Year

2017

Summary

Circus250: Diverse, Real, Physical brings together a four-country partnership to address the need for high quality ethnically diverse performances that can appeal to popular audiences.

Lead Partner

Crying Out Loud (UK)

Co-Partner(s)
Funding Strand

Smaller Scale Cooperation Projects

Community Grant

€200,000

Description

Circus250: Diverse, Real, Physical brings together a four-country partnership to address the need for high quality ethnically diverse performances that can appeal to popular audiences.

The partners are highly experienced and widely recognised for supporting emerging artists, initiating work that integrates artforms, and developing local as well as sector specific audiences. This project will enable hip hop and circus artists to work together through a year-long series of workshops, residencies and performances.

The project will: 

  • Enable talented hip hop theatre artists and highly skilled circus artists to work together through a year-long series of workshops, residencies and performances and create something different.
  • Upskill local, early career, circus and hip hop artists as they work with the experienced artists in order to enhance their creative and professional careers.
  • Present performances that use the lens of football to explore the physicality of the body and sport, and highlight racial and socio-political issues, challenges that face a multi-cultural Europe. The performances will vary at each location; local skills and responses to the themes will be integrated into the show.
  • Test methodologies for audience development with a focus on those that are not frequent attenders in circus outside of the UK.
  • Impact on the emerging area of hip hop and circus cross over work.
Testimonial from Irish Partner

This exciting project furthers our networks across Europe, supports the professional development of the circus and dance artists in Ireland and celebrates the 250th anniversary of Philip Astley’s first modern Circus range in London and subsequently Dublin. 

Urban dance artist Mateusz Szczerek was selected through open call as the lead artist for Ireland and will work with the UK hip hop company Far From the Norm on a circus and hip-hop production that will tour to all 4 partner countries, receiving mentorship from circus artist circus artist Gaëtan Levêque of the AOC Collective. 

He will be joined by 4 further Irish based circus and hip hop artists, Alex Allison, Davi Hora, Tony Mahon and Karol Szarek for the Irish premiere in June 2018 as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. 

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