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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - February 2003

Australian National Circus and Physical Theatre Conference

Clown Masterclasses: Australia, Singapore, USA, Canada

Festivals and Celebrations Conference, Sydney, Australia

MotionFest - US variety performers' conference
San Francisco Fringe - an open uncensored festival, USA
Cirque du Soleil, Australian Auditions, Melbourne & Sydney
Philippe Genty Summer Training, Corbigny, France

Venus Attacks, US 2 woman show seeks Australian tour
Katraskacia, acid clown from Barcelona, Spain

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Welcome to the February edition of the Artmedia newsletter,
a publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective.

This month we welcome the 5th Australian National Circus and
Physical Theatre Conference, Head 2 Head, as sponsor of the
issue, and have information on the highlights of next month's event
in Adelaide.

In Playspace news I present a series of five 4-day clown
masterclasses in four countries over the next few months, the first
of which is in Adelaide in the week following the Head 2 Head
conference, so why not stay an extra week and give yourself
a training opportunity?

In the Features, we present 'The Art of Celebration', a one-day
conference and workshop on Festival and Event Creation in
Sydney on Monday 10 March. ( Remember it is just Aus$50 to
feature in this newsletter ).

In the networking, you will have to move fast to be part of either
MotionFest, a US variety performers' conference which is on this
week in Nevada, or the San Francisco Fringe Festival, which has
an application deadline at the end of the week.

We also have information on Philippe Genty's Summer Training in
France, and on Cirque du Soleil's Australian auditions in Melbourne
and Sydney. While in the noticeboard, Katraskacia, acid clown
from Spain, and Venus Attacks, a two woman show from the US,
seek Australian tours.

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing
physical theatre community, so please send us info for inclusion in
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may be interested.


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Sponsor: Head 2 Head 2003 - Adelaide, 13 - 15 March

5th Australian National Circus and Physical Theatre Conference

Head 2 Head 2003 - 5th National Circus and Physical Theatre
Conference, hosted by Cirkidz Inc on behalf of the National Circus
and Physical Theatre Association, presents the following conference
program highlights taking place at the Lion Arts Centre (cnr North
Tce and Morphett St, Adelaide).

The Head 2 Head 2003 keynote speaker has been confirmed as
Stephen Page, Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival 2004.
Stephen Page is the first choreographer of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander decent to have achieved major national and
international recognition. He has performed with Sydney Dance
Company and directed works with Bangarra Dance Theatre. As a
choreographer Stephen seeks to meld traditional Aboriginal ideas
and motifs with those of the urban culture in which he grew up. The
inspiring Stephen Page will deliver his keynote address on day 1 of
the conference, Thursday 13 March 2003. This is one not to miss.

Day 2 of Head 2 Head will see panels of discussion relating to
Industry Training including representation from Godfrey Sim, Head
of the CircoArts School at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of
Technology, New Zealand. Jane Mullett will be an objective and
inspiring addition to the discussion on Industry Profile following her
return from France studying the development of New Circus in
Australia, France and America/Canada. Day 2 will also approach
the topic of Industry Standards incorporating discussion on safety
insurance, training and the parallels between Contemporary and
Traditional Circus standards.

Day 2 will be complemented with the opportunity to relax and
network at the conference meet and greet dinner. The conference
dinner will take place at Caos café, known for its wonderful food
and fantastic support of the Adelaide arts and festival scene. Karen
Hadfield, Artistic Director of Adelaide Fringe 2004, will deliver a
dessert style insight into the Fringe as well as her career path in the
industry. Tickets for the dinner are only $33.00 Inc GST.

Saturday 15 March, day 3, provides the opportunity to see the
Cirkidz Troupe perform their Come Out 03 show, gravitas, and
Knee-high puppets performance installation on the SA Museum
Lawns. Adelaide will be alive with performance as part of the
Come Out (11-22 March) Youth Festival over the duration of
the conference, which is also providing the opportunity for South
Australian circus and physical theatre performers to showcase
their work to delegates. Performances will be presented over the
conference days, entertaining delegates and exposing the vibrant
work of performers in South Australia.

The National Circus and Physical Theatre Association will be
holding its AGM on Saturday 15 March 2003 as part of the
conference program. To become an association member follow
the link http://www.nationalcircus.asn.au/main/join.html. If you are
an association member prior to registering for Head 2 Head 2003
you are entitled to a reduced conference registration fee. You are
also entitled to a reduced conference registration fee if you are a
Tasmanian Circus Festival 2003 Workshop trainer or participant.
Full Head 2 Head 2003 registration (full 3 days) = Aus$253.00
Inc GST, NCPTA member & or Tas. Circus Fest Workshop
trainer/participant (full 3 days) = Aus$187.00 Inc GST.

For more information on Head 2 Head 2003 registrations visit
www.nationalcircus.asn.au or contact Kellie Nicol - Conference
Coordinator - kellie@cirkidz.org.au. We look forward to seeing
you in Adelaide for Head 2 Head 2003, 13 - 15 March 2003.

Playspace - Masterclasses, Australia, Singapore, Canada, USA

This Clown 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.

The workshop provides a physical approach to the clown art form,
exploring playfulness, irreverence, and the freedom of not knowing.
Each day starts with a yoga warm up, followed by exercises to
develop physical and emotional expression, and improvisational
exercises to develop comic timing and audience rapport.

Alan Clay will teach a series of five 4-day clown masterclasses
in four countries over the next few months.

"For me the key to clown is playfulness. We can all play,
although we often loose the ability as we advance with our
theatre practice, because our successful patterns trap us into
not taking risks and so not growing in our work."

Adelaide Clown Masterclass, Australia - March 17 to 20.
In the week after the Australian Physical Theatre Conference,
at Cirkids Circus School, 100 Drayton Street, Adelaide.
10am to 3pm, Cost: Aus$400 (earlybird, before March 1st)
Aus$500 (full). Enrolments adelaide@artmedia.com.au

Melbourne Clown Masterclass, Australia - April 14 to 17
Cecil Street Studio, Fitzroy, Melbourne. 10am to 4pm,
Cost: Aus$450 (earlybird, before March 24) Aus$550 (full).
Telephone: Australia (03) 9443 0640. Enrolments and info

Singapore Clown Masterclass, Singapore - April 28 to May 1
10am to 4pm, Cost: Sing$450 ( earlybird, before April 1st)
Sing$550 (full). Enrolments phone/fax Debra Pieterse,
Singapore 6475 9623 or email pieterse@pacific.net.sg

Ottawa Clown Masterclass, Canada - May 26 to 29
10am to 4pm. Can$500 (earlybird, before April 26) or
Can$600 (full). Enrolments phone Brian Wilson, Orbital
Entertainment, Canada (613) 248-8940 or 1-877-269-4897,
email info@orbitalent.ca

Connecticut Clown Masterclass, America - June 16 to 19
10am to 4pm, in the village of Cornwall, only 2 hours from
New York by train. Cost: US$500 (earlybird, before May 16)
or US$700 with food and board, and US$600 (Full), or US$800
with food and board. Enrolments and information contact Martin
Ewen, lurk2000@mac.com or ph America 860 672 2667.

"In the best clown tradition Alan Clay held up a window-mirror
for us to step through and reflect on the patterns, habits and
rituals of our days. It was funny, moving and excellent theatre."
New Zealand Herald

Alan studied clown in Sweden in 1977, and has since taught and
performed throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand,
including nine tours to European Festivals. For the past five years
he has run Playspace Studio in Sydney, where his Circus and
Clown Training has gained a worldwide reputation.

Feature: Festivals and Celebrations Conference for Western Sydney

The Art of Celebration, a one-day conference and workshop on
festival and event creation, will be presented at Riverside Theatres
Parramatta on Monday 10 March. The conference aims to provide
concepts and tools to assist festival organisers and artists in the
regeneration of celebrations within their communities. It will examine
what is happening in the context of Western Sydney, and overseas
in countries such as Britain, Italy and France. Sessions will examine
the role and contribution of artists, the creative use of spaces,
community engagement, inclusion, 'where to start' and 'how to finish'.
These tools will then be applied to events in a simulation workshop.

Presenters include Patricia Parker, Director Admin Art; Johnny
Allen, Director Australian Centre for Event Management at UTS;
Gordon Beattie, Director Arrow Solutions Consulting; Tricia
Cooney, Director Circus Solarus; Scott O'Hara, Manager
Community Cultural Development NSW; Richard Old, Major
Events and Projects Coordinator, Parramatta City Council; and
Sharon Thomas, former Event Manager, Sydney Olympic Park.

The conference will prove useful to festival directors, community
event organisers, neighbourhood planners, celebrations artists,
cultural development workers, emerging young artists and students,
and anyone interested in the animation and regeneration of
community based festivals. Registration cost is $95 ($60 student /
underemployed) to 21 Feb, and $120 ($75 student /
underemployed) after 21 Feb, including full catering and admission
to all sessions. Registration forms and further info can be obtained
from John Allen, Tel: 02 9514 5156 John.Allen@uts.edu.au

Tricia Cooney of Circus Solarus is organising a display of photos
to promote performers, community artists, float builders, etc at
the conference. So, if you are going and would like to promote
yourself, you can contact her via info@circussolarus.com.au


"Motionfest west (#5) is nearly here, Feb 19-23, held in Reno
Nevada, USA. MotionFest is a variety arts performers'
conference for professionals. Tuition includes workshops, shows,
and the hotel room from Wednesday through Saturday. US$500.
Some of the instructors at MotionFest Reno 2003 include:
Avner the Eccentric - eccentric clown, the jewel in "Jewel of the
Nile". Karl Baumann - Movement Specialist, just finished touring
with Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam". Kenny Raskin - Cirque du Soleil
featured clown. Joanie Spina - choreographer and co-directer of
ten David Copperfield CBS specials. Peter Davison - Juggler,
Dancer, Monologist, founding member of AirJazz. Ronlin Foreman
- Master Teacher at Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater. Jeff Raz
- Modern Vaudevillian. Robert Nelson - Butterfly Man, Veteran of
the Street, Raconteur extraordinaire. Daniel Holzman - one-half of
the Raspyni Brothers. plus: agents, lawyers, theater technicians,
make-up artists, and more." Find a link to the MotionFest site
under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"The 12th San Francisco Fringe Festival will take place from
September 3 to14. The San Francisco Fringe is an open, non-
juried, uncensored festival. Successful Standard Venue applicants
are assigned to one of the downtown Fringe Venues for an
allotted number of 60 minute performance slots. Applications
must include 2 separate checks or money orders, 1 for the
application fee, $475, and 1 for the non-refundable $10
processing fee. Northern Californian participants will be selected
by lottery. All Standard Venue applications received by 5pm on
Friday February 21 will be entered in the lottery. National and
International applications will be accepted on a first received,
first accepted basis.To be considered a National applicant your
entire company must be based outside of Northern California.
To be considered an International applicant your entire company
must be based outside of the US." Find a link the San Francisco
Fringe Festival under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Cirque du Soleil is always on the lookout for new acrobatic talent
able to bring out each shows particular magic. Therefore we would
like to inform you that we will be holding auditions in Sydney from
March 1 to 8 and in Melbourne from March 17 to 24. Cirque du
Soleil is looking for athletes specialized in such fields as gymnastics,
trampoline, tumbling, diving, circus arts and martial arts, who wish to
take up new challenges and test the limits of the possible." Solange
Grimard. Send a resume, photo and video to: Cirque du Soleil -
Auditions Australia, 8400 2nd Avenue, Montreal, Quebec,
H1Z 4M6 Canada." Find a link to Cirque du Soleil under Circus
at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Mr. Philippe Genty wishes inform you about his summer training
in France - "Interiors pictures" from July, 3rd to August, 3rd.
Trainers : Philippe Genty, Mary Underwood and other comedians
from the Company. Place: Corbigny (Nièvre) near Nevers, France.
Targets : Dream to scenic language and the different steps of a
theatrical creation, working with: materials, interpretation, dramatical
evolution and space occupation. If you are interest on this training,
please contact Compagnie Philippe Genty, cie.philgenty@free.fr
Thanks for your support." Regards, Aline Desseux.


"I received an email from you, I'm not sure how, and am looking
for connections or information on theater in Australia. I have a
two woman show, Venus Attacks, that is funny and fun and has
received a rave review from Variety. It works in theaters and
would probably work almost anywhere (we've done it in Hotel
banquet rooms because it is a fake self help seminar!) We would
love to put it up over in Australia. Any suggestions. There is video
and audio on the site. I am also a stand up comic. Good luck in
your endeavors." Sheila Kay, wooman@pacbell.net Find a link to
Sheila's stand up work under Stand Up, and to Venus Attacks
under Physical Theatre at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

"Hello, I'm Ton Muntané, from Katraskacia in Barcelona, Spain,
and I send this mail about the production, "katraska", hopping that
there will be interest in a tour of Australia. It is a non-spoken comic
show. This clown tells us crazy histories and makes our imagination
fly. The acid humour and the wild speed will allow the spectator to
enjoy a good dose of laughter. A journey through the world of
Contemporary Mime And AcidClown. Please let us know if you are
interested in it, and if you need a video tape, or any other information.
Thanks," Ton Muntané. tonmuntane@katraskacia.com Find a link
to Katraskacia under Clowns at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

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