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Artmedia - Physical
Theatre News - March 2006
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Playspace: Clown Masterclass with Alan Clay, Sydney, Australia
Features: New Aerial and Circus Training Space in Chicago, USA
NACL Catskill Performer Training Retreat 2006, USA
Special Feature: Jango Edwards, Cannes Clown Master Class, France
Adelaide International Busking Festival Winners, Australia
Workshop in Asiatic Theater, Stranizza Theatre, Macedonia
Call for Circus Acts, Circus Cabaret for Families, Pakistan
En Pistes National Circus Arts Forum in Montreal, Canada
Usanu Theatre seeks Physical Theatre Performers, London
Submissions Sought, a Week of Exciting New Work, London
International Conference on Circus and Street Arts, Belguim
International Street Theatre Festival 'Without a Roof', Russia
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In the Playspace section, the earlybird price on the May Masterclass comes
up at the beginning of April, and we announce a new Clown Intensive in
September in Sydney, and a Clown Summer School Retreat in the beautiful
Coromandel Peninsular in New Zealand in January next year. There are also
new photos from the February Clown Intensive now on the Playspace web site.
In the Features, we have a new Aerial and Circus Training Space, the Aloft
Loft, home to Aloft Aerial Dance, opening in Chicago, USA, on April 1st.
Artistic Director Shayna Swanson leads classes in trapeze, aerial dance
technique, silks, rope, lyra/aerial hoop, partnering, stilt dancing and
more. A monthly membership allows approved aerialists, dancers and acrobats
to practice in the space on a 24/7 basis.
And we have the NACL Catskill Performer Training Retreat 2006, where for two
weeks, international retreat participants - performers, directors, theatre
makers - live and eat at the NACL artists' residence and train intensively
with NACL founders, Brad Krumholz , Tannis Kowalchuk, and guest teacher Ker
Wells, in NACL's church-turned-theatre on scenic Highland Lake, located 2
hours from New York City.
In the Special Feature, Jango Edwards has information on the 12th Annual
Clown Master Class which will be held at the 'Performance d'Acteur Festival'
in Cannes, France, from June 3rd to the 10th. This year, as the public are
transported via electric train, their Magical Mr. E tour guides take them on
a historical journey throughout the city of Cannes, on which they will
experience a unique series of events and animations performed by the master
In the networking, the winner of the Adelaide International Busker's
Festival last weekend was clown, Pedro Tochas from Portugal, and we have
news of the runners up and peoples choice awards and links to the performers
web sites. We also have news of a 3 day workshop in Asiatic Theater - Peking
Opera, Vietnam Tuong theater and NO Theater Japan - that will take place in
May in Skopje, Macedonia. This workshop will be a led by Alexandar Iliev
from Bulgaria, professor in Acting, Anthropology and Mime at the Bulgarian
Academy for Theater and TV.
We have a call for performers for a family Circus Cabaret show in Pakistan
in September 2006. The show will run for 10 days with 2 shows a day and the
organisers will provide travel, stay and meals with technical facilities
such as sound system and stage lights in addition to fees. And En Pistes
National Circus Arts Forum in Montreal, Canada, will open on April 3rd. The
event is divided into three separate sections. The artistic section will
focus on the writing of circus works for small or outdoor performance
spaces. The training section will deal with creativity in circus training
programs and the technical section will be on acrobatic rigging.
In England, Usanu Theatre Company is looking for 4-6 charismatic, talented
and flexible performers who have an interest in physical experimental
theatre. The piece will be based on exploring the body within the space,
dreams, and using the influence Jean Cocteau's "Orpheus". And be quick to
submit proposals to Write Side of the Brain, a week long event of exciting
new work across performing art forms in London, as these close on Monday.
Missfit productions will select ten proposals for production at the Baron's
Court Theatre in May.
The International Street Theatre Festival in Grand, Belgium, is organizing a
conference on circus and street arts, in April which will explore the
possibility of a large-scale demonstration within Flanders, not unlike the
one launched by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Time for
Street Arts, or even like the one inaugurated in the Netherlands, the Year
of the Circus. And finally in Russia, the International Street Theatre
Festival "Without a Roof" will take place in the historical space of the
Peter and Paul Fortress in the centre of Saint-Petersburg in June
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Angels Can Fly, a Modern
Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
This month we continue a series of excerpts from the
book, with an anecdote from the chapter on Spontaneity by Andrew Cory.
Andrew runs the Red Spoon company and teaches clown in Brisbane, Australia.
He has studied at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (London), Centre Selavy Mask School
(France), Todo Performance Academy (Denmark), the School for Mime Theatre
(USA), and Bont's International Clown School (Spain).
I first was studying clown in London, there was a student from Spain called
Marta. When we all arrived at class she was by herself and very quiet and it
soon turned out that she spoke almost no English. This meant that each time
she got up to do an exercise she only had a very precarious grasp on what
she was meant to do, and no way in which to communicate her intentions other
than through her actions.
In the words of my teacher she was 'always in the shit', which is a
good thing for someone learning clown, by the way.
At any rate, to watch Marta do an exercise was a celebration of
abandonment, imagination and impulse, she didn't know what she was supposed
to do, we didn't know what she was doing and because of that the
possibilities were endless.
She could only respond from the heart and her sense of play to the
chaos that she was always in, up on stage. Her presence was electric because
she was sharing her humanity and having fun.
Furthermore, to get up on stage with Marta and do an exercise was to
abandon all hope of rationality and linear narrative, you simply entered the
lunacy and learned to fly to wherever the spirit was blowing. I learned so
much from watching and participating in her chaos."
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten
clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns from around the
world, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on the
nature of modern clown. The book is available on order through bookshops and
online stores in New Zealand, Australia, America and England. Order your
copy today. Find it on Amazon by following this link:
"Clown is a
fascinating, diverse, complex and exciting art form, which has existed
around the planet for thousands of years. Like any art form it has to evolve
to stay relevant to the culture nurturing it, and at the same time, and by
its very nature, clown teases and turns upside down the cultural patterns
and boundaries around us."
Masterclass in Sydney led by Alan Clay, Sydney, Australia
Masterclass (3 day) Tuesday May 2 to Thursday 4. Earlybird: $325
(by Apr 3), $400 (full)
Each day of the masterclass starts with a yoga warm up, which is followed by
exercises to develop physical and emotional expression, and improvisational
exercises to develop comic timing and audience rapport. This 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.
For the past two years Playspace director Alan Clay has been teaching clown
masterclasses: in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; in Gisborne,
New Zealand; Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada; and in Connecticut, USA. Alan has
also taught clown at CircoArts in New Zealand, and at MotionFest in USA.
One Week Clown Intensive, September 11
to 15. (5 day) Price Buster $400 (by June 1st), Earlybird $500 (by August
11th) Aus$600 (full)
Clown is an art form which has existed for thousands of years, and undergone
a revolution in recent times, as it made the leap back from circus into
theatre, giving birth to 'new clown' and physical theatre. This course takes
a broad view of clown, which allows students room to develop their own
unique style. 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. This workshop will also include
opportunities for those who want to create clown performance material. We
often have ideas or images of what we want to do, but we need a structure to
help us develop these. This workshop is designed to help with this process.
Summer School Retreat, Wednesday January 10 to Sunday 14, (5 day)
Sandy Bay, Coromandel Peninsular, New Zealand. Including 6 nights
accommodation, Price Buster NZ$520 (by 1st Sept), Earlybird $620 (by 1st
Nov), $720 (full)
The Clown Retreat will be held in a secluded studio by the beach at Sandy
Bay, at the top of the Coromandel Peninsular, about four hours drive from
Auckland, New Zealand. The fees include six nights accommodation with
kitchen facilities. The Clown Retreat is timed to be held just before the
world buskers Festival in Christchurch for those coming for the summer
season in New Zealand. The Retreat will provide an opportunity to reconnect
with that playful, inquisitive, cheeky, clown spirit in a beautiful outdoor
"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
Feature: New Aerial and
Circus Training Space Opening in Chicago: The Aloft Loft!
Chicago, IL, USA. Beginning on April 1st, The Aloft
Loft, will open its doors as the Midwests premiere aerial arts training
facility. Home to Aloft Aerial Dance, the versatile practice and performance
space features adjustable and quick rigging points, static rigging points,
two vertical dance walls (one for bouldering and one for harness/rappelling
work), ground work space and a circus/aerial library and resource center.
The mission of the Aloft Loft is to provide a supportive and vibrant
community space to all those seeking to enrich their lives through aerial
dance and circus training, and to provide a home away from home for
traveling performers passing though town. We pride ourselves on maintaining
an open and welcoming environment to aerial enthusiasts of all levels.
With over 15 years of teaching experience in the physical arts, Artistic
Director Shayna Swanson leads classes in trapeze, aerial dance technique,
silks, rope, lyra/aerial hoop, partnering, stilt dancing and more. Other
classes, soon to be offered, include harness work, yoga, Lacoc technique and
more. Beginners to professionals will feel challenged in our fun and
structured technique and skill based classes. Private lessons are offered in
almost all aerial disciplines as well as tumbling, acrobatics, Chinese Poles
and more. A monthly membership allows approved aerialists, dancers and
acrobats to practice in the space on a 24/7 basis and a class discount,
Practice time is also available hourly. Additionally we are seeking unique
class ideas from experienced teachers, so we encourage all to bring forth
Come check out our classes, refer your friends and support aerial arts as we
gain steam in the Midwest. Please check out our website for more info on
classes, memberships and performances.
Feature: NACL Catskill
Performer Training Retreat 2006, USA - Two Weeks This Year! June 18 - July
NACL is now accepting letters of application for the
2006 training retreat. REASONABLE TUITION for artists, students, teachers!
For two weeks, international retreat participants (performers, directors,
theatre makers) live and eat at the NACL artists' residence and train
intensively with NACL founders, Brad Krumholz , Tannis Kowalchuk, and guest
teacher Ker Wells in NACL's church-turned-theatre on scenic Highland Lake
(located 2 hours from New York City).
Training History Drawing from a continuum of experimental techniques that includes
the ensemble work of Denmark's Odin Teatret, Canada's Primus Theatre, and
the research of Jerzy Grotowski, we have built upon these sources to develop
a unique approach that awakens each artists potential to maximize the
expressive use of body, voice, imagination, experience, memory and intellect
to create compelling performance work.
The Animal, Work --- vigorous physical exercises designed to expand physical
presence, impulse, expressivity, and 'the center' of the actor.
The Vegetable Work --- vocal training that focuses equally on the
possibilities found within each actor's many vocal resonators and on the
work of group singing in harmony.
The Mineral Work --- generating material for performance. Tapping into his
or her own creative and individual fire, each retreat participant will
create performance material that will eventually be montaged into a final
presentation that culminates the retreat.
Guest teacher, Ker Wells will also work with participants on his unique
training exercises and performance creation.
Who should do this? This retreat is designed for those interested in ensemble theatre,
solo work, devised performance, physical theatre adaptations, experimental
and original theatre creation. The physical training is vigorous but should
not dissuade those with little or no experience. In the past, writers,
directors, teachers, dancers, and actors have participated.
Tuition is only US$1150 for workshops, housing, and food (an all-inclusive
price for 2 full weeks!) Please send us a detailed letter about yourself
that includes your experience, age, and why you are interested in this
retreat. We will reply to everyone who applies. Upon acceptance, a deposit
of $250 will be required to hold a place at the retreat. Send Application
Letter to: Tannis Kowalchuk, Artistic Director, NACL, 110 Highland Lake Rd.
Highland Lake, NY 12743 USA. Ph: 845-557-0694.
Special Feature: Jango Edwards's 12th Annual
Clown Master Class at the 'Performance d'Acteur Festival' in Cannes (France)
from June 3rd to the 10th.
This year's major theme will focus on the creation and production of 'The
Cannes Magical Mr. E Detour.' As the public are transported via electric
train, their Magical Mr. E tour guides take them on a historical journey
throughout the city of Cannes. During this voyage the unsuspecting tourists
will experience a unique series of events and animations performed by the
master class actors along various locations on the route.
As a Clown Performer you will work with other professionals in an ensemble;
relate to the audience in unpredictable and spontaneous situations and learn
how to improvise and adapt in order to give the gift of laughter to an
unsuspecting public. You will explore the role of the comic actor as a
social warrior, laughter terrorist and mercenary of humor. 'The world is a
stage and each must play his part' might seem a clichi to some people, but
for the clown it is truth.
The Cannes Master Class Dream Team assisting Jango this year will include
some of the following instructors, teachers, professional animators,
musicians and clown actors:
Peter Ercolano (Italy)
Grada Peskens (Netherlands)
Carlo Colombaioni (Italy)
Lucas Trapaza (Spain)
Nana Divina (Switzerland)
Giovanna Bellina (Italy)
Elliot Jenicot (Italy)
Slava Polunin (Russia)
Laura Herts (USA)
Tony Murchland (England)
Isabel Murchland (Spain)
Tom Gerder (Australia)
Angel Amieva (Spain)
Cristina Borras (Spain)
Barbara Villa (Italy)
The Master Class is for 8 days. Besides the intensive training sessions the
fee includes food, accommodation and a pass to all the events at the
festival. In addition, everybody graduating from the Master Class achieves
the MCS (Master Clown Status) and will receive the official Diploma. Each
participant must be flexible, willing to apply their whole imagination and
have a desire to achieve the art of total communication. The ensemble
animations are compulsory for everyone. Applicants must have a professional
performing status to be considered for selection. Enrolment is based on a
limited number of participants and will be on a first come first serve
To attend this year's Master Class, please fill in and return the attached
application form as soon as possible to
MrEproductions@hotmail.com . You will then receive all the necessary
information, a festival program and a map of Cannes. If you have additional
questions please contact Peter Ercolano at Mr. E. Productions Italy at tel.
0039 347 4420837 or Cristina Borras at Mr. E. Productions Spain at tel.
0034 661111127 or by e-mail:
The History of the Cannes Master Class
- 1971 to 2005
The annual "Clown Theory Master Class" has a unique history. From 1971
through 1990 Jango Edwards developed a specific method for students to
explore comic formulas, rediscover the art of clowning and embrace its
social value. Through extensive research, clinical educational experiments
and an open exchange of selected improvisational exercises, comedy styles,
games and acting methods, Jango created the three level "Clown Theory"
workshop. Its success led to the need for a more personalized and intensive
workshop for the professional clown performer and the "Clown Theory Master
Class" was started by Jango Edwards together with Peter Echo and Nana Divina.
A group of international instructors were enlisted, each specialized in a
comic technique, to function as a comedy dream team. With this unit we could
also offer a multi lingual course. Since the "Clown Theory Master Class" was
inaugurated in 1995 at the "First International Clown Festival" in Leukerbad,
Switzerland, it has been conducted annually at numerous international events
in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Holland, India, Brazil and the
Each year we present a different aspect of the clown art, so that the class
is always a new experience in the learning process, both for students who
have attended previous master classes as well as for first time initiates.
From 2002 to 2004 we expanded our faculty of international instructors,
expanding on the individual and team teaching events. As part of the
training each student was required to write, cast, film and direct a 1
minute comedy short based on the cosmic law of comedy, the 3 gag routine.
Also, as part of our permanent curriculum, we continue to offer each student
one on one private master class sessions with an individual instructor.
Networking and Feedback
to all the people who entered in the Adelaide
International Busking Festival and made the day a huge success! We
had huge crowds last weekend, much larger than anyone expected and combined
with Fringe Family Day it was a great day of fun in the city. The peoples
choice award ($1,250) went to Bike Boy from Australia. The award for
creativity ($1,500) went to the Von Trolley Quartet from Austria. 3rd Place
($2,000) went to Johan Wellton from Sweden. The Runner Up ($3,000) was Duo
Acrobats (pictured right) from Australia. And the winner of the Adelaide
International Busker's Festival ($5,000) was Pedro Tochas from Portugal
(Pictured at the awards)." Find links to Pedro Tochas under Clowns, and Bike
Boy, Von Trolly Quartet, and Johan Wellton under Street Theatre at:
"Dear Alan, and associates, First I want to say thanks for a few years
newsletters that I have been receiving from you, and I must say that it is
very impressive. I would like to announce a workshop that will take place on
May 19, 20, 21 in Skopje, Macedonia. It will be a 3 day
workshop in Asiatic Theater ( Peking
Opera, Vietnam Tuong theater and NO Theater Japan) led by Alexandar Iliev
from Bulgaria, professor in Acting, Anthropology and Mime at NATFIZ
(Bulgarian Academy for Theater and TV). Everybody interested in this
workshop can visit our web site, where you can find more details about the
event and contact information. I hope this will be a beginning of a
beautiful cooperation." thanks again. Trajce Gjorgiev, Stranizza Theatre,
Macedonia. Find a link to Stranizza Theatre under Physical Theatre at:
"Dear Friends, we are planning to have a Circus
event for the families in September 2006 in Pakistan. We are
planning to run it for 10 days and will be having 2 shows a day. The dates
that we are looking at are from 1-10 September. Please give me your best
minimum rates for all the circus acts you can perform (solo or duo both) and
provide details including time duration of each act. Total duration of the
show will be for 1 Hour 45 Mins. We want acts from different countries. We
will provide travel, stay and meals with technical facilities such as sound
system and stage lights." Best regards, Victor Lawrence, Ritz Entertainment.
Find a link to Ritz Entertainment under Resources at:
"En Pistes National Circus Arts Forum
in Montreal, Canada, will open on April 3rd. The event will be divided into
three separate sections dealing with artistic issues, circus training and
technical aspects. The artistic section will focus on the writing of circus
works for small or outdoor performance spaces. The training section will
deal with creativity in circus training programs and the technical section
will be on acrobatic rigging. The Forum is an annual event allowing the
circus worlds of Quebec, Canada and the United States to gather together to
exchange their views on shared issues through various discussion workshops."
Genevihve Dupiri, Find a link to the National Circus Arts Forum under
Festivals and Events at
"Usanu Theatre Company is looking for
approximately 4-6 charismatic, talented and flexible performers who have an
interest in physical experimental theatre. The piece we are creating will be
based on exploring the body within the space, dreams, and using the
influence Jean Cocteau's "Orpheus". The piece which will be debuting at "The
Old Sorting Office Theatre" in South West London, then "Richmond Studio" in
the RACC (date to be confirmed) and hopefully touring to various other
theatres in and around London. There will be a three week rehearsal period
(1st-21st April), with the performance debuting on 21st April. It is
important that you are available for the majority of this period and work
well in an ensemble environment. Although given direction you will be given
the freedom to devise and help choreograph your own work from theatrical
exercises and stimuli that we will provide throughout the process. This
fantastic opportunity will be a voluntary position as we are a non-profit
theatre company. To apply, please e-mail your CV, confirm your availability
and a blurb explaining your interest and what you can offer to this project.
You can find our contact details on our web site." Jessica Mistovski. Find a
link to the Usanu Theatre web site under Physical Theatre at:
"This is an invitation for theatre companies and performance artists to
submit proposals to Write Side of the Brain,
a week long event of exciting new work across performing art forms in
London. Missfit productions will select ten proposals for production at the
Baron's Court Theatre in May 2006. We will help you produce your work, and
you will receive 40% of box office takings for each performance. We require
complete scripts, or, for performance art, the conceit. Each piece should be
a maximum of 50 minutes long. Please include name, and contact details. C.Vs
are not required: work will be judged on its own merits. All submissions
must be received no later than March 20th . The Write Side Of The Brain -
runs from Tuesday 16th through Sunday 21st of May 2006. There will be two
different performances each night, starting at 7PM and at 8:15PM. For
further information about The Write Side Of The Brain see our web site where
you can find contact details to email your proposals ." Lennie Varvarides.
Find a link to Missfit Productions under Resources at:
"The International Street Theatre Festival in Grand, Belgium, is organizing
a conference on circus and street arts,
April 12 and 13. Half a day will be devoted to introducing different
European networks acting within our sector. A great number of programmers
from greater Europe as well as representatives of the aforementioned
networks shall speak at the occasion. We shall also explore the possibility
of a large-scale demonstration within Flanders, not unlike the one launched
by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Time for Street Arts,
or even like the one inaugurated in the Netherlands, Year of the Circus.
Other debates will be held, most notably on the links that Flanders is now
developing with international partners, on the absence of places of
production on the Flemish territory, or on the workings of the street arts
federations in France and Belgium. The debates will take place in Dutch,
French and English." Find a link to the International Street Theatre
Festival under Festivals and Events at:
"The International Street Theatre Festival "Without
a Roof" will take place in the historical space of the Peter and
Paul Fortress in the centre of Saint-Petersburg, Russia, from 16th to 18th
of June, on three or four stages. We are committed to familiarizing the
Russian audience, critics and the theatrical public with the original
culture of street theatre as an independent art. This event is conceived as
a bright street action, or an extemporaneous, expressive subculture. The
Parades, a special genre of street theatre, shall open the program. The
aesthetic space of the fortress will be filled by static installations by
theatre artists. A great 'happening' accompanied by the musical teams of
different genres will end the Festival. The program will include: Shows by
leading professional street theatres of Europe; Actions and installations
by leading artists of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow; Workshop for the
organizers of street public events; Workshops for students of theatrical
high schools and creative young people; Artistic club during the Festival.
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