Curriculum Vitae: Martin Ewen
1983: Graduated New Zealand Clown School (Principal: Alan Clay) Majoring in Street Theater, Mime and Modern Clown
1987-89: Stilt skills, member of Stalker stilt theatre, NZ
1989: Informal butoh training, Japan
1991: Further mime and study under Gustav Menzies, Paris.
Solo Development and Touring
1983: Two New Zealand national stage and street theater performance tours
1986: Performance of first stage solo mime show Auckland National Art Gallery
1987-89: Various performances and National extensive tour With Stalker theatre
1986: Live mannequin work New Zealand
1989: Live mannequin work Japan
1989: Extensive touring of Japan as mercenary stilt dance clown for Mitsubishi, Marui, Suntory, Panasonic and others.
1991: Creation of character "Lurk"
1991: Actor in Hollywood Film "Far and Away"
1994-1999 Base Anti-Gravity theater in Perth Australia
1997: Street Performances in Singapore by invitation from Singapore Tourist Board.
1997: Queensland performances by invitation Southbank, QLD
1999: Street performances in Germany , Belgium, Holland and USA
1999: Lurk features at multi-million dollar private party, Chicago ,other performers include James Brown, Aretha Franklyn.
2000 : Festival circuit nth America-may~nov.
2001 : Festival and freelance work, nth America- may-dec
2002 : New Zealand Summer tour, Jan-March
Solo street performances have been undertaken in the following countries:
Participation in International Festivals are as follows:
Wellington International Fringe Festival (1986 / 1995 / 2000)
Yokohama International Street Festival (1989)
Adelaide International Fringe Festival (1992 & 1994)
Edinburgh International Fringe Festival (1993)
London International Street Theater Festival, Carneby Street (1993)
Dunedin Festival (1995)
Christchurch International Festival Buskers Festival (1995 / 1998 / 2000)
Fremantle international Buskers festival (1999)
Lake Taupo International Arts Festival (1999)
Halifax International Buskers festival (1999)
Linz international street performance festival, Austria (1999)
Singapore International buskers festival (1999)
Wellington International Fringe festival (2000)
Denver International buskers festival (2000)
Edmonton International street theatre festival (2000)
Nelson International buskers festival(2000)
Windsor international street performance festival (2000+2001)
Waterloo International buskers festival (2000+2001)
Auckland International Buskers festival (2001+2002)
Whangarei International buskers fest (2002)
Dundas International Buskers fest (2002)
Glastonbury Festival England (2002)
1983-85: Joined Playspace Theater, New Zealand
1983: Formed Anti - Gravity Theater
1987-89: Joined Stalker Stilt Theater, NZ
2000: Principal guest performer 'Redmoon theatre' Chicago
1983-85: Secondary School teaching,Anti-gravity theatre drama workshops, Auck area NZ
1989: Modern Clown Teaching, Japan
1993: Modern Clown Teaching, Copenhagen Performance Academy
1994: Stilt tutor, International Festival of Perth
1995: Modern Clown Teaching, Wellington
1998: Modern Clown Teaching, Perth
1999: Stilt tutor, "Jack Sue" Arts Collective, Perth
2000: Stilt tutor, extreme productions, USA
2000: Stilt tutor, 'silly people' performance group, Waterloo Canada.
2000: Performance direction, clown consultant, stilt tutor, Red Moon theatre, Chicago
2000: Stilt tutor, 'Underground United ' Los Angeles.
2001:Stilt tutor 'Entertainflorida' Orlando Florida
2001:Stilt tutor-Private- New York
I graduated from NZ's first Clown School in 1983, having studied movement improvisation, circus skills, mime, street theater, invisible theater, stage definitions, audience dynamics, Clown - social and literary history and administration and structure of production.
Adjacently performing solo and as a member of "Playspace Theater", a five piece modern clown / mime troupe led by Alan Clay. We performed and taught in secondary schools and twice toured theaters nationally.
I then formed "Antigravity Theater" with two others and the next two years were spent in a similar vein, teaching, touring and experimenting with comic video.
Following this, two years were spent as a member of 'Stalker Stilt Theater', impersonating dark archetypes for the masses and gaining a valuable stilt movement vocabulary.
I accepted an invitation to visit Japan. Touring the country comprehensively over three years, working independently and for a range of corporate clients.
Long term contracts with Japan's largest chain of Department stores, "Marui".
A mercenary clown also for Mitsubishi, Coca-cola, Panasonic and Suntory. Japan gave me a site specific dimension, one days work might be to perform in a stairwell for a retired starlets 21st birthday party, another to perform a three minute dance piece midfield at Tokyo Dome.
From a guest season at a Filipino Circus in Nagasaki with two dozen clinically insane poodles, a demonic chimpanzee and a sociopathic elephant, to the Osaka World Expo, where the on site populations exceeded one million on weekends and holidays.
I moved to Europe initially performing in Covent Garden and Carnaby St, progressing through agents to working further afield at venues including "Ku", in Spain, Europe's largest nightclub.
The Edinburgh International Theater Festival and six seconds in "Far and Away', a Ron Howard/Tom Cruise vehicle.
I also spent time performing and studying Mime in Paris (Gustav Menzies) and additionally performed in Germany, Iceland, Holland and Denmark.
Additionally I have developed a range of site specific pieces that have seen me suspended from buildings, in beds in department stores, roaming a huge postal sorting hanger as a large envelope and entertaining as a large framed portrait.
I periodically hold classes in Modern Clown and Mime, I produce short stage and film pieces and am at present in collaboration in preparation for rehearsal for new work in film, stage and amongst architecture.
I can cast produce and direct utilizing 20 years experience with some of the worlds most talented eccentrics
I can conceptually coach, consult and confer
I can design websites and am especially good with copy
I am a ruthless yet approachable stage manager
My mind is my asset, my experience is my qualification
and I will rent my mind should the project be suitably absurd.
I am essentually a modern clown who's specialty is the design of whimsey