Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All Saints, Daze of the Dead, and November

Webmaster Michael's Post-Halloween Sugar Rush

Wednesday 16-11-2011 Starts: 21:00 (9 PM)
OT 301 -- Overtoom 301, Amsterdam Holland

Dance: Katie Duck, Miri Lee, Makiko Ito, Sylvain Meret, Manuela Lucia Tessi
Music: Alfredo Genovesi (guitar); Santiago Botero (bass); Hilary Jeffery (trombone & electronics) Lights: Emese Csornai

(L to R) Santiago Botero, Malin Gebkin, Manuela Lucia Tessi, and Alfredo Genovesi

Last minute plan -- December 28, 29, 30 Xmas workshop Katie Duck -- Studio Seven

13:00-16:00 Wednesday 28 and Friday 30, 17:30-20:30 Thursday 29
45€ all three days or 20€ per day. To register go to katie@katieduck.com

Katie Duck and Allies

(L to R) Miri Lee, Sharon Smith, and Katie Duck

Sharon Smith is on the road with Gob Squad too.
See Sharon Smith & Felicity Croydon's amazing site maxfactory.org (Updated Flash Required)
Here's a link to her Recent Work with Tom Parkinson.

More Ducky Allies and Associates:

Silvia Bennett, digitized from her Facebook site by M.E.

Weekly class with: Silvia Bennett (It), dancer and choreographer Monika Stepak, Shiatsu therapist and Okido Yoga docent.
Every Wednesday -- Overtoom 301 Amsterdam
Starts: 18:00 h - 20.00 h Entrance: 12.00 euro or 4 x 40.00 euro

Sylvain Meret Movement Class:
November 2 to December 21 Wednesdays 2011 18:30 to 20:00 Global DanceLab - Borgerstraat 112, 1053PX Amsterdam / €10 per class / 8 classes block €60 / Open class 26 October 5 euro! Please register by email or call prior to the class. Contact: sylvainmeret21@gmail.com / 06-14 10 23 37

Melvin Fraenk presents Hip Hop Beginners -- Tuesdays, 8:30pm at Amsterdam Dance Centre, Amsterdam (Melvin's wearing the hoody, above.)
These classes are open for any level of dancers and is a unique dance experience -- a combination of Hip Hop, Contemporary dance (Fly-Low, Ground work) and jazz (old/new skool improvisation jazz) The 'choreos' are a unique combination of body work where you learn more then just choreography.
You explore the body in a anatomical way, and your musicality is developed. He combines it with emotions to make the dance more intense. More info check www.amsterdamdancecentre.nl

Contemporary Dance Classes (Advance Level) by Rakesh MPS
Wednesday, November 2 at 8:00am - Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:30am
Latin Dance India -- 80 feet rd, Koramangala Bangalore, India

These classes will focus on a variety of contemporary dance techniques such as Release, Double Skin, Double Mind, Flying Low as well as partnering, improvisation and choreography.

Rakesh started his career as a Bollywood dancer. Since 2003, he has been doing contemporary dance, and has been associated with Attakkalari centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, India for 5 years. Rakesh has been working as an independent artist. He participated in the Apprenticeship Program with Magpie Umbrella Organization under the Direction of Katie Duck.
Since 2009 Rakesh has been invited as a contemporary dance teacher in many prestigious dance festivals and companies across India and Europe.
Please note that all participants from these classes can perform (its optional) at the end of 3 months in a production put up by Rakesh. Visit www.latindance.co.in.

"Abhilash & Jyotsna" a contemporary dance in LIVE ART Festival 2011 Tuesday, November 15 · 6:30pm - 7:00pm 1 Shanthiroad -- Shanthinagar, India

Abhilash Ningappa (above) and Jyotsna B. Rao perform at the LIVE ART (Open House) Festival 2011. Video artist : Gareth Hooverhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
OPEN HOUSE - from dawn to dusk - starts at 7am at Bar 1, will later move between the three venues and end at 7pm at Jaaga. Various sites on the streets (between) the three venues will also get involved in the activities of the artists. Please join us in making this event a wonderful evening!

Digital watercolor of Lily Kiara (L) and Lee Miri (R) by M.E.

Women of Substance Radio is playing two of Lily Kiara's songs: Cradle Me and New Day throughout the next three months! Every Tuesday at Triple A Show and Fridays at New Acoustic Shows. Lily says: Have a listen. There is lots of great music to discover there!

While visiting Amsterdam from Berlin, Finland's Kristina Noori took a workshop with Silke Celeste Mehler -- Silke Mehler's website is HERE

Kirstie Simson -- Improvisation -- The Art of Listening
December 19th to 23rd 2011 at Graner
c / Jane Addams, 14-16, 08038 Barcelona

, Spain

Kirstie Simson -- Digitized from live sketches by M.E.

Classes draw from her knowledge of Contact Improvisation, Dance Techniques, Aikido, Meditation and her extensive experience ... in performance.
The focus will be on exploring uninhibitedly the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move ... Kirstie will be focusing on various aspects and techniques for freeing up the body - allowing it to move with greater ease and grace. She has spent many years researching ways of moving which generate full and fearless dancing, and she enjoys the challenges of intense physicality ...
The classes offer students a way to extend and deepen their experience of moving, to practice the skills of dancing in partnership with others and improvising with greater sensitivity to each other and the environment. In recent years Kirstie’s focus has been directed towards the art of deep listening within her practice of improvisation ...
+34 934 308 763

Chris Torch returned from the Caucasus
For more info about the next CORNERS event -- see INTERCULT (Sweden)

Barsham Faire and Albion Faire, East Anglia UK
Following on from the success of the gathering at Diss on September 10, there will be held in Norwich, on Sunday November 20th, a meeting for those wanting to keep the Fairs Archive project rolling a while longer. The project currently consists of three existing parts and one potentiality:

The archive -- Held at Lowestoft Library. Wants looking after, from our side, by a couple of people in easy reach of Lowestoft. The Record Office staff are great but they only have so much they can do. If we want people to be able to easily look at the gathered materials we had best attend to its conditions of storage ourselves.
The digital photo archive is being tidied up and catalogued and the best pictures will be incorporated in the new website. Contributions welcome.

George-O and assisting "Princess" at Barsham Fair 1975

The website -- Currently being upgraded. It is being rebuilt using a content management system (CMS) called Plone. Straightforward to use, contributions and assistance welcome. Descriptions or impressions of individual fairs are especially appreciated.
The exhibition -- Having a rest under Madeline's spare bed. Shouldn't be allowed to get settled in. Venues and dates need sorting out. Publicity and launch events too. Improvements need looking at.

CONTEXT: Barsham Faire is where George-O 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

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.)

Footsbarn Theatre & Fellow Travelers:

Fifteen years after it roped in Malayalee artistes for the hugely-successful Odysseus, Footsbarn Traveling Theatre of France is back in Kerala, this time with the Shakespearian play - The Tempest.

The Odysseus team would be part of The Tempest as well. “Footsbarn http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifplans to set the play in India and premiere it in Guimaraes, Portugal, in May 2012 and later [undertake] a European tour to Spain, France, England and other countries. The team will then return to India for performances in October,” D. Raghoothaman, founder-President of Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre, told Deccan Chronicle.

Read the whole article HERE

Early Winter Tour

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Dernier évènement de l'année marquant le 40ème anniversaire du Footsbarn Theatre : Ne manquez pas la tournée bourbonnaise d'un spectacle d'exception.
"40ANS C'EST PAS FACILE!" symbolise le passage d'une saison à une autre. D'une époque à une autre. D'un âge à un autre. C'est un rituel pour conjurer le vent, le froid et la disette. Un spectacle où s'entrechoquent le théâtre, la magie, la musique, le cinéma, le clown et bien d'autres surprises. Un cabaret poétique évolutif et tout public.

(Computer-aided translation) The final event marking the 40th birthday of Footsbarn Theatre: Do not miss the Bourbonnaise tour of this exceptional show! 40 Years -- It IS NOT EASY! represents the passage from season to season, from epoch to epoch, from age to age. A ritual to blow back against the wind and cold. A show that daringly mixes theatre, magic, music, cinema, buffoonery, and many other surprises, in a clinking cocktail glass for a thirsty public!

Looks like they're showing their colors locally!

Footsbarn family member Rhona Pearce (center) in Romania

Germany's Ton and Kirschen's new production LA LUNA is getting ready to tour.

Another related company Buchinger's Boot Theatre starts a residence at the Gare Franche in Marseille next week on the new show for next year called Petrology - the site is only in French tho' http://www.cosmoskolej.org/dyn/spip.php?rubrique42 - there's some info on the BBM website http://www.buchingersboot.com/2012-new-creation-Petrology

Footsbarn veteran Daniel Rovai is in Amsterdam, singing cabaret -- check out his movie Silent Sonata. (Slow Loader)

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

The formidable ladies of Dublin, Ireland are still spinning records, playing with mirrors, and performing in theater spaces around the capitol city, while Roseanne is studying in London!
Rachel Brady recommends THIS from her own experience: AN ACTOR PREPARES - SHAKESPEARE Artistic director and Royal Shakespeare Company alumni, Donnacadh O’Briain, leads a series of tailored workshops for actors on how to approach, unpick and inhabit Shakespeare's text, at The Gate Theatre’s Lab space. Email: naturalshockstheatre@gmail.com
BTW -- Will Shakespeare is a member in good standing of the Footsbarn Theatre company. Although his spelling is still wretched, his presence is palpable and inescapable, wherever they may be!

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

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!

Kras Pataklan with Phillipe Gaulier

Karin Pipa Wimmer's Sorcas Quircas Facebook Page

Pipa will be doing ariel work now that she's finally vacated Galway, Ireland.

Clown Cabaret -- Monthly at The Shop at Fort Fringe 607 New York Ave, NW Washington, District of Columbia
Created By: Karen Beriss, Rich Potter, Matthew Paul, with appearances by Nouveau Clown Mandy Dalton.

More Nouveau Clowning



ONE LIFETIME - 40 Years of Entertainment Jango Edwards will introduce the career retrospect project.
The first 8 performances of a season of 32 different presentations selected from more then 180 productions he has created in collaboration with The Friends Roadshow and numerous Nouveau Clown Artists -- every Friday for 7 consecutive weeks. There will be a seasonal pause and the retrospect will continue from January 13th until the end of June.

Every show unique and different -- All performances and the year they were created and toured are listed below and begin at 21:30h Ticket price 8€ plus membership 3€ (for 1 year) R.A.I. Theater, C/ Carders 12, 08003 Barcelona tel: 932 681 321 - rai-art@pangea.org www.rai.pangea.org/raiart

04 nov -- HOLEY MOLEY
A music based show, originally performed with a 5 piece rock and roll band. Featuring the hard-of-hearing heavy metal group 'D.E.A.F.', the Spanish magician Juan Edwardo Gonzalez, clown rap “Laugh Your Ass Off” by Mr. E and Benny Buns, the worlds strongest man.

Jango's first performing show, with Nola Rae and the London Black Theater Company. White face, black leotards and effects in ultra violet light. Classic mime pieces include 'Chairs', 'After death' and the 'Western...

18 nov -- LOONEY TOURS
A project originally created for the 'Juste pour Rire' festival in Montreal, takes the audience on a tour of the streets during which they encounter re-enactments of little known events from the history of the city.

25 nov -- I LAUGH YOU
One of Jango's strangest and funniest shows. From the arrival of an elephant alien in a pyramid spaceship, through the dawn of man to Jesus H Christ, the fly-away carpenter, the Ambassador of Food and a musical version of Nuclear Arms (and terrific legs).

02 dec -- BIG BOSS
The most recent creation with Jango directing and performing with the company Passabarret from Valls Tarragona. Presenting a funeral, a circus and a wedding. Created as a moving, street event with an all purpose gipsy car, the RAI version will be performed on stage.

Jango's original horror show with slide projections and a 3 piece band. In the RAI Jango will present the 'Haunted House', the 'Suicide', 'Stinky Stankovitch' and his cruel clothes and the epic, opera drama 'Rudolf and Valentina'.

Jango & Associates in Vienna, Austria -- November 2011

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

Johnny Melville himself will appear at the November clown festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of Álava province in Northern Spain –- and the autonomous Basque region.

Digitized aerial view of Vitoria-Gasteiz

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.

Johnny and Jango frame G. Escher's cover of 1982's Festival of Fools program. This project MAY be ALMOST complete!

Percussionist Linda Anton Curtis continues to play 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 illustrated a book titled The Christmas Coat.

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 -- riding the USA fair circuit with Cowgirl Tricks -- dealing with early winter storms enroute between Montana, Idaho, and Nevada.

NEW from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus:

Classic Ringmistress Philomena in action!

Upstate Cirkus fans, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret is returning to Club Helsinki (Hudson, NY). Second Friday of the month January through March. More details coming soon.

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

Nina visited Utah, and went hiking in Millcreek Canyon with Troupers Barbara McCarthy and Patsy Droubay.

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!

Johnny Melville will be appearing in Girona, Catalonia (Spain) in early December to accept the Xavier Cugat Award and perform music for three days!

Xavier Cugat (1900 - 1990) was born Francisco d'Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu in Girona, Catalonia. He achieved fame as a violinist, caricaturist, and genial entertainer who specialized in Latin American Big Band Music. This mashup "draws" Johnny Melville into one of Cugat's scenes from the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, where he led the orchestra for a couple of decades. There are four Marx brothers in the upper right corner, and a self-portrait of Cugat in the lower right.

Classic Parliament-Funkadelic & Funky Disciples:

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

Ronkat Spearman's Katdelic in San Francisco also features the Sugar Booty Dancers -- including hard-working Rasa Vitalia, who performed in her home town of NYC during early November, plus won SF RAW's Performance Artist of the Year award because of votes from her fans and admirers.

Digital mashup of Rasa dancing, plus Gina Hall's graphic for Katdelic's upcoming show at the Boom Boom Room.

Besides George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, keep your eyes open for the Eric McFadden Trio; Kim Manning's band from the West Coast; Richie "Shakin" Nagan out of NYC; Freekbass touring out of Cincinnati, home of community activist William (Bootsy) Collins; PFAS lead singer Steve Boyd's solo work; 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.

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

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