March 2011

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - March 2011

    Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale HELIKOS, Florence, Italy

     3-Week Clown Summer School with Alan Clay, Wanganui, NZ

   Bodyweather 3-Day Intensive with Tess De Quincey, Sydney, Aus

   Dance Workshop with Michael Parmenter, DANZ, Christchurch, NZ
   2-day Juggling/Performance Intensives with Kit Summers, Aus/NZ
   Winter Stomp 2-Week Course, Zen Zen Zo, Brisbane, Australia
   Discounted Tickets to Joel Salom, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Aus
   Aerial Dance Company Auditions, The Cabiri, Seattle, USA
   Circus Workshop Weekend, New England Center for Circus Arts, USA
   Workshop of Performing Arts with Pablo Ibarluzea, YINdeYAN Teatro, Spain
   Improvisation/Spontaneity Workshop with Johnny Melville, Barcelona, Spain

   Newsletter Advertising and Subscriptions


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Welcome to the March 2011 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre news, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its tenth 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 by promoting your work.

In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Helikos, the International School of Theatre Creation based in Florence, Italy. The director and founder of the program, Giovanni Fusetti, has created a unique and innovative 3-year professional training program in movement-based theatre. Each year of the program is dedicated to a different area of theatre creation and promises to take the student through a journey of artistic learning and personal evolution. Mr Fusetti will also be giving workshops in Australia and the US in July/August/September.

My Clown Retreat in Wanganui earlier this month was a big success and you can find photos on the Artmedia site, and also below in the Playspace section together with information on my new 3-week Clown Summer School to be held in January next year. There has been a lot of interest in this new course, so let us know if you are interested, so we can hold your place.

In the Features we have the Body Weather 3-Day Intensive with Tess de Quincey in Sydney. This broadbased, comprehensive physical training uses a wide variety of exercises to develop sensorial focus, sensitivity and scope of expression. The workshop runs April 1st - 3rd.

In Networking we have information on a two day workshop with Michael Parmenter exploring Partner Dance. It will be held May 7th & 8th in Christchurch, NZ. During September and October Kit Summers will be travelling around New Zealand and Australia offering his 2-day 'Juggling with Finesse' workshop, as part of his quest to help jugglers and performers realize their full potential.

In Brisbane, Australia, there are big changes afoot at Zen Zen Zo as the co-founders and Artistic Directors for the past 20 years take on new positions. Simon Woods is now a Producer at QPAC and Lynne Bradley will be taking on the newly created position of Zen Zen Zo Training Centre Director. And for the second time Zen Zen Zo is offering Winter Stomp: Training to Performance. This mentally and physically challenging two week course starts July 4th and will be taught by Lynne Bradley and Associate Director Stephen Atkins. And in Melbourne Joel Salom is offering readers of this newsletter a special discount on tickets to his Melbourne Comedy Festival show. Just use the special password when booking.

US aerial dance company, The Cabiri, are holding auditions in Seattle on April 10th. Contracts are for one year and men are especially encouraged to apply. New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont are holding their 4th Circus Workshop Weekend April 15th to 17th. The workshops will include Advanced Trapeze Spotting.

YindeYan Teatro is holding their international workshop of Performing Arts in Laudio-Llodio, Spain. The physical theatre, clown and mask workshop is led by the company director, Pablo Ibarluzea and runs for six weeks starting in August. And in Barcelona Johnny Melville is offering a 12 hour crash course in  improvisation, energy and spontaneity for all who aspire to be a professional. The course runs April 9th and 10th.

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Playspace Clown Training information. http://www.artmedia.com.au/Clown.htm (Photo right: Clown Workshop 2011) 

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.

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Sponsor:  Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale HELIKOS, Florence, Italy

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Helikos is an International School of Theatre Creation, based in Florence, Italy. It is a center for advanced training in movement-based theatre, dedicated to the education of the actor/creator. It attracts students from all over the world, in a non-academic, highly experiential training. Helikos offers an experience of artistic excellence, technical rigor, and performing folly. We follow in the spirit of the Italian Bottega (studio/workshop) of the Renaissance: a group of artists that gathers around a “bottega” of masters, in order to be inspired, learn new skills and then move back into the world to speak with their own poetic voices. Helikos offers a three-year training in Florence, and a variety of workshops both in Florence and abroad.

The Three-Year Professional Training in Theatre Creation
This training offers a comprehensive journey of initiation for the actor/creator. The director and founder of the program, Giovanni Fusetti, has created a unique and innovative training program, integrating the pedagogic approach of Jaques Lecoq with different practices of physical and emotional awareness, aiming towards the vision of an actor/ player/warrior/poet. Over a period of three years, from mid-October to the end of April every year, the program takes the actor through a journey of artistic learning and personal evolution.

The Program
The first year is dedicated to the study of nature and its movements, in order to wake up the poetic body of the actor, who studies to imitate life in all its forms and dynamics. The second year is fully devoted to theatre masks, as fundamental elements of theatre practice. The third year explores and investigates different theatrical genres - from storytelling to melodrama, from tragedy to bouffon, from grotesque to comedy. Throughout the program, the students devise original material that is regularly performed in public presentations. Improvisation, Analysis of Movement, Martial Arts, Breath and Voice, Devising Theatrical Projects, Acrobatics, and Writing for Theatre are the main subjects of study. The faculty includes Giovanni Fusetti, Matteo Destro, Elizabeth Baron, Bruno di Loreto, and various guest teachers.  For a detailed listing of faculty and teachers go to http://www.helikos.com

Workshops in AUSTRALIA
Every year Giovanni Fusetti travels to different countries around the world to teach workshops and give lectures/demonstrations on the founding principles of the Helikos School, and to meet candidates applying for the three-year training. For the first time, he is coming to Australia, in June, for two unique workshops.
THE JOURNEY OF MASKS, May 30th to June 4th, in Melbourne, is an introduction to mask play. Through a variety of different masks (Neutral Masks, Larval Masks, Expressive Masks, and Commedia dell'Arte Masks) participants will touch the essence of movement-based theatre and the archetypical state of playing for a performer.
In THE RED NOSE, June 7th to 12th, in Melbourne, you will find answers to the question: What is funny about me? This is a week of exploration of the essence of physical comedy, in which each participant will get to know her or his individual clown. The unique way in which a person moves and exists in space will be turned into pure comedy by using the smallest mask in the world, the red nose.

Summer trainings in Boulder, Colorado
For the 8th year, Giovanni Fusetti will teach in Boulder, Colorado, USA, offering two fundamental workshops:
THE JOURNEY OF MASKS, July 2nd to July 17th: the journey of the actor in the world of masks. Take this unique opportunity to explore in depth the life of Masks, to learn how the performer is first and foremost a SHAPESHIFTER, able to change form and state, relying fundamentally on her/his physical presence and vitality.
THE RED NOSE, August 15th to September 7th: the complete journey of discovery and evolution of a clown character. From the emergence of the form, to the development of the clown's movements and gestures, costumes, voice, play, until the devising of acts and numbers for a final CLOWN VARIETY SHOW, performed three times for Boulder audiences.

For further information and inquiries about the Professional Training at Helikos please contact  the school coordinator, Giorgia Gambone: at giorgia.gambone@helikos.com  or +39-339-498-6375 (GMT+1) or visit the website at http://www.helikos.com   Details of all the workshops are posted at http://www.helikos.com/pages/workshops.php?lang=en

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Playspace: Clown Summer School with Alan Clay, January 2012 - Wanganui, New Zealand

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10am - 4pm Monday to Friday, January 23rd - February 10th (no training on weekends, but participants will have use of studio)

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. 

This is a new course led by Alan Clay at the retreat centre in Wanganui, New Zealand. Reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a centrally heated studio space with adjoining dormitory accommodation, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.

The residential nature of the summer school provides a relaxed atmosphere and secluded environment which means that students get more out of the contact hours and can also process and discuss the work outside of the class.

NZ$1100 Price Buster (by August 31st)  NZ$1300 Earlybird (by November 1st) and NZ$1600 Full. Includes 20 nights accommodation (from January 22nd - February 10th inclusive) 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.

"The challenge with teaching clown is to achieve as much as possible in the short time available and many clown teachers use a cathartic breakthrough style.
"When I developed my five day workshop series, my aim was to provide students with a series of tools, which they could use in performance situations, thereby empowering them to explore the art form through working in front of an audience.
"I am now launching a new 3-week Clown Summer School to be held in Wanganui in January 2012. In this course I am keen to not only give students the tools to work with, but also the opportunity to practice those skills, so they become more second nature."  --Alan Clay

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Feature: Bodyweather Intensive Workshop with Tess De Quincey, April 1st - 3rd, Sydney 

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This 3-day intensive led by Tess De Quincey provides a thorough exploration of Bodyweather principles which challenge and inform emerging as well as experienced practitioners alike. Bodyweather is a synthesis of Eastern and Western practice and thought which develops grounding, flexibility and sensitivity. As a broadbased, comprehensive physical training, Bodyweather cultivates a conscious relation to the state of constant change inside and outside the body. The training generally draws from three main areas of the practice which vary between high-energy work and quiet, meditative explorations:-

MB (Muscles><Bones, Mind><Body): dynamic, rhythmic work-out for strength, flexibility & grounding.

Manipulations: a series of precise forms concerned with stretching and alignment.

Ground Work: a wide variety of exercises to develop sensorial focus, sensitivity and scope of expression.

For further information about all Sydney classes & workshops call 0410 080 598

To book your place go to:  http://dequinceyco.net/bodyweather/about/

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

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Angel's Can Fly has just been released for the Apple iPad and is available through the iBooks app at iTunes. (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 and UK 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.  

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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"Dance Workshop with Michael Parmenter, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand. May 7th & 8th. The Exploring Partner Dance Workshop is a two day workshop with Michael Parmenter to be held in Christchurch 7th - 8th May 2011. The cost to DANZ members is $70, Non DANZ members $120. Subsidy is available for freelance sector. To book a place or find more information visit our web site."  Find a link to DANZ under Dance at: http://artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"2-day Juggling/Performance Intensives with Kit Summers, Australia/New Zealand. Coming to Australia next Sept and Oct to help you with your juggling and/or performing.  Look through my web site to learn more of how you can benefit from my intensive 2 day workshop then send me an email and I will let you know where and when. New Zealand workshops TBA." Kit Summers. Find a link to Kit Summers Workshops under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Winter Stomp 2-Week Course, Zen Zen Zo , Brisbane, Australia. July 4th - 15th. Following thirteen years of the hugely popular Stomping Ground Summer Program, Zen Zen Zo offers Winter Stomp: Training to Performance for the second time. Over two weeks, Winter Stomp will focus on training in Butoh in the morning sessions, followed by The Viewpoints and intensive laboratory sessions on devising theatre ("Composition") and applying training to performance. The course will be taught by Zen Zen Zo's senior practitioners Artistic Director Lynne Bradley and Associate Director Stephen Atkins. This program is suitable for actors, directors, dancers and those seeking to refine their artistic practice by incorporating methodologies practiced by Zen Zen Zo. The course will provide many new opportunities for past Stomping Ground participants, but is also suitable for newcomers. Previous knowledge of the Viewpoints is useful but not required. Zen Zen Zo is committed to building a rigorous and vibrant theatre culture in Australia. The program will be mentally and physically challenging and participants should be over 18 and come prepared to work hard." Associate Director Stephen Atkins, Zen Zen Zo. Find a link to Zen Zen Zo under Physical Theatre at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm  

"Discounted Tickets to Joel Salom, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australia. I am pleased to offer discounted tickets to my physical comedy show 'Salom's Lot' coming up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show runs March 31st to Apr 24th. Tickets for the first week of shows are only $15 if you use the password 'erikbaddog'. Read more about the show on my web site." Joel Salom. Find a link to Joel Salom under Stand Up at: http://artmedia.com.au/links6.htm   

"Aerial Dance Company Auditions, The Cabiri, Seattle, USA. April 10th. The Cabiri are a Seattle-based aerial dance company that uses tales from myth and folklore to create spectacular performances. Come Fly With The Cabiri! We are seeking up to four new dancers, gymnasts, and experienced movers to join our versatile performance troupe. Positions are open for paid performers at the professional, apprentice, and advanced student levels. Aerial and dance training are provided to all troupe members. Contracts are one year long. Performers must be able to commit to regular training and rehearsal one or more of the following days/times: Sundays 6-9 pm; Mondays 6-9 pm; Fridays 1-4 pm, and aerial arts classes at least one of the following: Sundays 12-3pm; Tuesdays 7-9 pm; and/or Thursdays 7-9 pm. Men are especially encouraged to apply. Our performance schedule sometimes includes short out of town trips on weekdays; your work and other commitments should be somewhat flexible to accommodate. For the audition please bring performance/movement resume and a photo. Arrive around noon to fill out our questionnaire and get oriented. Audition will begin at 12:30pm. Call backs are same day. Dress code: Women - leotard and tights or leggings, Men - close fitting dance pants or leggings and close-fitting shirt. Must be 16 or older. Dancers under 18 must bring a parent or guardian to sign our liability waiver. Audition will include modern dance, flexibility and strength exercises, and beginner aerial and acrobatic work. All dancers should be free of shoulder and arm injuries. Email Charly to reserve your audition space. Visit our web site for contact details." Charly McCreary, The Cabiri. (Photo right: (c) 2007 The Cabiri) Find a link to The Cabiri under Aerial Theatre at: http://artmedia.com.au/links5.htm   

"Circus Workshop Weekend, New England Center for Circus Arts, Vermont, USA. April 15th - 17th. We are excited to offer our 4th Circus Workshop Weekend, taking place April 15 - 17 at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT. There are workshops in teeterboard, german wheel, hammock/cloud swing, chinese pole, contortion, aerial yoga and much more, including our first advanced Trapeze Spotting workshop. And everyone is invited to join us for "Circle of Sawdust", a film event with Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, on Sat April 16 at 7:30 pm. For more info and registration please visit our web site. Hope to see you there!" Elsie Smith, Artistic Director, NECCA. Find a link to New England Center for Circus Arts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm

"4th International Workshop of Performing Arts with Pablo Ibarluzea, YINdeYAN Teatro, Laudio-Llodio Basque Country, Spain, Aug - Oct 2011. Six weeks of physical theatre, mask and clown workshops at YINdeYAN teatro in Spain are addressed to actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, puppeteers, set designers and other professionals involved with body work, the Movement and the study of space. The workshops include Neutral Mask, Finding Your Clown and Devising Numbers. Pablo Ibarluzea, was a professor of movement, clown and neutral mask at the Philippe Gaulier school in Paris. He trained at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris. His professional career has focused on improvisation, collective creation and body work. Visit the our web site for more details and dates." Pablo Ibarluzea, Director, YINdeYAN. (Photo left: YINdeYAN) Find a link to YINdeYAN Teatro under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm  

"Improvisation/Spontaneity Workshop with Johnny Melville, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday, April 9th &10th. An intensive 12 hours crash course in Improvisation, energy and application of Spontaneity. This workshop with Johnny Melville, the renowned director, film and theater actor, clown and mime, will use techniques such as Magic Steps of Tensegritia (Carlos Castaneda), Aikido, Grotowski and techniques developed by Melville, chimpanzee monkey movements, such as relaxation training and discipline of the body, to reach an agility for the actor; eight work in relation to the body's energy and groups, various children's games and theater exercises, character building from physical and emotional ways, and endurance to reach the highest potential in the individual. The course is important for actors, singers, dancers, acr-robes, clowns and models - All who aspire to be a professional. Visit my Facebook events to sign up." Johnny Melville. Find a link to this Johnny Melville workshop under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm  

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