Sept 2002 News

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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - September, 2002

Australian National Institute of Circus Arts - Auditions
18th Hawaiian Juggling Festival - Feb 11 to 18, 2003, USA
Scoping Study for the Australian performing arts industry
Greek Tragedy - B Sharp & the Theatron Group, Sydney

Clown Performances - Oct 8, 10, Sydney
Sydney Clown Masterclass - earlybird deadline
Playspace Australian training tour 03
US and Canada training and Performance tour 03

Theatre of the Oppressed, Creation of International Body, Europe
Finding the Body, Feeding the Soul - Melbourne, Australia
Stamping Ground Dance Festival, NSW, Australia
Contortion training places in Connecticut? USA

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Artmedia News

Welcome to another edition of the physical theatre newsletter from
Artmedia in Sydney, a publication with an Australasian focus and
a global perspective, now reaching 8,000 subscribers worldwide,
and published in the middle of each month.

In the features the Australian National Institute of Circus Arts has
information on their audition tour, closing date 23 September, and
Create Australia has information on their Scoping Study for the
Australian performing arts industry. We also feature the 18th
Hawaiian Juggling Festival, and B Sharp and the Theatron Group
promote their new performance Greek Tragedy in Sydney.

In Playspace news we invite those in Sydney to the final Circus
and Clown training presentation of new performance work on
October 8th and 10th, at 8pm, so mark these dates in your
diary and be early to beat the crowds. We also remind those
interested that the Summer Clown Masterclass is filling and the
earlybird deadline expires soon.

In the networking find information on Grotowskis Theater Lab and
Odin Theater in Århus, Denmark, classes at Cecil Street Studio in
Melbourne Australia, the Stamping Ground Dance Festival in
NSW, Australia, and a request for contortion training in
Connecticut, USA.

In artmedia site news, Sue Broadway has updated information on
Broadway and Co's touring programe of performances and
workshops, including the upcomming Melbourne Fringe Season,
and possible masterclasses at the Perth Festival.

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing
physical theatre community worldwide, so please send us info for
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Feature - Australian National Institute of Circus Arts - Auditions

From September 26th - October 3rd the NICA Head of Circus
Studies, Mr Guang Rong Lu and a team of trainers will be visiting
every capital city in Australia (except Canberra) to conduct
auditions. If you know of anyone who may be interested in pursuing
a performance career in Circus, please pass this information to them.

Closing Date For Applications: Monday 23 September, 2002
International applicants and applicants unable to reach an audition
venue due to geographical isolation are strongly encouraged to
submit a video that addresses the selection criteria. Applicants
must contact NICA for the criteria. Australian video applications
close: Monday 21 October, 2002. International video applications
close: Friday 29 November, 2002.

Australian Audition Dates: Sydney : 26 September
Brisbane: 27 September Darwin: 28 September
Perth: 30 September Adelaide: 1 October
Hobart: 3 October Melbourne: 13 October
For audition applications and further information, contact NICA
on 61 3 9214 6975 or download forms at www.nica.swin.edu.au

Feature - 18th Hawaiian Juggling Festival - Feb 11 to 18, 2003

The 18th Hawaiian Juggling Festival will be Feb. 11th-18th,
on the Big Island of Hawaii. This legendary event is held at
"Bellyacres" the collectively owned jungle home of the infamous
Hawaii jugglers. Everyone is welcome especially those with an
interest in circus arts and partying.

Bellyacres is a 12-acre retreat, started in 1987, and collectively
owned by 33 jugglers. Located 8 miles from the world's most
active volcano it is a tropical forest with fruit orchards, lawns,
community kitchen, sauna, workshops, jungalows and houses.

Come see our fantastic pacific island paradise, play in the winter
sunshine, visit our active volcano, swim with whales and dolphins,
soak in hot springs and steam vents or try biking, sailing,
snorkeling, fishing and maybe even try a little circus arts.
For more information go to www.hawaiianjugglingfestival.com

Feature - Scoping Study for Australian Performing Arts Industry

CREATE Australia, the national training advisory body of the
cultural industries, has received funding to conduct a scoping study
for the performing arts industry. You are invited to attend the
national consultation sessions with performing arts practitioners,
registered training organisations offering training in the performing
arts and other stakeholders from September to October 2002.

In addition to the consultation sessions, CREATE will undertake
a small survey to focus on defining the performing arts industry
and identifying relevant training courses and training and
vocational pathways. This research will aim to identify ways to
enhance career path opportunities for performing arts practitioners.

We invite all industry bodies, training providers, new apprentices,
employers, employees, trainees and individual practitioners to
have input into this project. To register your interest in
participating in this project email jhoward@createaust.com.au.
Please pass this invitation to anyone who is involved in the
performing arts or training relevant to the performing arts industry.

Feature - B Sharp & the theatron group present Greek Tragedy

In 1989 Mike Leigh, the celebrated film Director, came to Australia
to create a new theatre piece. The result was Greek Tragedy at
Belvoir St Theatre. This extraordinary work dealt with cultural
identity, displacement and the loss of love. The controversial
production proved to be a landmark for Company B and was
subsequently invited to both Edinburgh and London.

Now the theatron group - an ensemble comprising of both new and
original company members - is proud to present a new production.
Not only the first time the play has been performed since its original
world premiere in Sydney, but also the first Mike Leigh play to be
seen in Sydney since that time. With all the Mike Leigh hallmarks -
pathos, theatrical voyeurism, incisive humour and an amazing array
of characters - this promises to be as thrilling a theatrical experience
as its predecessor!

Season: September 25 - October 20
Belvoir St Theatre - Downstairs, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills,
Sydney. Bookings 9699 3444 or www.belvoir.com.au
Info: Nicholas Papademetriou thetheatrongroup@yahoo.com.au

Playspace News

Playspace training blends yoga, acting, circus skills, and a modern
irreverent approach to clown.

Circus and Clown Performance - October 8th and 10th, 8pm

Students from the Circus and Clown training at Playspace, who
have been turning Newtown on its head with their street work
over the past few months, are now coming to the end of the
second semester, and will be exploring new performance
material, in front of a friendly audience, at two final shows at
Playspace Studio, 18a Enmore Rd, Newtown, Sydney.

October 8th and 10th, at 8pm. Mark these dates in your diary
and be early to beat the crowds. There is no charge for these
performances, as they are part of the learning process, so leave
your expectations at home, and come and enjoy the experience.

Summer Clown Masterclass - 23, 24, 30 Nov, 1st Dec 2002

As we advance with our theatre practise, our successful patterns
often trap us into not taking risks and therefore not growing in
our work. The Playspace Masterclass program has been
created to provide an advanced platform for the development
and practice of clown skills. Some students with no experience
will also find this course suitable, simply by releasing themselves
to the process.

This class is filling and the earlybird deadline, which saves you
$200, expires soon, so contact us to check that places are still
available, and get your fees in to get a great value workshop.
$500 earlybird ( before Oct 15 ) $700 ( full ) and $200 deposit
to secure a place. e-mail play@artmedia.com.au for enrolment
and find more info http://www.artmedia.com.au/workshop.htm

Playspace Australian Training Tour 03

The full time training in sydney will end with the current course,
and Playspace director Alan Clay is looking at teaching clown
workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane in March and
April, 03. More information www.artmedia.com.au/training.htm

US & Canadian Training and Performance Tour 03

Alan Clay will be touring America and Canada from May to
November 2003, teaching Playspace Masterclasses, and
performing his solo clown show 'Love and Chaos'. Look out
for a Clown Masterclass in Connecticut, USA, in June, and
performances at street theatre festivals in Ontario and British
Columbia, Canada, from July to September.

You can check out more information on the workshops at
www.artmedia.com.au/training.htm  and on the performances
at www.artmedia.com.au/touring.htm  as we update the
confirmed tour bookings, and if you wish to suggest a
performance or workshop e-mail touring@artmedia.com.au

Networking and Feedback

"We ask you to give us your ideas on the creation of an international
body for Theatre of the Oppressed. This month already a preparatory
meeting involving Augusto and Julian Boal as well as Formaat will be
held in Paris. Please participate in this dialogue at the Theatre of the
Oppressed Forum." Ronald Matthijssen, Stichting Formaat. Holland.
Find a link to Theatre of the Oppressed under Resources at
www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm  email: ramatthyssen@formaat.org

"Finding the Body, Feeding the Soul ( 21 September - 6 October )
This is a programme of workshops for anyone who wants to deepen
their body sense, explore enjoyable ways to exercise and relax, or
find a way to be expressive and creative. Cecil Street Studio is a
community-focused dance space and is home to Melbourne's Contact
Improvisation community and Al Wunder's Theatre of the Ordinary.
Cecil Street Studio aims to make dance, theatre and therapeutic
movement work accessible to everyone. All levels of interest and
ability are welcome." 66 Cecil Street, Fitzroy 3065, Australia
Email: martin@smartworks.com.au cecilstreetstudio@hotmail.com

"7th. Annual Stamping Ground Dance Festival - 1-16 January 2003
More than 600 hundred dancers and new enthusiasts attend
Stamping Ground, Australia's oldest dance and action arts festival
held in the village of Bellingen on the outstanding mid north Holiday
Coast, NSW, Australia. The 7th annual event gets underway with
a faculty of 25 dynamic Aussie & international tutors, choreographers
and specialists. The festival provides the opportunity to enjoy a feast
of daily classes, learn new skills, perform and party in Bellingen and
its stunning environs. The draft program, much info and pics is on our
site." Find this link under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
Registration info: email: dancemen@midcoast.com.au

"Hi. My name is Alyson Axler, I'm 15 years old, going on 16. I live
in the Hartford, Connecticut area of USA. I have done acrobatics
for about 7 years. I am hyperextensive and quite bendy. I have
taken a year off from acro and I am now trying to look for a place
where I can recieve contortion or acrobatics, or even trapeeze
training in my area. I was wondering if anyone on the list knew of a
place around the Hartford area? If so could you please e-mail me?
Thank you very much!" Alyson Axler. chicabonita1086@aol.com

"Dear Alan, I have been receiving your e-mail for a while now
and am always interested in what it has to say. I am a solo
performer presenting work with mime and verbal narrative. I
have two distinct repertoires, one of silent work and the other
verbal with mime intertwined in it. I would like very much to
present my work in Australia. From the information that I have
read in your news letter, there seems to be a great performance
scene for solo work there. I have about six hours of work that
varies from short stories, folktales to a 45 min Greek
mythological saga on the life of Daedalus in exile on the island
of Crete. For more information you may visit my home page at
http://home.maine.rr.com/rocha  " Best regards, Antonio Rocha.

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