CPLS02E03 Nola Rae

Clown Power Live – Nola Rae

Nola Rae

Nola Rae MBE, is a highly experienced professional in mime, clown and all forms of dance. In conversation with Sue Broadway, Nola is invited to share her knowledge, expertise and passion.

Dublin: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 21:00
London: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 21:00
New York: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 16:00
Los Angeles: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 13:00
Melbourne: Thursday, 7th May 2020, 06:00
Beijing: Thursday, 7th May 2020, 04:00

***There are only 100 tickets to the live event***

Places offered on a first come / first served basis

Free. Donations appreciated. Patreon link below.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vw95nedtQQ6lUq83HYXqlA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Also live streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Nola Rae:

Nola was born in Sydney and immigrated to London with her family in 1963. She trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and then danced professionally at Malmö Stadsteater and Tivoli Pantomime Theatre in Copenhagen, before turning to mime and studying with Marcel Marceau in Paris.

She was a founder member of the French based International Research Troupe Kiss, co-founded Friends Roadshow with Jango Edwards, and was a member of the Bristol Old Vic Company. In 1974 she founded the London Mime Theatre with Matthew Ridout, with whom she has worked ever since.

Nola has received a Total Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award, The Charlie Rivel Award for Clowning from the Festival of Amandola and has been inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in the United States. Elizabeth’s Last Stand was awarded best solo show of 2000 by Venue Magazine.

Nola and Joseph Seelig were the original instigators of the London International Mime Festival, which has now been running for over 30 years and is the world’s longest running festival of its type.

Nola is also in demand as a director, her speciality being subverting tragedies by turning them into clown plays

Sue Broadway:

Sue is a director, choreographer and creative producer of circus and physical theatre, with extensive experience in large-scale and site-specific events. She also performs as a clown, compere and eccentric juggler. She was a founding member of Circus Oz in 1979 and went on to perform with them as an aerialist and acrobat until 1984. She then moved to London, where she co-founded, Ra-Ra Zoo. On her return to Australia she became Circus Oz’s artistic Director and has since worked on the several large events such as the London Olympics and in the comedy duo Batten & Broadway.

Zoo Logical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder last in April; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation £5. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake. 

CPLS02E03 Emil Wolk

Franki Anderson in conversation with Emil Wolk

Who’s who?

Emil Wolk:

Emil Wolk

Emil was among the early members and teachers of Suitcase Circus along with Reg Bolton, teaching in the Edinburgh Summer Circus School in 1977. He collaborated for many years with the People Show and trained with veteran Vaudevillian Johnny Hutch. Since the 1980s, Emil has moved between alternative and mainstream, performing and directing in film (The Tall Guy), television (Rake), and opera, as well as directing many companies including Ra-Ra Zoo and Circus Oz.

Franki Anderson

Franki Anderson

Franki has been researching the Fool over over 20 years.

Franki originally trained at the Laban Art of Movement Studio, under Lisa Ullman. Along her way she has explored Commedia dell’Arte, Circus skills, Mime, Clown, Acrobatics, Storytelling, Improvisation, The theatre of Augusto Boal, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Movement, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Movement-Therapy.

She has toured extensively with her own solo shows and with companies working in a wide variety of theatre forms from street to film. She was at the forefront of the street theatre movement in the 70’s and 80’s. Using mime and physical theatre to communicate with audiences, overcoming the limitations of language. Franki has been described as secretly famous. She has eschewed the normal career trajectory to follow ‘the fools path’.

In 1986 Franki co-founded Fooltime, Britain’s first centre for Circus Skills and Performing Arts, and subsequently created ‘the empty space’ theatre research studio in 1995 and co-founded ‘Act of Life’ productions in 1998 to facilitate and manage fools’ projects, workshops and shows. 

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation £5. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake. 

CPLS02E02 Commedia

How’s Commedia Going To Change The World?

A panel of experienced practitioners discuss; what is Commedia? What makes Commedia special? Is it political or just entertainment? can Comedia save the World?
Chaired by Olly Crick

Dublin: Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 21:00
New York: Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 16:00
Los Angeles: Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 13:00
Melbourne: Thursday, 30th April 2020, 06:00
Beijing: Thursday, 30th April 2020, 04:00

***There are only 100 tickets to the live event***

Free places on a first come basis.

Donations appreciated. Patron link below.

To secure your place:

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vw95nedtQQ6lUq83HYXqlA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Also live streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Who’s who?

Olly Crick:

Olly has been a juggler in Covent Garden, a circus trainer at Fooltime, an FE teacher in Hereford, and taught Commeida at RADA, LAMDA and the Guildford School of Acting . He has co-authored a book on Commedia, co-edited ‘The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte’ and recently gained a PhD in it too. He has performed with the Unfortunati and The Fabulous Lancashire revels. He was lucky enough to perform one year at Venice Carnival under Carlo Boso. He ran The Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Company between 2004 and 2014, touring Commedia to community venues in Gloucestershire. He believes that every County of City should have its own Commedia troupe, performing comedy about local issues with locally recognizable comic types.  

www.oldspottheatre.org.uk

Chiara D’Anna

Chiara is a director, performer and movement specialist. As Artistic Director at Panta Rei Theatre her mission is to inspire, challenge and entertain her audiences with humour, irony and striking imagery. Her productions are a unique mix of physical theatre, dark surreal comedy, political satire and a contemporary ‘reinterpretation’ of the Masks of Commedia dell’Arte. She has a PhD on the legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Postdramatic Theatre. She teaches at Rose Bruford College, RADA, East 15 Acting School, Goldsmiths University and the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

http://pantareitheatre.com/

Ole Brekke

Founder/Director of The Commedia School, Copenhagen. Previously director of Nordic Buffoons.

Commediaschool.com

Anna Cottis:

Artistic Director, Les Ouvriers de Joie. A commedia performer, writer, teacher and director for over 20 years and ex-circus clown. She teaches grommelot at Carlo Boso’s school in the Paris area.

https://annacottis.com/ https://ouvriersdejoie.org/

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation €4. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake. 

CPLS02E01 Franki Anderson

Franki Anderson in conversation with Holly Stoppit.

Franki Anderson

In this episode, Holly will interview her fooling teacher to find out about the origins of Franki’s practice, discover how fooling differs from clowning and discuss what the archetype of the Fool can teach us all.

Dublin: Sunday, 26 April 2020, 12:00 noon
Melbourne: Sunday, 26 April 2020, 21:00
Santiago: Sunday, 26 April 2020, 07:00
Los Angeles: Sunday, 26 April 2020, 04:00
Beijing: Sunday, 26 April 2020, 19:00

***There are only 100 tickets to the live event***

Free places on a first come basis.

Donations appreciated via Patron: patreon.com/zoological.

To secure your place:

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OdLh39ICRQmr5zYv4GKmaQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar ID: 197-931-109

Also live streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Who’s Who?

Franki Anderson:

Franki has spent her life developing a way of working which can liberate and cultivate natural creativity. She has been researching The Fool for over 20 years. Through this work she has transformed and promoted a deeper understanding of the archetype and developed a contemporary theatre art form based on improvisation.

Franki originally trained at the Laban Art of Movement Studio under Lisa Ullman. Along her way she has explored Commedia dell’Arte, Circus skills, Mime, Clown, Acrobatics, Storytelling, Improvisation, the theatre of Augusto Boal, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Movement, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Movement-Therapy.

She has also toured extensively with her own solo shows and with companies working in a wide variety of theatre forms from street to film. She was at the forefront of the street theatre movement in the 70’s and 80’s. Using mime and physical theatre to communicate with audiences, overcoming the limitations of language. Franki has been described as secretly famous. She has eschewed the normal career trajectory to follow ‘The Fool’s Path’.

In 1986 Franki co-founded Fooltime, Britain’s first centre for Circus Skills and Performing Arts and subsequently created ‘The Empty Space’ theatre research studio in 1995 and co-founded ‘Act Of Life’ productions in 1998 to facilitate and manage fools projects, workshops and shows. 

Holly Stoppit:

Holly Stoppit is a facilitator, performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist. She specialises in live, interactive, improvised and devised performance. At the heart of all of Holly’s work is a desire to promote creative discovery and connection through play. 

Holly began training with Franki Anderson over 20 years ago and has been developing her own version of Fooling ever since. Holly is artistic director of Beyond The Ridiculous, an ensemble of solo fools who regularly train and perform together at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol, UK

https://www.hollystoppit.com @hollystoppit https://www.facebook.com/hollystoppitworkshops/ 

TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH11d7YNVNQ

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation £5. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake.