The CircusDanceFestival initiates interdisciplinary exchange and creation projects between European dance and circus universities.
Creation Lab Circus-Dance
Within the framework of the university cooperation Circus-Dance, the CircusDanceFestival invites 5 students of the ZZT Cologne and 3 students of the ESAC Brussels to take part in a 3-week Creation Lab and thus to design and occupy a physical space. Each cooperation partner will invite the Creation Lab to their own building for one week. In this way, the students will discover the two study contexts in Brussels and in Cologne.
At the centre of the working process is an encounter between the students that unfolds between these questions: How do we live together? What role does the individual play in this? The starting point for the joint artistic process is a socio-political understanding of togetherness. Starting from commonalities, the individual is celebrated, imagined, invented and performed together.
Following the final residency phase, the results of the Creation Lab will be presented at the CircusDanceFestival.
The Creation Lab process is led by Breno Caetano. As a multidisciplinary artist with a background in circus and dance, he draws on a wealth of experience to explore with the students their own artistic perspectives and personal thinking spaces. In an interdisciplinary enquiry, art and thought, theory and practice, as well as different forms of existence and different creative processes are explored, with the search for a common language as the vanishing point.
The university cooperation between the Centre for Contemporary Dance (ZZT / HfMT Cologne) and the École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC) Brussels already took place in 2020 – 2021. The result was presented as a filmic work as a digital contribution at the CircusDanceFestival 2021 and discussed in a follow-up meeting between the project participants.