Melbourne Clowning Troupe


The only way to truly learn how to clown is to put yourself in front of an audience. This block, work with director Liz Skitch, to devise original clown routines that will be performed as part of a Clown Cabaret at The Wesley Anne (home of the Moulin Beige) over short season in mid June. Content will be devised through directed clown improvisations on the floor at our weekly Monday night sessions. The show will comprise of a combination of solo, duo and group routines (rehearsed improvisations). Both the content of the show and the ticket sales will go towards staging a larger scale season in 2018.

Cost: $200 for full block

Or phone Westside Circus during office hours to book and pay via credit card
ph: 9471 2938

Please note:
• Block Two is only available to performers who have trained with The Melbourne Community Clown Troupe or have previous clowning experience.
• Please only sign up for this block if you can attend at least 5 out of 6 sessions. Attendance at the Tech/ dress rehearsal and performing in the 3 shows is also essential.
• We will return to general training next block (1 Aug- 4 Sep)- All welcome and drop ins welcome
• Please note we will not be clowning on June 12th- it is Queens Birthday Public Holiday

School Holiday Program

Enrollments

School holidays week 1
Monday 3rd - Friday 7th April
Morning sessions: 10am to 12pm
Afternoon sessions: 1pm to 3pm
$35 per session

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Week 1 Monday to Friday
3rd April to 7th April

This holidays we are offering a range of specialist classes like clowning, hip hop, body percussion, German wheel and aerial dance.

Morning sessions are from 10am to 12pm, afternoon sessions from 1pm to 3pm.

Cost $35 per session.

See below for a detailed description of the individual sessions

Timetable

Monday 3rd April

Introduction to Circus

with Sal Frances

10am to 12pm

prep to 8yrs

This class gives a general introduction to circus. It covers areas like balancing, juggling, tumbling and some aerials. Good for kids who are new to circus to get a taste of our ongoing circus program

Sal Frances

Sal has taught and trained in a wide variety of circus skills including stilts, ensemble work, aerials, stage combat and many different forms of manipulation. She counts acrobalance as her ‘’major”, inspired by the powerful physical dialogue of trust, co-operation and discovery it generates between people training together. She also works to find new contexts in which to present these skills, creating performances independently and within training programs, as well as with Trickstar Circus, Club Sandwich and, more recently, the Westside Circus performance troupe.

Introduction to Circus

with Sal Frances

1pm to 3pm

9yrs +

This class gives a general introduction to circus. It covers areas like balancing, juggling, tumbling and some aerials. Good for kids who are new to circus to get a taste of our ongoing circus program

Sal Frances

Sal has taught and trained in a wide variety of circus skills including stilts, ensemble work, aerials, stage combat and many different forms of manipulation. She counts acrobalance as her ‘’major”, inspired by the powerful physical dialogue of trust, co-operation and discovery it generates between people training together. She also works to find new contexts in which to present these skills, creating performances independently and within training programs, as well as with Trickstar Circus, Club Sandwich and, more recently, the Westside Circus performance troupe.

Tuesday 4th April

German Wheel

with Jarrad Cuff
10am to 12pm

Following on from our successful German Wheel workshop, this is an opportunity to get to know the apparatus, or expand on already existing skills. Due to the size of the wheel participants need to be between 150cm and n 175cm tall.

Jarrad Cuff

Jarrad has been training in Wheel Gymnastics (German Wheel) for 15 yrs. He has trained in Australia with Gymnastics WA and overseas in Europe. Jarrad has also performed for various circus and production companies using wheel as a circus apparatus and source of entertainment. Jarrad has also coached wheel gymnastics at NICA, Circus Oz, WA Circus School and is the Head Coach for the Melbourne Wheel Gymnastics Club. He continues to teach and spread his love of wheel gymnastics to help establish wheel as a sport in Australia.

Body Percussion

with David Joseph

1pm to 3pm

all ages

This body percussion workshop will introduce participants to the basics of rhythm, counting and polyrhythmics utilising the body as an instrument. This will be a fun, funky and useful workshop – these skills can later be used in warm-ups, ensemble development and performances.

David Joseph

David Joseph is an award winning actor, musician and physical performer with over 30 years experience as an artist and teacher. He has worked as an actor, dancer, musician, circus performer, workshop leader and teacher in a range of performance contexts. David began teaching circus skills, performing arts and percussion with West Community Theatre Company in 1984. He is committed to arts in education and sharing the transformative energy of performing arts with young people

Wednesday 5th April

Clowning

With Kimberly Twiner

10am to 12pm

prep to 8 yrs

Introduction to clowning for Kids who like to be funny.

Kimberly Twiner

Kimberley is a clown, physical comedian, teacher and director. Passionate about contemporary clown and physical comedy, Kimberley trained at the School of Philippe Gaulier (France 2013- 2014) and The John Bolton Theatre School (Melbourne 2015) and holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (DRAMA).

Kimberley teaches clown for the Melbourne Community Clown Troupe at Westside Circus and at the Laugh Masters Academy. She is a core teacher at Gaggle, an all-day workshop series in stand up, clowning and improv comedy for female and identifying/non-binary folks.

Clowning

with Kimberly Twiner

1pm to 3pm

9yrs +

Introduction to clowning for Kids who like to be funny.

Clowning

Kimberley is a clown, physical comedian, teacher and director. Passionate about contemporary clown and physical comedy, Kimberley trained at the School of Philippe Gaulier (France 2013- 2014) and The John Bolton Theatre School (Melbourne 2015) and holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (DRAMA).

Kimberley teaches clown for the Melbourne Community Clown Troupe at Westside Circus and at the Laugh Masters Academy. She is a core teacher at Gaggle, an all-day workshop series in stand up, clowning and improv comedy for female and identifying/non-binary folks.

Thursday 6th April

Aerial Dance Masterclass

with Hannah Trott

10am to 12pm

Fill the space between ground and air in this aerial dance workshop led by aerialist and dancer Hannah Trott. The workshop will focus on movement on and with the apparatus at ground level, with plenty of swinging and spinning; as well as exploration of transitions to and from the apparatus. All levels can be catered for - no previous dance or aerial experience is necessary, though participants with experience will be encouraged to utilise their skills.

Hannah Trott

Born in the UK, Hannah performed as a professional dancer in Europe and Asia before moving to Australia to train at the prestigious National Institute of Circus Arts. There, she completed a Bachelor of Circus Arts in 2013, specialising in Aerial Silks and Roue Cyr.
Hannah has a wealth of performing experience, from large corporate events, to theatrical shows, cabarets and nightclubs. Since 2013, she has been the aerialist for 'The Paris Underground Cabaret', touring regional Australia, as well as at community and corporate events. In 2016, she was part of the original cast of 'The Carnival of Lost Souls' for Platonic Music, for which she created two new aerial acts.

Percussive Juggling Masterclass

with Byron Hutton

1pm to 3pm

Take your juggling skills to another dimension with this exciting and innovative percussive juggling class, Some juggling skills are required to get the most out of this. Participants need to be able to to juggle a 3 ball cascade for 2 minute. Places are limited

Byron Hutton

Byron is a young, enthusiastic and highly skilled performer. He has performed on many different stages, on Live Television, in commercials and even on the news. His juggling prowess is recognised national and overseas. He was asked to be the New Zealand Juggling Festivals guest in 2013, and at the Auckland Circus Convention 2012. At the 2014 Adelaide Fringe he appeared on the Adelaide TV Fringe Gala, hosted by Paul McDermott and Katie Noonan, performing alongside The Umbilical Brothers, Damian Callinan and Gravity and Other Myths Circus. In 2015 he won Gasworks Circus Showdown with his 50-minute duo show called Jugg Life.

Friday 7th April

Hip Hop

with Julian Ojeda

10am to 12pm

Prep to 8 yrs

Get into the Hip Hop groove with Julian Ojeda. Participants will learn some great hip hop moves.

Hip Hop

Get into the Hip Hop groove with Julian Ojeda. Participants will learn some great hip hop moves.

Hip Hop

with Julian Ojeda

1pm to 3pm

9 yrs +

Get into the Hip Hop groove with Julian Ojeda. Participants will learn some great hip hop moves.

Hip Hop

Get into the Hip Hop groove with Julian Ojeda. Participants will learn some great hip hop moves.