Circus Summercamp-summer course
The Department of Circus at DOCH offers for the second time the successful Summer camp in circus.
The courses are for you who wishes to develop artistically and technically in your circus discipline. The Summercamp consists of three optional courses that can be combined to fulltime studies or part time studies during 5 weeks. You have the opportunity to design your own Summercamp!
The teachers at the Summercamp are Alexander "Sasha" Gavrilov, assistant professor in circus at DOCH, and the internationally known artists and directors Marta Torrents, Anna Pascual and Pau Portabella. The Summercamp is given July 29th - August 30 st in the Circus hall at DOCH.
The courses are scheduled on daytime 1 - 2,5 hour per day per course. There will be tasks given to work on individually after the classes. The students will have access to training space and studios in the evenings to practice their course disciplines.
You can apply to the following courses:
Handstand, 2,5 credits
Teacher: Alexander "Sasha" Gavrilov
The course contains training in handstand. During the course, you work with principles for sustainable training, risk analysis, building of exercises and discussions about aesthetic expression.
Hand to Hand, 2,5 credits (both for duos and single bases and single flyers)
Teachers: Alexander "Sasha" Gavrilov, Pau Portabella, Marta Torrents, Anna Pascual.
The course contains training in Hand to hand. During the course, you work with principles for sustainable training, risk analysis, building of exercises and discussions about aesthetic expression.
The course is possible to apply to for both for duos and single bases or single flyers. The duos will be taught by Alexander Sasha Gavrilov and the single bases and flyers will work in group and will work in hand to hand bases and also in technical research with teachers Pau Portabella, Marta Torrents and Anna Pascual.
Stage presence, dramaturgy and creative processes within circus, 3 credits
Teachers: Marta Torrents, Anna Pascual and Pau Portabella
The course includes work with techniques for stage presence and dramaturgy with the student's circus technique as a base. The dramaturgy work focus on how to use circus technique as an artistical language on the stage. The course also includes improvisation and methods for writing to develop ideas for creative processes in their circus practice. The course contains individual and group based exercises lead by the well reputed artists, directors and circus teachers Pau Portabella, Marta Torrents and Anna Pascual Fernandez.
Presentation of the teachers:
Alexander “Sasha” Gavrilov
Alexander “Sasha” Gavrilov is assistant professor in circus at the Circus Department at DOCH. Sasha has a life time experience as a handstand and hand to hand performer and has been teaching circus in Moscow, Circus Pilots at Cirkus Cirkör and here at DOCH for the past twelve years.
Specialised in Clown, mime and theatre improvisation, Portabella graduated from physical theatre school “El Timbal” 2001 in Barcelona. He continued his formation in the circus schools of “Rogelio Rivel” in Barcelona 2002-2005 and Centre des arts du cirque “Le Lido” in Toulouse 2006-2009, where he specialised in pair-acrobatics. Portabella has been working with several circus and theatre companies, and he is also co-founder, creator and performer of “Fet a Mà” in 2009 with Marta Torrents, company that has received a lot of international success with the performances called "Swap" and “Cru”.
Today he works as director of contemporary circus and dance performances and he is also dedicated to form artists, giving and important focus in the dramaturgy of the circus.
As Torrents was interested in movement, physical expression and the emotional universe, she participated in a year of theatre studies at the "Institut del Teatre" in Barcelona 2000. Convinced that her motivation lied not in words but rather in the body, she decided to join the circus arts formation at the “Rogelio Rivel” school in Barcelona 2001-2005 and specialize as a hand to hand flyer and actor at the "Centre des Arts du Cirque – le Lido" in Toulouse 2006-2009.
She is also cofounder, creator and performer of “Fet a Mà” in 2009 with Pau Portabella, a company that has received a lot of international success with the performances called "Swap" and “Cru”.
She then performed with “Cridacompany” and “Compagnie d’Elles” and also works as an outside eye and director for several projects.
In 2016, she decided to create her own company, with a multidisciplinary show “Brut” which is currently on tour.
She studied at Rogelio Rivel circus school in Barcelona and Flic in Turin, where she did partner acrobatics and Chinese pole as specialization. Anna settled in Barcelona and founded the circus company called Psirc with whom she created in 2012, Acrometria. With this show, the company turned for 5 years for Europe and Latin America.
Besides touring she worked on various projects in Catalonia with several companies like Animal Religion, Johnny and Los Galindos.
In 2017, she became part of the Tender Napalm artistic team, a result of a collaboration between Psirc and Sixto Paz companies. This project was premiered within the framework of the Grec Festival in Barcelona.
Nowadays, besides touring with Los Galindos, she is part of the artistic team of Silenzio, a show from Roberto Magro company, produced by Mercat de les Flors and directed by Roberto Magro.
She is also doing artistic management to young circus companies like Madame Gaüc and Cia Provisional and she is part of the independent creative team of Cronopis Circus Space in Mataró, where she regularly teaches Chinese pole classes.