Request for proposals – An Audience Of One


Artrage: An Audience Of One

We’re holding a series of events for a paying audience of one.
You’re invited to propose a short or durational piece. Anything you think will be watchable online.
People will be booking based on your ‘elevator pitch’.
Send a 2 sentence paragraph, details, cost, a longer description and an image on our form, sent on request.

I require:

  • email
  • Background:
  • Social profiles:
  • availability
  • The Proposal in a paragrah.
  • The elevator pitch in 2 setences.
  • How long is it:
  • Is it Transitional or durational?
  • Is it original? (yes/No!)
  • How much would you propose to charge per show?

For more detail and a link to the form: email me with 121Artrage in the subject line. I will judge you.

If you’re lost, here is an example out of my head:
The audience (of one) buy a ticket for an available time slot. They receive and email from you (the artist) in which you propose at the start time they imagine the performance you will be doing for 3 minutes, they don’t see it.
At the time you record with a camera your performance for 3 minutes. A few minutes later you compare notes online (via chat or email or zoom).
Afterwards they can watch what you actually did.

That is all 😛

Love Dave

Questions & queries in the comments please!


CPL S03E03 Ira Seidenstein

This Wednesday, 10th of June, Maggie Irving chats to Ira Seidenstein. Ira has had a phenominal career spanning all continents and several genre. He has worked with Slava Polounin and directed classic texts. He is second generation clown (in a way) and digs deep into pedagogy and technique in his workshops. Maggie is a regular on Clown Power Live and a clown teacher and academic.

Details below…

This is it! You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Starts Jun 3, 2020 21:00 Dublin. A total of 6 sessions, 2 a week. check times carefully
Topic: Clown Power Live – Series 3
How much? Free! Donation encouraged.
Register here for this webinar series: Zoom Registration
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Nettler News

“Sell nothing but the truth”

the dvs founder


NB: Please hide from the view of idiots and narrow sighted people.

We started on a Wednesday and return again this week on Wednesday with series 3. This is a kind of sewn together Wensletter in a way. Maybe it’s a ‘News-sewn-wensletter’. Ah, maybe ‘The Nettler’ will keep anagram nerds really happy. I do think it fits somehow, we clowns provoke if we can and we can sting the unwary…

Artrage & Rebranding from Z to A: I discovered that the names Clown Power Live & Zoo Logical were confusing some people. I decided to change the name, to simplify and chose ‘Artrage’ as the new name for me to operate “under”.

Artrage is in quotes because it’s a notional entity. It’s like a company but a one person company: me! My collaborator and chief supporter had to leave unexpectedly so that signalled a natural pause. It’s given me time to see my offspring, tend my garden and attend to my dreams…

Our sessions over the last few months have gathered some momentum and I want to keep that going. I received lots of feedback about Clown Power Live sessions and all of it positive. There have been upsets and entanglements, largely they have been untangled. I hope with time they all are.

Stevie Offspring

I mentioned being a one person company and Artrage is, at the same time i operate with support from the micro-community of fantastical helpers: the panels of people; the people who have agreed to turn the camera on their work. Behind the scenes there have been another layer of helpers who have given technical and practical help: I’m grateful to all of you, not least my late mother who gave me her computer that is still my portal to my online liminal world, she bought it new when she was 90!

Output/input
There is a balance of probabilities: my own takeaways include; a sense of satisfaction and some stress. In fanatical terms, here is a peak at where I spend money:

  • Internet access.
  • Software subscriptions, including, Zoom, academic journal access, surveys, specialist apps.
  • Domain name registration.
  • Website hosting cost.
  • Hardware purchases; cables, mouses.
  • Major hardware replacement (long term).
  • office supplies. Coffee mainly but bickys too.
  • sweeties.

Developing Themes: Clown, Trickster & Transgression.

When I started the Clown Power online discussion group 8 years ago, I started using the phrase ‘Clown Power’. I was thinking to myself, “What is the hidden superpower of clowns?”. The answer, I whispered to myself at the start was, “creativity”. That morphed over time to: “autonomy”. I saw the vital difference from acting was that a clown was in charge of their own actions: they might write, direct and play their “character” to the public; what they did was their responsibility, there was no publisher or manager to take the blame for any transgressions. They stood by what they did. cf: acting and actions.

I found over time, this whispers morphed to the word “trickster”. The trickster has been argued to be the experience of “consciousness in action” (Yarrow 2006). The trickster figure appears in many culture in many forms; in stories and tied to the role of healer or shaman, a fluid idea between priest, clown, idiot and medic.

Now I’m focusing my definition and research on Trickster. When I performed, I sensed the cathartic healing effect on a audience and I experienced a very immediate personal healing effect. If this was the effect of dopamine or some mysterious group bonding from the transient micro community that formed for the performance I have no idea. I know for sure I felt better and increased clarity. Even now, I only have to recall those moments to feel an increase of mental well being.

Request for proposalsAn Audience Of One –
We’re holding a series of events for a paying audience of one.
Propose a short or durational piece. Anything you think will be watchable online.
People will be booking based on your ‘elevator pitch’.
Send a 2 sentence paragraph, details, cost and an image our form, sent on request.

I require:

  • email
  • Background:
  • Social profiles:
  • availability
  • The Proposal in a paragrah.
  • The elevatoe pitch in 2 setences.
  • How long is it:
  • Is it Transitional or durational?
  • Is it original? (yes/No!)
  • How much would you propose to charge per show?

Reply to this email (clik reply!) for more details with 121Artrage in the subject line. I will judge you.

Future Perfect
I’ll continue with the online seminar series. Episode 1 of series 3 breaks on Wednesday

The Three Strand Plaits:

  • ‘Transgression’ covers all kinds of crossing boundaries gender, legal,
  • Interviews or ‘deep dives’ into peoples careers.
  • ‘Practical Clown’ will be a new strand of stage craft, history and pedagogy.

The Big Occupy & Celebratory Times
I’m now celebrating the ‘big occupy’ as I‘ve decided we’ll call in in retrospect.
As in, “mummy, we’re you alive in the time of the Big Occupy? Tell us a story about how it changed the whole world for the good”.

I’m trying to conceptualise it as a meditation retreat for the whole world and then a bursting out of creativity and sharing; money fades as we realise the trade in tangibles like local produce, skills and empathetic contact are of more value.

Enough of my dreams. What to do next?

With Gravitation Levity:

Write a proposal now & then book a place on our next 3 week series that includes:

  • Dr. Maggie Irving,
  • Didi Hopkins,
  • Proffesor Terese Verney-Hobbs,
  • Donald Lehn,
  • Moshe Cohn
  • Dr Olly Crick
  • Charlie Holland
  • Tony Lidington

Over 7 sessions they will between them cover: Commedia, Mr Punch, performing fleas and all kinds of Clowns crossing all kinds of borders. Don’t miss getting a free ringside seat: sign up for the whole series soon. For now:

This Wednesday, 3rd of June, Dr. Maggie Irving and Professor Queen-Bee, AKA Teresa Verney Brookes who also has a flea circus. Also variously known as The Tree Doctor and Professor Smartypants, she uses these persona as conduits to subtly teach complex environmental issues and topics in silly, but accessible ways. Also co founder and part of ‘The Disappointing Clown Company’.

This it! You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jun 3, 2020 21:00 Dublin. A total of 6 sessions, 2 a week. check times carefully
Topic: Clown Power Live – Series 3 Artrage
How much; Free! Donation encouraged.

CPL S02E08 Transgressions

Hipsters Tricksters Clowns Transgressive Acts.

A discussion between Jon Davison, Tony Lidington and God. It will cover transgression, clowns and the spaces they play in.

You are invited to a Clown Power Live Series 02
Online Seminar on Sunday May 24, 2020 12:00 Dublin time.

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.

This is the recording:

Heterotopia is a concept in human geography elaborated by philosopher Michel Foucault to describe places and spaces that function in non-hegemonic conditions. These are spaces of otherness, which are irrelevant, that are simultaneously physical and mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror.

“Not a dog, not a wolf…all they know is what they are not.”.

Clown History – what’s it good for?

Clowns have taken myriad shapes and forms in history and different cultures. They’ve adapted in ingenious ways to changes in material conditions. Performing contexts, media, technologies and political and economic change. Can our history help us make sense of and adapt to our own moments of crisis?

The Panel:

Clown Power Live Team:

Producers:

CPL S02E07 Tweedy captured live!

Tweedy is interviewed by Simon Thompson

Tweedy examined

Tweedy is best known for his role in Giffords circus, for over ten years he has brought new comic routines to the show each year. He is accomplished in most circus skills, magic and is proficient at playing various musical instruments. Today, he talks to fellow clown Simon Thompson about his illustrious career:

Also live-streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event. See link below.

Tweedy:

… is best known for his role in Giffords circus; for over a decade he has brought new comic routines to the show each year. He is accomplished in most circus skills, magic and is proficient playing many musical instruments.

He also perennially headlines pantomimes, has won many comedy awards and his talents are in demand both at home and abroad in circus, theatre, TV and film.

Tweedy was featured clown on Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey shows for 2 years playing prestigious venues like Madison Square Garden and The Staples Centre, LA. He started his circus career with Zippos Circus back in 1994.

He has created his own stage shows Tweedy’s Lost Property, Tweedy’s Magic and Mayhem, Tweedy’s House of Fun, Tweedy’s Illusion, Confusion, most recently Tweedy Presents Sherlock Homes which have had sell out audiences, standing ovations and received critical acclaim.

Tweedy is currently doing an online show every Wednesday.

Simon Thompson:

Simon is a performer, director and teacher, he began clowning as boy but later took it seriously and trained with Jacque LeCoq and Philip Gaulier. Along with being a practicing artist he is currently a Lecturer on the M.A. Festive Arts at the university of Limerick and is also researching for a PhD (Developing Creative Pedagogies through Mask and Clown).

After years of touring with circuses, festivals and a variety of theatre companies, in 2014 Simon began to write a Clown Trilogy as three separate shows. Part 1 “Clown Noir, This is me” was first up. Then in 2015, “Peines d’amour perdues” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost”, and in 2016 “Nose Business”. Some of his more recent projects include a metaphysical mask exploration of Australian Indigenous Peoples Stories; “Altjeringa” performed by Lucy Dawson as a gestural etude at the Irish World Academy.

He tours a clown adaptation of “The Millers Tale” and also “Lifted Up” a full-mask performance that highlights the difficulties of sensory overload in adults who are diagnosed with A.S.D.

Read more here: http://www.clownnoir.ie/

Simon was previously interviewed on Clown Power Live by Charlie Holland.

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.