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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - October 2003

Noosa Street Performers Festival, Queensland, Australia

CircoArts, Circus Skills Trainer Required, Cristchurch, NZ

Clown Summer School, Sydney - Masterclass, Vancouver

Circus Monoxide's RichMix 03, Wollongong, Australia
Axis Theatre (Canada), Clown workshop, Wollongong
Queerfeast!2004, International Arts Festival, Canada
East Coast Funny Women Festival, New York, USA
Mooseburger Clown Camp, Dallas, Texas, USA
13th International Palestinian Puppet Festival, Jerusalem
Arab and Jewish Circus School Project, Tivon, Israel
Experimenta 6, Meeting of Theatre Groups, Argentina

Views on Clown and the Aussie NICA Circus Degree

School for Mime Theatre, Ohio, seeks tour of OZ and NZ
Horla Theatre is Casting for a New Show, Surrey, England

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Welcome to the October edition of the Artmedia physical theatre
newsletter, a publication with an Australasian focus and a global

This month the newsletter is coming to you out of Ottawa, Canada,
where I have been presenting an experimental clown piece at the
Ottawa Writers Festival... And in the Playspace section I promote a
clown masterclass that I am teaching in Vancouver in a week or so
( on which I still have some places available ), and also my clown
Summer School in Australia, to be held in early February next year.

We also welcome the 'Noosa Street Performers Festival' as
sponsor of this issue, and promote their call to participate in the
event, which will take place from November 24th to the 30th,
in Queensland, Australia. (Remember it is Aus$200 to sponsor
this publication, and get seven paragraphs of PR at the top.)

And in the Features, CircoArts, the first tertiary Institute in

Australasia to offer formal training in circus arts, seeks a circus
skills trainer in Cristchurch, New Zealand. ( Just Aus$50 to get
a Feature in this newsletter. )

It's all happening in Wollongong, Australia, in this issue, with info

on this month's new performance season of the Women Clowns
group in the Artmedia Site news, while in the Networking we
have information on Circus Monoxide's 'RichMix 03 training
project', and on Axis Theatre from Canada, who are teaching a
clown workshop in association with the Australian group 'Legs
on The Wall'.

We also do our bit, and get a little political in the Networking,

with information on the 13th International Palestinian Puppet
Festival in Jerusalem, and an Arab and Jewish Circus School
project in Israel, and we also get political on a different level,
with a call to participate in Queerfeast!2004, 'Canada's new
International Arts Festival'.

In USA, Hilary Chaplain has info in the Networking on the East

Coast Funny Women Festival to be held in New York this month,
and Carl E Jones has info on the Mooseburger Clown Camp in
Texas, in March. While in the noticeboard, the School for Mime
Theatre in Ohio, USA, seeks a tour of Australia and NZ, and
Horla Theatre is casting for a new show in Surrey, England.

In our ongoing campaign to increase the amount of clown training

within the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia,
we carry input from two rising young clown stars who are based in
Melbourne, and we increase the pressure by opening another front
on the organisation, because they are still procrastinating about the
promised clown forum.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing
physical theatre community, so please send us info for inclusion in
this newsletter. Please also forward this to somebody else who
may be interested.
Artmedia Site News
  In Artmedia Site News, coming up this month, the new show by
  Impromptu Theatrix run impro classes in Sydney, specialising
  Hemlock Mejarne is an acrobat, stilt-walker, who has a
large range of skills. www.artmedia.com.au/acronym.htm
  Got it Flaunt it! are a performance duo who specialise in event
  Circus Unique offers children's workshops and tailored
  The Physical TV site has info on Richard James Allen and Karen
Pearlman's Dance Films. www.artmedia.com.au/physical_tv.htm
  Sydney Aerial Theatre Association have information on classes
and performance projects at  www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm
On the Artmedia site you can find a list of links to performers,
companies, resources and festivals all over the world, and you
can subscribe to this newsletter, and find a copy of the latest issue.
Sponsor: Noosa Street Performers Festival, Queensland
The Noosa International Street Performers Festival is taking it
to the Streets of Noosa this November!
From November 24th to the 30th November....Noosa will be
transformed and the streets (and parks, river and hinterland) will
come alive thanks to the inaugural Noosa International Street
Performers Festival.
Show us your stuff / Come busk with us! You are invited to join
us for Noosa's Inaugural International Street Performers Festival.
New and up-and-coming artists, as well as international
entertainers, are welcome. Buskers permits required.  Please
apply to: Email: info@noosastreetfest.com.au  and check out
Come and Enjoy...
Riverside, beachside and hinterland performance venues
Central and affordable camping sites close to the river and
beaches including on-site workshops
Special hotel rates
Workshop venues 10 minutes to the beach
The festival which is a first of its kind in Australia will showcase
the best of local, national and international street performers,
through both performance and workshop offerings.
Performers will strut their stuff throughout the community and will
be seen at various locations in Noosa such as the Noosa River,
Noosa's Laguna Bay Beach on Hastings Street, the Noosa
Hinterland at the Cooroy Butter Factor, Noosa Harbour Marine
Village and en route via the Noosa Ferry and local bus routes!
Other highlights during the festival include JuggleFest Australia
who will be participating in the Festival and will be juggling and
unicyling throughout Noosa. Local Artists and people of all ages
will also have the opportunity of attending workshops to enhance
their skills and have some fun.
A comprehensive program of activities throughout the festival is
available from Noosa Council,  info@noosastreetfest.com.au
Noosa International Street Performers Festival, Noosa Council
PO Box 141, Tewantin  4565, Phone:  5449 5100 / 5449 5103
Fax 54471062.  Visit the website www.noosastreetfest.com.au
Feature - CircoArts, Circus Trainer Required, Cristchurch, NZ
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), one
of the largest in New Zealand, was the first tertiary Institute in
Australasia to offer formal training in circus arts and we have
now been contributing for over 8 years to the developing
contemporary circus industry in New Zealand. While English is
the language of instruction our students come from all over the
We are looking for an experienced trainer to take up a 0.8
position in a small team teaching the 2-year Diploma in Circus
Arts. This job provides you with the opportunity to combine
teaching with performing and we offer support to further your
development as an educator. Experience teaching a range of
circus skills is required, especially aerials, and also acrobatics,
equilibristics and body training.
Christchurch, the South Island's most beautiful city, also offers
considerable lifestyle and recreational opportunities. Applications
close 3 November 2003. For more information and application
details contact us on: www.cpit.ac.nz  email: hr@cpit.ac.nz
phone: 64 3 940 8623, fax:  64 3 940 8616.
Playspace - Clown Masterclasses, Vancouver and Sydney
Building on 20 years of clown teaching, Alan Clay has this year
presented this Masterclass program in New Zealand, Australia,
Canada and USA. The following workshops are coming up in
this ongoing program:
Vancouver Clown Masterclass, Canada - October 20 to 22
(3 days) 10am to 4pm, Can$370. Scotia Dance Centre, 677
Davie Street - a lovely top fl studio in downtown Vancouver,
close to comfortable Youth Hostels and the Aquatic Centre.
Sydney 4-day Clown Summer School, Australia - February
2 to 5, 2004. Mon to Thurs, 10am to 4pm. Cost: Aus$420
(earlybird, before December 15) Aus$540 (full). Enrolments
These workshops provide 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 rapport.
More information at www.artmedia.com.au/Clown.htm
"Dear Alan, Circus Monoxide are running a circus project in
Wollongong NSW, called RichMix 03, from November 3 to 6.
This is a unique circus project which includes a variety of
workshops, evening performance labs and panels with directors
and performers from Circus Oz, Rock n' Roll Circus, Circus
Monoxide and lots more. RichMix kicks off on Monday 3rd
November at 6:00pm, at IPAC, with a  fabulous free public
event: 'On the Floor: Process, Politics, Philosophy.' Leading
circus and physical theatre practitioners talk about what drives
their work, in an energetic and informal panel discussion.
Panelists include:
    Mike Finch, Artistic Director of Circus Oz
    Gail Kelly, Artistic Director of landmark shows by Club
Swing, Circus Oz and the National Institute of Circus Arts
    Hall Murray, Artistic Director of Circus Monoxide
    Kate Champion, Dancer & Choreographer; Artistic Director
with Force Majore; she has also choreographed for leading
companies such as Legs on the Wall.
    Anni Davey, Circus Oz core performer
    Tony Rooke, Australian National Circus Festival Director
    Yaron Lifschitz, Artistic Director, Rock n Roll Circus
The Panel is followed by a meet and mingle at the IPAC Bar!
Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November
presents a jam packed 3-day training program of circus
workshops, performance labs and discussion groups in Circus
Monoxide's training facility in Bellambi, Wollongong.  Circus
workshops include acro-balance, tightwire, tumbling and aerial."
Many thanks Alan! Alicia Battestini, RichMix 03 Project
Director, Circus Monoxide. Find a link to Circus Monoxide
"Legs on the Wall and Axis Theatre Company from Canada
present two Character and Clown Workshops at Circus
Monoxide, Wollongong, Australia. Tues 11 - Fri 14 Nov.
(week after RichMix) Aus$125.00 for all 4 days ( You can
pay per session if you can only make one or a few of the 4
sessions ) Trainers are 'Legs on the Wall' guest artists from
Canada, Shannan Calcutt and Joey Lesperance, two of
Canada's most critically acclaimed performers. There will be
an introductory and a bit more advanced class. Times to be
confirmed." Alicia Battestini  al@circusmonoxide.com.au
"Queerfeast!2004 Canada's International Arts Festival, May 04
Call for artists and performing companies. We invite you to
participate in the first-ever Queerfeast! in Vancouver, Canada.
Dance... Music... Stand-up... Performance art... Readings...
Theatre... you name it! Queerfeast! celebrates the breadth and
diversity of the queer community by producing, presenting and
showcasing local, National and International artists and
companies. We are calling for artists and companies that produce
such work to submit their interest today for consideration to be a
part of the upcoming festival. Large casts and highly technical
production needs will be harder to program; Music submissions
should be solos or of theatrical music shows with easy set-ups.
You can always email us and ask before sending your package:
Deadline for Promo-package submissions: Nov 30th, 2003
To express interest either send us an email stating your
participation interest for the festival along with a link to a
comprehensive website about your show/work. If the producers
are interested in your work, a request for additional information
will be made, or, 2) Complete the introductory artist application
available on our website and mail it along with your promotional
package." Find a link to the Queerfeast!2004 site and application
form under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"East Coast Funny Women Fest is coming! October 23-26, in
New York City. I will be teaching Physical Comedy, Clown,
and Movement Theatre. These classes are open to any gender.
I will also be performing my solo show, "A Life In Her Day"
which recently received an "Excellence Award" at the NY
International Fringe Festival on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 8pm.
Check out the website for information on all of the classes and
performances being held as part of this year's festival. There
are all kinds of terrific workshops and shows. I will be teaching
classes along side Cheryl King, MaryBeth Coudal, Hector
Coris, Amy Roeder, Shaun Landry, Carole Bugge, and Laura
Klein Danilov. All of my classes are open to men, and are for
people at any level. On Friday, Oct 24, from 10am-1pm, I
will teach Physical Comedy: 'Human behavior deserves to be
laughed at, and audiences will forever enjoy seeing their foibles
revealed. In this workshop we will explore physical play from a
comic point of view in both character work and group work.'
And on Friday, Oct. 24, from 2pm-5pm, Clowning for Actors.
'Find the delight of a child, the vulnerability of the actor, and the
failure of a clown who is striving with all his or her might to
maintain her dignity in the midst of catastrophe. Solo and partner
work exploring relationships to the audience, to your partner,
status, pleasure, and enjoying failure.' " Hilary Chaplain. Find a
link to the Funny Women Festival under Festivals at
"I'm bringing a very special edition of the Mooseburger Camp
to the Dallas area, March 18-21, 2004. I am bringing in the best
of the best instructors, classes, merchandise and activities for this
event! The camp will be held in Arlington, Texas, near Six Flags.
The fun and games will start on Thursday and don't stop until
Sunday afternoon about 4pm! How much more fun can you
have, than 150 clowns in one room!? We'll do a show on
Sunday afternoon for a local Children's Charity and each night
we'll descend on a local restaurant as a group, to entertain
ourselves and them! Bring your balloons! Bring your gags! Bring
your walk-around magic tricks! You will have an opportunity to
meet and learn from some of the best of the best!! We'll have a
"Talent Show" one night for you to strut your stuff for mates! If
you have never been a clown, this is the place to start! If you
have been a clown for 40 yrs, this is the place to recharge your
batteries and put on a fresh new look! The age range is 13-113."
Best Wishes, Carl E Jones, Topper the Magic Clown. Texas,
USA. Find a link to the Mooseburger Camp under Training at
"Dear friends, We in the Palestinian National Theatre are very
glad to inform  for you our 13th International Puppets Festival,
that will take place at the theatre in Jerusalem, the festival will be
between October 10 and 25th , with many puppet shows, street
performances, workshops, children activities and many other fun
activities. Be with us." For further information contact us at:
"Hello Alan, Thank you for sending us a copy of your newsletter.
The Israel Circus School is a recently established organization
with sponsorship from the World Clown Association. We are
now renovating our Circus Center, the first of its kind in Israel.
The Israel Circus School is now running a one year project
funded by the European Union. The "Children's Circus" is a joint
Arab and Jewish Project involving 10 Arab and 10 Jewish youth
from the northern area of Israel. It is a high profile project with
media attention focused on the bridging of cultural differences
using Circus Skills. The 20 youth under go training with our
professional staff in Acrobatics, Clowning and Juggling and with
their acquired skills are putting on performances and giving
workshops to other children. The end of this project will see the
group traveling to Cyprus in April 2004 for a week of shows and
workshops with Cypriot children. I also hail from Australia and
have been here since '89 establishing my work in physical theater
for youth as a way of channeling the fiery energy of this place." All
the best, David Berry (Artistic Director of I.C.S), Clown Name:
Dharma Lawrence. Find a link to the Israel Circus School under
"Dear Friends, From Dec 7 to 13 the "Experimenta 6 Teatro"
International Meeting of Theatre Groups, is going to be held at
the "Teatro del Rayo" Theatre Hall, Rosario, Argentina. This
Festival is organized by the Laboratory Theatre Group "El
Rayo Misterioso" and it calls actors, directors and theatre
students from all countries to take part as Seminar Participants.
It includes 7 days of theoretical and practical work, and
psychophysical training. There will be Workshops, Seminars
and Conferences about acting, training, production and other
disciplines, coordinated by Directors of participants Theatre
Groups and important masters from different countries. On our
website you will find more about program, characteristics,
previous editions and you may download the Registration Form.
Participation in all the activities plus Board (breakfast, lunch and
supper for 7 days) costs 350 Euros or 350 Dollars. Participation
in all activities plus Board and Lodging (lodging, breakfast, lunch
and supper for 7 days and 7 nights) costs 450 Euros or 450
Dollars. Registration Deadline: Friday, November 28th. You
may download the Form and get more info on our web site."
kind regards, Natalia Miguel, Programming. Find a link to
Experimenta 6 under Events at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
Campaign: The Role of Clown in an Aussie Circus Degree
In our ongoing campaign to increase the amount of clown training
within the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia,
we carry input from two of the rising young clown stars based in
Melbourne. First Abi Collins engages with Sue Broadway's effort
last month at a definition of clown ( If you didn't catch last month's
issue, you can still find it at www.artmedia.com.au/physical.htm )
and then Asher Treleaven, a clown graduate of NICA, opens up
a new front on the organisation.
We've been sitting on more stories about problems within the
organisation for the past few months, to give NICA the benefit
of the doubt as they promised to organise a forum to discuss the
level of clown training within the organisation, and since there has
been no movement on this, we will increase the pressure. Only
in Australia would we appoint a director of a circus school who
has absolutely no background in circus, and this seems to be
where the problem is! Some NICA Board Members are on this
list I know, and I encourage them to bring this up at Board level.
"Great newsletter, really nice commentary and great leads re
training, gigs, etc. Certainly looking forward to Alan's new book
- the literary equivalent of a clown with a semtex cream pie?
I hope so! I love the way the Great Clown Debate is shaping
up. Sue Broadway's definitions of clown are wonderfully astute,
and I found the following supposition particularly thought-
provoking; "1. Laughter. The clown makes the audience laugh.
More then 50% of the time. The laughter generated is the deep
stomached, open throated, shout of joy" Is anyone familiar with
Trevor Griffiths play 'The Comedians'? If you're interested in
comedy read this play. Gethin Price, a politically frustrated
character, creates a performance that is pure clown, but very
violent, and decreasingly funny as the performance progresses,
arguably falling way below the 50% laughter ratio. And what
of Shakespeare's clown Feste, from '12th Night'? His humour
is directly borne out of revealing the vanity of those around him,
but in himself he is not exactly a rib-tickling character. In fact his
clown song "hey, ho the wind and the rain" is rather morbid. So
I wonder if we are looking at an entirely different breed of clown
(the great crested psycho maniac or lesser spotted manic
depressive perhaps?) or a differing/additional definition. Perhaps
add 'Truth' in place of, or adjunct to, 'Laughter', and we find the
essence of the clown; his or her ability to not only make us see
things as they can be or should be, but the skill of drawing harsh
reality into sharp focus, and revealing the way things really are.
Thanks again for providing a good read at regular intervals!"
Abi Collins. To find a link to Abi's site, click on 'Sid and Lena'
"Hello there, My name is Asher Treleaven, I am a graduate of
NICA, and I think you should pursue the possibility of a forum
on performance studies in NICA. I work as a clown and have
the experience of being both part of the institution and outside it.
This letter is about a different issue though, as NICA has been
undercutting and seriously damaging the freelance circus
performers corporate market in Melbourne. They are doing this
by using their position in the media and sweatshop labour,
providing students for shows. They work for free and this work
is compulsory as it is now part of their educational curriculum.
The performances are not graded and seem to have no benefit
for the students other than performance experience however
these gigs have major benefit for NICA who are using them to
generate more funding for the school. This practice has been
going on since the school opened and has now escalated to the
point where it is damaging the workplace and putting freelance
performers out of work. I need to bring this to the attention of
as many as possible if this is to stop. NICA are violating the
rights of students, workers and the industry it claims to support."
Asher Treleaven,  ashercirk@yahoo.com

"Dear Alan, I love what you are doing with the e-newsletter.

Want to thank you and affirm the effort. I have been involved
with the School for Mime Theatre in Gambier, Ohio, USA for
the past 22 years, and we are moving into celebrating our 25th
Anniversary next year. We run classes out of Kenyon College
in the summers of the ole' northern hemisphere. I am the artistic
director of the school at this time, sharing those responsibilities
with C. Nicholas Johnson, one of the founders of the school.
We draw out students from an international base, and on
several occasions have had the great pleasure of working with
some very talented Aussies. As well, I am also wanting to bring
our ensemble of theatrical mime performers to Australia and
New Zealand. I wonder if anyone could help direct me to
resources to help with the creation of a tour. Please check out
my web site at Theatrical Mime Theatre. Thanks for creating a
great venue for all of us to gain info and interact." My best to
you, Rick Wamer, Creative Director, Theatrical Mime Theatre
Tucson, USA. Find a link to the Theatrical Mime Theatre site
"Horla Theatre Company is casting for its next show Grimms,
a Feast Of Fairy And Folk Tales From Around The World,
adapted and directed by Alistair Green, to be performed at
The Greenwich Playhouse in SE London for a four-week run
(November 25th until December 21st, Tuesdays - Sundays).
We are looking for performers with experience in physical
theatre, dance, storytelling and puppetry, as well as performers
/ musicians, as the production with contain live music.
Rehearsals will be part time, evenings and weekends from 18th
October until the performance. Auditions will be held in mid-
October. Please send Covering letter, CV and photo to: Alistair
Green, Grimms, email alistair@horla.co.uk (nothing larger than
100kb please) To find out more about Horla, visit our website."
Hampton Wick, Surrey, England. Find a link to Horla under
Physical Theatre at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm

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