Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March Into Springtime

Mid-Winter was dreadful in Europe, but better weather is ahead for the Northern Hemisphere.

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.)

Westerkerk from De Jordaan -- very near Janine's store Folk Toy, which was de facto HQ for the Friends Roadshow in 1976.

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

Katie Duck and Alfredo Genovesi have plans for Asia in April!

Lee Miri, Carla Behal, Katie, and Alfredo -- From a photo by Shobhitha Yeluri.

Duck Allies

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

Sharon is studying German -- Here is Mark Twain's comic essay: The Awful German Language.
See Sharon Smith & Felicity Croydon's amazing site maxfactory.org (Updated Flash Required)
Here's a link to her Recent Work with Tom Parkinson.

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

Bimhuis Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands Monday Match -- March 5, 2012
MUSICIANS: Yedo Gibson, Mikael Szafirowski, Alan 'Gunga' Purves
DANCERS: Manuela Tessi, Silvia Bennett, Cinthya Oyervides, Sandra Pujols

Glazenhuis, Amstelpark, Amsterdam
Sunday 11th March 15:00: Arthuur [dance-music-visual performance]
Arthuur was created as a collaboration between two dancers, two graphic designers and two musicians. Together they try to capture “a moment” happening on the stage while shared with an audience.
Graphic design: Deimion van der Sloot & Hidde Meulenbeek
Dance: Kateřina Dietzová, Manuela Tessi
Music: Alfredo Genovesi [guitar/electronics], Kim Josephine Bode [recorders]

Cosmic Dance by Sylvain Meret
Full Course: 18 January 2012 until 28 of June 2012
Global Dans Lab Amsterdam
Contact: sylvainmeret21@gmail.com / 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
Continuing at Latin Dance India -- 80 feet rd, Koramangala Bangalore, India

Violist Noortje Köhne, Abhilash Ningappa, and Rakesh !

Visit www.latindance.co.in.

Chris Torch is in motion!
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 published a book of poetry by him, and the late Svetlana Marisova:

Ordering information from Karaoke Press HERE.

Footsbarn Theatre & Fellow Travelers:


Guimaraes Portugal 2012 - from a photo by Haris Haka Resic

Indian Tempest, a show combining actors and musicians from Europe and India, has already begun to emerge. After three weeks in January of residence in Abhinaya Theatre Village, Trivandrum (Kerala), all actors, musicians, technicians and administrators Footsbarn are in Guimarães, Potugal for a three-months-long residence as part of the European Capital of Culture 2012.
The show will be created late May in Guimarães, then go on the roads of France, England, and the Netherlands before going to India, where it will tour for nearly four months. If all goes as planned, the tour will see the achievement of Dream To Tour India In A Tent.

GREAT Historical Photos of Footsbarn by Jean-Pierre Estournet

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

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

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 performing around the capitol city, while Roseanne Lynch studies in London!

"Marlene Delish," pictured when Roxy Hart was a new stage play.

Christine Beep Beep is DJ'ing at Dice Bar. Rachel Brady is scheduled to dance, act, and sing in Bob Fosse's Burlesque-inspired Chicago.

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.

More Nouveau Clowning

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: rai-art@pangea.org

On March 9:


JANGO UNPLUGGED Friday, March 23 at 2:30pm at Rai Art
This is a rare opportunity to experience an intimate evening with the artist. 1970 Jango embarked on a voyage to recover his clown spirit. He divided his lifetime into octaves and every 7 years since he pauses between cycles to reveal the man behind the myth. The ambiance is intimate and informal. By sharing stories and tales of his adventures and disclosing profound moments uncovered during his crusade you will discover the equality between each of us and the value of a life lived with fun instead of gloom. The evening will conclude with an open forum.


CABARET SNITZEL / „SNITZEL´S A LA CARTE“ — Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm at Circus- & Clown Museum - Vienna.

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 http://workshopwall.com/
Info and reservations: Cristina -- nouveauclown@gmail.com
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 nouveauclown@gmail.com T-0034 661111127

THE NEVER ENDING JANGO -- A film by Nortik Studios (Switzerland)
Check out their Website !

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

Johnny's doing a clown clinic in Milan, Italy -- March 23-25

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 and others in Corvallis, Oregon USA.

Paul Blackwell completed a series of Singalong Concerts in the San Francisco area, and is rehearsing with a Blues-Rock band.

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
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NEW from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus:

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

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret at Club Helsinki (Hudson, NY). Second Friday of the month, through March. Keep informed by visiting: http://www.bindlestiff.org/ for full lineup. Whet your whistle by seeing http://www.TheBindlestiffs.com/, our web-based reality show. See you at the Cirkus!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2012 Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey), NYC
The New York Times said of the BFC Cabaret: “It’s old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists.”
Ringmistress Philomena, Kinko the Clown, Sabrina Chap, Cardone, Al Millar, Jennifer Slaw, Tanya Gagne, and Mr. Pennygaff.

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!

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

Classic Parliament-Funkadelic & Funky Disciples:

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

George Clinton and Michael (Clip) Payne at the Berklee School of Music leading some P-Funk All-Stars and Funky Students -- after Clip and George were each awarded a well-deserved Honorary Ph.D!

Besides 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 -- touring in Europe this spring.

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

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