Artmedia - Physical Theatre News
- August 2009
Welcome to the August 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 CircoArts, 'the creative circus school' in Christchurch, New Zealand with information on their two-year full time course, Diploma in Circus Arts. This is the 13th year of the Circus Arts and Physical Theatre training programme, which is part of the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. The two-year programme offers well-rounded preparation for a physical performance career.
This month we include another of the anecdotes from Angels Can Fly, this time on the evolution of Playspace Studio and the importance of play in the art of Clown.
In the Features, the Melbourne Juggling Convention is only a month away. This is the largest event of its kind in Australia, where circus enthusiasts and performers can develop and showcase their talents. This annual event is being held September 18 - 21 at Collingwood College.
In Networking we have information on the last Art of Improvisation course for 2009 at Covert Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand. The course runs every Monday night for 10 weeks and is open to non-performers. In Christchurch, monthly stand up comedy nights with slots for newcomers start August 26th at Next Door. They encourage anyone who's thought about it to give it a go in this supportive environment.
In Melbourne, Australia, Tess de Quincey is leading a September 4th weekend Bodyweather Workshop. The workshop is open for any level of experience, but booking is essential. And in the US, Clown Conservatory in San Francisco are holding auditions for next year's class, so if interested contact them immediately. International students are welcome.
As part of the International Clown Research Project in the UK, Jon Davison is giving a Clown Devising Workshop and Performance in mid-September. If you're in London, you are welcome to participate. And Off The Rails, based in Cumbria, are calling for freelance performers (experienced and emerging) to create new work. They are especially interested in artists from a physical theatre and visual theatre background, but be quick as the application deadline is August 21st.
In Amsterdam, Katerina Bakatsaki and Frank van de Ven are offering a 5-day Body Weather Intensive. This introductory workshop starts October 12th.Paolo Stratta and Scuola di Cirko Vertigo in Turin, Italy are offering a free vocational training course for the Contemporary Circus Artist. This 2-year course includes training in a contemporary circus company in Italy and abroad. The application deadline is September 4th.
Spain, a Street Arts and Circus Arts Conference is being held as part of the
FiraTàrrega 2009 Festival. Running from September 10th -13th, there will be
a seminar to discuss the street arts in the European context, a 'Quebecois
showcase' and a roundtable
on the theme 'Street arts and circus arts' .And
street performers are urgently required for the Bangkok Street Performers
Festival in Thailand. The festival is 3 days in mid-December. If you're
interested, please contact them immediately.
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Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide - a textbook for a fast changing art form
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.
Anecdote: Playspace Studio
In writing the blurb for the first evening class in clown which I taught in Oslo, Norway in 1981, I came up with the following paragraph: "The clown plays spontaneously in each moment, without thought to the consequences of his actions, like a child. His freedom lies in the fact that no-one takes him seriously." This idea of play has been central to my clown work ever since, and when I first established a clown school in Auckland, in 1983, I called it Playspace Studio.
As the work of Playspace Studio evolved, through the eventual relocation to Sydney in 1998, and the subsequent work with full year Circus and Clown training, play has been central to my work.
What has been even more important however has been developing a teaching practice. While many clowns teach workshops, there are only a handful of clown teachers in the world, because we need to make a practice of something, before we have enough experience to do more than simply imitate our own teachers.
This book was written and revised over a period of three years. I initially conceived it with exercises, but in my early drafting of the book, cut these out because they seemed a little pretentious. A couple of years later I realised the exercises were an essential complement to the rest of the book, and I sat down and wrote them in three months.
They went in like clockwork, because these are the exercises that I use again and again in my teaching practice. I know and love them inside out, but because I have worked with them again and again, this work has taught me that it is quite important how the exercises are applied, and it is for this reason that I have included coaching tips to guide the work.
I always encourage clowns who want to teach to get out there and do it, because we've got to do it to learn, but I also suggest you find a practise in your teaching by honouring the work enough to keep doing it, and to keep developing the art form.
Clown Classes at Playspace
Clown is an art form which has existed for thousands of years, and undergone a revolution in recent times, as it made the leap back from circus into theatre, giving birth to 'new clown' and physical theatre. These courses take a broad view of clown, which allows students room to develop their own unique style.
Each day starts with a yoga warmup, followed by exercises to develop physical and emotional expression, and improvisational exercises to develop comic timing and audience rapport. The workshops will make interactive use of the street environment to develop audience rapport and clown skills.
You can find more information on Playspace Studio at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/playspac.htm
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.
Location: Collingwood College, Cromwell St, Collingwood, Victoria
Tickets on sale now athttp://www.mjc.juggling.net.au/
See the website for more information, including a full list of workshops: http://www.mjc.juggling.net.au/
Contact Christian Parr Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.mjc.juggling.net.au/
Covert Theatre, Auckland, NZ. 31st
August - 2nd November. The final Art of Improvisation course for 2009
starts on 31st August. The Art of Improvisation is a ten-week course
that teaches basic improv skills and performance technique. Learn the
skills that are the most valuable tools any actor, writer, comedian or
any person can possess. You don't have to be a performer to do this
course. Awaken the creative artist within and discover that to improvise
is to free yourself. (No
workshop 26 Oct - Labour Day). For complete details and contact
information, please visit our web site." Covert Theatre Company.
Find a link to Covert Theatre under Physical Theatre at
"Bodyweather Intensive Weekend Workshop, Melbourne, Australia. September 4th - 6th. Led by Tess de Quincey, this exploratory weekend workshop is open to participants with any level of experience. Bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information and bookings please visit the web site." Tess de Quincey. (Photo right: Bodyweather, Tess de Quincey) Find a link to Bodyweather under Training at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Auditions for Comprehensive Training Program, Clown Conservatory, San Francisco, USA. We have slots still open in our class for next year. Applicants for the Class of 2010 should contact Peggy Ford immediately. International students are welcome! For more information and contact details visit our web site." Jeff Raz, Director, Clown Conservatory. Find a link to Clown Conservatory under Training at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Clown Devising Workshop and Performance, International Clown Research Project, Jon Davison, London, UK. Rehearsal dates September 16th - 23rd (approximately) exact times to be arranged. "An Encyclopaedia of Clown" is a performance designed to test, compare and demonstrate the wide variety of forms and structures in clown performance. The performance will be created by myself, with your help, and premiered at the Festival of Emergent Art (Central School of Speech and Drama's postgraduate festival). We will use the long list of ways of devising we have worked on in workshops this year to create between 25 and 50 short gags. You are all welcome to participate. This workshop and performance is part of the 3-year International Clown Research Project. You can find more information and contact details on the web site." Jon Davison, Research Fellow/Clown, CSSD. Find a link to International Clown Research Project under Training at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Freelance Performers (experienced and emerging) to Create New Work, Off The Rails, Cumbria, UK. Application deadline August 21st.Off The Rails, based in Cumbria, create New Work (spanning experimental theatre, performance art, environmental art, video, installation, multi-disciplinary practices, multi-media work and art-activism) through collaborating with young people, adult communities and other artists. We are seeking several Freelance New Work Makers (experienced and emerging) who have experience or interest in creating New Work with young people in participatory/collaborative contexts. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists from a physical theatre and visual theatre background, involved in multi-disciplinary and experimental practices. Practitioners will be required throughout the year, mostly at the weekend. Fees include hourly rate and travel allowance. The use of a car and willingness to travel are essential. Please note that successful applicants will be subject to CRB checks. Contact us for details on how to apply. Visit the web site for more information." Gary Gardiner, Off The Rails. Find a link to Off The Rails under Physical Theatre at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links4.htm
"Body Weather 5-day Intensive Workshop, Katerina Bakatsaki and Frank van de Ven, Amsterdam. October 12th - 16th. Body Weather is a comprehensive training and performance practice that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are not conceived as fixed and separate entities but are - just like the weather - constantly changing through an infinite and complex system of processes occurring in- and outside of these bodies. This introductory workshop proposes a re-examination of the habitual body and it's accompanying mental structures as a means of indicating and reflecting upon possible areas of change in the perception and the actual state of our own body and that of others. As a training, Body Weather is of relevance to anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence and can be aligned to various dance and theatre practices. See the website for complete details." Frank van de Ven. Find a link to Body Weather Amsterdam under Training at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Street Arts and Circus
Arts Conference, FiraTàrrega 2009,
Tàrrega, Spain. September 10th -13th. In addition to spectacular
programs, FiraTàrrega 2009 will host a conference for professionals.
This conference is the third in a series of street art and circus
technical meetings that FiraTàrrega and the Business Development Service
(SDE) of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries (ICIC) have
programmed during this year. Meridians, the European network for the
performing arts in non-conventional venues, is holding a one-day
seminar on September 10th to discuss the street arts in the European
context. This will include a video documentary on the creations produced
by the network in 2008. On September 11 there will be a
roundtable on the theme 'Street arts and circus arts', with the
participation of Quebecois performing arts representatives. This
roundtable is organised as part of the 'Quebecois showcase' to present
the Quebecois street arts and circus arts, and to enable Catalan and
Quebecois professionals to meet. These meetings are open to all
professionals registered at FiraTàrrega. For more information please
visit our web site." Board of FiraTàrrega. Find a link to FiraTàrrega
2009 under Festivals at:
"Street Performers Urgently Required, Bangkok Street Performers Festival, Thailand. The Bangkok Street Performers Festival is 3 days in mid-December and they are looking for all kinds of performers (even simple aerial). They provide transport, accommodation and performance fees. If you're interested, contact Ms. Parn immediately. See their web site for contact details." Jerry, New Circus Asia. Find a link to Bangkok Street Performers Festival under Festivals at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links9.htm
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