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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - November 2003
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Sponsor:
    CircoArts, Circus Training in Christchurch, New Zealand
 
Playspace:
    Summer School, & 2004 Clown School, Sydney, Australia
 
Features:
    Rock 'n' Roll Circus - 2004 Positions Available, Brisbane
    Red Spoon presents a 'Clown Theatre Intensive', Brisbane
    Port Fairy Folk Festival seeks Street Acts, Victoria, Australia
 
Networking:
    1st Annual New Zealand Improv Festival, Auckland
    12th New Zealand, International Juggling Festival, Taupo
    NZ International Comedy Festival, Auckland & Wellington
    Bindlestiff Family Circus seeks Vaudeville Acts, New York
    Applications to perform at San Francisco Fringe 04, USA
    Acts wanted for Bradford's Cabaret and Revue, England
    The Puppet Centre Trust announces two Bursaries, London
    Welfare State seeks participants for Multi-media Project, UK
    Current announcements on the KultNet site, Germany
    Report on the 17th World Dance Congress, Naxos, Greece,
    The International Festival of Capoeira, Bogota, Columbia
 
Campaign:
    Expanding US Clown Association Competition Categories
 
Noticeboard:
    Children's Theater Development Centre, Prishtina, Kosovo
    Amphitheatre of the Arts, UK, seeks tour of Australia
    Book Review - David Bartlett's 'The Clown Star'
 
Artmedia:
    Newsletter Subscriptions & Unsubscriptions
    Newsletter Advertising and Artmedia site promotion
 
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Artmedia News
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Welcome to the November edition of the Artmedia physical
theatre newsletter, a publication with an Australasian focus
and a global perspective.
 
First up, our apologies to those who tried to respond to last
month's issue of the newsletter, and got a bounced response,
this happened because the last issue was sent out from
Ottawa with a non-existent Canadian 'reply to address'. Some
other subscribers won't have received the last issue because
their spam filter caught it.
 
If you or your friends have suddenly stopped receiving the
newsletter, suggest that they adjust the spam filter to enable
mail from artmedia. Often the way we send the newsletter,
say from different addresses, or addressed as 'to undisclosed
recipients, is used by spam filters as triggers to try and
recognize spam, and the newsletter gets put in the junk mail.
 
I am back in Sydney, fresh from the wilds of North America,
which was of course wonderful, and we say hi to those who
have gathered in Baltimore for MotionFest this week, and also
to those here in Australia who are fresh from the RichMix
training project run by Circus Monoxide in Wollongong last
week.
 
Circus Monoxide are arguably Australia's most innovative
physical theatre company, having already spawned the very
successful director of the Australian flagship company, Circus
Oz, so catch Monoxide's new double-decker bus with its
'Swiss army knife stages' and the physical antics that goes
with it, whenever you get the opportunity.
 
This month we welcome as sponsor the CircoArts training at
the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New
Zealand, 'a dynamic establishment that has a great deal to offer
students working towards a Diploma in Circus Arts', and we
recommend their training program.
 
The sponsors and feature advertisers in each issue are covering
the costs of sending this newsletter to you at no cost, so please
patronize their activities, and also take the opportunity to use
future issues of this newsletter to promote your own work, at
very reasonable rates.
 
In the Features this month, one of Australia's ground-breaking
companies, Rock 'n' Roll Circus, seeks both a new member for
their troupe which is based in Brisbane, and also an Associate
Producer, while Red Spoon presents a 'Clown Theatre Intensive',
also in Brisbane, and the Port Fairy Folk Festival seeks Street
Acts for their event in Victoria.
 
While in Playspace news, I promote my Clown Summer School
in Sydney next February, and unveil a new four month Clown
School for the middle of next year.
 
In the Networking we have a New Zealand focus this month,
with information on the 1st Improv Festival in Auckland, the 12th
New Zealand International Juggling Festival to be held in Taupo,
and on the NZ International Comedy Festival, held in both
Auckland and Wellington.
 
In America we have information on the Bindlestiff Family Circus
who are seeking Vaudeville Acts in New York, and also on
applications to perform at next year's San Francisco Fringe.
 
You will have to move quickly on two of the UK items in this
issue, as interest in performing at Bradford's Cabaret and Revue
must be notified by tomorrow, and applications for the Puppet
Centre Trust Bursaries by the beginning of next week. Welfare
State International is also seeking participants for Creative
Alchemy, a multi-media storytelling project.
 
We also have some festival announcements from the KultNet site
in Germany, a report on the 17th World Dance Congress in
Naxos, Greece, and information on the International Festival of
Capoeira, which starts next week in Bogota, Columbia.
 
We conclude the clown debate that we have been running for
the past few months, by broadening the discussion to America,
and to the growth of the clown art form there. Here in Australia,
the campaign to make the curriculum at NICA more clown-friendly,
turned nasty recently, with one of the commentators in last months
issue loosing his job as a result of his post, and talk of balkanizing
the industry. It all comes out in the wash, and we did our best.
 
In the Noticeboard section, the Children's Theater Development
Centre, in Prishtina, Kosovo, seeks contacts, the Amphitheatre of
the Arts, from the UK, seeks a tour of Australia, and, for those who
have been following the clown debate, we have a review of David
Bartlett's new book 'The Clown Star'.
 
And finally, in an update on the Australian National Circus and
Physical Theatre Association, which some readers may remember
were advertising for a new Executive Officer a few months ago,
this position has now been filled, and Catherine Oddie is the new
exec, and she is based at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane. The
Judith Wright Centre is trying to position itself as a centre for Circus
and Physical Theatre and their office is down the hall from that of
Rock 'n' Roll Circus. Find a link to the Circus and Physical Theatre
Assn site under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
 
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing
physical theatre community, so please send us info for inclusion in
this newsletter. Please also forward this to somebody else who
may be interested.
 
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Artmedia Site News
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  In Artmedia Site News, Sue Broadway has information on her
  Impromptu Theatrix run impro classes in Sydney, specialising
  Hemlock Mejarne is an acrobat, stilt-walker, who has a
large range of skills. www.artmedia.com.au/acronym.htm
  Got it Flaunt it! are a performance duo who specialise in event
  Circus Unique offers children's workshops and tailored
entertainment packages. www.artmedia.com.au/circusunique.htm
  The Physical TV site has info on Richard James Allen and Karen
Pearlman's Dance Films. www.artmedia.com.au/physical_tv.htm
  Sydney Aerial Theatre Association have information on classes
and performance projects at  www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm
 
On the Artmedia site you can find a list of links to performers,
companies, resources and festivals all over the world, and you
can subscribe to this newsletter, and find a copy of the latest issue.
 
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Sponsor: CircoArts, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology,
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CircoArts at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
(CPIT), New Zealand may not immediately spring to mind when
choosing a school for circus related performing arts, but this
dynamic establishment has a great deal to offer students working
towards a Diploma in Circus Arts.
 
It is fully dedicated to its full-time two-year programme students,
with a mutually supportive culture that encourages a group
approach to problem solving and imaginative devising, in line with
the discipline required to reach and maintain a very high standard
of skills in an individual's chosen field.  Students appreciate the
curriculum emphasis on each person being the creator of their
material and having the use of dedicated facilities and equipment to
train and practice their routines whenever they wish, outside normal
teaching hours.
 
According to Godfrey Sim, Programme Leader, CircoArts attracts
students from around the world who wish to learn their art in an
English speaking school that has accessible entry requirements -
students are chosen because they have the core ability and receive
one-on-one training within the group dynamic to develop and
strengthen their skills.
 
Students have the freedom to explore their diversity and
individuality in training. The diploma covers circus skills, devising
and performance, body training including exercise science, with
history and comparative studies adding a further dimension. There
is the opportunity for electives in year two with a course focus on
both group production and individual acts, managed training
programmes as well as business and risk management skills.
Students emerge from CircoArts with the ability to deliver both in
performance and business.
 
As part of developing a student's intelligent contribution to the
devising process a professional director is employed to facilitate
the devising and production of an ensemble theatre/circus show
during Year 2 of the course. The participation in this production
pulls together a wide range of skills accumulated by students
during the course and reinforces the supportive culture that is a
strength of CircoArts.
 
As the only school of its kind in New Zealand, CircoArts works
hard to create a supportive community focus with programmes
in recreation centres and schools, encouraging involvement in all
areas of the community. With New Zealand's flourishing festivals
being a natural source for performing there is plenty of
opportunity for practice and employment.
 
If you would like to know more about training at CircoArts,
New Zealand, take a look at our website: www.circoarts.com.
OR email us at leec@cpit.ac.nz  Note that late applications are
open until 16th Jan 2004 and audition tapes in by Fri 23rd
Jan 2004. The academic year starts Mon 23rd February 2004.
 
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Playspace - Summer School, and 2004 Clown School, Sydney
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Building on 20 years of clown teaching, Alan Clay has this year
presented this Clown Masterclass program in New Zealand,
Australia, Canada and USA. Alan will next year be offering an
intensive 4-day Summer School, and a 16-week Clown School
for those with more time to devote to training in the art.
 
Sydney 4-day Clown Summer School, Australia - February
2 to 5, 2004. Mon to Thurs, 10am to 4pm. Cost: Aus$420
(earlybird, before December 15) Aus$540 (full). This 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 rapport. Enrolments and information
 
4 Month Clown School, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 4pm
May 11 to August 26, 2004 ( 16 weeks ).
A four month clown intensive for those who want to develop the
work over a longer period. We all grow differently, but the longer
courses give room for each students individual process, and the
opportunity to develop practices and skills to enhance the work.
This course will be a physically based exploration of the
emotionality, vulnerability and playfulness of the clown.
Earlybird, ( prior to February 11 ):  Aus$2,200
Full price, ( by May 11 ):  Aus$3,000
Installments:  Aus$700 deposit, and 8 payments of $350
Enrolments and information clownschool@artmedia.com.au
 
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Feature - Rock 'n' Roll Circus seeks Ensemble Performer
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Rock 'n' Roll Circus in Brisbane, Australia, is seeking a new
ensemble member for 2004. The ideal candidate will have:
 
High-level circus skills across a range of disciplines; ideally
including experience as an acrobatic base and an aerialist
Performance experience and ability
A commitment to the in-depth exploration of circus a serious
art form
A desire to undertake regular training, development,
performances and touring.
 
Employment begins late January 2004 and is ongoing. Pay
will be MEAA minimum (around $700AUD/week+super
and holidays). Rock 'n' Roll Circus is an equal opportunity
employer and takes its workplace health and safety
obligations seriously. Employment is based in our purpose
built studio in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
 
If you are interested, please send your CV with an expression
of interest to Yaron Lifschitz, Artistic Director, Rock 'n' Roll
Circus yaron@rocknrollcircus.com or fax to + 61 7 3852 3110.
For further enquiries, contact the Rock 'n' Roll Circus office
on + 61 7 3852 3110.
 
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Feature - Rock 'n' Roll Circus seeks P/T Associate Producer
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Rock 'n' Roll Circus in Brisbane, Australia, is seeking a part
time Associate Producer as a fixed term position from February
to August, 2004 (2.5 days per week).
 
The Associate Producer will work with the Artistic Director and
the Acting General Manager to assist the Company in achieving
its artistic vision. Emphasis will be placed on maximising the
earnings of its five income centres and implementing effective
communications and sales strategies. We seek a highly motivated
and committed person who enjoys the challenge of operating
successfully within a small arts organisation. Work hours are
flexible and remuneration is $39,000 pro rata.
 
Applications close on Wednesday 3 December, 2003.
 
A position description and selection criteria can be requested
through admin@rocknrollcircus.com or calling the Rock 'n' Roll
Circus office on 07 3852 3110. Please address applications
attention to Mr. Yaron Lifschitz, Artistic Director/CEO, Rock 'n'
Roll Circus, PO Box 116, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia.
 
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Feature - Red Spoon presents a 'Clown Theatre Intensive'
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An opportunity to discover the incredible and tumultuous world
of the clown ! Finding ones clown is an important process for any
performers. At the heart of clown there exists a fundamental of
humanities that can be translated in any genre of performance.
Clown ignites the absurd that is in all of us and gives us greater
access to our creative impulse as actors, performers, artists and
humans.
 
Program Includes: Slapstick Fight Choreography with Scott Witt
Red Nose Clown, Clown Character, Clown Relationships,
Movement Training
 
This intensive will be led by Brisbane based Clown specialist
Andrew Cory - Andrew has had extensive international training
and stage experience. He has studied at Ecole Philippe Gaulier
(London), Centre Selavy Mask School (France), The School For
Mime Theatre (USA) and Bont's International Clown School
(Spain). Andrew is a co-founder of The Angry Mime performance
night at The Brisbane Powerhouse.
 
Clown Theatre Intensive
2 weeks full-time Monday - Friday 10:00am to 4:00 pm / COST:
$440, Metro Arts /Brisbane, QLD. January 12-23, 2004
For further enquiries please contact Marie Rischmann
0405 212 433 or pouilly@freesurf.fr  Web: www.redspoon.com.au
 
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Feature - Street Theatre Acts wanted for Port Fairy Folk Festival
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Good Evening... Welcome to the next PFFF - March 5 - 8, 2004,
one of the country's most acclaimed festivals. We are finalising a
team of Street Theatre & Kids Folk Circus acts for 2004.
 
Street Performance is encouraged and welcomed by the festival.
There is really two main festival areas  -  the Free Festival of The
Streets and the ticketed events in The Arena.  The street area is
a very successful area for visiting street performers to work.
 
The Deal:
FEE: A set retainer fee:  $500 for three shows or $1000 for 4
shows ( Fri eve to Mon am) These scheduled shows will be in
The Arena ( no hat permitted as patrons have paid )
Apart from these scheduled shows you would be free to work
the street as you please.
Accomm: We will provide free camp site space.
 
The beautiful fishing village of Port Fairy is 3.5 hours drive west
of Melbourne. ( Take the inland road via  Mortlake).
Contact ASAP  + 61 3 5225 1232,  Fax: + 61 3 5225 1211,
Email: pfff@portfairyfolkfestival.com  With best wishes, The
Ministry of Artists PFFF
 
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Networking
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"The 1st Annual NZ Improv Festival, Nov 19 - Dec 21, Covert
Theatre, Auckland. Five weeks of the best local and international
improvised comedy. The festival kicks off with NZ's most
successful comedy act, The Improv Bandits, celebrating their 6th
birthday, followed by Bare from the USA, a two-man act with the
energy of a ten-piece rock band, and Femprov, NZ's only
all-women improv troupe, now preparing to head down to the
Wellington Fringe Festival. Visit our site for all the latest
happenings at the Covert Theatre." Find a link to the Covert
 
"12th New Zealand, International Juggling Festival will be held
February 5 - 8, 2004. This four-day event to be held at the
Iwitahi Outdoor Recreation Centre, Taupo, New Zealand,
features workshops, shows, exhibitions, and parties. Join up with
more than 100 other jugglers and new-jugglers from around New
Zealand and the world to learn, relax and party at a the festival site.
In 2004 the festival is associated with the Taupo Arts Festival, and
the festival Public Show and juggling Olympics will be part of the
opening weekend of this event. The Iwitahi Outdoor Recreation
Centre is an old forestry camp that has been converted into a fully
equipped outdoor recreation centre. It features dozens of small
cabins, flying foxes (hanging slides) through the trees, a 'wet-back'
hot water system (we'll need to chop our own wood), a huge
kitchen with a comfortable dining area, and swimming hole (with a
flying-fox over it). In addition to cabins there is a flat grassy area
for camping. The event will include live music on site, parties and
juggling through the night, workshops and play with a special
beginners to advanced ball juggling, clubs, diabolos, staff and poi,
off road uni-cycling and swimming, the Renegade Show, Juggling
Olympics, Public Show, Fire Party, and Unicyle Hockey." Find
a link to the New Zealand Juggling Festival under Festivals at
 
"Hi Alan, It is with great pleasure that the festival formally known
as LAUGH announces a name change. We are now... The NZ
International Comedy Festival. The Festival in Auckland will be
curated this year. This means that acts wishing to participate in
Auckland will have to apply to a Curatorial Panel. The Festival
has matured in the past decade, as have NZ performers. We
have been successful in providing an Umbrella platform for NZ
Comedy, but we will be better able to support and develop the
performers, shows, venues and the comedy going audiences by
creating a festival that is exceptionally good rather than big. The
Festival in Wellington will remain an open Umbrella Festival.
Applications for the 2004 Auckland Festival are due in 6 weeks,
on Friday 19 December. If you would like to discuss your show
with us, appointments are available from Monday 17 November.
To  make an appointment, just get in touch with Kylie at the
Festival Office (09 309 9241/ kylie@comedyfestival.co.nz).
NZ International Comedy Festival will take place 1 - 22 May
2004 in Auckland, Wellington and the Comedy Convoy
nationwide. Check out more information on our website, and
note that you need a password to access this site, and it is:
hahaha." Kind regards, Hilary McMillan, Festival Director.
Find a link to the new NZ International Comedy Festival site
 
"Attention Variety Artists: jugglers, tap dancers, novelty musicians,
clowns, aerialists, rope spinners, wire walkers, sideshow marvels,
and other entertaining folks. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is
reopening the doors of the Palace of Variety, New York's last
vaudeville house. This means that we are seeking acts and shows.
Do you want to present your show on Times Square? There are a
select number of time slots available for single night and short runs
of productions. Dates available starting December 12. Seeking
New York area and touring guest artists for weekly late night
variety show. The show will feature an international congress of
variety entertainers. Acts can send in material or present their act
at the weekly open stage cabaret audition at the Palace of Variety
on Tuesday nights. We are currently scheduling acts through
February. Send videos and promo material. Send proposals for
one hour shows." Find a link to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus under
 
"Are you interested in performing at the San Francisco Fringe
Festival in September 2004?  Applications to perform at SF Fringe
2004 are now available on our website. We begin accepting
applications on January 7, 2004 at 9am. This is the largest and most
grass roots theater festival in San Francisco. It is open to all
performers with locals selected at a public lottery and national and
international performers selected on a first-received, first-accepted
basis." Find a link to the San Francisco Fringe under Festivals at
 
"Wanted!!  Entertainers, comedians, singers, dancers, jugglers,
magicians, musicians. Grey Sheep Productions want you to show
us your act. Do you want to be part of Bradford's new cabaret
and revue, launching in 2004?  Come along and try out your
material on 4th December 2003. Grey Sheep Productions are an
independent company producing a series of 21st century Cabaret
events in Bradford in 2004. Produced in a variety of local venues
the 'Baa-Ha Club' will feature the best in local and national talent
in a cabaret of live music, comedy and other exciting live
entertainers. Hosted by our compare and accompanied by the
Baa-Ha 'House Band', performers will be part of an exciting and
new kind of entertainment, giving local audiences a great night out.
If you want to be a part of a professionally run cabaret, contact us
so you can be part of our 'Get Your Act Together' evening on
Thursday 4th December. All acts must contact us by 14th
November 2003." info@greysheep.org.uk
 
"The Puppet Centre Trust is pleased to announce two Bursaries
for professional practitioners of puppetry to extend their skills and
understanding of the medium. The Bursaries are worth UK8500
each. The bursaries will allow two practitioners (joint applications
can be considered) of at least five years professional experience in
the performing arts to take time off to follow a course of
developmental work (e.g. the study of voice, movement,
manipulation; study with a particular artist or company at home or
abroad; practical research) for the advancement of their personal
knowledge of or skill in puppetry. Applications are welcomed from
individuals working across the arts who can demonstrate a
commitment to developing their skills in puppetry. The role of the
PCT will be to choose the two most promising applications, and to
offer practical advice and assistance in the successful candidates'
programme of action, as necessary. A small panel will interview a
shortlist of applicants, probably in early December. Applicants for
the awards are asked to send a clear and succinct proposal, with
costings and a CV by November 17th to the Chair of the PCT,
Professor Anthony Dean, Puppet Centre, BAC, Lavender Hill,
London SW11 5TN. Please contact the PCT to receive guidelines
for candidates." Find a link to the Puppet Centre Trust under
 
"Creative Alchemy: A Multi-media Storytelling Project. Welfare
State International, who have established themselves as "Britain's
foremost performance and installation collective", is seeking a
small number of multi-skilled creative people to work with us to
create the armature of an unusual tour. Creative Alchemy is an
experimental story telling project, a small scale multi-media
performance journey which will explore the real and mythic links
between Cumbria and the Baltic Rim. The tour and show will
continue to grow and change through contact and exchange and
be presented in non standard, possibly outdoor, venues. We are
seeking good communicators from the areas of art and/or science
who enjoy experimentation, improvisation and open ended play.
They will be alchemists who individually bring a toolkit of skills
and experience across artforms, for example IT/digital media,
storytelling/gathering, visual arts & sculpture, music and song,
and in their working relationships with others. The team will come
together between 9th - 27th February 2004 at Lanternhouse,
WSI's home in Ulverston, Cumbria. A fee, travel and accom will
all be provided. Closing date for applications, 5th December 03.
Interviews will be held during the week of 15th December 03."
For further information and application details, contact Jay Haigh,
Programme Manager jay@welfare-state.com
 
"Dear Alan, hereby we inform you about current announcements
on the KultNet site:
  Summer Variety 2004 in Ostfildern, near Stuttgart, the summer
Variety program looks for new generation artists with commitment.
  Bielefelder Cabaret Prize 2004 new generation prize for young
cabaret artists and comedians from all German-speaking countries.
  Cabaret Kaktus in Munich, seeks groups and soloists. 35 years
with their first or second program from the ranges cabaret and
comedy, as well as cabaret beginners." Find a link to KultNet
 
"This is the final report of the 17th World Dance Congress,
"Dance in Education", Naxos, Greece, 22-26/10/2003. There
were 406 registered conferees, and 41 countries represented. 61
research reports or lecture-demonstrations, and 21 classes were
presented. 14 dance ensembles performed, totaling 240 dancers
and 31 musicians and a 457-page book of proceedings was
published. Copies of the proceedings can be ordered from the
national Dora Stratou Theater, mail@grdance.org . This congress
is strictly non-profit: none of  the organizers receives a fee. Not to
be confused with dance workshops, festivals, symposiums or open
conferences. It is the largest gathering of dance specialists ever;
with the strictest specifications and the richest program. The next
World Dance Congress will take place in October 2004." Find a
link to the World Dance Congress under Festivals and Events at
 
"Dear Friends, the Cultural Foundation Cayena will organise the
International Festival of Capoeira Angola III, from Tuesday 18
to Sunday 23 November in Bogota, Columbia. It will be one
week full of activities like workshops, samples of videos,
conferences, encounters, artistic presentations and one skill class
after another. We welcome the participation of Brazilian Masters
Jogo De Dentro and Deborah Miranda. The event is open to
children, young people, adults, instructors or not of Capoeira, that
wish to extend their knowledge or to learn this art and to the public
in general. We have two courses of Capoeira Angola with
theoretical and practical classes of history, music and movements
of this art. Each course has a duration of 20 hours and will be led
by teacher Jogo De Dentro." Kindly; Paola Andrea Ruiz, Cultural
foundation Cayena, Bogota, Colombia. For more information,
e-mail: fundacioncayena@hotmail.com
 
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Clown Categories to US Clown Association Competitions
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This month we conclude the clown debate that we have been
running for the past few months, by broadening the discussion to
America, and the growth of the art form there.
 
Here in Australia, the campaign to reform the curriculum at NICA
to make it more clown-friendly, turned nasty recently, with one of
the commentators in last months issue loosing his job as a result of
his post, and talk of 'balkanizing the industry'.
 
So, together with a lack of movement on the promised clown
forum, we see from this that the problems at NICA are endemic to
the management of the organisation, and that stronger measures
than public debate will be required to facilitate a change... It all
comes out in the wash, and we did our best.
 
The following discussion occurred on the Yahoo group 'clowns'
in the past month. "This forum is for the spreading of information
about all aspects of clowning. For sharing experiences, both bad
and good. To help each other to learn more about clowning. To
allow each of us to become better clowns." To sign up to this
 
"As much as I love Ringling, there's just something special about
a genuine, canvas-covered Big Top circus. But, there can be too
much reliance on tradition. After all, gas lights, wooden stoves and
outhouses used to be traditional...as were horse-drawn carriages
and spittoons. Let's cherish the traditions but look to the future of
clowning.  EVERYONE should write their respective associations
(COAI, WCA, SECA, WCA, etc.) Today and Demand that
changes to the rules requiring "traditional" full make- up, "traditional"
clown personae, "traditional" clown costumes, etc. for competitions
and coaching sessions be changed to accommodate the spreading
popularity of the Euro clown, minimal make-up & costume image...
which has a far older basis in tradition than the bright (and beautiful)
American clown. At the very least, it should be brought to a vote of
the membership or made a dominant platform for future officer
elections." Skip the Clown. Find a link to Skip's site under Clowns
 
"Rather than changing traditions within the organizations, I think it
would be nice to see recognition of the progression the art of
clowning has made. Looking at other disciplines like singing. The
Grammy awards did not stop offering awards for popular
categories but rather added new ones, so now there is an award
for Best Country Album or best Rap, or hip hop or gospel, or
contemporary christian or  new age. I would say that maybe the
respective associations could add a free style, European, modern,
traditional, etc categories to their competitions and coaching
sessions." Yours in Christ, Bob Smith, aka Handi the Clown,
 
"This is a good idea that ought to reach the right ears. It just
makes complete sense. Instead of trying to shove everyone in to
a pigeonhole slot, let this thing grow and do something about
advancing everyone. I know a lot of ruffled feathers that would
get smoothed with a move like this, starting with me. It wouldn't
mean abandoning tradition, it would mean advancing new changes
and giving everyone a shot to shine ... now, go make sure the
powers that be hear this !!!!" Honeybunch
 
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Noticeboard
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"Dear all, The Center for Children's Theater Development in
Prishtina, Kosovo, has a mission for developing the children's
theater in region, by focusing its educative and social role. We
would be very grateful to get in contact with similar centers, or
foundations that are interested to support these kind of projects
in our region. For more information about our Center and our
project "Theatre for children-art and education", please contact
us via e-mail, and I hope that we will hear from you soon." Best
regards, Jeton Neziraj, qavmm@yahoo.com
 
"Hello Mr Clay; our first show kathak meets circus, can be
performed with 5 to 8 performers, depending on budgets.
We have very little cargo with us, and we can adapt from street
performances under a rig, to theatres or bigtops. Our work is
very theatrical and political, it would also be appropriate for events
like the gay pride as the main story is a gay love story in the air,
although a straight love story travels parallel with it. Amphitheatre
of the Arts wishes to raise awareness of "New Circus" as an art
form whilst exploring social issues, in combination with cultural art
forms, creative circus skills and educational programmes for the
wider community. The performance is accompanied by visual
theatre, circus skills (Vertical rope solo & duo, straps, trapeze and
juggling), and contact movement. We would like to know if there
are any openings for our work to be booked in your part of the
world." best regards, JM Akkerman
amphitheatreofthearts@btopenworld.com
 
"Book Review - David Bartlett - The Clown Star - Five Points
To Guide You Toward Continual Progress -  Pub. 2003
If you have any ambition to be better clown, entertainer, or
person, this book will help you find the areas you need to work
on. David is exceptionally clear about how to become the best
you can be. He's spelled it all out. Right here. And he's right.
One of my favorite parts is the 7 Levels of Laughter. David talks
about the audience's reactions from smirks to guffaws to ... well,
you've got to read it. His explanation of how to move the
audience from one level of laughter to another is one of the best
approaches to explaining a comedy entertainment that I have
read. Warning - Reading this book will make you think. If you
are just starting out,  if you are good but want to get better, if
you are willing to do the work but are not sure what to work on,
get this book. Highly Recommended. Soft Cover, 1/2 Size,
Perfect Bound, 183 Pages." Tom Myers. Get this book from the
T. Myers Magic Web Store, and find this link under Resources
 
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