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 (2017 - 2018) 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 enabled hip hop and circus artists to work together through a year-long series of workshops, residencies and performances.

The project aims were to:  

  • 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

'Partnering on Circus250/Union Black enabled us to present a high calibre large-scale circus and dance production as a headline act for Cork Midsummer Festival 2018.  It also increased our knowledge of cultural differences and the particular creation processes for circus and dance as well as artist supports required, such as ideal physical conditions. It Introduced us to new contacts in Ireland (3 artists were new to the festival) and internationally. It has also given us new tools for evaluating our work using more creative evaluation methods such as film and photography as weall as the experience of being a first time partner in a small-scale co-operation grant.' Kath Gorman, Head of Participation and Engagement, Cork Midsummer Festival.

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