July 2008

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - July 2008

  Sydney Opera House, BUBBLE, Legs on the Wall, Australia 

  Summer Clown Retreat with Alan Clay, New Zealand

Special Feature:
Philippe Genty, Lands End, the Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Dance Sisters, Auditions, Female Singer/Dancer/Actor, Aust

  Performing Artists Funding, Auckland City Arts Alive, New Zealand
  Call for Female Samoan Firedancers, Auckland, New Zealand
  Circus Artists for National Tour, Silvers Circus, Victoria, Australia
  Circus Skills Training Intensive, Circus Oz, Victoria, Australia
  Children's Workshop Facilitators and Performers, Gold Coast, Aust
  Variety Artists for Paediatric Hospitals, Big Apple Circus, USA
  Aerial Dance Festival, Frequent Flyers Productions, Boulder, USA
  New Aerial Dance Book/DVD, Jayne Bernasconi and Nancy Smith
  Circus Teaching Apprenticeship, Skylight Circus Arts, UK
  Corporeal Mime Summer School, Theatre de l’Ange Fou, UK
  Nomadic European University of Street Arts, Aurillac, France
  International Circus Acts Needed, Ritz Entertainment, Pakistan

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Welcome to the July 2008 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its seventh year and reaching over 2,300 subscribers.

We have a bit of a breakthrough issue this month, with the two biggest arts centres in Australia, the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Arts Centre, taking the Sponsorship and the Special Feature to promote seasons by two of the worlds leading physical theatre companies, French master, Philippe Genty, and Australian ensemble, Legs on the Wall. And this, after a month in which we couldn't find anyone to sponsor the newsletter, so there was no June issue... Go figure!

In the Sponsorship we welcome BUBBLE by Legs on the Wall in the Studio at Sydney Opera House. BUBBLE is a dark, comical piece about the barriers we put up between ourselves and the world, told in a slamming acrobatic style. It is a powerful, accessible and relevant work that draws the audience in with its physical prowess and gut-wrenching action. BUBBLE runs from July 23rd to August 2nd.

In the Playspace section, my July Clown Intensive in Sydney kicks off next week and the workshop is so full that those of you looking for clown training will have to consider the summer Clown Retreat instead. You can find information on the retreat in this issue. Plan ahead and pay for this workshop by the end of next month to get the best deal.
In Special Features we welcome the new show Lands End by the French master of physical theatre Philippe Genty. Conceived and directed with Mary Underwood, Lands End features a brilliant cast of seven multi-skilled performers who offer a breathtaking visual feast of theatrical illusion, dance and puppetry. This Australian premiere season runs from August 12th to 16th.
In the Features, I report on the auditions I have been holding over the past few months in New Zealand and Australia for the role of Moana, one of the two leads in an online game and feature film, Dance Sisters, which is based on my second novel. The role of Moana has been cast and we are now holding auditions in Brisbane and Melbourne for the other lead, Pearl. We require a woman aged between 19 and 24 who can sing, dance and act and we are looking to cast an unknown actor in this role. We are also looking for a mature woman who has the physical presence and sensuality to play the role of the leader of a cult that is into open sexuality.

In Networking we have information on funding being offered to Professional Performing Artists by the Auckland City Council in New Zealand. The performances must take place between November 2008 to April 2009. Also in Auckland, the all female Samoan Dance Group, Teine ole Mau, has openings for two firedancers.

In Victoria, Australia, Silvers Circus needs Circus Artists for their 2009 National Tour with work commencing in late December. Also in Victoria, Circus Oz is offering a Circus Skills Training Intensive running from July 9th to 13th. The Intensive will include Duo Trapeze, Acro-balance, and German Wheel. And the Gold Coast City Council is looking for Workshop Facilitators and Performers to propose weekend activities, summer twilight programs or holiday programs that offer music, dance, theatre, storytelling, puppetry and circus. The closing date for proposals is July 7th.

In the US, Big Apple Circus requires professional, experienced solo variety artists to perform in paediatric hospitals and private events in the NYC/New Jersey area. This is a permanent part-time position. The 10th annual Aerial Dance Festival 2008 presented by Frequent Flyers Productions is being held in Boulder, Colorado from August 3rd to 16th. And a new Aerial Dance Book/DVD, co-written by Jayne Bernasconi & Nancy Smith has just hit the shelves.

A Circus Apprenticeship Programme to find the next generation of circus teachers in the UK is being run by Skylight Circus Arts in Rochdale. This is a great opportunity to learn circus skills and how to teach them in a range of community settings. In London, Theatre de l’Ange Fou's International School of Corporeal Mime has a Summer School from July 7th to 18th. The Summer School may act as an audition for the full time Professional Programme.

In France, the Street Theatre Festival of Aurillac is organising the first European Nomadic University on the theme of The Street Arts in Europe. Held August 17th to 19th, this Nomadic University will be a platform for exchange and experimentation.

International Circus Acts are needed urgently by Ritz Entertainment in Pakistan for a children's event to be held October 8th -19th. If you have multiple talents and are reasonably priced, they want to hear from you.

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.

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Artmedia Network News

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New on the Artmedia site, our Physical Theatre blog features current Physical Theatre news items. The Artmedia blog is designed to provide you with timely information on auditions, opportunities, festivals and training as a supplement to our monthly newsletter. As the blog develops a strong readership, we intend charging for this service, but grab your chance now to post your items for free. This site regularly gets 6000 visitors a month and we have a strong community of interest in  physical theatre and electronic publishing.

Our links page on the Artmedia site had grown so long that it was hard to find any one link, so we have now split the links into seven pages, one each for  Festivals, Training, Resources, Circus and  Clown, and Physical Theatre, and two pages of Performers links. 

  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 the past seven years. Check it out at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/news.htm

 Theatre LOTE provide innovative Bilingual Performances for schools and festivals. http://www.theatrelote.com.au
Sue Broadway has information on her touring performances and projects. http://www.artmedia.com.au/broadway.htm
Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen's Dance Films and Richards books, including Performing the Unnameable an Anthology of Contemporary Australian Physical Performance Scripts. www.artmedia.com.au/physical_tv.htm
Aerialize have information on their aerial theatre classes and projects in Sydney. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm
Hemlock Mejarne (pictured left) is an acrobat, stilt-walker, who has a range of skills. http://www.artmedia.com.au/acronym.htm

Our website deals still provide great value. For one page on the Artmedia site, it is just Aus$20 a month, or Aus$30 for 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. We have also recently started a new publishing service, where we do your website at your address. On this deal it is just Aus$40 a month to maintain and promote the site, no matter how many pages you have, and only Aus$20 a page set up cost.

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Sponsor: The Studio at Sydney Opera House presents . . .

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BUBBLE  by Legs on the Wall 

23 July – 2 August
The Studio

Directed by Rowan Marchingo
Dramaturg Wesley Enoch
Set & Costume Design
Dan Porta
Lighting Design Trudy Dalgliesh & Christopher Snape
Carol Polk

Starring Anton, Alexandra Harrison and
Ingrid Kleinig

"physical theatre with skill, daring and imagination…Marchingo projects life as a circus of bizarre twists"
Sydney Morning Herald

The world’s a bubble, and the life of man
Less than a span:
What remains, but that we still should cry
For being born, or, being born, to die?
Francis Bacon

Bubble is a dark, comical piece about the barriers we put up between ourselves and the world. Told in a slamming acrobatic style, it is influenced by the slapstick and comedic antics of cartoons such as Road Runner and The Simpsons.

At times quiet and gentle, and at others violently destructive, Bubble is a return to the high impact spectacle that Legs on the Wall is renowned for. Directed by long-time Legs member Rowan Marchingo, it is a fusion of acrobatics, contemporary dance, contact improvisation and everyday movement.

Set in a bizarre world of physical and emotional extremes, a living room is cluttered with the discarded debris of generations. It is a cross roads between the past, present and future, and its contents are tied together in string.

A spotlight exposes three clown-like characters that represent Hope, Despair and Man. Dressed in colourful burlesque costumes with lipstick and rouge; they thrash about through times of darkness and light, wildly trying desperately to identify their place in the world. But as they try to connect all they can do is hurt each other.

The characters love, hug and hurl each other through the air; they are vulnerable, hardened and brought undone, but like all good cartoon characters they always bounce back. As their world comes crashing down they realise life is all smoke and mirrors, a journey that can only end in death.

Bubble pays homage to the misery and futility of existence. Identifying some of the experiences that alienate and bind us together, it expresses the pain, joy and banality that life has to offer.

Performed live by a three-piece band, the music for Bubble is reminiscent of a carnival, somewhere between a circus sideshow and an old Hollywood musical. The score draws on classic styles and genres, such as love songs, death metal, and bluegrass. Drums, trombone, saw, violin, guitar, banjo and saxophone work with and against the action, pushing and pulling the audience in different directions as the performers act out their play.

Bubble is a powerful, accessible and relevant work that draws the audience in with its physical prowess and gut-wrenching action.

"…a signature style of muscular, slamming physicality: this is risky, gutsy and sometimes wild physicality, not tidy or pretty." The Sun Herald


Wednesday 23 July to Saturday 2 August at 8.15pm. Opening night Thursday 24 July.
                      No show Monday 28 or Tuesday 29 July.
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: Weekday $30 or $25 concession. Weekend $35/$30. Preview $25/$20.
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at sydneyoperahouse.com
Duration: 60 minutes

MEDIA: Contact Nathan McIlroy on 02 9250 7596, 0421 668 440 or at nmcilroy@sydneyoperahouse.com

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Playspace:  Summer Clown Retreat - Wanganui, New Zealand  

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"I'm always encouraged by the passion and dedication of the students in their exploration of the artform. And in my on going process of evaluating my teaching, I've redrafted my clown program. We tend to think of clown as the painted faced character which has come down to us from the circus tradition of the last two hundred years. However clown is possibly the oldest art form, occurring in every society throughout the ages, and it is an art form which has been undergoing a renaissance and a rejuvenation over the past few years.

"Modern clown is less character based and more interactive than traditional clown, it is less about hiding behind make-up and more about revealing our true selves, and less about routine based entertainment and more about spontaneous artistic expression. We need training and tools to facilitate these new skills in our work, and this workshop aims to give participants a way of working which supports this process."         Alan Clay

Summer Clown Retreat -   Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th, January 2009 (5 days)   

Grab 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.

Clown is empathic, 'feeling with' the audience, and it is also playful, open to the impulses in each moment, and this workshop will train and develop these skills through improvisation exercises. Each day will start with a yoga warm up and participants will work physically to free themselves from patterns and to connect with their emotions.  

The workshop is aimed at those with a professional interest in clown. It is suitable both for beginners and for those with experience, and it functions best with this mix in the class. There will be a minimum of four and maximum of eight on the workshop. The fees include six nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. The Clown Retreat is held in a secluded studio within reach of 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: clown@artmedia.com.au to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.

"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.

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Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide

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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. Here are some reviews that have been posted on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars helpful, inspiring, April 23, 2008
By  Fritz "DM-Fritz" (Germany)
I just got the book one day ago. It pulled me through. although i work in the field of clown for quite a while it is a great book to learn, remember and to remind you. thanks a lot for putting a the stuff together. Great job, Daniel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels Can Fly!, October 31, 2005
By  Michael C. Getlan "caring clown" (New Rochelle, NY)
This is a terrific book, and should be read and used frequently. The stories about the real clowns are inspiring and the exercises are practical and important, especially if you are serious about exploring the clown in you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels Can Fly, August 2, 2005
By  Julie A. Wright "Jewls"
This unusual book has a lot of good character development, audience interaction exercises. It is also a novel about street performers and includes several entertainers biographies all mixed together. For a very enjoyable educational read. Julie "Jewls" Wright

"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."

You can find the paperback on Amazon by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj And check out more information at:  www.alanclay.com where you can still get a free copy of the e-Book

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Feature: Dance Sisters -- Online Game and Feature film -- Auditions -- Female, 19 to 24 yrs, singer/dancer/actor -- Female, 35 to 40 yrs for cult leader -- Australia

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Over the past few months Artmedia has been holding auditions in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne for the role of Moana, one of the two leads in our online game and feature film, Dance Sisters. The role of Moana has been cast and we are now holding auditions in Brisbane and Melbourne for the other lead, Pearl. We are also looking for a mature woman who has the physical presence and sensuality to play the role of a cult leader of a group into open sexuality.

The film is a romantic drama, based on Alan Clay's second novel, about a female song and dance duo who overcome adversity and the control of a Kings Cross cyber sex cult, to win a song competition. There has been lots of interest in the audition, but we still have a few places for both roles available in both cities.

We require a woman aged between 19 and 24 who can sing, dance and act for the role of Pearl. We are looking to cast an unknown actor in this role. You will need to commit to two years ongoing filming work for two weeks every two months for the online game, plus the feature film shoot.

“Pearl is playful and curious. She’s flirtatious, she likes people, because people provide an endless variety of interesting differences. She likes playing tricks and teasing people, just for fun. She becomes the leader of the duo by teasing Moana out of her vulnerability, so they can actually do the work, and she acts as spokesperson. She has strong opinions, but these change as she gets new information. Through the work of the duo and her experiences with the cult, she is learning the value of friendship.”

We also require a mature woman, 35 to 40 yrs for the role of the cult leader. The cult is into open sexuality and virtual dreaming–a computer assisted dreaming process, supposedly for therapeutic purposes, but actually used to control group members. This role is also a two year commitment, of approximately one week every two months, plus the feature film shoot.

"The leader is charismatic in her public speeches and intimate and personal in her contact with everyone. She has a strong physical presence, a high sexual drive, is flirtatious and seductive. She is perceptive and able to see through people and sense their weaknesses. She is devoted to her followers and fanatical about her ideals. She is into astrology, is a social revolutionary, experimenting with the lives of cult members. Power is important to her, she likes to feel in control of the situation, and she achieves this through her sensuality and personal contact."

Project Structure
The initial phase of the project will involve building up the online profile of the main characters by releasing a series of podcasts onto popular video web sites during 2008 which will develop into an online Alternate Reality Game, to be deployed in 2009. This will mean rehearsals and video shoots beginning in August and continuing through 2009. This will be followed by the feature film production in the summer of 2009/2010. The pay during the podcast phase of the project will be a combination of an advance and profit share in the feature film. Pay during the film production stage of the project will be standard industry rates. The project will involve some filming in Australia and New Zealand, in both the podcast and feature film stages. Airfare and accommodation will be provided.

Brisbane Auditions:    Saturday, July 12th
Melbourne Auditions:  Tuesday, July 15th

The audition will last a maximum of 10 minutes. For the role of Pearl you will need to prepare a song and a dance as well as some scenes. We are looking for something that will connect with young audiences in the song and dance audition pieces, however we have no preference for style, and would prefer you work with something that shows your skills and with which you are comfortable. (Please no Broadway musical numbers.)
If you're interested in auditioning, please go to our film website www.artmedia.net.au  for more information, then email us at dancesisters@artmedia.net.nz  to book a time.

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Special Feature: Compagnie Philppe Genty Return to the Arts Centre, Melbourne!

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Directed by Philippe Genty and Mary Underwood
Performed by Compagnie Philippe Genty

The Arts Centre presents by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia the acclaimed French master of theatrical fantasy and illusion, Philippe Genty, in the launch of the Australian premiere season of his latest work Lands End at the Arts Centre, State Theatre, 12 – 16 August 2008.

Conceived and directed with Genty’s long-time collaborator and wife Mary Underwood, Lands End features a brilliant cast of seven multi-skilled performers who offer a breathtaking visual feast of theatrical illusion, dance and puppetry. This is Genty’s largest production to tour to Australia.

Lands End is the story of a meeting between two people in a landscape of kaleidoscopic dreams. Conjuring a series of enigmatic characters and deeply moving vignettes, Lands End takes audiences to the far reaches of the imagination, unfolding one stunning image after another. A woman dances with a giant insect, which has an unsettling human face; a man searches through a towering bank of billowing clouds made of plastic bags; the couple transform into ten-foot high puppets whose limbs are manipulated into a tender embrace by the entire company.

Originally studying as a graphic designer in Paris, Philippe Genty has been enchanting audiences for more than 40 years with his dreamlike theatre. He and his company have performed all over the world, including multiple visits to Australia where he has attracted a loyal following.

Compagnie Philippe Genty last performed in Melbourne in 2004 with Vanishing Point, presented at the Comedy Theatre and last performed at the Arts Centre with Dedale in April 2000. In October 2006, the Arts Centre, through FULL TILT, presented a sold-out Artist Talk with Philippe Genty. Lands End premiered in Nevers, France in November 2005 and since then has toured throughout Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau, receiving enthusiastic acclaim from both critics and audiences alike.

Lands End invites audiences to enter a magical world where anything is possible!

the Arts Centre presents by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

12 August – 16 August 2008, the Arts Centre, State Theatre, Melbourne

theartscentre.com.au*, 1300 136 166*, the Arts Centre Box Office or Ticketmaster outlets
* Transaction fee applies

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"Professional Performing Artists Funding,  Auckland City Arts Alive Fund, New Zealand. Applications close Friday 18th July. Auckland City Council, through Arts Alive, invites proposals (in two rounds per year) from individuals, organisations, venues or businesses seeking sponsorship for their projects in the city.  Projects may be a single production, a series of concerts or performances, a one-off show or concert, or a festival and must involve music, dance or theatre, or a combination of these. The performances must take place between November 2008 to April 2009. The two primary objectives of Arts Alive are to support and develop the professional performing arts in Auckland, and to develop and build audiences. Application forms and more information on this and other funding options are available from our website. Arts Alive does not support school projects, community or amateur groups." Bronwen Gray, Arts, Community and Recreation Services, Auckland City Council. Find a link to Auckland City Council Funding under Resources at:
"Seeking Female Samoan Firedancers (Siva afi/Ailao), Teine ole Mau (Mauproductions), Auckland, New Zealand. Closing date Thursday 31st July.  Teine ole Mau is an all female Samoan Dance Group based in Auckland, NZ. We seek two Samoan Firedancers. You must have current or past experience in this area of 'Pacific Dance' entertainment. You must be ready for contract based work, able to work within a team environment, be flexible with hours of work and able to travel outside of Auckland. Does this sound like you? Then please send us a copy of your C.V. Please visit our website for more information and contact details." Mau Muaiava, co-director, Mau Productions. Find a link to Mau Productions under Dance at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm

"Circus Artists Wanted for 2009 National Tour, Silvers Circus , Victoria, Australia. Commencing in late December this year and finishing in early December 2009 we are seeking  performers with a professional approach to their work. Free travel and accommodation are included as part of all packages. Vacancies on offer are: lying trapeze performers, solo or duo  female aerialist/s, site and novelty acts, however, we would consider an act of high professional standard in any other category. Interested applicants should initially apply by email through our web site. Many thanks." Margaret Petersen, Secretary, Silvers Circus. Find a link to Silvers Circus under Circus at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Circus Skills Training Intensive, Circus Oz , Victoria, Australia, 9th – 13th July. The intensive will feature both private and group classes with sessions ranging from 3 hours to 45 minutes in length. Just a few of the skills on offer are: Duo Trapeze with Anni Davey, Acro-balance with Vasily Ivanov, German Wheel with Mel Fyfe, Handstands with Emma Sargent. For more details on trainers, skills offered and timetable please visit our website. Bookings can be made online. If you don’t want to book online, you can download the postal enrolment, fill it in and send it back. Places will be subject to availability at the time we receive the enrolment."
Antonella Casella, Artistic Administrator, Circus Oz. (Photo left: Circus Oz) Find a link to Circus Oz under Circus at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Call for Workshop Facilitators and Performers, Gold Coast City Council, Australia, closing date 7th July. The Gold Coast City Council are developing a new parks activation program that will engage and energise local residents through an inclusive arts program, ‘Creative and Healthy GC’, to be delivered in parks and community spaces. The ‘Creative and Healthy GC’ program will be a partnered with Park’s Active & Healthy program, Cultural Development’s Creative Juices Professional Development Program, and Library Services, with the intent to support & promote the city's creative and culturally diverse community. It is proposed that the program will begin in October 2008. We are looking for proposals from Arts and Cultural workers and Performers to hold workshops and performances in parks and community spaces including libraries. This can be weekend activities, summer twilight programs, holiday programs or celebration of multicultural days (i.e. Chinese New Year, St Patrick’s Day etc). The potential types of activities are workshops, visual arts, nature based art programs, photography, storytelling, music, circus skills, dance. Potential performances are music, dance, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, circus. Complete either a ‘Workshop Proposal’ form, or a ‘Performance Proposal’ form. Please also include a CV and references, and a copy of current Working With Children card (if proposal involves workshop participants under 18yrs). Please keep in mind that this is an outdoor program, so your workshop / performance proposal should take an external location into consideration. The application process is competitive. Proposals will be considered on areas such as suitability, experience, and value for money. Priority will be given to local artsworkers. Please contact the Cultural Development Unit for proposal forms and to submit your application." Sara Devine, Cultural Development Officer, Gold Coast City Council.  Email: cscdc@goldcoast.qld.gov.au  
"Solo variety artists wanted, Big Apple Circus , NYC/New Jersey, USA. Our Clown Care program is looking to hire professional, experienced solo variety artists specializing in skills such as music, physical comedy, improvisation, magic, juggling, clowning, puppetry etc. to perform in paediatric hospitals & private events in the NYC/New Jersey area. This is a permanent part-time position working directly for the Big Apple Circus as part of an elite group of variety artists who have dedicated themselves to bringing a moment of the wonder and laughter of circus to the paediatric facilities we serve. This positions involves flexible scheduling and monthly rehearsals/workshops by leading teachers. Applicants should be mature and sensitive.  Please mail or email your resume, letter of interest and performer photo to my attention. For more information on the Clown Care program, please visit our website." Peter Rivera, Health and Community Programs Team. Find a link to Big Apple Circus under Clowns at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Aerial Dance Festival, Frequent Flyers Productions, Boulder, USA, August 3rd - 16th. The 10th annual Aerial Dance Festival 2008 provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air –– for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Join us for a 2–week immersion through classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions, and performances. For more information on the Aerial Dance Festival please visit our website." Nancy Smith, Artistic Director, Frequent Flyers Productions. Find a link to Frequent Flyers Productions under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"New Aerial Dance Book/DVD, co-written by Jayne Bernasconi & Nancy Smith . The ink from our new book/DVD 'Aerial Dance' is drying but the trucks are scheduled to unload 5,000 copies at Human Kinetics Publishing on Monday June 4th! (Whaahoo!!) The book was written for aerial dance professionals, teachers, enthusiasts, historians and anyone interested in the art form. Chapters include: Aesthetics of Aerial Dance, Essays from 12 pioneers of aerial dance including Terry Sendgraff, Stephanie Evanitsky, Bob Davidson, Approaches to Teaching, Rigging for Aerial Dance - written by Jonathan Deull. The DVD includes clips from 12 leading aerial choreographers. Visit the website for order information or you can order through Amazon.com. If you want an autographed copy, email me. Thanks and Happy Flying." Jayne Bernasconi, Artistic Director, Air Dance Bernasconi. Find a link to Air Dance Bernasconi under Aerial Theatre at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm

"Circus Teacher Training Programme, Skylight Circus Arts , Rochdale, UK. We have just received arts council funding for a Circus Apprenticeship Programme to find the next generation of circus teachers. Participants will learn circus skills, how to teach them in a range of community settings as well as work-related skills that will bolster your CV. We are looking for people who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity! For more info or to express an interest please send me an e-mail through our website." Lindzi, Skylight Circus Arts. Find a link to Skylight Circus Arts under Training at
"Mime Summer School, Theatre de l’Ange Fou's International School of Corporeal Mime, London, UK. July 7th to 18th. Corporeal Mime is the art of the thinking body. The training method in the school has two goals: Technical excellence and artistic and performing development. Students learn the precise and specific vocabulary and technique relevant to Corporeal Mime, giving them an incomparable tool to express themselves theatrically. They are challenged with learning to develop their own personal performance material. Dates for the Summer School are July 7-18, 2008. No audition required. For 4 hours daily the student gets a workshop based on the regular professional training programme. The Summer School may act as an audition for the Full Time Professional Programme. For more information please visit our website." Corinne Soum, Co-director, Theatre de l’Ange Fou. (Photo right © Theatre de l'Ange Fou: Steve Wasson, from The Man Who Preferred to Stand)  Find a link to International School of Corporeal Mime under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm

Nomadic European University of Street Arts, Street Theatre Festival of Aurillac, France, August 17th to 19th. The international street theatre festival of Aurillac will be organising the first European Nomadic University on the theme of The Street Arts in Europe: creation, but at what price? This gathering will take place in the framework of the European Cultural Season in partnership with HorsLesMurs, Circostrada Network and Cultures Frances, and in association with several European festivals (Malta festival, Festival Imaginarius, Fira del teatre al carrer de Tarrega…). This Nomadic University will be a platform for exchange and experimentation, and will allow artists and cultural decision makers within the EU to meet
each other through artistic and thematic workshops, tours, and a plenary meeting, all leading up to the festival. In October 2008, Circostrada Network will publish a summary of the discussions in French and English, and make it available for free. For more information please visit the website." Find a link to Street Theatre Festival of Aurillac under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"International Circus Acts Needed Urgently, Ritz Entertainment , Pakistan. Apply Immediately. We would like to invite circus artists and acts from different countries for a children's event to be held October 8th -19th for 3 shows a day. We need the following acts for our indoor mini circus: acrobats, clowns, jugglers, aerialists, bike show, German wheel etc. Or any other good entertaining acts for the children and families. We would appreciate artists with multiple talents and who are reasonably priced. Please reply at your earliest since we need to lock our artists asap. Please visit our website for contact details." Vincent Lawrence, Director, Ritz Entertainment. Find a link to Ritz Entertainment under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm

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Because the newsletter does cost us to produce, our policy is to offer one free listing in the networking section, and then to offer the Features and Sponsorship options. We offer no free promotion of performances in the networking, or we would be swamped with it, to promote a performance contact us about the paid options. If you have previously had an item in the newsletter, and this has worked for you, contact us about the paid options. As you can tell from the repeat Sponsors and Feature advertisers, this promotion - to a targeted audience of 2,300 dedicated subscribers, and a further 5,300 on related Yahoo lists - works.

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After 8 years of building links, and developing search-engine-friendly pages, the Artmedia pages are now consistently placed at the top of the list by the search engines like Google. We also get lots of visits to the site from past users who have book-marked the site, and through over 1,600 links with like-minded sites.

It is just Aus$20 a month, to put a page of promotion on the Artmedia site. If you have your own site, this is perfect as a news page, to directing traffic from Artmedia to your site, and if you do not yet have a site, this is a great way to start promoting your work on the net. For this fee, we maintain your listings in the search engines and build your traffic through our links, and this newsletter, and update your information as often as you like, at no extra cost.

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This Physical Theatre newsletter, can now look back at its first seven years of publication. As the readership grows, we are developing the Australasian focus and the global perspective of the publication. Those on the list include some of the best performers, groups, training institutions, festivals, events and resources in the world.

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Last updated 2nd July 2008