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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - October
Welcome to the October 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.
We hope you missed us last month. As we had no paid features and nothing to sell ourselves, we didn't put out a September issue. We also have no Playspace section, as I have been very busy shooting my first feature film and so my teaching work is taking a back seat at the moment. We have now shot over 80% of the scenes and we are looking for extras to feature in the opening scenes of the movie, which will be shot at Circular Quay in Sydney, on Saturday November 28. More info below in the features.In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the 2010 Western Australian Circus Festival with the latest news on 22 days of circus mayhem set to begin on January 4th. The festival includes a Summer School for children, a Festival Training Program for all ages and skill levels and performances from over 30 national and international circus artists. All set on the 10 acre Lunar Circus site in Karridale this circus festival has something for everyone.
In the Features, the Circo Arts training programme in New Zealand, part of CPIT¹s School of Performing Arts, has an opening for a Senior Lecturer. Candidates should be passionate about teaching and performance. The application deadline for this permanent fulltime position is October 23rd, which is the end of this week, so be quick. And in Australia, TIE: Theatre in Education is holding auditions in Sydney for their 2010 touring season. This is full-time work touring around Australia, performing to primary school audiences. The tour starts in February.
In Networking we have information on Auckland auditions for Clown Doctors International, newly established in New Zealand. They are hoping to form a team of excellent clowns from the November 6th auditions for on going work in the Children's Hospital. The tertiary training programme in Christchurch, Circoarts, is holding auditions December 6th for the next intake, so if you're interested you need to register now.
The Tempo 09 festival has organised an Improvised Movement Workshop from Theatre of the Ordinary with Al Wunder to be held in Auckland October 24th and 25th. The essence of the workshop is to help people find their own style of communication within the performing arts whether they are professional or are just ordinary people. And it's time to register for the 2010 Dunedin Fringe Festival which runs from 18-28 March next year and participating artists can apply for funding from the Festival for the development of new work or to tour a show to Dunedin. The deadline for funding applications is November 6th.
Australia's Silent Film Festival is screening fully restored silent film classics of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and others October 24th at the State Library of NSW in Sydney. The aerial workshop "Dancing In The Air" is being held at ARCAA in Sydney. This workshop will encourage you to create a story and discover how to express your emotions through your performance. The 3 day workshop begins November 4th.
In the USA, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts has an opening for a Managing Director. This is a full-time position, hours are flexible. The Flying Squirrel Consortium in Massachusetts is offering an intermediate level drop-in class in aerial fabric. This class is for people who have a basic aerial fabric vocabulary, and are looking to add more material to their repertoire. The Laughter Arts Foundation is once again producing the intensive performance workshop that is MiniFest. Set in a beautiful private retreat center in Maryland, MiniFest is a celebration and opportunity for performers to further their knowledge. MiniFest 2009 runs November 3rd - 6th.
Cardboard Citizens in London, England are offering a Forum Theatre Training Week from November 23rd to 27th as part of their Theatre of the Oppressed professional training courses. Cardboard Citizens is the UK’s only homeless people’s professional theatre company. The courses are suitable for anyone interested in using theatre to encourage social change. Laban in London is offering an opportunity for adult dancers of all abilities to work with a mixed instrumental group of musicians from Trinity College of Music to create a unique piece of music and dance. Participants will be encouraged to take risks and explore their inventive potential in the creative process. The term begins January 11th.
In Florence, Italy, the National Federation
of Street Performers has organised the workshop "Body Energy" directed by
Yves Lebreton, to run from October 26th to 30th. Lebreton says, "No text, no
direction, no art can replace the physical presence of the actor. The body
is the essence of theater." The Wintercircus Royal in The Netherlands is
looking for circus artists. The Wintercircus runs from the 21st of December
to the 3rd of January 2010. And in Spain, L'Escola de Clown de Barcelona has
3 places left for the professional 2 month's course that starts the 26th of
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Sponsor: The 2010 Western Australia Circus Festival, Karridale
January 2010 isn’t far away – start planning your get away to the 2010 Western Australian Circus Festival now!
Featuring a Summer School block
for children from 4-15 January 2010, the Festival Training Program for all
ages from 17-22 January 2010 and the public festival from 23-25 January
2010, the ten acre Lunar
site in Karridale (30kms south of Margaret River) will once again throw its
big top open to children and adults for 22 days of circus mayhem. Karridale
will again come alive for the third WA Circus Festival and its whimsical
village atmosphere of workshops, performances and a jam packed program for
all. Festival Director, Matt Yates (aka Fatt Matt), is excited to outline
returning festival favorites.
Go towww.lunarcircus.com for bookings and info
Feature: Opening for Senior Lecturer with Circo Arts Programme, October 23rd deadline, New Zealand
As part of CPIT¹s School of Performing Arts, our Circus Arts programme is unlike anything else in New Zealand. Fusing circus with other performance media has placed Circo Arts at the forefront of truly innovative performance. A range of introductory short courses are offered as well as the core Diploma in Circus Arts, covering a comprehensive array of circus, performance and body training skills. If your passions include teaching and performance then this unique opportunity may be your next move. You¹ll lead and teach with an internationally respected team of academics and performers offering a challenging and exciting learning environment, training the next generation of creative performers.
As a senior member of our staff you will be a qualified and experienced teacher, delivering excellent academic and training standards. You¹ll take a lead role in circus arts research or teaching and learning, and staff development. Recent successful experience in circus, theatre, comic or related disciplines and involvement in significant productions will make you a stand-out candidate for this role.
For more information on this exciting position please refer to our website at www.cpit.ac.nz/situations_vacant This is a permanent, fulltime position. Applications Close: 23 October 2009
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.
This is a textbook for a fast changing art form, as clown escapes from the circus to perform in theatres and streets. The traditional approach to teaching clown is routine or gag based and this sits uncomfortably both with the teaching practices in modern performing arts education and with today's audiences.
This book includes a total of 50 practical clown exercises appropriate for workshops or performance, developed by Alan Clay through 30 years of teaching. Specific prerequisites to any exercise are detailed in each chapter.
There are warm-up and introductory exercises in the early chapters, mid-session or mid-course exercises in the middle chapters, and more performance-oriented exercises, and relaxation exercises, in the final chapters. The exercises have all been coded for individual exploration, for work in pairs, for workshop use, or for use in a performance setting, or for some combination of these.
"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: TIE - Quality in Education, Auditions, Australia
Feature: Featured Extra roles in Butterfly Crush, Sydney, November 24th & 28th
Moana and Eva are a song and dance duo which is up for the Australasian Song Awards; however Eva has become involved in a cult, which is into virtual-dreaming. In her struggle to rescue Eva and keep Butterfly Crush in the Awards, Moana is lured into the cult by a young member, Matt. However as this relationship develops, Moana instead attracts him to leave, and also secures Eva’s participation in the Awards, which Butterfly Crush then go on to win
Artmedia is producing a feature film about a singing and dancing duo, Butterfly Crush, based on Alan Clay's second novel, Dance Sisters. Filming is well advanced with over 80% of the movie completed.
We are shooting the opening scene to the movie at Circular Quay on Saturday November 28th and we require a large group of extras to play people rioting through a street theatre performance by our lead singers.
We also require rioters on Tuesday November 24th in the evening on the forecourt to the City of Sydney Museum.
These roles are extras roles and we are happy to pay $120 for the Saturday and $80 for the Tuesday evening.
You can find more information on the project at www.artmedia.net.nz. The main characters are currently developing an online profile which tells the backstory to the film and you can find these podcasts on the links below.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in being an extra in the film.
"Clown Auditions, Clown Doctors International , Auckland, New Zealand. November 6th, training November 7th - 14th.Clown Doctors International has reached New Zealand and we are part of this exciting new venture that will revolutionize the medical system and people's well being. These Professional Clowns will work in the hospital on a regular basis, in partners, humouring and enlightening and delighting patients and staff alike. I am co-ordinating and running the next auditions in Auckland to create a small team of excellent clowns for on going work in the Children's hospital in Auckland. In order to have a successful audition process we need to have confirmed interest from as many suitable people as possible. Please, if you or any one you know might be a good candidate for this awesome project please urge them to get in touch with me ASAP. We are hoping to have auditions Nov 6 and then training full time from the Saturday 7th to Sunday 14th. Yet to confirm. Participant prerequisites: confidence and experience acting and interacting with small live audiences (not 4th wall); have an understanding / experience of the real craft of clowning; done some personal growth work, have references supporting their openness, maturity and sensitivity; have good improvisation skills; have an understanding of the needs of partner work; a musical background is useful. We are not after dynamic, grotesque circus style clowning. We are looking for open, playful, expressive, responsive, aware and generous people who can produce funny, fine and strongly "in-role" comic character work. Send C.V.'s to me on email or by post to: P.O. Box 18806, Christchurch." Lisa Wingfield, Clown Doctors (NZ). Email: email@example.com . Find a link to Clown Doctors International under Clowns at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Auditions for Circus Training School, CircoArts, Christchurch, New Zealand, 7th December. Auditions for CircoArts are only a few weeks away, so please phone Kirsty Billington to register your interest for the next term. You can find full contact details on our web site." Godfrey Sim, CircoArts Find a link to CircoArts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Improvised Movement Workshop, Theatre of the Ordinary with Al Wunder , Auckland, New Zealand. October 24th & 25th. This is an amazing opportunity to work with world-class movement-theatre improviser and author Al Wunder (Melbourne). His company, Theatre of the Ordinary, offers workshops in improvised movement theatre - a simple yet profound means of developing both the creative and formative sides of ourselves. You'll laugh, cry, play and learn to learn all over again. Suitable for ordinary people. And extra-ordinary ones as well! Held at the Soul Centre in Titirangi. Visit the tempo 09 web site for more information." Tempo 09 Organisers. (Photo left: Theatre of the Ordinary) Find a link to Tempo under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Funding and Registration, Dunedin Fringe Festival, New Zealand. Funding application deadline November 6th. The Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust is calling on artists to register for the 2010 Dunedin Fringe Festival which runs from 18-28 March next year. Participating artists can apply for funding from the Festival for the development of new work or to tour a show to Dunedin. The Festival trust has received a grant of $23,500 from Creative New Zealand which allows it to distribute funding to participating artists. Application criteria are centred on core Festival values of innovation, experimentation and interactive entertainment. The funding is an important investment in the Fringe Festival and in the Dunedin community. This funding will kick-start some wonderful art events by local artists and make it possible for artists from throughout New Zealand to tour exciting work to Dunedin. Artist applications for the funding are due on 6 November 2009 and can be made as part of the Festival registration process. Visit our web site to download a registration pack." Paul Smith, Festival Director, Dunedin Fringe Festival. Find a link to Dunedin Fringe Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Clowns on Film, Australia’s Silent Film Festival, NSW. Screenings October 18th and 24th. These sessions will be presented with live music. The Festival, operated by a not for profit group, takes place at the State Library of NSW in Sydney. Buster Keaton’s classic, The General, is on Sunday, October 18 . Bruce Elder. Senior Entertainment Writer with the Sydney Morning Herald, will present the session. The session on October 24, Comedies for Kids and the young at heart includes films by Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and Harold Lloyd. All films have been beautifully restored. Visit our web site for full programme details." Ronnie and Sharon, Directors, Australia’s Silent Film Festival. Find a link to Australia's Silent Film Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Aerial Workshop, ARCAA , NSW, Australia. November 4th - 6th. A "Dancing In The Air Workshop" is being held at a brand new venue at ARCAA providing an excellent environment to learn and perform. The workshop is uniquely designed around movement, emotion, equipment and structuring an act into a performance. This workshop will encourage you to create a story and reach inside yourself and discover how to express your emotions through your performance. You will be guided at your own pace and level. Serious students will be seriously challenged. For our address in Auburn and contact details visit our web site." Rodrigo Tapia, Manager, ARCAA. Find a link to ARCAA under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Managing Director Wanted, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, USA. We are now accepting resumes for the position of Managing Director at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, the region’s only circus school. PSCA offers classes in static aerials, acrobatics, juggling, tightwire, and more, for both children and adults. We seek a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader to oversee administrative functions including: finance, personnel, planning and development, marketing, and board relations to ensure the efficient operation and future growth of the circus school. A successful candidate will be a team player with 3+ years leadership experience with similar or larger performing arts organization. Position is full-time, hours are flexible. Email a letter of introduction and resume. Visit our web site for full contact details." Shana Kennedy, Director, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Find a link to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"MiniFest 2009 - Performance Workshop, The Laughter Arts Foundation, Maryland, USA. November 3rd - 6th. MiniFest is a workshop where you mingle, play and absorb from your teachers and peers. MiniFest is a gathering, celebration, exchange of ideas and opportunity for performers to further their knowledge within the manipulative, movement, and variety arts. We provide limited class sizes, camaraderie, and a ton of fun while learning. Minifest is held at a beautiful private retreat center and will be limited to 20 attendees, but there will be a waiting list. To read the testimonials of past MiniFest participants or to find out more visit our web site." Philip DePalo, MiniFest. Find a link to MiniFest under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Adult Aerial Fabric Classes - Ongoing Intermediate Level Drop-in Class, Flying Squirrel Consortium, Mass, USA. Flying Squirrel Consortium is a studio space in Littleton, Ma. (35 minutes NW of Boston) dedicated to the practice of aerial arts and other movement-based activities. This class is for people who have a basic aerial fabric vocabulary, and are looking to add more material to their repertoire. Students should be familiar with basic footwrap skills, be able to climb and descend the fabric cleanly, and be able to invert while already in the air. We'll work on more complex climbs, linking skills together smoothly, and progress into more complicated wraps for drops, dives, and rolls. Monday evenings, 8:00 - 9:30 Cost: $25/class. Contact us for information about space availability and any questions about whether these classes would be a correct fit for your level of fabric experience. Visit the web site for more information. See you in the air!" The Team at Flying Squirrel Consortium. Find a link to Flying Squirrel Consortium under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Theatre of the Oppressed Training,
Cardboard Citizens , London, UK. November 23rd – 27th.
Cardboard Citizens is pleased to announce Theatre of the Oppressed
Professional Training courses for 2009-2010. The great Brazilian theatre
maker Augusto Boal, the founder and inspiration of the Theatre of the
Oppressed sadly died in May 2009. But his work goes on, all over the
world. This course on Forum Theatre is led by Adrian Jackson, Augusto
Boal’s translator and frequent collaborator, with the participation of
members of Cardboard Citizens, the UK’s only homeless people’s
professional theatre company. All the courses are held in London, offer
an ensemble of techniques and approaches and are suitable for anyone
interested in using theatre to encourage social change. The Forum
Theatre Training Week runs 23rd – 27th November at the National Youth
Theatre, 443-445 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LW. Throughout this
intensive weeklong course, participants will investigate the theory and
practice of Forum Theatre. Participates will be introduced to a number
of simple Boalian games and exercises centred on trust, confidence and
group integration, enabling them to lead workshop sessions within their
own group or communities. To book on any of the courses, or for more
information please visit our web site. From performing arts workshops to
acclaimed theatrical shows in hostels and day centres, there are many
ways you can get involved. With our best regards to all members :)"
Stuetel Ejiofor, Cardboard Citizens. Find a link to
Cardboard Citizens under Training at:
"Circus Artists Required, Wintercircus Royal, Holland. The 21st edition of Wintercircus Royal is looking for artists: aerial acts, equilibre, horses, a troupe...and maybe something else. The Wintercircus takes place from 21st of December to the 3rd of January 2010, Dordrecht, Holland. For more information contact Mathijs te Kiefte. Visit our web site for contact details." Mathijs te Kiefte, Wintercircus Royal. Find a link to Wintercircus Royal under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Professional Clown Course, Escola de Clown de Barcelona, Spain. Begins October 26th.There are 3 places left for the professional 2 month's course that starts the 26th of October. Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to live intensely the process of becoming a professional clown in a beautiful environment and living with other clowns." Clara Cenoz, Director, L'Escola de Clown de Barcelona. Find a link to Escola de Clown under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
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