April 27–28, 2018

Femmes du Feu

Circus Sessions 2018



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Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre

Now in its fourth year, Circus Sessions is a week-long creative laboratory where 15 national and international contemporary circus artists from all disciplines (clown, juggling, acrobatics, equilibre and aerial), many who have never met before, work together under the guidance of a mentor. The show is the culmination of these five exciting days.

A Touch Tour will be available from 7–7:30pm for patrons who are visually impaired.

Femmes du Feu is a contemporary circus company under the Artistic Direction of Holly Treddenick. We have been actively creating and presenting new circus works since 2003. Femmes du Feu works to continue new creations, to produce community development opportunities, and to offer ongoing education in circus arts.

Circus Sessions is a weeklong circus laboratory and think-tank that will offer a small group of contemporary circus artists the opportunity to work with internationally renowned circus artist/ instructor/ researcher, Marie-Andreé Robitaille in the beautiful space of the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

Marie-Andreé Robitaille is a force in contemporary circus. She comes from an acrobatic and dance background and is now senior lecturer in circus, head of the bachelor of arts in circus at the School of Dance and Circus, DOCH parts of Stockholm University of the Arts UNIARTS (Sweden), and Artistic Director of Cirkus Perspektiv (Sweden). You can read more about her projects at cirkusperspektiv.se.

This initiative is open to all forms of circus practice.

This year, Circus Sessions will be working with Alex Bulmer and Erin Ball to increase accessibility to a diverse range of artists.

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.

Dates and Location
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Workshop: April 23–29, 9:45am–6pm
Showing: Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at 8pm

Process details CIRCUS SESSION 2018 
(Gynoïdes Project Bêta Test XI) 

The workshop dedicated to circus performers, will focus on the development of self awareness in the creation of imagineers and meanings in circus arts. The work-shop provide with an occasion for the participants to reflect, review, reshape and re-design their circus “act” from a norm-creative perspective.

We will explore tactics that aim to resist the restrictions and pressure generated by, for example, habits, norms, stereotypes, codes, assumptions of expectations, conformism, etc. To do so we will investigates our poetic gestures through concepts such as plurality, individuality, affinities, power and identity.

The workshop will be lead using participatory compositional methods including discussions, collective writings, physical and creative exercises, performances and feedback.

The work-shop aims for the emancipation of the circus artists and the development of the participant’s expression.

The workshop Human in Circus, welcome the participation of males, females and non-binary circus artists.

Submission Deadline
February 2, 2018