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Welcome to the May 2006 edition of the Artmedia
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and a global perspective, now in its fifth year and reaching over 2,100
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In our occasional Campaign section this month we have
a call from Amy Welsh to help save Curtin University's Hayman Theatre and
the student drama work that it supports. Early this year, Curtin
University's administration ordered the Hayman Theatre to cease all public
performances due to a failure to meet Fire Health and Safety regulations,
however students do not believe that fire safety is Curtin's primary
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Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide, by Alan Clay
, where you can search for the book, and then search within it for your
particular interests, and read a limited number of pages free on line.
This month we continue a series of excerpts from the book, with another fictional excerpt, from the chapter on Self.
Sugar threw her suitcase down in front of a group of American tourists, flicked it open, and pulled a pile of coloured clothes out onto the street. She loved being outrageous, and their shocked reactions were wonderful food for her adventure.
Next she took a small hand mirror out of her case and checked her image. She looked good. She had a new mirror game, and she marched up to the nearest audience member, and showed him his face in the mirror.
"Can you please identify yourself?" she asked him.
"That's definitely me," he agreed, grinning.
"Correct," she told him. "Well done."
She reinforced his participation, and moved on to the next person. People had different reactions, some pulled out their ID cards, others turned to their friends for support, a few purported not to know who they were.
Once she had played with them, they became her friends, and then her audience. Over time she created a stage by the way she arranged them and her props in the space. There were still some people however, lost in their own world, who didn't notice she was there, until they suddenly found themselves onstage.
Once they were there she had to play with them to keep the theatrical illusion, and then their reactions were enjoyed by the people who had already stopped to watch.
She liked to invade their personal space a little bit, so she draped her arm over one guy's shoulder and walked with him, joining his conversation. Another man she fell down in front of, and lay inert, so he had to step over, or go round.
He chose to step over, which meant he was playing with her, and she decided to explore how far it could go, by grabbing the leg as it touched the ground on the other side, and curling her body around his lower calf.
"Don't leave me daddy," she shouted.
The audience laughed and, still prepared to play, he tried to take a few steps, with her on his leg.
"I love you daddy," she shouted.
They laughed again.
Now it felt like the crowd was ready for the show, and she let him go, and blew kisses after him. Struggling back to her feet, she kicked off what turned out to be one of her most successful shows ever.
She didn't really realise how successful it was, until she was seated at the back of the pitch afterwards, and was pawing through the notes and coins in her hat.
"I know one shouldn't take the hat personally," she said, "but after a show like that, it's hard not to feel like a bit of a hero."
Madona and Chaos were sitting, waiting their turn, and they both grinned.
"You did good," Madona told her, "give yourself credit."
"Oh I do," she said, "the more I work, the more I enjoy being me."
She pulled a big wad of notes out of her hat, folded them, and put them in her pocket.
"With shows like that, I'd enjoy being you too," he teased her.
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: http://tinyurl.com/9nrwj
"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."
Playspace: Clown Intensive in Sydney, Australia, and Summer School Retreat in Sandy Bay, New Zealand
The Price Buster deadline on the September Clown Intensive is coming up at the end of this month, so if you want to save Aus$200 off the full price, and can already commit to the workshop, this is the deal for you. Or give yourself a southern summer break and the opportunity to explore new territory by paying NZ$100 deposit to secure a place on the Sandy Bay Clown Retreat.
One Week Clown Intensive with Alan Clay, September 11 to 15. (5 day) Price Buster Aus$400 (by June 1st), Earlybird Aus$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.
Clown 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 NZ$620 (by 1st Nov), NZ$720 (full) A NZ$100 deposit is payable to hold a place.
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 setting.
"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.
More information at: www.artmedia.com.au/playspac.htm
Feature: Dell'Arte International Summer Workshops 2006
Dell'Arte International Summer Workshops 2006 in Blue Lake, California and Aasen, Denmark
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre offers the opportunity to train with master teachers and veteran performers in two extraordinary rural locations: the heart of the Redwoods on California's North Coast, or amid the rustic beauty of Aasen, a theatre retreat center in North Jutland, Denmark. Dell'Arte workshops are ideal for artists, students and teachers seeking to develop the expressive capabilities of the actor through diverse physical theatre training.
IN BLUE LAKE, CALIFORNIA
Workshops run in conjunction with Dell'Arte's Mad River Festival, an annual celebration that, since 1971, has brought together performers and audience members from around the world and down the block for performances of theatre, music, comedy, storytelling, clown, puppetry and more.
Workshops available June through August (check website for details):
Heart of a Poet, Mind of an Actor, Body of a Gymnast - Generating New Material
Clown Coaching with Ronlin Foreman
East Coast Artists' Rasaboxes' Training Intensive
IN AASEN, DENMARK
Residential training intensives, fees include tuition, housing and meals.
DYNAMIC THEATRE: THE DELL'ARTE INTENSIVE
Two Weeks, July 31 - August 11
This workshop gathers 30 years of Dell'Arte actor-training system and includes classes on the actor's presence, movement, vocal and physical improvisation, and more.
CLOWN THEATRE INTENSIVE
This workshop explores the nature and world of the clown with an emphasis on honesty, originality and risk-taking to create characters and situations. Instructor Ronlin Foreman is one of America's foremost clown teachers; his former students perform with Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros as well as in theatres and streets worldwide.
Visit www.dellarte.com for more information, including full workshop descriptions, pricing and application forms. Call (01) 707-668-5663 or e-mail email@example.com to receive a brochure.
Feature: Last Chance to Audition for Moontan, a Short Feature Clown Film
Auditions are still open for one female clown, and a male clown, to star in Alan Clay's new low budget clown film, Moontan, to be shot in Wanganui, New Zealand, in October. The script is an adaptation of Alan's first novel, published in 1995, about a couple of clowns who get involved in an occupation of a theatre, and this has now been adapted into a half hour screenplay.
The film will be shot in the Wanganui Opera House, which is New Zealand's last Victorian Theatre, and the dates of the shoot are October 2 to 22. Everyone working on the film is offered a percentage share in any profits, plus travel, accommodation and food costs for the three weeks of the shoot.
If you would like to audition for either of these roles, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a synopsis and sample scenes. Or check these out on the web site: www.artmedia.net.nz Audition tapes will be accepted until the end of May.
"This novel, which describes the occupation of the Civic Theatre by a collective of artists is simple but well-told. This book is enjoyable, the characters are convincingly portrayed... Moontan spends much of his time observing physical reactions. His views of performers working a crowd, of theatre workshops and improvised shows are credible and successfully draw the reader into the world of a clown." Find the full review of Moontan at: www.artmedia.net.nz/book_review.htm
Campaign: A Plea to Help save the Hayman Theatre, Western Australia, by Amy Welsh
"Early this year, Curtin University's administration ordered the Hayman Theatre to cease all public performances due to a failure to meet Fire Health and Safety regulations. Curtin University claims they cannot afford the $400,000 to install the sprinkler system that would supposedly rectify the problem.
All performance students were informed that in the interim, public performances would be held at other venues. However, the venues they have sent us to are even less safe than the Hayman. Apparently, these venues do not need sprinkler systems to conform to Fire Health and Safety standards.
We do not believe that fire safety is Curtin's primary concern. Lecture space is at a premium and we believe the university sees the Hayman as a solution. Already Fine Arts students have had studio spaces taken away to cater for other students' needs.
The question we ask is this: what about our needs as BA (Performance Studies) students? Upon enrolment, Curtin promised us first class performance facilities. Curtin promised that we could participate in the 26 productions held at the Hayman each year. Without the Hayman, essential components of our degree cannot be run. Furthermore, why can't the university afford to pay $400,000 considering we each pay up to $4000 a year in fees?
As you may be aware, Curtin University's Performance Studies course is the only non-audition tertiary performance major in Western Australia. Without this course, only WAAPA is available to students as a place for world-renowned performance training. The destruction of the Hayman Theatre severely limits our options for hands on theatre experience and training.
Last year the university made threats of closure towards the Hayman Theatre due to budget cuts. However, the theatre stayed open due to strong public support. This year, they are using fire regulations as their excuse. Interestingly, the Hayman did pass a Fire Health and Safety inspection only two years ago.
We believe the public has a right to know how universities are treating their students, both current and prospective. We need your support. Please inform others of what the university is doing to performance studies and the opportunities that are currently disappearing. I urge you to contact the Vice-Chancellor on email@example.com to tell her just exactly what you think of what the university is doing to performance in WA."
"Dunedin Fringe Festival, 22 September - 8 October 2006. Comedians, performers, artists are encouraged to register to be part of the 2006 Dunedin Fringe Festival. There is now less than two weeks before all artist registrations and grant applications have to be in. Artists from outside the Otago region can apply for travel assistance grants. If you're interested in registering an event, now is the time to make it happen! The 2004 Festival featured over 80 events by over 500 artists from throughout New Zealand as well as international guests. The Fringe Festival is the ideal forum for artists who are passionate and committed to their work to showcase a new work, or tour an existing show. The Fringe Festival primarily consists of a wide range of independent artist events promoted by the Festival. Anyone can register an event. All New Zealand artists can apply for a New Work funding grant or Travel Assistance grant from the Fringe Festival as part of their registration. See the registration pack for criteria and information on how to apply for grants. Artist grant application and registration deadline: 26 May. You can download a Festival Registration Pack from our website. In addition to the many artist events in the Fringe programme there are also a handful of Festival events produced by Festival staff. Artists can be involved in these without registering their own event in the Festival, or they can do both!" Paul Smith, Director, Dunedin Fringe Festival. Find a link to the Dunedin Fringe Web site under Festivals at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Hi to all, Just to let you know about Ralph Wilson Theatre's upcoming performance "In Response" on 19th May, 8pm, at dna studios in Canberra. dna is an exciting new studio in Canberra, run by qualified & experienced staff, Canberra's first Dance and Aerial Studio. Kimmo and Janine will perform for 1 night only, an Improvisation of sound and movement in its trained and experienced state while still working with spontaneous responses. Both local artists are highly recognised within the arts community of Australia and both are based at Gorman House Arts Centre." Janine Ayres, Artistic Director, dna. Find a link to the dna studio web site under Aerial Theatre at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"After a decade of great improvised physical performance, yes this is it: The Last Conundrum at Cecil Street Studio in Melbourne, is at 7pm on Sunday 28th May. It's here. Then it's gone forever. Don't miss it. Be part of history. A glorious decade of spontaneous, ad hoc performance art for its own sake, skedaddles, vamooses, melts into thin air. You have been/will be part of this unique manifestation of communal art. Come and celebrate with us! Conundrum is a monthly showcase for dance theatre and physical performance for some of Melbourne and Australia's best improvisers. Due to the nature of improvisation, some performances may contain adult themes and language. Featuring: Five Square Metres, Clare Bartholomew, Andrew Gray, Michael Hurwood, State of Flux, David Corbet, Janice Florence, Martin Hughes, Jacob Lehrer, Wendy Smith, Born in a Taxi, Carolyn Connors, Lynne Santos, Noelle Rees Hatton and Peter Trotman. Due to popular demand we encourage you to book to avoid disappointment on the night. Bookings are now officially open!" Martin. Cecil Street Studio, 66 Cecil Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org
"2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival , 27 September to 15 October. Do you want to perform at the Melbourne Fringe Festival Hub? Expressions of Interest to perform at the Festival Hub close May 19. The 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival is only four and a half months away. Winter may be fast approaching, but it's time to starting thinking spring! Melbourne Fringe is calling for expressions of interest from artists wanting to perform at the Festival Hub in North Melbourne. The Melbourne Fringe Festival Hub is the primo place for any type of event performance, circus, comedy, cabaret, music, movement and dance or visual art. A variety of spaces are available, from an intimate 35 seater to a pros arch 330 seat theatre. In 2005 53 events were presented at the Festival Hub with unprecedented success. The Hub expanded its number of venues and importantly the box office sold 40% more tickets than the previous year. The Festival Hub offers artists subsidised venue rental, Box Office/Front of House management, a venue technician, production advice, targeted Hub publicity and marketing materials. The Festival Hub is also home to the pumping and quixotic Festival Club. Continuing on from its glamorous revamp in 2005, the Club will extend its headline programming across the Hub's 14 nights, stamping itself on the Fringe season as the place to laugh, chat and cavort until the wee hours, with FREE entry! Be part of Melbourne Fringe, our own unique independent arts occasion whatever your artform, whatever your career stage, presenting whatever you want. Hit the st[art]ing line on our web site, for information and the Expression of Interest application." Find a link to the Melbourne Fringe under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Come fly with us in St. Louis, USA, at the end of August, when Carrie Heller will be teaching aerial workshops at Circus Day Foundation's Circus Harmony Center. We have an Aerial Arts Workshop on Saturday August 19th - An opportunity for aerialists of all levels of expertise as well as those with no aerial experience to expand their skills. Great for aerialists, dancers, gymnasts and others who want to broaden their horizons. - And an Aerial Teachers Mini Workshop on Sunday, August 20th - An opportunity for aerialists, gymnastics, dance and P.E. teachers to learn the basics of teaching and spotting aerial equipment. - There are also year-round classes in Aerial Artistry and classes in tumbling, juggling, magic, clowning and other circus skills also available. The Circus Day Foundation teaches the art of life through circus education. Circus Day Foundation is an organization focused on Social Circus programs. We use circus arts to inspire individuals and connect communities. Circus Day presents regular youth circus shows at City Museum and at special events throughout the country. Circus Day Foundation's Circus Harmony Center is located in downtown St. Louis at the fantastic City Museum. It is the only full time circus school in the St. Louis area. We have classes for ages four through adult." Find a link to the Circus Day Foundation site under Training, and a link to Carrie Heller's site, the Circus Arts Institute, under Aerial Theatre at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Stolen Chair Theatre's two one-day Clown Masterclasses with Avner Eisenberg and Julie Goell in New York City are open to performers of all abilities. These workshops explore bare-bones, red-nosed clowning in the search for the personal Eccentric performer. Maestros Avner Eisenberg and Julie Goell will work with students individually and in groups to investigate clown personae. Relationship to the audience as complicit partner, use of audience volunteers, and applications of clowning to other forms of theater are of special interest. On June 17th, from 10am-6pm: Freeze: Fight or flight, fidget or faint. A physical approach to clowning. We will explore fear (stage fright, fear of failure, fear of not being funny), its disastrous effect on clowning, and what we can do to avoid it; On June 18th, from 10am-6pm: Problem solving: An Eccentric approach to creating clown characters. We will use problem solving to develop clown numeros." Find a link to the Stolen Chair Theatre under Training at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"The first annual New York Clown Theatre Festival has announced a call for submissions from performers, practitioners, and teachers of all varieties in the national and international clown community. Clown teachers, clown show premieres, clown movies, solo and short pieces, experimental works, clown Shakespeare, sporting events, and reality shows are all expected to be featured at the three-week event in early fall -- not to mention clown pie-throwing wars. The festival will celebrate a unique and ancient discipline. Clowns in various forms, from court jesters to mimes and minstrels to Charlie Chaplin's beloved Little Tramp, have been performing for thousands of years in myriad cultures: Ancient Egypt's Fifth Dynasty, 16th- and 17th-century Aztec and Native American tribes, and early 20th-century Vaudeville, among many others. The event was created by the company of the non-profit Brick Theatre; since 2002, the group has staged edgy local works in its brick-walled, state-of-the-art performance space, formerly an auto-body shop, in Williamsburg. All applications must be postmarked by June 1; for forms and specific requirements, visit our web site. Selected productions will be notified by email by June 15. The festival will take place Sept. 1 to 24 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Ave., between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn." Find a link to the New York Clown Theatre Festival under Festivals at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
"Male Dance Theatre performer required - Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK. Qdos Dance Theatre require a dynamic and motivated male performer. Strong dance, drama, physical theatre, singing and workshop leading skills are essential. Rehearsals June 12th-30th (Monday to Friday). Performance week 3rd- 7th July (Monday to Friday-daytime). Temporary freelance contract; possibility of leading to full timed Salaried position in September. Please send a current CV and photo." Anjie Taylor, Artistic Director, Qdos Dance Theatre, mailto:email@example.com
"You are cordially invited by Theater Instituut Nederland and Stichting Landschapstheater, to the launch of a book about the Dutch Griftheater, titled: "Grif from studio to landscape, (site specific) movement theatre 1975 to 2003" The time and place: 22 May, 17.00 hours in het Veem cafi in hetveem theater, Van Diemenstraat 410 in Amsterdam. The partly in English translated book includes a two-hour DVD with performance fragments and many photographs. e-mail us to reserve a copy. Hetveem theater is the only theatre in the Netherlands that prioritizes the organisation of movement theatre. It is a production house, stage, laboratory and centre for contemporary mime theatre." Frits Vogels. Find a link to Landschaps Theatre under Resources at: www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm
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