|( June 30,
2006 ) - International Contortion Convention 2006 news
Thank you all for the huge interest you have
been showing in our ICC 2006 Contortion Convention Project.
sorry that you had to wait quite a while for this update but -
as many of you know - we
have been moving our offices, home and studio
and the rest.
It was much more work than
expected and I have to apologize for not having been able to reply to
all your mails and questions during this period.
This is the reason why we
decided to extend the
deadline for the
Early Bird Fee -
which is supposed to run out on June 30
- until July 15.
Everybody who registers and pays the Convention fee
by this date, is still allegeable for the reduced ICC Convention Fee.
Despite of all the hectique of the recent weeks things in regards to the
event have been developing well. The amount of
interest in the Convention from all sides is absolutely amazing.
Especially for our young talents, it might be interesting to hear that
several divisions form Cirque
du Soleil and other big Cirque Production Teams have approached us
and showed interest in attending the shows for talent scouting
purposes. As always we will also invite
agencies and press to follow our event. In the past this has been
very favorable to some artists who appeared at our recent ICCs -
such a Daniel Browning Smith etc.
As we mentioned in our
last ICC info we want to feature some new artists here. These artists
will perform at the ICC and for some of them it will be their big stage
I´ll be there : Stephanie
I´ll be there : Stephanie
young Lady is very special to me. I met her the first time in January
this year. She had recently moved from the New York area to Las Vegas in
search of a contortion coach. We met and started to work together more
or less ‘right away’. What an ambitious young Lady! Very focused and
prepared to give her everything to make her dream come true
: As she puts it in
her own words, she wants “to work as a theatrical and artistic
performer” as “these performances will utilize and develop education,
ability experience, and offer professional growth”.
To me that is a
wonderful way to describe the self-occupation with the art of
Stephanie has a very smart and gentle personality, which is very
attractive to be around with. She works as a nurse and puts all her
extra time into pursuing her dreams.
has appeared on various TV Shows (i.e. Ed Bernstein) and has been one of
the Assistant Yoga Instructors of the famous Cirque du Soleil Show
‘Zumanity’ in Las Vegas. Yoga is another ‘hobby’ of hers.
of months ago I was approached by a young man called Andre Bahia, who
told me, that his biggest dream is to perform at the ICC 2006. Well we
do get a lot of similar mails and it is very difficult to decide whom to
take ..(so to say).
But I guess
this young gentleman is really amazing and I am now trying to raise some
money for him -
so he can join us at the event.
I had the
pleasure to see a DVD of his performance recently and I can assure you
that the photos we attach here
tell half of the story.
If at all
possible I really will and want to make it possible for Andre to perform
I´ll be there : Andre
I´ll be there : Andre
already received some sponsoring money from our wonderful friend Glen
Holman, who is not only helping us with Andre, but also with other
lady contortionists for whom we need some sponsoring money in order to
pay air fares. ‘Glenny’ has always been so very supportive towards the
art of contortion! Thank you sweet Glenny
usual, the costs for organizing this non-profit event are very high and
it is a huge challenge for me - every time
- to make ends meet. Without the help of people like
Klaus Bischoff, who not only ‘sponsors’ us with all the free work
hours which he puts into our project -
but also with money and the help of many other friends
I would not be able to put this event together again.
I also have to mention our close friend Bill Calhoun, who very
generously sponsored the airfare ticket
Casselly from Germany to Las
Vegas ! Thank you
Traveling expenses are
always a huge burden on our ICC budget and we will gratefully accept any
help we can get to sponsor some of the artists performing.
of you will remember Helena who performed her act ‘Josephine B.’
at the ICC 2000 in Las Vegas and ‘Elaine’ at the ICC 2003 in
summer she will finally finish her education as a professional dancer at
the Cologne Dance Academy. Her dream for the future is to work as a
dancer and contortionist, which she never lost her love and fascination
for. Throughout her work with the dance academy, she continued to work
as a contortionist in our SHOWBIZ productions and she is very eager not
to miss this year’s event.
Hotel reservation and room rates
We have been informed by some friends, that the ‘special
have with the Sams Hotel for the ICC rooms is - at this point - more
expensive than room rates when booked online using hotel reservation
websites. I immediately contacted the hotel. Their explanation is that
they fix the ICC rate until the end of August. If regular hotel
rates will go up, we still get the cheaper ICC rate.
I could not convince them to reduce the ICC room rate
approx. 6 US$. I can assure you that we - the ICC organization - are not
making any money with the rooms. My suggestion therefore is that when
you book your hotel room, please check both rates and take the
better one. I can still cancel rooms until August if necessary - so it
is perfectly ok to book your room at Sams Town without mentioning
"May I serve you ?" : Helena
We will be there : Dance Extensions
Regarding more details about the workshops : I -Ska-
will be in Vegas from the end of July on - in order to finalize
everything for the event on location.
It is difficult to arrange all the
details being so far away in Europe right now.
In August we will give you a more detailed
schedule regarding the workshops and other activities. We would then
appreciate if you signed in for the workshops you are interested in
before your arrival in Vegas.
We are expecting huge interest in the contortion workshops - since
we will have a lot of young talents there who are still trying to learn
more about training and presentation. We might also need extra rooms in
the hotel for these workshops. The sooner we know who and what to expect
- the better we can plan.
Warmest regards to all of you!
Ska von Schöning
Your ICC 2006 Team :
Ska von Schöning
ska @ vnet.de /
skasy2 @ mac.com
kalaus @ aol.com
I´ll be there : Ashley
Here are again some collectors pics for you
Collectors pic: Raven Merle
Collectors pic: Diane and Archie
Event promoters: Ska von Schöning (Ska Showbiz) and Klaus Bischoff
Here are -again- some links to our
previous events :
some of the pictures copyright
by Jim Pickles