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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - July 2005
CircoArts, New Zealand's Circus Skills Tertiary Provider
Australian Clown Masterclasses, Sydney and Brisbane
Angels Can Fly to debue at the Brisbane Writers Festival
Noosa International Street Performers Festival, QLD
Stamping Ground Festival Choreographic Competition, NSW
Celebration Barn Summer Workshops, Maine, USA
Clown Workshop, Giovanni Fusetti. Boulder Colorado, USA
The Magdalena Project International Forum, Wales, UK
Gerry Flanagan's Clown Summer School, London, UK
International Director's Laboratory, Kiev, Ukraine
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Welcome to the July 2005 edition of the Artmedia physical
theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian
focus and a global perspective.
This month we welcome back CircoArts as sponsor, with
a snippet of recent news and events. CircoArts is New
Zealand's only circus skills tertiary provider, and is based
at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
In the Playspace news, we have two new Clown Master-
classes, one in Sydney and the other in Brisbane, and
check out our new price-buster fees... pay for either of
these workshops by the end of next week and save $200.
I have just been invited to launch my new book, Angels
Can Fly at the Brisbane Writers Festival at the beginning
of October, and sales of the book have been good in
America and England in the first few weeks.
In this issue we have a Special Feature on Noosa
International Street Performers Festival, where 'comedy,
circus and chaos from the world's best street performers
bring the streets of Noosa alive with a carnival atmosphere'.
And in the networking the Stamping Ground Dance Festival,
in Bellingen, NSW, Australia, which takes place in January,
have information on their First Draft, Inaugural Choreographic
The Celebration Barn in Maine, USA, has information on
a Physical Eloquence workshop next week, with Karen
Montanaro, a course 'designed to liberate your physical
impulses from the fear-of-making-mistakes and introduce
you to the limitless vocabulary of the body'.
There is news of a three week clown workshop at the
Boulder Circus Center, in Colorado, USA, led by Giovanni
Fusetti, a co-founder of Kiklos drama school in Padua, Italy.
And following this clown theme, we also have information on
Gerry Flanagan's Clown Summer School in London.
The Magdalena Project International Network of Women in
Contemporary Theatre, and University of Wales, present an
international forum called the Articulate Practitioner next
week in the UK.
And the International University 'Global Theatre Experience'
based in Latvia, working in partnership with the Kiev Theatre
'Suziria' in the Ukraine, are inviting you to take part in the
International Director's Laboratory in August in Kiev.
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CircoArts: Shaping Ambition
CircoArts, New Zealand's only circus skills tertiary provider,
is based at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
(CPIT). Here's a snippet of recent CircoArts news and events...
Born to Perform
Year two CircoArts students are breathing a sigh of relief after
the success of their first 2005 production, Umbilical Box.
Directed by Lucette Hindin of local production company The
Clinic, Umbilical Box explored the impact of mass media on
our lives. Students were encouraged to develop their narrative
and with tremendous skill, a futuristic world was created,
where humans broke free from the enslavement of television .
A combination of character, trapeze, tissue, webrope, hula
hoop, balance and object manipulation, offered a poignant and
entertaining consideration of Hindin's theme. Nearing the end
of their studies with CircoArts, Year Two students are now
preparing solo acts for their show in October.
CircoArts graduates are busy forging their careers and with
tremendous results. While graduates continue to work locally,
many are performing in North America, Europe and Japan.
In Brisbane, Australia Davy Sampford is working with Circa
(Rock 'n' Roll Circus), integrating his juggling skills in solo
and group acts. Sampford's recent performance, A Man in a
Room Juggling has the critics talking.
Mark Sands and Popeyed partner Rudi Mineur, are back in
Brisbane after a busy European tour. Their street comic
acrobatic 'street' show earned them the world championship
at the 11th Annual Daidogei Busking and Street Performance
World Cup held in Japan in 2002.
After his grueling stint in the outdoors as a participant in the
reality show The Summit, Sam Lander has resumed his
Circus Sam act. Sam has been performing in Tokyo but we
suspect he is heading home to Christchurch where he will be
reunited with his German Wheel that didnt make it through
Alexandra Sim, Pipi Aesha Evans and Jenny Ritchie
performed multiple aerial roles in Maui, a large production
exploring New Zealands indigenous mythology and heritage.
Another graduate, Nic Creech joined the trio as a climber.
A huge success, Maui is a blend of physical theatre, dance,
music, circus and Maori arts. Maui director and head of the
Te Ao Marama collective, Tanemahuta Gray and his team
impressed international critics at the Wellington debut.
Finally, congratulations to Sam Wills who was awarded the
Billy T. James Comedy Award for 2005. Catch Sam at
Aucklands Sky City Casino where he hosts a weekly
cabaret and performs his twisted comedy and circus skills.
International Fee Announcement
CPIT are pleased to announce that international fees for the
2006 CircoArts programme have been heavily discounted.
Australian students continue to pay domestic fees while
international students will now pay only $13,000 NZD
CircoArts training for the year 2006.
Want to know more?
For info about our Diploma in Circus Arts or to sign up for
a promotional CD or DVD log onto www.cpit.ac.nz/circoarts
Playspace: Clown Masterclasses, Sydney,
Clown training with Alan Clay exploring a physical and irreverent
approach to clown. Check out our new price-buster fees... pay
for either of these workshops by July 22 and get $200 off.
Sydney Clown Masterclass
(3 day) September 14 to 16 ( Wed - Fri ) 10am - 4pm
Aus$300 price-buster (by July 22) Aus$400 earlybird
(before August 22) Aus$500 (full)
Brisbane Clown Masterclass
(3 day) September 21 to 23 ( Wed - Fri ) 10am - 4pm
Aus$300 price-buster (by July 22) Aus$400 earlybird
(before August 22) Aus$500 (full)
is an art form which has existed for thousands of years,
and undergone a revolution in recent times, as it made the leap
back from circus into theatre, giving birth to 'new clown' and
physical theatre. This course takes a broad view of clown, which
allows students room to develop their own unique style.
A contemporary physical approach to the clown art form,
exploring playfulness, irreverence, and the freedom of 'not
knowing', which has been developed over twenty years by Alan
Clay at Playspace Studio in Auckland and Sydney. Each day
starts with an yoga warm up, followed by exercises to develop
physical and emotional expression, and improvisational
exercises to develop comic timing and audience rapport.
Alan Clay attended a Clown School in Sweden in 1977, and
has since taught and performed extensively in Europe, North
America, Australia and New Zealand. He has lived in
Sydney since 1992, where he has been running Playspace
Studio, a physical theatre training centre which gained
international recognition for a uniquely irreverent Australian
approach to clown.
"In the best clown tradition Alan held up a
us to step through and reflect on the patterns, habits and
rituals of our days... It was funny, moving and excellent
theatre." NZ Herald.
More information at
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User
feedback on the book is good
and I have been invited to launch
Angels Can Fly at the Brisbane
Writers Festival at the beginning
of October. Sales of the book have
also been good in America and
England in the last few weeks.
The book is now available on
order from bookshops in
Australia, New Zealand, USA,
Canada and England, and also online. Amazon are
selling it at a 34% discount at the moment, a bargain
However, if buying through Amazon, be careful of the
discount sellers who sell the book 'used and new', because
some of these are very likely pirating the book. Alan points
out, "If you order it direct from Amazon, or from a bookshop,
then you know that I'm getting paid for my work".
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.
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction, following the
adventures of ten clowns, 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. Find more information at:
Special Feature: Noosa International Street
Come along for comedy, circus and chaos from the
world's best when the streets of Noosa come alive
with the carnival atmosphere of the Noosa
International Street Performers Festival. This unique
and vibrant event, now in its third year, is part
of the International Street Performers circuit and
enriches Noosa's colourful and innovative calendar of
31 - November 6, 2005
Program highlights include:
* Opening Fire Show
Spectacular on Friday night
at Noosa Heads Beach
* Creative Performance Workshops including
Marimba Workshops with Linsey Pollack
* Friday night Street Parade performances
* Roving street performances on Saturday and
* Busker's Ball on Saturday night.
The festival is being held in cooperation with the Noosa
Triathlon and is holding events at Noosa Heads, on the
river and in hinterland areas. Check out our website at
www.noosa.qld.gov.au to keep up to date with
performance times and places and for information on
Enquiries contact Heather Williams at Creative Noosa on
or phone 5472 0109.
10th annual Stamping Ground Dance Festival, Bellingen,
NSW, Australia. 1-16th January 2006. First Draft,
Inaugural Choreographic Competition. Closing Date for
Entries: 30th November 2005. Preliminary information,
guidelines and registration are now on our web site.
The purpose of the awards is to stimulate thoughtful
approaches to choreographic story telling and facilitate
the development of new creative alliances across
traditional boundaries. Performance makers are invited
to test ideas in an atmosphere of intensive dance
combustion, with a performance outcome assessed
on the quality of narrative coherence. Submitted work
should conceptually link to the festival purpose of
showcasing male dance and issues about it, and/or
be an interpretive investigation of more general male
behaviour(s). Entries are to be arranged for main space
presentation (7mt wide-12mt deep, bare). All dance and
action art forms are encouraged, as are controversialists,
edge cutters and post-ambiguous risk takers. In addition
to cash prizes for the winning choreographers, non-
transferable event passes for Stamping Ground 2007
will be awarded to performers appearing in winning and
runner-up First Draft presentations." Peter Stock,
Festival Director, Bellingen, NSW, Australia. Find a link
to the stamping Ground site under Festivals at:
"Just heard from my friends at the
in Maine, USA, that there are still a few openings
in some of the summer workshops this year. In case
you don't know about it, the Celebration Barn is a great
place up in Maine founded by the late, great, Tony
Montanaro, that has been running very affordable
performers workshops at least every summer since the
1970's. Among other things, it's where Avner the
Eccentric Eisenberg and his wife, fellow clown Julie
Goell teach every year. This year, improv icon Keith
Johnstone is teaching there. Keith's workshop is close
to full, but there are others that still have a few places.
including one taught by Karen Montanaro next week
on Physical Eloquence. - Whether you are an actor
learning to move, or a mover learning to act, this
course covers both ends of the spectrum. As more
and more of the body is included in your performance,
more and more of your mind and sensibilities are
engaged as well. 'Physical eloquence' was Tony
Montanaro's definition of mime. During this week,
you will learn mime, dance, and improvisation
techniques. This workshop is designed to liberate your
physical impulses from the fear-of-making-mistakes
and introduce you to the limitless vocabulary of the
body. - All the workshops at Celebration Barn are great
and it's a really good place to make connections and
get to know other performers. And if you're up in Maine
this summer, check out their weekend performances
too. (Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell, Drew Richardson,
Hilary Chaplain, Etienne and more!)" Stephen Voltz.
Find a link to the Celebration Barn under Training at
"Three Week Intensive Clown Workshop
internationally renowned teacher Giovanni Fusetti.
September 12th to October 2nd, Boulder Circus Center,
Boulder Colorado, USA. This is a rare opportunity to
work alongside other skilled physical performers to
explore Clown with Giovanni Fusetti, an international
workshop leader, co-founder of Kiklos drama school
in Padua, Italy, and former teacher at the Lecoq
School in Paris. 'The Clown is the poetic transposition
of the unique silliness of the actor, as revealed by the
smallest mask in the world: the Red Nose.' The
deadline for enrolment is August 12th. General
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6- 10pm, Saturday 12 -
8pm. First two Sundays of the workshop off. Third
week's schedule similar, with additional weekend
work to prepare for the final performance!" To
express an interest, or make inquiries, e-mail Liz
"Gerry Flanagan's Clown
at the City Lit, London, UK. 'The Clown negotiates
the world by playing with it. Playfulness becomes
a guiding principle for the Clown. The style of play
adopted is varied. It can be funny, tragic or nasty.
Above all else the play is extremely personal and
optimistic, even in the direst circumstances. A
performance that is based on play builds a direct
relationship with the audience. When we play we
are full of energy, alert and spontaneous. We look
for playfulness in others and listen to creative
impulses in ourselves. When playing we tend not
to judge ourselves. If we are enjoying a game we
are fully involved in it. There is a total belief and
honesty. The study of Clown is a marvelous tool
for performers and directors. It allows them to
confront the fear of performing because it demands
an intimate relationship with the audience.' Prior to
forming Shifting Sands, Gerry was known for his
work with Commotion Theatre Company, which
developed a reputation for its highly inventive, clown
theatre. He has also performed with the David Glass
Ensemble and Clown Selvaggio. For the last ten years
he has taught Clown at the City Literary Institute, the
Circus Space in London and many universities and
schools. City Literary Institute, Keeley Street, London.
Monday 18th Saturday 23rd July: six days. 10.30am
to 5.30pm." Contact the City Lit:
"The Magdalena Project International Network of
Women in Contemporary Theatre and PERFORMANCE
STUDIES University of Wales, Aberystwyth announce:
The Articulate Practitioner - Articulating Practice, July
18th - 22nd, 2005. An international forum addressing the
nexus between theory and practice in contemporary
performance. The Magdalena Project, founded in Wales
in 1986, is a dynamic international network, providing a
space for women's performance work and a platform for
critical investigation. This international forum of
performance makers and scholars will offer a 4 day
programme of performance, lectures, presentations, and
artist-led workshops. Confronting the language divides
between scholarship and artistic production, the aim is
to create an intellectual meeting ground of ideas, words
and works that challenge what it means to 'articulate'
practice. The intention is to identify, reveal, develop and
record vocabularies that might be useful, to both
practitioner and scholar, in the development of an
understanding of the processes engaged in the making
of effective performance; performance intended for, and
surviving within, the public domain. Go to our web site
for full details of the programme, contributors and
booking details." Find a link to the Magdalena Project
Forum under Festivals and Events at:
"International University 'Global Theatre Experience'
(IUGTE) - Latvia, in partnership with Kiev Municipal
Theatre 'Suziria' - Ukraine, are inviting you to take
part in the International Director's Laboratory under
the direction of Sergey Ostrenko - director, teacher,
president of IUGTE. August 22 - 27, 2005, Kiev,
Ukraine. The Director's Laboratory is the excellent
opportunity to get the new creative inspiration during
the practical work with colleagues from different
countries, and to find interesting ideas valuable both
for the daily work with the group and the realization of
the greatest projects on the stage. The Director's
Laboratory experience will be particularly valuable
and will help to answer various topical questions of
stage artists interested in contemporary directing and
production. The Laboratory program includes intensive
practical work, theoretical discussions and lectures.
We would appreciate if you help us to forward this
information to your colleagues, cultural organizations
and stage artists interested in contemporary directing
and professional exchange and would like to take part
in this international meeting!" Thank you in advance!
Welcome! Inga Ryazanova, Chief Executive,
International University Global Theatre Experience.
Find a link to the International Director's Laboratory
site under Training at:
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