Sunday, February 5, 2012

Snow Looking Back!

Europe was hit by heavy snowstorms in early February. When in Rome, do as the Romans do -- SHOVEL!

ALL the Programs from the Festival of Fools -- 1975 to 1984.
An online collection of the programs from the Festival of Fools -- searchable, downloadable PDFs. (Thanks to Ed Baker, Marion Onnekink, Cor Schlösser, Sherif El Safourny, and T.I.N.)

1976 Parade of Fools

Write your OWN memories: On the BLOG or at the dedicated page on FACEBOOK !

Katie Duck has University duties this month!

Crimes and Casualties
(dance and performance) Katie Duck, Kenzo Kusuda, and the band "Whale Oil" featuring: Alfredo Genovesi (guitar and electronics). Gerri Jaeger (drums), Viljam Nybacka (bass).
February 2 Thursday OT301 Amsterdam

Kenzo Kasuda and Kristina Norri at Studio Seven -- Magpie Summer Improvisational Workshop 2011


Duck Allies

"Rockin" Robbert, Singer Smith, and Slender Webb
in Magpie's "Rock Casualties."

Sharon Smith and Gob Squad are in America -- starting with Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. (It's a hit!)
See Sharon Smith & Felicity Croydon's amazing site (Updated Flash Required)
Here's a link to her Recent Work with Tom Parkinson.

Digital reinterpretaion by M.E.-- Is she Manuela Tessi?
Carla Behal? Silvia Bennett? Lily Kiara? Lee Miri?
Only The Shadow Knows!

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

Cosmic Dance by Sylvain Meret
Full Course: 18 January 2012 until 28 of June 2012
Global Dans Lab Amsterdam
Contact: / 06-14 10 23 37

Take a look at Sylvan's website too!

Starting February 2 18:00-20:00 every Thursday -- Sylvain Meret Cosmic dance class Studio Seven Amsterdam.

Melvin Fraenk is teaching regular Hip Hop classes at Amsterdam Dance Center too!

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.

Violist Noortje Köhne, Abhilash Ningappa, and Rakesh !

These classes are CONTINUING!

Chris Torch is gearing up for another year!
For more info about the next CORNERS event -- see INTERCULT (Sweden)

Barsham Fair and Albion Fair, East Anglia UK

George-O at Barsham Fair 1975
(From a photo supplied by Johnny Melville)

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 "T" to go back.)

Friends Roadshow veteran Ted Van Zetphen just published a book of poetry by him, and the late Svetlana Marisova:

Ordering information from Karaoke Press HERE.

Footsbarn Theatre & Fellow Travelers:


When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
The Dream ... to tour India in a Tent
The company returned from Kerala, India, where it could get 40 degrees C!

Footsbarn family member Rhona Pearce, and extended Footie relatives Ton and Kirschen's in Germany are getting ready to tour their new show LA LUNA.
Word is that Colombia is on the waybill too, with Julie Beirye.

Another related company Buchinger's Boot Theatre are presenting a new show called Petrology. (Watch the preview below.)

Buchinger's Boot Theatre

John Kilby has organized another Festival of Itinerant Theatre
(Only in French I'm afraid)
It's 5 kilometres from Avignon - definitely disreputable

Footsbarn veteran Daniel Rovai is "Down Under" -- 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. They are performing at the Antipode: Wednesdays: Feb 29, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 30.

The formidable ladies of Dublin, Ireland are still spinning records and performing around the capitol city, while Roseanne Lynch studies in London!

Digital impression of "DJ Beep Beep."

Christine Beep Beep is DJ'ing in the historic Dark Horse on George's Quay and at Dice Bar.

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!

Karin "Pipa" Wimmer and Sorcas Quircas are wintering near Munich.

Sorcas Quircas Facebook Page

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.

Interesting: Webmaster Michael listened to the 2012 Clown Summit: Joe Dieffenbacher of The Clown Conservatory; Sue Morrison of The Institute of Canadian Clowning; Jesse Dryden of Circus Smirkus; Ronlin Foreman of The Dell' Arte School (with Joe Krienke and Gabe McKinney); Pricilla Mooseburger; and Jango Edwards of The Nouveau Clown Institute.

More Nouveau Clowning


WORKSHOP COMIC FORMULAS con JANGO EDWARDS - a Piacenza 25 26 27 28 FEB.2012 Saturday, February 25 at 10:00am TEATRO TRIESTE 34 Via Trieste 34, Piacenza, Italy

ONE LIFETIME - 40 Years of Entertainment
Jango Edwards' career retrospective is running through the end of June.


R.A.I. Theater Barcelona, Spain tel: 932 681 321 -- web:

Cabaret Snitzel at the Circus & Clown Museum - Vienna, Austria
February 23, 24 -- Michael Swatosch, Jango Edwards, Andreas Squaretoes, Tanja Anna Simma etc.

2012 - The Clown Tribe of a New Paradigm is a unique opportunity to train for 10 days with two of the leading teachers of the N.C.I., Johnny Melville & Jango Edwards - who are veterans of stage and screen with thousands of hours of performing experience and success, and who still perform around the globe as comedy surges through their blood and love through their hearts.

March 7th to 17th, 2012:
March 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Johnny Melville)
March 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 (Jango Edwards)

Barcelona (Spain) C/Tallers, 55
Info and reservations: Cristina --
T-0034 661111127

More Nouveau Clown Institute Classes:

Clown Master Class -- April 9th to 14th Steve Smith
(Co-writer & Guest Director of the 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009 editions of The Big Apple Circus)

The Clown Theory -- May 14th to 18th Jango Edwards
(Friends Roadshow veteran and N.C.I. Founder)

Physical Comedy -- June 12th to 17th John Towsend
(Co-founder, with Audrey Crabtree, of the NYC Physical Comedy Lab)

Info and reservations Cristina T-0034 661111127

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

Johnny Melville is spending summer in sunny Santiago, Chile -- teaching and performing.

He's also in Cordoba, Argentina on February 17 -- Bataclana Cultural Space.

Performance Dynamics by Johnny Melville
... attention will be focused on relaxation, physical training and body-discipline, mindfulness training, flexibility, communication & contact ... A special workshop for clowns but also for all performers - actors, acrobats, models, singers or dancers.
Amsterdam, Holland -- March 31 and April 1, 2012

Across The Blue Horizon ...

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. Look at her work HERE!

Stuart Curtis performs regularly with the Hilltop Band in Corvallis, Oregon USA.

Paul Blackwell completed a series of Singalong Concerts in the San Francisco area.

Stuart's 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 -- See the
Handy of Contents.

NEW from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus:

Kinko has begun his campaign for President!
One more clown in the race won't do much harm.

Helsinki Hudson - Hudson NY Friday, February 10 -- Ringmistress Philomena presents: naughty latex balloon sculptress Mistress B; supremely supple contortionist and aerialist Miss Ekaterina; Chris Mc Daniel, gentleman cowboy and world-champion trick roper and whip cracker; vaudevillianous variety by Mr. Pennygaff; dare-devilish foolery by Dave Cox;
All accompanied by live, original music by Benjamin Ickies of This Ambitious Orchestra Special guest appearance to open the evening by Gigi and Pop
Keep informed by visiting: for full lineup. Whet your whistle by seeing, our web-based reality show.
See you at the Cirkus!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret at Club Helsinki (Hudson, NY). Second Friday of the month, through March.

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!

Peter Wear is back on the stage!

Court in the Act -- Nottingham Playhouse
Wednesday 1 - Saturday 4 February 8:00pm

Pete said (On Facebook): Thanks to all. Shows all went really well - sold out on opening night (at half price!) though snow put paid to a big house on Sat. They want us back for the next 2 or 3 years plus the possibility of supporting us to the Melbourne and Edinburgh festivals next year. Only an idea at the moment but if it's a goer I'll probably be the second oldest bloke on the fringe - after Nicholas Parsons - as I approach my eighth decade. Good to grow old disgracefully!

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

Ernst Reijseger in February 2012: 3 times with poet Ester Naomi Perquin in "de Roode Bioscoop", my favorite theater, Haarlemmerplein 7.
Hoorn: Music-theater show 'Klaarlichte Nacht' work of and about Belgium poet Herman de Coninck with Felix Strategier acting and singing and Wolfert Brederode, piano in Theater Schouwburg het Park in Hoorn.
Solo cello in 'De Roode Bioscoop' --
Saturday Duo with Harmen Fraanje /Piano and organ for this occasion in 'Het Orgelpark' Stichting het Orgelpark Gerard Brandtstraat 26 1054 JK Amsterdam

(Webmaster Michael knows mossy ol' Orgel Park well!)

Classic Parliament-Funkadelic & Funky Disciples:

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

George Clinton with Bootsy Collins in Cincinnati
Very rare pair nowadays!

Besides George and the P-Funk All-Stars, keep your eyes open for the Eric McFadden Trio and RonKat Spearman's Katdelic from San Francisco; Graceful dancer Rasa Vitalia around The 'Bay; Kim Manning from the West Coast; Richie "Shakin" Nagan and the 420 Funk Mob out of New York; Freekbass touring out of Cincinnati, home of community activist William (Bootsy) Collins; PFAS lead singer Steve Boyd's solo work; Caddy Carol & 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.)