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DOCH, School of Dance and Circus

Music and Circus in Dialogue

Welcome to experience live improvised circus and music that is part of a doctoral research project conducted by circus researcher Marie-Andrée Robitaille.

Inspired by the experimental utopian ideas of the Bauhaus movement Music and Circus in Dialogue explore an open-ended circus and musical piece in which are developed visual and audible collective patterns, a type of transforming and responsive organic system. The piece is totally improvised live!

Music and Circus in Dialogue is the final piece of the project ECO-CIRCUS and HIDDEN CIRCUSMusic and Circus in Dialogue echoes the doctoral research project Circus as Dialogic conducted by circus researcher Marie-Andrée Robitaille at DOCH, the School of Dance and Circus/Stockholm University of the Arts in Sweden.

The work experiments with artistic expressions from a dialogical perspective and aims to develop new tools that favour the emergence of abilities for collaborative processes. 

The performance builds on a series of compositional and improvisational methods developed in our previous projects:  

  • Gynoïdes Project and Sound of Circus (2010-16 Uniarts, Kulturbryggan, Musikverket, Swedish Art Council, Swedish Art Grant Committee, Stockholm City, Stockholm County, Canada council for the arts)
  • Revoid Ensemble (2015-16, Musikverket)
  • Music in Disorder (2016-18, Vetenskapsrådet) 

Performers

  • Klas Nevrin - keyboard
  • Ricard Österstam - drums
  • Hara Alonso - sound design
  • Florence Huet - juggling hoop
  • Eduardo Cardozo - paper manipulation
  • Kajsa Bohlin - cyr wheel and dance-acrobatic

Creative team

The transformable and wearable scenography is conceived by installation artist Rachel Wingfield and by Marie-Andrée Robitaille. 

The light is designed by Vilhelm Montan Lindberg.

The music is composed and improvised by Klas Nevrin, Ricard Österstam and Hara Alonso.

The piece has been developed in close cooperation with the performers and with the dramaturgical input of Martin Sonderkamp, Ben Richter and Ivar Heckscher.

The piece is conducted by Marie-Andrée Robitaille.

The piece will also be performed at Festival Total Stage, at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus Movement at the school of Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany! September 13-14 2019  22.30-23.30.

Credit picture: Einar Kling Odencrants for Gynoïdes Project. Artist on the picture Veera Kaijanen.

Support and partnerships

  • Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
  • Nordic Innovative Juggling
  • Stockholm University of the Arts
  • Kristofferscenen, Kristofferskolan
  • Swedish Art Council
  • Swedish Art Grant Committee
  • Stockholm City
  • Stockholm County
  • CirkusPerspektiv.
  • Royal College of Music