Artmedia - Physical Theatre News
- July 2009
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.
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.
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.
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Centre for Aerial Arts(ARCAA) offer flying trapeze, silks and clown skills.
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Sponsor: NICA Auditions for the 2010 Bachelor of Circus Arts, Australia
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.
NICA (National Institute of Circus
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a place or make enquiries about this workshop.
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide - a textbook for a fast changing art form
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.
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."
Feature: Melbourne Juggling Convention, September 18 - 21, Collingwood College, Victoria
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
"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
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:
"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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