Menu
News

Master clown mixes creativity, expression

Clowning around is a serious business for Dr Ida Seidenstein, who is auditioning students for the Young Dancers Association. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Clowning around is a serious business for Dr Ida Seidenstein, who is auditioning students for the Young Dancers Association. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards

CLOWNING around is a serious business for Dr Ira Seidenstein.

The Cirque De Soleil mentor, co-founder of Bell Shakespeare, dance instructor and acclaimed performing artist held clown auditions in Telina on Wednesday.

But there were no red noses, pranks or slapstick humour; rather a workshop in discipline, expression and movement.

Successful applicants will be inducted into the Young Dancers Association, to perform in Gladstone's largest theatre production of the year, dubbed the ExtravaDanza.

It has been hailed "bigger than Ben Hur" by local dance teacher Wendy Barker.

Mrs Barker and Dr Seidenstein share a common mentor in Harry Haythorne, the link that has ultimately benefited Gladstone youth.

"This is the first year I've had time to be able to visit Gladstone," he said.

"I think I've found a new way of addressing performing arts while still keeping some of the old traditions."

Dr Seidenstein said he combines imagination, creativity and expressions into an anatomically correct co-ordination of the body.

The veteran performer of 40 years is in high demand internationally, considered a master of clown.

Students travel from near and far to be counted upon his attendance list for the annual intensive Quantum Clown Residency.

Yesterday, young Gladstone theatre hopefuls soaked up Dr Seidenstein's expertise. He is scheduled to return to develop the ExtravaDanza project.



Why you're about to cop a $200-a-year hit over health bills

Health fund premiums to rise more than twice inflation rate.

FINANCIALLY strained families will be hit with a health premium rise

Gladstone teen in high demand as universities beckon

SUCCESS: Nethmini Alahakoon (second from left) with fellow captains during her time at Toolooa State High School. Jasmine Elliott (right) has also been nominated for a Queensland Young Achiever Award.

Nethmini Alahakoon has been recognised for her volunteer work.

Artists recycle for the Harbour Festival

MUSICAL: Julie Miers prepares a playable drumming art installation for the Gladstone Harbour Festival this Easter, from March 28-April 1.

Art installations were designed to make a noise.

Local Partners