 17th - 27th. The Cabiri in Seattle are offering a performance opportunity for 6 - 8 aerial silks students. Six weeks of classes and rehearsals will be followed by six performances of 'Tarhun: Legend of the Lightning God'. The Thursday night classes start February 23rd.
In Sweden, the Stockholm Fringe Fest, also known as Stoff, is calling for submissions for performances and theatre proposals for the August festival. The deadline for submissions is March 11th. And Espace Périphérique in France has residencies for Circus, Street Arts and Puppetry. Their aim is to support the creation of new shows and to give a place for creation and research. Application deadline is February 29th. And the Armenian High Fest International Performing Arts Festival is seeking puppetry and performances for children for their festival in October. Registration ends March 15th.
Circus arts magazine, Spectacle, is now online. Editor/publisher, Ernest Albrecht, has created a monthly publication that covers the world of circus for the professional as well as the scholar. And performers Hilary Chaplain and Audrey Crabtree are traveling to India as part of a Clowns Without Borders project to work with underprivileged children and they are raising needed funds. Read more on how you can help them below.
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Sponsor: Accademia dell'Arte - Performing Arts Programs - Tuscany, Italy
Accademia dell’Arte offers undergraduate, graduate and professional experiences within the performing arts. For all programs students live, eat and study in the spectacular Villa Godiola, a sixteenth century Renaissance structure overlooking the hills of Tuscany and the city of Arezzo. If you have any inquiries about any of the following please contact Kali Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.dell-arte.org/ .
The Summer Arts Program (May 28 – June 23, 2012) provides conservatory-style immersion and 6 credits in physical theatre (Daniel Stein), mask-making (Torbjorn Alstom), digital filmmaking, dance, or music. Application deadline: March 15th.
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Physical Theatre at Accademia dell'Arte is a 2.5 year program. The training includes Circus Arts, Commedia dell'Arte, Music, Voice and Dance in Torino, Milano, Arezzo, and Berlin. Next class starts in fall 2013. http://dellarte.it/
Undergraduate Study Abroad Semesters at Accademia combine an intensive Italian language program and academic studies with a high level of physical theatre, music and dance performance training. Deadline for Fall 2012: March 15th. http://www.dell-arte.org/undergraduate.php
The Faculty Symposium (June 28 - July 3) brings together Accademia dell'Arte's core faculty for one week to present workshops to international faculty, arts practitioners and artists interested in the approach to arts training practiced at the Accademia. You are invited! For an application, please email: email@example.com. Deadline: February 1st.
The second annual CrisisArt Festival will take place July 6 -11. We are now accepting applications for this 5-day international, interactive festival, combining a diverse range of performance, workshops and artistic exchange for emerging artists. The festival is co-organized by Accademia dell'Arte and London Metropolitan University.
Winterfest Mask-Making (January 2013) will bring together students from all over the world for two weeks to build leather masks and study commedia dell’arte performance and technique. To sign up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playspace: 'Modern Clown' Summer School with Alan Clay, Wanganui, New Zealand
Modern Clown Summer School
2013, 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday, January 28th - February 15th
(3-weeks accommodation, 15 work days, no training on weekends)
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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 Whitcoulls or in
Australia through Borders or Angus & Robertson.
"Opening Night Discount Tickets, Adelaide Fringe Festival , Australia. The Adelaide Fringe Festival opens Feb 24th and runs to March 18th. This year, a number of shows are offering a one-off discounted ticket price of $5 for Adelaide Fringe Opening Night on 24 February. Start your Fringe season with a bang and head out after the Fringe Parade (8pm-9pm). Be the first to discover the hottest shows in town! We've even waived the $2.75 booking fee for these tickets so you literally just pay $5! Whoop! Just go to the web site for more information." Greg Clarke, Director, Adelaide Fringe. Find a link to Adelaide Fringe under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Registration Evening, Sydney Fringe Festival , Australia. Friday March 2nd. Calling all artists! Join us for an evening of Fringe merriment to mark the opening of Artist Registration 2012! Whether you are a performer or a producer wanting to sign up for Sydney Fringe 2012 or a Fringe fan, come and relive a little Five Eliza magic with the sounds of So You Think You Can Busk 2011 winners The Rusty Spring Syncopators and Geoff Bull's New Orleans Four. Sign-up on the night and your ticket includes your Artist Registration Fee! (usually $30). For One Night Only! The Fringe team will be on hand to answer any burning questions you may have on participation in 2012 and look forward to welcoming you to a great night! Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surrey Hills, Sydney, NSW, 2016. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets $20 / $15 Concs (tickets are available on the door only). Get those glad rags on!" Richard Hull, Festival Director, Sydney Fringe. Find a link to the Sydney Fringe under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Catapult Festival 2012 , NSW, Australia. March 29th - 31st. Catapult is a biennial festival with a focus of Circus & Physical Theatre. It takes centre stage in Bathurst NSW every second year. The first festival was in September 2005 and this year Catapult runs from Thursday the 29th to Saturday the 31st of March. The 2012 festival will focus on emerging artists and developing our industry standards. Catapult showcases the skills of young circus and physical theatre performers, but it is unique because it also attracts some of the best adult professional performers currently practicing. This year the Catapult Festival includes The Renegade Show Friday 30th March 7pm. This informal evening of performance will be hosted by Charles Sturt University students. They will be inviting youth circus participants to nominate short acts (3-7 mins) to be performed at this evening. Special guest performers may also appear during the program. The performance will be followed by a Dance Party in the ring top for all festival delegates. Dress code: Traditional 80's circus costumes and training clothes. Visit our web site to register online for the Festival." Peta Johnston, Catapult Co-ordinator (Photo left: Catapult Festival 2009) Find a link to the Catapult Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Physical Comedy Weekend Workshop, led by Alex Pinder, Victoria, Australia. March 17th & 18th. This workshop is a fun, challenging workshop with plenty of laughs creating clown characters and comic skits through exercises in improvisation, drama games and slap-stick. We will also work the half–mask commedia dell’arte. When Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March. Time: Noon to 5pm each day. Where: Broken Mirror Studios 2C Staley St. Brunswick. Cost $150. See you there! For more information visit my web site." Alex. Find a link to the Alex Pinder under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Help for Project India, Clowns Without Borders . Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues, in two weeks, we will travel to India to work for an amazing organization called "Clowns Without Borders" created in 1993 in Spain and based loosely on "Doctors Without Borders". We've organized the trip with their help and support, and we are working as volunteers. That's why we're asking everyone we know to help us out by considering a donation of at least $10 to see us through 3 weeks in India performing for and teaching underprivileged children. Please take a moment to go to our link and watch our video. And then click on the "Donate Now" Red Nose and designate Project India. THANK YOU!!! With Love" Hilary Chaplain and Audrey Crabtree . Find a link to CWB Project India under Clowns at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"One Month Performance Intensive, Celebration Barn, Maine, USA. July 2nd - 28th. We're thrilled to expand the Intensive workshop this year to offer a full month with master teacher Davis Robinson who will be joined for the second two weeks by Karen Montanaro. Through a schedule of daily classes in movement, improvisation, premise work, physical graphics, principles of mime and ensemble building, you will push the boundaries of creative theater. Afternoon master classes with world-class guest teaching artists will strengthen and diversify your skill set. Evenings will provide an opportunity to perform your own work inspired by daily assignments. This class is open to performers of all experience levels." Mandy Huotari, Executive Director, Celebration Barn Theater. Find a link to Celebration Barn under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Casting New Physical Theatre Production, Wise Fool, New Mexico, USA. Wise Fool's new physical theatre production 'InMigration' (working title) will debut in May 2013 followed by touring in summer and fall of 2013. Auditions to be held in Santa Fe, NM, May 17 thru 27th, 2012. Full Cast Rehearsals to be held in Santa Fe, NM, Aug 20 thru Oct 5th and April 15th thru May 17th 2013. Opening May 17th 2013. Summer tour June thru September 2013. We are looking for aerialists, stilt acrobats, dancers and physical theatre performers. We will be scheduling people for a three day audition between May 17-27th. Auditions will take place on original aerial apparatus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Please send a letter of interest; include availability during above dates, a current C.V. and a video sample of your work. ( DVD or link to video) send by mail to: Wise Fool New Mexico, 2778 Agua Fria Unit D, Santa Fe NM, 87505." Alessandra Ogren, Founder, Wise Fool NM (Photo right: WFNW Circus Luminous 2010, photo by Gabriella Marks) Find a link to Wise Fool NM under Physical Theatre at: http://artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Performance Opportunity for Aerial Silks Students, The Cabiri, Seattle, USA. For aerial arts students in the Seattle area - an exciting performance opportunity! We're in need of several aerial arts students to play roles in an ensemble piece in our upcoming production of Tarhun: Legend of the Lightning God. We need 6-8 male and/or female tissu artists who can commit to a majority of the following dates and times: Six weeks of Thursday night classes February 23 - March 29 from 7:15-9:00pm at SANCA in Georgetown and Sunday rehearsals March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 from 12-4pm and Performances on April 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. Participants will pay a Thursday night course fee: $100 (6 weeks of instruction) and a costuming fee of $50. Partial scholarships are available for students in need. What's In It for You: A major performance opportunity! We expect 600-900 people to attend the performances, which will also be held in the Annex at SANCA. Our shows are often reviewed in the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and Seattle Dances. Learn choreography and character work created especially for this show. Work with The Cabiri - Seattle's longest-standing, most successful theatrical aerial dance company. Awesome photo and video opportunities, the chance to show your aerial skills to friends and family, and a wonderful personal challenge! Who's Eligible: Experienced aerialists ages 13 and older who can do a straddle-up off the ground (straight legs or not), hip key, simple drops like star and salto, single and double foot locks and who are excited to learn a 3-5 minute choreography that incorporates character work. If we get more interested students than spaces we have available, we'll select those who best meet the criteria and have the most availability. 2-4 understudies may also be cast. FAQ's: What if I can't make every single rehearsal or class? We'd still love to have you, and can work with a couple of absences if necessary. What if I can't make every single performance? That's OK! If you can do at least 4 of the 6 shows, we'll make it work. Sign me up! How do I learn more and get on board? Send me an email. We'll schedule an informal audition to get a feel for your aerial skills, and that's it! You're in! Get contact details from our web site." Charly McCreary, Managing Director, The Cabiri performance troupe. Find a link to The Cabiri under Aerial Theatre at: http://artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"New Online Circus Magazine, Spectacle, Ernest Albrecht. It has taken a bit longer than we would have liked to get started in this new medium, and we are not yet fully where we want to be, but I did want to get out this first edition to stay in touch and publish my reviews of the various and varied shows I have seen since last we talked. As we gain greater confidence in making this work, we are looking forward to providing more photographic images with links to the show being reviewed or reported on. Within the next several weeks I will be traveling to Monte Carlo to review the festival there, after which I will go on to Paris to catch the Cirque de Demain festival and see the new productions of the Gruss and Bouglione families. I will also be reviewing the spectacular Broadway musical Spider Man—Turn off the Dark and offering insights into the circus rigging that helps make it so spectacular. In February, it will be time for Circus Sarasota. March brings The Greatest Show on Earth to my area of the country; I look forward to writing about its new production. Hopefully these reviews will be out in early February, as we are aiming for a monthly publication format, as long as there are reviews and stories to share with you. I hope the new Spectacle will carry on from where we left off in pint." Ernest Albrecht, online editor/publisher, Spectacle - an online journal of the circus arts. Find a link to Spectacle under Resources at: http://artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Call for Submissions, Stockholm Fringe Fest (Stoff), Sweden. Deadline March 11th. Stockholm Fringe Fest (Stoff) is a festival that aims to support and promote cutting edge theatre and performance making. Stoff is currently welcoming submissions for performances or theatre proposals for the 2012 edition taking place in 22 – 26 August 2012. Stoff is focusing on promoting artists who have not yet found their feet in the industry however it also welcomes submissions from established groups/ individuals who promote innovation in their artistic work. The work should be questioning conventional artistic forms and show clear proof of innovation in their creative processed. To be considered for Stockholm Fringe Fest 2012 all applicants need to complete an online application form along with submitting visual proof/s of their work before 11 March 2012. For more information visit our web site." Helena Bunker, Stoff. Find a link to the Stockholm Fringe Fest under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Production Residencies in Circus, Street Arts and Puppetry, Espace Périphérique, Paris, France. Application deadline 29th of February. The city of Paris and the Parc de la Villette have created a residency venue, dedicated to contemporary circus, street arts and puppetry: the Espace Périphérique on the former site of the school Anni Fratellini in Paris. This venue is offering production residencies with the aim to support the creation of new shows, and laboratory residencies, aiming to give a place for creation and research. You can send your application until the 29th of February 2012. For more information visit our web site." Sophie Morin, Coordinator, Espace Périphérique. Find a link to Espace Périphérique under Resources at: http://artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"High Fest Call for Puppetry and Performances for Children, International Performing Arts Festival, Armenia. Application deadline March 15th. High Fest, the International Performing Arts Festival is holding its 10th edition from October 1st - 10th.We welcome performing arts companies and artists to present their productions in all genres of performing arts including theatre (drama, comedy, mime, movement, circus, street performances, puppet/marionette, fingers theatre, visual), dance (modern, folk, classic etc.), music (opera, classical, musical, contemporary, jazz, folk etc) and other forms of performing arts. Two Programmes will be held in the framework of the Festival: International Programme of Puppet and Children Performances; ARMS FEST - Armenian International Student and Youth Programme. The registration process for the High Fest International Performing Arts Festival 2012 will run until March 15, 2012. Please visit our web site for the application form. Looking forward to see you at the High Fest 2012!" Ms. Shoghakat Galstyan, Head of International Dept., High Fest 2012. Find a link to High Fest under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
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