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Artmedia - Physical Theatre News - December 2003
Circus Oz Training Intensive, 7 - 11 January, Melbourne
Actors College of Theatre and Television, Sydney, Australia
Clown Summer School, February 04, Sydney, Australia
Trainers for Circus version of Shakespeare, Auckland, NZ
Tasmanian Circus Fest 03 Photographs Online, Australia
Independent Performance Producers, Vancouver, Canada
A Fabric Workshop with Gemini Trapeze, Vermont, USA
Acts for Brooklyn Lyceum Vaudeville Show, New York
Trobada de Pallassos/as, Clown Solidarity, Valencia, Spain
Winter Clown School, Why Not Institute, London, England
Adzido is seeking a team of Education Animateurs, London
International University, Global Theatre Experience, Latvia
Circus Tigray from Ethiopia, seeks touring opportunities
Seeking an American clown named Flip Risley in Australia
Boy with Acro skills for Channel 10, Melbourne, Australia
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Welcome to the December edition of the Artmedia physical
theatre newsletter, a publication with an Australasian focus
and a global perspective.
With the approach of the end of 2003, I would like to take the
opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas, a happy
holiday season and a successful new year.
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In the Features this month, Melbourne based Circus Oz
promote their Training Intensive in January, offering intensive
aerial and acrobatic training to the circus community, and the
Actors College of Theatre and Television in Sydney, Australia,
are currently accepting applications for full and part-time
training in 2004
In Playspace news, I promote my Clown Summer School
in Sydney next February. The earlybird deadline on the
Summer School is next week, and interest in the course has
been strong, so let us know straight away if you are interested,
and we can be a little flexible with the deadline.
In the Networking, trainers are required for a circus version of
a Shakespeare play in New Zealand, some photographs from
this years Tasmanian Circus Festival have gone online, there is
an Independent Performance Producers meeting in Vancouver,
a Fabric Workshop with Gemini Trapeze in Vermont, USA, and
acts are sought for an ongoing Vaudeville Show at the Brooklyn
Lyceum in New York.
We continue our clown topic with information on the seventh
Trobada de Pallassos/as, with a theme of Clown Solidarity, in
Valencia, Spain, and on a Winter Clown School from Angela de
Castro and the Why Not Institute in London. And finally, Adzido
is seeking a team of Education Animateurs also in London, and
we have information on the International University, Global
Theatre Experience, in Latvia.
In the noticeboard, Circus Tigray from Ethiopia seeks touring
opportunities, we have a search for an American clown named
Flip Risley who was last heard of in Australia, and a boy with
Acrobatic skills is required for a TV show in Melbourne,
Australia, for Channel 10.
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In other site news, Sue Broadway has information on her
Impromptu Theatrix run impro classes in Sydney, specialising
Hemlock Mejarne is an acrobat, stilt-walker, who has a
large range of skills.
Got it Flaunt it! are a performance duo who specialise in event
Circus Unique offers children's workshops and tailored
The Physical TV site has info on Richard James Allen and Karen
Pearlman's Dance Films.
Sydney Aerial Theatre Association have information on classes
and performance projects at
Feature - Circus Oz Training Intensive, 7 - 11 January, 2004
The purpose of the Circus Oz Training Intensive in Melbourne,
Australia, is to offer intensive aerial and acrobatic training to
the circus community / industry.
Skills: Swinging Trapeze or Cloudswing; Flying Trapeze;
Static Trapeze solo & doubles; Tissues & Corde Lisse;
Chinese Pole; Adagio; Tumbling; and Handstands.
Morning and Afternoon Sessions Available. Prices vary for
different skills. If you're doing 4 sessions or more, a 10%
Trainers (confirmed so far): Rita van Opzeeland - Swinging;
Ivelin Iliev - Tumbling; Alex Schukin Adagio; Michelle
Stevens Handstands; Misha Reale Static Trapeze;
Simone OBrien Flying; Kate Fryer Tissues & Corde Lisse.
(Plus a pole trainer, yet to be confirmed.)
Venue: Circus Ozs Training Space, 40 Bay Street, Port
Melbourne Victoria 3207, Australia
Any queries or requests for enrolment forms, contact Annie
Stephens: 03 9676 0325 or email: email@example.com
Payments due by 22 December 2003. Enrolment Forms
can be downloaded from
Feature - ACTT Applications and Auditions for 2004 open NOW!
If you have ever thought about serious performance training
and want to take the next step, now has never been a better
time. The Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) in
Sydney, Australia, are currently accepting applications for
full and part-time training in 2004.
Courses include the Diploma of Performance Practice, the
Advanced Diploma of Arts in Stage & Screen Acting,
Certificate IV and Advanced Diploma of Arts in Music Theatre,
and the Certificate III in Theatre Performance and Practices.
It?s not too late to apply! ACTT will be holding additional
rounds of auditions in December and January 2004, so
download an application form from
for expert course advice on (02) 9212 6000.
Courses offered are fully accredited, CRICOS listed and
AUSTUDY approved. ACTT is Australia?s leading independent
college for the performing arts.
Playspace - Clown Summer School with Alan Clay, Sydney
4-day Clown Summer School, Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
February 2 to 5, 2004. Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm.
The earlybird deadline on the Summer School is next week,
and interest in the course has been strong, so let us know
straight away if you are interested, and we can be a little
flexible with the deadline. The Summer School will be led by
Alan Clay, who has been teaching clown for over 20 years,
and has this year presented this Clown Masterclass program
in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA.
"Clown is a very old art form, which far pre-dates circus, and
which circus co-opted a few hundred years ago. Clown has in
recent years escaped from the traditional circus into the
theatre and the streets, and then returned to help shape
modern circus theatre. Somewhere in there physical theatre
was born, as clown rejuvenated the theatrical form, and we
got the emotionally powered physical performance work we
know today. Clown also evolved in this time, into the more
vulnerable, responsive, spontaneous thing it is today."
This workshop provides a physical approach to the clown art
form, exploring playfulness, irreverence, and the freedom of
not knowing. 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
The workshop will be held in the Silver Tree Dance Studio,
585b King Street, Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
Cost: Aus$420 ( earlybird, before Dec 15 ) Aus$540 ( full ).
Enrolments & information:
More information at
Networking and Feedback
"Dear Alan, Thanks. Great newsletter as usual! I got about
10 - 12 responses to the feature in the last issue on street
acts for the Port Fairy Folk Festival, so it worked well. I will
book as many as I can. Thanks n all the best, Jamie McKew,
Port Fairy Folk Festival Director. Geelong, Australia.
Find a link to the Port Fairy Folk Festival under Festivals
"Alan, I will be looking for some people in the Auckland area
who might be able to come to my school and do some training
in preparation for a circus version of a Shakespeare play. I was
a clown for many years and can do some of the basic juggling
and -know comedy, mime, and make-up but I am looking for
people who might be able to give some basics in stilts, more
sophisticated juggling, balancing objects, rope walking, or other
skills that can be picked up on a basic level. We will have a
small budget and will pay what we can." Thanks for any help,
Paul Willis, Birkenhead College, Auckland, New Zealand.
Ph school ( 64 9 ) 483 9039, email firstname.lastname@example.org
"A notice to all Circus Performers present at the Tasmanian
Circus Fest 03, photographer Steven Vawdrey will be supporting
the website for TasFest 03 until early January 04. Visit the web
site to view photos from this years Circus Festival - but hurry
because website size will be decreased early January. Please
pass this information on to anyone you know present at the
Tasmanian Circus Festival this year, or anyone interested in
looking at photos of the event." Kind Regards, Steven Vawdrey.
Find a link to the Tasmanian Circus Fest 03 Photos site under
"World Independent Performance Series, Producers Meeting
in Vancouver. This is a new program for independent theatre/
dance/music producers with shows planned for presentation
in Vancouver, Canada, or with Vancouver work ready to tour
internationally. Saturday, December 20th, 2003 meeting at
2pm for all producers, artists and company managers who are
interested in learning more about this and joining the team. At
SPACES, 148 Alexander Street (between Main & Columbia in
Gastown). Points of discussion: Presentation & Marketing of
local or touring productions in the city of Vancouver. And
promotion of local productions to international festivals, venues,
producers and presenters. Please reserve your seat at the
meeting due to limited spots available." Looking forward to
meeting you all. email: email@example.com
"A Fabric Workshop in Vermont, USA, with Gemini Trapeze
Beginner to Advanced skill levels, Monday January 26 Friday
January 30, 9 1 pm, at Nimble Arts, in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Cost: US$395, includes breakfast. This workshop is for people
who are starting and want a good introduction to fabric, or who
already have a background and want to learn more. Focus will
be on foot lock skills, sequencing and creative transitioning,
and beginning to more advanced drops. We will be working in
our new studio with 17 ceilings, where all but the most
advanced drops will be possible. With two teachers we will be
able to work at different levels to accommodate various skill
levels within the workshop. A simple breakfast of bagels and
home baked bread, hard-boiled eggs, homemade granola and
cereals, yogurt and fruits is included in the workshop fee.
Accommodations with a kitchenette are available at our home,
Sunrise Farm - cost for a bunk is $20/night. Gemini Trapeze
are Elsie and Serenity Smith who are identical twins
specializing in aerial acrobatics and who appeared as the Duo
Trapeze act on Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco. For more info
please visit our web site." Find a link to Gemini Trapeze under
"The Brooklyn Lyceum is pleased to announce that it will
produce an ongoing Vaudeville show beginning in the Spring of
2004. The Lyceum is beginning its search for the best talent it
can find. Singers, dancers, comedians, actors and actresses,
jugglers are welcome to participate. The show will be based in
the classical vaudeville style with some modern twists. To
provide a forum for possible Vaudeville acts, the Lyceum hosts
Open-Mic nights on two Mondays a month. Those performing at
the Open-Mic will be considered for inclusion in the Vaudeville
event. Signups are at 6:30pm. Evening is from 7-8:30pm." Find
a link to the Brooklyn Lyceum Vaudeville Show in New York,
USA, under Resources at
"In these times the clown is able to give everything, while
requesting nothing. Hello Clowns: We are from Pallasenda
( First School of Clowns and Circus of the Shore ) and as is
habitual in February we are going to organize the 7th Trobada
de Pallassos/as, a small encounter made with much illusion
and affection. This year we want to pay a tribute to Clown
Solidarity, yes, to all those of you that have put on the nose
to make life more pleasant for others. If you are professional
or not, it does not matter... We also want to publish these
experiences so that they are possible to be shared. All
histories interest, do not worry about the amount of text: we
admit from two lines to several pages. You already know that
in these things what matters it is the content. In short, now it
is called on you to write. You can get it to us by the email
below and by mail at Pallasenda, c Olivera-18. 46.600, Alzira,
Valencia, Spain." Until soon! firstname.lastname@example.org
"The London International Mime Festival, and The Why Not
Institute present A Winter Clown School, Monday 12th to
Sunday 25th January 04. Classes in: " How To Be A Stupid "
a clowning workshop with Angela de Castro, and " There's No
Business Like Show Business " an eccentric dance workshop
with Barry & Joan Grantham, plus " I Like to Sing in the Bath "
a singing workshop with Juliet Hill. Led by Angela de Castro,
master clown and Founder/Director of The Why Not Institute,
this is a rare opportunity to learn clowning, group singing and
eccentric dancing, putting them all together into an exciting
performance of the clown choir, the HaHarmonics, at
Battersea Arts Centre. "This is a wonderful self-contained
course which we ran very successfully in Edinburgh in the
summer. Workshop dates: 12th to 25th January. Monday to
Friday, workshops from 9.30am to 6.00pm. Choir performances
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th. Price: 350 Venue: Battersea
Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London. Contact the Why Not
Institute for a leaflet giving full course information and booking
form." Why Not Institute. Email: email@example.com
"Adzido is seeking to recruit for Spring 2004 a new team of
education animateurs to work alongside the company's own
artists. Ability to direct & drive workshops, analyze situations
and provide evaluation of the work undertaken an advantage.
Future plans emphasize developments with young people and
upper primary age children. Freelance arts professionals are
invited to apply who have educational experience in one or
more of the fields of: African Dance, contemporary dance,
physical theatre, street dance, choreography, composition,
percussion, music, drama, poetry, storytelling. Send a CV
and letter to: Jeannette Brooks, Education Manager, Adzido,
London. Deadline: 18th Dec 2003." firstname.lastname@example.org
"Dear Colleagues, the International University Global Theatre
Experience (IUGTE) is inviting professional actors, directors,
dancers, choreographers, teachers of theatre methods and
senior students of theatre to take part in the International
Festival of Theatre Methods 04, July 5 - 11, in Malpils, Latvia.
Including: Workshops, Work demonstrations, Video, Lectures,
Performances and Discussion club. The object of the Festival
is participation in group work, presentation and exchange of
contemporary methods and approaches in performing arts.
Besides the main events of the programme each participant
will have the opportunity to demonstrate their methods of work
in the form of master class, performance, video or lecture as
well as to become acquainted with the works offered by their
colleagues from different countries of the world. Registration
deadline for presentations is March 1, 2004. Please send a
detailed CV via e-mail. The group is formed on a competitive
basis. IUGTE will provide participants with meals ( breakfast,
lunch & dinner ) and accommodation during the Festival.
Participation fee is 450 EUR. - transfer by January 1, 2004 -
350 EUR; - transfer later than June 1, 2004 - 550 EUR." Yours
truly, Inga Ryazanova, Chief Executive, International University
Global Theatre Experience, Latvia. You can find a link to the
International Festival of Theatre Methods under Festivals at
"Dear Alan, This is muluken shimelis from E - Africa Ethiopia
and working with the famous local circus Group known as
"Circus Tigray". We have been Europe, Asia, and U.S.A
several times to participate in different circus shows and
festivals. I wrote you this to appreciate your edition artmedia
physical theatre news. I received your edition and we found it
useful everything is clear. This is so helpful for all of circus
family. Good job. And let me mention that we create a new
show combining cultural music, dance and with our cultural
cloth so this makes us different from all others. Now days we
are looking for promoters who want to work with us. So if there
is anyone who can help us, please contact me with the below
address." Muluken shimelis, from Mekelle, in Ethiopia.
"I am just curious if you are in contact with an American clown
named Flip. He sometimes goes by Flip Risley. His real
name is Ron Ressegieu. We toured together in the 70's and
80's with a juggling and acrobatic group in the states called
Loco-Motion Circus. Flip married an Australian girl and has
stayed there. He used to work in Japan a lot. Unfortunately we
have lost contact. He was the best physical clown in America.
Please inform me if anyone knows his whereabouts." Best to
you, Bounce Margil, Florida, USA. email@example.com
"Hi, I am currently casting for a children's TV series for
Channel 10 in Australia, and we are looking for a 12 to 15 year
old boy, with strong performance skills as well as circus skills,
as in acrobatic skills. The show is being filmed in Melbourne,
so we are really looking for a Melbourne based actor. If anyone
has any contacts of where I can go, I look forward to hearing
from you." Yours Sincerely, Jo Rippon.
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