Welcome to the June 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 2,100 subscribers, with a further 5,300 on related Yahoo
I view this newsletter a little like street theatre... at the end of the day you are standing with your hand on your heart and your hat in your hand, you've got a fifty dollar note from a fan, a few twenties, some tens, and hopefully lots of fives, and then the gold coins, and yet probably half your audience has walked away without paying, depending on their mood and finances, and it still works out fine for everyone... In the same way, if you value this newsletter, one way you can give something back is to take a Feature, Special Feature or a Sponsorship in the publication, and we thank those that do, and encourage you to support them.
Another way to participate is to take a page on the Artmedia site, or possibly buy a paperback copy of Angels Can Fly , or do a workshop. In the Angels Can Fly section, we continue a series of excerpts from the book, with another of the exercises, one that you can each try in your own time. And in the Playspace section we have information on the September Clown Intensive in Sydney, and the Clown Summer School Retreat in the beautiful Coromandel Peninsular in New Zealand.
This month I also offer a new way for
the more wealthy amongst you to both support me, and also potentially earn
good returns, by investing in my film, Moontan, a
Clown's Story. The casting for this production is now closed and we are
in the process of selecting our lead actors. Thanks to everyone who
applied. Our Production Manager, Lisa, has started work, and we have cast
the support roles through local auditions in Wanganui. The crew, script and
location are also all in place. Investments of as little as NZ$1,000 now
have the chance to earn this investment back early, from DVD sales, and also
to take 1% of the profits from television and ancillary sales, in addition
to receiving an autographed DVD and invitations to screenings at film
festivals. Find more information at:
As I predicted at the ACAPTA Conference in Geelong last year, 'if Australia didn't get it together to support our clown tradition with appropriate training, other countries would steal the march on us...' and now in California, in a new collaboration between the Experimental Performance Institute at New College of California and the Clown Conservatory at San Francisco Circus Center, an 'MA/MFA in Creative Inquiry, with an emphasis in Experimental Performance and Clowning', has been created. Yay! Also in America, the School for Mime Theatre has information on a professional two week Summer Seminar in Gambier, Ohio.
In the UK we have a call for submissions of artists' film and video for Short Circuits Interrupted, a Sheffield based project to be screened on the 12th July, and a call for contributions to Perform magazine, a new free print magazine which is also available to download. And the Brighton & Hove Arts Commission are seeking a new outdoor performance piece that can be performed in and around Brighton & Hove in September. The commission is for £7,500 and proposals are to be submitted by this Friday, 23rd June.
And finally, after a first meeting in Paris in 2005, Clowns Without Borders held their second international meeting last month in Barcelona. The two days of debate and discussion brought further coordination between the Clowns Without Borders of the many different countries and reinforced collaboration between Clowns sans frontières in France, Payasos sin fronteras in Spain, Clowns et magiciens sans frontières in Belgium and Clowns utanGränser in Sweden. Also present were the North American organizations from United States and Quebec.
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Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
Can Fly is now in over 100 Public Libraries in America, Australia and New
Zealand, and we are steadily supplying requests for the free e-Book version.
Yes this is still available (but includes none of the over 70 photographs
which the paperback contains) at
Or you can now go to a new service Google Books,
, where you can search for the book, and then search within it for your
particular interests, and read a limited number of pages free on line.
This exercise requires us to undertake three days of silence, during which we go about our normal daily lives, but without any talking. This gives us an opportunity to observe others, and our surroundings, from a new perspective. It is quite good to put others more at ease by indicating the exercise we are undertaking by wearing a badge, or carrying a written note, stating that: "I am observing silence". The exercise demands the development of non-verbal communication skills, to deal with the need of negotiating our everyday world without words. We can also write notes in response to questions or specific communication needs if we must, but as much as possible we want to try and converse physically with gestures and physical expression.
Playspace: Clown Intensive in Sydney, Australia, and Summer School Retreat in Sandy Bay, New Zealand
Alan's workshops are
consistently described as challenging and fun.
"Alan keeps you on the edge of the unknown in his teaching work, so you are
always comfortable, but always discovering new things. As the work
progresses, this process leads to a sense of freedom which produces better
and better performing work."
Special Feature: Australian Theatre Ensemble Frank Theatre, and Theatre Initiatives UK present Hamlet Stooged! in Hoxton Hall, London, plus a UK Workshop
Australian theatre ensemble,
Brisbane-based Frank Theatre, and Theatre Initiatives UK join forces to
present Hamlet Stooged! a new play by Brisbane writer John Nobbs with a
combined cast of London actors -Nina Fog, Dan Canham and William Dickie,
plus London-based Australian, Fran Barbe - alongside Frank Theatre members.
complex at times, it reminds me of the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive, in
a disconnected and sensual way... Ira Seidenstein draws on his Cirque du
Soleil background as the Russian Joker and Leah Shelton is sensational as
the Gothic Cabaret style Ophelia. She is sensual, erotic and quite mad,
delivering a very burlesque performance of her character including a semi
strip tease. It is worth seeing this production for her performance alone.
The show includes modern music such as Public Image Limited, Tokyo Shock
Boys and the original sixties version of the Locomotion." Lisa Lamb,
Frank Theatre's workshops are aimed at
students of theatre studies and professionals that are interested in seeking
exciting cross-cultural training experiences. Students of dance who wish to
extend their skills base will also find this study challenging and
intriguing. This course of study is for those in the community who are
expressly interested in a performance study course based on Eastern
principles. Tadashi Suzuki, creator of the Suzuki method, has granted
International Trainer status in his Method to course directors John Nobbs
and Jacqui Carroll.
Recently published Frankly Acting,
written by co-director/actor/trainer/writer John Nobbs, outlines the
development and application of the Frank/Suzuki Performance Aesthetics.
Australian critic and theatre writer Martin Buzacott says of Frankly Acting:
John Nobbs' Frankly Acting is the first Australian
book espousing a uniquely homegrown theatrical performance theory. As
Grotowski did in Poland and Artaud in France, Nobbs has articulated an
Australian performance aesthetic which revivifies in a contemporary context
the theatrical traditions of its geographic region. With illuminating
references to popular culture, his Suzuki-inspired method is based on
rigorous theatrical discipline, but with an ever-present and distinctively
Australian sense of humour. Frankly Acting grounds its theory in the
artistic heritage of the Asia-Pacific, with a theatrical resonance which is
"The Angry Mime, Brisbane is in a new venue. For the last five years, the Angry Mime has been working out of the Stores Building at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Now we're stepping out of our comfort zone and moving downtown, to work out of 54 Berwick St, Fortitude Valley. Our new venue is more accessible and brings use closer to the communities of artists and performers that make the Mime what it is. We're excited and we hope you are too! The next few months will be a defining time for us as we learn about our new space and we're relying on our friends and supporters to help us make it a success. If you're a performer, make use of the platform we're providing for developing your work. The Angry Mime is a friendly, flexible, low-key environment, ideal for all manner of work and play. Our performance evenings feature a dozen diverse, short acts from a variety of styles and disciplines. If you want to help us grow the Mime into the most innovative and dynamic performance environments in Brisbane, come along and talk to us about what you'd like to do. We need performers for the next mime, which is on the 24th of this month, the last Saturday as usual. You can fill out the online performers form on our website." Find a link to the Angry Mime website under Mime at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Call For Performance from overseas groups and individuals. The International Drama in Education Association calls for performances to be staged in Hong Kong venues during IDEA2007. We will provide: A performance venue, (2 options: either an open stage venue with audience size about 70-100, or a proscenium stage venue with audience size about 400); Accommodation at hostel for each Company with maximum 10 members; Per-diem of US20/day for each Company member; Technical support including Technical Coordinator & Theatre Technicians. Performance submissions should include: Theater Company or Group's Profile; Artistic Heads' Profile; Brief Description of the performance; Total Running Time (maximum 60 minutes for option A venue, and maximum 90 minutes for option B venue); Video if available; Special Technical Requirements (eg. Shadow play, Puppet show, Multi-media performance, etc.). Please download and fill in the Performance Proposal Form for further information. The deadline for proposals is 15 October 2006, and the IDEA Congress is 16 - 22 July, 2007." Get the proposal form from the web site, and find a link to the IDEA2007 site under festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Strap, Hoop, Cloudswing
and acrobat/bungee artists wanted for a Halloween show in
Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan.
'Scary but Beautiful'. The Generating Company
in London is recruiting 18 performers for a 12 weeks contract for The
Universal Studios attraction park of Osaka starting on the 14/08/2006 and
ending the 06/11/2006. We are seeking fully-trained professional male and
female performers who will be expected to perform a solo number at 15 m
high, and to participate in either web-rope spin or harness work for the
finale part of an ensemble show featuring 124 performers. 12 week contracts.
Rehearsal: 2 weeks in London starting 14/08/2006. Travel and Accommodation
provided. You must have a valid passport. Please apply before the 23rd June
2006 6pm with a relevant footage and an updated CV and send it to: The
Generating Company Casting USJ, The Boiler Works, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64
Orchard Place, London E14 0JW." Find a link to the Generating Company site
under Physical Theatre at
Submissions of artists' film and video
, performance and music. Short Circuits Interrupted is a Sheffield based
creative project showcasing artists' film and video, live art, experimental
film and live music. Artists and filmmakers are invited to submit film and
video to be screened on the 12th July at the Forum bar in Sheffield. We
would like to invite proposals from performance artists who use film, video
or digital media within their work. We also encourage proposals from
musicians and sound artists who may already use visuals within their
performances or who would like to improvise a live score to a silent
Submissions: DV or DVD for films and supporting documentation of
performances, all with SAE and contact information, if you would like your
work returned. Send to: Short Circuits Interrupted, 37 Highfield Place,
Sheffield, S2 4UR. Deadline: 28th June 2006."
"Outdoor Performance Commission - Brighton. The Brighton & Hove Arts Commission's making a difference programme and Everyday Sport wish to commission a new outdoor performance piece. The commission is part of the 'Say Aah' arts and health strand. The commission is to create a performance piece that can be performed in and around Brighton & Hove on Car Free day, Friday, September 22nd 2006. The performance should encourage people to think about the benefits of a more healthy lifestyle with particular emphasis on integrating exercise into everyday activities like walking to work. It should be entertaining and original, designed to gather a large audience with the ability to catch attention from passers by. The performance should be performed at least three times and take place in at least two different public outdoor locations in the city. We anticipate that the performance will be between 30 and 45 minutes. The performance will take place on the same day as Bicycle Ballet, one of a number of new events created by the Arts Commission following a city-wide call for ideas in 2005. Performances that can be repeated/ toured to other venues will be favoured. Artists are invited to submit a short proposal including: A brief outline of your idea, Information as to where you would hope to perform, performance times and a rough performance schedule, An outline budget. The Commission is for £7,500. All staging and marketing costs should be included. Proposals are to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 23rd June to: Donna Close, Arts Development Officer, Arts and Creative Industries Unit, Brighton & Hove City Council, King's House, Room G32, Grand Avenue, Hove BN32LS, England." Tricia Winter. firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Clowns Without Borders unite their efforts After a first meeting in Paris in 2005, the Clowns Without Borders held their second international meeting May 1 and 2 of this year in Barcelona. The two days of debate and discussion brought about further coordination between the Clowns Without Borders of the many different countries. This meeting reinforced collaboration between Clowns sans frontières (France), Payasos sin fronteras (Spain), Clowns et magiciens sans frontières (Belgium) and Clowns utanGränser (Sweden). Also present were the North American organizations (United States and Quebec). The principal reason behind this collaboration is to discuss experiences and working methods so that activities may be better coordinated and a common frame of reference defined. This collaboration also aims to focus its need-based efforts on particular countries. Therefore, following a first mission organized by the French association in Sudan in March 2006, a two to three year project associating the different Clowns Without Borders in Europe will be held to benefit the refugees and displaced people of Sudan. The next international Clowns Without Borders meeting will be held in Stockholm on May 11-13, 2007 in order to assess measures taken in 2006 and define new common objectives for 2007." Find a link to the Clowns Without Borders site under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
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