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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News -
March 2003 =======================================
Sponsor: Cirque du Soleil, Australian Auditions, Melbourne & Sydney
Playspace: Clown Masterclasses: NZ, Australia, Singapore, USA, Canada
Networking: Magdalena Australia Festival, 6 - 16 April, Brisbane, Australia International Symposium of Youth Theatre, Montpellier, France Applications, Linz International Street Theatre Festival, Austria
Noticeboard: Standup comedy mentoring or a workshop in Sydney? Suzuki Method of Actor Trainer seeks work Circus Family and Artistic Agency, Russia
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Welcome to the March edition of the Artmedia newsletter, a
publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective.
This month we also welcome Cirque du Soleil as sponsor - yes guys we have finally made the big time - to promote their open auditions in Sydney and Melbourne for dancers, singers and actors, including clowns.
And in Playspace news, in response to popular demand, I add workshops in Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia, to my clown masterclass program, and urge those interested, particularly in Auckland, to contact me quickly to secure your place. Places are also filling in the workshops in Melbourne, Singapore, Ottawa and in Connecticut.
In the networking, we have information on participation in the Magdalena Australia Festival in Brisbane, and on applications for the Linz International Street Theatre Festival in Austria, as well as the International Symposium of Youth Theatre in Montpellier, France, to be held in conjunction with the International Drama in Education General Council Meeting.
In the noticeboard, we have information on a Circus Family and Artistic Agency in Russia, a search for standup comedy mentoring in Sydney, and a Suzuki Method of Actor Trainer seeks work.
This month the newsletter is being brought to you with the assistance of Cirkidz in Adelaide, Australia, who run circus classes for children, and have hosted the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Conference over the past few days. Wow! ( find a link to Cirkidz at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm )
We'll have more on the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association, who run the conference, in future issues, as I am now the Membership Development officer, so why not check out their site www.nationalcircus.asn.au and become a member.
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================================================== Sponsor: Cirque du Soleil, Australian Auditions, Melbourne & Sydney ==================================================
Cirque du Soleil will be holding Open auditions
Open Dance Audition Sydney: March 20, 2003, Sydney Dance Company The Wharf, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, NSW Melbourne: April 3, 2003, Joining the Chorus 49 Batman Street, West Melbourne, Victoria Rear studio entry: Jeffcott Street (Turn left into the public car park; enter the building via the red double doors.) Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. The auditions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will end around 6:00 p.m.
Please bring the following: A resumé, photos and a 15-minute video (mandatory). For the audition, please wear close-fitting clothes ( for example: tights and leotard ) - absolutely no loose clothes - and your favourite dance shoes.
Open Voice Audition Sydney: March 24, 2003, Tiger Studio 9 Rangers Rd, Neutral Bay, NSW Melbourne: April 7, 2003, Metropolis Audio 180 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. The auditions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will end around 6:00 p.m.
Please bring the following: A resumé, photos and a 15-minute audio demo (mandatory). During the audition, you will be required to perform three pieces of completely different styles (no Broadway pieces). Please bring sheet music in the right key with you for our accompanying pianist, or bring your accompaniment on CD or cassette. The choice of pieces should demonstrate your vocal range, head and chest voices, and provide a sample of your voice textures and languages in which you sing.
Open Acting Audition Sydney: March 17, 2003, Sydney Dance Company The Wharf, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, NSW Melbourne: March 31, 2003, Joining the Chorus 49 Batman Street, West Melbourne, Victoria Rear studio entry: Jeffcott Street (Turn left into the public car park; enter the building via the red double doors.) Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. The audition will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 6:00 p.m.
Please bring the following: A resumé, photos and a 15-minute video (mandatory). For the audition, please wear close-fitting clothing. Costumes and/or make-up should not be worn upon arrival; please bring your make-up and costume along if you require them for your mandatory three-minute act. Please prepare a three-minute act, including make-up and costumes if necessary. This three minute segment should not require much preparation time.
For details about our company and its productions, please visit our website at: www.cirquedusoleil.com
================================================== Playspace - Masterclasses, Australia, Singapore, Canada, USA ==================================================
Alan Clay will teach a series of six 4-day clown masterclasses in five countries over the next few months.
"For me the key to clown is playfulness. We can all play, although we often loose the ability as we advance with our theatre practice, because our successful patterns trap us into not taking risks and so not growing in our work."
Auckland Clown Masterclass, New Zealand - March 31 to April 3. 10am to 4pm, Venue to be confirmed. Cost: NZ$450 (full). Enrolments
Melbourne Clown Masterclass, Australia - April 14 to 17 Cecil Street Studio, Fitzroy, Melbourne. 10am to 4pm, Cost: Aus$450 (earlybird, before March 24) Aus$550 (full). Telephone: Australia (03) 9443 0640. Enrolments and info email@example.com
Sydney Clown Masterclass, Australia - April 22 to 25 Cost: Aus$450 (earlybird, before March 20) Aus$550 (full). Enrolments and info
Singapore Clown Masterclass, Singapore - April 28 to May 1 10am to 4pm, Cost: Sing$450 ( earlybird, before April 1st) Sing$550 (full). Enrolments phone/fax Debra Pieterse, Singapore 6475 9623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa Clown Masterclass, Canada - May 21 to 24 10am to 4pm. Can$500 (earlybird, before April 26) or Can$600 (full). Enrolments phone Brian Wilson, Orbital Entertainment, Canada (613) 248-8940 or 1-877-269-4897, email email@example.com
Connecticut Clown Masterclass, America - June 16 to 19 10am to 4pm, in the village of Cornwall, only 2 hours from New York by train. Cost: US$500 (earlybird, before May 16) or US$700 with food and board, and US$600 (Full), or US$800 with food and board. Enrolments and information contact Martin Ewen, firstname.lastname@example.org or ph America 860 672 2667.
"In the best clown tradition Alan Clay 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." New Zealand Herald
This Clown Masterclass program has been created to provide an advanced platform for the development and practice of clown skills. Some students with no experience will also find this course suitable, simply by releasing themselves to the process.
The workshop provides a physical approach to the clown art form, exploring playfulness, irreverence, and the freedom of not knowing. Each day starts with a yoga warm up, followed by exercises to develop physical and emotional expression, and improvisational exercises to develop comic timing and audience rapport.
Alan studied clown in Sweden in 1977, and has since taught and performed throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including nine tours to European Festivals. For the past five years he has run Playspace Studio in Sydney, where his Circus and Clown Training has gained a worldwide reputation.
"Magdalena Australia Festival : Theatre - Women - Traveling International Festival for Women in Contemporary Theatre 6 - 16 April 2003, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland, Australia. 10 days of workshops, performances and forum. The Magdalena Australia International Festival for Women in Theatre joins a long history of activity from around the world, which gives diverse women a platform to express their opinions; voice concerns and explore modes of creativity. The international Magdalena Project, a network of women in contemporary theatre, has been organising festivals, master- classes and forums worldwide for the last sixteen years, in countries as diverse as Wales, Denmark, Norway, Argentina, Columbia and New Zealand. April 2003 marks the first time the Project will manifest in an event in Australia. The Festival will bring about national and international exposure and ongoing development initiatives stimulated through the festival exchanges." For more information on how to get involved with the Magdalena Australia Festival contact: Dawn Albinger, Artistic Director - email@example.com
"Dear Alan, I work in a small theatre company for teenagers. At the same time I am the treasurer of IDEA, the International Drama/theatre in Education Association. Every year with my company we organise an international encounter of adolescent theatre. This year we decided to have a more important event, the International symposium of Youth Theatre : 3rd edition. Dates of the encounters from Sunday April 20th to Monday April 28th. 10 groups of young people aged 15 to 20, from ten different countries, are invited to participate in this project. Each group will consist of 8 to 15 youngsters who have practiced drama/theatre for some years and who work with professional artists. The staff of Outil Théâtre and the associate partners of these Encounters will select the participants according to criteria ensuring that there will be 4 countries from the European Community, 6 countries outside the European Community and at least one country representing each continent. The IDEA General Council Meeting will be held in conjunction, from April 20th to 29th. IDEA currently represents 53 countries and 68 national associations, and the meeting will consist of the delegates of these associations, about a hundred people, teachers, drama practitioners and artists who work in the field." Yours, Lucien Nicolas, Directeur pédagogique & Trésorier de l'Outil Théâtre, Montpellier, France. Find a link to the Outil Theatre site under Youth Theatre and to the International Drama in Education Association site under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"From thursday, July 17, to Saturday, July 19, Linz, Austria, invites you to be part of the international street theatre festival, Pflasterspektakel 2003. Over 110 groups/duos/solo performers from all over the world have turned the city centre of Linz into a stage for three days each year for 17 years. Registration forms must be submitted by April 1st, and notice of acceptance or rejection by 25th April. Each artist or group of artists has the opportunity to perform three times a day. The cost of accommodation for the artists will be provided by the organisers, and travel costs will be covered for the price of a second class train ticket, or standard rate mileage allowance.Travel costs will be reimbursed pro rata for the days of participation, and will be limited to a maximum of 950 EURO per group/solo performer, regardless of the number of members and distance. 25 EURO will be paid per person and performance day for provisions, and artists retain the money taken at their performances." Gerda Forstner. Find a link to the Linz Pflasterspektakel under Festivals at
"Dear Alan, Thank you for great newsletters. I am an amateur clown. I would like to find some standup comedy mentoring or a workshop to build up my skills. Can you suggest any avenues I can pursue? I live in Sydney. I heard someone was running workshops a few years ago." Thank you, Dave firstname.lastname@example.org
"I just received your email and had no idea such a publication as the physical theatre news existed. Its a great thing and I feel less isolated. Congratulations. How did you get my email praytell? In any case I would like to reach out to potentially interested parties. I am a master teacher of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and would like to offer my services to theatre groups. I have taught the workshop throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Middle East." Marcos email@example.com
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