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Welcome to the January 2009 edition of the Artmedia physical theatre newsletter, your e-publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now in its eighth year and reaching over 2,500 subscribers.
One of my early clown teachers, Mime River, Michael Lynch, has just died at his home in Nelson, New Zealand, after a battle with a rare form of cancer. River was born in America and was part of the Festival of Fools movement coming out of Amsterdam in the late 70's. He taught a Fools School in Stockholm Sweden in 1977, which I attended, and from which a group of us formed a clown troupe which toured and worked in New Zealand for the next couple of years.
River was a great communicator, the sort of clown who in his younger days
could sit down at a bar with a pack of cards, make friends, do some close up
magic and be shouted food, alcohol and accomodation in return. He took the
name River to remind himself and others that he was always in a process of
change. He was also a forward thinker who was interested in the role of
clown in society and the history of the art form as well as its spiritual
connections. He died at peace, surrounded by his family and prepared for 'a
long journey to the most foreign of lands'.
In the Playspace section, my Summer Clown reatreat in New Zealand has just wound up after a wonderful week of work with students from Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand, and I'm inspired to look at a longer retreat next year. For those seeking for a workshop in Australia, the best deal on my March Sydney Clown Intensive expires at the end of this month.
In the Features the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco is gearing up for their 2009-10 School Year Auditions. They offer a year long program in the growing international field of Social Circus as well as their program of professional clown training, whose graduates go on to work with top-level circus and theater companies.
We also have news from Total Theatre in Western Australia of a new 3 month intensive physical theatre training course. The course will cover a wide range of theatre and circus skills. The dates are April to June 2009.
And in Sydney Ira Seidenstein will teach a Quantum Clown Workshop. In this two day workshop presented by Legs On The Wall, January 24th to 25th, Ira will introduce the principles of Quantum Theatre: Slapstick to Shakespeare and demonstrate how they apply to clown/acting for theatre and circus.
In Networking we have information on Circus Kumarani in Northland, New Zealand, who require Community Circus Trainers to run circus skills workshops and to motivate people of all ages and abilities.
In Australia, the Brisbane Fringe Festival, this year called "Under The Radar" will be including street theatre in the programme for the first time. All forms of street theatre and street performance are encouraged to apply. The festival runs September 18th to October 3rd. Also in Brisbane, Vulcana Women's Circus is offering Circus Skills workshops. Classes start the week of February 16th.
Dzieci in New York are holding their annual 24-hour immersion workshop, Maraton, January 24th - 25th. Partial participation may be arranged. O-T-O Dance are offering Aerial Dance Classes in Tucson, Arizona. Classes start January 20th and are open to all levels. They also offer a special drop in rate.
The call has gone out for help writing Rigging Pamphlets. Steven Santos from Simply Circus is heading up a project to write out basic performer rigging pamphlets. The project is well on its way, but they need a few more writers. So if you'd like to help out, contact Steven.
The Copenhagen International Theatre Festival is calling for proposals from artistic companies for the 2nd edition of Metropolis, a biennale for art in the public space, including performance, which challenges our notion of space, place and the city. This event that will take place in August this year in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the p roposal deadline is February 1st.
In the UK, Jon Davison is offering Clown Workshops as part of the International Clown Research Project. Held at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London it starts February 16th. Q3 Academy requires a Dancer in Residence for 20 days. Located in West Midlands, they are looking for someone with lots of ideas for dance development that will work toward establishing Dance as part of their curriculum. Application closes January 26th.
SPILL Festival of Performance invites applications
from emerging performance artists and companies for their April showcase.
This London-based festival of live art and experimental theatre organised by
Pacitti Company promises to be a golden opportunity for national and
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Sue Broadway has information on her touring performances and projects. http://www.artmedia.com.au/broadway.htm
Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen's Dance Films and Richards books, including Performing the Unnameable an Anthology of Contemporary Australian Physical Performance Scripts. www.artmedia.com.au/physical_tv.htm
Aerialize have information on their aerial theatre classes and projects in Sydney. http://www.artmedia.com.au/aerial.htm
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Sponsor: The School for Mime Theatre, Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, U.S.A. Two-Week Summer Seminar, June 28 – July 12
The School for Mime
Theatre at Kenyon College
Rick Wamer, Co-Artistic Director of the School for Mime Theatre at Kenyon
College has announced dates for the upcoming 2009 Two-Week Summer Seminar,
to be held at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, U.S.A., June 28 – July 12.
The two-week seminar is $1,200.00 USD and includes housing and tuition.
Transportation and food is the responsibility of the participant. Kitchen
facilities are available. For more information concerning the School for
Mime Theatre’s Summer Seminar and registration requirements, please contact
Rick Wamer at
firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone: 001- 520-990-7425. Online registration opens
February 1, 2009. All registration closes June 27, 2009. Deposit of $500.00
USD is required with registration in order to guarantee placement in the
seminar. The first week is available as a stand-alone week at the rate of
For more information contact Rick Wamer at email@example.com Phone: 001- 520-990-7425
Playspace: Clown Training with Alan Clay
Sydney Clown Intensive
Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th March 2009, (5 days) 10am to 4pm each day
" We tend to think of clown as the painted faced character which has come down to us from the circus tradition of the last two hundred years. However clown is possibly the oldest art form, occurring in every society throughout the ages, and it is an art form which has been undergoing a renaissance and a rejuvenation over the past few years. Modern clown is less character based and more interactive than traditional clown, it is less about hiding behind make-up and more about revealing our true selves, and less about routine based entertainment and more about spontaneous artistic expression. We need training and tools to facilitate these new skills in our work, and this workshop aims to give participants a way of working which supports this process." Alan Clay
Clown is empathic, 'feeling with' the audience, and it is also playful, open to the impulses in each moment, and this workshop will train and develop these skills through improvisation exercises. Each day will start with a yoga warm up and participants will work physically to free themselves from patterns and to connect with their emotions. Street theatre has informed and assisted the development of modern clown, and participants will take simple exercises out into the street environment to assist in the development of interactive audience skills.
The workshop is aimed at those with a professional
interest in clown. It is suitable both for beginners and for those with
experience, and it functions best with this mix in the class. There will
be a minimum of four and maximum of eight on the workshop. $400
Price-buster (by Jan 31) $500 Earlybird (by Feb 28) $600 Full. (All fees
and deposits are non-refundable) email:
firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a place or
make enquiries about this workshop.
Feature: Angels Can Fly, a Modern Clown User Guide
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns 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. Here are some reviews that have been posted on Amazon:
Feature: Clown Conservatory Auditions for 2009-10 School Year
DVD auditions accepted now; live auditions by request only. For more information about Clown Conservatory or Circus Center, please visit our websites: www.circuscenter.org OR www.clownconservatory.org
Feature: Total Theatre – NEW Short Courses in 2009
Theatre – Mosman Park, Western Australia
In 2009, Total Theatre will offer a new 3 month
intensive physical theatre training course, for those wishing to take
advantage of this popular training in a more condensed form than our one and
two-year courses. (or for those wishing to short-cut their training in order
to enter, more readily, the theatre industry)
If you are interested in applying or have any questions, contact Sophie on (08) 9385 4211 or email@example.com
Feature: Legs On The Wall presents Quantum Clowning Workshop with Ira Seidenstein, 24th - 25th January, NSW
24 - 25 January 2009, 10am – 4pm
Red Box, Lilyfield
Director, clown, actor, Ira Seidenstein will introduce the principles of Quantum Theatre: Slapstick to Shakespeare and demonstrate how they apply to clown/acting for theatre and circus.
A Quantum Clown workshop is an economical way to reinvigorate ones own clowning practice by using universal principles of Quantum Theatre. It incorporates the breadth of ideas and techniques of contemporary theatre whilst using a practical body-mind-spirit approach to reconnect with our deeper creative natures. With a clear grounding in Suzuki Actor Training Method and anatomically correct physical training based on yoga, acrobatics, and Core Body Mechanics, the Quantum Theatre exercises leave space for an actor to use any of their previous trainings or experience. In an enjoyable, creative and practical way the universal principles defined by QTSS are real, clear, adaptable, and will directly enhance the work of any performer. Numerous professionals have found that the universal principles of Quantum Theatre can create a renewed freedom in ones body and creativity.
About Ira Seidenstein
Ira has worked with Cirque du Soleil (2007) as a clown/actor and coach for acting, yoga, tai chi and “Irabatics”. He was the Artistic Director for Sweden’s national circus high school and was a former teacher at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia. He is a former resident teacher & choreographer for the Bell Shakespeare Company and a mentor to numerous independent artists nationally and internationally. He trained at Dell ‘ Arte School of Physical Theatre and holds an M.A. in Visual & Arts and trained as an Iyengar yoga teacher with the founder of the Australian School of Yoga. Recently, Ira has completed two international teaching tours to Ireland, England, Germany, and France. In 2007, Japanese director, Tadashi Suzuki, personally acknowledged Ira as achieving the highest level of the Suzuki Actor Training Method both in training and performance. Currently Ira is completing a Ph.D. in Education with a thesis on training actors based on the universal principles of Quantum Theatre: Slapstick to Shakespeare.
For bookings and further information please visit www.legsonthewall.com.au
"Seeking Community Circus Trainers, Circus Kumarani, Northland and Auckland, New Zealand. We are always seeking people with the ability to facilitate circus skills workshops and motivate individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. Please contact us for more information. Visit our web site for contact details." (Photo left: (c) 2007 Circus Kumarani) Find a link to Circus Kumarani under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
street theatre performers, BF09 Under The Radar,
Brisbane, Aus. Application deadline 16 February 2009. A 16 day theatrefest
within a festival, BF09 Under The Radar celebrates the creation of new work,
taking risks, self discovery and pushing the boundaries! This year BF09
Under The Radar is moving beyond theatre and taking it to the masses on the
streets of Brisbane’s CBD. For the first time street theatre will be
included in the programme with an estimated 10 shows being staged in shop
fronts, vacant retail premises and on the streets over 2 weeks. Physical
theatre, street theatre, circus, public performance, plays, burlesque,
theatre of image, dance theatre, musical theatre, cabaret, junkyard, – all
welcome to apply. BF09 Under The Radar runs from 18th Sept to 3rd Oct. So if
you’re into theatre and performing, make sure you send us an application.
You’ve got nothing to lose. Applications must be received by 6pm (EST/Qld
time) Monday 16 February 2009. Successful applications will be notified in
April 2009. Through BF09 Under The Radar, Brisbane Festival aims to give a
leg up to artists and companies on the edge of the mainstream. You can
get the application form and more information on our web site." Carney
Nir, Under The Radar, Brisbane Festival. Find a link to Brisbane Festival
under Festivals at:
"Twenty-four hour workshop, DzieCi, New York, USA, 24th - 25th January. The winter para-theatrical workshop, Maraton, is a 24 hour immersion in the work of DzieCi. It begins at 7:00am and finishes 24 hours later. The cost is $50-$150, pay what you can. Bring layers of clothes and a blanket. Partial participation may be arranged with prior notice. For more information and contact details, visit our web site." Matt Mitler, Company Director, Dzieci. Find a link to Dzieci under Training at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
"Aerial Dance Classes, O-T-O Dance , January 20th - May 14th, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Classes are open to everyone, from the curious beginner to the advanced dancer/aerialist mover, children, teens and adults. Pick and choose the classes you like, or drop in at a special rate. For more information, registration, class descriptions and teacher bios, please visit our web site. We're looking forward to seeing you!" Annie Bunker, Artistic Director, O-T-O Dance. (Photo right: O-T-O Dance) Find a link to O-T-O Dance Inc. under Aerial Theatre at: http://www.artmedia.com.au/links5.htm
"Help Wanted to Write Rigging Pamphlets. A number of folks are working on a project to write out basic performer rigging pamphlets. We have a bunch of them being developed. Chuck is working on one for common rigging points, Warren is going to do one on block and fall rigging, others are doing lyra rigging, silks rigging, trap rigging, dance trap rigging, etc. We think this will be the start of things being a lot more sane in our industry. We do have several that we would like to find folks to take a stab at writing. If anyone want to try writing one, drop me a line and I will get you started! Find contact details on our web site." Steven Santos, Director, Simply Circus, Inc. Find a link to Simply Circus under Training at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links7.htm
Proposals, Metropolis 2009, Denmark.
Proposal deadline February 1st. The Copenhagen International Theatre is
currently preparing the 2nd edition of Metropolis, an event that will take
place in August 2009, and is therefore open to proposals from artistic
companies. Metropolis is a biennale for art in the public space, and was
created in 2007. Its goal is to promote cross-disciplinary work from Denmark
and abroad (architecture, design, performance, art and media) which
challenges our notion of space, place and the city. Special consideration
will be given to work that is specifically conceived for the city of
Copenhagen as well as to projects involving a process aspect. Proposals must
be sent by February 1, 2009. For more information please visit our web
site." Trevor Davies, Co-manager/co-artistic director, Metropolis. Find a
link to Metropolis Biennale under Festivals at:
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