July 2010

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - July 2010

   Dawn Pascoe presents a Circus show, 'Eileen' in Perth, Australia

  New Clown Retreat with Alan Clay dates, Wanganui New Zealand

    2 day Para-theatrical Intensive, Theatre Group Dzieci, New York

    Newsletter Advertising and Subscriptions

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Artmedia News

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Welcome to the July 2010 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre news, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its ninth year and reaching over 2,500 subscribers.  

We're trying a slimed down more commercial format for the newsletter this month. The format we have been using, where we gather the stories and assemble them and send them to you, is a little old media for today's networked society. So this month we are dropping the Networking section and the regular monthly publishing rhythm and from now on we will put out a Physical Theatre News when we have the demand from sponsors.

In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Dawn Pascoe with news on her award winning circus theatre show 'Eileen', which will be playing in Perth for 4 nights starting July 14th. Based on the tumultuous life of her grandmother, it promises to take the audience on a rollercoaster of emotions.

I'm looking forward to my July Clown Retreat next week. Unfortunately for those still looking for a clown workshop this one is full, however in the Playspace section we have some information on a new retreat early next year. In recognition of the fact that most of the students on the retreats travel from Australia, we have dropped the prices to allow for the airfare costs.

In the Features section we have the Theatre Group Dzieci with information on their Two-day Para-theatrical Intensive in New York City being held July 10th and 11th. The workshop employs elements of ensemble theatre, meditation, and ritual, leading towards a heightening of consciousness and deepening of community.

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the physical theatre community, so promote your event or project by taking a Feature or a Sponsorship in this newsletter, and please also forward this to someone else who may be interested.

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Physical Theatre Networking Site
The new Artmedia Social Network can be found at www.artmedia.net.au. This site is a social network for those into live performance, film and new media. If you are an artist or company working in these areas, you are welcome to become a member and post information on your work. 

Many people write to us with information on their work, which they want posted on the Artmedia web site. We are very happy to do this, but we have to charge for anything posted on the artmedia.com.au site. However, now you have the opportunity to sign up to the new artmedia.net.au site and post your own information. You can also upload videos on your work, post photographs, or post articles and reviews on your personal blog and network with other physical theatre artists. 

Artmedia Site
On the artmedia.com.au 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

Australian Recreational Centre for Aerial Arts(ARCAA) offer flying trapeze, silks and clown skills. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial_arts.htm
Theatre LOTE provide innovative Bilingual Performances for schools and festivals.
Artmedia have information on Moontan.  http://www.artmedia.net.nz
Sue Broadway has information on her touring performances and projects. http://www.artmedia.com.au/broadway.htm
Aerialize have information on their aerial theatre classes and projects in Sydney. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm
(Photo left: Aerialize) 

Visit our seven pages of links, one each for  Festivals , Training, Resources, Circus and Clown , and Physical Theatre , and two pages of Performers links.

Our artmedia.com.au 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:   Eileen -  a circus theatre show by Dawn Pascoe, Perth, Australia - July 14, 15, 17,18

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Dawn Pascoe is a professional trapeze artist, actress and a specialist in Circus - Theatre. She weaves stunning trapeze routines with emotional content, monologues and live music. She creates rich imagery and powerful theatre while telling the heart breaking true stories of her grandmother, Eileen.
In 2006, this show won "Best Solo Show" at Wellington Fringe Festival. Four  years on, and "Eileen" has been completely revamped. Not only has every scene been reworked Dawn Pascoe in  'Eileen' - Perth July 14, 15, 17,18and rechoreographed, but for the first time in 10 years, Dawn is sharing the stage with her musician/actor/opera singing brother Clint Strindberg. See what these two talented siblings can do whilst tackling a story which is very close to their hearts.
Depicting the life of Eileen, (her eccentric grandmother) Dawn dramatically portrays a woman of grace, beauty and a sense of humour that depends on her inner strength to survive when her world spins out of control and others claim her soul.

When she married an engineer her life changed – for the worse. Only referred to as HIM, the husband not only abused her in every way, put their five children into foster care but organized for Eileen to be institutionalized and receive electric shock treatment.  Regular bashings at the institution saw Eileen fight back but it was an unforeseen tragedy that sent her over the edge. 

“Every trapeze routine shows the emotion of Eileen and what she is going through, rather than watching a pretty trapeze act,” said Dawn who, by using the trapeze and her body, magnificently wrings every emotion from torture, betrayal, grief, making love and rape, and offers it to the audience. Dawn says "The story is incredible. Eileen went through so much in her life, but despite all those hard times, she always found the time to smell the roses. She was a real character, that's for sure, and I love her attitude. And then when I remember that those horrible stories are true too- it really does break my heart. But I love portraying all those emotions, mixing theatre and circus and presenting the stories of my grandmother... And it's a magic experience to finally share the stage with my brother, as professional artists. The last time we were onstage together was in high school!
The audience are going to be taken on a rollercoaster of emotions, and they will laugh and cry with us. I love my style of Circus Theatre and can't wait to show Perth this style. It's my passion, it combines all my training and mixes the powerful emotions of theatre with the beauty of trapeze. I love it - It's my soul food."

'Eileen' is showing in Perth for four nights only -
July 14, 15, 17, 18, The Chapel Space, 117 Angove Street, North Perth, 7:30pm

Yahava Coffee, Teas and Cakes are available at 7pm
Tickets are available from BOCS Ticketing:  Phone 9484 1133 or http://www.bocsticketing.com.au/events/eileen.shtml
Prices: $20. Concession: $18.50. 
For more info on Dawn, see www.naturalwings.com.au  

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Playspace: Clown Retreat with Alan Clay

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In recognition of the fact that most of the students on the clown retreats travel from Australia, we have dropped the prices of the retreat to allow for the airfare costs.

Clown Retreat 2011 - Wanganui, New Zealand  

Tuesday March 1st to Saturday March 5th (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.

Reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river. Following the last two clown retreats in Wanganui, we find that the relaxed atmosphere and secluded environment means that students get more out of the contact hours and can also process and discuss the work outside of the class.

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.
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.

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.

NZ$500 Price Buster (by November 30)  NZ$550 Earlybird (by January 15) and NZ$650 Full. Includes 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.

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Feature: Two-day Para-theatrical Intensive with Theatre Group Dzieci, New York City, USA 

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The High and the Low: Working on Polarities

A Two-day Para-theatrical Intensive with Theatre Group Dzieci

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday & Sunday, July 10th & 11th at Ripley/Grier Studios 520 8th Avenue, NYC. Bring food to share & dress to move. For more information call 718 638 6037 or e-mail matt@dziecitheatre.org  Workshop fee ~ $180
The Dzieci Para-theatrical Workshop employs elements of ensemble theatre, meditation, and ritual, leading towards a heightening of consciousness and deepening of community. After more than three decades of investigation and practice, company director, Matt Mitler, has developed a methodology that allows for both primal and spiritual interaction, forsaking the common masks of habit and personality. From studies in experimental theatre with Jerzy Grotowski and in psychology, with Carl Rogers, and an intensive spiritual training, Mr. Mitler eliminates language and facilitates through direct transmission to the core of being.
Workshop Testimonials: “I want to thank you for a devastating, torturous, sublime and transcendent experience.” Jonathan Barsness "It melted me, humbled me, destroyed my ego and pride, ripped my heart open, and changed me forever.” Krystyna Sanderson “Just for the opportunity to spend 24 hours shedding my long held anxieties, doubts and cynicism was priceless.” Reiko Aylesworth “My God what an awesome and profound experience!” Mark Sklawer


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Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guidea textbook for a fast changing art form  

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Angels Can Fly is now in use in the drama departments of over 100 high schools in Australia. If you know any drama teachers or you work in a high school, suggest they check out Angels Can Fly. 
This is a textbook for a fast changing art form, as clown escapes from the circus to perform in theatres and streets. The traditional approach to teaching clown is routine or gag based and this sits uncomfortably both with the teaching practices in modern performing arts education and with today's audiences.
This book includes a total of 50 practical clown exercises appropriate for workshops or performance, developed by Alan Clay through 30 years of teaching. Specific prerequisites to any exercise are detailed in each chapter.
There are warm-up and introductory exercises in the early chapters, mid-session or mid-course exercises in the middle chapters, and more performance-oriented exercises, and relaxation exercises, in the final chapters. The exercises have all been coded for individual exploration, for work in pairs, for workshop use, or for use in a performance setting, or for some combination of these.

"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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This Physical Theatre newsletter, can now look back at its first eight 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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