December 2008

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - December 2008

Dell'Arte Physical Theatre Abroad Bali Intensive, US/Indonesia 

  March Sydney Clown Intensive with Alan Clay, Australia   
  Angels Can Fly - Exercise: Basic Three Ball Juggling

  December Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew, Australia
  Contact Improv Workshops with Andrew Harwood, Australia

  Mask and Clown Workshops with Giovanni Fusetti, New Zealand
  Application Deadline for New Zealand International Comedy Festival
  Clown/Comedy Workshop with Fraser Hooper, Christchurch, NZ
  Circus Festival and Workshops, Northland, New Zealand
  Summer Program for Adults at Circa, Brisbane, Australia
  Commedia dell'Arte Workshop with Stanley Allan Sherman, USA
  Performance Development Lab at Artistic New Directions, New York
  CircusYoga Teacher Training Workshop, New York, USA
  Casting Skilled Circus Acts, Generating Company, UK/Singapore
  Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops, Formaat, Netherlands 
  World Circus Trade Show, Salon Mondial du Cirque, Paris, France
  Call for Circus Artists, Int Variety and Circus Festival, Germany

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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 Sponsorship this month we welcome back Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre with news of their Bali Intensive. Dell'Arte has offered this extraordinary immersive experience since 1996. This is a unique opportunity to study traditional Balinese performing arts and crafts with village masters, as well as Dell'Arte mask and movement techniques.

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.

In Networking we have a final call for theatre movement workshops with Giovanni Fusetti in New Zealand. Sessions are in Auckland and Wellington. And the application deadline for the New Zealand International Comedy Festival is almost here -- December 5th, so be quick if you plan to apply. And in Christchurch, a Clown/Comedy Workshop with Fraser Hooper is being organised to coincide with the buskers festival at the end of January.

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.

If you are a skilled Circus Act, The Generating Company is casting a Singapore-based Musical Circus Show with an East meets West theme. Rehearsals begin in 2010 for a mid-2010 opening.  In Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Formaat is holding two master classes in Theatre of the Oppressed with the renowned Jokers, Bárbara Santos and Hector Aristízabal. The master classes are part of an international training program and are meant for people with at least basic experience in Theatre of the Oppressed practice.

In Paris, 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.

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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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:

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

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 also have a 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:  Dell'Arte Abroad Bali Intensive 

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Explore the traditional arts of Bali with Dell’Arte Abroad program
February 9 –March 12, 2009

An intensive which offers a chance to study Balinese dance, mask making and shadow puppetry

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:

Mask Carving
Balinese Dance (masked topeng and legong)
Shadow puppetry (wayang kulit)

For more information, visit www.dellarte.com/bali or call 707-668-5663 or contact the Program Director at joan@dellarte.com

The DELL’ARTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL THEATRE is the North American center for the exploration, development, training and performance of the actor-creator. Dell’Arte is the only institution in the U.S. offering a full-time professional actor training program in physical theatre, through a one-year certificate program, and an accredited three-year MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre.

Find out more about Dell’Arte International at www.dellarte.com

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Playspace:  Clown Training with Alan Clay

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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: clown@artmedia.com.au to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.

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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.

9. Exercise: Basic Three Ball Juggling

This is a five-step 'learning to juggle' process, which is very good for demonstrating how we learn, and so bringing the learning process more into the conscious realm.

Step One: With a ball in each hand, and hands in front of us at waist level, throw one up to eye height, and catch it in the same hand, then the other, and so on. At this stage we are just getting used to the rhythm of one after the other, with each ball thrown to eye height, so that the throws become even. Hands remain down at waist height for the catch, rather than going up to find the ball, which destroys the timing.

Step Two: The crossover. Throw the first ball with the hand you are most comfortable with, on an angle to a point above the other hand, and as it is about to fall, throw the second ball on an angle to a point above the first hand. The key thing to watch is the moment that the first ball starts to fall, and use this as an impulse to throw the second one. Don't worry so much about the catches to start with, but what we are looking for here is a four-beat rhythm, where one and two are throws and three and four are catches, and the beat is regular.

Step Three: Pick up a third ball and hold it in the hand you are throwing first with; this hand now holds two balls. Repeat step two, throwing only the first and second balls, and just get comfortable with the feel of the third ball in the hand.

Step Four: Throw the first ball, as it is about to fall throw the second, as it reaches the top and is about to fall, throw the third, or get it out of your hand in some way; drop it. Don't worry about catching it, just find the throwing rhythm by watching those moments where a ball is about to fall.

Step Five: If you've got the one, two, three, you can of course when the third ball is about to fall, throw the fourth, and as it is about to fall throw the fifth, and so on. At this stage, count your throws and see how far you get. Challenge yourself each practice to go further than the last time.

Coaching Tips

Many people say they can't juggle, but it is just that they have not learned the steps in the process, and so when they find they can do it, they are overjoyed and value the learning experience. What stops them firstly, is that they say they "I can't" and nothing is possible from this position. Rather say 'I haven't yet' and leave open the possibility of learning it.

The next thing that stops people, is that they are going straight for a result: juggling, rather than following the process of learning ball skills.

But the biggest thing that stops people from progressing is their habits and patterns. They tried juggling once, and got so far with the learning, and ever since then when they pick up some balls, they repeat the same process and do not advance it.

This is the biggest barrier, and is normally why people in this position require a teacher to guide them past this point. If you are working with this individually, you will have to push your limits consciously to overcome your habits.

One final comment on juggling: it is a physical activity which requires the mind to largely stay out of the way, and allow the physical focus. Relaxed breathing helps, rhythmic music can be good, and the practice is best undertaken for brief periods regularly, because we set in place bad patterns once we become tired, and the body absorbs the learning in between practices. 

"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."

Here's a link to Angels Can Fly on Amazon, http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj and you can check out more information at:  www.alanclay.com

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Feature: Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew, December 15 - 19, Melbourne

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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.

This workshop is for experienced performers who may have a variety of performance backgrounds; it is not necessary to have a history with 'clown'.

December 15th - 19th, 10am - 4pm

How To Apply?
Send expression of interest and a very short biog to:
or call 0411 260 811

Early bird special! $500
($100 deposit in by Dec 1st will secure your position upon acceptance)

After Dec 1st $600
($100 deposit in by Dec 10th will secure your position upon acceptance)

Out Of The Blue Studios
304-310 Gore St, Fitzroy

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Feature: Contact Improvisation Workshops with Andrew Harwood, January 23rd - February 15th, Australia-wide

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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.

We're bringing him out to tour to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Byron Bay. (See full details for dates below.) In all the cities, except Byron Bay, the workshops will run Monday to Friday for 3 hours each morning. Byron will be an intensive weekend instead.  The workshops are open to people with any level of experience. For those of you who don't know, Contact Improvisation is an accessible dance form based around the interplay between two or more people within the principles of weight exchange, gravity, momentum, counter-thrust and touch. Google it or check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p2Tof2y1yQ

  Sydney        Mon 19 - Fri 23 Jan : 10am - 1pm
Melbourne   Mon 26 - Fri 30 Jan : 10am - 1pm
Perth           Mon 2 - Fri 6 Feb : 10am - 1pm
Byron Bay    Fri 13 Feb 6pm - 9pm, and Sat 14 & Sun 15: 10am - 4pm

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.

To receive the full Early Bird discount you must pay in full by the cut-off date. Payments accepted by direct deposit/cheque/money order or by cash in person only!

Early Bird Price = $275         Full Price = $330

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 at http://davidandjacob.com/art/

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"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: louisebkerr@clear.net.nz

"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:

"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:

"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

"Performers 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:  http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm

"Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops, Formaat, Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 24th - 25th & March 7th - 8th 2009. It is with great joy that Formaat presents you two master classes by two renowned Jokers. The master classes are part of our international training program and are meant for people with at least basic experience in Theatre of the Oppressed practice. Both master classes are given at the Workplace for Participatory Drama in Rotterdam. The first master class is offered by Bárbara Santos, co-ordinator of CTO Rio de Janeiro. She will focus on the role of the Joker in Theatre of the Oppressed. Bárbara's master class will take place on January 24-25, 2009. Hector Aristízabal is our guest for the second time. He will focus on psychological Forum Theatre and on issues related to Theatre of the Oppressed in healing processes. His master class will take place on March 7-8, 2009. On March 7, he will also play his solo performance Night Wind. You can download the booking form from our web site. Spaces are limited!" Formaat Team. (Photo left: © Formaat) Find a link to Formaat under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm

"Second 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: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm  

"7th International Variety and Circus Festival, Dresden, Germany, 23rd - 26th April 2009, application deadline January 15th. Circus artists from all over the world are cordially invited to respond to the call of "Startissimo 2009", the Dresden Variety and Circus Festival, to showcase their skills and compete on an international level with other talented performers. With this international festival Dresden is picking up on a circus tradition going back many years and hosting a competition between artists, which combines top-class performances, excitement and entertainment. During the four-day competition the artists can present their talents in the categories “Young Newcomers” and “Young Professionals”  (18-27 years) to be judged by a top-class, international panel of experts. The winners will be awarded cash prizes, guest appearances and special prizes to the total value of 20,000 Euros. The application form is available on our web site. You can also request an application by email. The deadline for applications is 15.01.2009.  The competition participants will be announced 15 Feb 2009. Visit our web site for more information about the festival." Andreas Uhlig, Chairman of the Dresden Variety and Circus Festival Association. Find a link to Startissimo 2009 under Festivals at:

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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 1st December 2008