Welcome to the April 2009 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its eighth year and reaching over 2,500 subscribers.
We would particularly like to welcome all the new subscribers following the trial mailouts of the newsletter in the past few weeks. We return to our roots this month with Australian companies taking the Sponsorship and Feature slots. Remember to support the advertisers in this publication by attending their events.
This month we also launch the new Artmedia Social Network at www.artmedia.net.au. This site is a free 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. You can also upload videos, post photographs, articles, reviews and network with other physical theatre artists.
In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, a circus skills training provider based in NSW, Australia with news of the 4th National Circus Training Project. This 2 weeks training intensive takes place during the NSW winter school holidays, with select trainers from the Fruities including International Master Trainer Sergei Okhai, formerly of Cirque Du Soleil, and visiting international instructors.
In the Playspace section, the Winter Clown
Retreat in New Zealand is starting to fill. Following two clown retreats in
our centre 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. Email us to hold a
We also have information on an upcoming performance work from De Quincey Co titled 'Ghost Quarters - the first dream of The Opium Confessions'. The season runs May 9th - 16th at the Eveleigh CarriageWorks in Sydney.
Also in the Features, Playback Theatre is
celebrating its 28th year, with regular monthly shows in Sydney beginning
April 21st. They are also offering a series of training workshops in their
unique form of improvisation that requires intensive listening skills,
ensemble work, trust and dedication. Its highly-trained actors draw on
music, movement, physical theatre, mime, improv and Greek chorus skills.
In Networking we have a burlesque workshop in Auckland, New Zealand, which promises to be fun, but get your registration in. It starts April 26th. ROH2 in London, England is calling for submissions of high quality work across art forms, including dance, puppetry, physical theatre and aerial work for the Firsts 09 programme. Priority will be given to young, vibrant artists working outside of the mainstream and artists from the regions.
Also in the UK, Tmesis Theatre based in Liverpool has Physical Fest 5 - nine days of exciting physical theatre workshops and performances. In Florida, USA, Cirque du Soleil is holding auditions for circus performers. Application deadline is April 20th. And in New York, Artistic New Directions is offering a Summer Improv Retreat geared for performers as well as non-performers looking to improve their life skills.
Cirque du Soleil will be in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia auditioning clowns, mimes and street performers. You must apply online to be considered. Audition dates are May 23rd and 27th. The International Performing Arts Network in Paris, France are holding Theatre and Clown Workshops beginning May 2nd. The IPAN workshops are a two day theatre intensive followed by a week of individual theatre workshops from around the globe.
In Amsterdam, Teatro Punto is running a Modern Commedia dell'Arte workshop and festival in July. The last week of this 4 week intensive there will be an International Theatre Training Festival. And in Malaga, Spain, the International Dance Council CID (UNESCO) is calling for presentations for the World Congress on Dance Research. A presentation can be a research report, lecture-demonstration, class, performance, exhibition or projection.
This month we've re-instated the Notice Board
section for those of you who need to post short personal
notices. This month Johanna de Ruyter from Sydney is looking for a male
Commedia dell Arte performer who can speak some Italian for a Theatre in
Education show. Please send us notices for next month's Notice Board.
Artmedia Network News
This month we launch the Artmedia Social Network 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. If you sign up now, while we are establishing the site, it will always be free of charge.
Many people write to us with information on
their work, which they want posted on the Artmedia site. We are very happy
to post on the Artmedia site, but we have to charge for anything posted on
the com.au site. However, now you have the opportunity to sign up to the new
net.au site and post your own information. You can also upload videos on
your work, post photographs, articles, reviews and network with other
physical theatre artists.
Australian Recreational Centre
for Aerial Arts(ARCAA) offer flying trapeze, silks and clown skills as fun
forms of recreation and exercise.
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.
Sponsor: Flying Fruit Fly Circus - National Circus Training Project 2009 - Expressions of Interest
Hello artists, trainers and companies!
The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is calling for expressions of interest to participate in the National Circus Training Project. The project will take place during the NSW winter school holidays, 13 - 24 July, and cover a variety of circus disciplines.
This is the fourth year of the training project. This year the emphasis will be on advancing the skills of circus students - though we are keen on helping people develop their skills in a new area.
So, if you’ve been training solidly for at least 12 months, you have one or more skills or sets of tricks under your belt, and you’re ready to take your capability to the next level, then this training project is for you!
Select trainers from the Fruities (including International Master Trainer Sergei Okhai, formerly of Cirque Du Soleil) and visiting instructors of global renown will guide you, coach you, and be at your disposal. You’ll be taught at the training centre, in Albury NSW.
The camp will introduce you to new aspects of your training: it will identify areas of your current practice that are ripe for development. The trainers will cast a learned eye over your current skills, routines and progress, while imparting knowledge and experience.
You’ll come away from 2 weeks of intensive training with a smile on your face. You’ll be a little sore in the muscles but you’re somewhat used to it because you’re not a novice - you’re an intermediate or advanced circus performer in the making.
The National Training Project of 2009 welcomes physical artists of 12 years and up to join the fun and reach for that next phase of progress in the circus.
Email the Flying Fruit Fly Circus today, we look forward to receiving your EOI! firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Friday 1 May 2009
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Retreat 2009 - Wanganui, New Zealand
Sunday August 23 to Thursday August 27 (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.
Following two summer clown retreats in
our centre in Wanganui, NZ, 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.
Reconnect with the playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a
beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the mouth of the Wanganui river.
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$600 Price buster (by June 15) NZ$700 Earlybird (by July 31) NZ$800 Full. Including 6 nights accommodation with kitchen facilities. (All fees and deposits are non-refundable) For those coming from overseas, the current New Zealand dollar exchange rate means this is about Aus$480 or US$310. email: email@example.com to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns around the world, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on the nature of modern clown. The book is available on order through bookshops and online stores in New Zealand, Australia, America and England. Here are some reviews that have been posted on Amazon:
Feature: Sydney Bodyweather Intensive Workshop, 17th - 19th April 2009
Bodyweather is a synthesis of Eastern and Western practice and thought which develops grounding, flexibility and sensitivity whilst promoting a deep performative freedom.
This exploratory weekend workshop is the only one offered by TESS DE QUINCEY in Sydney this year. As a progression over Friday night through Saturday and Sunday, it offers participants a thorough introduction and immersion in the Bodyweather practice and Butoh work. As forums for exploring perception, these workshops are renowned for providing insights into the body and different sensory modes of experience.
Contact 0410 080 598 firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature: De Quincey Co presents GHOST QUARTERS - the first dream of The Opium Confessions, May 9th - 16th
Wednesday May 9th - Saturday May16th
Feature: Playback Theatre Monthly Shows & Sydney School of Playback Theatre 2009 Program
YOUR LIFE… ON STAGE: ONCE AGAIN, WITH FEELING!
Australia’s longest-running improv theatre company celebrates its 28th year with regular monthly shows at The Newtown Theatre Sydney.
Playback Theatre is a unique
collaboration between audience, performers and musicians. This theatre genre
transforms the audience members’ real life experiences into theatre on the
To enrol please email email@example.com Or
call on 0417 065 664.
"Burlesque Workshops, Miss Chiefs Events, Auckland, NZ. 26th April - 17th May. Due to popular demand, we have decided to run a 4 week Burlesque Course starting Sunday April 26th at Citydance on Queen St. Each session lasts 90 minutes. Week 1: Bringing Out Your Inner Burlesquer - focusing on the basics of moving and presenting yourself along with how to use your facial expressions to engage the audience and how to use your arms to accentuate your movements. Week 2: Developing Your Burlesque Diva - more complicated movements will be taught that will require putting together concepts taught in week 1. Week 3: Using Props In Burlesque - Fans, boas, gloves, stockings, parasols. You will be taught when best to use these props and how they can be used to cover and reveal yourself to really tease your audience. Week 4: Putting It All Together - you will be taught how to peel and remove your garments with ease and tease, but don’t worry, there’ll be no nudity involved. No experience is required, you just need to leave your inhibitions at the door and enjoy yourself. Send an email to register for the course. You can get detailed information on the workshop at our website." Miss La Vida, Chief Whip, Miss Chiefs Events. Find a link to Miss Chiefs Events under Dance at: http://artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Submissions Invited for Firsts 09, ROH2 , London, UK. Application deadline 30th April. Named by the Telegraph as the "indie" arm of the Royal Opera House, ROH2 invites submissions from creative artists to take part in Firsts 09 in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Now in its seventh year, this season is at the forefront of the work of ROH2 and seeks to present high quality work of originality and diversity across the contemporary lyric art forms including music, dance, puppetry, physical theatre, and aerial work and work that defies categorization. Priority will be given to young, vibrant artists working outside of the mainstream and artists from the regions. Firsts presents nine companies over six nights in the Linbury Studio Theatre from 19-28 November 2009 and the following criteria apply: The piece must be between 10 and 30 minutes maximum; It must have been created in the last 18 months; Must be UK based. Each company will have two performances on consecutive nights along with two or three other performing companies as part of a mixed bill. For further information on applying, please contact ROH2." Louise Clements, Projects Co-ordinator, ROH2. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Physical Theatre Workshops, Tmesis Theatre , Liverpool, UK, 21st - 30th May. Physical Fest 5 is nine days of exciting physical theatre workshops and performances in Liverpool, UK from 21st- 30th May with workshops from: Gennadi Bogdanov (Biomechanics), Jean Laurent Sasportes (Pina Bausch), Jorge Lopez Ramos (Intercultural Physical performance), Tmesis Theatre (formerly Momentum), Yoshi Oida's Interrogations and Free Running. To download the brochure or booking form please go to our web site . Please note Momentum (the co that brought you Tmesis, Memento Mori and Anima) are in the process of changing their name to Tmesis Theatre." Elinor Randle, Co-founder, Tmesis. (Photo right: Tmesis (c) Momentum Theatre Company 2008) Find a link to Tmesis under Physical Theatre at: http://artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Auditions for Circus Performers, Cirque du Soleil , Florida, USA. Submission deadline April 20th. Cirque du Soleil is seeking new talent for its existing shows and upcoming creations. We will be hosting auditions in Orlando, FL during the first week of May 2009. The relevant categories of talent for this audition are: aerial, balancing, circus acrobatics, manipulation, wheels and other disciplines. Candidates must submit a CV, a photo and a video demo of their performance in order to be considered for these auditions. To find out what to include in your submission visit our web site." Michel LaPrise, Casting, Cirque du Soleil. Find a link to Cirque du Soleil under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Summer Improv Retreat, Artistic New Directions , NY, USA, 12th - 17th July. The Summer Improv Retreat is a balanced immersion into the craft of performing primarily through the skills of improvisation. At the Improv Retreat, participants work daily in small group sessions with improv instructors Gary Austin (founder of L.A.’s The Groundlings) and Larry Rosen (faculty, Second City); playwright/author Jeffrey Sweet; L.A. vocal coach Wenndy MacKenzie; New York actor, director and performance coach Carol Fox Prescott, actor/physical comedian Kenny Raskin (Cirque du Soleil, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and Michael J. Gellman (senior faculty & director, The Second City). Evening sessions include Song Improvisation with Noel Katz (Second City), as well as lecture/demonstrations, round table discussions, and an improvisational extravaganza for the whole group. Participants include performers (actors, improvisors, etc) who are looking for a focused week to learn or re-learn creative skills, as well as lay people (teachers, lawyers, health care professionals, et al) looking to improve their life skills with the creative power of improv. Visit the web site for more information and registration details." Janice Goldberg, Artistic Co-Director, Artistic New Directions. Find a link to Artistic New Directions under Training at: http://artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Auditions for clowns, mimes, street performers,
Cirque du Soleil , Moscow & St Petersburg, Russia. Audition
dates 23rd & 27th May. Cirque du Soleil is seeking new talent for its
current shows and upcoming creations. We will be hosting auditions for
clowns, contemporary mimes, physical actors, street performers and artists
with exceptional skills or unusual body types. Many artists, notably Slava
Polunin, Leonid Leykin, Dmitry Bogatirev, Valery Keft and Anatoly Akerman,
have performed on our stages. The audition dates are: Moscow - Saturday, May
23 and Saint Petersburg - Wednesday, May 27. In order to be considered for
these auditions, interested candidates must create their profile by applying
online and submit a CV and a video demo of their performance. To find out
more about what to include in your video demo, please visit our web site.
Please note that we also accept Internet links to video demos." Michel
LaPrise, Casting, Cirque du Soleil. Find a link to Cirque du Soleil under
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