Sunday, September 4, 2011

Amsterdam Autumn and the Burning Man Question

Webmaster Michael Visits Utah, and Meets Another Friend from Katie's Circle

Drawing by M.E. of Kirstie Simson from Laban Institute, and now at the University of Illinois. (Click to enlarge the image)

The 8th International Festival of Dance for the Camera was held at the University of Utah from September 15 through 24. Filmmaker Katrina McPherson was the special guest, and she presented the American premiere of her film about Kirstie Simson called Force of Nature.
Kirstie and Webmaster Michael both had dinner at Katie Duck's house recently, but about a week apart. The coincidence was over-the-top fun! After Simson's movement workshop on Saturday, Michael introduced her to Ruth's Diner in the mountains just above the university -- where they drank espresso outside in the beautiful late-summer afternoon.
Michael took Kirstie back to Katrina's class in the dark recesses of the old Museum of Art, and they all met again at sunset, for the screening of Force of Nature at Fort Douglas, with the addition of lovely Mime Trouper Patsy Droubay!

Shout-outs to organizing professor Ellen Bromberg -- who was at my introductory RDT Dance/Video workshop in 1973, staffer Danielle Short, filmmakers Aaron London and Tanja London (See ya' in Amsterdam! OK?), 24-hour bus-riding student Candace, Joanne Woodbury, and Lynne Wimmer from RDT's greatest days.

Burning Man perseveres in the Black Rock Desert

Fire Goddess Crimson Rose at Burning Man -- we met her in 1974 at the International Mime Festival. Around 50,000 people will populate Black Rock City at the end of this summer, and the town will be gone by winter.

The wheels of travel still turn!

Digitized composite from photos by M.E.

Katie Duck and Alfredo Genovese are heading EAST to Germany and Poland in September.
September 12-14 Improvisation Workshop MAGPIE with Katie Duck and Alfredo Genovesi Orangerie - Theater im Volksgarten Volksgartenstraße 25, D-50677 Köln, Germany

Sharon Smith, Magpie's Lead Singer:

Sharon's on the road with Gob Squad too.
See Sharon Smith & Felicity Croydon's amazing site (Updated Flash Required)

Via Katie and Chris Torch: European Readers -- Act for culture in Europe and sign the We Are More manifesto now:
Culture Action Europe Rue de la Science 10 B-1000 Brussels

Chris Torch Is Thinking Big:

The CORNERS Project -- Four Xpeditions/Four CORNERS of Europe:
1. North -­ planned and implemented by Umeå 2014 and participating associate Partners. Planned Destinations: Sampi; Västerbotten (Sweden); Norway 8 -­ 21 August, 2011 (Done)
2.Caucasus -­ planned and implemented by Intercult and participating associate Partners. Destinations: Georgia; Eastern Turkey; Azerbaijan September 27 to October 13, 2011

For more info -- contact INTERCULT (Sweden)

Barsham Faire and Albion Faire, East Anglia UK
Webmaster Michael got an interesting email from someone perusing the Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe Outline and Scrapbook:
We have in recent years collected an archive on the East Anglian Fairs of the 1970s/80s. We have just been donated some pictures from Barsham 1975 including a small series featuring George and his 'little princess' ... are busy creating an exhibition at the moment ...

Barsham Faire is where George first met Johnny Melville, which eventually led to Kaboodle and Salatka Balloon Band coming to Amsterdam's Festival of Fools.
There is quite an active group documenting these East Anglian Fairs!
They made an informative Website,
but are collaborating on said exhibition via their blog HERE
Next year marks 40 years since the first of the legendary East Anglian fairs – which ran from 1972 to 1986 – took place. Their spirit of creativity, play and environmentalism was ahead of its time and has left a legacy today. The fairs became renowned for providing extraordinary theatre, music, installation art, artisan stalls and other entertainments, helping to establish the careers of many who have gone on to play an important part in the cultural life of Britain.
The first run of the East Anglia Fairs exhibition is now over. It had a cheery launch on the 4th August ... Maximum chatting, minimal speechifying. Madeline and Mike said a bit, about the archive and the forthcoming gig, and Don said a bit more and read an Andy Bell poem 'Dragon Hill'.

Speaking of Friends (Roadshow and Mobile): Davey Norket is featuring The Friends Story: 'According to Dave' on his already-fun Website! (Click on the letter "U" to go forward, or the letter "T" to go back.)

Rod Goodall (Ex-Footsbarn) in Galway, Ireland:

Related group Ton and Kirschen are currently rehearsing for their new production LA LUNA, which will premiere in August. At the same time they are preparing present shows KING UBU and PERPETUUM MOBILE to go on tour.

Another related company Buchinger's Boot Theatre will be developing an adult show called Petrology for next year.

Footsbarn veteran Daniel Rovai is in Amsterdam, singing cabaret on the Sept. 9th weekend -- check out his movie Silent Sonata. (Slow Loader)

French allies The Improfessionals are preparing for their new season -- Clara McBride is carrying on the role Eavan Brennan and Natalie Portman are playing.

Footsbarn/Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe Alumnus Gregg Moore opened his musical vaults on the Internet:

(L to R) Start Curtis, Katie Duck, Gregg Moore, and Paul Blackwell.

Look and listen on Relevant Music.
Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe; Friends Big Band; Available Jelly; and even MOORE to come.

Nouveau Clowns

Barcelona's Kras Pataklan (administrates a Facebook page alerting all and sundry to performances of the Worldwide Baggy Pants Krewe called Clowns On The Road AKA (EN EL CAMÍ/EN EL CAMINO). Get your translating pages ready though -- the posts can be in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Italian, German or even English!

Movement Master Philippe Gaulier: CLOWN WORKSHOP -- 12/09/2011 - 16/09/2011 en BARCELONA en la Nau Ivanow 350 euros / 25horas Info & reservas:

19/09/2011 - 23/09/2011 en MADRID Sala Triangulo 350 euros / 25 horas
Info & reservas:

Karin Pipa Wimmer's Sorcas Quircas Facebook Page

Nouveau Clown/Clown Cabaret regular Mandy Dalton is working hard in the Washington D.C. -- Hurricane Irene didn't make things easier.

More Nouveau Clowning




“CLOWN THEORY” Brussels September 2011, 14th - 18th From 14.00 to 18.00
Information in English :
Information in French : +32 471/ 126 764

“CLOWN MASTERCLASS” Festival Grock Imperia-Italy October 2011 10th to 14th
in order to apply, please send cv.

Johnny Melville and Jango Edwards continue to fool around the cinema. Check out Parade of Fools for the latest on their movie!

Special shout-out to Johnny Melville:
Thank you for coming to Orgel Park and seeing our performance!

Workshop PERFORMANCE DYNAMICS with Johnny Melville
Location: Clown&Clown Festival 2011- Monte San Giusto -- Città del Sorriso Thursday, 29 September 2011

Across The Blue Horizon ...

Program Collection Project -- Festival of Fools 1975 to 1984. (Thanks to Ed Baker, Marion Onnekink, and TIN/Cor Schlosser)
An online collection of the programs from the Festival of Fools -- searchable, downloadable PDFs.

Percussionist Linda Anton Curtis plays Salsa Music every month, and goes dancing at the Gold Coast in Florida USA. Linda's friend and fellow Festival of Fools artist Ellen Beier has illustrated a new book:

Stuart Curtis' satellite page about the Hamburg production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is LINKED on the Outline and Scrapbook page of the Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe Saga-- plus the Handy Table of Contents.

Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, features music by friends Sean Bergin and Ernst Reiseger!

Karen Quest is riding the USA fair circuit with her show Cowgirl Tricks.

One-Wheeling 'Round The Big Apple!

Watch out for more dynamic fun from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus!

Nina (Bird Woman) Cheney on the Eagle Optics Blog.

Check out Nina Cheney's Page from the Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe Outline & Scrapbook.

A deeper blue lies across the blue horizon: Treat yourself to Justin Hunter Case in Sydney, Australia!

Classic Parliament-Funkadelic & Funky Disciples:

Shaunna Hall's Electrofunkadelica -- Tune in and listen while you surf the 'Net!

Besides George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, keep your eyes open for the Eric McFadden Trio; Kim Manning's band Wanderlust on the West Coast; Richie "Shakin" Nagan out of NYC; Freekbass touring out of Cincinnati; Gabe (420) Gonzales gigging out of Detroit; Greg Boyer (Working quite a bit with Chuck Brown in Washington DC); Maceo Parker (Everywhere); DJ Soul Sister in New Orleans; Lady Miss Kier Kirby out of NYC.

In Funky San Francisco: RonKat Spearman, with Miss Sugar Booty 2011 and the Sugar Booty Dancers

Webmaster Michael's E-Portfolio -- Check out DANCE HISTORIES!

(This blog continues to be be updated after the initial publication date.)