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Playspace: Clown Masterclass - at the Lab, Sydney, Australia US and Canada Training and Performance Tour
Networking: Female Performing Arts Festival 'Cirkus Prinsessan', Sweden 'A Nose of Her Own' - Women Clown Project, Australia. 2003 World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand PromoFest - Promotion Workshop, Massachusetts, USA Roving HIV AIDS Clown Project, Guatemala
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Welcome to another edition of the physical theatre newsletter from Artmedia, a publication with an Australasian focus and a global perspective, now reaching more than 8,000 subscribers worldwide.
Thanks to those who have wondered how it was for me to close the Sydney Studio, and yes, it's been a wonderful freedom, which has been assisted by spending the last few weeks in Brisbane. My thanks to Vulcana Womens Circus in Brisbane, Australia, who are doing wonderful work.
We have a bit of a female focus with this issue, as we carry information in the networking on a female performing arts festival, "Cirkus Prinsessan", in Sweden, and a contemporary women clown project, A Nose of Her Own, in Wollongong, Australia. Find more information at
I am back to Sydney to teach a clown masterclass this weekend, and I remind those interested that this will be the last time to work with me in Sydney for a year, so grab your opportunity, and I have extended the earlybird fee to entice more of you onto the course
In the Playspace section I also have information on the shows and workshops that are firming up in America and Canada next year, and thanks to everyone who has responded so far. I have also revamped the Playspace site to focus on this touring information. http://www.artmedia.com.au/playspac.htm
The networking this month also carries information on the Buskers Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand, and on PromoFest, a new 4 day Promotion workshop in Massachusetts, USA, run by Lee Ross and John Pritchard, plus news of the Roving HIV AIDS Clown Project in Guatemala.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing physical theatre community worldwide, so please send us info for inclusion in this newsletter. Details of our web-site and newsletter advertising deals are also at the bottom of this page.
Clown Masterclass - Two weekends starting this Saturday, 23rd
Numbers confirmed on the Masterclass are low, but it will definitely run, and to encourage more participants, we have extended the earlybird fee, making it more affordable. Grab your chance to work with Alan Clay in this intensive workshop, before he leaves on his North American tour.
With the close of the Sydney studio, the Playspace Masterclass will now be held at the Aerial Lab, in the old railway sheds in Newtown, which have just been taken over by the NSW Ministry of Arts. Find the directions on how to find to the Lab by car and train, and more info on the workshop, at
US & Canadian Training, Performance, and Readings Tour
Alan Clay, will be touring to America and Canada, from May to November to perform his solo clown show, 'Love and Chaos', teach clown workshops, and read excerpts from his new novel 'Believers in Love'.
The tour will start with shows in Victoria, British Columbia, in May and then some readings in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by performances and readings in June in New York, and a workshop in Connecticut. Negotiations are also under way with festivals in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, in July and August, with the possibly of several workshops in Canada.
It then looks like a series of readings in Toronto and Ottawa in September, and in Oregon and Washington and San Francisco in October. More information, as bookings are confirmed, can be found at
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"Hello Alan, Well its taken me a little while to get my links page happening but finally its up. Can you put me up on your links page under the Character section as "Jonno Katz - EpicWorlds". I've been a great user of your site for a few years now. Awesome work. Thanx Alan." Jonno. Check out Jonnos link, and many others at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links.htm, and go up from there to check out the range of physical theatre information on the artmedia site.
"Hi Alan, Thank you for your newsletter, it is a great way to hear about what's going on, a continent I never been on. I guess, will be less lost once I get there. I am writing to you from Sweden, and want to tell you about a festival going on her. It's a female performing arts festival called " Cirkus prinsessan" it takes place in Stockholm, were female performers work for about 3 weeks during which one of them is crowned by H.S.H. Princess Christina of Sweden the circus princess of the year. It has taken place for 8 years and every year there are more agents who come to watch. There is some information on the English homepage of circus princess." Kind regards, Irena Purschke. Find this link under Festivals at
"A Nose of Her Own" is the first production by this new company of contemporary women clowns. Clowning has never been so sexy. Fourteen fabulous fractious funny females come together in a celebration of everything that's ridiculous about life and the fairer sex. Two of Australia's top women performers join with a gang from the local WOW Women's circus to present a world premier of a new work. Opening with a chaotic 'Charivari' in which a dozen or so clowns take over the stage and the auditorium, the show moves into it's centre piece which is a duet for Two clowns and a Baby Grand Piano. This will be followed by the Grand finale ≠ a surreal reinvention in which the clowns do their version of a Water Ballet a la Esther Williams. The show will draw on elements of vaudeville, circus and popular performance November 28 - 30. 8:00pm and Saturday 30th at 2:00pm. Bruce Gordon Theatre Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Wollongong." Find more info at
"PromoFest - a four day self-Promotion workshop. From your web site to recording new performance pieces under ideal conditions! You will leave PromoFest with a master CD-ROM that contains your own video and press materials professionally designed to copy to your web site and you will also be able to produce a DVD or VHS master. After over 20 years on the street and stage, touring as the lead with Cirque Du Soleil and writing half a dozen feature scripts, Lee Ross has settled down and partnered with John Pritchard, award winning web designer and film maker, to form a truly unique film school! PromoFest costs $750 for all four days of the workshop, including room and board, equipment and blank media for video, cds and dvds. Held at 9 Mountain Retreat Workshop Center located in the beautiful Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. PromoFest is limited to 20 people per workshop: December 2-5 or January 6-9." With the Best of Intentions, Lee and John. Find this link under Festivals at
"Hi Alan, The Roving HIV AIDS Clown Project has received funding for three years and is seeking volunteers to come tour with us around Guatemala's rural communities, clowning around and running group workshops on hiv and aids. We tour villages, border areas, small cities and towns, prisons and pretty much anywhere we get invited. This is a good opportunity for folks who want to get to know Guatemala well and work closely with Mayan people. Volunteers receive free accommodation and some in-country travel expenses. Clowns, drummers and performers who tour with us are asked to make a three month commitment before being considered for paid work. They should come prepared to participate in a collective and share their skills. Some Spanish is a definite plus, but the country is full of excellent and inexpensive language schools. The Atz'anem K'oj collective can be contacted via email at: email@example.com Thank you for keeping us on your mailing list. We hope this note reaches you in good health and high spirits." Yours faithfully, Bobolop the Clown, Tony Savdiť.
"03 World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand, Jan 15-26. This is the largest street performance festival in Australiasia. Each year the festival receives more than one hundred applications from international acts seeking to secure one of the 15 spots in the festival's line up. There are more than 25 shows per day. A partial list of acts for the 2003 event includes; The acrobatic balancing duo AMAR and the juggling comedy duo The Individuals from the Netherlands, and dancing duo Blackstreet Boys from USA. From Japan the amazing Hanger man and the acrobatic talents of Sublimit, from Canada, Hotnuts and Popcorn, from the UK the duo Skatenaked, Fraser Hooper and from Germany the mime artist Ulrich Gottlieb, and from Australia the dazzling hoop acrobat Judith Lanigan, the dancing feet of Andy Zap and the always intriguing Rumpelstiltskin. There is also a Busker's Open Pitch- for local acts to profile their busking talent weekdays in the city mall amphitheatre. A new feature this year is 'The Art of Street Performance II' a post festival educational expo featuring tutors from the School of Circo Arts and performers from the festival." Jodi Wright. Find a link to the World Buskers Festival under Festivals at
"Hi Alan, I am a USA based puppeteer, mask artist, stilt walker, etc, and am currently applying for a fellowship to start and run a youth theatre group in Mexico. I've spent years working in Mexico, but would love to be in touch with people doing youth theatre work in so-called "third world" countries as I'm in the process of developing my application. Assuming I get the funding, of course I'd love to stay in contact!!" I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for the help!" Nathan Scott
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