Close but no cigar! We had a fantastic night at the Local Business Awards last night at Dee Why RSL. Congratulations to all the winners, including Northern Beaches Community College who took out the award in our category - Best Educational Business!
Thank you to everyone who voted for Swoop! We have some wonderful supporters and appreciate every one of you.
Check out our 'Regular Classes' Page for details on our two new classes, which will be commencing in May: http://www.swoop.net.au/regular-classes.html
Cirque du Solittle: Ages 2-4
10-11am Wednesdays at Collaroy Masonic Hall
STARlets intermediate circus: Ages 10-14
4-5pm Mondays at Collaroy Masonic Hall
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Compagnie Finzi Pasca's La Verita, Circus Oz's But Wait There's More, Casus Circus' Tolu and Knee Deep, and Circa's What Could Have Been. It has been a great January in Sydney for circus and physical theatre but it was the beauty and originality of La Verita that stole my heart. Finzi Pasca, and that indefinable je ne sais quoi of European circus, has once again taken my breath and replaced it with pure joy. Apart from the aesthetic brilliance of the show (the costumes and props inspired by Salvadore Dali's art were incredible), the flow, the journey and the skill level were supremely impressive.
As much as I love and support Australian Circus, I can't help but notice the somewhat repetitive themes and tendencies infiltrating Australian shows. It is undoubtable that our Aussie artists are highly skilled and talented, however after Gravity and Other Myths' performance of A Simple Space at last year's festival (which was mind-blowing btw), I feel like Im watching attempts at the same rawness, simplicity and stage dynamic, but something is missing. I hate writing that as I know I could never personally achieve some of the physical feats demonstrated by these amazing performers. But simply as an observation, if homegrown shows could capture the magic and whimsy of our European counterparts, Australian circus, with our charismatic artists and great stories to tell, would be taken to the next level.
Christmas! argh. The silly (sunny, sloshy, sleepy) season is bulldozing towards us. Today was our final STARters class for the year - the little pumpkins have come so far and Im very proud of their commitment to classes.
Most days of late have been filled with hoop making - a lovely big order for 80 hoops has landed in my lap and my house is filled with beautiful, bright circles.
Schools visited recently include Mercy College Chatswood, Ryde Secondary College, Regional High School (for the mid-north coast drama collegiate), Great Lakes Secondary College and Brigidine College St Ives. I also had the pleasure of holding workshops for 4 lovely groups of kids at the State Drama Festival, held at the Seymour Centre. Watching kids get so excited about circus and physical theatre makes every job a joy :-)
But enough blabbering, I have hoops to tape dammit!
Well it's been a while (pre motherhood) but holidays workshops are finally back. We're starting off slowly with just two days these school holidays but once back, the only way is up!
Karin Slade from Powerhouse at Ponderosa has kindly offered her space for lease in Warriewood for the two days so we will be setting up the aerial rig and making the most of it.
Venue hunting....YEP. STILL LOOKING. Swoop needs a home people. The Northern Beaches would be the perfect place for a fully decked-out circus training space. And once I find it, ALL ages will finally be accommodated for.
Tonight is the last night of adult classes for the term. Classes resume on Tuesday 13th Oct.
Until next time,
Peace Out Mother Fathers (and non-parentals of course ;-)
It certainly has been a very busy few weeks for Swoop. Students have been busy creating and devising for their HSC Group Projects and Swoop has been filling their bag of tricks all over Sydney. Marist College North Shore, Epping Boys, Prairiewood High, Danebank, Randwick Boys, Tara, IGS and some great kids at the State Drama Camp have been getting their swoop on and upskilling for the task.
I spent a great day at the Riverina Drama Camp in Wagga Wagga with some lovely teachers and students in late May. Despite an hour delay landing and a 4 hour delay going home (blugh), it was ultimately a successful day for all involved.
Next on the agenda is having a dodgy tattoo repaired (finally got around to having son #2 inked on my arm and it went a bit wrong - he's been trouble since day one that child! ;-), and if I survive school holidays, I have some great workshops booked next term.
For those of you battling through the holidays...hopefully we will have some circus workshops ready to go next hols - stay tuned for details.
Love and mungbeans
It has been another busy week - in-school workshops at Cranbrook and St Spyridon and a huge night of circus fun at the North Sydney Regional Drama Camp.
Whilst teaching this week, I started thinking about why Swoop is different to other physical theatre companies.This is what i've come up with so far;
- Swoop uses laughter, fun and games as teaching tools. When kids enjoy themselves, they generally absorb the theory and practice of the lesson.
- Swoop takes a multi-disciplinary approach to physical theatre. Whilst strongly rooted in circus, Swoop's teachings are also underpinned by the theoretical teachings of various practitioners and international performance companies. Swoop Physical Theatre combines circus, dance, drama studies and vast international experience.
- Swoop classes are generally not pre-planned. Although this may sound strange, we believe it to be the best way to cater workshops to the immediate needs of participants. A general structure and list of appropriate skills will be prepared, but only once the mood, experience, level of focus and physical capabilities of students has been assessed, will the finer details of the workshop be filled in, on the spot. This requires a great level of experience and observation from the facilitator and is why Swoop prides itself on quality delivery of suitable workshops.
In saying all of this, professional learning and development is of utmost importance to Swoop. If you have any feedback on our workshops, please let us know.
Yours in Swooptacularity
Swoop has had it's current logo for more than 10 years! It's time for a bit of a tweak methinks. The lovely graphic designer Elana Clark - a fellow Northern Beaches mama, has been working on a few adjustments to help bring our logo up to date. I have posted some choices on our Facebook page - let me know which you prefer.
Peace and inverted shenanigans
Extremely pumped to announce that we are starting classes in term 2. A bit sick of waiting for a great warehouse so in the meantime classes will be at South Narrabeen SLSC on wednesday afternoons 4-5pm starting 29th April (week 2 of school term)
At this stage I'm starting the first level of kids classes (6-10 yrs) for all levels of experience.
Classes will include acrobalance, tumbling, hula hooping, juggling, drama games and activities to build confidence and gross motor skills.
Interested? Simply email me and ill be in touch.
Well, the hunt for the perfect Swoop HQ has turned into an epic journey. Dreams of having the space open for the Easter holidays have been put to death for our sins (not submitting our tax on time) but will hopefully be resurrected...even if only for the sake of metaphorical continuity ;-)
Basically, as we all know, tax sucks! But once this mahoooosive tax bill is out of the way, there should be nothing stopping us from finally opening our own space.
In other news, I'm pumped to be booked into a course with Circus Training Australia in July. This means better quality programming and even more skills from Swoop in the future.
Also, don't miss our new monthly spotlights on the Swoop Facebook page, starting next month with Antonin Artaud April. Every month will focus on a different physical theatre practitioner, style or company, organised alliteratively of course because I'm OCD;
Artaud in April
Meyerhold in May
Jacques (Lecoq) in June
Jerzy in July
Anne (Bogart) in August
Suzuki in September
Oida (Yoshi) in October
Noh in November
Decroux in December
Hopefully these studies will not only give you guys a stronger background in physical theatre, but also add to my knowledge as I search for hidden gems of info on the history of this incredible art form.
Wishing everyone an eggcellent easter (sorry, no original jokes in the vault),
Danielle has been practising and teaching physical theatre, drama and circus skills for over 15 years. She is a qualified secondary drama teacher with a Bachelor of International Creative Arts and she is a mother to two crazy boys.