Completed arts projects
Three companies - Cahin-Caha, Cirkus Cirkör and La Putyka - inspiring each other.
Lacrimae was an international project for a creative exchange in the European contemporary circus community. The partners involved in this project was Cirkus Cirkör from Sweden, Cahin-Caha from France, La Putyka from Czech Rep., along with other partners across Europe. During 2012, these groups worked together to share ideas and methods. They analyzed leadership roles, the performers, researchers and the audience. From the exchange of ideas, experiences, cultural differences and esthetics there was a plan to develop a triptyk of performances based on one theme. As the project came to a close it became clear that each company had been inspired in very different directions and the finished productions developed in a path of their own.
Supported by the Swedish Arts Council and Stockholms City.
Circus Art Research Exchange
CARE is a artistic research network based on international collaborations, on an artistic level. With the support of the Culture Programme of the EU.
CARE is a network created to be sustained and expand, to enable international artist to collectively, through interdisciplinary meetings and collaboration, raise more questions that will deepen and strengthen the artistic work in the contemporary circus field.
CARE consists of 6 European countries and 7 partners. Czech Republic/Cirk La Putyka, Finland/Circo Aereo, France/ Cahin-Caha/ Un Loup pour l’homme, Island/ Nordic House, Norway/ Cirkus Xanti, Sweden/Cirkus Cirkör. The partners are contemporary circus companies, venues and festivals.
In CARE the focus is on a very fundamental level of circus arts: how the art is created. Without focus on artistic research the work created ends up repeating old practices and patterns. Research brings up many new questions and the process of working around these questions gives the work depth and strength, like when weaving a net. The commitment to artistic research roots the artist and the company stronger in to the topic of the work, the history of the art-form and the artistic community around them.
CARE had 21 different activities during 2 years where directors, artists, and creative staff will meet and collaborate in interdisciplinary labs, artistic meetings, seminars and residencies. Some of the activities along with public presentations took place during festivals (Volcanic Circus festival in Iceland, The Circus Village Festival in Norway) other activities created a creative cluster and cross-boundary meeting points through open presentations of the residencies, artistic labs and seminars in the 6 partner countries. For some of the labs there were open calls for circus artist.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Culture Programme, Strand 1.2.1 – Cooperation Projects). This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.