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Sponsor: Nimble Arts, Spring & Summer Workshops, Vermont, USA
Playspace: Clown Intensive and Clown Masterclass, Sydney, Australia
Features: Annie Stainer's School of Physical Theatre, Perth, Australia
Arrowfield Buskers Challenge Seeks Acts, NSW, Australia
Special Film Feature:
Call for Clown/Actors for New Digital Short Feature Film, NZ
Physical TV Company Awarded for Dance Film, Aust/USA
Performance Footage wanted for DVD Magazine, Canada
Networking: Performing Artists to Participate in a Corporate Event, Sydney
Adelaide Fringe International Busking Competition, Australia
Celebration Barn Needs Your Help, South Paris, Maine, USA
Commedia dell'Arte Workshop with Antonio Fava, New York
6th International Mime and Physical Theatre Festival, Caribbean
8 Physical Theatre Performers, Generating Company, London
Applications for the Enterprise Season at the Space, London
India International Street Performers Festival, New Delhi, India
Delighted to have the honour of Marrying Clowns, Canada
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Welcome to the February 2006 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre
newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global
perspective, now in its fifth year and reaching over 2,000 subscribers.
First up, I apologise that there was no January issue... but we had no
advertisers clamoring to have their information included, and I was in New
Zealand developing my new clown-film project - more on this in the special
film feature in this issue - so I hope you missed us... as a result however
we have a bit of a bumper issue this month.
The time off has also enabled me to develop
the format of the newsletter, as you can see. Originally we designed this
publication for the old computers that couldn't handle HTML, and could only
display 65 characters per line. These days these limitations are largely
meaningless, so last year we moved into HTML, so that we could include
pictures, and this year we do away with the narrow format. Please let us
know your thoughts on these changes.
For those new to the list, a little
history... The newsletter grew out of an information sheet on the classes I
teach under the banner of Playspace Studio in Sydney, and it still includes
a regular section on Playspace classes. As the readership has developed into
a world-wide community of people interested in physical theatre, we invited
subscribers to send us information for inclusion in the free Noticeboard and
Networking sections, and then introduced the paid Sponsorship and Feature
options to give those who were interested a higher profile, while also
providing a way of covering the costs of the publication.
This month the newsletter is sponsored by the Nimble Arts Trust in Vermont,
USA. Nimble Arts, a circus school based in Brattleboro, is offering several
spring and summer workshops for circus students of all levels. Teachers for
the workshops include former Cirque du Soleil performers Elsie Smith,
Serenity Smith Forchion and Bill Forchion. Nimble Arts is located in the
vibrant town of Brattleboro in southeastern Vermont. Only 2 hours driving
time from Boston, 4 hours from New York City and 4 hours from Montreal.
Thanks to those who responded to my call before Christmas to purchase copies
of Angels Can Fly, there was a surge in sales. Angels Can Fly
has also begun to break into American public libraries, and we have more on
this below, together with a new fictional excerpt from the book. In the
Playspace section we have a last call for those interested in the clown
intensive in Sydney starting February 20, and we have information on a new 3
day clown masterclass in early May, which has a price-buster deadline at the
beginning of next month.
In the Features this month, Total Theatre,
Annie Stainer's School of Physical Theatre in Western Australia, asks: Are
you ready to take the plunge, live your dream and immerse yourself in an
intensive year of Physical Theatre Training? Then where better than in the
beautiful surroundings of Total Theatre in Mosman Park, Perth - between
river and sea and close to the wonderful town of Fremantle.
Also in the Features the Arrowfield Buskers Challenge in NSW, Australia,
seek acts for their inaugural event. 'Do you have an act to share with
people throughout NSW? Then take advantage of the Arrowfield Buskers
Challenge at the Arrowfield Winery on Sunday 9th April... Musicians, clowns,
street performers, glass blowers... all acts welcome to attend this unique,
fun and exciting event.'
In the Special Film Feature, Artmedia site
clients, the Physical TV Company, have been awarded a Gold Medal for their
new Australian Dance Noir film, Thursday's Fictions , by the Park
City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah, USA... And I have a call for a
female American clown, and a male NZ or Australian clown, to star in my new
clown film, Moontan, which will be shot in New Zealand in October.
Finally in the Special Film Feature,
Nutdroppings Productions are accepting submissions for a DVD magazine that
celebrates the Arts! They are looking for footage of performance art and
all genres of short film/video. 'Musicians, mimes, magicians, comics and all
other performance artists...send us your stuff!'
In the Networking, in Australia, we have a
call for performing artists to participate in a corporate event in Sydney in
November, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival kicks off with an opening night
parade and party on Friday 24th February, and this year includes a new
International Busking Competition.
In America, the Celebration Barn in Maine
needs your help to stop the roof from leaking, to seal the basements, and
make sure that the Barn can be fully operational this summer, and the Stolen
Chair Theatre Company welcomes the legendary Commedia dell'Arte maestro
Antonio Fava to New York to teach a one day intensive on February
19th. While in the Puerto Rico, Ivan Olmo, Artistic Director of Polimnia
Physical Theatre, calls for proposals for the 6th International Mime and
Physical Theatre Festival in the Caribbean, scheduled for May, 2006.
Proposal deadline, February 28.
In England the Generating Company are looking
for two highly motivated and dynamic physical theater performers with
attitude to act out the role of the two 'tribe leaders' and six
multi-talented artists... 'The right candidates will be break dancers /
urban runners with martial art and acrobatic skills'. Deadline February 24.
And the Space launches its second annual Enterprise season running from
May-June of 2006, and calls for applications by the 17th February. And
finally we have a call for applications for the India International Street
Performers Festival in New Delhi.
In the Noticeboard section, Barbara
Littlejohn of Galiano Island, BC, Canada, who started to clown in 1978 as a
white faced clown called Rainbow, and is also a Marriage Commissioner for
the Province of British Columbia, would like to have the honour of marring
We aim to provide an avenue of
communication for the physical theatre community, so send us information for
inclusion in this newsletter, and please also forward this to someone else
who may be interested.
Artmedia Site News
This month we announce a new publishing service, where
we publish your website at your address... On this deal it is just $40 a
month to maintain and promote the site, no matter how many pages you have,
and only $20 a page set up cost.
Last month we launched our first such site:
Theatre LOTE provide innovative Bi-lingual Performances for schools
and festivals. The group is Australia-based, and touring their
French/English performances, Sur la route, to Melbourne schools in
Term 2, and L'amour est bizarre! to Sydney schools in Term 3 and 4.
The group will also tour France this year with the show, La Princesse
et la Rivolution .
On the Artmedia site you can find links to performers, companies, resources
and festivals all over the world, and you can also subscribe to this
newsletter. The newsletter archive includes all issues for 2002, 2003, 2004
and 2005. Check it out at:
One page on the Artmedia site is just $20
a month, and $30 buys you as many as you want... so contact us if you want
to promote your work on a site which features search engine referrals direct
to your page, and over 1,600 links from like-minded sites.
Sponsor: Nimble Arts Spring and Summer Workshops, Vermont,
Arts, a circus school based in Brattleboro, VT, is offering several spring
and summer workshops for circus students of all levels.
Teachers for the workshops include former
Cirque du Soleil performers Elsie Smith, Serenity Smith Forchion and Bill
Forchion, plus members of the Nimble Arts staff, Bronwyn Sims and Marina
Workshop size is limited, so early
registration is encouraged. Unless otherwise indicated all skills levels
(beginner through advanced) will be accommodated in each workshop.
Additional workshops, residencies and private
training sessions of various lengths are also available. For complete
program descriptions, cost and teacher information please visit
www.nimblearts.org , email
email@example.com or call
February 27 - March 3 Trapeze
Teacher Training Workshop (week long)
April 15 Injury Prevention & Physical
April 21 - 23 Aerial Fabric weekend
May 5 - 7 Acrobatics and Hand Balancing
May 19 - 21 Duo Trapeze weekend
June 30 - July 2 Intermediate/Advanced Trapeze
(fixed skills) weekend
28 - Sept 1 Aerial Skills week long workshop -
fixed trapeze, fabric, lyra and other apparatus. This workshop also includes
Injury Prevention, act creation and rigging information.
Three day weekend workshops run from 1 - 5 pm
on Friday and Saturday, and 9 - 1 pm on Sunday. The week long workshop runs
from 9 - 5 pm Monday - Friday. Lodging for all workshops are available at
our farmhouse, located on 200 acres.
Nimble Arts is located in the vibrant town of
Brattleboro in southeastern Vermont. Only 2 hours driving time from Boston,
4 hours from New York City and 4 hours from Montreal.
Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
to those who responded to my call to purchase copies of Angels Can Fly
before Christmas, there was a surge in sales. Find it on Amazon by following
Angels Can Fly has also begun to break into the American
library market, with the first ten copies now in US Public Libraries. Check
out your library to see if they have a copy, and if they don't, tell them
they can get a copy from the US wholesale distributor, Ingram Library
"Clown is a fascinating, diverse, complex and
exciting art form, which has existed around the planet for thousands of
years. Like any art form it has to evolve to stay relevant to the culture
nurturing it, and at the same time, and by its very nature, clown teases and
turns upside down the cultural patterns and boundaries around us."
This month we continue a series of excerpts from the book, with a preview of
part of the fictional section from chapter one:
Easy's Pride and Joy Easy arrived down at the street-theatre pitch early, his four year old
son, Jasper, running at his heels. Sugar had already started a show however,
so he took off his back-pack and sat down on the grass, to consider the
Jasper sat in his lap, his eyes on the show.
Sugar had a large crowd and, from where they were sitting, Easy and Jasper
were just getting glimpses of her through gaps in the audience. Then a large
away, right in front of them, and they got a window into the show.
Sugar wiped the back of her hand across her mouth in a vulgar way,
adjusted her trademark bustle which enlarged her backside, then smiled
warmly at a man who stood in front of her in the audience.
"Hi, what's your name?" she asked him.
He made no reaction, fearful of where any response might lead, and
immobilised by the attention of the crowd.
"The questions get harder," she teased him.
Easy saw the realisation dawn on him that it was easier to play along,
than to resist.
"Mike," he admitted.
"Right answer!" she encouraged him.
"Now I want you to do exactly as I do," she told him.
He nodded. Even a nod was a daring move, and she turned to face the same
direction as him, and imitated his reluctant stance, and the audience
Then she took a step forward, and waited in anticipation that he should do
the same. After a moment, lush with humour from his indecision, he followed
her lead, which brought him out of the crowd and onto the stage.
"She's good today," Jasper said.
Easy nodded, and cuddled the boy.
Sugar led Mike step by step, until they reached the centre of the circle,
and with every step his reluctance was confronted and released. And a broad
out on his face as she teased the courage from him.
Easy could see that she was going to do a long show, which was slowly
gathering a bigger and bigger crowd.
"We'll have to go to the park and try a show," he told Jasper.
"Daddy, I want to watch her show," Jasper said.
"I've got to make some money."
"Do one here afterwards."
Easy looked over to the back of the pitch, where he could see Ginger was
already waiting to go next. This meant he would be second in line, which
would probably still be okay, he thought, and anyway he wanted to catch up
"Okay, you go and watch the show then," he told Jasper, "and I'll be at
the back, with the others, okay?"
Jasper nodded, and scampered happily off, pushing through to the front of
Sugar's crowd, to sit down on the pavement.
Easy took his gear over to the back of the pitch, and Ginger smiled as he
"Hi," he greeted her.
They kissed one another on the cheek. Her green hair gave her an alien
sort of feel, very beautiful in the sunlight, he thought...
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures
of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns from
around the world, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory
on the nature of modern clown. The book is available on order through
bookshops and online stores in Australia, America and England. Order your
copy today. Find it on Amazon by following this link:
Playspace: Clown Workshops in Sydney led by Alan Clay
One Week Clown Intensive , February 20 to 24. (5 day)
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. 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. This workshop will also include
opportunities for those who want to create clown performance material. We
often have ideas or images of what we want to do, but we need a structure to
help us develop these. This workshop is designed to help with this process.
Clown Masterclass (3 day) Tuesday May 2 to Thursday 4. -
Earlybird: $325 (by Apr 3), $400 (full)
This 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.Each day of the masterclass starts with a yoga warm up,
which is followed by exercises to develop physical and emotional expression,
and improvisational exercises todevelop comic
timing and audience rapport.
For the past two years Playspace director Alan Clay has been teaching clown
masterclasses in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; in Gisborne, New
Zealand; Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada; and in Connecticut, USA. In this
period Alan has also taught clown at CircoArts in New Zealand, and at
MotionFest in USA.
"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. More information
www.artmedia.com.au/playspac.htm or e-mail:
Feature: TOTAL THEATRE - Annie Stainer's School of
Physical Theatre, Perth, Western Australia
Are you ready to take the plunge, live your dream and immerse yourself in
an intensive year of Physical Theatre Training? Then where better than in
the beautiful surroundings of Total Theatre in Mosman Park, Perth - between
river and sea and close to the wonderful town of Fremantle.
Total Theatre's reputation for our holistic & professional training has
spread far and wide, attracting students from interstate and overseas. Our
vision at Total Theatre is to provide our students with a well-rounded
organic training enriched by their own dreams and passions. Director, Annie
Stainer, is an inspirational visionary and much loved teacher who is known
for her unique approach to the training of the performer.
Our teachers are the best available - in acting, voice, dance, mime, circus,
singing and more. They are all top-level performers themselves. Students at
Total Theatre come from all different backgrounds and age groups. Your
fellow students could already be actors, dancers, musicians, circus
performers, poets. Other students have come to us as: lawyer, vet, Mother or
Father, school leaver. Within weeks you will be in a performing ensemble,
and each student will have a unique journey and develop in their own
There are still a limited number of places left for the 2006 training, which
begins in March 2006. (17yrs +) so be quick! For all course details visit
contact Sophie on (08) 93854211 or email
Feature: Arrowfield Buskers Challenge, NSW, Australia
Do you have an act to share with people throughout NSW? Then take
advantage of the inaugural Arrowfield Buskers Challenge at the Arrowfield
Winery on Sunday 9th April...
Musicians, clowns, street performers, glass
blowers... all acts welcome to attend this unique, fun and exciting event.
GOLDEN TIMES ON THE GOLDEN HIGHWAY...
All proceeds of the day shall be donated to the Leukemia Foundation... so
you will be raising your acts awareness whilst helping raise money for a
worth cause. The event is being held at the beautiful Arrowfield Estate in
the Upper Hunter Valley - Great music and performing acts, Great wine, Great
The busking categories include: Junior (U16), Individual, Group (acoustic)
Group (amplified) & street performers.
Prizes include a weekend away at a weekend retreat, live recordings of your
group, money and much more. For more information simply call Lauren on 02
6576 4041 or pick up an application form on
Special Film Feature: Clown-Actors for New Digital Short
Feature, New Zealand
call for a female American clown, and a male NZ or Australian clown, to star
in Alan Clay's new low budget clown film, Moontan, which will be shot in
Wanganui, New Zealand, in October.
The script is an adaptation of my first novel, published in 1995, about a
couple of clowns who get involved in an occupation of a theatre. I have
adapted Moontan into a half hour screenplay, with a view to submitting an
edited version to short film festivals, and selling a longer edit on DVD,
and possibly to television.
The film will be shot in the Wanganui Opera House (pictured), which is New
Zealand's last Victorian Theatre. The dates of the shoot are October 2 to
22. The script calls for a female American clown, and a male NZ or
Australian clown, both in their twenties. Clown actors who are older than
this, or from other countries, are also welcome to apply.
Everyone working on the film is offered a percentage share in any
profits, plus travel, accommodation and food costs for the three weeks of
If you would like to audition for either of these roles, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive
a synopsis and sample scenes. Then send us a video with some performance
footage and a reading from one of these scenes.
"This novel, which describes the occupation of the Civic Theatre by a
collective of artists is simple but well-told. This book is enjoyable, the
characters are convincingly portrayed... Moontan spends much of his time
observing physical reactions. His views of performers working a crowd, of
theatre workshops and improvised shows are credible and successfully draw
the reader into the world of a clown." Find
more information at: www.artmedia.net.nz
Special Film Feature: Physical TV awarded for Feature
The Park City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah, has awarded a Gold
Medal to the new Australian Film by the Physical TV Company, "Thursday's
Fictions", a dance noir fantasy, won the Gold Medal for Excellence -
Director's Choice for Artistic Excellence in a Feature Film - at an awards
ceremony on Sunday January 29, 2006.
Park City is the world's only festival that
celebrates music in independent film. The director of the festival, Leslie
Harlow, commented that the award was in recognition of the music and the
overall integrated artistry of the film. Her citation with the award
described Thursday's Fictions as: " A sweeping and sensual cinematic
experience of music, dance and surreal fantasy. A shining example of putting
the art back in arthouse".
Richard James Allen and Producer/Editor Karen Pearlman were on hand at Park
City (Utah) for the world premiere of the film and were thrilled to receive
Composer Michael Yezerski, in Sydney, said, "It's a fantastic honour. After
working on a score like this one for so long you are never quite sure how
it's going to be received. It's a wonderful validation of all our efforts."
Thursday's Fictions is an adult fairy-tale, a fantastical parable of
spirituality and excess. It is a spiritual thriller about an artist whose
conflict between talent and ambition leads the audience on a roller-coaster
ride through themes of crime and art, death and reincarnation. Sumptuous
dance, gorgeous design and rhythmic editing are matched by a powerful score
and richly layered sound design, making this film a feast for the senses.
Thursday's Fictions is another major work from the genre-busting Physical TV
Company, an Australian company which specializes in a unique and compelling
mix of dance and film that brings dance into the 21st century. This is the
second time that the Park City Film Music Festival has honoured the creative
team of The Physical TV Company and composer Michael Yezerski. Their
previous collaboration, the short film "No Surrender" won the Audience Award
at the festival in 2003.
The Gold Medal for Thursday's Fictions comes amidst growing interest in the
film from broadcasters, festival directors and theatrical venues in
Australia and overseas. Following attendance at the APAP (the American
Performing Arts Presenters Conference) in New York City in the days before
the film's premiere, the lateral-thinking Physical TV Company is looking at
distribution through performing arts presenters and arts festivals, as well
as the more traditional platforms of film festivals, arthouse cinema, and
television broadcast. Find more information on the Physical TV Company's
Special Film Feature: Performance Videos wanted for DVD
Nutdroppings Productions are accepting submissions for a DVD magazine
that celebrates the Arts! We're looking for footage of performance and all
genres of short film/video. Further submission details on the Nutdroppings
Productions site... Musicians, mimes, magicians, comics and all other
performers...send us your stuff!
At Nut Droppings Productions, we're committed to providing a digital forum
to showcase the work of a variety of artists on a regular basis. Have you
got a short film/video project, under 10 minutes, that you would like us to
see? Would you like to share your work with an audience that can appreciate
the hard work you've put into it? Our DVD Magazine will give you the
opportunity to put your work into circulation. All submissions selected for
our DVD Magazine will receive a tee shirt to announce to the world that you
were lucky enough to be a Nut Dropping! Contact us if you have a question,
or just need more information.
"Call for Performing Artists : Juggling, Stilts, Fire, Circus & Aerial
Deadline: End May 2006, Sydney. An exciting opportunity for performing
artists to participate in a major corporate event in
November 2006. Calling all juggling acts, stilt performers, fire artists,
circus artists and aerial troupes. The marketing and events organiser is
inviting performing artists to submit proposals and quotes. The date of the
event is the 11th November 2006. The acts we are interested in are: Juggling
Acts, Stilts, Fire Artists, Circus Artists, Aerial Groups. We are looking
for expressions of interest for this event and quotes to perform." Find
information on this work at ArtsConnect, and find a link to ArtsConnect
under Resources at
2006 Adelaide Fringe Festival program was recently launched
by Lano and Woodley (pictured left), and the Fringe kicks off with an
opening night parade and party on Friday 24th February. This Fringe will be
the biggest yet, with a record number of registered artists. The first
International Busking Competition will hit the streets of Adelaide this year
as part of the Adelaide Fringe, and street performers from all round the
globe will be strutting their stuff. Come and check out the 8 ball jugglers,
hilarious comedians, the unbelievable body contortionists, world record
breaking sword swallowers, crazy hula hoopists, and all the dangerous circus
tricks and clowning antics like you never seen before! The competition runs
from Saturday 11th to Monday 13th March. The event kicks off at 11 am - 5pm
in Rundle Mall on Saturday & Sunday and finishing off on Rundle Street on
the Holiday Monday. There will be a total of five prizes, one being the
'Peoples Choice Award', that's where the public have a chance to cast their
vote on who they think is the most talented Street performer to hit the
streets of Adelaide, 2006! This is a absolutely 'not to be missed' event for
this years Fringe!" Find a link to the Adelaide Fringe under Festivals at:
"Dear Friend, Celebration Barn has been an oasis for so
many of us for over thirty years. For artists, it has been a stimulating
place to explore and create. For audiences, it has been a refreshing place
to step back from the rest of the world and enjoy the power of live theater.
It is a place where everyone is welcome, where everyone is a part of the
community. It has been thirty-three years since Tony Montanaro first opened
the doors of Celebration Barn Theater. Back in 1972, he saw the amazing
potential of this old farmstead. Tony had the vision to see how an old barn
in the middle of the woods could be transformed into a theater. He had the
vision to see how that theater could transform people into artists. He had
the vision to see what has grown into an artistic training ground for
performing artists from around the world. He saw it all in an old, abandoned
farmstead. Last year alone, we had students from 22 states and 5 countries.
From independent variety artists around the globe to featured performers
with Cirque du Soleil, some of the best performing artists in the world have
trained and performed at Celebration Barn. As vibrant and as important as
ever, this beautiful old Barn is part of our shared heritage. And now, after
one of our biggest seasons on record - with more workshops and performances
than ever before - Celebration Barn urgently needs your help. A thorough
inspection of the Barn by a team of experienced builders has now revealed
that the Barn and the adjacent farmhouse urgently need major repairs: This
is where we need your help. Your donation is critically needed right now. We
need to raise US$40,000 to make these repairs, and you can make it happen.
Your gift today will allow us to carry out this important work. Your
donation today will help stop the roof from leaking, seal the basements, and
make sure that the Barn can be fully operational this summer. We already
have nearly enough to repair the roof, and although we missed out on our
goal of getting this done by first snowfall, we are now shooting for the
spring thaw. You can help Celebration Barn continue to be a place where
amazing things happen. Where a game of baseball can be played with an
imaginary ball. Where a mask, a story, or a little red nose can completely
transform you. Where the vision of one man created a community of artists
and audience members that continues to grow with each passing year. The full
schedule of all our workshops is available on the Barn website. And we have
some exciting surprises in store for the summer performance series, which we
will announce in the spring! Yes, right now Celebration Barn faces a serious
problem. With your generosity, we can turn that around. With your
generosity, next summer will once again be filled with longtime friends and
new faces making theater in this beautiful Barn in the woods of Maine. Your
contribution will make this happen. Please send your donations to:
Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Road, South Paris, ME 04281, USA."
Sincerest thanks, Avner Eisenberg, President, Board of Directors,
Celebration Barn. Find a link to the Celebration Barn under Training at:
"The Stolen Chair Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome the legendary
Commedia dell'Arte maestro Antonio Fava to New York where
he will offer a one-day intensive workshop on Commedia dell'Arte. We hope
you'll join us and pass this info on to friends and colleagues. Maestro
Antonio Fava will introduce participants to the traditional artform of
Commedia dell'Arte and teach: use and meaning of the mask, fixed typologies
and characters including Old People, Lovers, Zanni, and Captains, and the
functions, gestures and behaviors of each. As a Grand Finale for the
workshop, all students will participate in a presentation of an improvised
Commedia scenario. Antonio Fava is an actor, theatre director, and Maestro
of Commedia dell'Arte and of Comedy. Fava directs the International School
of the Comic Actor in Reggio Emilia, Italy and designs and makes leather
masks for use in his school and performances. Fava teaches Commedia
dell'Arte in schools, universities, and drama academies throughout the
world, and his masks are on display in important museums and cultural
institutions. His book entitled, "The Comic Mask in Commedia dell'Arte:
Actor Training, Improvisation and the Poetics of Survival," will soon be
released by Northwestern University Press. Workshop Date: February 19th."
Find more information on the Stolen Chair Theatre site, and find a link to
Stolen Chair under Physical Theatre at:
"Hello Alan, Thank you so much for your monthly Artmedia newsletter! It has
giving me all the information I need to know about Physical Theatre, clown,
workshops, performances and Festivals. This is a great communication sources
between performers, artists, teachers and life. Polimnia recently celebrated
our 10 anniversary with great physical theatre and mime pieces at the
Performing Art Center. Now, we are open to receive proposals for our
6th International Mime and Physical Theatre Festival in the Caribbean.
Scheduled for May, 2006. We will be accepting proposals up until February
28, 2006. If you're looking for an opportunity to present your solo or
company short work (Mime or Physical Theatre) just contact us and we will
send you the application form by E-Mail. Join us for one of the most
artistic, creative, innovative, and independent theatre events in the
Caribbean Area. Please send us all your work info. and ensure that we have
received your application form and promotional package no later than
February 28th, 2006. Polimnia Physical Theatre, International Mime and
Physical Theatre Festival, Selection Committee, P.O.Box 9020927, San Juan,
Puerto Rico 00902-0927." Sincerely, Ivan Olmo, Artistic Director.
"The Generating Company produces 'HARD
DRIVE' for Butlins that will run throughout the 2006 season at all three
Butlins sites (Bognor Regis, Skegness and Minehead). 'HARD DRIVE' is a 45
minutes fast paced game of chase where two tribes fight for world
domination. We are looking for 8 performers and 2 climbers/riggers for a 28
week contract: 4 or 5 weeks rehearsal in London (starting in 17th or 24th
April 06), 3 weeks of technical rehearsal - one week at each Butlins sites
(from the 22nd May 06), 'Hard Drive' will run from June 12th until October
28th (19 weeks), One show a day / 6 shows a week. Accommodation and
Transport are provided. We wish to recruit two highly motivated and dynamic
physical theater performers with attitude to act out the role of the two
'tribe leaders' and six multi-talented artists with a high skill level
together with drive, determination and ready to explore and to learn with
skills. The right candidate will be a break dancer / urban runner with
martial art and acrobatic skills. Audition: 1st March 2006 (9.30am - 4.30pm)
& Recall: 5th March 2006 (11am-4pm) at The Boiler Works, Trinity Buoy Wharf,
64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JW (DLR East India). To apply, please send or
email your CV and Video/CD-ROM/DVD-ROM by February 24th 2006 to: The
Generating Company, Casting Dept, The Boiler Works, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64
Orchard Place, London E14 0JW." Find a link to the Generating Company under
Physical Theatre at:
"Enterprise 06 at the Space. The Space launches its second
annual Enterprise season running from May-June of 2006. The aim of the
Enterprise season is to promote the production of new, innovative
performance with an emphasis on originality and stretching boundaries. All
performance styles will be considered including (but not limited to)
theatre, dance, music, live art and cabaret. New interpretations on
existing works will also be considered but applicants should state how their
interpretation is innovative. Pieces can be of any length and varying
lengths of runs will be available. Last year the season included 42
performances of 15 new pieces of work, two of which were transferred to
other London venues. The Space will provide the venue and administration of
the season as well as offering box office splits, production and technical
advice and marketing/networking opportunities. Deadline for applications is
17th February. Application forms can be obtained by e-mailing
"Dear Sir / Madam, I am planning to organize an event
called India International Street Performers Festival, in
New Delhi, India in the first week of November 2006 (between 6th Nov 2006
till 12th Nov 2006). This will be a first of its kind weeklong street
festival of international repute. In this event different kind of street
performers (approx 20 international along with 10 Indian) will perform.
Event India International Street Performers Festival will be dedicated to
the street children, and some part of the fund collected through the event
will be used for the betterment of these children. This will be an annual
event. Right now this event is in conceptualization stage, I am gathering
information / profile of different street performers. If you are interested
in becoming the part of the event, please send me the following Your
profile, a few photographs, information about performance fee, and a CD /
DVD of your performance." Regards, Sujit Kayal, New Delhi, India.
"Hello; I have just finishing looking thru the Artmedia website... I
started to clown on my own in 1978, and I am (was - you never know) a white
faced clown called Rainbow. Most of my work was simple hands on children's
play. Today however I am all grown up (really) and I am a Marriage
Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, on a small island
not far from Vancouver called Galiano Island. Perchance you may know clowns
that may be deciding to wed... while I am a civil ceremony Commissioner...
it would be of the most delight to have the honour of marrying
clowns. Though I may not bring any religion into the ceremony, I
would be able to don my apparel... during a ceremony." Sincerely; Barbara
Littlejohn, Galiano Island, BC, Canada.
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