CIRCUS SESSIONS 2016

This year’s Circus Sessions:
May 16-22nd, 2016

Produced by Femmes du Feu in partnership
with Harbourfront Centre as part of NextSteps 2016/17

 

 

SHOWINGS: Friday May 20th and Saturday May 21st, 8pm

CIRCUS TALK: A day of panel discussions – Saturday May 21 10-4pm

 

Circus Sessions greatly acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council For The Arts.
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CIRCUS SESSIONS

Circus Sessions #2, May 16-22nd, 2016

Harbourfront Centre Theatre 235 Queens Quay, Toronto, ON

Produced by Femmes du Feu in partnership with Harbourfront Centre as part of NextSteps 2016/17

Showings- Friday May 20th and Saturday May 21st, 8pm

Circus Talk- a day of panel discussions- Saturday May 21 10-4pm

Mentor:

Adell Node-Langlois (Paris, France). Read more about Adel at  Atelier 29.

Photo by Laurence Guillmot

Photo by Laurence Guillmot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circus Sessions participants:

Dana Dugan (Chicago, IL)Dana Dugan

Vanessa Furlong (Halifax, NS)

Leah Samelson (Quebec, QB)

Yury Ruzhyev (Toronto, ON)

Katelyn McCulloch (Toronto, ON)

Jamie Holmes (Toronto, ON)

Rachelle Ellie (Ottawa, ON)

Chriselle Tidrick (Brooklyn, NY)

Erin Ball (Kingston, ON)

Marie-Noel Bety (Montrel, QB)

Nicki Miller (Brooklyn, NY)

CIRCUS TALK

Saturday May 21- Circus Talk – A Day of discussions on Contemporary Circus

Harbourfront Centre Theatre 235 Queens Quay, Toronto, ON

10-11:45am  Directing & Dramaturgy in Circus

Panel discussion and round table on directing & dramaturges in contemporary circus, lead by Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux from Montreal. How do we push and challenge the form? How do we disseminate outcomes from these discussions to carry the impact further?

  • Monica Dottor (Toronto, ON)
  • Jessie Fraser (Toronto, ON)
  • Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux (Montreal QB)
  • Roy Gomez Cruz (Chicago, IL)

11:45-1pm  Lunch

1:00-2pm En Piste (Montreal, QB)

  • Christine Bouchard (General director)
  • Marie-Michèle Déraspe (Community services)

Q&A about the organization and presentation of the results from their national research on circus.

2-2:30 The Montreal Working Group (Montreal, QB)

Presentation and Q&A by Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux about the organization. This years focus is the Circus Dramaturgy Project.

2:45-3:45  Community Building in Circus

Building on the discussion from CCAFT 2015. Practical ideas bring communities together? Interesting or alternative community initiatives. Community shared spaces. How can larger organizations support smaller emerging organizations?

  • Nadia Drouin- Chef de programmation, Arts du cirque (Montreal, QB)
  • Rebecca Leonard- Girl In The Sky Productions/ CCAFT (Toronto, ON)
  • Dana Dugan (Chicago, IL)
  • Adel Node-Langlois- Atelier 29 (Paris, France)

We are posting a series of blogs relating to Circus Sessions, highlighting women in circus. Blogs written by Jackie Houghton. Read more HERE.

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Call opens September 21st and closes January 15th, 2016

Please send submissions to: femmesdufeu@gmail.com

We are excited to welcome Adell Node-Langlois (Paris, France) as our mentor for Circus Sessions 2016!

Circus Sessions (now in it’s 2nd season) is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank that will offer 12 contemporary circus artists the opportunity to work with an internationally renowned mentor in The Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Circus Sessions 2015 was a great success! Thank you to all the artists, supporters and audience!

This initiative is open to the diverse forms of practice that span the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and Clown. The Circus Sessions looks to encourage artists to engage in a creative dialogue that examines their evolving form, cultivates experimentation in performance, as well as networking, advocacy and audience development and engagement strategies.

Circus Sessions is free to all participants. Participants will be responsible for travel costs. We will do our best to help find accommodation.

Date and Location

Workshops and shows take place in The Harbourfront Centre Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Workshop takes place May 16-22nd 2016 from 10am-5pm

Show on Friday May 21st and Saturday 22nd at 8pm

Submission guidelines

  1. Name
  2. Bio (max 250 words) or 3 CV (3 page max)
  3. Primary discipline and training background
  4. Letter of interest- artist statement/ inspirations & investigations, why Circus Sessions interests you (1 page max)
  5. Video links- Please include a short description of how this material relates to your letter of interest (2-3 links, max 10 minutes)

** Please send all material in a single word document titled NameCSSubmission2016 (ex. HollyTreddenickCSSubmission2016)


Circus Sessions, co-produced by Femmes du Feu and Harbourfront Centre, is a week-long creative laboratory supporting the evolution of Canadian contemporary circus. A selection of contemporary circus artists from across Canada and the world will share exciting new ideas, discoveries and collaborations in a memorable performance This year's mentor was Adell Node-Langlois from Paris, France. Circus Sessions participants: Dana Dugan (Chicago, IL) , Vanessa Furlong (Halifax, NS), Leah Samelson (Quebec, QB), Yury Ruzhyev (Toronto, ON), Katelyn McCulloch (Toronto, ON), Jamie Holmes (Toronto, ON), Rachelle Ellie (Ottawa, ON), Chriselle Tidrick (Brooklyn, NY), Erin Ball (Kingston, ON), Marie-Noel Bety (Montrel, QB), Nicki Miller (Brooklyn, NY)

Circus Sessions, co-produced by Femmes du Feu and Harbourfront Centre, is a week-long creative laboratory supporting the evolution of Canadian contemporary circus. A selection of contemporary circus artists from across Canada and the world will share exciting new ideas, discoveries and collaborations in a memorable performance This year's mentor was Adell Node-Langlois from Paris, France. Circus Sessions participants: Dana Dugan (Chicago, IL) , Vanessa Furlong (Halifax, NS), Leah Samelson (Quebec, QB), Yury Ruzhyev (Toronto, ON), Katelyn McCulloch (Toronto, ON), Jamie Holmes (Toronto, ON), Rachelle Ellie (Ottawa, ON), Chriselle Tidrick (Brooklyn, NY), Erin Ball (Kingston, ON), Marie-Noel Bety (Montrel, QB), Nicki Miller (Brooklyn, NY)

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Circus Sessions, co-produced by Femmes du Feu and Harbourfront Centre, is a week-long creative laboratory supporting the evolution of Canadian contemporary circus. A selection of contemporary circus artists from across Canada and the world will share exciting new ideas, discoveries and collaborations in a memorable performance This year's mentor was Adell Node-Langlois from Paris, France. Circus Sessions participants: Dana Dugan (Chicago, IL) , Vanessa Furlong (Halifax, NS), Leah Samelson (Quebec, QB), Yury Ruzhyev (Toronto, ON), Katelyn McCulloch (Toronto, ON), Jamie Holmes (Toronto, ON), Rachelle Ellie (Ottawa, ON), Chriselle Tidrick (Brooklyn, NY), Erin Ball (Kingston, ON), Marie-Noel Bety (Montrel, QB), Nicki Miller (Brooklyn, NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information can be found at Harbourfrontcentre.com