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Artmedia - physical theatre news
- June 2002
Sponsor: Playspace Circus and Clown Training - Sydney
Feature: 'Believers in Love' American Reviews
Artisti in Piazza Festival in Pennabilli, Itally
Biomechanics work demonstration - Mime Centrum Berlin
Impromptu Theatrix - performance training, Sydney, Australia
Cecil Street Studio, Winter Improv Feast, Melbourne, Australia
Cuckoo collective seeks performance art, Auckland, New Zealand
International Urban Street Arts Conference, Barcelona, Spain
'Arts de Carrer' Prize for Busker Artists, Barcelona
Call for participants, Balloon Festival, Qingdao China
Alternative Academy - Mostar, Bosnia
Welcome to another edition of the physical theatre newsletter from
Artmedia in Sydney, a publication with an Australasian focus and
a global perspective, now reaching 8,275 subscribers worldwide,
published in the second week of each month.
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puppeters and standup comedians in the US, theatre companies
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others, Omeo Dance Studio and Impromptu Theatrix here in
Sydney, and the School of Physical Theatre in London. If you
are interested in promoting your theatre on the web, check out
our intoductory specials in Artmedia Services at the bottom of
The big news at Playspace this month, is that I am retiring from
teaching the longer training courses after this year, so we take the
sponsorship slot this month to offer an opportunity to participate
in the last 10 week Circus and Clown training, starting July 30. I
am going to focus my teaching work into the clown masterclasses,
www.artmedia.com.au/touring.htm and tour
my solo-show 'Love
And I am so excited with the reviews I am receiving for my new
novel, that I take the feature section again with excerpts from
some lovely reviews the book is getting in America. Find the full
text of these reviews at
In the networking this month you will need to move quickly to
catch either the 'Artisti in Piazza' Festival in Pennabilli, Itally,
and a Biomechanics work demonstration organised by the
Mime Centrum Berlin, both on this weekend.
We also have information on improvisation training in Sydney
and Melbourne, on an Urban Street Arts Conference, and the
Prize for Busker Artists at the Barcelona Festival, together with
a call for cultural paticipation in the Balloon Festival in Qingdao,
China, and workshops at an Alternative Academy in Bosnia.
Thank you for reading Artmedia Physical Theatre News. Please
also forward this to somebody else who may be interested.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing
physical theatre community worldwide, so please send us
information for inclusion in this newsletter. Details of our web-site
and newsletter advertising deals are also at the bottom of this page.
Alan Clay runs Artmedia Publishing, and Playspace Studio.
His new novel, 'Believers in Love', is now available worldwide, as
is his second book, 'Dance Sisters'. Order either book now from
bookshops, or online stores like www.barnesandnobel.com or
www.amazon.com and find info at
=================================================== Sponsor - Playspace Studio
Circus and Clown training - 30th July - 3rd October 2002
A limited number of places are available in the second semester
of this years Circus and Clown training, running for ten weeks on
Tuesday and Thursday each week, 10am to 4pm. Students are
joining a group with an established working practise, so a
professional approach and previous experience is required.
This is the only professional clown training program in Australia,
and it is a unique opportunity to work with Alan Clay in a regular
training program. A long term training program provides
increased opportunities over workshop training, particularly
because of the physical benefits of regular practise over time.
Each class starts with a yoga warm up, and proceeds through
exercises to develop playfulness, spontaneity, physical and vocal
expression, emotional responsiveness, character and timing.
We take exercises from the studio and work at street-cafe's
here in Newtown, to work our audience skills. It's easy and fun.
At Playspace we boast a more creative approach to circus, a
more irreverent approach to clown, and a more physical approach
to acting, than the more traditional schools. The studio, now in it's
twentieth year, was first established in New Zealand in 1983, and
is now located in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
For me the key to clown is playfulness. We can all play,
although we often loose the ability as we get older. If we are
lucky, we replace it with exploration, but where play is
directed to the joy of the activity itself, exploration involves
mapping out possibilities. No mater what stage we are in our
theatre practise, our successful patterns often trap us into not
taking risks and therefore not growing in our work.
This Masterclass program has been created to provide an
advanced platform for the development and practise of clown
skills. Some students with no experience will also find this
course suitable, simply by releasing themselves to the process.
=================================================== Feature - Fiction form Artmedia Publishing - Believers in Love
"Australian novelist Alan Clay breaks the mould of traditional
romance to make it an art of creation in Believers in Love. The
light tone of the narative belies the profound observations of life,
art and love. Delightful anecdotes interspersed amid the narative
voices, keep the pace moving, as the shifting points of view
become a voyage of discovery. Believers in Love is a powerfully
creative work with prose that sings like poetry. Beautifully told
and evocatively rendered, Believers in Love comes very highly
"When picking up his daughter at school, Sax proposes a game
for the weekend where they won't do anything they would
normally do. With this game plan set up, father and daughter start
out on an adventure that leads them to New Zealand, as well as to
their hearts. With trust and innocence, they begin to celebrate life
and, bound by love, start seeing life's miracles. Using short chapters
told from the charaters' varying voices, Clay brings the reader along
in the magic of the adventure. Seeing things from each viewpoint
propels the reader into the enjoyable magic of both the outer and
inner journey." Inscriptions Magazine
"Believers in Love is a gentle and enlightening story by Alan
Clay. This simple story of discovery, wanders through the reality
of making dreams true and exploring the world around us through
art. The story follows the crazy adventures of a team of sand
sculptors from Bondi to NZ. Interesting and entertaining. Alan
writes with a clean clarity that allows the reader to contemplate
what they are reading as the story unfolds. Nice little book, one
the family would enjoy." Altair Australia
"Believers in Love, the third offering by quirky Australian novelist,
Alan Clay, is about love, laughter and life. This is not just a story;
it is an exploration of emotion and philosophy. A novel of journey
You will seldom find 'Believers in Love' sitting in a bookshop, but
you can order the paperback, delivered in 2 days, from bookshops
throughout America, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand.
US$16.95. Or you can either; order the paperback, or download the
eBook version, US$6.95, from online stores like www.amazon.com
=================================================== Networking and Feedback
"Hi Alan, you miss our festival "artisti in piazza" in Pennabilli
from june 13th till 16th, in your overview of European Festivals
last month. Is a good festival we think. Thank you for your great
job." Enrico. Find a link to Artisti in Piazza under festivals at
"International Biomechanics Workshop - work demonstration
Sa, 2002/06/15, 15:00 at Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr.
32, 12049 Berlin (next to subwaystation Hermannplatz). Free, but
please RSVP." Mime Centrum Berlin. Find this link under Training
"Impromptu Theatrix offers training in improvised acting, staging
and performance skills in Sydney. We have a few places remaining
for the next term of our part-time performance training program.
The term will be covering Physical Theatre and the tutor is
Artmedia's very own Alan Clay,who has extensive experience
in this form. The program runs on a Wednesday night over 8
weeks, with a full weekend on 7-8th September. New intake
commences Wednesday 31st July 2002." For information
contact Anne at
"The Winter Feast 2002 is a gluttonous start to the excessive
riches of the inaugural Improvisation Festival of Melbourne.
Come to Cecil Street Studio and improvise your way into
history. Now in its sixth year Cecil Street Studio is offering a
two week Winter Feast of workshops in improvisation, from
the1st to the 14thJuly. The menu has been designed to offer
a gourmet selection of improvisational practice to tempt you
to become gluttons for a week (or two)."
e-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"The Cuckoo collective in New Zealand is calling for participants
for a one off performance art programme (including spoken
word, video, most any "time-based medium", of course). we will
host it in Auckland, Aotearoa, sometime around the first week of
July. If you'd like to be in, please indicate your prefered format
from our three-size range: one minute, five minutes, ten minutes.
International / intercity / stay-at-home remote participation is
welcome. it will be a show show, fo' sho!" See the new cuckoo
website at and find this link under Festivals and Events at
"This year, during the festival of La Merce in Barcelona, we are
celebrating the 1st International Urban Street Arts Conference,
18 to 20 September, looking the role of urban street arts in
contemporary European societies, and Street Art Festivals
around the world. We also celebrate the 2nd Barcelona Arts
de Carrer Prize for Busker Artists, running 21 - 22 September,
with the awards on 23 September. If you are interested in
participating please send the application form by 8 July 2002.
Catagories - Circus, clown and dance, fixed and small shows.
Accomodation and meals provided. First prize 1,500 euros."
Find information and the application form on their site, and find
this link under festivals at
"The International Culture Arts Week, will be held on from the
29th Sep to 7th Oct 2002 in Qingdao China, organized by the
Chinese Culture League, and the government of Qingdao city.
This activity is a part of the Qingdao China International Fire
Balloon Festival. Qingdao located at west south point of
Shandong peninsula, it's near by the Yellow Sea, as one of
China's developing coastal cities. We are inviting 40 countries
and about 300 artists to perform their own nationalities dancing,
music, acrobatic and magic, etc. We hope your arts group
would join this big activity and let us know what performance
you would show on this international culture arts week, so that
we can arrange your stay and make a performance menu." Find
this link under festivals at
"Alternative Academy - Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Theater of the Oppressed Workshop with Julian Boal, from
France, 18th - 24th of August 2002. Theater of the Oppressed
is now being used in more than 70 countries, and the most
used technique is forum-theater. Forum-theater is a crossroad
between a social gathering, a political reunion and theater in the
more strict sense this word can have. Spectactors of a forum
theater session are spect-actors. They are no longer passive
beings to whom it is denied the possibility of replying. They are
invited to replace the protagonist, at the end of the first
presentation of the play or scene, in order to find a solution or
altenratives to the oppression shown on the stage. The workshop
is opened to actors and non-actors. It has the objective to train
trainers, people able to go on and multiply this work. Language:
French or Spanish (with a translation) Accommodation and food:
50,00 Euro, Workshop: 30,00 Euro."
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