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Welcome to the June 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.
As the recession starts to bite many of us are finding lower numbers at our events and some are seeing the benefit of advertising. The newsletter rates haven't changed in 5 years and the value keeps increasing as circulation expands. Remember to support the sponsors and advertisers of this newsletter.In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the American Youth Circus Organization with information on their Youth Circus Festival being held August 19-23. This is an opportunity to spend four action-packed days in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania studying and practicing the Circus Arts with America's foremost circus artists and educators. During the festival there is also a 4-day intensive for Social Circus educators in partnership with Cirque du Soleil’s Social Action Team. The festival is open to youths and adults.
In the Playspace section,
the Price Buster deadline on the Winter Clown Retreat has been pushed by a
week to give all of you eager clowns the opportunity to play. My book,
Angels Can Fly, has started to find its way into high schools in New
Zealand and also in Victoria, Australia, so if
you know any drama teachers or you work in a high school, suggest they check
At Circa Training Centre in Queensland, Term 3 registration is now open. The term runs from July 20th to September 12th and they've added two new challenging classes in flexibility and acrobatics.
In the USA, a 3-day juggling intensive with Sean Gandini and Kati Yla-Hokkala is being offered as part of the Celebration Barn Theater Summer Workshops in Maine. The July 29th - August 1st workshop will be an exploration into juggling patterns and ideas. The 4th of July event, Red, White and Boom in Minneapolis is calling for buskers. If you're interested, get your application in by June 23rd.
Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe is accepting applications from performers of any nationality, living and practicing in Europe. As one of the main supporters of the circus arts, they offer assistance to emerging creators. The application deadline is September 25th.
In the UK, Chisenhale Dance Space is offering free studio space in London to one soloist dancer or movement artist and one emerging company. The space will be made available the last 2 weeks of August. If free space would help your development, apply before June 29th. Also in London, Artsadmin is running a free Summer School with Mem Morrison from July 20th to August 14th. Artsadmin's Summer School is a chance for emerging artists and people new to performance to work with an established artist for four weeks to create and perform an original piece of work Application deadline is July 3rd.
And the newly established Nouveau Clown Institute
in Granollers, Spain announce their Master Clown Classes with Jango Edwards.
The first intensive one month programme for professionals begins October
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: 2009 American Youth Circus Festival & Social Circus Teacher Training, Pennsylvania, USA
Greetings to all Artmedia readers from the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO). We invite you to gather with us at Island Lake Camp in Starrucca, Pennsylvania, USA, August 19-23 to attend the 2009 American Youth Circus Festival . This 5th biennial event dedicates four action-packed days to the study and practice of Circus Arts. Attendees will train, learn, network and exchange ideas through a comprehensive mix of circus-related workshops and social activities. Two showcase performances spotlighting diverse youth circus performers are open to the public on Thursday and Friday evenings, August 20 and 21.
Festival participants from all corners of the globe are welcome to experience an overnight circus camp atmosphere featuring professional skill instruction and in-depth adult programming. Nestled on 550 acres in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of north eastern Pennsylvania, Island Lake Camp provides a rich recreational and learning environment for festival participants of all circus skill and experience levels. Youth circus performers and their families, coaches, program directors, and circus enthusiasts are encouraged to share their talents and build their youth circus community.
Experiential workshops will feature innovative approaches taught by America's foremost circus artists and educators. These interactive sessions will address topics such as: using circus to bridge economic, social and cultural differences; alliances with schools; community relations; aerial arts; partner acrobatics; clowning; juggling; unicycle; circus make-up; choreography; and rigging and safety, to name a few.
The festival is open to chaperoned youth up to age 17, college students, and adults and offers age-appropriate instructional classes for improving current skills and trying new apparatus and techniques. Numerous community building, socializing, and networking opportunities balance the physical activities with fun-filled recreational release.
Additionally, a 4-day intensive training for Social Circus educators will be offered on-site during the festival in partnership with Cirque du Soleil’s Social Action Team, which conducts circus workshops in cooperation with community organizations to serve at-rick youth around the world. Cirque du Soleil’s training approach is founded on the crossroads of circus arts and social intervention. Using the artistic expression of circus arts as a medium of intervention the curriculum develops the teaching skills of instructors in youth-oriented social circus initiatives. Participants will return to their programs with new tools and perspectives to improve the ways they work with their students and within their communities. This training is limited to 12 participants and requires a separate registration and application.
The US$450 early registration festival fee due on or before July 24, 2009 (US$475 full fee) includes four nights accommodations, twelve meals, circus facility & equipment use, all workshops, showcases, social activities, and festival t-shirt. Linen and towel rental is available for an extra charge of US$12. A non-refundable deposit of US$50 is required to hold placement.
For more information and to download a 2009 AYCO Festival brochure visit:
or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To receive information and an application for the Social Circus Teacher Training contact email@example.com .
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Retreat 2009 - Wanganui, New Zealand Tuesday July 28 to Saturday August 1 (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.
Following two 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. Reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.
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.
NZ$600 Price buster (by June 26) NZ$700 Earlybird (by July 15) 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: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide - a textbook for a fast changing art form
Angels Can Fly, has started to find its way
into high school libraries in New Zealand and Victoria, Australia.
If you know any drama teachers or you work in a high school, suggest they
check out Angels Can Fly.
Alan studied clown in Sweden in 1977 and has taught and performed extensively in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America. He is founder of Playspace Studio, a physical theatre training centre in Sydney. Over the past 14 years the training centre has gained international recognition for a uniquely irreverent Australasian approach to clown.
"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: Melbourne Juggling Convention, September 18 - 21, Collingwood College, Victoria
The Melbourne Juggling Convention is an action-packed event for circus enthusiasts and performers to develop and showcase their talents. Held annually at the Collingwood College gymnasiums and on-site theatre, the convention will feature workshops by experienced circus instructors, two professional public shows, two renegade shows, juggling Olympics, environmentally green beer and delicious vegetarian food.
The 2009 convention is a four-day extravaganza of ball and club juggling, hat manipulation, yoga, cigar boxes, hula-hoop, poi, passing, staff twirling, unicycling, feldenkrais, bounce juggling, contact, siteswap, skipping, devil stick and acrobalance. Juggling is just the beginning! One of the workshop facilitators will be our special guest Matt Hall, internationally-acclaimed ‘Juggle Sensei,’ flying direct from the United States. A Japanese teacher by profession, Matt’s amiable, approachable manner and enthusiasm for all things juggling is highly infectious.
Now in its third year, the Melbourne Juggling Convention has become the largest event of its kind in Australia. Steadily growing each year, the convention now attracts more than 250 participants from all over the world. People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come together to teach, be taught, devise, perform, or just have a whole lot of fun.
Renegade Shows: Friday 18th & Sunday 20th, 8pm Public Shows: Saturday 19, 2pm & 8pm
Location: Collingwood College, Cromwell St, Collingwood, Victoria
Tickets on sale now at
"Unicycle World Championships and Convention,
Wellington, NZ, December 29th - January 7th 2010. The 15th International
Unicycle World Championships and Convention (UNICON
XV ) will take place in Wellington, New Zealand in 2009/2010.
UNICON is held every two years, and this will be the first ever Southern
Hemisphere UNICON. It is a mix of competitive events as well as a convention
style gathering of unicyclists from around the world. UNICON is open to
anyone who can ride a unicycle, and showcases multiple types of unicycling,
including Artistic Freestyle, MUni (mountain-unicycling), Street, Track and
Field, Unicycle Hockey and Basketball, Road Racing and more! Come and
discover the incredibly vibrant capital city of New Zealand located around a
stunning harbour and surrounded by rolling hills. UNICON XV will be based in
the heart of the city on the waterfront. For more information visit the web
site." Joe Dyson, President, NZ Unicycle Federation. Find a link to UNICON
XV under Festivals at:
"Circus Training Classes, Circa Training Centre , Queensland, Australia, 20 July – 12 September, 2009. Bookings for Circa Training Centre Term 3 are now open. Term 3 is set to thrill, with two new classes, and more classes on Sundays in Fortitude Valley and Thursday nights in Bracken Ridge. Allow us to introduce you to the Bend & Stretch class, a relaxed and supportive environment where you will be developing flexibility and learning to contort your body in ways you never thought possible. Also new to the Training Centre classes is Extreme Acro, and be warned, this class is not for the faint-hearted. You will be learning dynamic and hard core acrobatic moves while extending your current abilities. All of your favourite classes will still be on offer, such as the adventurous Adult Beginners, the challenging Acro Balance/Handstands classes, and the graceful Aerials classes. The Circa Training Centre also offers classes for young people aged 3 to 15 on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Visit our website to reserve your place today." Mark Douglass, Training Centre Manager, Circa. Find a link to Circa under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Gandini Juggling Workshop, Celebration Barn Theater, Maine, USA, July 29 - August 1. As part of the Celebration Barn Theater Summer Workshops, this 3-day juggling intensive with Sean Gandini and Kati Yla-Hokkala will be run as a laboratory into juggling patterns and ideas: it will look into ways of structuring and choreographing juggling material, in addition to studying pure technique. The workshop will be tailored to the participants. Each day will start with a physical warm up and then include exploration of some of the following: relationship between music and juggling; notations, their practical uses in solo and group (passing and multi-handed juggling); passing with clubs/rings; multi-handed ball juggling; ideas on technique (dwell times, body posture, throwing positions, etc.). While Sean and Kati have been teaching versions of this workshop for the last 15 years across the globe, this is their first teaching visit to the USA! To find out more, visit our web site." Mandy Huotari, Executive Director, Celebration Barn Theater. (Photo right: Gandini and Yla-Hokkala) Find a link to Celebration Barn under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"4th of July Buskers Wanted, Minneapolis, USA. Application deadline June 23. Quality street entertainers are being sought to add to the vibrancy and excitement of the Minneapolis "Red, White and Boom" event. Street performers, commonly known as ‘buskers,’ are encouraged to submit an application for the opportunity to share talents and perform in front of thousands of visitors along the riverfront before the fireworks. For more information on the event, and to download a busking application, visit our web site." Heather Ocel, Minneapolis Parks. Find a link to Minneapolis Red White and Boom under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Support for Emerging Circus Artists, Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe, EU. Application deadline September 25.Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe is a system for assisting the emergence of authors and creators in the area of circus arts. Arisen from the observation that young artists and companies encounter real difficulties in their creative process, this operation is intended to find and nurture the discovery of these young creators and to encourage new ways of working within the field of circus arts. Considered as one of the main support operations for young authors and creators in this field, Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe maintains its objective of supporting in creation and assistance in public promotion. Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe is for authors / performers of any nationality, living and practicing in Europe, including individual artists, groups or companies. If you have a project of new creation in circus arts, we would like to hear from you. Applications forms can be downloaded from our web site and must be received before the 25th of September 2009." Fred Cardon, Director, Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe. Find a link to Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
Space, Chisenhale Dance Space, London,
UK, August 2009. Application deadline June 29.
Chisenhale has an exciting year
ahead and what better way to celebrate for the new team than to give away
some free space to artists! We are seeking 1 solo artist to move into our
small studio space for 14 days in August. This can be an independent dancer,
movement artist or live artist who feels dance, movement or the body holds a
key place in their practice. This opportunity allows this artist to have
sole run of the space during our opening hours 10am-9pm so no annoying
get-outs, interruptions or clear ups during your stay! And we are seeking 1
emerging company (dancer, movement artist or live artist as above) to have a
week in our beautiful main studio from 10-4pm daily in August. This company
would be invited to end their week with a showing on the Friday night and
Chisenhale will provide a technician and some drinks to celebrate!
Application is easy and painless: send us your name, email address,
telephone number, company name (if necessary), your art form and up to 300
words to help us see who would benefit the most – include a little on your
practice and why this free space would help your development as an artist.
Website links will help. No CV’s, lengthy descriptions or show reels if you
please. Deadline for application 5pm on 29th of June. Please visit web site
for contact details. Please note applicants must be free in the last 2 weeks
of August 2009." Chisenhale Dance Space Team. Find a link to Chisenhale
Dance Space under Dance at:
"Clown Master Classes, Nouveau Clown Institute, Granollers, Spain, October 2009 and March 2010. Jango Edwards has dedicated his life to the study of comedy and the art of clown and has now established a clown university, the Nouveau Clown Institute. The initial N.C.I. Clown Theory Master Classes will be for up to 30 students for the two intensive learning programmes of one month each, the first in October of 2009 and the second in March of 2010. Applicants should be professional and Jango will personally interview them before acceptance. There should be a balance between students from Catalunia and international students. The fees will be kept as low as possible for this first year, depending on how many students there are and the other financial assistance that the Institute receives. The curriculum will include physical training combined with theatrical and improvisational games and exercises, lectures, audio-visual demonstrations, one-on-one training, internet research assignments, an introduction to ‘Clown Theory’ plus the Comic Formulas and rehearsals for the weekly performance presentation. For more information visit the N.C.I. web site." Jango Edwards, Director, Nouveau Clown Institute. Find a link to Nouveau Clown Institute under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
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