Circus Without Circus
18 artists selected
Circus Without Circus is an interdisciplinary research project for artists from the circus field and many other artistic fields such as music, film, dance, theatre, design, architecture and visual arts. Together with the Circus Centre, nona arts centre is one of the eight project partners.
Following an open call, 18 European artists were selected: nine from the circus field and nine from other artistic fields. They are now offered a residency programme aimed at stimulating artistic exchange. In this way, we want to facilitate cross-border research and let them develop and explore interdisciplinary working methods. The artists will step out of their comfort zone, let go of habits and open up their artistic process to an encounter with another artist.
Residencies in Belgium
Four of the selected artists will have their first residency in Belgium between 15 and 28 June 2021. They were paired together and do not know each other yet. During their residency at nona, the 26-year-old Danish juggler Villads Bugge Bang will step into conversation with the 27-year-old French actress and dancer Thalia Pigier. At Circuscentrum, the 29-year-old French trapeze artist and clown Anaïs Bambou Monnet will get to work with the 34-year-old Croatian film and video maker Natko Stipaničev. Of course we would like to show you the results of these residencies. We will announce these presentation moments at a later date. Get to know the four residents quickly below.
"Both during my training at the circus school and afterwards, my work is often based on exploring how small details, seemingly unimportant things, can be blown up into something big and fantastic. Think of a banal plastic bag that, through juggling and magic, suddenly acquires value for the audience. I am curious to see how other artists translate that into their own practice: creating something out of nothing."
"I work with objects as well as improvisation and I'm interested in seeing how all of that can merge with the different practices of circus artists. I am also interested in working in a specific location and because I think that the experiments of many circus companies - trying to explore new ways of performing in the city or in nature - can really change the experience of the spectator. I therefore believe that this programme can lead me to create performances with a new outlook."
"Circus Without Circus attracts me very much, because the programme represents all the questions I have been struggling with for more than two years. How does the circus renew itself after 200 years? Can circus remain circus without circus? Is it possible to continue writing circus codes without necessarily being trapped in physical techniques?"
"I like experimentation very much, but I am actually mostly a 'loner' in art practice. I would like to change that. As a director of animation films and as an animator, I mainly work alone from home. I am getting tired of that kind of work, I want to change that practice: work more with people and contribute to a certain collectivity."
In addition to the residencies, a support programme is planned. It will offer the selected artists relevant meetings with professionals from the performing arts sector. This will include artistic guidance, feedback sessions and networking opportunities. These sessions are aimed at enabling the artists to develop and inspire themselves with the ultimate goal of building a sustainable, international career.