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Sponsor: Performers Wanted for Melbourne Chain of Venues, Aust
Playspace: Clown Intensive 2006 earlybird deadline, Sydney, Aust
Senate Committee Response to Sedition Provisions, Aust
Wellington Circus Trust - Summer Circus Workshops, NZ
Street Performers for a Four Day Festival in Nelson, NZ
Heavenly Burlesque Performance Cabaret, Wellington, NZ
Post Holiday Aerial Boot Camp, Chicago, USA
Applications, 15th Annual San Francisco Fringe, USA
Kingston Buskers Festival, Applications called, Canada
Call for Circus Artists, Friction Arts, West Midlands, UK
8 Circus Artists sought, the Generating Company - London
5th International Theatre & Education Conference, Athens
4th High Fest International Theatre Festival, Armenia
Gigs in New Zealand, January to March, New Zealand
Set of Five Aluminum Rolla Bollas for Sale, Australia
Trusteeship at The Circus Space, Hoxton, London, UK
HorsLesMurs, Street Arts and Circus Arts Network, Europe
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Welcome to the December 05 edition of the Artmedia
physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an
Australasian focus and a global perspective.
First up this month I would like to offer best wishes
for the festive season to everyone on the list. The
newsletter has recently topped 2,000 subscribers,
which is an affirmation of the value of the digital network
to the physical theatre community.
However it is the advertisers and sponsors amongst you
who deserve our particular thanks, because without them
we wouldn't be able to keep putting out the newsletter.
So if you value the newsletter, and you have something
to promote, why not support this publication by booking
a feature or a sponsorship in 2006. Book and pay early
and get a discount.
Another way you can support my work is to buy a copy
of Angels Can Fly. Maybe you're stuck for something to
give that clown friend of yours this Christmas? Why not
give a copy of Angels Can Fly? This month we start
publishing a series of excerpts from the book.
In the Sponsorship section we welcome 'an exciting
new entertainment company offering full-time positions
for multi-talented circus style performers, entertainers
and dancers, in a chain of bars, lounges, nightclubs
and restaurants in Melbourne'.
In the Playspace section, there has been strong
interest in the five day clown intensive in Sydney in
February, and over half the places on the workshop are
now taken. So grab your chance to get one of the
remaining places at the earlybird rate.
In the Networking we have a bit of a New Zealand theme
with information on some Summer Circus workshops from
the Wellington Circus Trust, a call for Street Performers
for a four day Festival in Nelson, and also for performers
for the Heavenly Burlesque Performance Cabaret, in
In America there is a Post Holiday Aerial Boot Camp in
Chicago, and applications are open for the 15th Annual
San Francisco Fringe, while in Canada applications are
called for the Kingston Buskers Festival.
In England there is a call for circus artists for Friction
Arts in the West Midlands, and eight circus artists are
sought for the Generating Company in London. We also
have information on the 5th International Theatre and
Education Conference in Athens, and the 4th High Fest
International Theatre Festival in Armenia.
In the noticeboard there are some gigs in New Zealand
from January to March, a set of five Aluminum Rolla
Bollas, purchased by 'accident', are for sale in Australia,
the Circus Space in London is looking for a Trustee, and
there is information on Circostrada, the European Street
Arts and Circus Arts Network.
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
Stuck for something to give that clown friend of yours
this Christmas? Why not give a copy of Angels Can Fly?
This month we start a series of excerpts from the book,
with publication of one of the 50 exercises included in
6. Exercise: Play with Objects
INDIVIDUAL / PAIR / WORKSHOP / PERFORMANCE
This exercise has been one of the corner stones of my
teaching practice over the past 25 years, and it may be
varied and repeated endlessly, as well as explored solo
in a studio, or in a performance setting in front of an
In a workshop setting, following a physical, emotional,
and vocal warm-up, participants sit on the floor in a
semi-circle, and an every-day object is placed in the
Participants are instructed that they do not know what
the object is, and one at a time they must enter the
semicircle in an abnormal physical way, making
constant noises, but no words, as they go, and then
explore the object physically with their body and noises.
The abnormal physicality is very important to the
success of this exercise, and this means no walking,
crawling, sitting, and preferably not using the hands to
explore the object, because all of these lead us into
normal patterns of interaction, which are not interesting.
The constant vocal flow of noises helps the emotional
flow, and also helps overcome the inner-critic in the
mind. They must keep physical contact with the object,
and once in the flow, the participant follows the
emotional and physical impulses provided by their
interaction with the object.
In the initial work with this exercise it is nice to present
each participant with a new object, but on repeated
practice it is also useful to have the whole group work
with the same object, one after the other. It is good to
use objects with different textures. I love newspapers,
toilet rolls, onions, bananas, marshmallows, matches,
chairs, boxes, cotton wool, etc.
Surprisingly, although each person imagines everything
possible has already been done with the object by the
previous participants, each interaction always has a
Play possibilities are endless, and the world is full
objects for us to play with, which is the root of the
freedom and richness of the clown art form.
"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
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows
the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal
clown anecdotes from clowns from around the world, a
total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory
on the nature of modern clown.
The book is available on order through bookshops and
online stores in New Zealand, Australia, America and
England. Order your copy today. Find it on Amazon by
following this link:
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=================================================== Sponsor: Performers Wanted for Melbourne Chain of Venues
Full-time position with excellent conditions and benefits
available for multi-talented circus style performers,
entertainers and dancers.
An exciting new entertainment company is launching a
chain of bars, lounges, nightclubs and restaurants in
Melbourne and then interstate. Each venue will have a
unique design concept and fit out, complemented by a
premium food and beverage offering to attract a
A key component of our entertainment package is the
inclusion of a variety of high impact artistic performances.
At regular times performers will appear on stage or rove
throughout the venue, engaging and entertaining our
audiences with short format shows that will be surprising
and very interesting.
You will be managed and report to an experienced
artistic director in a collaborative environment, to refine
your existing works and produce new works on an
ongoing basis. Allowances are available for makeup,
costumes, promotional material, technical support and
props. A long term career path is available to our
Successful applicants will be required to have an
existing repertoire across several different artistic
disciplines. You will be expected to perform regularly in
solo and group shows several nights per week with
daytimes allocated for rehearsal and artistic development.
Two positions are available commencing February 2006,
a further 2 in March 2006, and more as subsequent
Applicants must have: * a degree in dance, circus or related field, or
experience in similar environments
* a repertoire of at least 3 short (2 - 5 minute) shows
* excellent interpersonal and crowd interaction skills
* makeup and costume experience
* a willingness for continuing education and
development of new material
* a boundless imagination and passion for
* an extremely well developed sense of humour
Applicants must submit CV's, photos or other publicity
material to Pip Darvall
or PO Box 696 Williamstown, 3016.
Interviews and auditions will be conducted in Melbourne.
=================================================== Playspace: Clown Workshop in Sydney led by Alan Clay
One Week Clown Intensive, February 20 to 24, 2006 (5 day) Earlybird $500 (by January 20) $600 (full)
There has been strong interest in this course, and over
half the places on the workshop are now taken, so e-mail
mailto:Clown@artmedia.com.au to hold your
get the cheap earlybird 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.
=================================================== Campaign: Freedom of Expression of the Arts in Australia
"Dear All, The Senate Committee released its report, and
its response to the sedition provisions was a unanimous
call for their removal. Please take a moment to check the
and if you have a
moment, please contact your local senators and MPs to
thank them for their support (we have now been supported
by all sides of politics) and to urge them to follow through
on the Committee's recommendations."
=================================================== Networking and Feedback
"Wellington Circus Trust - learn a variety of circus skills
or extend your existing aerials skills this summer. We
are offering two different workshops for adults. Circus
Basics Programme: Have a go at a range of activities,
including, rope, aerial tissu, static trapeze, acrobatics,
juggling, unicycle, rola bola, hula hoops and long poi.
Open to all levels, beginners particularly welcome.
Circus Basics course 1: 16-20 January, 6:30-8:30pm,
Circus Basics course 2: 23-27 January. Adult Aerials
Intensive: For people already in aerials training. Extend
your skills and learn new moves on trapeze, aerial tissu
and web rope. Aerials Intensive course 1: 16-20 January,
6:30-8:30pm. Aerials Intensive course 2: 23-27 January.
Our pool of tutors: Deborah Pope, Alice Capper-Starr,
Jenny Ritchie, Pipi-Ayesha Evans and Tom Beauchamp
will provide a supportive and safe environment for you to
learn new skills and extend your boundaries. Venue:
Studio 9, NZ Drama School, Newtown, Wellington, New
Zealand. Bookings must be received by 6 January 06."
Eileen McNaughton. Find a link to the Wellington Circus
Trust under Training at:
"Hi if you are in NZ for the first week of Feb there is a great
small four day festival in Nelson . If you are interested
may still be a place for this year depending on your act
(we can't take five jugglers) We take only five acts and you
work three -four day shows and four evening shows .
mailto:email@example.com if you want send
or ask a question." cheers Kim Merry
"Kia Ora, Call for performers, artists, crew... Here is some
information about the Performance cabaret, it promises to
be a blast! we have already had lots of interest in it, but are
still open to hear from more people who want to do acts,
installations, play music in the after party, do film / video
work... or work on the production side of things
Fuse productions, The Paramount & Fringe 06 Present: Heavenly Burlesque Performance Cabaret & Party.
Paramount Cinema & Bar. Thursday - Saturday 9.30pm -
2am. 16 - 18 February, 23 - 25 February and 2 - 4 March.
For the duration of the fringe the Paramount will be host to
Fuse productions "Heavenly Burlesque" A burlesque circus,
dance and cabaret club. The event will consist of interactive
front of house performance and installations, spectacular and
innovative short acts in the main house and an after party
with live bands and DJ's in the Bar. The acts for the main
house will be innovative and experimental in approach
because they will be at the intersection of circus, dance,
live art, music and projected imagery, (making use of the
cinema projection screen). If you are interested in being
involved in "Heavenly Burlesque", we would love to hear your
ideas as soon as possible." Look forward to hearing from you,
"Dear Alan, Thank you very much for putting my request
for info on saw playing clowns in last month's Artmedia
newsletter! I already received 2 replies (one from Australia
and one from the UK) with great info. I am putting whatever
info I find on a webpage for all to enjoy and benefit from.
Right now it's mostly photos of saw playing clowns along
with their names and country of origin. As I gather more
info I will add it to the page. Thank you so much for
providing this great worldwide communication between
performers!" With much gratitude, all the best, Natalia the
'Saw Lady'. Find a links to the Clowns Playing Saws
page under Resources at:
"Those folks in Battambang (Cambodia) are still looking
for a Circus teacher, please refer to our November issue."
Find this link at
"Post Holiday Aerial Boot Camp! We will be working our
tushies off hardcore from Monday Jan 2nd to Friday Jan
6th from 6-9 PM at the Circus Factory in Chicago, USA.
Led by Shayna Swanson with help from Aloft Company
members, participants will drill basics and core
techniques on trapeze, rope, fabric, lyra, sling and other
aerial apparatus, as well as handstands, deep stretching,
tumbling, partner acrobatics and conditioning galore. The
focus is on building strength and flexibility and even the
most experienced aerialists will be challenged. We will
work each participant at their individual level. Jan 2-6
from 6-9PM at the Circus Factory, Chicago, IL. $200 for
the week. Pay by Dec 26th for a 10% Discount.
Sign up for boot camp and a Jan. aerial class for only
$300. For more on classes see our website." Shayna,
Find a link to Aloft Aerial Dance under Training at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Applications are now available for the 15th Annual San
Francisco Fringe Festival, Scheduled from September
6-17, 2006. The San Francisco Fringe Festival is the
largest grassroots festival in the Bay Area and is open
to all who apply in a non-juried, lottery selected process.
100% percent of the ticket revenue goes directly back to
the performing companies. Last year 42 companies, a
mix of local, national and international artists, ran over
12 days to thousands of audience members. Standard
Venue applications will be accepted up until January 11,
at midnight. Our Lottery Party!, where 30 applications
will be chosen, is on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at
7pm here at the EXIT, 156 Eddy Street (between Mason
& Taylor) in downtown San Francisco. We are also very
excited to introduce the Non-Traditional Fringe Venue
(NTFV) application. If you're looking for an opportunity
to present theater in a new and innovative way and have
created or found the perfect venue, this application is for
you! We will be accepting NTFV proposals up until
March 31. So join us for one of the most innovative,
intimate and independent theatre events in the Bay Area.
Viva La Fringe!" Christina Augello, producer SF Fringe.
Find a link to the San Francisco Fringe under Festivals
"Hello, It's that time again, when we have to start planning
for another festival season. If you are interested in
performing at the 2006 Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, in
Canada, please go to our website where you can download
the application form or fill it out online. Please ensure that
we have received your application form and promotional
package no later than February 13th. Happy holidays and
all the best in the new year!" Sincerely, Alison Lock,
Festival Coordinator, Downtown Kingston! Kingston, ON,
Canada. Find a link to the Kingston Festival under Festivals
"Friction Arts are looking to recruit circus artists in the
West Midlands region of the UK, to take part in regular
circus session held in Sandwell. The aim of these sessions
is to set up a self sustaining high quality community circus.
Friction Arts is a collaborative, artist-led organisation that
seeks to make work in unexpected places. Friction Arts is
a performance led, non venue-based organisation that
makes 'art where you live'. Artists must have evidence of a
current CRB check or be willing to undergo one. If you are
interested in applying, please email a current CV (no
longer than 2 pages)"
Sara Fowles, Operations Co-ordinator
"The Generating Company is an
contemporary circus production company based in London.
Our shows and events push the boundaries between circus,
dance and physical theatre. In 2006, The Generating
Company will be producing a brand new show for Butlins.
We are recruiting artists and production staff for a 28 week
contract rehearsals starting in April 2006: We are looking
for 8 multi-talented artists with a high skill level together
with drive, determination and an innovative style: Martial
artists, Break dancers, Acrobats with trampoline skills,
Urban runners. All 8 artists must be comfortable working at
height and willing to learn new skills (bungee, abseiling
and harness work). Audition: 16th - 17th January, Recall:
18th January 2006. To apply, please send your CV, video
or CD-ROM plus a letter of application to: The Generating
Company, Casting Dept, The Boiler Works, Trinity Buoy
Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JW." (Photo
Lactic Acid by the Generating Company)Find a linkto the
Generating Company under Physical Theatre at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"5th Athens International Theatre/Drama & Education
Conference, "Creating New Roles for the 21st Century"
Athens, Greece, 17-18-19 March 2006, organised by
the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network in
partnership with the International Drama/Theatre and
Education Association (IDEA). Deadline for paper,
workshop proposals: 30 December." hope to see you in
Athens! Find a link to the Theatre & Education Conference
under Events at:
"Dear friends and colleagues, We would like to inform
once again that the fourth edition of the HIGH FEST
International Theatre Festival will be held from 4-14
October 2006 in Yerevan, Armenia. We are pleased to
inform that from 2006 the HIGH FEST International
Theatre Festival will welcome performing arts companies
and artists to present their productions in all genres of
performing arts including theatre (drama, comedy, mime,
movement, circus, street performance, puppet/marionette,
fingers theatre, visual), dance (modern, folk, classic etc.),
music (opera, classical, musical, contemporary, jazz,
folk etc) and other forms of performing arts." Best regards,
Lilit Galustyan, HIGH FEST International Theatre Festival,
Yerevan State Institute of Theatre, Armenia. Find a link to
High Fest under Festivals:
"Hi, I'm programming a few festivals & events in NZ
Jan - March 2006. The events are: Gisborne Summer
Program (a few gigs - not festival), Early January; Petone
Carnival (Wellington), Jan 28th; Palmerston North Buskers
Festival, Feb 23 - 26; The Wellington Busking festival
Variety Show, March 9 - 12. We're unlikely to have the
budget to fly people in from too far away, but if you're in
NZ or Australia at that time, send your stuff to me."
Cheers, Kim Potter,
"I 'accidentally' purchased a set of 5 Aluminum
Rollas from Australia (it's a long story). I was hoping
someone may be able to point me in the right direction
of someone, or somewhere, in Australia I could resell
these. The shipping costs to send them from AUS to
America are very high and I was hoping to find a buyer
in AUS. These Rollas are currently in Melbourne. High
quality polished Aluminum:
2 PCS 7" diameter/12" length/3/4" wall thickness
3 PCS 10" diameter/8" length/3/4" wall thickness
Paid over $900 AUD. Please contact me if you or
anyone you know may be interested. Thank you for
your time!" Thayr Harris,
"Trusteeship, London, Voluntary. Thriving in Hoxton
by Old Street tube, the Circus Space offers a unique BA
degree in circus arts, professional development centre,
youth circus, adult classes, corporate workshops & shows.
The Circus Space is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for
Dance & Drama. We are seeking up to four new trustees
to join our established and dedicated Board. The Circus
Space is embarking on a #2.2 million building project,
which makes this an exciting time to get involved in our
work. We are seeking applications from all sections of the
community and are particularly interested in people with
expertise in the fields of Higher Education, audit, arts
funding, fundraising, human resources and disability. We
would like to encourage greater representation of women
and people from BME backgrounds on our board. Further
information on the web site. Deadline: Friday 30th
December." Tamsin Weatherly. Find a link to the Circus
Space under Training at:
"HorsLesMurs founded in 2003, is a European information
and exchange network on street arts and circus arts.
Comprised for the moment of 12 partners chosen for their
knowledge of the sectors in their country, the Circostrada
network's goal is to work on the development and
structuring of street arts and circus arts in Europe. The
network's actions to date: The creation of a European
database of reference on street arts and circus arts,
developed from the HorsLesMurs database and
accessible in three languages of the Internet, on the
Circostrada site. The publication of works and practical
guides on street arts and circus arts in Europe. The
organization of professional meetings, seminars and
colloquia, with a dual purpose: developing common
thinking on the practices and challenges of street arts
and circus arts in Europe; The festivals guide, a guide
to European street arts and circus arts festivals is the
network's first production. The first work of its kind to
present the major European festivals and an important
element in the programming of these sectors, it meets
the needs expressed by street arts and circus arts
professionals." Find a link to the Circostrada Network
under Resources at:
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