April 2002 News

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Artmedia - physical theatre news - April 2002

Playspace Clown Masterclasses - Sydney, Australia

International Ibsen Conference & Festival - Bangladesh

Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre - California
Workshops 2002 at Mimecentrum.de - Berlin, Germany
Movement To Performance - call for performers - Finland
Contact Improvisation - 3 day intensive - Byron Bay

The Choreographic Centre - Canberra - Artist Residency

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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 over 7,000 subscribers.

Playspace, the only professional clown training program in
Australia, has leapt into gear for 2002 with a great group of
students, half of whom are Australian, and half from overseas.

Building on this success, I take the sponsorship again this month to
launch my new Clown Masterclass program, with two workshops in
Sydney this year, and the opportunity for training centres and
theatre groups worldwide to host a Masterclass in 2003.

Our Feature this month is the International Ibsen Conference and
Theatre Festival, run by the Centre for Asian Theatre in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, who are calling for papers by May 31st, for their
November event, which is being run in collaboration with Centre
for Ibsen Studies at the University of Oslo.

In the Networking section this month we have a bit of a northern
hemisphere summer workshop theme, with information on the
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California,
and workshops at the Mimecentrum in Berlin, plus a call for acts
at a Movement Festival in Finland, and a contact improvisation
intensive in Byron Bay.

In the noticeboard we have information on a 'residency for
emerging artists in new media arts' at the Choreographic Centre
in Canberra, which 'offers emerging new media practitioners the
facilities to work within a collaborative or hybridised process, and
is committed to artists engaged in new interdisciplinary
performance practice'.

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as an unlikely father and daughter team of sand-sculptors embark
on a crazy adventure which explores the transient nature of art and
life, to discover that dreams are real.

"Dance Sisters by New Zealander Alan Clay, had me hooked from
the first explosive page. A female song and dance trio threatens to
self-destruct on the brink of fame, when its leader becomes
involved with a manipulative cult, touting sex, astrology and virtual
dreaming. What a refreshing read!" ( Otago Daily Times ).

Sponsor - Playspace Studio - Clown Masterclasses - Sydney

Starting this year, Playspace is offering a new intensive four day
course over two weekends, a Clown Masterclass with Playspace
director Alan Clay.

"For me the key to clown is playfulness. We can all play, although
we often loose the ability as we get older. If we are lucky, we
replace it with exploration, but where play is directed to the joy of
the activity itself, exploration involves mapping out possibilities.

We explore and then afterwards we know, but until the afterwards,
the ‘not knowing’ space is wonderfully rich in sensory stimulation,
in mystery and discoveries. Our mind is satisfied with this chaos,
because it is using the experience to build a model, however the
problem with this pattern recognition process, is that it tends to a
state of order.

Improvisation is a wonderful tool to counteract the pattern building
mind, and allow the chaos of the universe to play its part. It will
anyway, so we may as well incorporate the energy. Almost always
something more beautiful is created than anything we could have
planned in advance.

The classic tarot image of the fool, is of a young man with, all his
worldly possessions tied in a scarf over his shoulder, as he steps
happily off a cliff. The teaching here is that there are no mistakes,
and even stepping off a cliff is an opportunity, and not necessarily

The clown is not bound by the normal rules of reality, and therefore
survives by not owning the problem which reality is constantly
posing. To a large extent we create our reality, by what we accept
as normal, and how we interpret the experiences that we have.

As we advance with our theatre practise, our successful patterns
often trap us into not taking risks and therefore not growing in our
work. This Masterclass program has been created to provide an
advanced platform for the development and practise of clown skills.

Some students with no experience will also find this course
suitable, simply by releasing themselves to the process.

Winter Clown Masterclass
15, 16, 22, 23, June 2002, 10am to 4 pm, (two weekends)
$500, earlybird (before May 15) $700 (full)
e-mail play@artmedia.com.au for information and enrolment.

In 2003 Alan will be available to teach the Clown Masterclass
within Educational institutions and programs in Australia, New
Zealand and America. e-mail Alan if you wish to host a
Masterclass next year.

Feature - Ibsen Conference and Theatre Festival - Bangladesh

The Relevance of A Doll’s House – Translation and Adaptation
International Ibsen Conference and Theatre Festival
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 8-14 November 2002 - Call for Papers.

Centre for Asian Theatre, Bangladesh, will organise an
international conference and festival on A Doll’s House. The
conference will be organised in collaboration with Centre for
Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo.

The focus will be on the relevance of A Doll’s House today, in a
cross-cultural perspective and with contributions from drama
studies and theatre practice and research. Lars Roar Langslet,
Chairman of the National Ibsen Committee, Norway, will
inaugurate the event. Keynote speakers will be Professor Knut
Brynhildsvoll, Director of the Board, Centre for Ibsen Studies,
Oslo, and Professor Mitsuya Mori, Seijo University, Tokyo, Japan.

Interested paper readers are requested to send abstract of their
paper by 31 May, 2002. Accepted paper readers are requested
to send their paper through e-mail by 31 August, 2002 to Centre
for Asian Theatre.

For all paper readers at the conference, we will provide
accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, local transportation
from/to airport and to/from festival venue, conference material,
entry passes for the festival performances, and a river trip. The
registration fee for selected foreign paper readers and
participants is USD 100. For further information, please contact:
Centre for Asian Theatre, 62 Barobag, Section-2, Mirpur,
Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh. E-mail: cat@bdmail.net

Networking and Feedback

"Alan -- Thanks, as always, for the fine newsletter. Here is the
information on the Summer Workshop Series at the Dell'Arte
International School of Physical Theatre, Blue Lake, California.
For more information, please visit our site, May all be great with
you." Thanks and Onward, Peter Buckley, Dell'Arte.
Mask Making and Performance - Bruce Marrs - June 18 to 29
Generating New Material - Daniel Stein - June 18 to July 6
Comic Archetypes - with Joan Schirle - July 9 to July 20
Clown - with Ronlin Foreman - July 23 to August 17
Find this link under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Workshops at Mimecentrum.de - Berlin, Germany:
Mime - Atelier á la Marceau - Alexander Neander, Wolfram v.
Bodecker (nouvelle companie marcel marceau, théâtre mimo
magique) 04/13.-20. In english / french / german
The Grotesque Theater: The Buffoni - play, body, improvisation,
personality, scenes - Mina Tinaburri, Ulli Ernitz - 04/22.-28.
requirement: interest in theater. only in german / italian
Mime Corporel Dramatique - Decroux Mime - Oliver Pollak
04/29 - 05/05. Experience in movement required. In english
/ french / german."
Find this link under Training at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Movement To Performance - Vasa Arthall, Finland 17-19.5.2002.
The Festival is going to be held in Vasa Arthall from Friday evening
until Sunday afternoon with non-stop performances of different kind.
Gallery Platform is situated about 200 meters from Vasa Arthall, so
the gallery will be a meeting point during the festival. You can apply
for participation to the festival before 30.4.2002. In your application
we need to have your name, telephone number, name of the work,
duration and request of equipment. We plan to have as many
participants as possible to get a packed program for the weekend.
Food and accommodation Platform will provide for and we will try to
get the travel expenses covered." Marcus Lerviks, e-mail

"In and Out of Contact Impro - 3 day intensive for those with
experience, in Byron Bay with Helen Clarke Lapin, April 19-21.
Vision Studio Exploring improvising in and out of physical
contact: how the immediacy of the body experienced in Contact
Improvisation can be taken into solo work and the distinctiveness
of individual choice in solo work can enrich the duet. We will also
extend our exploration into trio and ensemble work. Now living in
Sydney, Helen Clarke Lapin has performed and taught throughout
North America and Australia. Helen was company teacher for
DV8 Physical Theatre Company at the Sydney Olympic Arts
Festival. She has a Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy
from Antioch University, USA." dhzlapin@pacific.net.au


"Alan - I thought you might like to draw attention to this Australia
council residency for new media arts in your journal. Applications
close by 1 May 2002. Decisions advised in August 2002.
This is an emerging artists' residency with the Choreographic
Centre, Canberra, that may be full-time for 4 to 6 weeks, or on a
part-time basis for up to three months. The Residency should
commence before July 2003. It offers emerging new media
practitioners the facilities to work within a collaborative or
hybridised process. It is committed to artists engaged in new
interdisciplinary performance practice. Valued at $25,000, it
covers artists' fees, travel, accommodation, equipment hire and
other project expenses. Emerging, practising professional artists,
or groups of artists, in all artforms are eligible to apply. Emerging
may mean that the applicant already has a substantial practice
in another area, but not within the area that the residency would
facilitate." Mark Gordon Mark@thechoreographiccentre.org.au

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