The summer keeps evolving. I have just got back from a week of working at the excellent Sansusi Festivals in the south forests Latvia. Invited by the marvellous Mara Pavula (also producer of Re Riga Circus Festival, which happens next week – check it out). Sansusi is an interesting festival, DIY at heart but with a world class programme of chamber music – all performed outdoors in the woods. I had an excellent time and managed to catch up with colleagues of the Baltic Nordic Circus Network.
Earlier this year I said I would produce a series of writings from travels to Circus Info in Finland. This trip turned out to be an incredibly brilliant experience and it has meant that rather than writing some quick reports I have been thinking much further and hoping to continue the research. The research I am taking forward now has the particular focus on European Artist Support organisations and their relationships with the scenes they support on local levels in combinations with the networks they are part of on international levels.
In June I was lucky enough to get to Paris to attend the Circus Next presentations with my Circus City Festival hat on and in July I worked with Luca Silvestrini and Protein Dance to project manage an outdoor piece of immersive dance which involved hundreds of participants and professional dancers, spanning 10 performances watched by over 10 000 people over a week in Bristol for the Dance Village at Harbourside Festival – Bristol’s largest cultural festival.
I’ve also been working away with Co-Producer Kate Hartoch for the planning of the next Circus City Festival, scheduled to happen in the Autumn of 2017, worked on company development with Bristol’s newest contemporary circus company Oddly Moving Circus Theatre – the baby of Grania Pickard preparing for our showcase of her new work He Ain’t Heavy which previews on the 29th of September at Trinity Centre in Bristol with a planned tour for Autumn 2017. If you are unaware of this project watch the short but beautiful documentary here from last years R&D which articulates its ambition brilliantly. As part of Oddly Moving’s repetoire we are developing a new workshop series particularly aimed at Autistic persons and their siblings/family members supported by Bristol Autism Support and Circomedia.
July also saw a touring performance to Malmö with Nordic New Circus Company Tanter performing Vixen for the first time outdoors since my involvement with the company for Malmö Summerstage (Sommarscen). Such a beautiful experience I hope we will get to play this show many more times outdoors as the feedback was astounding.
Last night I went on a fly visit to Copenhagen to visit the KIT Nycirkus Festival (Copenhagen International Theatre’s Biennial New Circus Festival) and tonight saw a short visit to watch new circus in Malmö for Malmö Festival.