July 2009

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - July 2009

    NICA Auditions for the 2010 Bachelor of Circus Arts, Australia

Winter Clown Retreat with Alan Clay, Wanganui, New Zealand    
   Melbourne Juggling Convention, Collingwood College, Australia
   Community Circus Teacher Required, Circus Kumarani, NZ
   Street Performance Workshop, Vulcana Women's Circus, Aus
   Circus Performers Required, Circus Royale, Geelong, Australia
   New Support for NSW Theatre/Dance Artists, Performing Lines, Aus
   Aerial Arts Performers Required, Emerald City Trapeze Arts, USA
   Advanced Circus Training, New England Center for Circus Arts, USA
   Ethnic Minority Physical Performers for Youth Theatre, Kazzum, UK
   Clown Choir/Orchestra Workshop, Bont's Internat'l Clown School, Spain
   Street and Circus Arts Festivals Directory, Circostrada Network, Europe

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Welcome to the July 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.

In the Sponsorship this month we welcome the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia with information on their auditions for the 2010 Bachelor of Circus Arts course. NICA is the only tertiary qualification in circus training in Australia and graduates are highly employable with awe-inspiring circus and performance skills. Auditions will be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Application deadline is September 4th.

In the Playspace section, space is still available on the Clown Retreat at the end of the month. So contact us asap to hold your place.
In the Features, the Melbourne Juggling Convention, the largest event of its kind in Australia, is being held September 18 - 21 at Collingwood College. This annual event is for circus enthusiasts and performers to develop and showcase their talents. An early bird discount is available if you register before July 31st.

In Networking we have information on an opening for a Community Circus Teacher with Circus Kumarani in Dargaville, NZ. Circus Kumarani's focus is on all ages and abilities and the teacher will be part of an outreach program around Northland. Teaching experience is required. And in Australia, Vulcana Women's Circus is offering an 8 week Street Performance Workshop for women. This Brisbane-based workshop is suitable for beginners through to advanced students and runs August 1st - September 19th.

Circus Royale in Geelong is looking for talented circus performers--solos, duos and trios. Employment is available from January to November. Australia residents or persons with Australian work permits will be given priority. And Performing Lines announce a new support programme for six NSW theatre and dance artists or groups to enable them to create, present and tour their work. Applications close July 20th.

In the USA, Emerald City Trapeze Arts is hiring Trapeze/Aerial Arts Performers and Teachers for their new Seattle company. Classes will be offered but performing will also be significant. These are full-time year-round positions. And in Vermont the New England Center for Circus Arts is offering a 3 week advanced training workshop for those with circus arts experience. The NECCA 'Boot Camp' runs July 27th - August 14th.

Kazzum in London, UK, require experienced Black, Asian or ethnic minority performers with strong physical/movement skills for a new touring work for young audiences. Application deadline is July 17th. Auditions begin 27th July.

And in Spain, Bont's International Clown School is offering a Clown Choir and Orchestra Workshop for clowns, musicians and singers, August 10th - 21st. For this 'most enjoyable workshop of the year' you must play an instrument or sing very well.

And finally the Street Arts and Circus Arts Festivals Directory is available for download from Circostrada Network. Listing 137 festivals in 28 countries, this directory will be especially useful to those artists looking to sell their shows abroad.

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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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. 

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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: http://www.artmedia.com.au/news.htm

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.  http://www.artmedia.net.nz
Sue Broadway has information on her touring performances and projects. http://www.artmedia.com.au/broadway.htm (Photo right: Sue Broadway)
Aerialize have information on their aerial theatre classes and projects in Sydney. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm

Visit our seven pages of links, one each for  Festivals , Training, Resources, Circus and Clown , and Physical Theatre , and two pages of Performers links.

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Sponsor:   NICA Auditions for the 2010 Bachelor of Circus Arts, Australia

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The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) invites aspiring circus performers to submit their applications for entry into the 2010 Bachelor of Circus Arts course by 4 September 2009.

The degree course, accredited by Swinburne University, is the only tertiary qualification in circus training in Australia and attracts applicants from across Australia and overseas. Entry into the course is by audition. Applicants must have completed Year 12 or equivalent to be eligible for this program.

The course is for those with a flair for the physical, the desire for a challenge and backgrounds in physical training such as circus, sport, dance, gymnastics, Xtreme sport, martial arts, acrobatics, physical theatre, trampoline, diving or similar.
NICA graduates are highly employable, knowledgeable and creative, with awe-inspiring circus and performance skills. Graduates have gone on to establish careers in Australia and internationally in acclaimed companies including Australia’s own Circus Oz and Cirque du Soleil. Some form their own companies and tour the world to perform in prestigious festivals.
Dates and venues for auditions are:

Melbourne: Friday 25 September and Sunday 11 October (NICA, Prahran)
Sydney: Monday 28 September (Aerialize, Marrickville)
Brisbane: Tuesday 29 September (Robertson Gymnastics Academy, Tingalpa)
Perth & Adelaide: subject to number of applications received

Applications close on:

Friday 4 September 2009 for local applicants (attending auditions)

Friday 18 September 2009 for international and geographically remote applicants (applying by DVD/ Video.)

Applicants are required to apply for an audition via the NICA website at www.nica.com.au or by phoning Liz Louden on 03 9214 6537. 

NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts)
Green Street, Prahran VIC 3181

T > (03) 9214 6975         F > (03) 9214 6574       E > info@nica.com.au          W > www.nica.com.au  

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Playspace:  Clown Training with Alan Clay

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Retreat 2009 - Wanganui, New Zealand  
         Tuesday July 28 to Saturday August 1 (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day.

 Following two 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$700 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, has started to find its way into high school libraries in New Zealand and Victoria, Australia. If you know any drama teachers or you work in a high school, suggest they check out Angels Can Fly.
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.

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.

Alan studied clown in Sweden in 1977 and has taught and performed extensively in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America. He is founder of Playspace Studio, a physical theatre training centre in Sydney. Over the past 14 years the training centre has gained international recognition for a uniquely irreverent Australasian approach to clown.

"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: Melbourne Juggling Convention, September 18 - 21, Collingwood College, Victoria 

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The Melbourne Juggling Convention is an action-packed event for circus enthusiasts and performers to develop and showcase their talents. Held annually at the Collingwood College gymnasiums and on-site theatre, the convention will feature workshops by experienced circus instructors, two professional public shows, two renegade shows, juggling Olympics, environmentally green beer and delicious vegetarian food.

The 2009 convention is a four-day extravaganza of ball and club juggling, hat manipulation, yoga, cigar boxes, hula-hoop, poi, passing, staff twirling, unicycling, feldenkrais, bounce juggling, contact, siteswap, skipping, devil stick and acrobalance. Juggling is just the beginning! One of the workshop facilitators will be our special guest Matt Hall, internationally-acclaimed ‘Juggle Sensei,’ flying direct from the United States. A Japanese teacher by profession, Matt’s amiable, approachable manner and enthusiasm for all things juggling is highly infectious.
Now in its third year, the Melbourne Juggling Convention has become the largest event of its kind in Australia. Steadily growing each year, the convention now attracts more than 250 participants from all over the world. People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come together to teach, be taught, devise, perform, or just have a whole lot of fun.
Renegade Shows: Friday 18th & Sunday 20th, 8pm        Public Shows: Saturday 19, 2pm & 8pm 

Location: Collingwood College, Cromwell St, Collingwood, Victoria

Tickets on sale now at   http://www.mjc.juggling.net.au/  
Pre-register before 31 July and get the early-bird discount!

See the website for more information, including a full list of workshops: http://www.mjc.juggling.net.au/ 
Contact  Christian Parr     Email:
mjcinfo@gmail.com     Website: http://www.mjc.juggling.net.au/

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"Community Circus Teacher Required, Circus Kumarani, Dargaville, New Zealand. We require a community circus teacher to facilitate weekly circus classes and workshops projects in Dargaville and develop our outreach program around Northland. Circus Kumarani is a community based organisation promoting circus and all that that entails. Circus Skills have been used internationally as a unique way of developing skills and expertise as well as for pure entertainment. Circus offers a wide range of opportunities that allow anyone to be able to find an area to excel. Our focus is on all ages and abilities. Teaching experience essential. Circus Kumarani is based in Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand. If you're interested, contact us for an application form/job description. Visit our web site for full contact details." Thomas Hinz, Creative Director/Founder, Circus Kumarani. (Photo right: Circus Kumarani) Find a link to Circus Kumarani under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm 
"Street Performance Workshop, Vulcana Women's Circus, Brisbane, Australia. 1 August -19 September (8 weeks). As part of the term 3 Circus Workshops for Women, the Street Performance Workshop is an exploration in performance skills relevant to the particular art of street performance and busking, including clowning, physical theatre, improvisation and character development. Suitable for beginners through to advanced students. This course is a prerequisite for participation in Streetwise, a project taking place in term 4, where participants will be facilitated in creating and presenting their own street shows. Saturdays 3:00-6:00pm, 1 August -19 September. Please visit our web site for enrolment information." Vulcana Women's Circus Team. Find a link to Vulcana Women's Circus under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Circus Performers Required, Circus Royale, Geelong, Australia. Circus Royale is always looking for bright, skilled and talented performers. Solos, Duos and Trios, please show us your stuff! All artistes appear twice and must perform 2 quality routines. Australia residents or persons with Australian work permits are given priority. Graduates from NICA and Circoarts are invited to apply. International artistes are invited to send materials. Audition is by invitation. Maximum of 5 international artistes employed each year. Employment preference is Australian residents. Employment is available from January to November. Please send recent facial photographs and DVD/video of acts. Visit our web site for full contact details." Damian Syred, Managing Director. Find a link to Circus Royale under Circus at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm 

"Support Program for Theatre and Dance Groups, Performing Lines, NSW, Australia, applications close July 20th. Performing Lines is setting up a supportive structure for six NSW theatre and dance artists or groups, which will enable them to create, present and tour their work more effectively within NSW, nationally and internationally. The intended benefits will support individual professional and artistic development; stimulate arts and cultural development in NSW; contribute to innovation within and/or across art forms; improve performance and production standards; improve industry capacity and sustainability. If you are interested in being one of the exciting artists/groups chosen please contact Performing Lines for more information and a detailed application description. Visit our web site for contact details." Hannah Sanders, Performing Lines. Find a link to Performing Lines under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm

"Trapeze/Aerial Arts Performers and Teachers Required, Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Seattle, USA. We are opening a flying trapeze and aerial arts company in Seattle. The installation of rigging as well as stage flooring, and show lighting/sound/video is beginning, with opening scheduled for August. Classes will be offered but performing will also be significant. Gavin Wild will be doing the rigging and there will be a complete rigging shop in the facility. The flying rig is being provided by Bobby Bates. We are taking applications for full-time year-round positions teaching and performing. If you have experience and would like to live in Seattle, we'd love to hear from you. To contact us please visit the web site." Gary Kirkland, Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Find a link to Emerald City Trapeze Arts under Aerial Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm 

"Advanced Circus Training Workshop, New England Center for Circus Arts, Vermont, USA. July 27th - August 14th. The NECCA Boot Camp is a 3 week advanced training workshop for those with circus arts experience. Want to learn more skills? Want to take all your skills and create an act? Train aerial, floor, creativity and choreography in this intensive workshop. Interested in working hard and seeing if you have the chops for circus work? Do you have existing skills that you'd like to hone and build into an act? Boot Camp includes 3 hrs daily group training per day, twice weekly private lesson, and workshops on movement, character development, creativity, etc. There is open studio time for students to practice the skills they are learning. As part of the program students will create performance acts, and there will be a showcase of these pieces on the final day. Students much be age 17 yrs or older, and have previous experience with circus arts. For more information visit our web site." Serenity Smith Forchion, Executive Director, NECCA. Find a link to New England Center for Circus Arts under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm 

"Call for Black, Asian or ethnic minority physical performers, Kazzum, London, UK. Application deadline July 17th. Kazzum creates playful theatre and participative arts for young people, using art forms that reflect international influences. The work embraces the beliefs, emotions and creativity of it’s audience. We require experienced performers(1 female and 1 male) with strong physical/movement skills from Black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds for a new touring work, for young audiences aged 4-8 years old. The production uses few words and will tell the story through visual theatre. Therefore you must have experience in improvising, movement and visual storytelling. The production ‘Beginning with Blobs' is inspired by Darwin's Theory of Evolution and follows the evolutionary paths of three imaginary creatures. All begin as identical beings yet they grow and change in order to survive and adapt to their surroundings and each other. The production will use ‘Puppets' that begin their lives as large balls of Playdough which the performers will physically manipulate and change on stage. Rehearsals are 7th September 2009 – 2nd October 2009. The tour runs 5th October – 29th November 2009. Equity minimum rates will be paid. The deadline for applications is Friday 17th July 2009. Auditions will be held the week commencing 27th July 2009. Please send your C.V. and headshot by post or email. See our web site for full contact details." Daryl Beeton, Artistic Director, Kazzum. (Photo left: Kazzum ‘Beginning with Blobs') Find a link to Kazzum under Youth Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"Clown Choir and Orchestra Workshop, Bont's International Clown School, Ibiza, Spain. August 10th - 21st. Musicians, clowns, singers this is the most enjoyable workshop of the year! In this special workshop to find your Clown from another starting point you will be making music and singing in different settings: solos, duos, trios, quartets, choirs, light orchestras, big bands, brass bands, and in different styles: classic, pop, opera, jazz, flamenco etc.  The combinations of singing and making music are infinite. What is the special ‘colour’ of your Clown's singing? Make your own clown's instrument. The course is designed for people who are working as clowns and who want to sing and make music and in addition for singers and musicians who want to develop their Clown. For this course you must play an instrument or sing very well. The final presentation will be a concert. For contact details visit our web site. Big Hug!" Eric de Bont. Find a link to Bont's International Clown School under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm

"Street Arts and Circus Arts Festivals Directory, Circostrada Network, Europe. At this time when new festivals are being created in the regions of Europe, when cultural operators are increasingly including the circus and street arts in their programming, and when artists are expressing their desire to sell their shows abroad, it seems important to identify the “emblematic” festivals, which are committed to our territory and regularly host foreign companies. 137 festivals in 28 countries are presented in this publication, referring for each their contact details, the names of the professionals in charge of programming, the frequency of the events and the period of the year in which they occur. Download the PDF directory from the Circostrada Network website under 'Publications/Guides." Marc Fouilland, Circostrada Network Correspondent. Find a link to Circostrada Network under Resources at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links8.htm

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