Symposium

Symposium „Re-Writing circus“ (2021)

The symposium „Re-Writing Circus“ reflects on the one hand the multiple meanings of dramaturgy in the context of contemporary circus. Starting from a broad concept of „dramaturgy“, it focuses on body-based writing and research within creative processes. On the other hand, the symposium is dedicated to the practice of journalistic and academic writing about contemporary circus. Attention is paid to a language beyond existing stereotypes that are still associated with circus in Germany today.

The first symposium took place over two days as part of the CircusDanceFestival 2021 in Cologne. International speakers and an audience of experts versed in theory and practice were invited to this symposium with impulse lectures, panel discussions, discussion formats and book presentations, which addressed the following questions:

How do we write, speak and think about contemporary circus? How are artistic writings developed in practice and how do they continually rewrite the circus? How do we write about circus, how do we translate performative practice into words? And what kind of rewriting is necessary?

You find a documentation of the Symposium 2021 in the CDFthek.

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