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Welcome to the December 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.
As we come to the end of another tumultuous
year in the world, a context in which creative work can seem a luxury, we
have to remember that it is the creative,
community building work that we do, that is going to carry us through these
growth pains of the new millennium. We wish everyone on the list an
enjoyable holiday season and all the best for 2009.
In the Playspace section I announce a new Clown Intensive in Sydney in March and there could be a place coming available on my New Zealand Clown Retreat in January, so email me if you want to be put on the waiting list.
As we have a bit of a circus theme in this issue, I have included the basic three ball juggling exercise from Angels Can Fly. I suspect most people on this newsletter can juggle, but you may be interested in reading the Coaching Tips, particularly if you teach. I've been encouraged that the book has recently started making it into high school libraries in New Zealand.
In the Features this month we have a week long Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew beginning December 19th in Melbourne, Australia. Performers will discover and explore their clown characters using a variety of techniques. This workshop is for experienced performers, but doesn't require experience in clowning.
And we have
Contact Improvisation Workshops with Andrew Harwood being offered around
Australia beginning January 19th. The Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth workshops
each run for one week with a weekend intensive in Byron Bay. Andrew is
recognised as an exceptional international teacher, performer and creator in
the field of Contact Improvisation. These workshops are open to people with
any level of experience.
Circus Kumarani in Dargaville, NZ, are inviting everyone to the 4th Northland Circus Festival, January 21st - 25th. This is a family festival with lots of circus skills workshops, games, shows and fun for all ages and abilities. And in Australia, Circa is offering a Summer Program for Adults in Brisbane. It starts December 8th, so you'll need to act quickly to book a place.
In the USA,
Stanley Allan Sherman of Mask Arts Company is offering a Short Winter
Commedia dell'Arte Workshop in New York, December 28th to 31st. This
workshop is geared to the Teacher, Professional in the Theatre and Theatre
Students. Some partial scholarships are available based on need. Also in New
York, Artistic New Directions is offering their Performance Development Lab,
"Anything Goes", to all types of performance projects being launched and/or
developed at no obligatory cost to the artists. And CircusYoga®
Level 1 Teacher Training is being offered in New York, January 9th to 11th.
France, Salon Mondial du Cirque is holding the Second World Circus Trade
Show, where the objective is "to create a space-time and a meeting point for
all protagonists of the Circassian world to promote the circus arts." And
Circus Artists from all over the world are cordially invited to showcase
their skills and compete on an international level at the
7th International Variety and Circus Festival in Dresden, Germany. The
application deadline is January 15th.
Artmedia Network News
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
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Sponsor: Dell'Arte Abroad Bali Intensive
Explore the traditional arts of Bali with Dell’Arte Abroad program
Since 1996, Dell’Arte International has invited students, teachers, designers, directors, and artists to immerse themselves in the traditional arts of Bali and encounter the profound spirit of the Balinese people. In this unique and wonderfully successful program participants study traditional Balinese performing arts and crafts with village masters, as well as Dell'Arte mask and movement techniques led by Dell'Arte's Founding Artistic Director Joan Schirle.
Bali is an extraordinary country where creativity is ordinary. In Bali, art serves the community, the religious practices, the economy and everyday living. The trip introduces students to Balinese performing arts in a way that allows them to experience how the Balinese live and create, and how family life and religious customs are woven into the creation of art.
The program begins with three days of orientation to the language, customs, and ceremonies of Bali, as well as informal meetings with Balinese teachers to observe their work. Introductory work will include a symposium on masks with local carver I. B. Anom, visits to the studios of several mask carvers and puppet makers, and attendance at a shadow play (wayang kulit) and dance performances.
During the next four weeks of formal study, classes meet five days a week. All students will study kecak, a rhythmic vocal chant, as well as participate in regular Yoga/Alexander Technique sessions, block printing, and symposiums on the links between Balinese and western mask performance traditions.
Sometimes our study will take place in a classroom setting, sometimes outdoors, and often in its traditional setting at village and temple ceremonies. The core of the program is designed so that each student spends a large percentage of their class time on one area of interest most important to them. Students will choose between:
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Find out more about Dell’Arte International at www.dellarte.com
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Sydney Clown Intensive
Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th March 2009, (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day
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. Street theatre has informed and assisted the development of modern clown, and participants will take simple exercises out into the street environment to assist in the development of interactive audience skills.
"I'm always encouraged by the passion and dedication of the students in their exploration of the artform. 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
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. $400 Price-buster (by Jan 31) $500 Earlybird (by Feb 28) $600 Full. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) email: email@example.com to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide
Feature: Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew, December 15 - 19, Melbourne
You! Clown? Wanna be stupid on stage without being a dunce?
Spend a week
with Clare Bartholomew in the idiot world of clown! With a focus on group
work in improvisation, games, exercises and also solo and duet exploration,
performers will each find their own 'clown' relationships and characters and
discover different techniques that work for them. Emphasis will be on the
playfulness and complicite between performers onstage and their joy at being
'seen' by the audience.
Feature: Contact Improvisation Workshops with Andrew Harwood, January 23rd - February 15th, Australia-wide
Following his successful workshops and performances in Australia in 2006
Andrew Harwood will again be teaching Contact Improvisation (CI) around
Australia in January and February 2009. Andrew is the artistic director of
AH HA Productions, a project oriented company focusing on improvisation as a
performing art. He is recognised as an exceptional international teacher,
performer and creator in the field of Contact Improvisation and in
instantaneous choreography since 1975. Harwood studied, taught and performed
with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, the founding members
Contact Improvisation. His background also includes gymnastics, yoga, modern
dance, release technique, somatic studies, compositional improvisation and
Aikido. He's a bloody great CI teacher and a lovely fella too.
To secure your place in any workshop you need to
provide a deposit of $100. This deposit is refundable up until the Early
Bird cut-off date of Monday December 1, 2008.
Direct deposit to: Jacob Lehrer | Account #: 18861132 | BSB: 923-100 | Ref: Your full name
After a direct deposit please email us to let us know and include a transaction receipt if you have one.
Alternatively, send your contact details and city with a cheque/money order (made out to Jacob Lehrer) to: PO Box 369, Inglewood, 6052, Western Australia
More info can be found athttp://davidandjacob.com/art/
"Movement Theatre Training with Giovanni Fusetti, New Zealand, 17th January & 8th February 2009. Final Call! A unique opportunity to study and practice the essence of Movement Theatre in beautiful New Zealand. The Journey of Masks - an Intensive training on Mask Theatre held in Wellington, January 17th to February 1st. Followed by The Red Nose - an Intensive training on Theatre Clown held in Auckland, February 8th to March 1st. For detailed information on all workshops please go to the Giovanni Fusetti web site. I wish you all the best." Giovanni Fusetti. (Photo left: © Giovanni Fusetti) Find a link to the Giovanni Fusetti web site under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"New Zealand 2009 Comedy Festival, Auckland & Wellington, application deadline 5th December. We're thrilled to announce that the 17th New Zealand International Comedy Festival will be held in Auckland and Wellington from the 1 - 24 May 2009. We have now launched the Artist website, which contains all the application, venue and general information for the 2009 Festival. In 2009 both Auckland and Wellington will be curated, so acts wishing to perform will need to submit an application to the Festival. The Festival (in consultation with the venues in Wellington) then makes the decision about which shows are appropriate and programmes venues and times for each show. Make sure you check out the application section of the website for full details on how to apply and to download the application form. The deadline for all applications (Festival Applications and Billy T Award Applications) is 5pm Friday 5 December. If you have any queries after reading through the site or would like to discuss your show, please contact me." Kylie Aitchison, Festival Director. Find a link to the NZ International Comedy Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
"Clown/Comedy Workshop, Christchurch, New Zealand, 19th - 22nd January 2009. Hosted by Louise Kerr. Anyone interested in doing a clown workshop at the end of January, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, please email me. Fraser Hooper will be in Christchurch as part of the buskers festival and may be available to do a couple of evening sessions during the festival. If you are interested let me know asap. Thanks." Louise Kerr. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"4th Northland Circus Festival, Circus Kumarani, Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand, 21st - 25th January 2009. This is a family festival with lots of workshops, games, shows and fun for all ages and abilities. Intensive Training Days are 21st and 22nd of January. This will be a focused approach for the enthusiast with experience in circus skills; the workshops provide the opportunity to extend and develop particular skills; learn from NZ’s best Circus teachers and Performers. Workshops to choose from include: Acrobatic/Acrobalance; Trapeze and Tissue; Object manipulation; Clowning; Scene Development and Stage presence (bring your BYO ideas and act ideas). The Circus Festival runs 23rd –25th January. Experience a wide range of circus skills including Rola bola, Pedalo, Unicycle, Stilts, Tight rope, Globe walking, Acrobatic and Acrobalance, Trapeze/Tissue, Hula Hoop, Juggling. The 3 day pass entitles you to a minimum of 2 workshops per day, entry to shows, Circus Olympics, movies etc. Book early as spaces are limited! Please visit our web site for more information." Claudia Guthrie, Circus Kumarani. Find a link to Circus Kumarani under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Adults Summer Program, Circa , Brisbane, Australia, 8 December 2008 – 24 January 2009. For the first time, Circa offers a comprehensive adults training program throughout the Summer Holidays with the chance to leap into 2009 fit and skilled up. The program includes classes focussing on conditioning, tumbling, breakdancing, general aerial, handstands, core stability/injury rehabilitation and open sessions. Details of the Adults Summer Program is now available online. Visit the Circa website for more details." Daniel Gorski, Training Centre Coordinator, Circa. Find a link to Circa under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Short Winter Commedia dell'Arte Workshop, Mask Arts Company & Roving Classical Commedia University, New York, NY, December 28th - 31st 2008. Mask Arts Company has been creating masks in the heart of Manhattan since 1976 and RCCU, in its seventh year, has been teaching Classical Commedia dell'Arte as close to its original form as we believe it was performed in the late 1500's. Stanley Allan Sherman will head this Short Winter Workshop geared to the Teacher, Professional in the Theatre and Theatre Students. The workshop will concentrate on Commedia dell'Arte characters, their movement, history of the characters, gesture, Hebertism, improvisation, lazzi, physical skills, prop manipulation, rhythm, scatology, scenario work and more in an integrated way. Much of the scenario and improvisation work will be taken from RCCU's new translation of three Flaminio Scala scenarios developed by the legendary Gelosi Company 1572 to 1604. Space is limited to 14 people maximum. Some partial scholarships are available based on need. Visit the Mask Arts Company web site for complete course details." Stanley Allan Sherman, Mask Arts Company. (Photo right: © Stanley Sherman) Find a link to the Mask Arts Company under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Performance Development Lab, Artistic New Directions, New York, NY, every Wednesday night. All are welcome at Anything Goes. All types of performance projects are launched and/or developed. Anything Goes provides valuable rehearsal time for creative and interpretive artists at no obligatory cost. We provide a safe laboratory for experimentation where literally... Anything Goes. Writers and performers present their work and may, if they wish, receive feedback and encouragement from theatrical professionals. The open rehearsals happen every Wed night. Check the web site calendar for details. Artists start by bringing in their ideas to Anything Goes open rehearsals where they get constructive feedback from a peer group. When ready, a piece moves to Works-in-Progress or Plays-in-Progress where it receives its first exposure to an audience. Pieces go back and forth between different developmental units until ready for a staged reading or rough draft production. Our goal is to help the artist develop each piece to the point at which it is ready for full production. Visit our web site for more information." Adam Hocherman, Anything Goes Facilitator. Find a link to Artistic New Directions under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"CircusYoga® Level 1 Teacher Training, New York, NY, 9th - 11th January 2009. CircusYoga combines the consciousness of yoga with the communal celebration of circus for a deeply transformative experience. In CircusYoga, we foster a spirit of play and provide a level playing field for people of all ages and abilities. CircusYoga strengthens self-confidence, focus, trust, expression and teamwork. Developed out of our thirty years of work with families and kids, CircusYoga offers a safe, supportive environment for transformation within groups of all ages. CircusYoga celebrates the whole community, the whole family, the whole person. Most of all, CircusYoga teachers model the principles of inclusion, partnering, and community cooperation, embracing each individual and their gifts in our circle. We will learn techniques that support parents and kids, and any group of individuals, as collaborators and life-long learners. Opening new realms of vocabulary for play and communication, we will explore: Creation of an environment where everyone is seen and celebrated; Group dynamics in Hatha yoga and collaborative story creation; Kinesthetic communication through Flying Yoga, partner yoga and partner acrobatics; Integration across the mid-line with juggling and balancing; The spirit of play in clowning and physical comedy; Balance on a tightwire and in asanas; Nurturance in Thai massage; Self-expression through creative movement and dance; Cultivation of your authentic teaching voice. Get complete details and download the registration form at our web site." Erin & Kevin, CircusYoga Teacher Training. Find a link to CircusYoga under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
Needed for Musical Circus Show with an East meets West theme, Singapore,
rehearsing and opening mid 2010, a 15 month contract.
The Generating Company is looking for
highly skilled Circus Acts, Speciality Acts, Physical Clowns, Comedy Duos,
the Unusual, the Traditional with a Twist, daring, breathtaking performances
for a large international production set to open 2010. Particularly keen to
see any acts already having an east meets west theme. All acts and cast will
be redirected to fit the show requirements and will perform to a specially
commissioned score. For initial consideration please send a DVD or links.
Please visit our web site for contact details." Chris Hynes, Line Producer
(Cast and Creative), The Generating Company. Find a link to The Generating
Company under Physical Theatre at:
World Circus Trade Show, Salon Mondial du
Cirque, Paris, France, 3rd - 5th of April 2009. Reservations are
now open for the annual rendez-vous of circus professionals. You are invited
to the second edition of the World Circus Trade Show, which will be held
from the 3rd - 5th of April 2009 in Paris. The World Circus Trade Show is a
major and exceptional event, exclusively dedicated to the circus universe.
Its objectives are to create a space-time and a meeting point for all
protagonists of the Circassian world in order to promote the circus arts.
Here are 7 good reasons to participate in the World Circus Trade Show: Meet
all the actors of the circus world under one roof as well as the general
public; participate in the event of your profession; highlight your image
and develop your reputation with your partners, clients, prospects,
colleagues; communicate and share your experience, products, activities,
projects; generate new prospects and increase your revenue. To download an
application form and for more information please visit our web site. Looking
forward to seeing you." Joëlle Berrebi. Find a link to Salon Mondial du
Cirque under Resources at:
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