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Welcome to the October 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 2,300 subscribers.
We've got a bumper number of Australian items in the Networking section this month, and a special on Street Theatre Opportunities which I hope you find interesting. We do a lot of work each month on the Networking section of the newsletter, and I know from feedback that people find it valuable. It brings us no income however, so over the next few months I want to discuss a subscription model for this part of the newsletter. This would involve you paying to get the Networking information, if you want to receive that each month.
So next month I'm going to run a poll to see how many of you would be prepared to pay Aus$1 a month to receive the full newsletter, including the Networking, and how many would prefer to simply receive the paid Sponsorships and Features for free. I know this change is going to take a bit of getting used to, but the reality from our side is that if only a quarter of the readership opt for the new system, we're covering our costs in producing the Networking items.
This month in the Sponsorship we welcome FremantleMedia Australia with their production for Network Ten, So You Think You Can Dance. The auditions for the much-anticipated Australian version of this show are this weekend in Perth, and in Melbourne and Sydney over the next two weeks.
In the Playspace section my November workshop in Sydney is full, and bookings are coming in on the Summer Clown Retreat in Wanganui, New Zealand, this January. The retreat provides an opportunity to reconnect with that playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.
In the Features this month collectZing.com, the new online social network for collectors, launches. collectZing.com is the latest venture for entrepreneurs, David Eedle and Fiona Boyd, co-founders of the successful internet site Arts Hub. 'No matter what you collect - be it theatre programs, ballet shoes, circus posters or pieces of string - collectZing.com can help you manage and showcase your images and information to your friends and collectors around the world'.
I also take a Feature to promote the second Angels Can Fly podcast. More than 50 people have tuned in to hear the first podcast over the past month, and I'm enjoying the experience of reconnecting with my art by reading it aloud, so the experiment is working so far. Check it out.
In the Networking this month in New Zealand, the International Tango Congress is holding a festival of Argentine Tango culture - music, film, dance plus 3 days of intensive workshops for all levels in Auckland as part of the Tempo Dance Festival. And in Wellington the BATS Theatre is accepting proposals for nine short seasons to run during the 2008 NZ International Comedy Festival.
In Australia we have information on PlayMoves, a movement workshop for performance led by Anna Yen in Brisbane. This four day workshop will focus on playfulness, presence and complicity. Anna combines the Feldenkrais Method's "Awareness through Movement" with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways. And we also have information on Clown Jam in Fremantle, which runs every Friday until the 30th of November. Clown Jam is an exploratory theatre space specifically for performers and individuals familiar with clowning to exercise their clown muscle. While in Melbourne, the Bow WOW! Festival offers an exciting and inclusive physical theatre program providing training to people of all abilities.
We have a bit of a puppetry theme this month with Sticky Apple Legs seeking a puppeteer for the 2008 Comedy Festival season in Melbourne but be quick, because you must get back to them by tomorrow if you are interested. Auditions are on the 21st of October. And Sturt Summer School in Mittagong NSW are offering Czech puppetmaking workshops from January 2 to 6. 'Learn the fundamentals of puppet making and performance and gain some insight into the Czech tradition of puppeteering with Machaela Bartonova from Prague'.
In Sydney, Legs on the Wall announce the second season of feet first - their emerging artists program for physical theatre artists. Four successful applicants will be selected to participate in a six-week creative development programme at the Red Box in Lilyfield, Sydney. And in Wollongong, Circus WOW, a unique Women's Community Circus, is seeking a General Manager. WOW creates thought provoking circus and physical theatre that energetically affirms women's lives and offers a year round workshop program.
In Canada, Txi Whizz is holding a Movement-Theatre-Clown-Butoh-Bouffon performance workshop at the Meme Lab in Vancouver next weekend. Txi teaches physical theatre to Mayan women in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico and in BC she is known for her company Fools Theatre and for the Amazing Umbrella Experience. And in the USA, the Big Apple Circus Clown Care is looking to hire local professional, experienced variety artists. The performances are year-round in hospitals from Boston to Miami.
In the UK, Red Dress is seeking unusual and traditional performers for their new agency. Auditions will be London based. 'Whatever your talent to enthral and entertain people we want to hear from you.' Also in the UK, Jasmin Vardimon Company are looking for performers who can dance and act to join the company for a major project from November 2007. Auditions are Sat. 20th October and Sun. 21st October. They are also looking for an apprentice to be with the company for the next year.
And this month we have a bumper section of three items especially for street performers in the US, UK and Australia. Be quick to move on the Atlanta Festival of Variety Arts which is on this weekend, while in Australia, the Seddon Community Xmas Crawl are looking for buskers on 23 November, and in the UK, Berkshire seeks street entertainers for their ongoing street programme.
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New on the Artmedia site this month, our Physical Theatre blog features current Physical Theatre news items. The Artmedia blog is designed to provide you with timely information on auditions, opportunities, festivals and training as a supplement to our monthly newsletter. As the blog develops a strong readership, we intend charging for this service, but grab your chance now to post your items for free. This site regularly gets 6000 visitors a month and we have a strong community of interest in physical theatre and electronic publishing.
Our links page on the Artmedia site had grown so long that it was hard to find any one link, so we have now split the links into seven pages, one each for Festivals, Training, Resources, Circus and Clown, and Physical Theatre, and two pages of Performers links.
On the Artmedia site you can find links to performers, companies, resources and festivals all over the world, and you can also subscribe to this newsletter. The newsletter archive includes all issues for the past five years. Check it out at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/news.htm
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Sponsor: Network Ten auditions for So You Think You Can Dance
Network Ten and FremantleMedia Australia are currently auditioning for the much-anticipated Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance.
The judging panel for the much-anticipated
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Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Summer Clown Retreat - Wanganui, New Zealand.
Monday 7th to Friday 11th January 2008 (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.
The Retreat will provide an opportunity to reconnect with that playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.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 Clown Retreat is timed to be held before the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch for those coming for the summer season in New Zealand. Two Clown Retreats were held at the beginning of this year in the Coromandel peninsula. These proved popular and successful, with the residential nature of the retreat facilitating the group dynamic and the peaceful surroundings assisting with the relaxation, which is such an important part of clown work.
NZ$650 Earlybird (by November 12th), NZ$750 (full). Including 6 nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. Those with somewhere to stay in Wanganui, or those who wish to book their own accommodation, can deduct $100 from these prices. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) email: firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop."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.
Feature: collectZing.com -- A new online social network for collectors
Collectors of the world unite!
No matter what you collect - be it theatre programs, ballet shoes, circus posters or pieces of string - collectZing.com can help you manage and showcase your images and information to your friends and collectors around the world. collectZing.com is a free service and anyone who signs up before December 14 will be in the draw for weekly prizes of Amazon vouchers and iPods, plus the Grand Prize of $1,000 cash, a $1,000 Amazon voucher and a Canon EOS digital camera package.
The social networking tools on collectZing.com allow members to connect with other collectors, and explore and share each others' collections and collectibles. New collectors can learn from more experienced ones, make long-term friendships, and easily maintain a catalogue of all their new purchases and finds. More obsessive collectors can benefit from the detailed object descriptions, which can be used to maintain financial and insurance information, track loans, trades and sale information.
collectZing.com is the latest venture for entrepreneurs, David Eedle and Fiona Boyd, cofounders of the successful internet site Arts Hub. Sign up today - www.collectZing.com
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, Podcast
Tune in to hear Alan Clay read the introductory and fiction sections from the second chapter of his book, Angels Can Fly. "More than 50 people tuned in to hear the first podcast over the past month, and I'm enjoying the experience of reconnecting with my art by reading it aloud, so the experiment is working." Check it out. Find the podcast at: www.alanclay.com/wordpress/
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns 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.
"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."
" International Tango Congress of NZ, Friday 19th - Monday 22nd October 2007. As part of Tempo -- New Zealand's Festival of Dance -- the International Tango Congress of NZ is holding a festival of Argentine Tango culture - music, film & dance. Presenting internationally renowned tango masters direct from Argentina. Enjoy 4 nights of Milongas (social dancing), 3 days of intensive workshops for all levels & spectacular shows from our international guests. Be there to experience the magic of Tango! The workshops are Saturday 20th - Monday 22nd October. Location: The Auckland Performing Arts Centre(TAPAC) Western Springs, Motions St. Auckland." Mary Jane O'Reilly, Artistic Director, Tempo. Find a link to Tempo Dance Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Seasons available at BATS Theatre for the 2008 NZ International Comedy Festival . The festival is being held 18 April - 11 May 2008 and the nine short theatre seasons available are 21 April - 10 May 2007. Proposals are due at BATS by Monday 26th November 2007. Contact James Hadley at BATS for a BATS info pack. This pack contains information on the venue and gives you an idea of the kind of information you need to include in your proposal. Contact James at the BATS Theatre." Kylie, Associate Director, NZ International Comedy Festival. Find a link to the BATS Theatre under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"PlayMoves - Movement Workshop for Performance led by Anna Yen, Brisbane, Australia. This four day workshop will focus on playfulness, presence and complicity. It is based on the work of Monika Pagneux, a renowned European movement teacher and former Lecoq teacher, whose theme is the physical, vocal and personal freedom of the performer. It includes combining the Feldenkrais Method's "Awareness through Movement" with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways to assist the performer expand their creative possibilities, playfulness, pleasure, complicity and ensemble skills. This workshop is for performers, directors, drama teachers & students, and anyone interested in playing with movement. November 18-21, 2007. $AUD200." Anna Yen. email@example.com For more details go to the Physical Theatre Blog at: http://artmedia.com.au/blog/?p=5
"After a fantastic inaugural program in 2007, Legs on the Wall are delighted to announce the second season of Feet First - our emerging artists program for physical theatre artists. Four successful applicants (individuals or groups) will be selected to participate in a six-week creative development at the Red Box in Lilyfield, Sydney. This includes 20 hours training and development/rehearsal time in the Red Box; a production grant of $500; mentoring with Artistic Director Debra Batton and Artistic Associate Simone O,Brien; consultation with a Lighting Designer and basic lighting for the showings; and Project Management skills development with Legs on the Wall management. The program will run from Monday 14 April to Friday 23 May 2008 and will conclude with two public showings. Successful applicants will be those who demonstrate the ability to fulfil the guidelines of the Feet First program including interest in and commitment to physical theatre. Applications close Friday 1 February 2008. For more information and to download the program guidelines please go to our web site." Melissa. Find a link to Legs on the Wall under Physical Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Date change for Clown Jam 2007 in Fremantle, Australia. Come and unleash your inner idiot! Embrace your stupidity! Awaken your non-senses and nurture your authenticity! At Clown Jam. This is an exploratory theatre space specifically for performers and individuals familiar with clowning to exercise their clown muscle. The session will consist of games and theatre exercises and will be facilitated by Flying Heart Productions. Clown jam will run every Friday 10am-1pm until the 30th of November at which time it will close until the new year. Cost is $5 per person." Hardey McMurrick, Flying Heart Productions. Find a link to Flying Heart Productions under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
The Bow WOW! Festival invites youth to participate in workshops and performances in an exchange of ideas and friendship creating a network of young performers. Workshops offer unique training in improvised performance, lighting and sound using accessible technical equipment. Family Dog Circus is an exciting and unique inclusive physical theatre program offering theatre arts training to people of all abilities – With a focus on creating both recreational and career pathways for youth with disabilities. The training focuses on sharing a broad range of skills from storytelling & clowning to lighting and sound. Performers are encouraged to build stories from imaginings of their own lives, celebrating themselves in a safe non-competitive environment. The workshop runs Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd November in the Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne." Leesa Nash. Family Dog Circus. Find a link to the Bow WOW! Festival under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Sticky Apple Legs seek puppeteer for 2008 Comedy Festival season in Melbourne, Australia. Auditions to be held the 21st Oct 2007. The closing date for applications is 19 October 2007. Please wear comfortable clothing and expect to have some hands-on auditioning with the actual puppets. City Head is a puppetry show produced by Sticky Apple Legs, a young puppetry company and written by Tom Taylor, winner of Short and Sweet Melbourne. The show was performed successfully this year during the comedy festival, and we received mostly sell-out audiences. The Pun said of the show: "The storyline, although short, is absorbing and entertaining, and the labour poured into the moppets and dioramas is effective. Well worth a nibble." The performance is roughly 30 minutes long, and the puppets are simple to operate. I am happy to audition those with no puppetry experience, but you must have had some acting experience and a willingness to learn puppetry. The person will be expected to perform the 'muppet' with a male voice, but I am happy to hear from both male and female performers. This performance is profit-share; the show may be re-produced later in 2008. Rehearsals will be on weekends (possibly weekday evenings if schedules clash) beginning after New Year's. Performance will be during the last weeks of March. To apply, please send us your CV. To see a short excerpt of the show, and to find out more about us, please visit our website." Naomi Guss. Find a link to Stinky Apple Legs under Puppet Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"Czech puppetmaking workshops at the Sturt Summer School in Mittagong NSW, Australia, January 2 - 6, 2008. Learn the fundamentals of puppet making and performance and gain some insight into the Czech tradition of puppeteering. Participants will complete their own wooden table puppet, first designing and then carving the head and hands and using fabric and leather for the body and costume. There will also be talks about puppets and imagination and art in puppet theatre. No particular expertise is needed, however some experience with woodwork or puppets may be helpful. Machaela Bartonova from Prague has regularly given puppet workshops in Europe since 1988. Workshops of this kind have been held in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, England and Taiwan. Originally working as a journalist and an artist, she founded the Tineola Puppet Theatre in 1998. Michaela will lead the workshop and teach design, painting, costume, manipulation and will help in carving. She will be joined by Martin Kaflec, a painter, sculptor and puppet creator who will teach carving, and will provide technical support. The Summer School runs for 5 days between Wednesday 2nd and Sunday 6th of January and the classes are held from 9am to 4:30pm. $465 GST included + $95 material fee." Find a link to Sturt Summer School under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Circus WOW seeks General Manager, Wollongong, Australia. Circus WOW is a unique Women's Community Circus with a year round workshop program in stilts, new clown, acro-balance, aerials, tumbling, object manipulation, and fire. The company also creates thought provoking circus and physical theatre that energetically affirms women's lives in the Illawarra. Circus WOW is looking for someone with vision and industry leadership experience to work with a committed volunteer management team, to implement the next exciting phase of the company's development and a commitment to realising Circus WOW's many opportunities and potential within the community. The position is part-time(3 days per week or 2 days + 2 half-days). The salary is $450.00/wk. Closing Date: Fri 26th October 2007. Candidates interested in applying for the position are asked to obtain an application package by contacting us." Mara Vukasinovic, Co-Director, Circus WOW. firstname.lastname@example.org
"Vancouver, BC Workshop with Txi Whizz. MovementTheatreClownButohBouffon performance workshop Oct 26 - 28 at the Meme Lab, CAN$150. All skill levels, out-going or shy, 18+, you are invited to participate in a powerful performance experience! In this workshop you will learn a multiplicity of skills which will be incorporated into a final performance for invited friends & family on Sunday, Oct 28 at 7:30pm. Learn a lot, play hard, & explore physical theatre. Schedule: Fri, Oct 26, 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat, Oct 27, 12:00 noon - 6:00pm; Sun, Oct 28, 12:00 noon - 9:00pm (Includes the final performance.) Discover, advance or re-discover theatre, dance, & the magic of ensemble performance. All 18 hours for only $150. Register soon, space is limited. Txi Whizz is a multi-disciplinary artist & clown. For the past 25 years she has worked with Wavy Gravy to co-direct Winnarainbow for Adults, a performing arts camp in northern California. Txi teaches physical theatre to Mayan women in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. In BC she is known for her company Fools Theatre & for the Amazing Umbrella Experience. Txi's strengths include memory games, ensemble performance techniques, rhythm skills, & teachings of the masters, like the Six Toning Sounds of Da Liu." Barbara Hannah. email@example.com
"Auditions for hospital clowns in USA. The Big Apple Circus Clown Care is looking to hire local professional, experienced variety artists specializing in skills such as music, physical comedy, improvisation, magic, juggling, clowning, puppetry etc. to perform year-round in hospitals. Programs are in NYC, Atlanta(October), Boston/Providence, New Haven, Chicago(November), Miami(December) and DC/Baltimore. Applicants should be mature and sensitive. Please mail resume, letter of interest and performer photo to: Peter Rivera, Big Apple Circus, 505 Eighth Ave., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10018." Peter Rivera, Big Apple Circus.
"Red Dress in the UK seeks unusual and traditional performers for their new agency. Whether you are a stilt walker, juggler, walkabout artist, comedian, burlesque performer or musician, whatever your talent to enthral and entertain people we want to hear from you. There are two ways you can audition for these prestigious books. One is to come along to our open audition on Friday October 19th (venue to be confirmed). The other is to audition at 'You Little Minx', Red Dress's promoted cabaret and variety nights which have been transformed for the next two months into showcase events. Both these auditions will be London based. You should bring to the audition your performance C.V., a photo of you performing and proof that you can work in the UK, such as a passport. If you are interested in this opportunity, then please forward a request for an audition, including a brief outline of your act or type of performance and which audition you prefer." Eleanor Appleton. eleanor.Appleton@red-dress.co.uk
"Audition for performers in UK who can dance and act. Jasmin Vardimon Company is looking for additional performers to join the company for a major project from November 2007. We are seeking mature, experienced and creative performers with strong dance technique, creative flair and acting ability. We are also looking for an apprentice to be with the company for the next year. The audition will take place in London at 10am on Sat. 20th October and Sun. 21st October(selected candidates only). Please bring with you your C.V., shoes, and kneepads. We strongly advise dancers to acquaint themselves with the company's productions beforehand via the company website." Tess Howell, Company Administrator. Find a link to Jasmin Vardimon Company under Dance at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"A new festival of Mime and Physical theatre. Stranizza Theatre from Skopje, Macedonia is happy to announce a new festival of Mime and Physical Theatre --"PANPHYS" 2008 -- March 10 - 15, 2008. All groups and theatres who are interesting in participating, please visit our website." Trajce Gjorgiev. Find a link to Stranizza Theatre under Physical Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
Street Theatre Opportunities
"Street performers invited to Seddon Community Xmas Crawl , Friday 23 November, Melbourne. The Traders will be trading 9am-9pm and will be offering customers, a 'red balloon special' for the event. Last time we held the event, we had some street performers (musicians) come. This year we would like to invite all street performers, musicians, clowns, face painters, the more the merrier. There are 3 streets to set up in or wander through--Victoria, Charles and Gamon Streets. Most of our crowd (kids and parents) will be attending from 4pm, but we anticipate a steady crowd throughout the day. Street performers who are interested, please contact us." Claire Hinds, Secretary, Seddon Business Group & Associates. firstname.lastname@example.org
"Festival of Variety Arts in Atlanta, USA. Extraordinary performers from around the world will make Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta come alive during this two-day, three-night festival of variety arts with music, dance, juggling, acrobatics, street painting, artisans, and much much more. 'Together, artists and the audience forge a partnership of creativity... and for an evening of StreetStage vaudeville, head over to the Georgia-Pacific Auditorium'. The Festival runs Friday, October 18, to Sunday, October 21. For more information visit our web site." Cheryl Myrbo, Event Coordinator. Find a link to Street Stage Atlanta under Festivals and Events at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm"Berkshire seeks street entertainers , UK. The Maidenhead Town Partnership is working to revitalise the town by organising an ongoing programme of outdoor events in the town centre. If you are a street entertainer or company and would like to show your work off in Maidenhead in return for a modest fee (c150 per day) please send your CV and any images of your work to us." Steph James, Town Manager. email@example.com
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