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Sponsor: CircoArts: It's Showtime, Christchurch, New Zealand
Playspace: Clown Intensive 2006 price buster deadline, Sydney
Special Feature: Total Theatre School of Physical Theatre, Perth, WA
Support Freedom of Expression of the Arts in Australia
Call for Artists, International Comedy Festival, NZ
International Level Circus Teacher Required, Cambodia
Minneapolis Bullwhip Academy, USA
Street Performers, interPLAY Festival, Alberta, Canada
Call for Acts, Brighton Festival Fringe, UK
Call for Artists, FRESH, a new-work platform, UK
Dissensemble seek Performers with Devising Skills, UK
Call for European Residencies for Young Artists, EU
Group Moitara Workshop in Theatrical Mask, Brazil
Noticeboard: Unicycle France Aerial Rig for Sale, Sydney, Australia
Seeking Clowns who Play the Musical Saw? USA
Let's Go Science Seeks Agent Down Under? USA
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Welcome to the November 05 edition of the Artmedia
physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with
an Australasian focus and a global perspective.
In the Sponsorship section this month we welcome
back CircoArts, New Zealand's circus skills tertiary
provider based at Christchurch, with a snippet of
recent news and events. A second application round
for entry into the two year Diploma in Circus Arts has
been announced and applications will be accepted
until mid January.
In the Playspace section, the price buster deadline
on the five day clown intensive in February expires
next week, so let me know if you want me to hold
a place for you on the workshop at this price.
In the Special Features, Total Theatre in Western
Australia, is turning five in 2006 and to celebrate,
they are thrilled to announce that Mr Steven Berkoff
is joining as their International Patron. Applications
are now open for the 2006 intake, with first round
auditions being held on the 8th and 9th of December.
In our occasional Campaign Section, we urge all
Australian artists to add their name to a submission
against the proposed sedition provisions in the draft
Anti-Terrorism Bill. To support this position and
Freedom of Expression please go to the website http://ozsedition.blogspot.com/
and register your
name by 2pm today.
In the Networking we have a call for artists for the
International Comedy Festival in New Zealand with
the Auckland show applications due on Friday 16
December. In Cambodia an international level Circus
teacher is required in Battambang, to oversee a
circus school curriculum and fellow teachers.
In the USA, the Minneapolis Bullwhip Academy
announce their weekly practice schedule, taught by
Robert Dante, a two-time Guinness World Record
holder; and in Canada, circle show street performers,
street magicians, balloon artists, and rovers are
required for the 16th interPLAY Festival to be held
in August next year in Alberta.
In England, we have a call for acts for the Brighton
Festival Fringe, which runs from 6th to 28th May,
with registration open from now until February 7th.
We also have a call for artists for FRESH, a new-work
platform open to work at all stages of development
which is held in January, February and March. And
there is an application deadline of 14th November
for performers with devising skills, who want to work
with Dissensemble, on a production which runs from
24 -29 January in London.
In Europe we have an application for residencies for
young artists who will work in 'unexpected locations
where authentic human relations can be experienced',
and in Brazil the Group Moitara is holding a workshop
in the technique of the theatrical mask, in Rio.
In the Noticeboard a Unicycle France Aerial Rig is
for sale in Sydney, Australia; we have a call from the
USA for information on clowns who play or played
the musical saw, and Californian based duo, Jest In
Time, seeks an agent in Australia to help tour their
Let's Go Science show.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the
physical theatre community, so send us information
for inclusion in this newsletter, and please also
forward this to someone else who may be interested.
=================================================== 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.
Including anecdotes from:
Clown Bluey, UK
Sue Broadway, Australia
Amelia Cadwallader, Australia
Hillary Chaplain, USA
Claire Coleman, UK
Bill 'Stretch' Coleman, USA
Andrew Cory, Australia
Shobi Dobi, USA
Martin Ewen, NZ / USA
Jango Edwards, Holland
Richard Hughson, USA
Rumpel, Jester of OZ Australia
David MacMurry Smith, Canada
Kirk Marsh, USA
Johnny Melville, Scotland / Holland
Daniel Oldaker, Australia
Drew Richardson, USA
"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
The book is available on order through bookshops and
online stores in Australia, America and England. Order
your copy today. Find it on Amazon by following this
"Dear Alan, I love your book! I purchased two copies of your
book as soon as it was released through Amazon. Thank
you for writing Angels Can Fly. I have already recommended
it to several performers that I know and work with. It is a
great source of ideas and inspiration!" Michael Getlan,
Amusement Consultants Ltd, New York
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=================================================== Sponsor: CircoArts: It's Showtime in Christchurch, New Zealand
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.
As the end of the year draws to a close, CircoArts staff and
students are busy rigging gear, donning costumes and
practicing their acts: this is the final curtain call!
In October Year Two students presented Club 37, a slick
and amusing performance set in the 1930s when hula hoops
were new, Zoot suits were all the rage, gangsters cruised
the streets, and music was swinging. Students devised the
show which included a duo aerial hoop performance, a twin
tissue act, swinging trapeze and static trapeze, not to
mention adagio, tumbling, skipping and jazz dance, all of
which made Club 37 a memorable show.
At the end of every academic year CircoArts students
present an outdoor twilight performance in the CPIT Quad.
Circus under the Stars is a wonderful event that celebrates
the commitment, skill and talent blooming at CircoArts.
This year, twenty one students from both Year One and
Year Two will bedazzle the crowd with aerial acts, comic
characters, acrobatic tricks, juggling and equilibristic
performances. This is one show not to be missed!
Year Two student Dawn Strindberg (pictured) is among the
21 students performing in Circus under the Stars. Her
lyrical low transitional trapeze work has developed with the
assistance of a CPIT Foundation Grant which enabled her
to travel to Boulder, Colorado where she attended the
Aerial Dance Festival. Originally from Perth, Australia,
Dawn plans to travel to rural communities with the intention
of sharing circus skills with people in remote areas.
Summer School and Street Art Workshops
CPIT's CircoArts Summer School is scheduled to run in
December 2006. Summer School is open to anyone over
the age of sixteen and is the perfect opportunity to develop
specialist skills or sample what CircoArts has to offer. Our
Summer School fee of $13 per course for Permanent
Residents and $32 per course for Non-Permanent
Residents is yet another reason not to miss this fantastic
Our Street Art courses will run between December and
February and will offer a series of CircoArts courses aimed
at sixteen to twenty-five year olds (however individuals over
twenty-five are welcome). With most courses priced at a
mere $10, these fun workshops will interest young people
considering a future in Circus Arts.
For more information on either Summer School or Street
Art courses log onto: www.cpit.ac.nz/weekendcollegenz
or phone: 03-940 8448.
Second 2006 Application Round A second application round for entry into the two year
Diploma in Circus Arts has been announced. CircoArts
will accept applications until mid January.
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 for the 2006 year.
Places are filling fast so be sure to apply today! 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 Workshop in Sydney with Alan Clay
One Week Clown Intensive , February 20th to 24th
(Five Day) Price Buster $400 (by November 15)
Earlybird $500 (by January 10) $600 (full)
The price buster deadline on this 5 day clown intensive
in Sydney, Australia, expires next week, so e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org asap, if
you want a place
held on the workshop at this price.
Clown 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.
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
This workshop will also include opportunities for those who
want to create clown performance material. We often have
ideas or images of what we want to do, but we need a
structure to help us develop these. This workshop is
designed to help with this process.
"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.
=================================================== Special Feature: Total Theatre School of Physical Theatre
TOTAL THEATRE - Annie Stainer's School of Physical
Theatre, Perth, Western Australia.
Total Theatre is turning 5 in 2006 and to help celebrate,
we are thrilled to announce the exciting news that Mr
Steven Berkoff is joining us as our International Patron.
Annie Stainer worked with me on 'The Fall of the
House of Usher', which toured Australia (1982), and
for me this was one of the most rewarding experiences.
Annie is a rare kind of person in the arts and
performance, since she brings to her creations a wide
range of influences and insights and is determined, in
my opinion, to create a theatre that goes beyond the
commonplace and takes us into far deeper areas.
Therefore, the theatre becomes something that gives
us hope, life and inspiration. (Steven Berkoff, London 05)
Applications are now open for our 2006 intake with first
round auditions being held on the 8th and 9th of
Total Theatre is an exciting and innovative school at the
forefront of Physical Theatre Training. We offer
professional one and two-year intensive performance-
based courses, with an emphasis on physical theatre
and the creation of original work.
The diversity and flexibility of the training allows students
to explore a wide-range of physical theatre performance
skills whilst simultaneously creating a safe and nurturing
environment, in which each individual can develop their
creative vision at their own pace. Training includes:
Creative Movement, Theatre, Mime, Feldenkrais, Mask,
Improvisation, Dance, Circus Arts, Voice, Singing, Text,
Scriptwriting, Stage Combat, Martial Arts, Clowning,
Percussion, Commedia dell'Arte and Aerial Skills.
The Director, international performer Annie Stainer has
performed in ensembles with Steven Berkoff, Lindsay
Kemp and David Bowie. For 6 years Annie was Head
of Movement at the Western Australian Academy Of
Performing Arts, School of Theatre. She is an
inspirational visionary and much loved teacher whose
unique approach to the training of the performer has led
to the creation of her highly successful Theatre School.
Students at Total Theatre come from a wide variety of
backgrounds and age groups. Our courses cater not
only for experienced performers and professionals but
also for beginners stepping into the world of performance
for the first time. Our vision here at Total Theatre is to
provide our students with a well-rounded organic training
enriched by their own dreams and passions.
For all course details contact Sophie on (08) 93854211
email@example.com or come along to
our Open Day on Sunday 4th December 2005 for insight,
a chat and a cuppa.
=================================================== Campaign: Freedom of Expression in the Arts in Australia
Last week there was an unprecedented gathering of
Arts organisations in Australia to discuss the sedition
provisions in the draft Anti-Terrorism Bill.
This group subsequently made written submissions to
the Government on this matter, arguing for the removal
of the Sedition Provisions in Schedule 7 of the Bill.
Details of the draft submission on Sedition are now
Since making their concerns known, the Prime Minister
has sought to reassure the Australian people by
asserting that the Bill is not intended to have an impact
on the Freedom of Speech enjoyed by all Australians
and valued as an important part of our way of life. The
Attorney General and other members of Parliament
have subsequently acknowledged a need for a review
of Australia's Sedition Laws, and we welcome the
observations from within the Government that the laws
are poorly drafted, 'obsolete' and 'should be off the
The group remains concerned, however, that the
proposed Sedition Provisions may become law in
advance of this review and propose the following in
order to avoid this possibility.
"We propose in our submission that the sedition
provisions of the Bill, be removed at this stage and
made the subject of a formal public inquiry at a later
date." To support this position and Freedom of
Expression please go to the website http://ozsedition.blogspot.com/
and register your
name where indicated by 2pm Friday 11 November.
Summary of the Submission
The proposed sedition offences in the Anti-Terrorism
(No 2) Bill 2005 are unnecessary, stifle legitimate
debate, are too broad and are unfair. They pose a real
threat to freedom of expression, including artistic and
creative expression, in our democracy and accordingly
they should be removed from the proposed Ant-Terrorist
Bill in their entirety.
Arguments about the limits of freedom of expression
in our democracy must not be confused with arguments
about powers that may be necessary to avert violent
terrorist attack. Accordingly, the proposed sedition
offences should be examined, debated and voted on
separately from the other provisions of the Bill.
If the proposed sedition offences are enacted in any
form, the review of these offences promised by the
Attorney-General should be independent of the
Government; should invite, and allow reasonable time
for, submissions from the Australian public in general
and artists in particular; and its findings should be
"Hi Alan, the Oddfellows NZ International Comedy Festival will be held in Auckland and Wellington from
12 May - 4 June 2006. We have launched a Performers
website, which contains all the venues, application
details and general information for the 2006 Festival.
Click on the LOGIN link in the bottom left corner of the
screen, enter your email address, and enter the
password: MINT. Auckland Show Applications are due
on Friday 16 December. As Wellington is a open Festival,
performers and shows will simply need to register their
show with the Festival Office by Wednesday 25 January.
Make sure you check out the Performers Website for full
details on both the Auckland and Wellington Festivals."
Kind regards, Kylie Aitchison, Festival Producer. Find a
link to the NZ international Comedy Festival under
Festivals at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Our Battambang-based local NGO, Phare Ponleu
Selpak, is an artistic centre aiming at rehabilitating
underprivileged youngsters through Circus. So far, our
results are excellent, with already more than 10 months
accumulated international tours in less than three years,
and around 30 professionals earning a living through our
performances. Our school of Circus involves two shifts
of 50 children each, led by three nationally graduated
teachers. To improve even further the training of our
pupils and the final quality of our performances, we are
now in the process of recruiting an International Level
Circus Teacher . In charge of everyday teaching at our
circus classes as a full-time assignment; this teacher
would oversee the complete circus school curriculum
and fellow teachers. Our ideal candidate should have
a significant history in Circus teaching in the fields of:
Physical Preparation, Acrobatics, Balance, and Aerial
Acrobatics. Wages shall not exceed 1.000usd per
month, which is sufficient for living in Cambodia. He or
she will be provided with medical care insurance, long
term visa and one plane ticket to his home country
once a year; with a possible accommodation on site.
The candidate is expected to show some motivation
towards learning the Khmer language. The proposed
contract will be for a One-Year Term, renewable."
Best regards, Jean-Philippe Monteiro,
"The Minneapolis Bullwhip Academy , USA, returns to
a weekly practice schedule this month. New students
must attend a Basic Whipcracking class, after which
they may attend any open practice sessions. People
who have already attended MBA sessions are exempt
from this requirement. Open Practice Sessions are on
Mondays, 7-8 p.m. at Jawaahir Dance Studio, Hennepin
Avenue Minneapolis. Basic Whipcracking classes are
on Mondays, 6-7 p.m. by appointment only. Instructor is
Robert Dante, two-time Guinness World Record holder
who performs as a bullwhip artist at Wild West events,
cabarets, conventions and circuses with his partner
Tina." Robert Dante,
"We are looking for Street Performers for August 11-13,
2006 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, for the 16th
Annual interPLAY Festival . We attract between 20,000
and 25,000 patrons for the three day event. In addition
to circle show performers we are also interested in
street magicians, balloon artists, and rovers, etc."
Find a link to InterPLAY under Festivals at:
"Call for Artists, FRESH , a new-work platform hosted
by South Hill Park, in Bracknell, UK, on 28 Jan with
cabaret nights on 8, 22 Feb & 8 Mar; in South Street,
Reading on 22 Apr; and in Farnham Maltings on the
29 Apr. We are now open to submissions from artists
working in theatre, dance, live art, cabaret or multi-
disciplinary practice. FRESH is open to work at all
stages of development and we try to accommodate
ANY exciting proposal! The FRESH platforms will
feature post-show discussions, seminars led by key
supportive agencies and hopefully a contribution
towards your travel." Richard. Find a link to Fresh Fest
under Festivals at:
"The Brighton Festival Fringe , 6th - 28th May 2006,
is pleased to announce that from now until February 7
registration is open to artists, performers, promoters,
agents, managers indeed anyone that is planning an
event in and around Brighton in May 2006. An event can
be anything - A performance, an exhibition, a show, a
tour, an open house, in the theatre or on the street. It
can be as long or short as you like and could take place
anywhere. Search the largest most comprehensive venue
guide for Brighton and the surrounding area on the Fringe
website to secure yourself the perfect spot. Just enter
your email address and you will find all the information
you need to complete a registration in the 'Why to
Fringe 2006' and 'How to Fringe 2006' info sheets."
Holly Payton. Find a link to the Brighton Festival Fringe
under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Dissensemble are looking for performers with devising
experience to join the cast of our forthcoming production
'A Slice of Life'. Rehearsals begin 19th December and
the production runs from 24 -29 January at the Brockley
Jack Theatre, London. Dissensemble was formed in
February 2005 to create new work through devising.
Crucial to our work are the principles of flexibility and
discovery in creating innovative and accessible theatre.
'A Slice of Life' was given a workshop performance at
South Hill Park Fresh Festival in May. Combining
storytelling and physical theatre the play presents an
exploration into the complex relationship between our
anatomies & the physical landscapes of our experience.
If you are interested in joining Dissensemble to develop
and perform in this exciting new production please send
your cv and a covering letter. Deadline: 14th November,
Workshop audition: 20th November." Inga Hirst,
"For the last 15 years, Pepinieres Europeennes Pour
Jeunes Artistes have been fostering and supporting
promotion and mobility of young artists in the European
artistic scene. The European Residencies programme
is for young creators who invent new forms of artistic
expression. For this 6th edition, the artists in context
programme is inviting young artists to commit to an
ambitious project: In established institutions like the
Compagnie Songes, involved in the Dance Biennale
of Lyon, France, or like Raumars in Finland or the
Hotel Mariakapel in the Netherlands; Inside young art
centres in Malta, Slovenia or Slovakia, current drives
of contemporary creation in their countries; In creation
sites far from the usual circuits, offering new fields of
experience to discover. In these unexpected locations
where authentic human relations can be experienced,
the young artists are expected to find possible new
forms of artistic commitment. This programme is open
to any artist between 18 and 25, legally resident in a
European Union country or an eligible Partner Country.
It begins in January 2006, and the deadline for the
application is December 7th, 2005. All the information
about the programme is on our website, where you can
download the technical forms of the hosting structures
and the application file." Patrice Bonnaffe, Find a link
to the European Residencies Program under Resources
"From 1st to the 14th December, Group Moitara will
offer a workshop on technique of the Theatrical Mask .
This workshop will be directed to actors, therapeutic
professionals of the theater area, art-educators. The
workshop will include: exploration of the Masks of the
Moitara Group; debate on the use of the Mask in the
theatrical process and on the performance techniques;
reproduction in plaster of the face of the pupil (anatomy);
study and drawing of the Theatrical Mask, with reference
to the nature of animals and people; sculpture in clay of
the studied Mask, accenting its characteristics and the
work of shade and light; reproduction of the Mask; and
finishing and painting the Mask." Joaquim Hisses,
Group Moitara, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Find a link to
the Group Moitara workshop under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Hello Alan, I have a Unicycle France, Self Standing Frame for Trapeze for sale. It is 6.5 meters high. Perfect
for training and touring to places where it is difficult to
put up other rigs. It takes only 20 mins to assemble.
Also have some other aerial related things for sale as
I am selling up in preparation to travel OS next year."
Regards, Rob Martin
"Dear Alan, Thank you for another great newsletter! I
have a question, please: Does anyone happen to know
of any clowns who play/played the musical saw ? I am
a musical saw player myself, and I am trying to
research the musical saw in the circus world. I have
heard of the Spanish family The Pajares who performed
with the Circo Bulgaro as musical clowns and in their
promo photo they had a saw with their other instruments.
There was also the Italian white face clown 'The Rossyan',
clown Gyula Saly (also Italian I believe), Bonbon- I think
he is Swedish, and American Larry Banner who I believe
had a flea circus - they all played the musical saw, but
that's all I know about them. I don't even know if they are
still alive... I would very much appreciate it if anyone could
help me in any way with info about such clowns, please,
or by directions to where/who I could contact." Thanks
very much, Natalia Paruz.
"Hi Alan: We are a couple of professional entertainers
from north of San Francisco that perform at fairs, festivals,
schools, theaters and performing arts centers with our
various shows. We love to travel and want to bring our
"Let's Go ScienceShow " to other English
countries of the world. We were wondering if any of the
touring groups "down under" may have an agent that...
well that might just help us out? We have a great program,
good promotional brochure, and fine DVD. We just want to
be pointed in the right direction. Visit our web site to find
out more about us. We'd appreciate any leads." Todd
Victor, Jest In Time, California, USA. Find a link to Jest
In Time under Clowns at
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