Courses, workshops and seminars

Acrojou Masterclass: Body & Structure

Deadline: 20 July

Dates: 24 – 25 July, National Centre for Circus Arts, 1pm – 8.30pm

27 – 28 July, Circomedia, 10.30 – 6pm

29 – 30 July, The Jasmin Vardimon Space, Kent. 9.15 – 4.45pm

Join us for our two day Body and Structure masterclass: a highly physical exploration of what dance, physical theatre and circus offer when explored in close partnership with the designed visual and structural environment.

Working with narrative, improvisation, objects, metaphor and meaning, this intensive takes participants on a personal artistic journey, underpinned by Acrojou’s creation, design and choreography methodology.

Guided by the company’s core artistic team, participants will expand and deepen their practice, physically and artistically, as well as gaining confidence, tools and broadened techniques for creation.

Suitable for circus/ dance/ physical theatre artists, aged 16+

An Arts Council England / Kent County Council subsidised opportunity: £100/person for the two-day masterclass

To apply, email education@acrojou.com

More information in document below.

Commedia dell’Arte intensive summer school

Date: 14 August – 18 August

Location: Hackney

Come and join Commedia Works for their 2017 summer school! This will be a week-long intensive Commedia dell’Arte workshop led by Didi Hopkins, the industry’s leading expert in the practice.

The National Theatre have made five short films about the Commedia method Didi developed with mask maker, Ninian Kinnear Wilson. She worked with Richard Bean on ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and his new Commedia inspired RSC show, ‘The Hypocrite’. She was also recently Commedia and movement director for ‘Love for Love’ at the RSC.

We will explore the roots of Commedia dell’Arte from what it was to what it can be. Discover the essence of the archetypes and the spirit of the characters, the masks, improvisation, physical storytelling, comedy, tragedy and everything in between.

This workshop is for anyone, of any experience.

Price: £150. Limited spaces available.

Email Elliott@commediaworks.com to request an application form.

For more information click here. 

Damn Everything but the Circus - Seminars at Edinburgh Fringe

Date: 8, 15, 22 August

Venue: Fringe Central (Venue 2), Edinburgh

Vee Smith, National Centre for Circus Arts graduate, will be hosting a series of Circus discussion seminars titled Damn Everything but the Circus at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe as part of their Participants Services Programme. 

Facilitated by Vee, each session will have a different panel of industry professionals and will explore some of the factors that shape the world of contemporary circus.

The sessions will be 1 hour 30 minutes each with approximately 1 hour of panel discussion and 30 minutes of audience questions. It will be relatively informal and an opportunity for those who love circus to build a culture of critical discourse within the industry.  

These events are free but capacity it limited so please book tickets in advance from the Fringe website.

Further information about Participants Services and other events is available from their online programme.

New Courses at My Aerial Home 2017

Creating Circus

Dates: Sunday 27 - Wednesday 30 August

We are delighted that Charlotte Mooney (award-winning Joint Artistic Director and Co-founder of Ockham’s Razor) will be our guest creative leader for this fabulous four-day intensive course, taking place in our spacious, well-equipped training space.

You will attend aerial classes every morning taught by skilled practitioners and guest tutors designed to increase skill levels and repertoire, whilst the afternoons, led by Charlotte, will be dedicated to devising workshops. You will immerse yourselves in the workshopping process with the aim of creating the skeleton of a performance piece.

Charlotte will give you the benefit of her many years’ experience of devising, directing and performing in theatrical and aerial shows. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a performance collective in a safe and secure environment, with expert guidance provided throughout!

 

Aerial Rigging Course

Dates: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September

Bryan Donaldson will be returning to My Aerial Home with his popular and essential aerial rigging course. This course is run over two full days and is split between classroom theory and on-site practical rigging. Students should ideally come from an aerial performance or technical background with a reasonable level of physical ability/fitness (for practical ‘at height’ demonstrations etc.).

There will be a theory (written/multiple choice) test at the end of the course and a certificate of completion awarded. Bryan travelled the world as an aerial artist and rigger with touring circus companies for many years establishing an accomplished and respected reputation as part of 'Duo Vertigo'. In 2003 he co-founded High Performance Rigging & Productions and is a highly acknowledged practitioner and consultant in the world of circus production & performer rigging.

 

Essential Aerial Course (Professional

Dates: 4 September - 30 November

This course is designed to create professional aerial performers. Participants will obtain a good grounding in aerial skills, choreography, technical ability and business acumen. Following the initial foundation module, students will specialise in their chosen apparatus and work on their technique and creation skills, culminating in a graduate show (included in fee) filmed for showreel use.

Taught by a wide range of highly-skilled teachers and guest tutors at My Aerial Home's dedicated and well-equipped professional training space, this course will give students the confidence to become well-rounded performers on and off aerial equipment, prepare them for work in an increasingly competitive industry, and provide them with a knowledge of safe working practices. Suitable for aerialists who have gaps in their knowledge, professionally trained dancers, gymnasts, and anyone with an excellent physical understanding and good fitness level.

 

Find out more (all courses): www.myaerialhome.co.uk or call Amanda on 020 3817 4870.

EADF 2017 1-day Professional Aerial Clinic

Date: Sunday 13 Aug, 10am - 5.30pm

Venue: The Point, Eastleigh

Calling all professional rope and fabric artists. 

As professional Aerial practitioners how often do we get the chance (or give ourselves the opportunity) to take a class? At the EADF this year we’re hosting 2 incredible International aerial coaches; Sarah Poole (one of the lead aerial coaches at ENC in Montreal) and Ana Prada (Costa Rica) who’ll teaching a full day of fabric and corde lisse.

Ana works through deconstructing technique to dig down into the fundamentals that allow for fluid ease of movement in the air; applying her Gyrokinesis awareness, yoga practise to her huge fabric knowledge.

Whilst Sarah has a wealth of experience of working with elite aerialists to personalise their technique and liberate their true potential; name your favourite rope artists to emerge from ENC in the last few years – Sarah coached them!

Check us out at www.eadf.co.uk  for information on the schedule, class level, prices and tutors biogs. Bookings can be made by emailing EADF@eastleigh.gov.uk, by phone or in person at the Point, Eastleigh. 023 8065 2333, www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk 

The Point is just over an hour away from London by train or you can fly in to Southampton airport, 5 mins away from the venue. 

European Aerial Dance Festival 2017

Dates: 8 – 19 August 

Venue: The Point, Leigh Rd, Eastleigh SO50 9D

The European Aerial Dance Festival is now in it’s eighth year and - you’ve been asking for it - we’re finally able to extend the festival to run over 2 weeks, packed with aerial dance classes; trapeze vertical dance, aerial fabric, counterweight harness, cocoon, cyr wheel, acro, aerial yoga, dance & much more. Come for a week or the whole fortnight!

 

This year there is provision exclusively for professional and advanced aerial dance artists, including act creation, act refinement and performance opportunities.  There will also be a 1-day Professional Aerial clinic with international tutors Sarah Poole (ENC, Montreal teaching rope) and Ana Prada (teaching fabric) on Sun 13th – we expect tickets will go fast for this one.

 

There are plenty of classes for beginners and improvers as well, visit www.eadf.co.uk for all the info including timetable, class levels, tutors biogs and prices. This year there’s also high spec and very affordable accommodation available at the nearby University of Winchester (just a 20-30 minute journey from your bed to the studio!).

 

We’re excited to be hosting the festival at The Point again, meaning that all classes are on the same site, with beautiful studios, a sun deck for yoga, café on site, green space just next door and supermarkets down the road. The Point is 5 minutes away from Eastleigh train station and just over an hour away from London by train. You can also fly in to Southampton airport, 5 mins away from the venue. 

 

Bookings can be made by emailing EADF@eastleigh.gov.uk by phone or in person at The Point, 023 8065 2333.

 

www.eadf.co.uk

 

Commedia dell’Arte intensive summer school

Date: 14 August – 18 August

Location: Hackney

Come and join Commedia Works for their 2017 summer school! This will be a week-long intensive Commedia dell’Arte workshop led by Didi Hopkins, the industry’s leading expert in the practice.

The National Theatre have made five short films about the Commedia method Didi developed with mask maker, Ninian Kinnear Wilson. She worked with Richard Bean on ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and his new Commedia inspired RSC show, ‘The Hypocrite’. She was also recently Commedia and movement director for ‘Love for Love’ at the RSC.

We will explore the roots of Commedia dell’Arte from what it was to what it can be. Discover the essence of the archetypes and the spirit of the characters, the masks, improvisation, physical storytelling, comedy, tragedy and everything in between.

This workshop is for anyone, of any experience.

Price: £150. Limited spaces available.

Email Elliott@commediaworks.com to request an application form.

For more information click here. 

CIRCUS. IN A FIELD! 2017

Dates: 25 August – 1 September

Circus. In A Field! - the summer circus festival for the North East - returns for the third time to Guyzance, Northumberland, Friday 25 August to Friday 1 September, produced by Newcastle-based circus producers Let’s Circus.

From 25 - 27 August is the Acrobatics Intensive, led by acrobalance stars Forma Fortis. They’ll be teaching partner acrobatics, handstands, strength training and family acrobatics.

This training is followed by a four-day Circus Intensive that covers all disciplines between 29 August - 1 September. 

Also teaching this year are Lost in Translation (UK), Witty Look (Japan), Head First Acrobats (Australia), Marvelous Mavericks (UK), Matthew Tiffany (UK), Fun in the Oven Theatre (UK), Todd Various (USA), The Circus Riggers (UK).

The week-long event includes four Kids Summer School days catering to ages 8 - 15 that give a fun-packed introduction to the circus world, covering a range of disciplines such as juggling, tightwire, plate spinning, performance skills, hula hoop, and more. Parents can sign their children up to all four days or just the one session depending on preference.     

On the Bank Holiday Monday, the green side is open to the public for a ‘Festival in a Day’, which will include world-class circus shows such as Lost in Translation Circus’ The Hogwallops, as well as international cabarets in the big top tents, live music, onsite food and bar.

Tickets for all parts of the event can be purchased through www.circusinafield.co.uk, with family tickets available for the Bank Holiday Monday event. Limited Earlybird tickets at a discounted rate are available until Friday 30 June. See the festival website for map of event location near Guyzance. 

www.circusinafield.co.uk

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Starting a Performing Arts Company

Date: Tuesday 26 September, 10am - 5pm.

Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

This course provides an overview of everything you need to be thinking about when setting up and running your own performing arts company.

By the end of this course you will have a basic knowledge of:

-        How to decide upon a legal structure

-        Registering as a Limited Company

-        Deciding whether to apply for Charity status

-        Contracts, employment law and legal responsibilities

-        Intellectual Property law

-        Health and safety requirements

-        Financial management and Tax & NI

-        Funding a performing arts company

 ‘Spectacularly good course. ITC passing on their golden pearls of legality in the theatre world.’ Jenny Kondol, Permanently Visible Productions

This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in starting a performing arts company. It will give you the basics that will underpin your artistic vision when you start out and help you to avoid fundamental mistakes.

The course is an informal mix of the trainer’s presentation and exercises. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and talk about your own situation. Course notes and reference materials are provided.

Teacher: Jackie Elliman is ITC’s Legal & Industrial Relations Manager. Charlotte Jones is Chief Executive of ITC.

Price: this course is offered at a reduced rate of £75+VAT (£90) to assist those starting new companies.

For more information click here.

EAAC 2017: The Edinburgh Aerial and Acro Convention

Dates: 8 - 10 September 2017

Venue: St. Leonards Land, Edinburgh

Now in it's 11th year, EAAC is an event that brings together the circus community from far and wide. With around 400 workshops taught by world class performers and instructors, EAAC is a non-stop weekend of circus training with workshops from beginner to professional level.

We have a huge range of disciplines on offer and EAAC is a great opportunity to try out new skills. Alongside classes in Flexibility, Trapeze, Hoop and Silks, you will also have the chance to try out something different with our classes in Bungee Trapeze, Teeterboard, Russian Bars… and much more!

The spirit of the convention is to be a fun event where you will meet and train with likeminded people who are also passionate about circus. So whether you come every year or this is your first time, you will be sure to leave with many more friends than you arrive with!

Earlybird Ticket Offer: Save up to £100 if you book by July 31.

Earlybird Full Pass: £219
Earlybird Acro Pass: £109
Full Pass: £319
Acro Pass: £199

For more information: www.eaac.info
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Professional course – Gravity Circus Centre

Course start date: January 2018.

3, 6 or 9 months of training and classes

Candidates who would like to apply should contact via email [welcometogravity@gmail.com] with video/s of their current work as well as some information about their previous experience as a circus artist/performer. Please also inform us about the preferred length of the course in which you’d like to participate.

On this program, you will be able to specialise on: rope, silks, straps, hoop, static and/or dance trapeze. Handstand is only available on the 9-month course.

There is no age limit.

There is a maximum of 10 places per course.

See the website for more information.

Fool's Cap Theatre: Corporeal Mime and Devising Workshop

Date: Year-round, Wednesdays at 10:00 to 12:00, Saturdays at 11:00 to 13:00

Location: Elephant & Castle, London

Led by Vini Carvalho, Fool's Cap is offering regular classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays morning. Target participants: performers, dancers, actors.

Based on the work of Etienne Decroux and his assistants, the training is an introduction to the unique universe of Corporeal Mime, developing physicality capable of conveying meaning through the body. The classes feature pieces and figures of the repertoire, walks, as well as devising mechanisms based on the technique.

Price: Donations accepted

Contact: vinicius@foolscaptheatre.com 

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