CirkusMania: How Now Circus?
Degree students from our Master's Programme "Contemporary Circus Practices" returns to CirkusMania with their degree performances and creative processes, asking "How Now Circus?". Welcome!
Under the umbrella title How Now Circus?, the MA Contemporary Circus Practices from Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) returns to CirkusMania with a new gathering of works and creative processes exploring circus and beyond.
Bodies, ropes, nerve cells, entanglements with nature and technology, virtual and real spaces come together in a careful exploration of the circus that does not yet exist, asking the question from this here, now, to where?
The Master's programme in Contemporary Circus Practices expands the scope of the circus through transdisciplinary dialogues on contemporary philosophy, inclusivity and diversity, sustainability, movement and spatial practices, new technologies, social development, architecture, urban design, and environmental discourses.
- 11 February at 18:30-19.10: Stav Meishar The Barbette Project
- 12 February at 13.00-18.00
- 13 February at 13.00-18.00
12-13 February are durational events and the audience is advised to arrive on time, as once the event starts at 13.00 no latecomers will be allowed. You can choose to leave early, but there is no re-entry. There are breaks scheduled within the event.
CUBEA - Space as a transformative place proposes a dialogue between bodies and space. Movement and vulnerability create a living installation. An installation based on horizontality, that tries to find answers to questions such as: What can the space we inhabit offer? What can we offer it? How can we inhabit/embody space? How can we create dialogues between bodies and space? What is the language of my body? And of space? Who/what moves whom/what? Who/what controls who/what?
Marjut Sabina Hernesniemi/Myrsky Rönkä
Kehrae / Kehrä Is a performance, dance, trance, meditation. It is a Finnish word for round things like sun and moon, the verb kehrätä means to spin as making yarn. Shamans in Korea and Japan use the revolving movement to achieve trance. The whirling Sufis in the Middle East are practising their meditational whirling ritual to transcend the ego, and consciously participate in the shared revolution of other beings. Life is spinning, whirling, revolving from the smallest cells to the stars of the firmament. Life is a revolution.
Quitting, A Practice of Freedom questions the associations with weakness and failure that the term suggests. Quitting is an unwelcome activity in today’s forward driven lives. Yet, with growing sustainability consciousness, we can no longer dismiss practices of authenticity and stillness. This reflective research dissects acts of Quitting and searches the potentiality in psychological spaces of stillness.
The Barbette Project adapts the true story of Barbette, a legendary gender-bending trapeze artist, as woven with the lived experiences of LGBT+ circus artists today. The project looks at how concepts of gender set by society affect us, trying out different exercises to explore these themes, drawing on experiences as well as survey responses collected from LGBT+ people, particularly those in the circus industry. The result will be what we call "open source play" - a road map, a script that leaves space for any performer (or multiple!) to combine their personal history with Barbette’s story.
Freedom Through Restriction considers the immensely pleasant sense of freedom within the walls of restriction when flying at two meters height that I had never experienced when at eight. In loving memory of the billions of steps we talked and the trillion words we walked, rope and I, in the rectangle space of my living room in the year of Covid.
Hair Hanging’s release in space project deals with the deconstruction of the paradigms of hair-hanging reconsidering the relationships between the practitioner with the space, the freedom of her movement in it and her autonomy. It remaps the verticality and horizontality of the technique, the grounding and suspension, the energy flow and the corporal poetics.
The Circus Perspective Project redefines the circus practice into a tendency that glows under “circus-lenses” that sees every action as circus (as the world is a theatre-stage or a choreography), to expand the field to its widest range. The presentation will include an exhibition, two performance interventions and a performative lecture.