March 2002 News

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Artmedia - physical theatre news - March 2002

Academy of Circus Arts - England

Annie Stainer's 'Total Theatre' School - Perth, Australia
Playspace: Circus & Clown training - Sydney, Australia

Adelaide Fringe is going through the roof, to March 16
Second Caribbean Mime and Physical Theatre Festival
AtHOME festival 2002: the art of collaboration - Canada
Call for works - Performance Studies, New York University
Der aktuellen Ausschreibungen im kultnet.de, Germany
Keith Johnstone - Improv Masterclass, Auckland, NZ
Spectacle, A Quarterly Journal of the Circus Arts

Theatre-in-education programme, Melbourne

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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 7,000 subscribers.

Our sponsor this month is Zippo's Academy of Circus Arts in
England, which is now about to begin its 10th year, and has
recently dropped the name of "Zippo's" to avoid confusion. Here
they give some history of the Academy, and the audition details.

Our Feature is Annie Stainer's new Total Theatre School in Perth,
providing 'an integrated, holistic training for performers, which will
hone an individual’s creativity through ensemble development'.

The Artmedia site is scoring record levels of traffic, and pages
viewed, and we explore why in the artmedia Site News Section,
suggesting that it is becase the content of our site is current
information in highly targeted areas, and this is 'of value' to
consumers, and therefore makes space on the site valuable to
arts promoters.

Thank you for reading Artmedia Physical Theatre News. Please
also forward this to somebody else who may be interested.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing
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"Believers in Love", a new novel by Alan Clay, takes the reader
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"Dance Sisters by New Zealander Alan Clay, had me hooked from
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Alan Clay runs Artmedia Publishing, and Playspace Studio.
His new novel, 'Believers in Love', is now available worldwide, as
is his second book, 'Dance Sisters'. Order either book now from
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Sponsor - Academy of Circus Arts, England

Zippo's Circus began in 1988, when the experienced and original
clown Martin 'Zippo' Burton and his wife Maureen, together with
another couple, put on their first independent touring production in
a tiny marquee. Zippo was already well established as a clown;
appearances over the previous years had included a tour of
Australia by his clown troupe in 1979.

Each year from its foundation, Zippo's Circus grew in size and in
reputation, always maintaining the high standard Martin had set
his successful Zippo's Clown Troupe. From 1993, a separate
enterprise began side by side with the Circus, a training school
for circus performers, Zippo's Academy of Circus Arts. Now about
to begin its 10th year of existence, the Academy has dropped the
name of "Zippo's" to avoid confusion.

The school provides professional performance training in all skills.
For example, last year's graduates presented trapeze and juggling,
and also tight-wire and illusions, so there's a completely open
policy, the objective being to produce all-round working artistes for
touring circus.

Auditions take place throughout the Winter months, with
prospective students from other countries able to show their
work by sending in a video cassette. A huge range of skills is
taught by the Academy's highly-experienced teachers, themselves
lifetime circus artistes.

Because of the School's outlook, Academy graduates find work
with circus companies all over the world. They're popular with
circus proprietors because of the Academy's "other" training --
all students have to learn 'the ropes' of building-up and pulling-
down the tent, putting on shows, dealing with the public, and all the
other facets of circus life.

The Academy is unique in turning out real 'circus people',
experienced in circus life as well as performing, and ready to join
their first tenting show without causing the boss too many
headaches in their daily routine. With a total training time of only 6
months, it's also a 'fast-track' training system for those who want
to get on with their professional lives as soon as possible!

The Academy of Circus Arts is proud of its claim to be the only
circus school in the world to turn out 'all-round 'circus people' in
this way. And, with this year's planned expansion in student
numbers, the School is set to lead the imminent boom in British
Circus which will follow the Arts Council of England's 'Report on

The Report is about to be published, and it's strongly supportive
of Circus, and especially of the professional training offered at the
Academy. No-one is more delighted at this positive attitude than
Zippo himself, Martin Burton. "Britain invented the Circus" he
says, "and at last the Circus has been recognised here as an
Artform. Now's the time to train to the highest standard!".

The Academy of Circus Arts awaits -- there's still time to apply
for a place this year -- send your tape now!

Feature - Annie Stainer's 'Total Theatre' School, Perth, Australia

International as well as local students are expected to enroll for the
new “TOTAL THEATRE” training school to open in Perth in March.

The director, Annie Stainer, best known for her work in solo
physical theatre, has performed in ensembles with Lindsay Kemp,
David Bowie and Steven Berkoff and is winner of two Edinburgh
Festival ‘Fringe First’ Awards for her original works. She has
performed at International Festivals in 20 countries, and recently
taught master-classes at the London International Theatre
Workshop Festival.

The course will include Creative movement, Feldenkrais, Mime,
Dance, Mask, Improvisation, Acrobatics, Trapeze, Tightrope,
Stilt walking, Juggling, Martial arts, Voice, Singing, Text, Script
writing, Stage combat, and Clowning. Practical work will include
Street Theatre, Community projects, Theatre in Education, Video
and Stage work. The course will last one year and will produce
inspired, self-reliant artists who will make a difference.

Annie Stainer: “I see Perth as the perfect location for an intensive
‘Total Theatre' school. I myself trained in Paris and London, and
the pressures were enormous, in terms of finance, travel,
accommodation, etc. In Perth students can afford to live well, eat
well, stay healthy and develop new talents at the right pace.
Performance opportunities are infinite, and the public is ready to
welcome the emergence of new creative artists."

For further information and enrollment details contact Sophie or
Annie, PH/FAX 08 9272 5974, e-mail sophiealice@hotmail.com

Playspace, Physical Theatre Studio, Sydney, Australia

2002 Circus and Clown Training - Tues & Thurs - starts March 12

This year Playspace is offering a full-year training in Circus and
Clown, on Tuesday and Thursday each week, from 10am to 4pm,
in two ten-week semesters, with a ten-week winter break.

This is the only professional clown training program in Australia,
and it is a unique opportunity to work with Alan Clay in a regular
training program. A long term training program provides
increased opportunities over workshop training, simply because
of the benefits of regular practise over time.

At Playspace we boast a more creative approach to circus, a
more irreverent approach to clown, and a more physical approach
to acting, than the more traditional schools. The studio, now in it's
twentieth year, was first established in New Zealand in 1983, and
is now located in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.

A couple of places still available. e-mail play@artmedia.com.au
to hold a place. http://www.artmedia.com.au/2002Training.htm

Networking and Feedback

"Dear Alan, Just to let you know that we we found the classes
advert in the last newsletter to be very successful - there has
been a lot of interest, resulting in enrolments." With thanks,
Anne, Improptu Theatrix. impromptutheatrix@hotmail.com

"Adelaide Fringe is going through the roof, having smashed
the 100,000 ticket barrier on March 1st! We have now sold in
excess of 107,098 tickets to Adelaide Fringe 2002 shows! At
same time in 2000 at close of business on Thursday, we had
sold 67,762 tickets, which is 39,336 tickets ahead! That’s
60% more in 2002!" Find a link to the Adelaide Fringe, which
runs until March 16, at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Mr. Alan Clay, Thanks a lot for your wonderful artmedia news. It
keep me post of all the events, workshops, performances and
news in Sydney and around the world. Thanks for all
your help and support." Iván Olmo, Polimnia Physical Theatre

"Last year we celebrated the first Mime and Physical Theatre
Festival in the Caribbean, and this year the Polimnia Physical
Theatre Company of Puero Rico is proud to announce the
Second Caribbean Mime and Physical Theatre Festival to be
held at the Carlos Marichal Experimental Theatre in Bellas
Artes Performing Art Center, San Juan de Puerto Rico, May
30 through June 2, 2002. This year’s will be an exciting 4-day,
action packed event."

"Dear Alan, here's is some news about this year's festival and
advanced training instensive. Your listings last year were very
helpful, by the way. thankyou!" Maxine, Across Oceans.

"Collaborations In Contemporary Arts - AtHOME festival 2002:
April 13 to May 3 - dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and film
This spring Across Oceans explores the physicality of Music
and how it integrates with other arts. Our artists-in-residence
will bring interdisciplinary approaches from Europe, Asia and
across North America, to our Home at the
MusicGallery in the heart of downtown Toronto. Performances
featuring international artists of music, dance and theatre,
film/video screenings, opera and a series: "music to be seen"
Plus a full-time 3 week advanced training program, and
workshops with specialized focus (novice to advanced). Open
studios and forums where the artists and the public exchange
ideas, experiences and approaches to collaborative
and creative processes." acrossoceansathome@hotmail.com

Call for works: Dance/Performance Studies/Interdisciplinary
"FALLING" This anthology looks at whether the physical act of
falling has become institutionalized as one of the central organizing
principles of 20th century dance. We recognize that the history and
practice of modern dance is intricately tied to the politics of dissent
and descent. It has also been tied to a variety of narratives and
counter-narratives pertaining to citizenship and decency.
We are seeking submissions that address the following themes:
techniques of falling, and falling as a failure of technique; the
choreographed fall, and the accident; thrill and trauma; pratfalls and
physical comedy; proscenium and everyday life; myth and symbol;
material phenomena and gestural practice.
We welcome papers that consider the fall in movement and the
diversity of contexts implied therein: ballet's leap, modern's fall; in
western and non-western forms; in abled and disabled movers; in
sport and social dance. Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2002.
Please mail a copy of paper with CV and letter to: Michelle Dent
or MJ Thompson, C/O Performance Studies, New York University.

Lieber Alan,
hier nun die Liste der aktuellen Ausschreibungen im kultnet.de
- Internationales Gaukler- und Kleinkunstfestival vom 2.-4.
August 2002 in Koblenz - Anmeldungen beim Festivalbüro
- Zirkusfestival Lilalu such Bands für den September 2002.
- Wer Lust hat, im Bereich Gaukelei, Comedy, Walk-Acts,
Musik o.ä. mitzumachen. Kleinkunst-Spektakel BEST Reisebüros
der Region Heilbronn 30.5.2002...
- Attendorner Gauklerfest - 27/28. Juli 2002 (Internationales
Comedy- & Musikfestival)
- ffn Comedy Award 2002 - radio ffn und die Gilde Brauerei
verleihen den ersten deutschen Radio-Comedy-Award....

"Keith Johnstone Improv Masterclass Sat & Sun 30 & 31 March.
Keith Johnstone, author of best sellers Impro and Impro for
Storytellers, is the improv guru who invented Theatresports and
Micetro and is regarded as the father of modern improv. He
greatly influenced the show Whose Line Is It Anyway and is
coming to the Covert Theatre! It’s his first (and probably only)
visit to NZ so if you’ve got a performance background and
want to work with the living legend in a once in a lifetime
opportunity be sure to contact James at the Covert Theatre"

"WOW! That's what I say overtime I get my new issue of
Spectacle, A Quarterly Journal of the Circus Arts. I just got
the Winter issue and WOW! Every issue is jam packed with
reviews of circus productions from around the world. The
descriptions and photo are top notch and bear re-reading,
they are so enjoyable. In this issue, there is an ad for the
2002-2003 39 week Clown Conservatory at the San
Francisco School of Circus Arts. Also a review of MotionFest.
The rest of this glossy high quality black and white journal is jam
packed with articles on circus and the performing arts. I can't
praise it highly enough." Walking tall, and reading Spectacle!
Bill "Stretch" Coleman http://Stiltwalker.com/


"Hi, We are an Adult Literacy program based in the Eastern
Region of Melbourne. We are interested to develop a theatre-in-
education professional development style programme. Is there
any one out there who can help with ideas/training/getting the
ball rolling? We have written and performed a number of shows
with students which have proved to be successful and we would
like to build on this. I saw a fabulous group in Edinburgh on a
scholarship trip. They were called 'Impact' and presented at a
Careers Conference. Love to hear from anyone with ideas."
Cheers! Karen Dymke, Language and Literacy Co-ordinator,
Donvale Living and Learning Centre karen.dymke@dllc.org.au

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