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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News
- August 2011
Sponsor: Physical Theatre Training with Total
Theatre, Perth, Australia
Playspace: 'Modern Clown' Summer School with Alan Clay,
Features: Clown & Physical Comedy, Clare Bartholomew
& Derek Ives, Aust Juggling With Finesse - A workshop with Kit
Summers, Melbourne Panto Damascus - One Clown's Alphabet,
Martin Ewen, NZ/USA Feature Film Butterfly Crush
Receives Awards, NZ/Aust/USA
Networking NZ School of Dance Auditions for
2012, Wellington, New Zealand Puppet Actors Required for Tour, The
Dinosaur Show, Australia Call for Volunteers at the Sydney Fringe
Festival, Australia Hula Hoop Workshop with Jewelz A Hoopz,
Sydney, Australia Seeking New Members for Canberra Playback
Theatre, Australia Auditions for Puppeteer & Black Female
Performer, Oily Cart, UK Seeking Aerial Instructor, Philadelphia
School of Circus Arts, USA Admissions Workshop for Training at
Hèlikos, Hèlikos School, Italy
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In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Total Theatre, the premier
physical theatre school in Perth, Australia, run by international performer
Annie Stainer. The school boasts some of the best specialist teachers and
practitioners in the profession and their patron is director, writer and
actor Steven Berkoff. They offer a variety of courses which start in
September from 4 weeks to 3 months covering a range of skills including
Mime, Dance, Feldenkrais, Improvisation and Circus Arts.
The best deal on my new three week
'Modern Clown' Summer School, to be held in January next year,
is coming up at the end of this month. We can be
a little flexible with the deadline, but we do need to get deposits in to
confirm places. We still have one scholarship available to a 'serious clown
student', which brings the cost down considerably.
In the Features we have information on Clare
Bartholomew & Derek Ives two week clown and physical comedy course in
Melbourne, Australia. Designed for experienced performers with a variety of
performance backgrounds, participants will find their own ‘clown’
relationships and characters and discover different techniques that work for
them. This intensive workshop runs November 14th - 25th.
Also featured is Juggling With Finesse, a
workshop with Kit Summers, the author of the book Juggling with Finesse.
A world-class juggler and performer since 1977, Kitt will show you how
to put together a great show and how to make money with your performing. The
workshop is September 27-28 in Melbourne.
International clown Martin Ewen has information on his new book, Panto
Damascus - One Clown's Alphabet. He has compiled a global alphabet of
short stories of his experiences in towns and cities covering over two
decades and it is now available as a Kindle download or in hardcopy.
Butterfly Crush, my first feature
film, has received 3 'Best Feature Drama' awards at film festivals in the
States over the past couple of months and I have more information in the
feature below. Casting has starting on my next film, True Believers,
and I am looking for a female clown/magician for one scene in the film.
Anyone interested in auditioning for this role should drop me an email and
you can find more information on my film projects at
In Networking we have information on
auditions being held by the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. These
are for students wanting to attend classes next year. Application forms can
be downloaded and auditions will be held in October. In Australia, the
Dinosaur Show, a family show which tours schools, is looking for 3 puppet
actors. They are required to operate a number of different puppets, do sound
effects and make set changes. Preview shows start in October.
The Sydney Fringe needs willing and
enthusiastic volunteers. If you're not already involved, this is your chance
to be a part of the festival and they promise that "it’s probably the most
fun you can have without getting paid!" Also in Sydney, Jewelz A Hoopz is
holding a weekend hula hoop retreat in November and offering a range of
workshops, including hoop yoga and acrobalance for hoopers. The Early Bird
price runs until Aug 31.
Also in Australia, the Canberra Playback
Theatre is looking for new members. If you are interested, they will be
holding open rehearsals from August 10th - September 21st. They are keen to
get new people who have a variety of skills, life experience and interests.
While in the US, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is seeking an Aerial
Instructor to begin teaching in September 2011. The position requires an
Intermediate to Advanced Level of skill and candidates should have
considerable experience in both performing and teaching aerials.
In the UK, London youth theatre Oily Cart are
holding auditions for a puppeteer and a black female performer for a new
interactive immersive adventure show for young kids. The application
deadline is August 22nd. The Hèlikos School in Florence, Italy is holding an
admissions Workshop for anyone interested in getting to know more about the
school or thinking about applying for the upcoming training. The workshop
runs October 3rd to 8th.
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Sponsor: Total Theatre with International Performer Annie Stainer
(Patron - Steven Berkoff) – Mosman Park, Western Australia
Total Theatre - Now Celebrating
Our 10th Year!
you always wanted to study acting, but never had the time to do a full-time
course? Would you like to study at one of Australia's premier physical
theatre schools? Then why not come to Perth?
Total Theatre is a
professional school where young performers are learning to live their
Where else can you ride a unicycle, sing an aria, stand on your head, tap
dance on a table, beat on a drum, recite Shakespeare, juggle plates AND
learn to relax?
Total theatre has established a unique reputation as one of Australia's
outstanding physical training opportunities, successfully bringing together
some of the best specialist teachers and practitioners in the profession.
Graduates of Total Theatre have gone on to work with some of Perth’s
foremost theatre companies whilst others have created solo work, formed
independent theatre companies, taken their work to theatre, comedy and
street arts festivals around the world.
Theatre Courses available 2011:
Physical Theatre Course Our popular 3 month Physical Theatre Intensive (Sept- Nov 2011) Now
This exceptional course provides a unique opportunity for those wishing to
train in a wide range of exciting performance skills in a more condensed
Course includes: Theatre, Mime, Dance, Feldenkrais, Improvisation, Circus
Arts, Aerial Skills, Voice, Singing, Stage Combat, Martial Arts, Clowning,
Commedia dell'Arte, Acting for Film and Television, Self promotion.
Theatre Course New! 4 and 8 week part-time theatre courses (Sept- Nov 2011) Now
These comprehensive courses are especially designed for those students who
wish to concentrate on their acting skills, and are unable to devote their
time to a full-time course.
Course includes: Acting, Improvisation, Mime, Movement, Voice, Singing,
Audition Techniques and Commedia dell' Arte.
“The course exceeded my expectations” (Graduate of 3 month course)
“Breaks the mould of generalised acting and provides you with an amazing
array of avenues upon which to enhance, enrich and develop your own
performance style.” (Graduate of 3 month course)
Training is open to those aged 17yrs+. There are no formal qualifications
required. The audition process is a simple one and we accept DVD’s if you
cannot come in person. For details contact Sophie on (08) 9385 4211 or
Clown' Summer School with Alan Clay, January 2012 - Wanganui, New Zealand
The Price Buster deadline for
the Modern Clown Summer School is coming up at the end of this month. We can
be a little flexible with the deadline, but we do need to get deposits in to
confirm places. We still have one scholarship available to a serious
student, which brings the cost down by NZ$300.
10am - 4pm Monday to
Friday, January 23rd - February 10th (3-weeks accommodation, 15
work days, no training on weekends)
with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a centrally heated
studio space with adjoining dormitory accommodation, overlooking the mouth
of the Wanganui river. This is a new course led by Alan Clay at his retreat
centre in New Zealand.
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. 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. Street theatre has
informed and assisted the development of modern clown, and participants will
take exercises from the studio and work at street-cafe's to develop
interactive audience skills. It's easy and fun.
The summer school 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. 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.
The summer school runs 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday from January 23rd -
February 10th 2012. Participants will have the weekends free and the studio
will be available for individual work. The studio is within reach of
breathtaking west coast beaches, bush walks and jet boat or canoe
expeditions, but still handy to good coffee and all facilities.
Fees: NZ$1100 Price Buster (by August 31st) NZ$1300
Earlybird (by November 1st) and NZ$1600 Full. A NZ$200 deposit to hold a
place. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable). Fees include 20 nights
accommodation (from January 22nd - February 10th inclusive) with kitchen
Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are
available which offer the course for NZ$800 (until August 31st). These are
available to those serious students who need financial assistance. Email us
with information on your work.
Enrolment: Send an email to: email@example.com to hold
a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
Clown? Wanna be stupid onstage, without being a dunce? Spend two weeks in
the idiot world of clown & physical comedy with Clare Bartholomew & Derek
A two week Clown & Physical Comedy intensive.
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. During the two weeks
there will also be time spent mentoring and directing known or newly
created, solos, duets and/or small group pieces.
This workshop is for experienced performers who may have a variety of
performance backgrounds; it is not necessary to have a history with ‘clown’.
WHEN: November 14th - 25th, Monday - Friday, 10am - 4.30pm
WHERE: Dancehouse – 150 Princess St, North Carlton (Melbourne)
HOW TO APPLY: Send expression of interest and a very short biog to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 9354 7825
PLACES STRICTLY LIMITED!! Send your biog ASAP
Cost – Early Bird special - $950 ($200 deposit in by September 30th will
secure your position upon acceptance)
After September 30th - $1,100 ($400 deposit required to secure your position
Feature: Juggling With
Finesse - A workshop with Kit Summers, September 27-28, Melbourne
With Finesse - A workshop with Kit Summers, author of Juggling
Designed for beginning to advanced jugglers. Learn to apply new ideas and
techniques to achieve immediate results with your juggling. Learn MANY
tricks with balls, clubs, rings, boxes, etc. Learn how to put together a
great show and how to make money with your performing!!
A world-class juggler and performer since 1977, one of the feats Kit
achieved was juggling 7 clubs. The author of Juggling with Finesse,
Kit will help you much with your juggling and/or performing!! Thousands of
jugglers from all over the world have benefited from Kit Summers’ tips and
techniques: “Thanks to Kit, my love of juggling has gotten much
stronger. You’ve taught us not only juggling, but also the way we can live
our life with confidence." Iguchi Atsushi, Tokyo, JAPAN
Date: September 27-28 Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! - $110 (payment must be received by August 25th
in order to secure your place)
Cost after August 25th: $150
Venue: The Circus Spot – 204 Sussex Street, Coburg North (Melbourne)
Bookings: email@example.com or call 03 9354 7825
Feature: Feature Film Butterfly Crush
Clay's first feature film Butterfly Crush has achieved a number of
notable successes and is now available on
DVD and in the States as an
Amazon Instant Video.
The film recently won an Accolade Award of Merit in the
States and Amelia Shankley won the Accolade Award of Excellence for Best
Supporting Actor. These awards are based in California.
It screened last month at the Anthem Film Festival in Las
Vegas where it received the 'Best International Narrative Feature' award.
They called Butterfly Crush "an important work on the theme of choice and
accountability." Later this month it will screen at the Indie Gathering Film
Festival in Ohio where it has continued its winning streak by receiving the
'Best Feature Drama' award.
Butterfly Crush is available in New Zealand on DVD and can be rented through
video rental stores nationwide. We're looking towards an Australian
theatrical release in February next year.
Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide - now available for the iPad and
Can Fly has just been released for the Apple iPad and is available
through the iBooks app at iTunes. 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 150
Australian and New Zealand 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.
Feature: Panto Damascus - One Clown's Alphabet,
Martin Ewen, USA
clown Martin Ewen has just published his book, Panto Damascus - One Clown's
A clown soloist in search of structure, Martin sets out to compile an
alphabet of experience. Collecting a global alphabet of towns and cities
over two decades, seeking out and finally securing the last seven letters
took him ten years. Once this arbitrary quest was fulfilled in 2009 he was
again purposeless for two minutes. His remedy is this book, a written memoir
of his alphabetical compilation.
Here is a taste of 'Panto Damascus' from the letter U:
"Utrecht just had the misfortune of being at the wrong
place at the wrong time. Summer was over and the grey had begun. Amsterdam
had done me no favors, the first international city in my first decade in
which I couldn't fully function. Attempts, all in different locations, all
failing in some regard, all lacking that essential cohesion; The three
elements, A: passing pedestrian traffic, B: a corner or niche and C: an
audience catchment area that does not disturb elements A and B. Amsterdam
was to my shock proof my sociologically experimental, financially self
perpetuating, clown performance, wrinkle wasn't bulletproof. So I caught a
train to Utrecht and sat not far from the station eager pedestrian pickings
having serious doubts about my vocation."
"NZ School of Dance
Auditions for 2012, Wellington, New Zealand. Do you have the talent for
a career in dance? Audition in October to be a student at the New
Zealand School of Dance in 2012. Application forms can be downloaded now
for full-time training or the Junior Associate Programme. Regional
Associates application forms will be available in October for the
audition in December. Dance teachers who would like to find out more
about the training at the NZSD or the audition process can attend a
forum on Wednesday 20 July, 1.15pm. Visit the web site for details."
Celia Jenkins. Find a link to NZ School of Dance under Training at:
"Puppet Actors Required for Tour,
The Dinosaur Show, Australia.
The Dinosaur Show is a live touring show that will travel
to primary schools in the Sydney and Wollongong areas. The Dinosaur Show
will perform one show per night at 3 - 4 schools a week (Wed - Sat). We
are seeking 3 puppet actors and a stage manager for a preview season in
October, November 2011 and a possible year long season in 2012. Actors
should be prepared to assist with bump in and out as part of their role.
Bump in begins at 3pm. Shows start at 7pm (duration 1hr). The Dinosaur
Show uses a variety of puppetry styles (full body, stick and shadow).
Actors are required to operate a number of different puppets, do sound
effects and make set changes. The Dinosaur show is a family show and we
are looking for energetic, kid friendly actors with a great sense of
humour. Previous puppetry experience preferred but not necessary.
Rehearsals Oct 3 -17; Show dates 2011 (to be confirmed) Oct 26 - 28, Nov
2 - 4, 9 - 11, 16 -18; Equity rates. For more detail contact Adam
Loxley. Visit the web site for contact details." Adam Loxley. Find a
link to The Dinosaur Show under Resources at:
"Call for Volunteers, Sydney Fringe,
Australia. The Sydney Fringe launched officially to the media on
Thursday 4th August, with the Fringe Program and Pocket Guide both
hitting the streets. And the Box Office opened for business on August
1st, via the website. This is
your chance to be a part of the festival. There is a heap of stuff going
on all over town and we can’t deliver this myriad of festivities without
the willing and enthusiastic participation of our volunteer Fringeheads.
It’s probably the most fun you can have without getting paid! Visit our
web site and click on the Get Involved, How to be a Volunteer tab.
Contact us today." Fringe HQ. Find a link to the Sydney Fringe Festival
under Festivals at:
Hoop Workshop/Retreat, Jewelz A Hoopz, Sydney, Aus. November 4th -
7th. Hoopy Happenings 2011 - Australia's only
Hooping Retreat! An entire weekend of Hooping Fun! 4th - 7th
November 2011 in Sydney's south. Workshops will include Hoop Yoga,
Hoop Flow & Movement, Hand Hooping, Hoop Splits, Fancy Starts &
Finishes, Burlesque Hooping, Acrobalance for Hoopers, Hoop
Isolations, Group Hoop Movement plus Cabaret the first night,
Renegade stage the 2nd night & Hoop Trivia! Food, dorm accommodation
& workshops all for $350 Earlybird till 31st August. Download a
registration form from the web site. For more info contact me. Hoopy
Loopy Happiness!" Jewelz. (Photo left: Hoopy Happenings) Find a link
to Hoopy Happenings under Training at:
"Improv Actors, Canberra
Playback Theatre, Australia. Aug 10th - Sept 21st. Canberra
Playback Theatre is currently looking for new members and will open
rehearsals in August and September to people who are interested in
learning about playback and joining the company. Canberra Playback is
really keen to get new people in the company who have a variety of
skills, life experience and interests and although experience in theatre
is beneficial, it’s not essential. Playback Theatre is a form of
improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from
their lives and then watch as actors and musicians enact them on the
spot using movement, music and words, but without script or rehearsal.
Sessions will run on Wednesday evenings 7-9.30pm from 10 Aug - 21 Sept
at the Playing Field Studio, located in the demountable building next to
the Street Theatre on Childers St, Acton. The first 4 weeks will focus
on playback and theatre skills then the following 3 weeks will continue
to develop these skills and focus on rehearsals for the next public
performance on Friday 23 September. While it is not expected that new
players will be ready to perform, input and involvement in rehearsals is
welcomed. The term will be introductory training and a trial to see new
players enjoy playback and want to join company, and also whether the
company feels new players have shown the skills and commitment to join
the group. At the end of the term an open decision will be made about
whether people are ready to continue with the company. The cost of the
training is $50 to assist with hall hire costs and 80% attendance
throughout the term is required if you are interested in becoming a
member of the company. For more information or to register your interest
visit our web site." Leigh. Find a link to Canberra Playback Theatre
under Training at:
for Puppeteer and Black Female Performer, Oily Cart,
London, UK. Application deadline August 22nd. Our winter 2011-2012 show
will be RING-A-DING-DING, a new interactive immersive adventure for all
the senses. The audience of 3-6 year olds, their family and friends sit
in a ring around a giant revolving puppet stage where every child has a
front row seat in this wonderland filled with live music and exquisite
visual effects. For our run in the Clore Studio at London’s Unicorn
Theatre and subsequent national tour we’re looking for an accomplished
puppeteer. We're also looking for a very funny black female performer,
playing age 20-30, who sings like an angel and knows how to talk to
children. Have a look at our web site for further details of the company
and our work, then send your c.v. and photo, with a covering letter
saying why you’d like to work with us. The successful candidate will
receive £484.60 per week. Deadline for applications: Monday 22nd August
2011. Auditions/interviews: Saturday 17th September 2011. We rehearse
31st October to 2nd December 2011and the tour ends 12th February 2012."
Tim Webb, Artistic Director, Oily Cart. Find a link to Oily Cart under
Youth Theatre at:
"Seeking Aerial Instructor, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts,
USA. The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is seeking an
Intermediate/Advanced Level Aerial Instructor to begin teaching in
September 2011. Candidates should have considerable experience in both
performing and teaching aerials, and be able to coach static aerial
skills (solo trapeze, corde lisse, web, lyra, fabric) at all levels.
This position requires a great team player and someone who has a passion
for teaching and the theory behind it. Candidate must be good with
children/teens, though the majority of teaching will be adults. This
position will be at least 15-20 hours / week, with the possibility of
full-time salary for the right candidate. It also requires someone that
is in or willing to re-locate to the Philadelphia area. Philadelphia has
a rapidly-growing circus community, a vibrant arts scene, and lots of
opportunities for performers. Please send resumes / inquiries to Shana
Kennedy. Additionally, please provide a website of your work or link to
a video portfolio. Visit our web site for contact details." Shana
Kennedy. Find a link to Philadelphia School of Circus Arts under
"Admissions Workshop for Training at Hèlikos,
Hèlikos School, Italy. October 3rd to 8th. The Hèlikos School
in Florence is getting ready for its Second Pedagogic Season on the
Fundamentals of Hèlikos - the journey of the poetic Body. The school
will gather students and staff from 5 continents and 15 different
countries, for a unique training experience. If you are interested in
getting to know more about the school or you wish to apply for the
upcoming training, join us for the next admission workshop October 3rd
to 8th. If you are considering applying to the school, there are still a
few places available for the First Year starting this coming October.
Please note that there will not be a first year beginning in 2012, and
the next available training will start in October 2013. Visit our
website to get a hint of this experience! Many wishes for your life and
art." Giovanni Fusetti and Hèlikos Staff. Find a link to Hèlikos under
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