April 2004

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - April 2004
   International Mime and Physical Theater Festival, Caribbean
   Winter Clown School with Alan Clay, Sydney, Australia
  Jango Edwards, Annual Clown Master Class, Cannes, France

   Critical Path, Choreographers Assn seeks Director, Sydney
   Korn Patch Klown, COAI Regional Conference, USA
   BuskerFest, Toronto's Street Performer's Festival, Canada
   Australian Refugee Project, Clowns without Borders, Sweden
   Intensive with DAH Theatre Research, Serbia and Montenegro
   Forced Entertainment, Brilliant Experimental Theatre, UK
   Kiklos, School of Theatre Creation, 'In Search of Clown', Italy

   Researching 'Perceptions of Circus', Circus in Pop Songs
   London Toast Theatre from Copenhagen, seeks Aussie Tour
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Welcome to the April 2004 edition of the Artmedia physical
theatre newsletter, a publication with an Australasian focus
and a global perspective.

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We welcome the 4th International Mime and Physical Theater
Festival of the Caribbean as sponsor this month. Polimnia
Physical Theater, directed by choreographer Ivan Olmo, is
organizing the festival, to be held from May 14 to 16 in Puerto
Rico. They are also 'planning the selection for the 5th Festival
for 2005, and we are looking for new, fresh and talented artists'.
In Playspace news, the earlybird deadline on the 5 week Sydney
clown school is coming up in a couple of weeks, in early May,
so contact me if you want to get the best deal on this course.
I am off to New Zealand for a couple of months, so the 3 day
clown masterclass which was to take place in May, has now
been moved to October.
In the Features this month we welcome Jango Edwards, ( my
first clown teacher, at a workshop in Stockholm in 1977 ), with
information on his 10th Annual Clown Master Class in Cannes,
France. Go Jango! This 'Clown Theory Master Class' will take
place at the 'Performance d?Acteur Festival', in Cannes, France,
in June.

In the networking, Critical Path, the Choreographers Association
in Sydney, seeks a Director, the Korn Patch Klowns announce
the North Central COAI Regional Conference in the USA, and
interest is sought for BuskerFest, Toronto's Street Performer's
Festival in Canada.

Our problems in Australia with the conservative government,
is brought home this month by a post from 'Clowns without
Borders' in Sweden, who, after their last expedition to the
Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal, are now seeking
collaborators for an Australian Refugee Detention Centre

We also have information on an Intensive with DAH Theatre
Research in Serbia and Montenegro, some news on Forced
Entertainment, described as 'brilliant experimental theatre'
from Britain.

And we have a bit of a clown theme, as we often do, with
information on an interesting clown training program in Italy,
'In Search of Clown', at the School of Theatre Creation in Padua.
Those who were following the Clown Debate in this newsletter
last year will be interested in this course description.

In the Noticeboard, Reg Bolton is researching 'Perceptions of
Circus', and looking for help with references to circus and clowns
in pop songs, while 'London Toast Theatre', an English speaking
theatre company from Copenhagen in Denmark, is seeking an
Australian tour.
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Sponsor - 4th Int Mime and Physical Theater Festival, Caribbean
Polimnia Physical Theater directed by choreographer Ivan Olmo
is currently organizing the 4th International Mime and Physical
Theater Festival in the Caribbean. The festival will be held from
May 14 to the 16 at the Tapia Theatre in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In addition to scheduled performances, the festival will feature
workshops on Mime Theater and Movement for Actors. To our
knowledge, this is the only event of this nature that is held in the
Caribbean. Puerto Rico is the host country, and old San Juan
will become strategic, cultural and focal point for the event. The
festival will be promoted by print, radio, television and other
electronic media. This time the festival has brought together a
vibrant and fabulous collection of professional and community

We have already engaged mime artists and established physical
theater companies from: USA (Rick Wamer and Lorie Heald),
Japan (Haruka Moriyama and her pianist Kuni Mikami), Luis Oliva,
Sorely Muentes, Ivan Olmo and of course Polimnia Physical
Theater from Puerto Rico. The Festival has been devised to
celebrate the diversity, artistic and quality of mime and physical
theater from local and international artists and companies.

The 4th International Mime and Physical Theater Festival in the
Caribbean seeks to create a strong cultural environment for the
development of mime and movement works that question
traditional roles and social moral, yet are accessible to a general
population. Festival organizers recognize the aesthetic value and
impact that mime and movement has on Caribbean art forms.

Thus, one of the objectives of the festival is to create a common
space for sharing workshops, master classes, and conferences
among participants. Polimnia Physical Theater is devoted to the
development, performance, and enrichment of dance and theater
in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

For mime and physical theatre performers interested in the next
International Mime and Physical Theater Festival in the Caribbean,
this International Festival offers the opportunity to present original
short pieces to a hungry audience. We are planning the selection
for the 5th Festival for 2005, and we are looking for new, fresh and
talented artists, so contact us if you are interested.

For more information about the International Mime and Physical
Theatre Festival in the Caribbean call or write to: Ivan Olmo
Artistic Director Polimnia Physical Theater P.O.Box 9020927 San
Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-0927. Telephone: 787.725.7792 or E-Mail:
Playspace News
5-week Clown School with Alan Clay, Sydney, July 6 to Aug 5

The earlybird deadline on the 5 week clown school is coming up
in a couple of weeks, in early May, so contact me if you want
to get the best deal on this course, and I will give you an
address in Auckland to send it to, or a bank account in
Australia to pay it into.

"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 5-week Winter Clown School provides the opportunity to
work intensively with clown in Sydney, two days a week, for five
weeks, giving lots of time for individual activities while providing
a regular intensive training opportunity.
At Playspace we take a broad view of clown, which allows
students room to develop their own unique style. Response to
this new course has been very good, so get back to us if you
want a place held or you would like more information.
The 5-week Clown School runs July 6 to Aug 5, on Tuesday and
Thursday each week, from 10am to 4pm. $860 ( earlybird, before
May 6 ) Aus$1,020 ( full ) or $500 deposit and two payments of
$350 ( = $1,200 ) clownschool@artmedia.com.au

Clown Masterclass with Alan Clay, Sydney (3-day), October 12
to 14, Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm.

This workshop takes a physical and emotional approach to clown,
placing an emphasis on rediscovering the sense of play, the
curiosity to explore and the innocence to see things in new ways.
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.
$320 ( earlybird, before August 12 ) Aus$420 ( full ). Find more
information at http://www.artmedia.com.au/workshop.htm
Enrolments email: clown@artmedia.com.au 
Feature - Jango Edwards 10th Annual Clown Master Class
'Performance d'Acteur Festival' - Cannes (France) June 4 to 12 ? 04
This year we will focus on the creation and performance of : 'The
CANNES Magical Mr. E Detour'

The "Clown Theory Master Class" was founded and developed by
Jango Edwards together with Peter Ercolano and Nana Sapey. A
group of international instructors is enlisted, each specialized in a
specific comic technique. They function as a comedy dream team,
offering a multi lingual course. This year's Magical Detour is designed
as an interactive guided tour in around the city of Cannes. Members
of the Master Class, class instructors and additional artists will form
animation teams, appearing in designated activity points on the tour
route. The audience will both watch, and participate in, the
presentation. The tour will be open to the general public and will be
presented in the final days of the workshop.

To achieve this goal, you will work as a Clown Performer in an
ensemble with other professionals. You will learn how to relate to the
audience in unpredictable and spontaneous situations, to improvise
and to adapt, in order to give the gift of laughter to an unsuspecting
public. The Cannes Master Class Dream Team assisting Jango
include the following instructors, teachers, professional animators,
musicians and clown actors: Grada Perskins (Netherlands), Nana
Sapey (Switzerland), Tony Murchland (England), Carlo Colombaioni
(Italy), Giovanna Bellina (Italy), Shirley Ferrini (USA), Lucas Trapaza
(Spain), Fabio Duwentester (Germany), Peter Ercolano (Italy).

The Master Class is for 9 days, and includes food, accommodation
and a pass to all the events at the festival. The ensemble animations
are compulsory for everyone. Applicants must have a professional
performing status to be considered for selection. Enrolment will be
on a first come first serve basis. To attend this years Master Class,
please contact: Carmen Agola, Mr. E Productions, Italy - phone the
office: 0039 06 6279327 or the mobile: 0039 3333960741 or email:
mreproductions@hotmail.com  for an application form.

"Critical Path, a new initiative in Sydney designed to deliver
sustainable professional development and creative resources to
contemporary choreographers in NSW (Australia), seeks Director.
The role of Director presents a unique opportunity for a leader
within the dance industry, or related field, to shape the artistic
and organisational direction of Critical Path. We seek to appoint
a Director who has a passionate commitment to and knowledge
of contemporary dance; highly developed strategic, analytical and
administrative skills and the ability to lead an evolving organisation.
Applications close Friday 23 April at 5pm. A recruitment package
is available at the web site." Fiona Taylor. Find a link to the Aus
Dance NSW site under Dance at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Korn Patch Klown is planning a tremendous North Central COAI
Regional Conference for October 15 - 17th of 2004. Great instructor
lineup includes:  Steve Kissell, Dave Mitchell, Sue Kleinwachter,
James "Animal" Cunningham, Curt and Diana Patty. Also count on
a fabulous dealer room, warm hospitality,  competitions as well as
professional clown photos available. You can read all about it and
download a flyer at our website." Sparky. Find a link to the Korn
Patch Klowns Conference under Festivals and Events at

"Are you a street performer? Gonna be in Toronto in August?
Wanna help the fight against Epilepsy? Consider participating in
BuskerFest in Toronto. From Noon to Midnight in the heart of
Toronto's St Lawrence Market, August 26th to 29th, buskers from
around the world - including Canada, the U.S., Australia and
Europe will perform daring feats of fire, martial arts, comedy,
music, juggling, acrobatics, miming, and storytelling. BuskerFest
is Toronto's International Street Performer's Festival where the
world's best Buskers converge on Toronto for four days and nights
of entertainment from more than 30 of the world's top street
performers. In order to attend, performers are invited after a
careful screening process. While new, up and coming, performers
are invited, experienced international entertainers with unique and
highly polished acts make up the majority of the roster.
Performers are encouraged to send promotional packages that
include pictures and video (North American VHS Format). Please
send a list of references from street festivals or events you have
attended recently." Kelly McKeigan, Director of Talent, ESP
Productions. Find a link to BuskerFest site under Festivals at

"New program of DAH Theatre Research Center in Beograd in Serbia
and Montenegro. An intensive week with artists from DAH Theatre
Research Center involving performances, workshops, lectures, and
meetings, from 13 ? 19. September. The creation of DAH Theatre
coincided with the start of the civil war in ex-Yugoslavia, therefore over
the years, DAH Teatar and later DAH Theatre Research Center,
existed and developed it's activities in very challenging circumstances,
which deeply marked it's work and credo. "In the contemporary world,
destruction and violence can be opposed only by creation of sense.? -
is the motto of DAH Teatar. Participants in this program will have an
opportunity to observe the work or work practically with artists from
DAH Theatre Research Center, to see all the performances and
working process demonstrations by DAH Theatre and the work- in -
progress of the Jadranka Andjelic Project, to hear lectures and see
videos in relation to different aspects of the work of the Center and to
take active  part in talks and meetings. Applications by: 01.07.2004.
Cost: 400E (350E for students) - includes all activities, welcome lunch
and Farewell snacks; does not include accommodation and food. DAH
Theatre Research Center can provide information and book
accommodation for participants - prices of hotel vary from 15 - 50E per
day. More information on the web site." Find a link to the DAH Theatre
Research site under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"HI, I work for Clowns without Borders from Sweden. We are an
international NGO working to bring performers to places where laughter
has been silenced. During our last expedition to the Bhutanese refugee
camps in Nepal we performed with the Australian stilt acrobat Emma
Leak who inspired us to come and perform in the refugee camps in
Australia. So we will be arriving on the west coast in January 2005 and
after a few weeks of vacation we are looking to find co-performers to
play in the camps with us. We are also very interested in spreading the
idea of how we work and so we wonder how we can meet Australian
clowns and circus artists with whom we could share our 30-60 minute
organisation presentation, which is mostly short movies from our
different expeditions around the world." With laughter, P. Nalle Laanela,
Clowns without Borders - Sweden. "A clown is like an aspirin except
that it works twice as fast." - Groucho Marx. Find a link to Clowns
without Boarders under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Artmedia Physical Theatre News has been passed onto me and
I found it most interesting. I am working with Forced Entertainment,
who this year celebrate an astounding 20 years of work. In 1984
seven young performers moved to Sheffield. They were all around
24yearsof age and had a combined desire to make contemporary
theatre. Drawing on music, fine art, city life, cinema, science fiction,
photography, graffiti, personal history and performance, their first work
a theatre piece, Jessica In The Room Of Lights was performed in an
upstairs gallery of an artist run space and Forced Entertainment was
born. Now widely acknowledged to be Britain's most brilliant
experimental theatre company with a reputation in Europe that is
second to none. During this 20th year the company is undertaking a
number of key performance events, their new show Bloody Mess
tours in May/June to Brussels, Paris, Vienna, Germany, Rotterdam
and in September to Norway; focusing in the UK on a two-week long
programme of events at Riverside Studios in October." Jenny Eldridge
Find a link to the Forced Entertainment site under Physical Theatre
at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Kiklos, International School of Theatre Creation, presents the
International Workshop,  The Red Nose, In Search of Clown, in
Padua, Italy, June 27th - July 3th 2004. Poetic, comical and
very personal, the clown is not a character but a state in which
the actor consciously explores his naivety, his weaknesses and
his contradictions, to transform them into the poetry of the
ridiculous. This workshop proposes a journey in search of the
clown, and the performer will explore a state of openness and
vulnerability that allows for play with the creativity of the child
and the rigor of the adult. The clown is a state of being without
doing, where, by letting go of all intentions, the actor touches the
richness of the emptiness (le bide): being present in his own
individuality and unique folly. The work begins with the red nose
as mask, and then explores the clown's entrance, the clown
hierarchy, clown families, voice, costume, improvisation with
objects and with the public, with an aim toward performance,
both in the street and on stage. The workshop will be led by
Giovanni Fusetti, Pedagogical Director of Kiklos. To apply to the
workshop a brief CV and a letter of motivation must be sent to the
School address by 31st of May." Find a link to the Scuola Kiklos
site under training at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm


"Hi Everyone, I know you can help me?. I'm researching
'Perceptions of Circus' i.e. what young people think of Circus.
Right now, I'm collecting every reference I can find to Circus and
Clowns in pop songs. From Frank Sinatra to Eminem and beyond. 
Please rack your brains, and scan your collections, and send me
your quotes, fragments, even vague memories." Thanks heaps,
Reg Bolton, Researcher, Murdoch University, Perth, West Australia

"Dear Alan Clay, We are an English- speaking theatre company
based in Copenhagen and have recently been performing a
contemporary , innovative and highly original adaptation of Oscar
Wilde's classic comedy -  "The Importance of Being Earnest" - 
here at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. The production has been
a huge success and we have already been invited to perform it at
various festivals including the Edinburgh Festival in August. The
production is ideal for touring and for performing abroad as it only
involves five actors, one scenography and few costumes. It is also
only one hour and a half in length and therefore could be presented
at the end of a day's workshops. You can read more about my
company on our website." Best regards, Vivienne McKee, Artistic
Director, London Toast Theatre, Copenhagen. Find a link to London
Toast under Physical Theatre at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

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