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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - November
Welcome to the November 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 you know, Artmedia is producing a feature film about a singing and dancing duo, Butterfly Crush, based on Alan Clay's second novel, Dance Sisters. Following our call last month for extras for the film, we have received many expressions of interest, but there are still a few places available. We are looking for extras to feature in the opening scene of the movie, which will be shot at Circular Quay in Sydney, on Saturday November 28. More info below in the features.
I use the Sponsorship this month to promote my book, Angels Can Fly,
a user guide for anyone wanting to explore and develop the modern
clown. I have included two excerpts from the book to give you a taste of
what the book has to offer.
In the Playspace section, I have set the dates for my June 2010 Clown Retreat. This is a great opportunity to get away from it all and reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.
In the Features we have information on the latest workshop from Clare Bartholomew in Melbourne. This workshop of exploration using improv, games and exercises is geared toward experienced performers (not necessarily in clowning), who want to discover their clown. The workshop runs from December 14th to 18th. Places are limited, so get your expression of interest in soon.
In Networking we have information on auditions for a tour of New Zealand schools with the Ugly Shakespeare Company. They require male actors with physical theatre skills and an empathy with teens. The auditions will be held in Auckland, the deadline for applications is December 15th. STAB 2010 is a funding programme for innovative performance run by BATS Theatre in Wellington. BATS describe STAB as 'a great seeding ground for new work and new ideas." Applications close November 30th. Also in Wellington, the New Zealand School of Dance is seeking a Head of Contemporary Dance. They require someone with a comprehensive dance performance background, leadership and management skills. Applications close November 27th.
A Movement Workshop for Performance is being offered by Anna Yen in Brisbane, Australia starting December 14th. Inspired by the work of Monika Pagneux and Moshe Feldenkrais, the workshop is designed to expand physical possibilities, playfulness, presence and ensemble skills. In Croatia, the 5th New Circus Festival is being held in Zagreb. As part of the festival they are offering a Clown Workshop with Laura Herts - 'Getting to Clown Mind through the Body' on November 28th. Through movement, voice, play and improvisation the participants will reach the clown in themselves.
Suzanne Santos is offering her Character and Ensemble Clowning Workshop in San Francisco (USA), December 5th & 6th. The workshop is for anyone who wants to further develop a clown character or for birthing a new clown persona, using mask technique, improvisation, physical expression, and commedia dell'arte. In the UK a new London-based organization is offering part time work for a Movement and Physical Development (Yoga) Trainer. This is a development opportunity for someone with an entrepreneurial and ambitious spirit. Application closes November 30th.
The Women’s Clown Festival in Vienna, Austria
is calling for proposals for their next festival being held November 26th to
December 4th 2010. They want to provide panel discussions, workshops and
shows that demonstrate the diversity of the female clown genre and promote
international exchange between the artists. Proposals can be submitted until
March 31st. And in France, the Pas de Dieux Physical Theatre
have invited Thomas Leabhart to present his Corporeal Mime – Technique
Etienne Decroux workshop as part of The Body's Journey, a series of
technical workshops organized by Pas de Dieux. The Paris workshop will
run from January 4th to 8th for eight hours each day.
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Many people write to us
with information on their work, which they want posted on the Artmedia web
site. We are very happy to do this, but we have to charge for anything
posted on the artmedia.com.au site. However, now you have the opportunity to
sign up to the new
site and post your own information. You can also upload videos on your work,
post photographs, or post articles and reviews on your personal blog and
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: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide - a textbook for a fast changing art form
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. Angels Can Fly is a textbook for this fast changing art form, as clown escapes from the circus to perform in theatres and streets.
The 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.
Here are two excerpts from Angels Can Fly:
When I first read Hermann Hesse’s
Steppenwolf, I was impressed with the section where the hero enters
a door marked ‘Magic Theatre, Not for Everybody’, and I think this a
useful preface to the exercises in this book.
"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."
You can find the paperback on Amazon by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj or order directly from Artmedia. And check out more information at: www.alanclay.com where you can still get a free copy of the e-Book.
Feature: Extra Roles in Butterfly Crush, Sydney, November 28th
Artmedia is producing a feature film about a singing and dancing duo, Butterfly Crush, based on Alan Clay's second novel, Dance Sisters. Following our call last month for extras for the film, we have received many expressions of interest, but there are still a few places available.
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.
These roles are extras roles and we are happy to pay $120 for the Saturday.
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.
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
As this shoot is on this Saturday, please phone our Production Co-ordinator, Simon English, on 0403942441 if you are interested in participating as an extra.
Feature: Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew, December 14th - 18th, Melbourne
Wanna be stupid onstage, without
being a dunce?
HOW TO APPLY? Send expression of interest
and a very short biog to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0411 260 811
Playspace: Clown Retreat with Alan Clay
Clown Retreat 2010 - Wanganui, New Zealand
Wednesday June 9th to Saturday June 13th (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.
NZ$800 including 6 nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. $600 Price-buster (by Apr 5) $700 Earlybird (by May 17) $800 Full. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) email: clown at artmedia.com.au to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
"Physical Theatre Performers (male)) for Schools Tour, Ugly Shakespeare Company , Auckland, NZ. Applications close 15 December. In 2010 The Ugly Shakespeare Company will celebrate 15 years of bringing quality theatre experiences to over 40,000 young New Zealanders each year. We are looking for 3 males actors who are available for 5 months (Feb - July) to continue our strong tradition in this very special year. We not only require actors with a strong comedic and physical theatre background, but also those not scared of Shakespeare, nor of committing to four and a half months on the road in a truck touring the country from top to bottom. Salary and on road costs are covered, as well as support from Auckland. All bookings in place by the time you hit the road. Auditions will consist of an individual interview /audition then a possible call back to work with others. Please send a one page CV with a photo (under 1mb please) before December 15th." Richard Green, He Waka Eke Noa Charitable Trust Email: email@example.com Find a link to Ugly Shakespeare Company under Youth Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"Funding for innovative performance, STAB Commissions at BATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ. 2010 STAB commission closing date 30th November. With STAB 2009 in full swing, we hope the creative juices are flowing, people are being inspired, and ideas for next year’s STAB shows are being formulated... We’re keen to get the word out to all New Zealanders involved in dance, theatre, opera, music, film, magic, interactive media – pretty much any performance medium! BATS Theatre welcomes all who want to try out new ideas to apply for the 2010 STAB Commission. 2010 is the fifteenth year of the STAB Commission and season at BATS Theatre and WE WANT YOU! Creative New Zealand funds BATS to commission 2 or 3 performance works from around New Zealand which pioneer new examples of theatrical innovation. STAB is a great seeding ground for new work and new ideas, we like to think... 2008 STAB show Apollo 13: Mission Control was announced within the 2010 NZ International Arts Festival, and 2007 STAB show The Kreutzer was in both the Auckland and Christchurch Festivals this year. The works can be thought up and created anywhere in New Zealand, and will premiere in Wellington. Come pitch your vision to BATS and potentially be commissioned to turn it into a cutting edge performance experience in Oct/Nov 2010. We’ve made some changes to STAB 2010 – there is more lead in time, and more money. We’d love to have you stretch your theatrical muscles with us! Expressions of interest forms are due at BATS by 5pm Monday 30 November 2009. For more information and expression of interest forms, contact Steph at Bats. Visit our web site for contact details." Steph Walker, BATS Theatre. Find a link to BATS Theatre under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Head of Contemporary Dance, NZ School of Dance,Wellington, NZ. Application closes 27th November. The New Zealand School of Dance is looking for a dynamic, accomplished and organised leader and teacher to take on the key role of Head of Contemporary Dance, commencing Start 11 January 2010. The New Zealand School of Dance is one of the world’s leading dance conservatoires, and has spent the last 42 years delivering a programme that is both creatively stimulating and technically stringent. The School is accredited to deliver a tertiary-level Certificate and Diploma in Dance Performance, and students choose to major in either Classical Ballet or Contemporary Dance. Priority will be given to candidates who have the following attributes: comprehensive dance performance background; a strong personal profile in the New Zealand and international dance world; a minimum of five years continuous employment within an internationally-recognised conservatoire; strong connections in the dance world both nationally and internationally and the ability to leverage these connections; proven leadership and management skills; solid administration and organisational skills; a post-graduate qualification (or proven commitment to pursuing further education). Email your letter of application addressing the required attributes and your CV by Nov 27th. For more information about the New Zealand School of Dance, and contact details go to our website." Garry Trinder, Director, New Zealand School of Dance. Find a link to New Zealand School of Dance under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Movement Workshop for Performance led by Anna
Yen, Brisbane, Australia. 14th - 18th December. This workshop is
for performers, directors, movement and drama teachers & students. We will
focus on playfulness, presence and complicity. 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 Moshe
Feldenkrais with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways to assist
the performer to expand their creative and physical possibilities,
playfulness, presence and ensemble skills. Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 1.30pm,
December 14-18. Early Bird $210, if paid by November 23, 2009. For more
information and contact details, please visit the PlayMoves web site." Anna
Yen. Find a link to PlayMoves under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Character and Ensemble Clowning Workshop
with Suzanne Santos, San Francisco, US. 5th & 6th December.
I am teaching a clowning workshop at the Flying Actor Studio in San
Francisco, December 5 and 6 from 10 am to 5 pm. This 2 day intensive clown
workshop is for anyone who wants to further develop a clown character that
has already been in performance, or for birthing a new clown persona. We
will work solo, as well as in duos and trios, using exercises emphasizing
appetites, hierarchy, presence and play. Most importantly, we will work on
how you are funny by incorporating mask technique, improvisation, physical
expression, and commedia dell arte. Please come prepared with at least one
costume, a red nose, a lunch and a notebook. There will be a 30 minute lunch
break. The cost of the workshop is $125. To sign up please send me an
email. The Flying Actor Studio is located at 40 First Street, 3rd Floor in
San Francisco. Walking distance from Montgomery and Embarcadero stations.
You can find more information and contact details on my web site." Suzanne
Santos. Find a link to Suzanne Santos under Clowns at:
Women’s Clown Festival, Theater Super.Nova and Kosmos Theater,
Vienna, Austria. Proposals close March 31st 2010. Clownin,
the biennial Women’s Clown Festival takes place for the third time at
Kosmos Theater, Vienna, Nov. 26th - Dec. 4th 2010. As one
of only three international biennial women’s clown festivals (Andorra, Rio
de Janeiro, Vienna) and following the big success of the festivals in 2006
and 2008 we want again to show the diversity of the genre, deepen networking
and promote the international exchange between the artists. On the nine
festival days we will show plays of Austrian and international women clowns
but we also want to provide a theoretical discourse with international
platforms and workshops. We are looking for shows performed only or mainly
by women for an adult audience--no shows for children or only acrobatic
presentations. We will choose about 12 evening shows and several short
numbers (Opening and Cabaret-Program). We are also accepting proposals for
panel discussions and workshops until March 31st. You can download an
application or find more information on the web site." Pamela Schartner,
Clownin Festival Curator. (Photo left: Clownin 2008 © clownin-carolina
frank) Find a link to Clowin under Festivals at:
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