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CircoArts, Shaping Ambition, Christchurch, New Zealand
Clown Masterclasses, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia
Devising Your Clown Show, & New
Angels Can Fly, Brisbane Writers Festival Launch
Catapult Youth Arts Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Camp America Cultural Exchange Programme, USA
Disneyland, Tokyo and Hong Kong, Casting in Australia
Auckland & Hamilton Buskers Festivals, New Zealand
Belconnen Markets Buskers Festival, Canberra, Australia
Applause Street Theatre & Buskers Festival, Albury NSW
ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival, 2008, Adelaide
San Francisco Clown Conservatory Student Show, USA
Contortion International, Circus & Dancers agency, Canada
Jonathan Kay's Theatre Company of Fools audition, UK
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Welcome to the September 2005 edition of the Artmedia
physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an
Australasian focus and a global perspective.
In the Sponsorship section this month we welcome back
CircoArts, with more news on their training in Christchurch,
New Zealand, including information on their Summer School
in January next year, and the 2006 Application Round.
In the Playspace section, I am teaching a clown masterclass
in Sydney later this week and in Brisbane next week, and I
have information on three new courses over the next few
months, including 'Devising Your Clown Show', a new
workshop in Sydney next month, with an earlybird deadline
in a couple of weeks.
In the Features, Angels Can Fly is selling well in Australia,
USA and England, and there are 50 copies now in libraries in
Australia and New Zealand, so check out your local library.
Those in Brisbane are invited to the launch of the book in the
BookMania Marquee at the Brisbane Writers Festival, by the
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, on Sunday October 2nd.
Also in the Features, we have information on the Catapult
Youth Arts Festival in Bathurst, NSW, which starts at the
end of this week, and the Camp America International
Cultural Exchange Programme which is seeking circus
teachers for camos in the USA next year.
In a Special Feature this month, Walt Disney Entertainment
is casting in Australia for singers, dancers, musical theatre
performers, acrobats and aerialists, for live entertainment at
Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea and the new
Hong Kong Disneyland.
In the Networking we have a bit of an Australasian busking
focus, with calls for the Auckland & Hamilton Buskers
Festivals in New Zealand, the Belconnen Markets Buskers
Festival in Canberra, and the Applause Street Theatre and
Buskers Festival in Albury, NSW.
We also preview the World Congress and Festival of the
International Association of Theater for Children and Young
People, which will be held in Adelaide, Australia, in 2008.
And in USA, the San Francisco Clown Conservatory invites
interested subscribers to a student show later this month,
while in Canada, Contortion International, a new Circus &
Dancers agency seeks acts, and in the UK there is an
audition workshop for a new Theatre Company of Fools,
under the direction of Jonathan Kay.
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Sponsor: CircoArts: Shaping Ambition,
CircoArts, New Zealand's only circus skills tertiary provider is
based at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
(CPIT). Here's a snippet of recent CircoArts news and events
Over the months of July and August, The Christchurch Arts
Festival kept locals amused. An array of performances, theatre,
dance and circus lured Cantabrians to various venues across
town. CircoArts students relished at the opportunity to view
some incredible acts, and in some cases participate in what is
regarded as a significant event on the local arts calendar.
Cirque Eloize's production of Nomade, a beautiful and stunning
ensemble work proved to be a Festival favourite. Nomade was a
sublime and lyrical performance, rich with imagery, narrative and
comedy. The performance challenged students understanding of
mixed media and physical theatre while building appreciation of
their unique craft. CircoArts were fortunate to have members of
Cirque Eloize visit CPIT where performers shared their skills and
stories with our staff and students.
The high jinks inside the Festival Tiny Top were yet another
highlight for CircoArts students. Australian based performers;
Tony Rooke, Azaria Universe and Trent Bauman were joined by
CircoArts graduate Sam Wills and local sword swallower and all
round big guy, Hefty Jeff. The happy Tiny Top exposed CircoArts
students to yet another Circus tradition: the sideshow. Two
fortunate students were able to try out their crazy comic
characters alongside the supportive team at the Tiny Top.
CircoArts staff and students were inspired by visits from Annie
Davey of Circus Oz and Beth Kayes of the Co. Theatre Physical
(ex Legs on the Wall). The sessions each performer held at
CircoArts made a lasting impression on our students.
CPIT's CircoArts Summer School is scheduled to run in late
January 2006. Summer School is open to anyone over the age
of sixteen and is the perfect opportunity to develop specialist
skills or sample what CircoArts has to offer. CircoArts Summer
School will run in the CircoArts training space and will teach
aerial, acrobatic, equilibristic and juggling skills.
CircoArts Summer School courses are fulltime and run for ten
days. Our indicative fee of $10 per course is yet another reason
not to miss this fantastic training opportunity. We are excited
about having CircoArts graduate Mark Sands and Rudi Mineur
from Popeyed share their amazing skills with the Summer
School team. They will be appearing in the internationally
renowned World Buskers Festival which is scheduled to
coincide with our training sessions. Be sure to enhance your
skills by day, and be entertained by world class buskers by
CircoArts Summer School students 2005 mini showcase
Year Two students present their final acts in Club 37, a
physical comedy/new circus show set in the 1930s.
Gangsters, dames, a femme fatale and the odd derelict are
just some of the characters invented by this talented group
of students. Under the guidance of Chris Carrow, CircoArts
Clown and Performance tutor, students will integrate their
circus skills into a quirky narrative woven around characters
they have invented. The show runs at the Christ's College
Hall from October 13th through to October 15th.
International Fee Announcement
CPIT is pleased to announce that international fees for the
2006 CircoArts programme have been heavily discounted.
Australian students continue to pay domestic fees while
international students will now pay only $13,000 NZD
CircoArts training for the year 2006.
2006 Application Round
CircoArts are now accepting 2006 applications for the
Diploma in Circus Arts. For information about our Diploma
in Circus Arts or to sign up for a promotional CD or DVD
log onto www.cpit.ac.nz/circoarts today!
Playspace: Clown Training, Sydney, Brisbane
Clown training with Alan Clay exploring a physical and
irreverent approach to clown. More information at
Sydney Clown Masterclass
Flamenco Studio, 3 Gladstone Rd, Newtown
(3 day) September 14 to 16 ( Wed - Fri ) 10am - 4pm
Brisbane Clown Masterclass
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brunswick St
(3 day) September 21 to 23 ( Wed - Fri ) 10am - 4pm
A contemporary physical approach to the clown art form,
exploring playfulness, irreverence, and the freedom of 'not
knowing', which has been developed over twenty years by
Alan Clay at Playspace Studio in Auckland and Sydney.
Each day starts with an yoga warm up, followed by
exercises to develop physical and emotional expression,
and improvisational exercises to develop comic timing and
Devising Clown Performance Material
(3 day) Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th October
Earlybird $300 (by September 30) $400 (full)
This is a new workshop in Sydney, for those with some
experience, who want to create clown performance material.
"What will I do when I am in front of the audience?" we
wonder. We want to know what we are going to do, and we
have ideas or images, but we often need a structure to help
us develop these. This workshop is designed to help with
this process by providinf a structure for development,
feedback and practice.
Weekend Clown Workshop, December
10 and 11
(2 day) Earlybird $250 (by October 21) $350 (full)
This is the first weekend workshop Alan has offered for
four years, so if you can not find the time off work to
attend the week day masterclasses and intensives, grab
your chance to work intensively for two days in Sydney
in early December.
One Week Clown Intensive, Sydney,
to 24, 2006. (5 day) Price Buster $400 (by November 15)
Earlybird $500 (by January 20) $600 (full)
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 course takes a broad
view of clown, which allows students room to develop their
own unique style.
"In the best
clown tradition Alan 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." NZ Herald.
Feature: Angels Can Fly - Launch,
Libraries, and DVD
Brisbane Writers Festival Launch, October 2nd
Angels Can Fly will be launched at the Brisbane Writers
Festival, on Sunday October 2nd at 1pm, in the BookMania
Marquee on the Cultural Forecourt between the Queensland
Performing Arts Centre and the Brisbane River. This launch
event will not only include a reading from the book, and an
opportunity for questions and book signing, but also a 15
minute show, the 'Seven Clown Commandments'.
in Libraries in Australia and New Zealand
Around 50 copies of Angels Can Fly are now in libraries
in Australia and New Zealand. Check with your library to
see if they have a copy. Some libraries also have copies
of the Angels Can Fly DVD.
Angels Can Fly from Bookshops and On-line
The book is selling well through bookshops and online
stores in Australia, America and England. Order your
copy today. Amazon are still selling it at a US$16.47.
Angels Can Fly DVD - Special Offer
Remember, the Angels Can Fly DVD is also available free
when you purchase the Australian Edition of the paperback
direct from Artmedia. The Australian edition is Aus$49.95
plus Aus$22 international postage or $10 in Australia. This
edition includes colour pictures. To get the paperback and
a free Angels Can Fly DVD, simply send a bank cheque in
Australian dollars, payable to Artmedia to: PO Box 152,
Newtown NSW 2042, Australia.
more information at:
Feature: Catapult Youth Arts Festival -
Bathurst, Sept 16 18
The first Catapult youth arts festival is happening between
September 16th and 18th in Bathurst. The theme is circus
and physical theatre, and some of Australia's best circus
performers are appearing alongside youth circus troupes
from around NSW and interstate. As well as performance
there are workshops, forums, a parade and circus shop.
Slingshot yourself into a circus spectacular! Roll up ! Roll
up! to a unique biennial youth festival featuring the largest
troupe of circus performers to ever juggle, tumble, unicycle
and funamble together in N.S.W. Nine heart stopping shows
over three days featuring superb professional circus
performers alongside the cream of youth circus from around
the state in incredibly affordable shows for the whole family.
A sensational opening parade with over 400 participants,
free performances in Machattie Park by the world champion
buskers, free forums, short films, circus shop and Exhibition.
Invited performers include Kareena Oates, PopEyed, the
Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Kane Petersen, Daniel Rabin, Kyle
Raftery, Ashley and Rochelle Brophy (Circus Carousel).
Youth troupes include Cirkus Surreal, Circus West, Clyde
Circus, Brewarrina Circus and more. For details and a copy
of the program e-mail:
for bookings call 6333 6161.
Feature: Camp America Cultural Exchange
Applications are now being accepted for our 9 week summer
camp programme in the US. Each year we send around 10 000
people from 40 countries to participate in this great international
opportunity. Places are available in over 100 different sport and
activity areas. Performing Arts, Circus and Magic workshops
are in high demand!
Applicants need to be at least 18 by June 1, able to depart
during the month of June 2006 for a minimum of 9 weeks, have
no criminal record, be calm, energetic, and flexible and have a
genuine desire to work with kids.
Camp America will use its extensive resources to personally
place you at a camp that best matches your skills and
background. As a counsellor to American youngsters, you'll be
employed to teach them new skills, share experiences and
cultures as well as providing overall supervision. In other words,
you'll be a 'brother, sister, mentor, supervisor' all rolled into
one. So get ready for an incredible American summer.
You'll receive food, accommodation and pocket money while
you are away. We'll help you obtain your visa; provide medical
insurance and 24 hour emergency assistance. After camp you
can usually travel until October 31st on your J-1 visa.
Applications are accepted until April 1 2006. For more
information or a brochure please call 1800 653 477 or email
Special Feature: Tokyo Disneyland & Hong
Walt Disney Entertainment is casting for singers dancers,
musical theatre performers, acrobats and aerialists for an
incredible array of live entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland.
Park, Tokyo DisneySea. and Hong Kong Disneyland which
is due to open in September, 2005. Performers bring
exciting, up-close entertainment to guests through shows
that range from celebrating Broadway, to a rousing, fun-filled
review with Mickey and the gang.
The Disneyland Parks are looking for singers, dancers,
acrobats, musical theatre performers and Disney Animated
Character Look-a-likes for contracts commencing soon and
also for future replacements contracts in both Tokyo and
To schedule an appointment for all auditions, call the
Audition Hotline on 0408 363056 (within Australia) -
Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm only. The
Audition Hotline will be taking registrations from Monday 5th
September until Tuesday 27th September, 2005. Please
note all singers need to phone for audition appointments.
Dance, Face Character Look-a-likes and Acrobatic auditions
are all open calls. Not all roles are auditioned in every city.
Requirements: All applicants must
be at least age 18
at the time of auditions. Please bring a non-returnable photo
and resume. All auditions begin at the times listed or
scheduled. Please arrive early to register.
Dancers: Should be strong in
ballet and jazz. Some roles
require tap or vocal ability. Gymnastic skills are a plus.
Please wear appropriate dance attire/shoes and be warmed
up and ready to begin at the listed time.
Disney Animated Look-A-Likes: Will
require some dance
ability - please come prepared with appropriate dance
attire and shoes. These people will be chosen according
to how much they resemble Disney Prince and Princesses.
Acrobats: Male and female roles
require good upper body
and back strength. Basic gymnastic skills are required
and may include high bar, rope, rings and floor. Male roles
are only for Hong Kong and ring experience is a definite
advantage. Female roles are for both Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Female roles all involve aerial work - extensive training will
be given but candidates should not be scared of heights.
Some dance skills are also required and finalists may need
to learn a movement combination to be successful in most
of these roles.
Singers: Please prepare two vocal
selections of contrasting
styles (best 16 bars of each will be heard in most cases).
For all vocal auditions an accompanist will be provided and
you should provide sheet music in correct keys. Singers
should also be prepared to learn a dance combination if
required - please bring appropriate attire on audition day.
Brisbane: Wednesday 28th
September - Dance;
Disney Look-a-Likes; Acrobats & Call Backs.
Sydney: Friday 30th September -
Dance; Disney Look-
a-Likes; Acrobats and Call Backs. Saturday 1st October
- Vocal Auditions & Call Backs.
Melbourne: Monday 3rd October -
Dancers, Acrobats &
Call Backs. Tuesday 4th October - Vocal Auditions & Call
Backs. Wednesday 5th October - Disney Look-a-Likes &
Perth: Saturday 8th October -
Dance; Disney Look-a-Likes;
Acrobats & Call Backs
"Hello all, Once again I am scheduling a couple of festivals in
New Zealand. If you are interested.. We pay minimal travel
so if you are coming down this way during these dates, and
wanna see NZ and make some cash, email me.
International Buskers Festival: Friday 3rd February to
Monday 6th February 06. Hamilton Garden Place Buskers
Carnival: Thursday 2nd March to Sunday 5th March 2006."
Cheers, Nick Nickolas. Find Nick's e-mail contact on his
site, and find a link to Nick Nickolas under Magicians at
"Belconnen Markets Buskers Festival,
Canberra, 29 to
30 October 2005. During the inaugural Belconnen Markets
Buskers Festival, buskers of all ages and talents will
entertain crowds over two days. We do not have any
limitations on what your busking abilities are, we just
encourage all buskers to get up and have a go. Buskers
will perform over two days for the chance to win a first
prize of Aus$1800 and a second prize of Aus$700. The
judges will select finalists over the two days to perform on
centre stage to select the winners. We also encourage all
buskers while not performing on stage to set up in the
designated market area busking positions. Download and
complete the entry form if you wish to enter. All busking
applications must be received by Thursday 20th October."
Find a link to the Belconnen market Busker Fest under
"Applause Street Theatre & Buskers Festival,
NSW, Australia, on Saturday 22nd October 2005 is seeking
performance artists and musicians. Consisting of two stages
- qualification round & finals. Acts will be provided with a
location and time for their performance during the day. There
is no appearance fee for acts, however busking is encouraged.
Everyone invited to perform at Final Applause event will
automatically receive Aus$250 cash, with additional prizes
awarded throughout the night including: Best local act - $150
to spend in Albury Central; Funniest act - Aus$150 cash; and
People s choice 1 award - Aus$250 cash + prizes." Glenys
Atkins, Coordinator. Find a link to the Applause Buskers
Festival under Festivals at
"The International Assn of Theater for Children and Young
World Congress and Festival
Old Knowledge, New Word - promises to turn the world on its
head, swinging the spotlight onto the Southern Hemisphere
and to Australasia. Australia's cultural heritage is distinctive,
rich and diverse, and is home to some of the oldest
traditional cultures in the world - that of our Indigenous
communities, whose art links intimately with the environment
and the land. These myriad and ancient cultures coexist with
a multicultural contemporary society, merging into a culture
as intriguing and complex as any others in the Western world.
The Congress Festival will gather Australia's finest Theatre for
Young People companies in a showcase of work from every
state and territory of our broad continent, presenting theatre,
dance, circus and puppetry works for early childhood audiences,
children and teenagers. It is proposed that the program will
feature fifteen Australian performing arts works, with a special
focus on contemporary and traditional Indigenous performing
arts. It is also proposed that up to fifteen performing arts
works will be programmed from across the world. Much of
Australia's outlook is Asian and the international program
offers us the opportunity to emphasise the performing arts of
the Asia Pacific rim. A number of works from other parts of
the world will also be represented. The ASSITEJ Festival
team looks forward to welcoming you to Adelaide and the
16th ASSITEJ World Congress. The Festival will be presented
by the Australian Festival for Young People best known for its
biennial Come Out festival." Tony Mack, Australian ASSITEJ
representative. Find a link to the ASSITEJ World Congress
under Festivals at
"Dear Friends, our 6th class of Clown
in San Francisco, USA, has just started the year and in a
week our biggest Advance Class to date will get started. We
have more students than ever before, a total of 21, with many
new programs. Please come visit during the year: see a show,
take a workshop, surf our new web site, tell all your friends
about us and catch our graduates in some of the hottest
shows in the world. See the class of 2006 in their first public
performance, at 2:30pm on September 29 at Circus Center.
Catch snippets from different classes - mime, Commedia
dell'Arte, dance, circus skills, etc. Pay what you can." Jeff
Raz. Find a link to the Clown Conservatory site under
"New International Circus and Dancers agency. Calling
all dancers & variety acts... Contortion
has several openings in circuses in Mexico, and California,
U.S.A. We are looking for Men and Women with traditional
circus Acts including your not so traditional acts like Net,
Straps etc. We are also looking to fill positions for female
dancers - preferred dancing background - Jazz/Classical,
ballet training, performance. We are also seeking other
variety type acts, even those outside of traditional circus
themes, for our books. Please send CV, and photos with
headshots wherever possible, and description of your act
i.e. timing, name of act, and what skills involved. Contract
lasts a year, travel expenses will be paid." Paul Chownyk
and Jasmine George. Find a link to Contortion International
under Contortion at:
"Jonathan Kay is creating a Theatre Company
in collaboration with the Battersea Arts Centre, London.
The company will be formed of artists from different
disciplines, be it actors, musicians, dancers, opera singers,
etc. who wish to develop their work in the direction of fooling
and is interested in Jonathan Kays unique improvisational
style. To become part of this company, you do not have to
have had previous experience in fooling, but we are looking
for professional artists who can practically and passionately
commit to forming a theatre company with Jonathan. Know
Ones Fool Two-Day Workshop (Part 1) Octoberfest at the
Battersea Arts Centre, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 Oct. This
weekend workshop is an opportunity to take part in a
workshop led by Jonathan Kay, although the intention of
the session is to find artists from all disciplines who are
interested in coming together to take professional steps
towards developing a theatre company. Know Ones Fool
One-Week Workshop (Part 2) Sat 15th Oct - Fri 21 Oct.
Expenses Paid. For this One-Week workshop Jonathan
to invite back individuals whom he would like to start a
dialogue with the intention to begin to create a theatre
company lead by Jonathan Kay. This work is not for the
faint hearted and can be emotionally taxing. Participants
need to be responsible for their own well-being. We look
forward to hearing from you!" Jolie Pierce, Director of
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