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Welcome to the May 2007 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its sixth year and reaching over 2,200 subscribers, with a further 5,300 on related Yahoo lists.
My apologies that there have been no issues of this newsletter published for the past three months... I'm a one man band and my mother, Marie, has been dying of cancer and I have been taking the time to care for her. She passed away a few weeks ago, and I include a tribute to her below, which will be of particular interest to anyone interested in education or child development and also any one of the millions of people throughout the world who, over the past thirty years, have benefited from the Reading Recovery program she established... I loved her very much... May she rest in peace.
So I hope you missed us, and I'd like to remind everyone on the list that it's the Sponsors and the Feature advertisers that keep this publication happening. When I have advertisers clamouring to get their information out, I'm much more motivated to produce an issue of the newsletter and, as the many repeat advertisers show, the promotion works, because it reaches a dedicated community. So book up your opportunity to get your message across to the global physical theatre community.
As CircoArts do this month where they have once more taken the Sponsorship with the latest news on their Diploma in Circus Arts, a two year, full time study programme in circus and physical theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand. 'The CircoArts programme now attracts a majority of Australian students, plus a good number of New Zealanders and a spattering of North Americans and Europeans. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds, creating a rich mix of shared experience and mutual support.'
In the Features the Norwegian Theatre Academy is offering a free BA in theatre under the auspices of the University College of Østfold in Fredrikstad. "We welcome aspiring performing artists who wish to explore the interaction between visual art and theatre, between theatre and society, and between theory and practice. Particular focus is placed on physical theatre, devised performance, and transdisciplinary work."
And in the Special Features we have a call for participation in the Catapult Festival in Bathurst. "Catapult is the first festival in Australia to showcase the skills of young circus and physical theatre performers and participants are welcome from across Australia and from abroad. Something that makes Catapult unique is that it is not only a festival for young performers but also attracts some of the best adult professional performers currently practicing."
While in the Networking this month, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus is selling its much loved 1200 seat, pink and white big top circus tent. "Buying The Flying Fruit Fly Circus tent is buying part of Australia¹s performing arts history. The company is seeking expressions of interest from organisations and individuals interested in either the tent skin/poles and seating system, or who may be interested in either one of these components." Also in Australia, Circus Monoxide invite you to join them for the launch of the RichMix Series in Wollongong, featuring a rowdy discussion with performer-directors Drew Fairley, Simone O'Brien & Trent Baumann on the panel topic - 'Against All Odds: Making Your Own Show'. And finally Tangentyere Council in Alice Springs seeks a full time Circus Trainer.
In America applicants interested in applying for the San Francisco Clown Conservatory are encouraged to submit complete applications and DVD auditions by May 15th, and the Experimental Performance Institute are also holding live auditions in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. While in New York, the Downtown Clown Review will present the Downtown Clown Golden Nose Awards on May 21st. This event will include the Clown of The Year award, and the finalists this year are: Eric Davis, Hilary Chaplain, Joel Jeske and Kendall Cornell. The Producers of Slava’s Snowshow, David Foster and Ross Mollison, will also receive the Clown Achievement of The Year Award for running the show for two record breaking years off-Broadway.
In the UK, Voodoo Vaudeville is hosting a series of Friday Festival club nights during the Brighton Festival and they have performance slots available on 11th, 18th and 25th May and are looking for performers in cabaret, walkabout, street arts and burlesque who wish to showcase their acts. And we have a call for circus performers and workshop tutors to join the core artistic team of Swamp Circus in London. Swamp is the longest running contemporary circus in England; creating and touring performance projects since 1986.
In Germany, the Studio for Physical Theatre is offering a Movement Play Intensive Theaterworkshop with Mina Tinaburri in Berlin and also a two year professional training for movement play inspired by Jacques Copeau and Jacques Lecoq. While in Japan, Min Tanaka will be teaching a workshop from July 16 to August 31. "After some years I have decided to re-open the summer intensive workshop. Needless to say, I hope everyone understands that underlying this workshop is my fundamental feeling that my workshop is by no means intended to teach Butoh; I'd rather like to smash down the tendency to believe as though there exists a genre of dance called Butoh."
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Greetings to Artmedia readers all over the globe from CircoArts at CPIT in Christchurch , New Zealand.
CircoArts offers the Diploma in Circus Arts (Level 6), a two year, full time study programme in circus and physical theatre, (including comedy and character). The year one courses provide an introduction to circus skills in acrobatics (including aerials), equilibristics, and juggling with the opportunity to start specialising after the first three months. The performance course includes physical theatre, clown and comic character, devising and performing. The emphasis is working on the integration of circus and dramatic or comic media and performing in various public contexts. The Body Training course includes dance, conditioning and exercise science, and the small History and Comparative Studies course rounds off the curriculum.
The year two programme provides students with greater circus skills specialisation, a mid-year ensemble physical theatre project led by a guest director, a more specific body training schedule, business and risk management, and (modern / recent) history studies. Towards the end of the year students devise and create a show comprising their individual acts as well as perform their best material with the year one students in an outdoor showcase called "Circus Under the Stars".
Our programme attracts a majority of Australian students, a good number of Kiwis and a spattering of North American and European students. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds, creating a rich mix of shared experience and mutual support.
Graduates are pretty much self managing creative artists and disperse into a wide range of physical performance contexts.
Some staff news just to wind up this edition. Stanislav (head circus coach) and wife Svetlana continue to offer valuable input from their vast experience in the Russian circus world. Deb Pope(aerials) pops down from Wellington regularly in between training and generating work in Wellington. Alexandra Sim (body training and aerials) is on tour again with the mega show "Maui". Olli Ricken, (equilibristics), will be performing her solo clown show in Auckland in a couple of weeks. Adrian Kirk continues to stun with his amazing juggling. Peter Burley (tumbling and trampoline) is away in the USA and Europe on a short sabbatical . Chris Carrow (clown and performance) keeps generating material with clown and life partner Lisa for local festivals. Broni McSweeney (exercise science and fitness) grows her fitness education seminars alongside a busy personal trainer’s schedule. It is great to have practicing artists and professionals working as part time tutors and role modelling aspects of the life as a performer in the real world. It’s also been great to welcome back a steady stream of graduates and visitors from all over the world as they drop in for various lengths of time.
For anyone interested in hearing more about the school, we offer a short DVD about the school with student and staff comments and with images from classes and performances. Brochures are also available with entry criteria and details about the application and audition process. Finally we would be delighted to hear from you if you have questions or any information you think might be useful for us. email@example.com +64 3940 8000
Cheers, Godfrey Sim, Programme Leader, CircoArts.
Tribute: World Renowned Scientist in Literacy Dies - Dame Marie Clay, Professorof Education
"The University of Auckland joins with people throughout New Zealand and around the world to mourn Professor Dame Marie Clay, the developmental scientist who died recently aged 81. Dame Marie's outstanding research work on early literacy learning, continued for over 50 years, won her international renown.
"From her doctoral studies in the 1960s emerged reliable tools for assessment of young children's literacy learning. Her pioneering work in developing Reading Recovery in New Zealand and its successful transference to many other countries has justifiably won her international recognition. Reading Recovery now operates in most English-speaking countries and has been redeveloped in Spanish (USA), French (Canada), and Danish.
"Marie has been called "the Michael Jordan of reading" for changing the face of primary school literacy instruction. She received numerous international awards for her work along with five honorary degrees from overseas universities. The Marie Clay Endowed Chair in Reading Recovery and Early Literacy was established at Ohio State University in 2005.
"Marie was educated at The University of Auckland and became its first woman professor in 1975 and the first woman head of an academic department. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1987 and awarded the title of "New Zealander of the Year" in 1994.
"Professor Stuart McNaughton of The University of Auckland paid tribute to Dame Marie's achievements. 'Marie exemplified the finest qualities of a scientist, teacher, writer and researcher. Her research included how children learn about reading and writing before they start school. She labelled this 'emergent literacy' which is now the way the world understands early development'."
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
I am reassessing my teaching commitments at this time, and will not be teaching for several months, but there will definitely be another summer clown retreat in New Zealand in January 2008, and more workshops later this year and early next year in Sydney, and probably also in Melbourne (anyone want to organise something, I keep getting students enquiring). Stay tuned to this newsletter as these workshops are finalised, and check out www.artmedia.com.au/Clown.htm for details... And in the meantime, why not get a copy of Angels Can Fly and work with some of the exercises yourself?
"In the best clown tradition Alan held up a window-mirror for us to step through and reflect on the patterns, habits and rituals of our days... It was funny, moving and excellent theatre." NZ Herald.
Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns from around the world, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on the nature of modern clown. The book is available on order through bookshops and online stores in New Zealand, Australia, America and England. Order your copy today.
Feature: Norwegian Theatre Academy, BA in Acting with a Particular Focus on Physical Theatre
Norwegian Theatre Academy
Norwegian Theatre Academy
offers a unique undergraduate education in theatre under the auspices of the
University College of Østfold in Fredrikstad (1 hour south of Oslo), Norway.
Special Feature: Catapult Festival calls for Participant Registrations, Bathurst, Australia
Participant Registrations Now Open for Catapult 2007
Catapult burst onto Australia’s art and cultural calendar on September 16-18, 2005 in a flurry of colour, energy and sheer circus and physical theatre talent. The second Catapult Festival is less than six months away and organisers are calling on youth circus and physical theatre troupes and their communities throughout the country to lend their support to ensure it’s even more spectacular than the first.
To achieve this goal Catapult organisers are calling on the communities throughout the country to throw their support behind their local circus and physical theatre performers to ensure they’re at this year’s festival to make it bigger and better.
Catapult Program Coordinator Stephen Champion strongly believes this festival is worthy of community backing. "Catapult is the first festival in Australia to showcase the skills of young circus and physical theatre performers and participants are welcome from across Australia and from abroad," he said. "Another thing that makes Catapult unique is that it is not only a festival for young performers but also attracts some of the best adult professional performers currently practicing. Catapult organisers have observed that the interaction between these youth and adult performers is an inspiration to all participants regardless of their age or skill level."
Brewarrina Circus Project Coordinator Kate Reid, whose troupe shone at the inaugural Catapult Festival, knows first-hand what a magical experience the festival is for emerging circus and physical theatre performers.
"Circus is a rapidly growing interest for young people across the country and creating an event such as Catapult, the only youth specific event of it’s kind in the country, provides a unique artistic vehicle for young people from very different backgrounds, to come together in an empowered way with a common language, and focus," she said.
"Catapult is providing an essential place where young people can grow artistically and culturally, can network with other like minded individuals and groups, and gain experiences outside of their local community, in which they can participate in an inspired, inclusive, instructive and constructive environment."
Festival dates: 12 – 16 September 2007
Registration forms, general festival details
and copies of the draft program can be downloaded from the website:
"The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is selling its much loved 1200 seat, pink and white big top circus tent. The Flying Fruit Fly Circus tent has been the scene of some of the company's major artistic successes including the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, numerous seasons at Moore Park in Sydney and at major festivals across Australia. Buying The Flying Fruit Fly Circus tent is buying part of Australia¹s performing arts history. The company is seeking expressions of interest from organisations/ individuals interested in either the tent skin/poles and seating system, or from organisations/ individuals that may be interested in either one of these components. There is a detailed condition report and photos available on the skin and the poles. The seating system has not had a condition report done but it was last used in 2004. The skin/poles are housed in 1 shipping container while the seating system fits into 4 shipping containers. The containers will be included in the sale cost. The tent is sold as is, where is and the purchaser will need to arrange transportation from Albury no later than June 30th 2007. Expressions of interest should detail: 1. whether you wish to purchase; a) the skin and poles, b) the seating system, c) the whole tent comprising both of these elements. 2. the amount you wish to pay (plus GST). 3. confirmation that you will remove the containers prior to June 30 2007. 4. your contact details. Expressions of interest must be received no later than Friday 25th May. For more information, including the condition report, please contact Scott Stoddart, Production Manager on Australia (02) 6021 7044." Chris Pidd, General Manager. Find a link to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus under Circus at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Circus Monoxide warmly invite you to join us for the launch of our RichMix Series! Nibbles, drinks and rowdy discussion with performer-directors Drew Fairley, Simone O'Brien & Trent Baumann! Panel topic - 'Against All Odds: Making Your Own Show' Followed by a performance by Simone from her infamous 'panel van' show! WHEN: Wednesday 23rd May, 6:30-8:30pm. WHERE: Circus Monoxide Training Facility, 9 Watts lane, Bellambi, Wollongong. Don't hesitate to contact us for directions from Sydney. Its easy! The panellists are: Simone O'Brien, a performer, writer, director and teacher of circus and physical theatre. She is currently the Artistic Associate for Legs on the Wall and has worked with Circus OZ, ABC KIDS TV, Club Swing, Stalker, The PartyLine, The Women's Circus (Melbourne), and the National Institute of Circus Arts; Drew Fairley, acclaimed performer and co-writer of sell-out shows - most recently at The Seymour Centre in Sydney - 'Bangers & Mash' & 'No Chance in Hell Hotel,' is currently artist-in-residence at Wollongong University and an MC for festivals both local and nation-wide; Trent Baumann is an independent vaudeville artist who goes by the name Birdmann. Trent has made a few versions of feature shows for the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and Hobart Summer Festival and has also toured internationally on the street and stage circuit. COST: $8 (RichMix events are only open to members of Precarious Inc. trading as Circus Monoxide. The $8 cost includes a non-voting membership join-up fee)." Alicia Battestini, Artistic Director, Circus Monoxide. Find a link to the Circus Monoxide site under Circus at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs, Australia, seeks a full time Circus Trainer, 37.5 hours per week. Tangentyere Council manages the services, administration and operations of the 18 Housing Associations known as Town Camps in Alice Springs. Tangentyere Council manages 198 houses for approximately 2,000 residents. Services now include aged care, youth services, CDEP, night patrols, consumer rights advocacy, banking and environmental health. Tangentyere Circus runs within Tangentyere Youth Services. It is a community Circus for kids living on Town Camps in Alice Springs and works with 4 18 year olds. We run a regular training program after school and with the learning centres during school terms, and holiday programs during school holidays. The kids perform 'in house' shows for family and friends, and do shows at public events. We have recently started performing shows at Town Camps, which is something we want to build on. The hours worked during school term usually finish at 7pm during term time because of after school programs. Split shifts are not expected. In the school holidays it is a normal working day. There is occasional weekend work if there is a show. You would be working alongside Sarah Gosling, Circus Trainer and Coordinator of the Tangentyere Circus Program. If you have a physical theatre or dance background, and not circus I'm interested in talking to you too. Position available now." Sarah Gosling,
Tangentyere Circus, Alice Springs. firstname.lastname@example.org
"San Francisco Clown Conservatory auditions. The 2007-2008 clown class is filling up FAST!! Applicants are encouraged to submit complete applications and DVD auditions by May 15th. Jeff Raz, Clown Conservatory Director, currently on tour with Cirque du Soliel, will conduct live auditions in Columbus, Ohio (May 15) and Denver (June 27). Find detailed information on the Clown Conservatory web site. And the Experimental Performance Institute is also holding live auditions in the following cities: San Francisco on May 11, and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in May/June. The Experimental Performance Institute at New College of California and the Clown Conservatory at Circus Center, San Francisco jointly offer a BA in Humanities or MA/MFA in Creative Inquiry, both with an emphasis in Experimental Performance and a concentration in Theatrical Clowning. The program is designed for individuals who are interested in exploring the intersection of clowning, theatre, activism and experimentation in performance. Students in the program develop as performers, writers, and directors of clown-centered experimental theatre. Audition now to begin in Fall 2007!" Krista DeNio, EPI Outreach Director. Find links to the Clown Conservatory and to the Experimental Performance Institute under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"New York Downtown Clown is proud to present the New York Downtown Clown Golden Nose Awards. This first-annual event will honor Clown Excellence from performances of the New York Downtown Clown Monthly Revue’s inaugural year. In addition to the awards presented, the evening will include performances by nominees, dance numbers, door prizes, red carpet, and audience participation games with prizes. The show will also feature Clown Superstar Presenters, including Barry Lubin (Grandma- Big Apple Circus) and Hovey Burgess (The Father of the New Circus Movement). The Golden Nose Award Statues will be designed and created by Clown Nose/Mask Maker, Stanley Allan Sherman (creator of the WWF Mankind Mask). The New York Downtown Clown Golden Nose Awards will be held at the Kraine Theatre, 85 E 4th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave) on Monday, May 21st. Red Carpet 7:30 pm, Show 8:00pm. Dress: Formal Attire- Noses Optional. The Categories and Nominees for the 2007 New York Downtown Clown Golden Nose Awards are: Audience Choice Best Clown: Brent McCoy, Hilary Chaplain, Mark Gindick, Poofy Du Vey. Audience Choice Best Clown Piece: Classically Trained by Hilary Chaplain, Glamourpuss by Kendall Cornell, Super Nova by Mark Gindick, Jeff Seal and His Big Red Ball by Jeff Seal. Clown of The Year: Eric Davis, Hilary Chaplain, Joel Jeske, Kendall Cornell. The Producers of Slava’s Snowshow (David Foster and Ross Mollison) will receive the Clown Achievement of The Year Award for running the show for two record breaking years off-Broadway." Find a link to the New York Downtown Clown Golden Nose awards under Events at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Voodoo Vaudeville is proud to be hosting Friday Festival club nights at the Udderbelly during the Brighton Festival, UK, and currently has performance slots on 11th, 18th and 25th May. We are looking for performers in cabaret, walkabout, street arts and burlesque who wish to showcase their acts in this exciting and atmospheric venue. 'Mixing old-style German cabaret with more than a touch of the bizarre, Chris Cresswell and his team have, over the last five years, created a surreal and anarchic world of glamour, art and filth through their extraordinary show'." Chris, Voodoo Vaudeville. Find a link to Voodoo Vaudeville under Physical Theatre at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Circus performers / Workshop tutors wanted to join the core artistic team of Swamp Circus, in London, UK. Swamp is the longest running contemporary circus in England; creating and touring performance projects since 1986 in the UK & to 20 countries worldwide. For these stimulating posts, that combine work in the community sector with the circus entertainment industry, we are looking for highly skilled creative and enthusiastic individuals who are both able to work on their own initiative and operate as part of our team. Applicants should have experience of running circus workshops and of theatrical performance. This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding company involved in both high profile events and valuable community work. Rate £200 per week part time initially for 30 weeks." Tim. Find a link to Swamp Circus under Circus at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Studio for Physical Theatre, Movement Play Intensive Theaterworkshop with Mina Tinaburri in Berlin, Germany. The art of the Comic : Clown play, body, improvisation, 17 to 20 May. The clown plays on the thread of the fragility of his feelings. Inspired by childhood, he discovers play, where the world is new again and again. Clown is a condition! A condition, in which the actor transforms consciously his imperfection, his borders and ingenious stupidity into a laughter, to amuse himself without missing an opportunity, in the play and with the public. The search for one's own clown is the search for the feelings, the mistakes, and the discovery of the play, as a sign of our humanity. Openness, Naivety, play, desire and the readiness for the flop - in permanent relationship with the public - form the basis of the clown style, with which one works in this Workshop. The Studio for Physical Theatre also offers a 2 year Professional training for movement play after Jacques Copeau and Jacques Lecoq. The training topics are: Bases of the physical theatre, improvisation techniques, the theatrical play, mime dynamics, neutral mask, material and object theatre, mask play, tragedy, melodrama, comic, grotesque, buffon, clown. Next training start 31.10.07." Find a link to the Studio for Physical Theatre under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Min Tanaka Workshop , for the Body and the Environment, from July 16 to August 31 in Japan. "After some years I have decided to reopen the summer intensive workshop. Needless to say, I hope everyone understands that underlying this workshop is my fundamental feeling that my workshop is by no means intended to teach Butoh; I'd rather like to smash down the tendency to believe as though there exists a genre of dance called Butoh." Moment by moment our body generates 'the past', while it continues embracing dreams (NOT objectives), and it dares to be aware infinitely of the present moment. To recognize the environment outside the body, by contrasting it with the truth prevailing within the body---this is a fairly animal-like and primitive method still used by animals other than human beings. When one says "I", which part of her/his body is accompanying "I"? We often say 'my face', 'my hand', or 'my something', as if trying to reconfirm ownership and belonging. The truth is, any and every part of the body is a part of 'me'. I am living in search of where lies 'dance that would not use the body as a tool'. Why don't you join me and think about this! The workshop is an opportunity to craft a dream.— Min Tanaka. The workshop will run July 16 to August 31, (45 days) and the group will join Dance Hakushu Festival, August 10~20. The workshop will be held in Yokote-Daibo District, Hakushu, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Group size: 25 persons. Tuition: 130,000 YEN (including lodging and food expenses). Basic Timetable: Morning—training in traditional manual work such as farming, carpentry... Afternoon—body workshop with Min Tanaka as leader. Application by e-mail, send us your full name, age, nationality, height in cm, weight in kg, brief CV, and a full-body photo of yourself, exact and full postal address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. Contact Shiho Ishihara (Ms.), Min Tanaka's assistant, Dance Resources on Earth / Tokason Dance Troupe, Yamanashi-ken, Japan. e-mail: email@example.com
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