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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - March 2008 ================================================
Winnarainbow Performing Arts Camp, California, USA
July Sydney Clown
Intensive with Alan Clay, Australia
2009 Summer Clown Retreat,
Wanganui, New Zealand
Angels Can Fly, a Modern
Clown User Guide - Excerpt
Support Street Theatre at Covent Garden,
Auckland Buskers Festival 2008 Video, New Zealand
Improvisation Classes, Wellington Improv Troupe, New Zealand
Workshop for Dancers with/without Disablities, Touch Compass, NZ
Grants for Melbourne Fringe Available, Bump In Project, Australia
2008 UNIMA Congress & World Puppetry Festival, Australia
Community and Clean Up Day, Cecil Street Studio, Victoria, Australia
School Holidays Workshop Requested for Kid's Centre, NSW, Australia
Casting Roaming Performers for Corporate Event, Australia
Intensive Trapeze Workshop, TSNY Beantown, Boston, USA
Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, USA
Winter Term Class Registration, NY Circus Arts Academy, USA
Family Entertainers Convention, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Auditions for All-Women Show, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Female Acrobats, Contortionists and Dancers Required, London, UK
Dance Workshops, Outer Dance Project, Burnham, Slough, UK
Street Arts Conference, Circostrada Network, Leuven, Belgium
Call for Urban-space Projects, SmartCity EU, 8 European cities
Fire & Juggling Convention, Burning Bizarre, Dresden, Germany
Delft Juggling Day, including acrobats and unicyclists, Netherlands
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The Adelaide Fringe has just wound up, the
most successful Fringe ever in terms of ticket sales and audience
attendance. 187,000 tickets were sold and final box office income is
estimated to reach over $5.3 million. The majority of this revenue is
passed directly back to the artists. In addition to tickets sold through
Fringe, tens of thousands of tickets were sold on the door at the 281
Fringe venues across Adelaide. The Fringe coincided with the longest
ever heat wave in an Australian city, so maybe global warming could be
good for the arts.
the Sponsorship this month we welcome Winnarainbow for Adults with
information on their six day California performing arts
camp. Winnarainbow offer a world-class international teaching staff and
classes in physical theater, dance, clown, acting, juggling, aerial arts,
mask-making, music, art and mime that cater to beginners, emerging artists
the Playspace section I have information on my Sydney Clown Intensive
in July this year. And in the Angels Can Fly
section we have another of the anecdotes, this time from English performer
Claire Coleman, aka Lady Margo, who shares her journey of discovery from
juggling to Clown. I find it heartening that Angels Can Fly is
steadily selling. The title of the book, by the way, comes from the saying:
'Angels Can Fly, they take themselves lightly', and I mean it to refer to
clowns. So, contrary to some of the rumours I hear, it has no religious
This month we include our occasional Campaign section, this time urging
you to sign a petition to save the busking at Covent Garden in London, one
of the worlds most famous street performing pitches. The new owners are
bringing in radical changes to reduce the number of performances on their
property and these changes are being put in place without any consultation
and little notice.
In Networking this month you
can get a taste of the 2008 Auckland Buskers Festival courtesy of a YouTube
video shot by one of our newsletter subscribers. In Wellington, NZ, weekly
improv training nights are available from the Wellington Improvisation
Troupe. Some previous training or experience is required.
in New Zealand, Touch Compass, known for combining dancers with and without
disabilities in stunning performances, is holding Integrated Dance Workshops
March 29th-30th and April 4th-5th. All levels of skill and ability are
Australia, the Bump In Project is offering grants to new or emerging fringe
theatre groups or individuals. The grants will cover the cost of the
Melbourne Fringe Festival registration, as well as provide marketing and
mentoring. Application deadline is April 1st. In Perth the 20th UNIMA and
World Puppetry Festival is being held April 2nd - 12th. Spare Parts Puppet
Theatre will host the Festival which for 80 years has been held in
the Northern Hemisphere. Over the ten days UNIMA 2008 will present puppet
theatre performances and exhibitions from around the world, conduct
workshops, masterclasses and talks on the diverse art of puppetry.
in Australia, Cecil Street Studio in Victoria is holding a Community and
Clean Up Day, Sunday March 30th. This will be a day for discussion, dreaming
and cleaning. So if you're a regular or you've only been once, go along,
contribute and take the opportunity to meet other members of their vibrant,
moving community! In Kellyville, a child care centre would like someone who
can provide a one-day workshop to 30 kids aged 5 - 12 during the school
holidays. Also a corporate event organiser is looking for fire
twirlers/breathers, acrobats, jugglers etc. for a May 8th event. She's
looking to book in the next day or two, so get in touch with her asap.
the USA, TSNY Beantown has an 8-week intensive trapeze workshop starting
March 30th in Boston. The 2-hour classes will focus on improving the
individual student's core flying skills. In Omaha, Nebraska the 14th annual
Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed International conference is being held,
May 22nd – 25th. And they promise to give the workshop and conference
participants plenty of time to gather, to examine, to refresh, to talk, and
in the USA, registration for Winter Term 2 is now open at the New York
Circus Arts Academy. NYCAA is the largest circus school on the East Coast,
providing year-round recreational and professional training. The curriculum
is designed for skill levels ranging from novice to elite.
Canada, the Family Entertainers Convention is being held in Brantford,
Ontario, May 2nd - 4th. This is not just for clowns, but for all family
entertainers. The Convention will give all who attend a chance to hone their
current skills, learn new ones, as well as network with their peers. In
Vancouver, an all woman entertainment show is seeking women to audition. The
show is every 4th Thursday of the month.
the UK, female dancers, acrobats and contortionists are required for a March
28th - 29th photo shoot in London. The application deadline is Sunday 23rd
March 2008. The Outer Dance Project is holding workshops in Burnham, Slough
for dancers/athletes over 18yrs of age at an Intermediate/Advanced level,
March 25th - 28th. Outer Dance is a project designed to research dance in
weightlessness - the aim is to discover a dance movement vocabulary that
could create choreography in outer space. Be in quick to book a space.
Belgium, The Circostrada Network is organizing the Street Arts Conference,
in Leuven, May 10th. The network correspondents will get together to asses
the evolution of the street arts in Europe. This gathering will take place
during the Leuven in Scene Festival, May 9th – May 11th.
SmartCity EU is looking for performances in public spaces and a range of
other artistic urban-space projects to take place in Paris, Wroclaw, Rome,
Cluj, Brussels, Istanbul, Maribor and Novi Sad. Application deadline 31st
March. SmartCity EU is a project aiming to explore the new possibilities of
artistic involvement in European cities.
Germany, Burning Bizarre Convention, a mixture of a juggling convention,
music festival and fire arts performance is all happening in the beautiful
city of Dresden, September 17th - 21st. There will be many opportunities to
learn juggling and improve your skills, and enough space for relaxing,
celebrating and dancing.
the Netherlands, the Delft Juggling Day ('Delftse Jongleer Dag' ), a great
one-day festival where jugglers, acrobats and unicyclists meet, is being
held April 6th. There'll be a 'renegade show' or 'open stage' where all
attendants can show their skills, and plenty of workshops on various levels.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the physical theatre
community, so send us information for inclusion in this newsletter, and
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Sponsor: Winnarainbow for Adults
Join us at Winnarainbow for
Adults, June 10 – 15, 2008, for 6 days you will never forget! On our
spacious campsite in wooded Mendocino County, California, you can learn or
improve skills in the performing arts. We offer world-class teachers in
physical theater, dance,
acting, juggling, aerial arts, mask-making, music, art and mime.
Beginners, emerging artists and professionals all
have a place within the framework of Winnarainbow for Adults. There are
three formal class times each day with more than a dozen different classes
being offered. There are numerous other opportunities for rehearsals,
practice, performance and one-on-one attention from our international
Camp co-directors are Wavy Gravy and Txi Whizz, who teach theater
improvisation and physical theater respectively. In 2008 Moshe Cohen will be
the clown master, Hiroko Tamano the butoh dance teacher, Robert Owens the
acting teacher, and our music program will be conducted by Gregg Moore.
Every afternoon our private lake is open for water
aerobics, swimming, trips down our 350 foot water slide, and relaxed
sunbathing with friends. Evenings are rich with performances, camp fires, a
danceable live rock concert, and our own mini film festival.
Three gourmet meals are provided each day by our
chefs, who joyfully satisfy most eating styles and needs. Accommodation is
provided on thick sleeping mats in a circle of 16 giant teepees. Some people
prefer privacy and bring their own tents and choose a suitable campsite. All
this education, nutrition and fun is only $600 US for the full 6 days. It is
also possible to attend for fewer days at $120 per day, however we highly
recommend the complete 6-day experience.
Expand your skills, your palette, your palate, and even your consciousness
as we celebrate our 22nd year of Camp
Winnarainbow’s performing arts program for adults.
Visit our website
, click on Adult Camp, where you can find additional information, a
short video, a registration form and more photographs. We look forward to
meeting you and your expectations!
Playspace: Clown Training
with Alan Clay
Sydney Clown Intensive - Playspace
Monday 7th to Friday 11th July, (5 days) 10am to
4pm each day
Alan's Sydney workshop series for
2008 has been themed for greater targeting of individual preferences,
however each workshop will essentially cover the same ground work in clown,
with a good physical warm up, and exercises to develop emotional expression
and clown communication skills. The July Intensive will focus on creating a
"When we play games, we suspend the 'real world' and allow interactions
within defined rules, from which we can learn, and from which there are
no real consequences. Games give us an opportunity to take risks in
controlled ways. Through the experience of repeated attempts to achieve
a goal, we refine our strategies, and thereby learn to evaluate the
world, so the long term consequence of play, is knowledge. Play is a
natural part of the growth process, so natural it is instinctual when we
are young, and forms the bulk of our learning experiences. As we get
older this natural process gets ritualised into sport, or recreational
activities, or lost altogether in the knowledge and experience of life.
"Playfulness is central to clown, and this is why we think of clowns as
child like, and why they appeal to children. For a clown, it's all a
game and the normal rules of life do not constrain the game, and there
are no real consequences. This is the truth of it, if we let it be this
way, and it is this freedom to play that we love, and sometimes fear, in
clowns." Rediscover this play space in this one week intensive.
Buster (by May 7), $500 Earlybird (by June 7) $600 Full. (All fees and
deposits are non-refundable) email:
to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
Retreat 2009 - Wanganui, New Zealand.
Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th January 2009 (5
days) 10am to 4pm each day.
your chance to get away from it all and reconnect with the playful,
inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting,
overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.
The fees include six nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. The
Clown Retreat will be held in a secluded studio within reach of breathtaking
west coast beaches, bush walks and jet boat or canoe expeditions, but still
handy to good coffee and all the facilities.
NZ$500 Price Buster (by August 31st) NZ$600 Earlybird (by November 15)
NZ$700 Full. Including 6 nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. (All
fees and deposits are non-refundable) email:
to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
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, a Modern Clown User
Guide, by Alan Clay
This month we continue a
series of excerpts, with another of the anecdotes:
Lady Margo Claire Coleman, England
20 years ago someone taught me how to juggle at a party... the next day,
when I was sober, I sat down with 3 walnuts (it was round Xmas) and
eventually broke through the barrier of shuffling 2 nuts from hand to hand,
rather than tossing them up.
A bit later, someone tells me about a juggling workshop in Bath. I get
hooked. In 1985 I set off for Australia - where friends of mine had moved to
- to busk around for 6 months... under the name Claire Dropalot. Sydney
(Circular Quay) Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe.
All very, very different to nowadays. That's another story. That busking
experience changed my life... on return to England I became a self-employed
performer and that has been my primary work ever since.
I started working as Mop in a comedy juggling duo, Mop and Drop... only in
those days I was the straight one and Drop was the funnyman. I discovered
the Fool in 1993 and worked extensively with Jonathon Kay over a nine-month
This liberated me from the tyranny of props... changed my life some more...
allowed me to go into my deepest places and darkest pains and work through
these so I became able to find my light.
I find it interesting how the Fool liberated me into my Clown... my
vulnerability, strength, lightness, warmth: to be more flexible in the
moment and open to opportunity... allowed my heart to melt... to experience
failure and still be alive, to step into the unknown and survive, to start
flying in my dreams again, to bring more courage, compassion and creativity
Now over 10 years later I still play with 2 other Fools in the Festival of
Fools Theatre company... the Fools primarily play "in the moment " without
props or scenery, apart from what they make with their own bodies,
accompanied by 2 musicians who also improvise. It's not a series of sketches
like the TV show-type improv, but a play made from a meeting of how audience
and performers are that night.
This inspires my solo career as a 21st century clown. Lady Margo does not
look like a clown: she is dressed as a rather old-fashioned English Lady
wearing safety knickers under her little black dress, though I do use some
props which remain secondary to the character and may be put to a purpose
other than the one they are usually used for.
I am still making discoveries. Discovering the Fool allowed me to find out
how much I enjoy laughter.
There is an old saying, "a person that never made a mistake never made
anything", which I use when things are going wrong in a show, sharing it
with the audience as I too take time to breathe and re-centre when things
are getting pear-shaped.
Sometimes my mistakes have given me wonderful results. If I could not get
over my fear of failure I would never begin...
I clearly remember the feeling of fear - way outside my comfort zone -
sweating and shaking in my room on the other side of the world to home,
shortly before going out to perform my first street show in this strange
The finale for that show was juggling a frypan with an egg and firestick...
I had a male member of the audience as my assistant holding the egg box,
ready to canter round like a knight of old to rescue me if/when I dropped an
The trouble was it was so windy that I could not get the firestick to
light. FAILURE! At this stage! We were both wearing matching pinafores
(provided by me). Still in (posh English lady) character, in desperation I
knelt at the man's feet with him lifting his pinafore to create a windbreak
so I could light the first stick.
I was just reacting to the problem in a way that would solve it, but I
heard the audience cracking up with laughter and the problem turned into a
gift which I use in every show using that routine... windy or not.
Listen to the
podcasts in the Angels Can Fly series at
www.alanclay.com/wordpress/.Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the
adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from
clowns 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 New Zealand, Australia, America and England.
"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."
Campaign: Support one of the worlds most famous street
The new owners of Covent Garden London are bringing in
radical changes to reduce the number of performances on their property.
These changes are being put in place without any consultation and given
with only 17 days notice.
In the North Hall - they have decided to cut the length of the shows by
a quarter and bring in 30min gaps between each performance. Similar
reductions are being introduced for courtyard used by the classical
musicians. This will make it much harder for all of Covent Garden's
street performers to survive and make it much less likely any new talent
will emerge from one of the worlds most famous street performing
Please sign these petitions, and forward them to everyone on your
address book. Please tick the box on the petition page to allow the
authors of the petition to have your e-mail address, so we can inform
you in a few days of where to send a complaint to the Covent Garden
taste of the Auckland Buskers Festival
on YouTube, New Zealand. Here's
a film I just made of the 2008 Auckland Buskers Festival. Enjoy!"
Nick Nickolas. Find a link to the Auckland Buskers Festival Video under
Training Nights with the Wellington
Improvisation Troupe, New Zealand. Regular Tuesday-night
training is held for WIT-sters who have undertaken the beginner's
courses at the Community Education Centre or have had some previous
training or experience elsewhere that would make integration easy.
Evenings are currently hosted at Capital-E from 7pm - 9pm, in exchange
for your enthusiasm and a small $6 charge to cover costs. Sessions are
structured, and are usually directed by any one of a number of WIT's
experienced trainers. Training is for the whole membership and
integrates intermediate and experienced players. The focus is usually on
preparation for friends and family shows for intermediate players or
short-form show made up of players of mixed levels (including Battle of
WITs, Improv Factor, and Micetro). New members to the group are always
welcome, so be brave and come along to play. If you're curious, but
unsure as to whether it's right for you, send us an email. The Creative
Philosophy of WIT resides in the foundation of the teachings of Keith
Johnstone, a world renowned teacher in the art of improvisation and its
links to the theatre. While Keith’s theories and principles remain the
foundation, the experience of the tutors within the group also extends
to encompass the respected teachings of others, including Viola Spolin,
Del Close, Augusto Boal, and even diverse theatre companies, such as the
infamous ‘Second City’ in the United States. Visit our web site for more
information and contact details." Derek Flores, Creative Director, WIT.
Find a link to Wellington Improvisation Troupe under Physical Theatre
"Integrated Dance Workshops with Touch
Compass, Auckland, New Zealand, 29th - 30th March and 4th - 5th
April. Don’t miss the chance to learn from NZ’s leading integrated dance
company Touch Compass, who combine dancers with and without a disability
in stunning performances and training events. All levels of skill and
ability welcome. These community workshops will offer participants the
opportunity to express their creativity through movement in a fun and
supportive environment. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Please
note: We are planning to hold more workshops in Auckland between June to
September 2008. We have many requests for workshops in Auckland and all
over New Zealand. If you are interested in integrated dance workshops
please let us know, and we will do our best to bring workshops to your
area. Visit our web site for more information and contact details."
Catherine Chappell, Artistic Director, Touch Compass. (Photo right:
Touch Compass 10th Anniversary 2007) Find a link to Touch Compass under
Physical Theatre at:
"The Bump In Project seeking
applications for grant from emerging Australian theatre artists,
application deadline 1 April 2008. Successful applicants will receive a
fully paid registration for the 2008
Melbourne Fringe Festival. Registration is worth between $400
and $500. Some additional marketing will be provided via press releases
to the media, advertisement on our web site, and through our mailing
lists. Additional guidance and advice is also available. The grant is
offered to Australian residents only. Individuals and groups may apply
and is limited to artists who have not produced or been involved in more
than three professional (i.e.. profit-share, cooperative, or paid roles)
performances. Applicants can include new or emerging fringe theatre
groups or individuals, who aim to produce original professional theatre,
directors, producers, playwrights, actors. There are no limitations on
style, themes, cast sizes, etc. The Bump In Project aims to encourage
ongoing participation in the professional theatre industry by Australian
emerging artists; encourage new and original Australian performance; aid
in developing high quality local productions; aid in the development of
skills and experience for local performers and technicians. It is hoped
that by offering an emerging individual or group an opportunity to work
on a professional performance, they will gain invaluable skills, add to
their experience, and receive support during a time of transition. The
successful applicant/s will be expected undertake all activities and
tasks involved in producing a professional performance, and ultimately
perform during the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Visit the web site
for application details." Naomi Guss, The Bump In Project. Find a link
to the Bump in Project under Resources at:
"20th UNIMA Congress & World
Puppetry Festival, Perth, Australia, 2nd-12th April 2008.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will
host UNIMA 2008. It’s a bit like the Olympics, every four years the 65
member countries of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA)
meet to celebrate the art of puppetry in all its forms. This will be the
first time the Festival has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and
only the third time outside Europe in its 80 year history. Over ten days
UNIMA 2008 will present puppet theatre performances and exhibitions from
around the world, conduct workshops, masterclasses and talks dealing
with the diverse art of puppetry as well as present films and street
theatre across the City of Perth. The Million Puppet Project will
culminate in an exhibition at the prestigious Perth Concert Hall with
the official Guinness World Record count on Sunday 6th April as part of
a Carnival day of celebrations. To find out more about UNIMA 2008 and
the many attractions of Perth, Western Australia, visit the UNIMA 2008
web site." Lynne Burford, Publicist, UNIMA 2008. Find a link to UNIMA
2008 under Festivals at:
Street Studio Community Day, Victoria, Australia, Sunday March
30th 11:30am - 3:30pm. A community day of discussion, dreaming and
cleaning. The day will begin with a welcoming circle and opening the
space to discussion, and maybe even some dancing (Pippi Longstocking
could dance and clean!!), as well as setting our goals for the day. Then
we'll be at it with the buckets, mops and dusters, making the studio
sparkle and filling it to the rafters with fresh and fantastic energy
that will fuel the multitude of fabulous activities that go on
throughout the year. Members of Cecil's Moving Body, Inc will be there,
keen to hear what you love or don't about the studio, what you'd like to
see happen, or what you'd like to do there. So if you're a regular or
you've only been once, come along, contribute and take the opportunity
to meet other members of our vibrant, moving community! Copious cups of
tea, bowls of biccies, floods of fruit and immensely grateful smiles are
all part of the deal. If you're up to the challenge, RSVP to Lucy and
let her know you'll be there with bells (and gloves) on. You are welcome
to attend any time you can within 11:30-3:30pm. For other opportunities
to volunteer at Cecil Street Studio, please contact Lucy." Lucy Angell,
Administration, Cecil Street Studio. Email:
Workshop for Kids, NSW, Australia,
during school holidays. Child care centre in Kellyville would like to
provide a one-day workshop to 30 kids aged 5 - 12 during the school
holidays. The workshop can be run on our premises or we can come to you.
If you have a workshop that would be fun for kids, please get in touch
with me asap to discuss it further." Kirsty MacDonald, Assistant
Coordinator, OLOR Parish OOSH. Email:
acrobats, jugglers etc. for corporate event, Australia, May 8th. I
am looking for both roaming and fixed performers of all kinds for an event I
am running for the staff of a 'well-known company'. The event is on May 8.
If you are interested, please get in touch with me asap." Victoria Bowen.
Beantown Flying Trapeze Class, Boston, USA, starts March 30th. What
is the Intensive Trapeze Workshop? The intensive trapeze workshop is an
8-week course focused on improving the individual student's core flying
skills. Each class is 2 hours long with a maximum of ten (10) students per
class. The classes meet on a regularly scheduled day and time. It's a great
way to stay consistent with your flying. You get to fly with the same
instructors, same students and same time slot each week. You get a TiVo to
record your progress and at the end there's a big show! TSNY Beantown is
dedicated to creating a safe, fun, challenging environment where our
students strive to surpass limitations, fulfill their dreams and more richly
enjoy their lives. Visit our web site for more information and contact
details. Seize the Trapeze!" Jonathon Conant, Co-founder, TSNY. Find a link
to TSNY Beantown under Training at:
"PTO Conference 2008, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, May 22nd – 25th. The 14th Annual
Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed
International Conference theme is 'What is Change, What is Substantial
Change and How?'. There will be pre-conference and post-conference Boal
workshops. We plan as usual to give workshop and conference participants
plenty of time to gather, to examine, to refresh, to talk, and to play. To
submit a proposal and for more information visit our web site." Doug
Paterson, Conference Chair. Find a link to PTO under Festivals and
York Circus Arts Academy, registration for Winter Term 2 now open,
USA. The New York Circus Arts Academy is the largest circus school on the
East Coast. Providing year-round recreational and professional training,
NYCAA offers the only Certificate in Circus Arts in the US. An NYCAA term is
seven weeks long. Terms run continuously, year round. Circus Arts training
at NYCAA is an exhilarating, artistic and unique experience for people of
all ages, fitness levels and body types. Courses are oriented toward
students and performers who wish to explore and hone circus art skills as
seen in contemporary shows such as those performed by Cirque du Soleil. The
curriculum is challenging, but fun. The curriculum is designed for skill
levels ranging from novice to elite. Courses include Aerial Acrobatics,
Physical Acting, Stilting, Chinese Pole, Trapeze, Juggling & Manipulation.
Visit our web site for more information and contact details." Cypher Zero,
President, NY Circus Arts Academy. (Photo left: (c) 2007 NY Circus Arts
Academy) Find a link to NY Circus Arts Academy under Training at:
Entertainers Convention, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, May 2nd - 4th.This
is not just for clowns! But for all family entertainers! If you are looking
at getting into restaurants Bruce Kalver will be there and he is THE person
to listen to on the subject. There is an early bird price so don't delay!
The Family Entertainers Convention will give all who attend a chance to hone
their current skills, learn new ones, and share their ideas with others as
well as network with their peers. Clowns, Face Painters, Jugglers,
Magicians, Santa's, Stilt walkers, Storytellers, Ventriloquists and more!
Workshops and competitions. Visit our web site for more information and
contact details." The Family Entertainers Convention Committee. Find a link
to The Family Entertainers Convention under Festivals and Events at:
woman entertainer for weekly show,
Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Email me if you're a woman performer who would like
to audition to perform for an all woman entertainment show every 4th
Thursday of the month called "C.U.Next.Thursday" at the Majestic following
the Tops and Bottoms Show. Visit my web site for contact details." Dianna
David. Find a link to Dianna David under Clowns at:
female dancers, acrobats and contortionists
for photo shoot, London, UK, March 28th - 29th. Application deadline Sun 23
Mar 2008. EMD, a London based design company requires dancers, acrobats and
contortionists to take part in an exciting theatrical photographic shoot. We
require 6 professional female participants who would be interested in taking
part. You need to look as ‘model-like’ as possible- so tall, slender etc.
The shoot will take place on the 28th and 29th of March. This is unpaid,
however expenses are covered. EMD will ensure that each model will receive a
copy of the images. We are working with a professional fashion photographer
and design team to ensure that the visual result is spectacular. If you are
interested then please send an email and some recent photos of yourself."
Shanu Walpita. Email:
Dance Project Workshops, Burnham, Slough, UK, March 25th - 28th.
These workshops are for dancers/athletes over 18yrs of age at an
Intermediate/Advanced level. Come and take part in a week of workshops in
Contemporary dance, B boying, gymnastics, trampolining and synchronized
swimming. Outer Dance
is a project designed to research dance in weightlessness - the aim is to
discover a dance movement vocabulary that could create choreography in outer
space. The project combines the talents of a Contemporary Dancer, Gymnast, B
boy/B girl, Trampolinist and a Synchronized swimmer. The week of workshops
is to try out the disciplines of the artists involved in the project. To
book a place please send a brief description of your dance experience or
attach your C.V. stating which workshops you wish to attend. Visit our web
site for more information and contact details." Arwen Hobday, Outer Dance
Project. Find a link to the Outer Dance Project under Training at:
"Street Arts Conference, Belgium, May 10th. The
Circostrada Network will organize its first professional gathering
in 2008 in Leuven (Belgium) with the Leuven in Scene Festival, May 9 – May
11. The network correspondents will get together to asses the evolution of
the street arts in Europe. The results of the Street Arts and Circus Arts in
Europe : Circulation of Artistic Works in Figures study will be presented by
Anne Tucker and Yohann Floch. This public meeting will take place Saturday,
May 10, in partnership with the Flemish and Walloon street-arts federations.
For more information visit the Circostrada web site." HorLesMurs,
Co-ordinator, Circostrada Network. Find a link to Circostrada Network under
"Call for artistic urban-space projects,
Paris, Wroclaw, Rome, Cluj, Brussels, Istanbul,
Maribor and Novi Sad , application deadline 31st March.
SmartCity EU is a project aiming to
explore the new possibilities of artistic involvement in European cities in
2008-2009. The co-organizers Dédale, WRO, Zoneattive and Altart are
currently looking for artistic projects concerning the appropriation of the
city with monumental audiovisual installations, locative art, performances
in public spaces, artistic projects using mobile and wireless technology,
conversion of urban furnishings, sound design, transient or interactive
architecture, urban game art, or other such forms. Artists can send their
applications until the end of March 2008. Please visit the web site for more
information." Dédale. Find a link to SmartCity EU
under Resources at:
Bizarre Convention 2008, Dresden, Germany September 17th - 21st. In
the autumn of 2008, we will organise
a mixture of juggling convention, music festival and fire arts performance
in the beautiful city of Dresden. Next to countless opportunities to learn
juggling and improve your skills, there will be enough space for relaxing,
celebrating and dancing - a comprehensive event for all juggling and music
fans. No doubt, fire will be the centre piece of this event - our intention
is to present a juggling convention with memorable fire performances. As a
highlight, we want to work out an all-embracing gala show which will be a
synthesis of fire artistry, juggling, action art, with burning moving
sculptures. For more information and to book a ticket visit our web site."
Stefan Kiehne, Burning Bizarre Convention. (Photos: Burning Bizarre
Convention--Sparkling Poi & Burning Rope) Find a link to Burning Bizarre
Convention under Festivals and Events at:
"Delft Juggling Day,
Netherlands, April 6th. The delft juggling day ('Delftse
Jongleer Dag' ) is a great one-day festival where jugglers,
acrobats and unicyclists meet. It is the biggest 1-day juggling convention
in Holland. The "DJD" is in its 12th year and we're working on a bunch of
fine workshops. Hopefully some extraordinary ones, which is a tradition of
the DJD! There'll be a 'renegade show' or 'open stage' where all attendants
can show their skills, and there will be plenty of workshops on various
levels. Visit our web site for more information. Greetings and see you all."
Maaike & Eric, DJD. Find a link to Delft Juggling Day under Festivals and
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