Friday, June 25, 2010

Footsbarn in London and Amsterdam -- and Katie Duck in A'Dam too!

London, United Kingdom
25 June to 04 July -- Sorry ! That's Life
at Victoria Park (in the Footsbarn Tent)
presented by Barbican in Association with Tower Hamlets Council

Amsterdam, Netherlands
09 July to 24 July Sorry ! That's Life
at Theater Carré

Sorry! That’s life: crazy, sometimes mysterious, musical, moving or dynamic, and full of humour. Language plays no role here. There are violinists, opera singers, gravediggers, clowns, horses, ducks, gypsies, children, dogs, goats, dead bodies, technical feats, vehicles and a grand finale...
The phenomenal Footsbarn Travelling Theatre, created in the 1970s, has always been a welcome guest in Amsterdam, eg. during the celebrated Festivals of Fools.

Theater Carré is across the "narrow bridge" over the River Amstel, and was most famous during my time in Amsterdam for being the scene of a magical concert by Van Morrison in the early 70's.

Katie Duck (above) and Alfredo Genovesi are doing performances from July 5 through 9 at Studio Seven in Amsterdam: (from her website)
This July 2010 she will collaborate with Alfredo Genovesi (electric guitar + electronics) as a musician and as part of the daily feedback and discussions.
Her warm-up and exercises emphasis how the eyes and the ears work in co ordination with movement, sound and exposure to gathered crowds altering our perception of time, space and emotions. Improvisation sessions revolve around the terms pause, flow, exit and presence as choices with discussions articulating play, memory, intuition and feelings.
Her aim is to provide a situation where artists can practice together and grow in confidence toward public performances with an objective to share her views about improvisation not being the antitheses of choreography or composition but rather the way the choreography and composition can be executed, that the mental connection to this practice can be accessed weather they are doing set or open framed performance pieces ...


  1. Hello Michael, I was seeking info about Michael "River" Lynch. He brought me and Barbara Doherty to NZ in October 1981. River had seen me perform my solo theatre show "A Clown's House" at a Clown festival in Lund or Malmo? He wanted me to take the clown training in NZ further. He opened all the doors for me there. I stayed 1981-85 and relocated to Sydney. I am currently visiting NZ again to teach and direct until Sept 19th, 2010. I first saw Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe AND Friends Roadshow circa May 1975 in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the great Experimental Theater Festival. On a Saturday I saw GSLMT and then after a short pause FrdsRoadshow... decided then and there to 'become a clown'. regards, Ira so, any info on "River's" early days???

  2. Hello Ira, In the Scrapbook and Outline section of the Great SL Mime Troupe Saga, I tell most of what I know about Mike Lynch -- how I met him at the Int'l Mime Festival and as a solo performer in A'Dam.

    I lost touch with him and most of the scene after '77 -- Mike was spending more time in Sweden when I returned to the 'states.
    Chris Torch told me via Facebook that Mike was a social worker in NZ when he died of cancer around 2008.