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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - June
5 Week Winter Clown School, starts July 6, Sydney, Australia
3 Day Sydney Clown Masterclass, October 12 to 14,
Circus Monoxide seeks a General Manager, Wollongong, NSW
Y Voices and Visions of World Youth Show, NIDA, Sydney
East Timor's first Circus School needs your help, East Timor
Forum Theatre and Omniax Drama & Performance, Brisbane
Artist Call, International Festival of Animated Objects, Canada
MotionFest, Physicality and Performing Arts Festival, USA
Citecorps, 2-week corporeal mime workshop, Barcelona, Spain
Call for Clown Acts, Ninth Festival Of Clown, Madrid, Spain
Female Aerial Dancers wanted by Expressive Feat, Kent, UK
Hilary Chaplain & the Brazilian Clown Doctors, Londrina, Brazil
Commedia Dell'Arte performer, Multicultural Workshop, NSW
Nimble Arts Flying Trapeze Workshop, Vermont, USA
Fallas Fire Sculpture Project Artists, Nottinghamshire, UK
Junior Drama Fellowship, University of Cambridge, UK
Ecole des Arts du Cirque seeks Aerial Teacher, Brussels
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next Clown Masterclass in Sydney in October.
Following the October Masterclass I am firming up classes
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In this light we welcome Circus Monoxide, a contemporary
touring circus company based in Wollongong, Australia, with
a Feature on their search for a General Manager, plus some
Physical Character Development Classes with Alicia
Battestini, the director of Circus Monoxide.
We also have information on a show at NIDA in Sydney,
which is the opening show for the second sitting of the
International Youth Parliament and brings together 30
young artists from Brazil, Chile, Quebec, France, South
Africa and Australia, under the artistic direction of Sue
In the networking, there is a call for help from East Timor's
first Circus School, and also, for those who were interested
in more information on the work of Augusto Boal, after our
mention in the last issue, this month we reprint an excerpt
from the newsletter of the Theatre of the Oppressed, with
a look at the work of the Omniax Drama & Performance
group in Brisbane.
We have an artist call from the International Festival of
Animated Objects in Canada, and MotionFest 2004 has
been announced, amid rumors that it could be the last
of these successful US workshop festivals, so make the
effort to go this year, also because I will be teaching.
And in Spain, Citecorps have information on a corporeal
mime workshop in Barcelona, while in Madrid we have a
call for participants in a Clown Festival. Expressive Feat
Productions seek female aerial dancers In England, and
Hilary Chaplain has news of her work with the Brazilian
In the Noticeboard, a Commedia Dell'Arte performer is
sought for a multicultural workshop in Australia, while
Nimble Arts have info on their Flying Trapeze Workshop
in Vermont, and move quickly if you are a Fallas fire
sculpture artist and would like work in Nottinghamshire,
because the applications close on Monday.
We also have a Junior Drama Fellowship on offer at the
University of Cambridge, and in Brussels the Ecole
Superieur des Arts du Cirque seeks an aerial teacher.
Our update on the Clown Debate last month suggested
that the next opportunity to debate these issues would be
at the Tasmanian Circus Festival early next year, and this
seems to be firming up, and the event will now be held in
Email the Executive Officer of the Australian Circus and
Physical Theatre Association ( ACAPTA ) if you would
like to participate in the Head to Head Circus and Physical
Theatre Conference, February 22 to 25, 2005, in Tasmania.
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=================================================== Sponsor: Announcing the launch of
Angels can Fly, A Modern Clown User Guide
Alan Clay's latest book, Angels can Fly, will be published
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5 week Winter Clown School - Sydney - July 6 to Aug 5 ,
Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 4pm
The venue for our Winter Clown School has been confirmed,
and it will be held at the Flamenco Studio, Unit B5, 1-3
Gladstone St, Newtown, Sydney. We still have one place
available on the course, so contact us ASAP to participate.
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
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Each day starts with a yoga warm up, followed by exercises
to develop physical and emotional expression, and impro
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This course provides a fun way to approach clown because
of the way we interface the studio work with exploration of
the street as a learning environment, taking exercises from
the studio and working with them at street-cafe's in Newtown.
The school will be led by Alan Clay, who has been performing
for 27 years and teaching clown for over 20 years, including a
recent couple of tours, teaching clown masterclasses in
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This workshop takes a physical and emotional approach to
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the curiosity to explore and the innocence to see things in new
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rapport. $320 ( earlybird, before August 12 ) Aus$420 ( full ).
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=================================================== Feature - Position Vacant at Circus Monoxide - General Manager
Circus Monoxide is a touring contemporary circus company
based in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. We respond
theatrically to the world around us, commenting on the
Australian psyche, condition and perspective. We include
the erotic and political in a show, to which you can bring
The General Manager is part of a management team which
shares responsibility for the development and implementation
of the company's artistic and touring program, vision,
strategic direction and business plan, and will report directly
to the Board of Directors. The GM is responsible for financial
management, marketing and promotion, maintaining strategic
partnerships, and administrative functions.
For a copy of the essential criteria and duty statement,
please contact the office during business hours on Australia
02 4285 0066, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 2 July at 5pm.
Physical Character Development Classes with Alicia Battestini,
Circus Monoxide performer/director. Thursday 6:00 ? 8:30pm,
OR Saturday 3:00 ? 5:30pm. Bellambi, NSW, Australia.
No experience necessary. Classes begin week of July 12th.
Really great character work involves hidden skill. Physical
awareness, lateral thinking, improvisation, and never losing
sight of your inner wally, are the keys to developing this skill.
In this class we'll be doing exercises in all of these areas.
The belief that performers need to be self-sufficient, that we
need to be able to create our own work as well as support
each other in the development of new work, is crucial to this
class. Developing your capacity to objectively see and help
shape performance - i.e. your 'outside
eye'- will be a focus.
To this end, we will use each other as sounding boards to
=================================================== Feature: Y Voices and Visions of World Youth, NIDA, Sydney
Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, Cirque du Soleil and the
Australian Theatre for Young People wish to invite you to
a funky theatrical fusion of underground beats, moves and
dead tru rhymes from around the globe.
This spectacular welcomes 300 dynamic young delegates
to the Oxfam International Youth Parliament to Sydney, and
brings together 30 young artists from Brazil, Chile, Quebec,
France, South Africa and Australia. Under the direction of
Sue Broadway, an Australian artist renowned for her artistic
work, this original creation will feature urban dance, hip hop,
percussion and circus arts performances.
Artists participating: Banda Makala, AfroReggae (Brasil).
El Cico del Mundo Chile (Santiago) acrobats, aerialists,
clowns and jugglers. Ethnix Dream (Paris, France) street
dance ? an adventurous mix of dance, wrestling, art, song
and capoeira. Jazzart Dance Theatre (Cape Town, South
Africa) tap and gumboot dance. Born Rattlers ? Dry desert
reggae (Broken Hill, Australia). MIZ r 'n'
b fusion (QLD,
Australia). M.T.L Pact de Rue (Montreal, Canada) street
inspired hip hop.
"Hey, Love receiving the newsletter! East Timor's First Circus
School Needs Your Help! East Timor's first circus school has
recently been set up for the youth of East Timor, to help them
heal the hardship that they have lived through, but also to bring
joy and laughter to all the people of East Timor. The school is
based at the Bibi Bulak theatre company in Dili and so far has
been a big hit with 20 students already performing at the big
independence day celebrations in Dili on May 20th. Yet the
problem is that we are in desperate need of gear of any type
whether that be circus gear, costumes, anything that could
possibly be theatrical, even books and performance videos! So
i'm doing a big call out to anybody interested in helping out, as
any help is greatly needed. So if you have an old trapeze, tutu,
couple of old mats or even just an old book with fantastic circus
photos in it lying under your bed, give us a buzz!" cheers, Annie
Sloman and all at Bibi Bulak circus school, East Timor.
"Dear friends and colleagues, the International Theatre of the
Oppressed newsletter, Under Pressure 17, can be found on the
ITO website. It includes a piece on Forum Theatre and Its Role in
Anti-Bullying Programmes, by Natasha Budd, director of Omniax
Drama & Performance, Brisbane, Australia. In this Natasha says:
'Forum Theatre is a process developed by Brazilian theatre
director Augusto Boal; it begins with the creation of a performance
that reflects the personal experiences of the participant group. In
the case of 'No Hat No Play' this was a series of encounters with
bullying characters. The play is then performed to a larger target
group whom it is expected will identify with the issues presented.
Boal describes this performance as an ?anti model?. In the devising
of the piece it is essential that the protagonist be placed in
oppressive situations and that he or she be forced to submit to the
oppression. The play is then performed a second time. This time,
the audience is encouraged to shout ?stop? when they identify a
moment of oppression. The Joker then freezes the action and
invites individual audience members to take the place of the
protagonist, the opportunity then exist for them to manipulate the
action in order to bring about a more positive resolution. A recent
DETYA study into bullying among children in Australian schools
found that ?bullying usually happens out of sight, away from
teachers and other adults. Peer education not only provides direct
insight into the mechanics of social interaction but also ensures
that this view is accurate. The Joker's role is to encourage praxis
but it is the students themselves who ultimately determine the
viability of an intervention.' We hope you enjoy this issue of the
newsletter." Best wishes, Ronald Matthijssen, Find a link to the
International Theatre of the Oppressed web-site, and the full
newsletter, under Resources at
"Call for Artists, for the International Festival of Animated Objects
is calling for submissions from mask, puppet, and animated object
artists. The IFAO is a ten day festival of Mask and Puppetry taking
place in Calgary, Canada in January 2005. We are seeking artists
to exhibit works in a gallery exhibition, and to submit film and video
work for screenings. The exhibition explores the artistic processes
of creating mask & puppet works. Drawings, sketches, photographs
and other elements of the process will be exhibited alongside the
finished piece(s). Please submit a proposal, with photos or slides
of the work. Work can be on film, video, or dvd, and can exhibit
stop-motion, live-action, or other types of animated objects. There
are two screenings, one for adults, and one for family audiences.
Please specify which audience your work is for. Please send a vhs
tape, in North American format. Material will not be returned unless
return postage is supplied with your submission. If selected, very
modest artist honorariums will be paid, and the Festival will pay for
the return of your work, along with a Festival program. Cut-off for
submissions is postmarked August 15, 2004." thank you, Xstine
Cook, Curator, International Festival of Animated Objects/CAOS,
"MotionFest 2004, Physicality and Performing Arts Festival,
November 11-14, 2004 (Thurs-Sun) at Best Western Hotel and
Conference Center, Baltimore, USA. Full Package Registration
includes: all workshops and lectures, plus a room for 4 nights,
including Wednesday. No classes are held Wednesday, it just
gives you a chance to get settled and check-in. Then you can
make your way over to the Video Shoot Show! There is a Buffet
Breakfast each morning, A way cool MotionFest T-shirt, plus
tickets to all onsite shows, and Half price to all offsite shows.
MotionFest strives to bring together the most incredible collection
of teachers, all working professionals of our industry, this year
including: Karl Baumann - Star Cirque du Soleil character acrobat.
Tom Casciero - Movement Artist. Alan Clay - Author, Performer,
Director, Physical Comedy & Actor Instructor from New Zealand.
Bob Fitch - Broadway Actor/Magician. Jay Gilligan - International
artistic and innovative juggler/object manipulator. Geoff Hoyle -
Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus, he's done
everything! including teaching at Dell 'Arte School of Physical
Theatre. Dominique Jando - Director of S.F. School of the Circus
Arts, Founded numerous Circus Schools and competitions in
France. The Jokesters - Performers and professors of makeup
application. Dick Monday - Former RBBB Circus Clown College
Director, Founder of NYGoofs, hilarious! Karen Hurll Montanaro -
Mime and movement specialist. Robert Nelson -aka The Butterfly
Man, street performer emeritus. Michael Rock - Second City
Theatre staff improv instructor. Steve Smith - 10 yr director of
Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Joanie Spina
- Performer, Dancer and Choreographer for Magicians." Find a
link to the MotionFest site, with registration details, under
"Dear all, in association with Mechanics, we will be giving a two
week corporeal mime workshop in Barcelona, from the 5th to the
16th July, 10am to 2pm, at the Institute of Theatre of Barcelona.
The course we are offering is designed for actors or students
wishing to approach a corporal technique or trying a different way
of looking at theatre. No experience is required. The only condition
to join the course is the desire to discover a theatre where the
body is the main means of expression. For any more info, please
see the our website. Contact Pau Bachero, who is organising the
workshop, and he will be able to help you with any administrative
question, including finding accommodation." Best regards, Sophie
and Stephane, Citecorps. Find a link to Citecorps Mime under
"IX Festival Of Clown, Madrid, Spain, September 2004. If you have
a sketch or an idea, is the moment for transforming it into number
of clown. And if he is something that shines and has own life,
better than better. A frame for the exhibition of brief clown pieces
(maximum 10 minutes). All the colors of clown (except brown).
Submission deadline, 15 of September. Festival dates: 23 and 24
of September 2004, at night." Find a link to the Teatro Asura site
under Training at
"Female Aerial Dancers wanted to join Expressive Feat this
northern autumn, and potentially next spring, for the remake and
tour of 'Looks Deceiving' & 'Does My Bum Look Big in This'. Both
works look at issues of women and clothing in contemporary ways
combining aerial, dance and physical theatre with some fabulous
props. Both shows take place on a 6m high spiral sculpture. We
are now looking for two female aerial dancers to join the company.
Autumn dates are 13th September to 17th October and spring
dates to be confirmed. You will need to have solid aerial skills
particularly Fabric and/or Rope; you need to be able to work well
in a group, in a devising environment and be able to work well
under pressure. We are not seeking people to simply use their
existing material but to learn and contribute the existing shows.
Anyone interested should contact Tina Carter as soon as possible.
Please note that we strive to be an equal opportunities employer
and would welcome interest from aerial dancers of any nationality,
colour or creed, who are legally entitled to work in the UK. We are
based in Kent, and aim to pay at least Equity rates." Tina Carter,
Artistic Director. Find a link to Expressive Feat Productions under
Aerial Theatre at
"Dear Friends and Colleagues, I've just returned to New York from
Brazil where I was in attendance at the FILO International Theatre
Festival in Londrina, Brazil. I taught Hospital Clowning with three
Clown Doctors from Doutores da Alegria - Thais, Soroya and
Wellington. In case you don't know, I have been working with the
Big Apple Circus Clown Care as a clown nurse entertaining
hospitalized children and their families for the past 16 plus years.
The Brazilian group was started by Wellington Noguiera, who
originally worked with us in NY. We had an incredible exchange
in Londrina - teaching together was an amazing experience. At
the end of the week of teaching, we all participated in a Clown
Cabaret. We were joined by a well loved 82 yr old Circus clown,
Picolino ll, and his partner Fusca Fusca, Xuxu, a well known
street, theatre, circus clown who is also a very well known actor
in Brazil named Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Medical Doctors from
Buenos Aires who also work as clowns, and some local clown
doctors from Londrina." Love, Hilary Chaplain.
"Dear Alan, My name is Ariane Wicks and I work for an
organisation called PAN Event Entertainment. We are looking
for a Commedia Dell'Arte performer to be a part of our NSW
Multicultural Workshop Program for Schools, Cultural Infusion.
I've been looking high and low since the beginning of the year
for someone and thought someone on your list might be able
to help me out with a contact?" Kind regards, Ariane Wicks,
Sydney Coordinator. Find a link to Pan Event Entertainment
under Resources at
"Hello! Just wanted to let you all know that we do have room
left in the Flying Trapeze workshop, Aug 16 ? 20. (All classes
take place at our rig in Brattleboro, VT. USA). $795 including
breakfast & lunch. Peter Gold of Trapeze Experience, LLC
joins us for this week long workshop. During each fly session,
students will maximize their learning by reinforcing their flying
experience on the low-trapeze and minimizing the wait
between turns on the fly rig. Beginner to advanced flyers. We
will also be at the Aerial Dance Festival from August 1?13. For
more info you can visit their web site." Cheers! Elsie Smith, If
you'd like a brochure and registration form just email me at
mailto:email@example.com Find a link to the Aerial Dance
Festival under Festivals at
"Fallas Fire Sculpture Project Artists, North Nottinghamshire
Deadline: Monday 28 June 2004. We are looking for proposals
from experienced artistic teams/companies who can lead on
an exciting fire sculpture project based on the Valencian
Fallas tradition. The artistic team will be asked to work with
local artists and community groups to create 1 large and 2- 4
smaller Fallas style sculptures which will be toured to local
'Light Switch on' events in November 2004 and then burnt at
the Lumos Lantern Festival in December 2005. The artistic
team will be required to mentor a group of local artists to
learn the making process for the sculptures, and lead
workshops with groups of all abilities to facilitate community
involvement. A proven track record of creating Fallas is
required. This project is subject to funding." Leanne Taylor.
Nottinghamshire Next Stage, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, UK.
"The position of 'Judith E Wilson Junior Drama Fellowship'
is available in the Faculty of English at the University of
Cambridge: Applications are invited for the two-year
Fellowship, from September 04, to develop drama practices
in the Judith E Wilson Drama Studio in the new English
Faculty Building. The Fellow will be expected to develop
creative and research practices, such as workshops, develop
their own projects, and investigate the research possibilities
of the drama studio. The Fellow will also be expected to act
as Events Organiser for the Faculty. Experience in
professional theatre and a background in the academic study
of drama is required. The person appointed will undertake
events work for the Faculty for a minimum of four half days
per week and offer at least three teaching contact hours per
week. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a
statement of up to 500 words outlining how the applicant
would use the studio to assist the study of drama and as a
space through which to develop their own practice and
research. The salary will be ?15,000 per annum. Closing
date of 2nd July. Interviews are likely to be held on 20th
July. Further particulars are available on our web site." Thank
you! Jen Pollard, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
Find a link to the University of Cambridge Drama Fellowship
under Fellowships at
"The Ecole Superieur des Arts du Cirque in Brussels is
looking for an aerial teacher (swinging trapeze, cloud swing,
swinging tissue), for the academic year 2004-2005. A
contemporary and/or classical circus artist, with at least a
5-year show experience, and a 2-year teaching experience.
The conditions are those which concern teachers of the
l'Enseignement Superieur artistique en Communaut?
fran?ise de Belgique (scale 501 - CFB).Find more info and
contact details on our site." Philippe Haenen, Directeur.
Find a link to the Ecole Sup?ieure des Arts du Cirque site
under Training at
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