May 2009

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - May 2009

   Slava's Snowshow with Slava Polunin, Melbourne & Perth, Australia      

Winter Clown Retreat with Alan Clay, Wanganui, New Zealand    
   Movement for Performers Workshop with Anna Yen, Melbourne, Australia
   Clown Workshop with Claire Bartholomew, Melbourne, Australia
   Augusto Boal Condolence Registry, International Theatre of the Oppressed   
Dance Competitions and Training, DanceNZmade, Palmerston North, NZ
   Ensemble Improv and Physical Theatre Workshops, Born In A Taxi, Melbourne
   New Training Space Opening Soon for Circus Monoxide, Wollongong, Aus
   Comic Acting Workshop with Drew Richardson, Ko Festival of Performance, US
   Physical Performer/Musician Wanted, Ramshacklicious Street Theatre Co, UK
   Auditions for Male Physical Theatre Performer, Slung Low Theatre Co, Salford, UK
   Unique Performers with Movement Required, Rosie Kay Dance Company, UK
   Clown Workshop, Pablo Ibarluzea, YINdeYAN Teatro, Laudio-Llodio (Álava), Spain
   Physical Comedy Workshop, Hilary Chaplain, Comicodeon Clown Festival, Austria
   Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art Performance Masterclasses, Greece


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Welcome to the May 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.

Brazilian theatre director and founder of the "Theatre of the Oppressed" (TO), Augusto Boal died earlier this month. He was a visionary theatre artist, activist and educator whose passionately theatrical spirit and his uncompromising commitment to human rights, combined with an infectious sense of play, spread the ideas and practice of TO around the world. Boal leaves a rich legacy of innovation in theatre and social activism, books, articles, and inspired hearts and minds. In the Networking section we have an item from ITO and information on the condolence registry.


In the Sponsorship this month we welcome Slava's Snowshow and its return to Australia for a strictly limited season. Slava Polunin worked with Cirque du Soleil and subsequently created this magical theatrical masterpiece, which has toured extensively. The Melbourne season begins August 12th and the Perth season September 2nd. Spread the word so your friends don't miss this experience.

In the Playspace section, we have moved the dates of the Winter Clown Retreat in New Zealand forward by a few weeks. It will now run from Tuesday the 28th of July to Saturday the 1st of August. The best deal on the workshop is the Pricebuster and the deadline for this is still the middle of June. This is the only workshop I will be teaching this year, so don't miss out.

In the Angels Can Fly section this month we have another one of the exercises, Invisible Theatre, which is one of the theatrical forms developed by Augusto Boal. Theatrical practice always facilitates social development, but only to the select audience who 'buy into' the experience. Augusto took the theatre out into public spaces and played it so that the people around are drawn to watch, and forced to question whether what they are watching is real or theatre. In this way they engage more deeply with the experience on a personal level.

In the Features, performer Anna Yen is holding a Movement for Performers Workshop in Melbourne, Australia. Anna makes use of the Feldenkrais Method and incorporates it with ensemble exercises and games to assist the performer to expand their playfulness, complicity and ensemble skills. The workshop is for directors, movement and drama teachers and students, as well as performers.

Also featured is a Clown Workshop with Claire Bartholomew in Melbourne, Australia. Emphasis will be on the playfulness and complicite between performers onstage and their joy at being 'seen' by the audience. This workshop is for experienced performers who may have a variety of performance backgrounds, but not necessarily a history with 'clown'. The workshop runs June 8th to 12th and the earlybird price ends this Wednesday, 20th.

In Networking we have information on new dance competitions and training opportunities in New Zealand. DanceNZmade is a newly established annual event in Palmerston North created to celebrate all that is New Zealand Dance. Competitions and classes run October 7th to 10th.

Australian company, Born In A Taxi, are offering ensemble improvisation/physical theatre workshops in Melbourne. The Weekend Introduction Workshop is May 23 to 24 and the 5-Day Intensive starts June 15. In Woolongong, Circus Monoxide announce the opening of their new training space and changes in the direction of the company. The space will be available to a professionals, emerging, community, muso's, dancers, and circus folk.

As part of the annual Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, Drew Richardson is offering the comic acting workshop, Dramatic Foolery: The Paradox of Comic Acting. 'In an effort to provoke deeper laughter, it’s often the case that the more serious you are, the funnier you are. No irony, no wackiness, just you, trying your imperfect best in absurdly real situations'. In this workshop, Drew will guide the participants with tragically comic exercises using clown, mask, and movement to express their own dramatic foolishness.

In the UK, the Ramshacklicious Street Theatre Company are looking for a performer/musician for their new production Swill. They need a confident physical performer with a flair for comedy character work (acrobatics desirable). If you're interested, be quick as applications close May 20th. In Salford, Slung Low are holding auditions for male, physical theatre performers with some dance training. Auditions are by invitation only. Applications close May 25th. And in London and Birmingham, the Rosie Kay Dance Company is looking for expressions of interest from unique performers with dance or movement to be involved in a major new work.

In Europe, in conjunction with the Comicodeon Clown Festival in Kapfenberg, Austria, three of the contributors to Angels Can Fly, Hilary Chaplain, Johnny Melville and Jango Edwards, will be teaching workshops. We have information on Hilary Chaplain's Physical Comedy Workshop, which runs August 24th to 29th and explores physical comedy from a clown point of view, expanding your physical vocabulary and developing your comic sensibilities.  

In Spain, Pablo Ibarluzea of YINdeYAN Teatro is holding a clown workshop July 6th to 10th in Laudio-Llodio. Pablo's work and teaching has developed with the influence of Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq. And finally, the Thessaloniki Biennale Performance Festival in Greece is holding Performance Festival Masterclasses as part of the 1st Performance Festival, May 24th to 30th. The deadline for applications to the masterclasses is May 20th, so act quickly if you wish to attend.

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the physical theatre community, so send us information for inclusion in this newsletter, and please also forward this to someone else who may be interested.

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Austrailian Recreational Centre for Aerial Arts This month we launch our Artmedia page on Facebook. You can find the latest Physical Theatre newsletter posted there or post your events or notes for the physical theatre community. If you haven't already, we invite you to become a Fan of the Artmedia page so that the postings come through on your profile.

Check out Artmedia on Facebook at this link:   http://www.facebook.com/pages/artmedia/108453014568

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

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

On the artmedia.com.au site you can find links to performers, companies, resources and festivals all over the world, and you can also subscribe to this newsletter. The newsletter archive includes all issues for the past seven years. Check it out at:

Australian Recreational Centre for Aerial Arts(ARCAA) offer flying trapeze, silks and clown skills. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial_arts.htm
Theatre LOTE provide innovative Bilingual Performances for schools and festivals.

Artmedia have information on Moontan (pictured left), http://www.artmedia.net.nz
Sue Broadway has information on her touring performances and projects. http://www.artmedia.com.au/broadway.htm
Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen's Dance Films and Richards books.  http://www.artmedia.com.au/physical_tv.htm
Aerialize have information on their aerial theatre classes and projects in Sydney. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm

We have split the links into seven pages, one each for  Festivals , Training, Resources, Circus and Clown , and Physical Theatre , and two pages of Performers links.

Our artmedia.com.au website deals still provide great value. For one page on the Artmedia site, it is just Aus$20 a month, or Aus$30 for as many as you want, so contact us if you want to promote your work on a site which features search engine referrals direct to your page, and over 1,600 links from like-minded sites. We also have a publishing service, where we do your website at your address. On this deal it is just Aus$40 a month to maintain and promote the site, no matter how many pages you have, and only Aus$20 a page set up cost.

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Sponsor:   Ross Mollison and David J Foster present  SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW

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Created and staged by SLAVA
By arrangement with SLAVA and Gwenael Allen

"Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to circus." Variety
"This is the single most beautiful thing I have ever seen in a theatre in my life!" Simon Callow, Sunday Express

After a sold out Broadway Season, which earned the show a Tony Award Nomination, Slava’s Snowshow returns to Australian for strictly limited seasons at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne from August 12, and at the Regal Theatre in Perth from September 2.
Slava’s Snowshow is a magical theatrical masterpiece that melds the unbridled hilarity and unexpected poignancy of the art of clowning with stunning spectacle and awe-inspiring visual images. 
Slava’s ensemble of clowns creates a world of wonder, which is sometimes dark, often heart breaking, but mostly ridiculously funny.
Added to this, the multi-award winning show features the most breathtaking and beautiful visual effects you will ever experience in a theatre – culminating in a sensational snowstorm which engulfs the entire audience in an atmosphere of joyful celebration. At the end of the show, nobody wants to leave the theatre.
In 2005, Australian theatre producers Ross Mollison and David Foster presented Slava’s Snowshow in New York City for the first time, where it ran Off-Broadway for two years, winning the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. Late last year, the show returned to New York for an exclusive holiday season on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
“For the past five years, David and I have had the privilege of sharing an extraordinary journey with Slava Polunin and his family in presenting Snowshow across North America”, Ross Mollison said. “Slava is an inspirational artist who teaches people how to see the world through different eyes as a better, more hopeful place. We are therefore delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to bring Snowshow back to Australia.”
Snowshow will unleash childlike wonder and uncontrollable fits of laughter from even the most jaded ands cynical adults. 
188 Collins Street, Melbourne
www.ticketmaster.com.au, or call Ticketmaster on 1300 723 038
Savings for groups of 10 or more – call Ticketmaster on  (03) 9685 2477
474 Hay Street, Subiaco
  www.ticketek.com.au or call Ticketek on 1300 795 012
Savings for groups of 10 or more - call Ticketek on 1300 364 001 or email groupbookings@ticketek.com.au
Not recommended for children under 8 years.
Contact Clea Woods on 03 9694 5226 or clea.w@mollison.com

Visit Slava's Snowshow Page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slavas-Snowshow-Downunder/75498467723

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Playspace:  Clown Training with Alan Clay

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The dates of this retreat have been moved forward by a few weeks. The best deal on the workshop is the Pricebuster and the deadline for this is still the middle of June.

Retreat 2009 - Wanganui, New Zealand

Tuesday July 28 to Saturday August 1 (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.

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$600 Price buster (by June 16) NZ$700 Earlybird (by July 1) NZ$800 Full. Including 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 a textbook for a fast changing art form

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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.

30. Exercise: Invisible Theatre

I'm often warning people off 'theatre' in my clown classes, because theatre is a mind construct, a story which constricts the performance as much as gives it structure. With clown, the theatre is too often quite sufficient to hold the attention of the audience, which means that the harder emotional or physical work of the clown is then frequently neglected.
 One exercise which illustrates the border between theatre and reality, is based on Augusto Boal's practice of Invisible Theatre, which I describe below in the Coaching Tips. In this exercise participants adopt a character at home, or in the studio, and spend some time developing it, as in the wave-character exercise in Chapter 19. This character is not the larger than life 'clown character', which we are going to take out in the street in Chapter 41, but rather an everyday character who draws no more attention to him or herself than any of us do, as we go about our lives.
 When you are happy working with the character, take it out for an adventure somewhere you don't normally go, take a ride on public transport, go shopping, do normal things, but in the character.
 Explore the world of this character and let the character strengthen through these experiences. If working alone it is best not to push the boundary into visible theatre, because it is too easy to look crazy, so skip the next part of the exercise. But in a pair or larger group, it is instructive to structure simple interactions which can occur at any time, triggered by one of the participants, or at prearranged times or places, and which escalate to the border of visible theatre, and then dissipate back into normality.
 Keep exploring either way, until the character is back home or in the studio, and then take it off and do a relaxation to provide closure of the experience.

Coaching Tips
Augusto Boal is a Brazilian theatre practitioner and social activist who has worked a lot in France, and has developed his theatrical practice to facilitate social development.
 Theatrical practice always facilitates social development, but only to the select audience who 'buy into' the experience.
 Augusto takes it out into public spaces and plays the theatre so that the people around are drawn to watch, and forced to question whether what they are watching is real or theatre. In this way they engage more deeply with the experience on a personal level.
 For example a man and a woman might take on the roles of husband and wife and go out to a cafe, where they might have an argument which escalates into a drama, which involves the other patrons in the cafe, and confronts them with socially acceptable male/female roles, or issues of control or respect in relationships.
 The border between theatre and reality is an interesting area for the clown to explore, because to a large extent clown is about the meeting place between the performer and each audience member.
 And what invisible theatre brings home to us, as an exercise, is how different the world looks for each person in it. Effectively, we each live in our own world, and that means there are billions of them coexisting on this planet, at any one moment in time.
 This demands a great flexibility from the clown, in the effort to find the meeting place with each person, and invisible theatre can help us with this.

"Clown is a fascinating, diverse, complex and exciting art form, which has existed around the planet for thousands of years. Like any art form it has to evolve to stay relevant to the culture nurturing it, and at the same time, and by its very nature, clown teases and turns upside down the cultural patterns and boundaries around us."

You can find the paperback on Amazon by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj And check out more information at:  www.alanclay.com where you can still get a free copy of the e-Book.

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Feature: Movement For Performers with Anna Yen, 6th - 10th July 2009

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This workshop is for performers, directors, movement and drama teachers & students. Anna will make use of the Feldenkrais Method’s Awareness Through Movement work and incorporate it with ensemble exercises and games in innovative ways to assist the performer to expand their creative possibilities, playfulness, pleasure, complicity and ensemble skills. It is inspired by the work of renowned European theatre teacher Monika Pagneux, whose theme is the physical, vocal and personal freedom of the performer.
About Anna Yen:
Anna is a performer, movement teacher and director.
A highlight of Anna’s work is her acclaimed one-woman show ‘Chinese Take Away’ and its film adaption, which has taken her to festivals in Asia, Europe and the USA. Her collaborative physical / visual work was part of ‘Undiscovered Country’ at the OzAzia Festival ‘07. Anna has performed with Rock’n’Roll Circus, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Co., La Boite and QTC. Anna studied with Monika Pagneux (many times - including recent pedagogy courses), Phillipe Gualier, Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Shanghai Circus School and Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Summer School. Anna has taught for QUT, Uni of Southern Qld, Uni of Qld, Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Qld Theatre Co., and the Tasmanian Circus Festival. Anna directed shows for UQ, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Backbone Youth Arts, QUT (TABOO), and was Assistant Director on AWGIE award winning ‘Kese Solwata’ for the Out of the Box Festival. Anna received a Churchill Fellowship in 2002. Anna is a Certified Feldenkrais practitioner. 

6th - 10th July   |   12pm - 4pm   |   DANCE HOUSE   |   150 Princes Street, North Carlton

Cost? Early bird special! $250. After May 29th $300. (A deposit of $50 is required to secure your place).

How to Apply? Enquiries? Ph: 0414 653 218  Email: info@bighairyproductions.com.au
For more about Anna visit: www.playmoves.org

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Feature:  Clown Workshop with Clare Bartholomew, June 8 - 12, Melbourne

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 You! Clown? Wanna be stupid on stage without being a dunce?
Spend a week with Clare Bartholomew in the idiot world of clown.

June 8th  - 12th,  10 - 4pm
Dancehouse, 150 Princess St, Nth Carlton, Melbourne.

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.

Clare Bartholomew - The Business (Comedy Festival Foreign Exchange Award, Best Comedy - Melbourne Fringe, British Council Oz Export Award), The Clown Doctors, and producer of Die Roten Punkte (Best Cabaret - Green Room Awards, Winner of Best Comedy  - Victoria Fringe, Best Production - Montreal Fringe).

Clare is a freelance performer and teacher who has taught clown master classes for the Tasmanian Circus Festival and for Victoria University, The Starlight Foundation, The Humour Foundation, Slipstream Circus, The Women's Circus and Westside Circus.

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

How to Apply?
Send an expression of interest and a very short biog to circus@throwdown.com.au  or call 0411 260 811

Cost. Early Bird Special $500
($100 deposit in before May 20th will secure your position upon acceptance).

After May 20th $600
($100 deposit required to secure your position upon acceptance).

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"Augusto Boal , one of the most valiant people of his times, has - as a friend of ours said - become one of our ancestors. He has fought until the very last moment to keep his spirit alive, just as he has fought against oppression for so many decades. "I won't be dead unless people forget" says a song. In Augusto's case, this means he will live forever. For the most, he will live in the spirit of those who work with the Theatre of the Oppressed, which he introduced and expanded every time, and usually ahead of his time. We are only beginning to understand what power lies in Theatre of the Oppressed and how it can deeply affect global society. We are only beginning to understand what Augusto Boal has created, but we can only come to understand it by using his creation in practice. By continuing the work he did, we can sincerely commemorate his achievements. We hope this message is resounded across the globe. Many of you have already reacted to Augusto Boal's death by sending emails to ITO or to other websites. We decided to create a space on our web site where anyone can leave a condolence message to us all or to someone in particular." International Theatre of the Oppressed. Find a link to the Augusto Boal Condolence Registry under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm

"Dance Competitions and Training, DanceNZmade, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 7th - 10th October. 2009 marks the establishment of DanceNZmade - a celebration of all that is New Zealand Dance. Set to become an annual event and a must on the New Zealand Dance Calendar, DanceNZmade is New Zealand's own dance competition and training event with training sessions for elementary, intermediate and advanced, and competitions for solos and teams. DanceNZmade focuses the need to celebrate and embrace the strength, diversity and fantastic passion, of dance in New Zealand. Dean McKerras, New Zealand's own Danceman, is the force behind the project with the assistance of Nancy Martin and Cara O'Neill. Please visit our web site to register your interest. Together we look forward to exchanging great dance with you." Dean McKerras, Director, DanceNZmade. Find a link to DanceNZmade under Dance at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm

"Ensemble Improvisation and Physical Theatre Workshops, Born In A Taxi, Melbourne, Australia, beginning May 23rd and June 15th. With a comprehensive and unique working methodology in ensemble improvisation and physically driven theatre, Born In A Taxi is offering 2 workshops that will inspire new insights into creating with a group, develop theatrical clarity and performance confidence. Our workshops are highly physical and attend in equal measure to dance and the theatre of performance. The Weekend Introduction Workshop (May 23rd & 24th) is a smorgasbord of Taxi’s different approaches to Theatre making. Taste each technique and use them as tools to extend your existing approach to Theatre. The 5 Day Intensive (June 15th to 19th) is a chance to go more deeply into the work. Explore techniques, then gradually layer and build them into a comprehensive whole. Class size is limited and bookings are essential. It is possible to do both if you desire. Send us an expression of interest and a very brief biog. Visit our web site for more information and contact details." Nick, Born In A Taxi. (Photo left: Born In A Taxi) Find a link to Born In A Taxi under Physical Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm

"New Training Space and Operational Structure for Circus Monoxide , Wollongong, Australia, May 18th. We are set to move into our new training space!!!  It is located at: Unit 3, 63-75 Jardine St, Fairy Meadow, Wollongong, NSW in a brand new industrial development. Our aim is to open the doors on the 18th of  May! We look forward to once again providing the local circus community - including Circus Wow and the wonderful independent artists living in the region - with a facility to train, rehearse and develop their practice.  After 11 years of work with Monoxide, first as performer and then as Artistic Director, Alicia Battestini is leaving to take up what is rapidly becoming a full-time gig with her and Hall Murray's 6-month old Maya and 3-year-old Gus. Hall has also left the company to take up the position of company manager at Belvoir St Theatre. Alicia will continue to work for Monoxide on a project basis, this year co-directing for the Come Out Festival, developing superb and broken, and putting the wheels in motion for a new Monoxide artistic model. The Circus Monoxide Training Space is space where local youth, community and emerging artists can train and make circus work.  The space will be available to a wide range of artists - professional, emerging, community, muso's, dancers, and circus folk. Please visit our web site for more information and contact details." Alicia, Artistic Director, Circus Monoxide. Find a link to Circus Monoxide under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Comic Acting Workshop, Drew Richardson (aka Drew the Dramatic Fool), Ko Festival of Performance, Amherst, US, July 13 - 18. Would you like to stretch your creativity in a supportive environment? Immerse yourself in art? Meet a really interesting group of people, half of whom are local and half of whom come from all over the country? In a year when we all seem to need a good laugh, this summer's 18th Annual Ko Festival of Performance will offer a season on the theme of "That's funny!" / "That's not funny!" Join us on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA for a Dramatic Foolery: The Paradox of Comic Acting Workshop with Lecoq grad Drew Richardson (aka Drew the Dramatic Fool). In an effort to provoke deeper laughter, it’s often the case that the more serious you are, the funnier you are. No irony, no wackiness, just you, trying your imperfect best in absurdly real situations. In this workshop, Drew will guide the participants with tragically comic exercises using clown, mask, and movement to express their own dramatic foolishness and then use what they learn to create character-based theatrical comedy. For people who don’t think they are funny, actors who want to be funnier, or anyone who wants to explore sincerely playful creative problem solving. For more information on this or one of the other 6-day workshops, please visit our web site." Sabrina Hamilton, Artistic Director, Ko Festival of Performance. Find a link to the Ko Festival of Performance under Festivals at: www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm  

"Physical Performer/Musician Wanted, Ramshacklicious Street Theatre Company, Southwest, UK. Applications close May 20th. Ramshacklicious Street Theatre Company are looking for a performer/musician to partake in the R&D phase of their new production Swill. We are looking for a confident physical performer with a flair for comedy character work (acrobatics desirable). You need to be experienced in improvisation, ensemble play and devising. We are particularly interested in performers with musical abilities--especially accordion or violin but we will consider other instruments. Puppetry skills also desirable. Our aim is to produce high-quality, accessible yet subversive musical/physical theatre for the street. We have successfully produced and toured our first show, ‘The Road to Nowhere’ for two years throughout the UK, Ireland and even venturing as far as Germany. We are now in the Research and Development phase for making a new show ‘Swill’, using the flavours of traditional fairy-tales, mixed with the rawness of the side-show and garnished with our own maverick sense of humour. Set in 1930’s dust bowl America, when life was hard but rife with the hope of better times ahead, Swill tells the bittersweet tale of a farmer and his two performing pigs trying to survive in impossible times. Impossible times lead to astonishing feats. But will the pigs keep up with the farmers increasing demands? Sliding from despair to depravity, they do what they can to avoid being sold as tomorrow’s sausages. The dates of this project are 15th – 19th June. It is a paid position, funding confirmed. If you are interested then please send us your C.V. Or to find out more about us visit our web site."  Holly and Jack Stoddart, Ramshacklicious Street Theatre Company. Find a link to Ramshacklicious under Street Performers at: http://artmedia.com.au/links5.htm

"Auditions for Male Physical Theatre Performer, Slung Low, Salford, UK, applications close May 25th. Award winning Slung Low seeks strong, male, physical theatre performers with some dance training. They Only Come At Night: Resurrection will take place at the acclaimed Lowry Theatre in Salford. We are casting the roles of the Vampires, therefore the following skills are essential: a strong physical fitness and strength; the ability to work both indoors and out; performers must be very comfortable with contact work and improvisation. Auditions to be held on the 15th June in Salford and are by invitation only. There will be a possibility of a London audition according to applications. Rehearsal Dates: Monday 24th August - 2nd September 2009 (Lowry Theatre). Performance Dates: 3rd September - 12th September 2009.  Fee: Equity rates apply. Performers will be working alongside director Alan Lane and Movement director Lucy Hind. Please send your CV and photograph with accompanying letter and any available media. Visit our web site for more information and contact details. Deadline for applications: 25th May 2009." Lucy Hind, Movement Director, Slung Low. Find a link to Slung Low under Physical Theatre at: http://artmedia.com.au/links4.htm 

"Unique Performers with dance or movement, Rosie Kay Dance Company, London and Birmingham, UK, expressions of interest close June 30th. Rosie Kay is looking to make contact with performers from a range of backgrounds to be involved in a major new work. Although funding is not yet secured, the work will begin in December 2009, creation and rehearse 7 weeks between January – April 2010 and premiere late April 2010 prior to a UK tour. Rosie Kay is looking for very original performers, who would have a background in movement, acting or dance, be able to take risks, be interested in the company’s work and ethos and could be aged between 20-50 years.  We are looking for performers with bravery and uniqueness rather than any stereotypical ideal. The work will deal with issues of warfare and the military, so knowledge of military training or an interest in political work would be encouraged.  The work will involve research and development time that will include a physical training regime. There is not an audition at present but Rosie Kay is asking for performers to send a CV and photos, which could lead to a one-to-one interview in London or Birmingham.  Rosie Kay would also be interested in observing any performances you might be performing in - theatre or dance. Our aim is to build a personal relationship with interesting performers. Please send a cover letter of interest, CV and a headshot photo. Visit the web site for contact details." Rosie Kay, Artistic Director, Rosie Kay Dance Company. Find a link to Rosie Kay Dance Company under Dance at: http://artmedia.com.au/links4.htm 

"Clown workshop, Pablo Ibarluzea, YINdeYAN Teatro , Spain, July 6th - 10th.  To play "Clown" is not to play a character but to have fun presenting the others our ridiculous side. Our Clown is "unique", it's a state, the costume it's just a excuse to have more fun on stage. Some clowns as Chaplin were always costumed with the same but others like Keaton had fun changing every time. The Clown is always the same, it's the situation what show us his different "sides". Pablo Ibarluzea is a Clown, Actor, Teacher and Director with International experience. He's graduated at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Paris). He has been formed to clown by Philippe Gaulier, Jos Houben (Complicité) and Marcelo Magni (Complicité) among others. For more information visit our web site." Pablo Ibarluzea, YINdeYAN Teatro. (Photo right: YINdeYan) Find a link to YINdeYAN Teatro under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm 

"Physical Comedy Workshop, Hilary Chaplain, Comicodeon Clown Festival, Kapfenberg, Austria, August 24th - 29th. The Physical Comedy Workshop is being offered with two other workshops in conjunction with the Comicodeon Clown Festival in Kapfenberg. All 3 workshops will be taught in English. There have always been workshops and seminars in the field of the classical drama education. Comedy, however, as a branch of its own, is almost not-existent within drama education in acting schools of the German speaking area. This is because the" training of a comedian" consists of the so called "Comedy-Trains", which are a medley of different styles of the theatre. The one and only international Comedy seminar in Austria tries to make use of those "Trains" and develop them further. Interested laymen will have the possibility to get an insight and overview of "Comedy" and we will try to help them with their first steps on the stage. Profs will have the possibility to become perfect with the help of international guidance. My class will explore physical comedy from a clown point of view and expand your physical vocabulary and develop your comic sensibilities. We will explore the technique and use of slapstick, improvisation, partnership, comic timing, prop and object interaction and accidents in solo, duo and group exercises. The exercises are designed to discover a true sense of pleasure and joy in play. Clown work is unique in that it allows us to explore the wide range of passions and expressiveness within us, from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the innocent, thus allowing us more freedom to access the many colors of our expressive selves. We will develop tools to use in playing comedy from the clown point of view. We will play improvisational games and explore the basic relationships between the performer and the audience, between two performers and within a group. For more information visit the web site." Hilary Chaplain. Find a link to Comicodeon Clown Festival under Festivals at: www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm

"Performance Festival Masterclasses, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, application deadline May 20th. The 1st Performance Festival (24-30 May 2009), part of the parallel programme in the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, has invited three eminent performance artists to demonstrate their approach to their art, their strategic choices and all the various manoeuvres that have shaped their artistic careers. On May 26th Leda Papaconstantinou (Greece), Boris Nieslony (Germany) and Seiji Shimoda (Japan) will inaugurate this new ‘institution’ being introduced by the State Museum of Contemporary Art. Only 10-15 places are available for each masterclass. Applications with a CV and statement explaining the applicant’s reasons for wishing to attend should be sent by 20 May 2009.  For further information and contact details visit our web site." Demosthenis Agrafiotis, Curator, Performance Festival, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Find a link to Thessaloniki Biennale Performance Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm

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