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Welcome to the November 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.
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This month in the Sponsorship we welcome the National Circus Festival with information on their first Masterclass Programme set in the beautiful forest location of Lone Star, Tasmania. This programme for trained professionals offers skill development classes in Trapeze, Clown and Performance. Classes start January 16th.
In the Playspace section my Summer Clown Retreat in Wanganui, New Zealand, in January has attracted enrolments from Europe, Australia and New Zealand, so grab your chance to get away from it all and reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful relaxed setting, and still available on the earlybird deal until the end of the month.
In the Features this month we have information on Total Theatre's School of Physical Theatre in Western Australia. Founded by Annie Stainer in 2002, they provide a well-rounded organic training with an emphasis on physical theatre techniques and the creation of original work. 'Total Theatre is a professional school where performers are learning to live their dreams'.
This month we also feature collectZing.com, the new online social network for collectors, introduces Marketplace, an online trading exchange where collectors can buy, sell and swap their collectibles, with no fees or commissions during the beta period. Membership to collectZing.com is free, and it only takes a few minutes to join and set up your first collection.
I've just recorded the third podcast in the Angels Can Fly series and uploaded it to the new blog at www.alanclay.com/wordpress/ . I'm enjoying re-connecting with the book in the process of podcasting. This chapter looks at bliss and the Art of Clown.
In the Networking this month the registration deadline for the Dunedin Fringe Festival in New Zealand is rapidly approaching. You can download an information pack from their web site and registration closes on 14 December. In Northland near Dargaville, NZ, Circus Kumarani is holding their 3rd Northland Circus Festival, which runs from 23 to 27 January 2008. This family festival on the shores of beautiful Kai Iwi Lakes offers workshops, games, shows and fun for all ages & abilities.
In Australia the Shine Multicultural Youth Festival are looking for a variety of acts - dancers, singers, roving artists, acrobats, cultural items, music items, etc. Put on in February by Word and Mouth, this annual event is one of Regional Victoria's major youth festivals, with expected attendees of approx 1500+, of all ages and cultures. And the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association will be holding their conference in Adelaide next year, March 1st to 4th. The focus will be on Circus Artform Development, making new, world class and unique work.
In Canada Sue Morrison will be holding a Clown Through Mask workshop, based on the pioneering work of Richard Pochinko. This Toronto-based workshop begins January 7th. And in sunny Florida the team at Animate Objects Physical Theater are hosting Snowbird, a Winter Aerial Arts Festival. There will be a range of aerial classes all taught by some of the finest teachers from across the US and Canada. The dates are 23 to 27 January. While in upstate New York the Fuddi-Duddy Institute presents their annual winter Capital Region Clown Arts Festival. Running January 4th – April 12th 2008, they offer a range of workshops for the aspiring clown.
In the UK, the Brighton Festival Fringe is now open for registration, deadline is Monday 18th February, and the Independent Street Arts Network is holding a 2 day residential conference, from 28th to 29th November, in Bristol. The programme will be a lively mix of presentations, practical activity, debate, discussion and networking. In Ireland, the Performance Corporation is accepting applications for their inaugural SPACE Programme residency, which is aimed at fostering the careers and creativity of artists from all artistic disciplines from choreographers, writers and actors, to software designers, musicians and sculptors. Applications close 4th December.
In Belgium, Espace Catastrophe is offering Winter and Spring Workshops in the Circus Arts. The Winter Workshops run 17th to 21st December. The workshops are for professionals and aspiring artists wishing to explore new techniques and (re)discover other modes of expression. And in Spain, four days of intensive seminars from Teatro Asura serve as a meeting place between artists, teachers, students and hobbyists interested in the development of artistic expression. Imaginacción 2008 runs from 2nd to 5th January.
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Sponsor:The National Circus Festival presents the first Lone Star Masterclass Program
Applications are now open for two separate master classes. These classes are designed to bring highly trained professionals together, to work on skill development in swinging trapeze and performance. Ruby Rowat and Felicia O’Brien will teach swinging trapeze from Jan 16-21 with a limit of 8 participants. Laura Sheedy (Viewpoints) and Clare Bartholomew (clown) will teach from Jan 23-28 with a limit of 16. Please visit our web site for full details: www.circusfest.com/training.
- 21st January 2008
Swinging Trapeze with Felicia O'Brien
Performance Technique23rd - 28th January 2008
Clown with Clare Bartholomew
Viewpoints with Laura Sheedy
Lone Star, where the Tasmanian Circus Festival is held, is truly a special place. Set amidst a vast forest, this natural environment is home to native birds, wallabies, echidnas, wombats and platypus. The ambience will be conducive to working on developing skills and at the same time provide a unique live in environment.
You are welcome to register, bring your own camping facilities and enjoy the bush. For a little extra we have a fully set up catering facility, where you can arrange to have all of your meals. Also available are a limited number of individual bungalows and cabin style tents available. We have the best possible trainers available to conduct this performance training programme with the aim to produce outstanding results for professionals who work in the performing arts. Participation is limited, so please register your interest now. Trapeze costs $1,600 and the performance week (Clown & Viewpoints) $1,000.
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 provides 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 30th), 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: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, Podcast 3
"I've just recorded the third podcast in the Angels Can Fly series and uploaded it to the new blog at www.alanclay.com/wordpress/ . I'm enjoying re-connecting with the book in the process of podcasting. This chapter looks at bliss and the Art of Clown." Alan Clay
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."
Feature:Total Theatre's School of Physical Theatre, Western Australia Annie Stainer, Director
Are you ready to take the plunge, live your dream and immerse yourself in an intensive year of Physical Theatre Training? Then where better than in the beautiful surroundings of Total Theatre in Mosman Park, W.A. – between river and sea. Total Theatre is a professional school where performers are learning to live their dreams. Where else can you ride a unicycle, sing an aria, stand on your head, tap dance on a table, beat on a drum, recite Shakespeare, juggle plates AND learn to relax?
Total Theatre, based at the beautiful Camelot Theatre, was founded by Annie Stainer in 2002, to provide a well-rounded organic training with an emphasis on physical theatre techniques and the creation of original work. Open to students ages 17years+, the training includes: Creative Movement, Acting, Mime, Feldenkrais, Mask, Improvisation, Dance, Circus Arts, Voice, Singing, Text, Scriptwriting, Stage Combat, Martial Arts, Clowning, Percussion, Commedia dell’Arte and Aerial Skills.
After taking a year off to develop the Total Theatre Company with our 2nd year students, Total Theatre is now seeking expressions of interest from those curious about joining the 2008 ensemble for the next one-year physical theatre course. For audition and course details please contact Sophie on (08) 9385 4211 or email email@example.com or visit www.totaltheatre.com.au
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Members can list their items for sale with a range of different payment options, including collectZing’s own virtual currency the ‘Zing’. Potential buyers can then browse and make offers on the items – including offering one of their own items for a swap as part of the trade. The Marketplace is not auction based, so sellers can choose to accept any of the offers, meaning highest price does not necessarily guarantee success.
Membership of collectZing.com is free, and it only takes a few minutes to join and set up your first collection. Just go to www.collectZing.com and click the Sign Up button. And check out the two videos to introduce you to the world of collecting on the home page. Collectors who sign up before December 14 will be in the draw for weekly prizes of Amazon vouchers or iPods, plus the Grand Prize of $1,000 cash, a $1,000 Amazon voucher and a Canon EOS digital camera package.
"Dunedin Fringe Festival 2008, New Zealand, 29 March and 13 April 2008, registration closes 14 December 2007. The Dunedin Fringe Festival incorporates all art forms and as many as 80 artist events over 16 days. The Festival coordinates a cluster of venues around the Otago Museum and University of Otago in a high profile, high foot traffic location. Registration is open to local or touring productions, emerging and established artists, and the international fringe festival community. Major changes have been made to the Festival including aligning our dates to the Wellington and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and a new festival hub location by the Otago Museum and the University of Otago. Artists can now download an information pack from the festival website. The pack contains a detailed rundown on how the 2008 Dunedin Fringe is organised, what artists need to do to register an event and what you get in return for your registration fee. All artists, including those who have applied for a venue or artist grant, must complete the artist registration form in the Registration Pack and submit the required information by 14 December 2007. Artists will need to provide an event description and image, have a confirmed venue, and know the dates, times and duration of their show. Registration forms are included in the information pack." Paul Smith, Director. (Photo: The cast from The Provocateurs at the 2004 Fringe). Find a link to Dunedin Fringe Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"3rd Northland Circus Festival, Dargaville, NZ, 23rd to 27th January 2008. This family festival on the shores of beautiful Kai Iwi Lakes offers workshops, games, shows and fun for all ages & abilities. New! Intensive Training Days 23rd and 24th January 2008 for the seriously infected circus enthusiasts, NZ$80 youth/adults. Flying Trapeze will be there as are world renowned clowning acts and high flying object manipulation tricks are to be learned from the best. Public Frenzy 25th - 27th January 2008. Weekend pass (Fri, Sat, Sun) NZ$50 children/adults. The 3 day pass entitles you to a minimum of 2 workshops per day and entry to the Renegade and Public Shows. Activities include: Object manipulation -- Juggling, Plates, Diabolo, Devil stick, Pois, Hula Hoop; Equilibristic -- Rola bola, Pedalo, Unicycle, Stilts, Tight rope, Globe walking; Acrobatic and Aerial (Trapeze, Tissue). Other activities include parachute games, Circus Poster painting, Face Painting, Dance, making Juggling balls. There is also a Kids zone for the under 5s. All camping accommodation has to be pre- booked and paid for when registering for the festival. Camping spaces are strictly limited at Campground “Pine Beach” Kai Iwi Lakes /Kaipara (35 km north of Dargaville) For directions on how to get there visit www.kauricoat.co.nz. Please Note: It is peak season and you won't be able to stay unless you have booked and paid. As for food during the event, it's self catering throughout the festival. There is no shop nearby, bring all your supplies, as the next supermarket is 35 km south in Dargaville. but there is a small shop nearby supplying basic needs, like milk, bread, ice… Visit our web site for registration and contact information." Thomas Hinz, Creative Director. Find a link to the Northland Circus Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"2008 Shine Multicultural Youth Festival, Saturday 23 February, Shepperton, Vic, Australia. We are seeking a variety of acts - dancers, singers, roving artists, acrobats, cultural items, music items, etc. The Shine Festival is one of Word and Mouth's major annual events and is one of Regional Victoria's major youth festivals, with expected attendees of approx 1500+, of all ages and cultures. The Shine Festival is a great opportunity for exposure and experience for performers. The Shine Festival is organised by local young people to showcase the cultural diversity and creative talents of our region. Word and Mouth is proud to present a fantastic event that is youth and family-friendly, in a drug, smoke and alcohol free environment. This year’s Shine Festival includes FREE workshops in dance, African drumming and theatre sports. The Shine Festival is an event not to be missed! For performers who wish to apply for a place in the performance schedule or if you have any queries, please visit our web site." Tanya Bowen, Event Coordinator, Word and Mouth. Find a link to Shine Multicultural Youth Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"ACAPTA National Circus and Physical Theatre Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, March 1st - 4th 2008. The conference will be held during the Adelaide Festival, immediately after the Australia Performing Arts Market. In 2008 the focus will be on Circus Artform Development (i.e.. making new, world class and unique work). We are planning to hold masterclasses with Australian and International Circus and Physical Theatre directors such as: Cal McCrystal, director of Spymonkey's internationally acclaimed "Cooped", as well as the clowning for Cirque Du Soleil's “Zumanity” and “Varekai”; Nigel Jamieson, Director for 2007 Green Room Award winning show, 'Honour Bound'. Further Australian and international guests will be confirmed in the coming months. An additional focus will be Touring and Sustainability (discussing, among other things, how to tour your shows and grow your company). We will conduct discussions with international contemporary performance promoters such as John Lambert, producer for Cirque Eloize, and other Australian and international producers attending the Australian Performing Arts Market. There will also be a day set aside specifically for Youth, Indigenous and Community Circus convened by Kathryn Montgomery (formerly of Belfast Circus Community Outreach Programmes and NICA Indigenous Circus Programmes, currently a Melbourne-based freelance community circus worker). We will be developing the detailed program and opening registrations in the next few months. Details will be first announced in the members newsletter as they come to hand and added to the conference section of the ACAPTA site as they are confirmed." Kymberlyn Olsen, Communication Officer, ACAPTA. Find a link to Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Pochinko Clown training with Sue Morrison, January 7th - February 9th 2008, Toronto, Canada. The 2008 Clown Through Mask workshop is based on the pioneering work of Richard Pochinko. This process synthesises Native American and European clowning traditions to guide you in the discovery of clown. Participants are taken on a journey exploring colour, innocence and experience. Six clay masks are made which create a personal mythology. As they are worn and explored various characters emerge, which form and define your clown." Sue Morrison, Artistic Director, Theatre Resource Centre. Find a link to the Institute of Canadian Clowning under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Snowbird, the Winter Aerial Arts Festival, 23rd to 27th January 2008, Miami, Florida, US, hosted by Animate Objects Physical Theater. Greetings aerialists, aerial dancers circus performers and everybody else! The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived! Snowbird registration is Open. We are so excited to present our first festival full of top-notch teachers and performers from around the world. We will be offering classes that we hope appeal to a diverse range of people. From beginning to advanced aerialists, dancers, circus artists and people who just want to try new things. There is something for everyone at Snowbird. We will be offering classes in Trapeze, Corde Lisse, Hoop, Conditioning Injury Prevention and Aerial Yoga, Straps and Tissu; as well as classes focusing more on the creative side such as Partnering Floor and Sky, Building Blocks to Aerial Choreography and Creative Movement. All taught by some of the finest teachers from across the US and Canada. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to meet and connect with people from all walks of life and creative backgrounds in a safe environment where creativity knows no limits. Email us and fly south for the winter. We will see you all in January. Happy flying!" The SnowBird Team. Find a link to Animate Objects Physical Theater under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Capital Region Clown Arts Festival, Albany, NY, US, 4th January – April 12th 2008. The Fuddi-Duddy Institute is a unique clown organization within the Capital Region's clown arts community. Its sole purpose is to develop and present clown arts training programs. The Institute produces and presents the Capital Region Clown Arts Festival each winter and other training programs throughout the year. Festival workshops include: makeup, character development, and the business of Clowning. Visit our web site for more information." The Fuddi-Duddy Team. Find a link to the Fuddi-Duddy Institute under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Independent Street Arts Network Conference, Bristol, UK, 28th - 29th November 2007. ISAN are holding a 2 day residential conference to allow the in-depth discussion of issues critical to the development of the sector, facilitate networking both between promoters and promoters as well as artists and promoters. The conference theme is "To Boldly Go..." The programme will be a lively mix of presentations, practical activity, debate, discussion and networking. Experienced speakers and facilitators, including international guests, will lead the sessions, while maximum input will be sought from the delegates. Plenary sessions will allow delegates to explore specific issues in depth. The number of places has been deliberately limited to enable detailed discussion. The 2007 conference will focus on some of the key areas for development that ISAN and the wider sector have identified recently, as well as the conferences usual core activity, including opportunities related to the Olympic Games of 2012 and the new policy of Arts Council England concerning art in public spaces (Outdoor Performance Strategy)." Frank Wilson, Chairman. Find a link to ISAN under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"2008 Brighton Festival Fringe, UK, deadline Monday 18th February. Registration is now open to submit events to be included in the 2008 Brighton Festival Fringe. The Fringe is totally open access and non-programmed so anyone can put any event on. And this year registration is online only. This is the only way to register an event in the 2008 Fringe. Register before 31st December 2007 to qualify for an early bird discount! Become a Friend of the Fringe and get benefits like priority bookings and special events. Go to our web site for loads of advice, help and resources on how to organise your event." Nick Stockman, Fringe Manager. Find a link to Brighton Festival Fringe under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Inaugural SPACE Programme residency with The Performance Corporation, Ireland. Applications close 4th December. The Performance Corporation is delighted to announce the launch of The SPACE Programme: Phase 1. This bold new initiative from one of Irish theatre’s most innovative and collaborative companies is aimed at fostering the careers and creativity of artists from all artistic disciplines - from choreographers, writers and actors, to software designers, musicians and sculptors. The company is now inviting applications to join the inaugural residency. In being part of the programme, artists will collaborate to expand and broaden the scope of their work, as well as developing ideas that could be used as the basis for future work by The Performance Corporation. The long-term objective of the programme will be to identify artists from disciplines as diverse as animation, sculpture, performance, music, software design, film, visual art and more - and enable them to continue their work under The Performance Corporation’s wing for an extended period. The programme will remove the pressure on artists to come up with a product. However, the programme is not simply a laboratory and the company hopes that the work created as part of the programme will eventually be ready to exhibit or perform in the public arena. The residency will involve a number of artists engaged in developing ideas in The Performance Corporation’s new home at Castletown Estate in Celbridge, Co. Kildare. The participants will be brought together in a communal working space to explore and create. The chosen participants will receive a stipend for their participation in this programme. (Photo: Yokohama Delegation by the Performance Corporation) For application and contact details, visit our web site." Find a link to The Performance Corporation under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm
"Winter Workshops in Circus Arts, 17th to 21st December 2007, L’Espace Catastrophe , Belgium. Espace Catastrophe is a place for training, creation, representation, information and promotion of Circus Arts, Street Arts and Clown Arts. The workshops are for professionals and aspiring artists wishing to enrich their personal approach, explore new techniques and (re)discover other modes of expression. The workshops are training and development programmes of 15 or 30 hours per week. At each session the leader will propose different avenues of work, allowing the participants to make their ideas more concrete using specific stagecraft language. And finally, our hope is that the workshops will make it possible for the participants to get to know each other better as live performance artists. A few of the workshops offered are: Acrobatic Research & Personal Technique; Neutral Mask; creative makeup and expression of the character; Research and Creativity in aerial techniques. Winter Workshops are: 17th to 21st December 2007 (4 workshops offered). Spring Workshops are: 31st March to 4th April 2008 (8 workshops offered). For more information, visit our web site." Catherine Magis, Artistic Director. Find a link to Espace Catastrophe under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Imaginacción 2008 workshops with Teatro Asura, 2nd to 5th January 2008, Cordoba, Spain. Deadline for registration is 15th December. Imaginacción is a meeting place between artists, teachers, students and hobbyists interested in the development of artistic expression. Theater Asura is offering a variety of intensive seminars over 4 days led by a selection of recognized professionals in the performing arts and teaching. The courses, in small groups, offer different approaches and in-depth study of the performing arts with a flexible schedule designed to connect learning with fun. Courses include: Basic Clown; Clown level II; Improvisational Theatre; Art of Acting. Visit our web site for more information." Pablo Pundik, Director. Find a link to Teatro Asura under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
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