November 2010

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - November 2010

   Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Bali

   New Clown Retreat with Alan Clay, Wanganui New Zealand

   Movement Workshop for Performance with Anna Yen, Brisbane, Aus
Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew, Melbourne, Australia
Bodyweather Melbourne Intensive Weekend Workshop with Tess De Quincy

Social Action Clown News:
Clowns Without Borders in South Africa and Bond St Theatre in Afghanistan

2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival, Artist Registrations, New Zealand
   New Facebook Group for Physical Theatre, World-wide Online
   Women’s Circus Program Test Drive, Melbourne, Australia
   Call for performers for the exist-ence festival, Brisbane, Australia
   Flashpoint Forum for Circus and Physical Theatre, Sydney, Australia 
   Improvisers/Performers for Woodford Folk Festival, Qld, Australia
   Symposium for Performing Feminist Culture, Toronto, Canada
   Audition Workshop with Lloyd Newson, DV8 Physical Theatre, Denmark
   Auditions for physical actors/dancers, Anomic Multimedia Theatre, UK
   Residencies for Circus Creation, Circ-Que-O, Catalonia, Spain
   Buffon Workshop, Internat'l School for Physical Theatre, Germany 

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Welcome to the November 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. This newsletter has now become an occasional publication, which we put out when there is demand from Sponsors and Feature advertisers and we invite you to support the publication.

In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre with news of their 9th Bali Program set to begin January 6th 2011. This unique program introduces students to Balinese performing arts in a way that allows them to experience how Balinese live and create, and how family life and religious customs are woven into the creation of art. Dell'Arte also offers a Master of Fine Arts in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre.     

In the Playspace section, there are places still available on the Clown Retreat next March in Wanganui, so take the opportunity to develop your clown tool kit, or take the leap into an artform that you've always wanted to develop. Those interested in the retreat need to get your payments in this month, to get the best deal on this course. 

My book on modern clown, Angel's Can Fly, has just been released as an eBook for the Apple iPad and is available in the States through the iBooks app at iTunes. We recommend the iPad version as this gives you the best value product and the most versatile reading experience of any format, as it is searchable, has a detailed contents and contains links between pre-requisite and co-requisite exercises. In Australia and New Zealand Angels Can Fly  is available as an ebook for the Kobo reader, which can be purchased in New Zealand through Whitcoulls, or in Australia through Borders or Angus & Robertson.

In the Features we have a movement workshop for performance with Anna Yen. Playmoves uses the Feldenkrais Method with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways and is for performers, directors, physical theatre devisors, and drama teachers. The Brisbane workshop runs December 13th to 17th. 

We also have Clare Bartholomew with an invitation to spend a week with her in the world of clown. This Clown Workshop for experienced performers is designed to help participants find their own ‘clown’ characters. The workshop begins November 15th in Melbourne. 

Also Featured is a Body Weather Weekend Intensive with Tess de Quincey in Melbourne. The workshop runs November 12th to 14th and will provide an immersion in Body Weather principles alongside elements of BUTOH training.

We have a new Social Circus section, recognising the growing interest in this work. Recently there has been more and more interest in Clowns Without Boarders, a world-wide organisation that was founded in Spain in 1993 by Tortell Poltrona and now has branches in nine countries, with an active South African troupe. Meanwhile Bond St Theatre from New York continue their ground-breaking work in Afghanistan.

In Networking we have information on the 2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival Artist Registrations. Feedback from participants tells us you will need to double check venue suitability. If you are going to participate, you have to remember it's a fringe, so you will need to do everything yourself. The registration deadline is November 19th, 2010.

A new Facebook Group for Physical Theatre has been set up by Jerry Boland with the hope of creating a world wide network of physical theatre related people and reducing the problem of different groups not being connected to other physical theatre related groups. He is inviting everyone with an interest in physical theatre to join.

The Women’s Circus in Melbourne is inviting women 18+ to run away to the Circus by attending their November Test Drive of introductory circus skills classes. And in Brisbane the exist-ence festival of performance art is calling for performers to take part in their festival being held November 26 - 27. The Flashpoint Forum on circus and physical theatre and it's impact on the world is being held by ACAPTA in Sydney on November 10th - 13th. In Queensland the Woodford Folk Festival needs improvisers and performers to act as characters in a massive festival game.

Toronto, Canada is hosting a Symposium on Performing Feminist Culture November 5th - 6th. A wide range of discussants and participants have been invited to create an open dialogue. The event is free, but you need to register early. DV8 Physical Theatre will conduct a ‘mock audition’ workshop for professional dancers in Copenhagen on November 20th. This will be an opportunity to work with Lloyd Newson and to see what skills he requires when choosing performers for DV8.

Anomic Multimedia Theatre in Norwich, UK is auditioning actors/dancers with strong physical and vocal technique for a long term project in 2011. The application deadline is November 20 for the December 4th auditions. Circ-Que-O is offering residencies in Catalonia, Aragon and Midi-Pyrénées, Spain to create contemporary circus art forms. Between two and four projects will be selected. The application deadline is January 12th. The International School for Physical Theatre in Berlin is offering a Theatre Workshop on the Buffon to run November 18th - 21st.

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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Playspace Clown Training information. http://www.artmedia.com.au/Clown.htm (Photo right: RuthAnne Molloy from the July 2010 Playspace Clown Retreat)

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Aerialize have information on their aerial theatre classes and projects in Sydney. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm 

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Festivals , Training, Resources, Circus and Clown , and Physical Theatre , and two pages of Performers links.

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Sponsor:  Study Abroad in Bali with Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, January 6th - February 4th 

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Arrive in Bali January 6 - depart February 4.Bali Parade - Dell'Arte InternationalIn this unique and wonderfully successful program participants study traditional Balinese performing arts and crafts with village masters in their own homes.  This trip introduces students to Balinese performing arts in a way that allows you to experience how the Balinese live and create, and how family life and religious customs are woven into the creation of art. Bali is an extraordinary island where creativity is ordinary. Art serves the community, the religious practices, the economy and everyday living. This program is designed for those who want to participate in the family and ceremonial life of outstanding Balinese master teachers, during an intensive study month.

Due to the sacred nature of most Balinese arts and the complete intertwining of daily life with ritual, this trip can be an opportunity to deepen an internal connection to your own artistic practice, as well as to take inspiration for creative projects. During our 2010 trip we were invited to both public and private ceremonies--weddings, cremations, blessings of masks and puppets, temple anniversaries, and coming-of-age ceremonies. Respectful attendance at their ceremonies is welcomed by the Balinese people, whose religion is Hindu with Buddhist influences.

Our Study Abroad: Bali program is open to actors, musicians, designers, dancers, maskmakers, directors, teachers, and anyone who is interested in the Balinese culture and performing arts. No previous enrollment in Dell'Arte programs is required. Since 1996 Dell’Arte International has invited participants from many countries to immerse themselves in the traditional arts of Bali and encounter the profound spirit of the Balinese people. Participants from Norway, England, Korea, Canada, Mexico City, Spain, Holland and the USA took part in the 2010 trip. Participants can study either mask carving or shadow puppetry as a primary focus; Balinese dance and kecak chant are also part of the trip. See www.dellarte.com/bali for complete description of the program and how to apply.

There is a dialogue happening at Dell'Arte International, that isn't happening anywhere else. A dialogue that has been on-going for 40 years and is now codified into the only Master of Fine Arts in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre in the United States. We have developed an approach to actor-training that is built on 40 years of research while training passionate performers from around the world. Our school exists side by side with the Dell'Arte Company, a physical theatre company that has been at the forefront of the ensemble movement for three decades.

The Professional Training Program (PTP) is open to all performers, with or without a college degree, who are committed to acquiring the approach, education and skills needed to move forward as actor-creators. U.S. and international students are encouraged to apply. The PTP runs concurrently with the first year of our MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre, therefore qualified students who have finished the PTP may apply for matriculation into the second year of the MFA program which includes a summer make-up course. Come join the dialogue and make a mark.

Dell'Arte International also offers a 4 week intensive program over the summer in rural Northern California. Our month-long intensive is based on the actor-training methodology of The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. The work of the actor-creator arises out of silence, darkness and empty space, moving into ensemble play and the actor’s ability to devise original work for the stage. The training aims towards creation of The Dynamic Theatre, a visceral, actor-centered theatre which crosses stylistic boundaries and informs classic as well as contemporary works, original as well as adapted works. For more details check out our website: www.dellarte.com .

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Playspace: Clown Retreat with Alan Clay - Wanganui, New Zealand

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There are places still available on this retreat, so take the opportunity to develop your clown tool kit, or take the leap into an artform that you've always wanted to develop. You need to get your payments in this month, to get the best deal on this course. (Photo below: RuthAnne Molloy from the July 2010 Clown Retreat) 

Clown Retreat March 2011

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: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide - now available as an eBook for the iPad and Kobo readers

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Angel's Can Fly has just been released as an eBook for the Apple iPad and is available through the iBooks app at iTunes. (eBook ISBN: 9780957884489) We recommend purchasing the book for the iPad as this gives you the best value product and the most versatile reading experience. The ebook costs only US$9.99 and is searchable with links between pre-requisite and co-requisite exercises. The ebook can also be purchased for the Kobo reader in New Zealand through Whitcoulls or in Australia through Borders or Angus & Robertson. 
Angels Can Fly is now in use in the drama departments of over 100 Australian high schools and has started to make its way into US universities. 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

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Feature: PlayMoves - Movement Workshop for Performance with Anna Yen, December 13th - 17th, Brisbane

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PlayMoves - Movement Workshop for Performance with Anna Yen

This workshop is for performers, directors, physical theatre devisors, and drama teachers. Our starting point is a focus on playfulness, presence, physical awareness, and ‘complicity’ with other performers. It is inspired by the work of Monika Pagneux, a renowned European theatre teacher, whose quest is to awaken the performer, inviting the attentive and joyful performing physical presence that marries risk with vulnerability and self-confidence with authenticity. It combines the Awareness Through Movement work of the Feldenkrais Method with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways to assist the performer expand creative and physical possibilities, and their ensemble skills. Wonderful writing / devising exercises that begin from the physical, are integrated into this week.

“An engaging variety of ways to instigate play from each of us. I enjoyed the alternation with Awareness through Movement sessions. This kept both the physical body lively along with the playful mind." Aerial artist . "This has been the most awakening and inspiring workshop I have attended in a while. Really wonderful.” Actor. “I definitely have something to take back with me that will not only influence my methodology but things I can pass onto students.” Actor / Drama Teacher / Director.

Anna Yen is a movement teacher, performer, director and Feldenkrais Method ® practitioner. Anna has trained regularly with Monika Pagneux in Europe since 1994. including pedagogy classes with Monika in Barcelona each year from 2007-10. Anna’s work spans theatre, contemporary circus, physical theatre, street theatre and film. Anna teaches in universities, communities, companies, festivals and schools. She received a Churchill Fellowship in 2002. A highlight of Anna’s work is her acclaimed one-woman show “Chinese Take Away” and its film adaptation, which has taken her to festivals in Australia, Asia, Europe and USA. More information http://www.playmoves.org  

Dec 13-17, 2010 Brisbane, Australia. $AUD 270 / AUD 220 Early Bird if paid by Nov 11, 2010. All Bookings and Enquiries anna@playmoves.org  

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

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You! Clown?  Wanna be stupid onstage, 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, exercised 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.

Clare Bartholomew – The Business, (Comedy Festival Foreign Exchange Awards. Best Comedy – Melbourne Fringe, The British Council Oz Export Award), member of The Melbourne Clown Doctors and producer of Die Roten Punkte (Best Production – Montreal Fringe, Greenroom Award – Best Production ({cabaret}).

Clare has taught clown master classes for the Tasmania Circus Festival and for Victoria University. The Starlight Foundation, Slipstream Circus, Westside Circus and The Women’s Circus.

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

When: 10am – 4.30pm - 15 – 19 November 2010
Where: Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, North Carlton
How to apply? Send expression of interest and a very short biog to: info@bighairyproductions.com.au or call 0411 260 811
Places strictly limited!!! Send your biog ASAP!
Cost: Aus$600 ($100 deposit in by  November 8th will secure your position upon acceptance)

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Feature: Bodyweather - Intensive Weekend Workshop led by Tess de Quincey, November 12th - 14th, Melbourne  

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This intensive workshop will be led by Tess de Quincey who was a dancer with Mai-Juku 1985-91 and introduced the Body Weather philosophy and methodology into Australia in 1988.This workshop will provide an immersion in Body Weather principles alongside elements of BUTOH training.
Body Weather is a broad based, comprehensive physical training which cultivates a conscious relation to the state of constant change inside and outside the body. It is an open investigation that can be relevant for anyone interested in exploring the body. Butoh arose in the 1950's, but references origins in ancient Japan. It is a contemporary dance form emphasising images which transform and explore extremities of the body.
The workshop introduces participant to three different areas of the practice which vary between high-energy work and more quiet meditative sessions:-
- a dynamic and rhythmic work-out which includes aerobic and anaerobic exercises to develop strength, coordination and a vibrant, physical grounding;
Manipulations - a series of precise forms concerned with stretching and alignment on the basis of breath and weight;
Ground Work - a wide variety of exercises to sharpen sensorial focus and to develop sensitivity, awareness and the scope of expression through the body.
November 12th - 14th, Friday 6-9pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm.
Participants should be aware that this work is NOT therapy or healing. 
Bookings are essential as places are limited, so please register as soon as possible to ensure your place on the workshop. To book, please send your contact details (name, address, telephone numbers and email) alongside a brief biography outlining your age, background and experience as well as detailing any previous injuries. Please send this alongside payment of $200 member or $240 full price to:
DANCEHOUSE, 150 Princes St, North Carlton. Information at http://www.dancehouse.com.au and www.DeQuinceyCo.net/MelbourneIntensive  Bookings: info@dancehouse.com.au

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Social Circus News

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Recently there has been more and more interest in Clowns Without Boarders, a world-wide organisation that was founded in Spain in 1993 by Tortell Poltrona and now has branches in 9 countries with an active South African troupe. Meanwhile Bond St Theatre from New York continue their ground-breaking work in Afghanistan.  Banana Bell

"Clowns Without Borders South Africa has been performing in schools throughout the eThekwini Municipality as part of Celebrate Durban 2010. The show at our first school in Waterloo is a great one. We enter chanting, “Ajukujah” laughter erupts and fingers start pointing. We haven’t done much besides entering on stage and the atmosphere has already become more joyous with laughter and chit-chat among the learners. Even the teachers are in stitches with laughter. It is then that I remember that clowns are not only for children. I knew these kids were going to be discussing what they saw in the show when it is over. After bringing laughter and joy to their lives, our second objective is to open their minds to other possibilities in terms of gender, HIV/AIDS, and violence. We seem to be on the right track!" Sussie Mjwara

"Here are some thoughts from Annabel Morgan (aka Banana Bell) on the tour: Our Halala eThekwini (Celebrate Durban) tour has truly been a celebration of the cultural and ethnic diversity of eThekwini. The Celebrate Durban tour has taught me many interesting lessons, from clowning to working with children with disabilities. Here are a few lessons that stood out for me. I have been deeply disturbed by the stories I have heard during our children’s rights training about the treatment of children with disabilities in South Africa so it was inspiring to visit Golden Steps. The children were so uninhibited and when a few of them felt the impulse to join us in the dance at the end, the principal allowed that freedom and spontaneity. These small moments give me great hope for humanity." Jamie McLaren Lachman

"Capitalizing on cross-cultural and peace-building work initiated over the past 8 years, Bond Street Theatre returns to Afghanistan with the generous support of a $95,000 grant from the United States Institute of Peace.  The 18-month program designs and implements innovative programming that connects local theatre artists to NGOs with goals of passing on theatre-based techniques in conflict resolution and peace-building, and building the capacity of artists and NGOs in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat.  Inherent to Bond Street Theatre's commitment to Artistic-Humanitarian Relief Work, the company will create leave-behind programming that equips a community to sustain itself and progress in a post-war atmosphere. To learn more about the work being done in Afghanistan visit the Bond St Theatre web site." Lisa Dowda, Program Director. Find a link to Bond Street Theatre under Physical Theatre at: www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm

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"2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival, Artist Registrations, New Zealand. Registration deadline November 19th 2010. Artist Registrations for the 2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival are open. Contemporary artists in New Zealand and around the world are invited to register an event with the 2011 Dunedin Fringe Festival. We are an open-access festival with a focus on innovative and experimental contemporary art within, between and across all art forms. Find out everything you need to know about how the Festival works, what the Festival provides to artists and how to get involved. The final date for artist registrations is 19 November 2010, but don’t relax yet as you won’t want to miss out on applying for some funding or a key venue." Paul Smith, Director, Dunedin Fringe Festival. Find a link to Dunedin Fringe Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm

"New Facebook Group for Physical Theatre, world-wide. I am about to invite you all to join a FB group called 'Physical Theatre: Effort, Risk, Momentum, Joy'. This is an invitation to all Theatre/Media people to join the Facebook group. This group was created because our different FB and Yahoo groups tend to "silo" like-minded groups and this prevents people from networking with one another directly. Now you have the opportunity to join a single group that is going to bring together like-minded people from all over the world. You are about to quadruple your network of potential contacts/friends/collaborators. Administrators for this group will expand to include people (and their networks) in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and NZ. Please step up and join now. This is a totally open group to all and sundry. Invite anyone that you think should be in here!" Jerry Boland. Find a link to Physical Theatre Facebook Group under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm

"Women’s Circus Program Sessions, Melbourne, Australia. November 14th & 21st. Ever wanted to runaway to the Circus? The Women’s Circus invites women 18+ to run away to the Circus! Join us in November for a Test Drive. If you are interested in seeing what the Women’s Circus is all about or if you want to join the New Women’s Program in 2011 this is the opportunity to test it out in a fun and relaxing way. No matter what your fitness level, age or ability why not come along, have some fun, meet the trainers and see the training space. Activities will include games, warm up, introduction to various circus skills such as aerials, acrobalance and juggling. We are holding 4 test drive sessions (subject to numbers) Sunday 14 November 10-1 & 2-5pm, Sunday 21 November 10-1 & 2-5pm. Cost: $30 full / $25 concession (this is fully deductible from Term 1 fees if you join up)." Dianne Toulson, General Manager, Women's Circus. Find a link to Women’s Circus under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Call for performance work, exist-ence: a festival of performance art, live art and action art, Brisbane, Australia. The festival is being held November 26 – 27 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. To all performance, live, action artists, exist-ence is heading into its third incarnation happening this November 26 -27. Over two nights local artists will showcase a range of projects including solo, collaborative and durational works. International artists will be streaming live online into the venue, and a series of dvds, archives and art-i-facts will also be presented. If you would like to be involved, we are calling for dvds, live work (to stream via the internet using ustream or other internet freeware program live into the performance space) and artifacts. We have no money BUT we have a lot of energy! Every participant will be sent a catalogue after the event, and if you would like art-i-facts returned to you, we can arrange that. If you are interested, please visit our web site for contact details. Rebecca Cummingham, exist-ence. Find a link to exist-ence under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm

"Circus and Physical Theatre Forum, ACAPTA, Sydney, Australia. November 10th - 13th. The Flashpoint Forum presented by the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Assn is happening. 
The World needs saving and circus and physical theatre is the answer! The Flashpoint Forum theme is deliberately bold, daring and audacious! And some say it's true ... the world does need saving! Imagine the possibilities if our art form could help to find solutions to the BIG problems of our time. Like our theme, let's invent bold, daring and audacious ideas! Let's take risks and dare to find new ways of working together. We gather to: discover what we care about and what matters most; remake and build new connections; find ways to value and support each other; harvest our ideas and share our stories to communities beyond our own; explore the BIG questions like what does the world need circus and physical theatre to be?; discuss the questions we fear … the things that make us tremble. Right now we are at a crossroads. We are becoming more diverse and new people with great enthusiasm are being drawn in. It is time for a new conversation that builds relationships and creates new possibilities for working together. Our diversity is unique ...The forum is being held Nov 10 – 13 at Legs on the Wall Precinct, Lilyfield. For program and registration details go to our web site." Gail Kelly, ACAPTA. Find a link to Flashpoint Forum under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm

"Improvisers/Performers for Game, Woodford Folk Festival , Queensland, Australia. December 27th - January 1st. Woodford Folk Festival is held in a beautiful valley in South East Queensland Australia and runs six days and nights, with 580 acts including concerts, dance, indigenous performances, theatre, comedy, film, street performances, visual arts and sustainability forums.
This year at Woodford there is a new way to play...Its a game. I'm looking for performers who can improvise and interact and play and turn up on time :) I'm just after volunteers, but you'll get a full season ticket with camping for Woodford Festival. Players will be given cards which will unlock booths. Out of the booths will emerge strange and wonderful characters (that's where you come in) who will set the players tasks. There will be several thousand players. There's more to it of course, which you can read about on the web site. If you're interested please visit the web site's volunteer page, click on the 'Special Skills' section of the Volunteer Application form and then choose 'Game Performers'." Tim Monley, Woodford Folk Festival. Find a link to the Woodford Folk Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm

"Symposium: Performing Feminist Culture, WIAprojects, Toronto, Canada. November 5th - 6th. WIAprojects (CWSE,OISE/UT), OCADU (Equity and Diversity & the Faculty of Art) & XPACE Cultural Centre are working together to present Symposium: Performing Feminist Culture. The intention of the symposium is to engage the cultural community in working through some central concerns around feminist cultural production and its role as a creative and activist strategy for both the production of culture and its presentation and dissemination. Performing Feminist Culture wishes to engage other cultural practitioners in a practice of thinking, making, presenting and theorizing about what feminist cultural workers do. With this in mind, WIAprojects has invited a wide range of discussants and participants, some who do not necessarily identify as feminist, to create this open dialogue. This includes, as well as WIAprojects collective organizers and facilitators, a diverse and complex mix of peoples who variously identify as woman, man, trans, person of colour, disabled, queer and in practice as a filmmaker, educator, poet, theatre director, opera composer, painter, performance artist, curator. Discussants are coming from across Canada and the USA. There will be an exhibition of Carolyn Jervis' Love Letters to Feminism and performances by Leena Raudvee & Erika DeFreitas. The event is free but we are asking for people to register early as space is limited. Please visit our web site for more information and to register." Pam Patterson, Co-convener, Performing Feminist Culture. Find a link to Symposium: Performing Feminist Culture under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm

"Mock Audition Workshop, DV8 Physical Theatre, Copenhagen. November 20th. Lloyd Newson along with his assistant Hannes Langolf will conduct a ‘mock audition’ workshop for professional dancers. Through this process participants will gain a clear understanding of his work methods and what skills he requires when choosing performers for his company. To benefit from the workshop, participants must have a good understanding of the English language – a strong dance technique is essential. For more information visit our web site."  Find a link to DV8 Physical Theatre under Physical Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm

"Auditions for actors/dancers, Anomic Multimedia Theatre, Norwich, UK. Application deadline midnight November 20th, auditions December 4th. Anomic are looking to recruit four exceptional performers with strong physical and vocal technique and a unique, bold and distinctive performance style.
This is a long-term project that will be developed throughout 2011 and beyond. This project will begin with the development and presentation of a 25 minute micro performance called “Leave only footprints”. This will be presented at festivals during the first six months of 2011. The project will then move on to producing a full scale production later in the year called Efrafa. At the moment we are casting for stage 1. Deadline for applications is midnight on the 20th Nov. Stage one: R&D and performance Showcase (choreography) This will be a period of approximately 10 days in January. During this stage the cast will develop their characters and some of the initial choreography and blocking will be rehearsed. This will conclude with a performance at The Robin Howard Dance Theatre as part of the Resolution! Festival on the 28th Jan. For this stage each performer will be paid a fixed fee of £500 and accommodation and travel to the performance will be provided by Anomic. We require a female performer 30/40 years old; a male performer 25/35 years old; a female performer 18/25 years old; a male performer 18/28 years old. Some brief nudity is involved with all of the roles but no full frontal nudity will be required for the performance. Audition date is 4th December 2010, 9.30am – 6pm. For more details please visit our website." Dan Shorten, Artistic Director, Anomic Multimedia Theatre. Find a link to Anomic under Physical Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Residencies for Circus Creation, Circ-Que-O , Catalonia, Aragon and Midi-Pyrénées, Spain. Application deadline 12 January 2011. As part of the European project Circ-Que-O! Pyrénées de cirque a call for candidates has been released for Chemin de création, for five residencies for creation projects leading to contemporary circus shows. These creation residencies will be dedicated to contemporary circus art forms in Catalonia, Aragon and Midi-Pyrénées. For this second selection, applications must be sent before 12 January 2011 (projects for which residencies may begin starting in February 2011 and whose opening performance is planned, at the latest, for the first quarter of 2012). Between two and four projects will be selected in January 2011. Application forms can be downloaded from the web site." Raquel Ollés Bolea, Circ-Que-O. Find a link to Circ-Que-O under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm

"Intensive Theatre Workshop on the Buffon, International School for Physical Theatre (APT), Berlin. November 18th - 21st. In the conflict with God and the world, the Buffon embodies the figure of the anti-hero, the last one on the social scale: rejected, set apart and avoided. Contrary to the 'individual and naive' clown, the Buffon is consciously sacrilegious and completely disrespectful. Their unrestrained nature and their grotesque play dynamics create a mythical atmosphere of disturbing attraction. This Intensive theater workshop will include play, body, improvisation, character development and scenes. The International School for Physical Theatre is the only theatre school in Germany providing a 2-year professional training programme in physical theatre according to Jacques Copeau and Jacques Lecoq´s pedagogy. Please visit our web site for more information." Ulrich Ernitz, co-Director, Atelier für physisches Theater (APT). Find a link to APT under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm

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