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15th Annual Glebe Music Festival, Sydney, Australia
The new Angels can Fly Bolg, why not have your say?
Compiling a list of Circus Equipment makers, Australia
Flying Trapeze Australia Intensive, Byron Bay, Australia
San Francisco Fringe Festival opens, California, USA
Broadway for a New America Show, New York, USA
AYCO Aerial Teachers Conference, Vermont, USA
Commedia Dell'Arte Performers Required, London, UK
Experimental Seminar for the Actor, Salamanca, Spain
Circus & Clown Acts for Musical Theatre, Wollongong
New Theatre and Technology site, dramaplayshop.org
'Children of Hollywood', a new book available for order
Artists call, Chelsea Theatre LIVE 05 Festival, London
Dance 4, Nottdance Fest, seeks Director, Nottingham
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Welcome to the September 2004 edition of the Artmedia
physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an
Australasian focus and a global perspective.
This month the newsletter is coming to you from my new
home base in Wanganui, New Zealand. Yes I have left the
bright lights and high culture of Sydney, for the peace and
beauty of small town New Zealand.
As much of my teaching work continues in Sydney, I will
be back there often in the coming years, and the touring
promotion for my upcoming book, Angels can Fly, will also
take me out into the wide world, with more info on this in
the Playspace and Feature sections below.
As a result of my move, and the fact that we had no
advertisers banging on the door, there was no August
newsletter sent out last month. I hope you missed us…
I have to be motivated to publish this each month, which
is why I do a lot of my own promotion through this
newsletter, but I also need you guys to come to the party,
and cover some of the costs by also promoting your work.
So in the Sponsorship this month, we welcome the 15th
Annual Glebe Music Festival, which brings together
musicians at different stages in their careers in the intimate
atmosphere of Margaretta Cottage, in the central Sydney
suburb of Glebe.
In Playspace news, enrolments on my Sydney Masterclass
are roaring in, with still a couple of places available, and the
earlybird deadline on the Ottawa Clown Masterclass in early
November, is coming up at the end of this month.
In the Networking, we have a project compiling a list of
circus equipment makers in Australia, and Flying Trapeze
Australia is running an intensive in Byron Bay. In the USA,
the San Francisco Fringe Festival opens, and we have info
on the Aerial Teachers Conference in Vermont, run in
association with the American Youth Circus Organisation.
This month we also get a little political, because the winds
of change are blowing through the coalition of the willing,
and we have a chance to make a difference. On October 9,
both the local council elections in New Zealand, and the
Federal election in Australia, will be held. In Auckland we
urge a vote for Hubbard as Mayor, promising to foster a
vibrant culture, over the incumbent traffic-congestion king.
In Australia our hopes are with Latham and the Labour party
to sweep away the fascist policies of the current government.
When a past president of the current Prime Minister's party
calls publicly for him to be tried as a war criminal for the Iraq
war, we know things are seriously out of balance, and this
trial, or some sort of inquiry, will probably occur in time, to
restore credibility in international law.
Which brings us to America, where it is really important that
people believe they can change the current administration,
and as a result, there is groundswell of artist support for
change across a range of art forms. As part of this, in the
networking this month, we have information on the 'Broadway
for a New America Show' in New York, which, apart from
being a good cause, also has a fantastic line-up of acts.
Also in the networking this month, we have an Experimental
Seminar for the Actor in Salamanca, Spain and in the UK,
Commedia Dell'Arte performers are required in London.
Also in the UK, in the Noticeboard section, we have an artist
call from Chelsea Theatre in London, for the LIVE 05 Festival,
and Dance 4, who run the Nottdance Festival in Nottingham,
are seeking a director.
Finally in the Noticeboard, Circus & Clown Acts are sort for
walk-on roles in a musical theatre show in Wollongong, we
have information on a new Theatre and Technology interactive
web site - dramaplayshop.org - plus info on a new book which
is now available for order, called the 'Children of Hollywood'.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the
physical theatre community, so send us information for
inclusion in this newsletter, and please also forward this
to someone else who may be interested.
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=================================================== Sponsor: 15th Annual Glebe Music Festival, Sydney, Australia
The 15th Annual Glebe Music Festival will run from 7 to 28
November 2004, and is mounted in conjunction with the
Glebe Society and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Centrepiece of this year's Festival is the appearance of the
Katona Duo at Gleebooks (49 Glebe Point Road) on Friday
12 November at 1930hrs (tickets available at the door $20/
concessions $10 including refreshments) and at Margaretta
Cottage on Saturday 13th at 2000hrs (bookings essential).
Peter and Zoltan Katona are identical twin Hungarian
guitarists based in the UK and with a large international
reputation. At Gleebooks they will be appearing with the
well-known Sydney-based guitarist Simon Powis freshly
returned from the Royal Academy of Music, accompanist
Jeanell Carrigan. The other Margaretta Cottage concert, on
Saturday 20 November again features Simon Powis along
with the woodwind trio Swirl and the modernist saxophonist
On Friday 19 November at 1930hrs, the urban eXcentrics
(double basses, guitar and vocals, folk/blues to jazz) will
perform at the Old Glebe Court House, corner of St John's
Road and Talfourd Street, Glebe (tickets available at the
door $10/concessions $5; buy one-or-more urban eXcentrics
tickets and get one-or-more half-price). Urban eXcentrics use
bowed bass lines, jazzy guitar chords, traditional instruments
and contemporary arrangements to highlight their material -
original and borrowed from classical to now.
On Saturday 20 November at 1500hrs, Sekaa Gong Tirta
Sinar, a Balinese Gamelan Group with dancers will perform
at Margaretta Cottage, 6 Leichhardt Street, Glebe Point
(tickets available at the door$20/concessions $10; buy
one-or-more Gamelan tickets and get one-or-more halfprice
- includes refreshments). The Tirta Sinar Gamelan Club
perform both traditional and modern, sacred and secular
Balinese musical forms including the prevalent gong kebyar
and gamelan gong, as well as gamelan palegongan, semar
pagulingan and balaganjur.
There are several other events, an historical recreation at the
Great Hall, University of Sydney, 7 Nov, 1430hrs, Innominata
Choir at St John's Church Glebe, 14 Nov, 1500hrs and Bel a
Cappella Choir at St Scholastica's, 1 Avenue Road Glebe, on
28 Nov, 1500hrs. Please see the full programme for details.
It is essential to book for the Margaretta Cottage evening
concerts on the 13th and 20th November. For all other
concerts, tickets can also be purchased at the door.
The underlying philosophy of the Glebe Music Festival is to
bring together musicians at different stages in their careers
in the intimate atmosphere of Margaretta Cottage. Over the
years, Margaretta Cottage has seen such performers as
Elizabeth Schwartzkof, Geoffrey Parsons, Christopher
Hogwood, Fretwork, Andrew Manze and many other artists.
The Glebe Music Festival grew out of mainly informal musical
soirées held at the early 19th century villa Margaretta Cottage
since the 1960s. The late Dr Vincent Sheppard built up a
unique collection of keyboard instruments including an 18th
century Dutch chamber organ, a 19th century Kapps grand
piano, Sperrhake harpsichord, pedal piano and a clavichord.
More recently a copy of a Rucker's Flemish harpsichord and
an original Clementi piano have been added.
Alan Clay will be teaching a Clown Masterclass in Sydney
in October, and another in Ottawa, Canada in November, as
well as teaching at MotionFest in Baltimore. USA.
Enrolments on the Sydney Masterclass are roaring in, with
still a couple of places available, and the earlybird deadline
on the Ottawa Clown Masterclass, is coming up at the end
of this month.
Both the masterclasses take a physical and emotional
approach to clown, placing an emphasis on rediscovering the
sense of play, the curiosity to explore and the innocence to
see things in new ways. 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.
Clown Masterclass with Alan Clay (3-day), Sydney, Australia.
October 12 to 14, Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm.
Aus$420. Enrolments email:
Clown Masterclass with Alan Clay (4-day), Ottawa, Canada
2 to 5 November, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. CDN$400
earlybird ( before October 1 ) and CDN$500 ( full ) More info
& enrolments email Brian Wilson,
"In the best clown tradition Alan 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." NZ Herald.
Angels can Fly - 2005 Workshop Tour
From early responses, I will start with a tour of libraries in
New Zealand in May, and then a workshop and library events
in Sydney in June, followed by a Writers Festival in England
in July, and workshops in Switzerland, and Germany.
Back to Australia in August and early September, with a
workshop and Writers Festival gigs in Brisbane, and then to
Canada and America for the rest of September and October,
with a range of Writers Festivals.
I would like to find a workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, in
late May or early June, and one in London, England, in early
July, and some in Canada and the USA in October. So for
more information on the tour, or to suggest a workshop or
performance event, e-mail me:
=================================================== Feature: the Angels can Fly Blog - have Your Say!
Blogs are the new publishing frontier on the internet, so
check out my new blog, which over the next ten months will
tell the story of the publication of Angels can Fly, a Modern
Clown User Guide.
In May next year, Angels can Fly will be launched in NZ,
and I will then embark on a tour to promote the book, which
I intend to document on the blog, including reviews, and
inviting your reactions... because a blog is an interactive
experience, and you are welcome to post comments in
response to any post.
I have already posted an introduction, which includes part
of chapter one of the book, and also a post on the 2005
promotional tour. And yesterday I posted an anecdote
submitted by 'Stretch' the 9ft clown, check it out and post
a comment, or your own anecdote.
Along the way I will post some of the 50 clown exercises
in book, to give a taste of the more practical side of the
work, and also some the anecdotal sections from my clown
experience, and also more from other contemporary clowns.
You can already check out some of these on the anecdotes
Blogs are one of the frontiers in electronic publishing, and
this blog is syndicated in RSS and atom formats, so you
can read it from the comfort of your newsreader, rather than
surfing to the web page in your browser.
If you are interested you can also sign up to receive a free
eBook copy of Angels can Fly in the MS Reader .lit format,
when it is launched.
"Hello Allan. Sharon McCutcheon here. I am wondering if I
could please post a message in your next newsletter about
circus equipment makers/suppliers in Australia? I want to
compile a comprehensive list of circus equipment makers
/suppliers for reference for youth and community circuses
in Australia (in particular rural Australia). So...anyone who
makes/ imports/ buys or knows of a group that makes/
imports/buys circus equipment please email the name and
supply contact details
to be compiled in a comprehensive list for reference."
Thanks for your help, Sharon McCutcheon.
"Hi everyone, Flying Trapeze Australia is putting together
another 5 day intensive for October 4th - 8th. Our third one
in as many months. 5 hours+ per day of flying for only
AU$290. 10 persons max. Flying Trapeze Australia, run by
Steen Shoar and Holly Aitken, is located at the Byron Bay
Beach Resort in Byron Bay. For more information visit our
website." Cheers, Steen Shoar. Find a link to Flying Trapeze
Australia under Training at
"The San Francisco Fringe Festival, a marathon of theater,
opens Wednesday September 8 and continues through
Sunday September 19. No ticket is over $8. Now in its 13th
season of presenting the freshest in performance locally and
globally, EXIT Theatre's SF Fringe is the longest-running
fringe theater festival in the United States. This year 46
companies will bring original, independent theater to ten
stages in the Downtown, SOMA and Mission districts of
San Francisco. Fringe delights include drama, comedy,
puppetry, clowns, magic, music, solo performance, dance,
sketch comedy, cabaret, and more. The SF Fringe is part
of a global movement of theater artists, an international
network of fringe festivals. For complete show descriptions
and schedule visit the fringe website." Find a link to the SF
Fringe under Festivals at
"Broadway for a New America, presents a special theatrical
event on Monday, September 13, to benefit Grassroots
Democrats, a new political organization to assist state party
committees. At Avalon, 47 West 20th Street at Sixth Ave,
Tony® Award–winning Stars of Broadway, Comedy and
New Vaudeville of New York Theatre will unite with the New
York theatre community in a once–in–a–lifetime evening to
raise contributions for a change that will last a lifetime.
Scheduled to appear are: Al Franken (The Al Franken Show,
Air America Radio; Author, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell
Them), Avner Eisenberg (Avner the Eccentric), Bob Berky
(BAM Next Wave), Kenny Raskin (Cirque du Soleil, Beauty
and the Beast), Dick Monday (The NY Goofs), The Pickle
Family Clowns: Bill Irwin (The Regard of Flight), Geoff Hoyle,
Larry Pisoni, Chris Sieber (Billy Flynn, Chicago, Big Apple
Circus), John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), Michael Cerveris
(Assassins), Tovah Feldshuh (Golda) - Golda Meir), Randy
Graff (Golda, Fiddler on the Roof), Rob Morrow (Naked
Angels; Northern Exposure), Robert Klein (They're Playing
Our Song). The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a VIP
reception (hors d’oeuvres and bar, magicians and Tarot card
readers) followed by general admission at 7:30 PM with an
8 PM curtain for the performance of Broadway for a New
America. Tickets are $300/VIP Reception and $100/General
Admission. For more information please visit the web site."
Find a link to the Broadway for a New America site under
Festivals and Events at
"AYCO Aerial Teachers Conference 2004, November 5 to 7.
Join in the first ever AYCO Aerial Teachers Conference and
participate in roundtable conversations & panel discussions
led by experts in rigging, aerial coaching, insurance, and
safety standards. Bring your issues and questions and
discover what's going on industry-wide. Presentations by:
Carrie Heller ( author of the "Aerial Training and Safety
Manual" ), Elsie & Serenity Smith ( of Nimble Arts ), Bill
Sapsis ( of Sapsis Rigging ), Rigging experts, Insurance
executives, and other circus directors & coaches. To be
held at Nimble Arts Studio, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.
Conference passes include two lunches and two dinners.
Established in 98, the American Youth Circus Organization
(AYCO) is a community-based nonprofit organization that
promotes the participation of youth in circus arts through
festivals, conferences, trainings, publications, and a web
site. For more information check out the site for the contact
details for Bronwyn Sims (AATC Co-Director)." Elsie Smith.
Find a link to the AYCO Aerial Teachers Conference under
Festivals and Events at
"Performers Required- London. Stone Crabs Productions
requires 9 performers for its forthcoming production of A
Servant of Two Masters, by Carlo Goldoni, influenced by
Commedia dell'Arte. Applicants should have a strong
background in physical theatre and performance and be
accustomed to approaching work in this way. Excellent
improvisational skills and good vocal and singing abilities
also necessary. Acrobatic and circus skills would also be
desirable and a knowledge of Commedia dell'Arte and the
use of masks would be an advantage. Above all, we are
seeking enthusiastic and uninhibited performers, who are
comfortable with working closely in an ensemble and who
are unafraid to take risks. We welcome applicants from all
ethnic backgrounds. The company is run strictly upon a
profit-share basis." Stone Crabs, Deptford, London. Find a
link to Stone Crabs under Physical Theatre at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"4th 'Experimental Seminar for the Actor's Surmounting',
September 18-30, in Endrinal de la Sierra, Salamanca,
Spain. The workshop will cover: Psychophysical Training:
Actor’s Bioenergetics; Kung Fu Ars Sum; Acrobatics; the
method of Actor Training of El Rayo Misterioso; a seminar
of Actor Direction: Theories of Rationalist Theatre and
Irrationalist Theatre; The Theatrical Laboratory, Artaud:
Poetics of Space. Practical exercises of training & acting
in various natural spaces offered by Endrinal de la Sierra,
as for example: A Day at El Mesegal, with an introduction
to the history, traditions and environment of the region,
and mystery tales in the Fire Light. As a conclusion of the
work of the Actor Direction Seminar there will be an open
rehearsal of the last production of El Rayo Misterioso:
"The Consecration of the Furies". At previous Seminars
there have been students from USA, Spain, Germany,
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia and
Israel. Registration includes: Seminar, breakfast, lunch
and supper, accommodation with swimming pool for 13
days and nights. Information and registration form on
the web site." Find a link to El Rayo Misterioso under
"Circus & clown acts are required for musical theatre
production at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre,
Wollongong, Australia, by Guild Theatre & Digital
Theatre Inc, who are presenting, Aspects of Love, by
Andrew Lloyd Webber. Open auditions: 11 September,
casting men and women in singing and non-singing
roles. People with circus skills are also sought for non
singing, non-speaking roles." Lilian Bates, IPAC. Find
a link to Guild Theatre under Musical Theatre at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Hi All, emerging from the special interest group on
Drama and New Media forms convened at the 4th World
Congress of the International Drama/Theatre and
Education Association in Bergen, Norway in 2001, (and
continuing through to Ottawa during IDEA 2004 and
recapped and reviewed in Hong Kong for IDEA 2007),
the DramaPlayShop is an online community of Drama
educators exploring the nexus between Drama and IT.
This group seeks to further its discussion on the role of
new technology in Drama studies. I invite you to set up
a login account and start checking out the site. One
useful way to conceptualise the site is to think of it as
an online community, then start acting as if you are in
your "virtual neighbourhood", say "Hi" and be supportive
while still being forthright enough to respectfully express
your opinion. Very soon it will be available for interested
people to engage in discussion, experimentation and
collaboration in the area of Drama and Technology. A
network of international researchers will be put in place
to design, implement and publish research around this
virtual drama project. More teachers and schools now
begin to incorporate learning technologies, information
technology, and especially the Internet into classroom
practice." Kim Flintoff. Find a link to Drama Play Shop
under Resources at
"Hi Everyone - I wanted to let you know that my book,
"Children of Hollywood" is now available for pre-order.
There are many silent and classic actors and comedians
featured along with never before published photographs.
Living in the shadow of a famous parent can have
powerful effects, from opening professional doors to
pressure so great it leads to suicide. Some children of
stars are proud of their roots while others live in secrecy.
This is a rare look into the private lives of the children of
W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Stan Laurel and Jerry
Lewis, and others." Thanks! Michelle Vogel, Author.
Find a link to a site selling the Children of Hollywood
under Resources at
"Call for artists and companies Chelsea Theatre LIVE 05:
Chelsea Theatre has consistently sought to present work
offering its audiences performance at its most powerful.
Recently the theatre has broadened its programming
criteria, to include artists and companies working to a live
art performance aesthetic. For too long London's theatre
landscape has lacked spaces in which companies
working in the field might find a home. Chelsea Theatre
offers such a base. In addition to its 110-seater space,
there are a number of studios which the theatre will make
available for the purpose of companies developing work.
Work developed will be presentated in the theatre's Spring
season, LIVE '05: the festival - theatre beyond the world's
end. It's currently envisaged that the season will run late
January through late March with companies offered from
3 to 5 nights of performances, ( on a 70/30% split in
Company favour ) Companies and individuals interested
should email us." Tony Craze. Find an email contact on
the Chelsea Theatre web site, and find this link under
"Dance 4, a centre of innovative artistic practice and the
producer of Nottdance international festival is seeking to
appoint a Director, salary in the region of £33,000-£40,000
depending on experience. Following the decision by Jane
Greenfield to step down as Director after 10 successful
years, Dance 4 is seeking an exceptional individual who
combines a commitment to supporting artistic invention
with entrepreneurial flair. They should be a respected
professional with experience of the international dance,
performance and live arts sector. Closing date for
applications is 1 October, and the interview date is 13
October at our base in Nottingham. For an information
pack please contact Rachel at Dance 4, and find her email
and more information on our site." Find a link to Dance 4
under Dance at
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