Aurora Nova

Aurora Nova Aurora Nova - Award winning programme of cutting edge theatre for festivals & venues worldwide.

Aurora Nova was set up in 2001 by Wolfgang Hoffmann as an alternative artist led venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Its curated programme of international visual theatre and dance quickly won critical acclaim and became a popular and much loved destination for discerning Edinburgh theatre goers. Aurora Nova’s departure from the Fringe in 2008 marked a turning point in its development. Representing a growing roster of international artists, the energy behind the company is now focused on bringing highly artistic yet universally entertaining shows to festivals around the world. See Auroranova.org for more details.

08/07/2020
BBC Arts

BBC Arts

27 elite ballet dancers from renowned dance companies across the globe perform a modern-day Swan Lake from their own home (filled) baths, choreographed by Corey Baker Dance.

Filmed in Lockdown is a series of new works of literary, musical, visual, and performance arts, commissioned for Culture in Quarantine by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.

Interesting read about Circa Contemporary Circus and Circus Oz and how they are coping with lockdown.
07/07/2020
A tale of two circuses: an existential balancing act

Interesting read about Circa Contemporary Circus and Circus Oz and how they are coping with lockdown.

Circa in Brisbane and Circus Oz in Melbourne share many of the same challenges, but their host cities are in very different situations.

07/07/2020
Teaser Dimanche - Chaliwaté & Focus

Check out the brand new trailer for DIMANCHE from Focus Focus Cie & Chaliwate Compagnie Chaliwaté here: https://vimeo.com/435683473

Between dreamlike fiction and factual reality, Dimanche paints a witty and tender portrait of humanity surprised by the uncontrollable forces of nature. A family…

29/06/2020
APOCALIPSYNC_ Luciano Rosso

The incredible Luciano Rosso from UN POYO ROJO is here to brighten your Monday!

Idea and creation Luciano Rosso & Miguel Israilevich IG: @luciano_rosso @miguelevich Production Jonathan Zak & Maxime Seugé APOCALIPSYNC_ was born as a theat...

19/06/2020
The Notorious B.I.G.

#letsgetphysicalfriday

The King and The Godfather
@norah_yarah_rosa

#thenotoriousbig #notoriousbig #biggie #biggiesmalls

Circa Contemporary Circus' new podcast is out today! It's called Producing Heroes and you can subscribe now on Apple Pod...
10/06/2020

Circa Contemporary Circus' new podcast is out today! It's called Producing Heroes and you can subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Introducing Producing Heroes - Circa’s first podcast.

Producing Heroes features interviews with incredible creative producers about the impossible feats they’ve orchestrated, the challenges they’ve faced and the stories they’ve collected along the way.

From creating shows that garnered 14 Tony Awards to using performing arts to foster cultural diplomacy. These producers are the drivers of an industry and yet they tend to remain hidden, hiding behind the curtain. Until now.

Producing Heroes tells their stories, in their own words.

Listen on Spotify or Apple
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/producing-heroes/id1516586314

#circa2020 #circaideas #circapeople #producingheroes

04/06/2020
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

When our hearts break, WE Dance.

Featuring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Text written and performed by Hope Boykin
Music: "The Sky Is No Limit" by At the End, Nothing
Video by Danica Paulos

29/05/2020
AMA - a short film by Julie Gautier

Happy #letsgetphysicalfriday

ULIE: "Ama is a silent film. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their own way, based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions. I…

New content for your ears coming soon from Circa Contemporary Circus!
27/05/2020

New content for your ears coming soon from Circa Contemporary Circus!

Coming soon…. Circa presents Producing Heroes, a podcast with Yaron Lifschitz.

From June 10 join Yaron and his special guests, some of the world's most inspiring creative producers, as they share triumphs, challenges and experiences. With productions that have won more than a dozen Tony Awards and closed down cities of over a million people - find out how these visionary producers made the impossible happen.

#circa2020 #circapeople #circalove #circaideas

Check out this beautiful photo essay by Circa Contemporary Circus ensemble member Jessica Connel, in which company membe...
25/05/2020

Check out this beautiful photo essay by Circa Contemporary Circus ensemble member Jessica Connel, in which company members recreate the iconic 1936 ‘acrobatics on Bondi Beach’ images by George Caddy.
https://bit.ly/3dXc8MG

The latest photo essay by Circa ensemble member Jessica Connell is available for download from our website now!

See how our acrobats recreated the iconic 1936 ‘acrobatics on Bondi Beach’ images by George Caddy, in a shoot conceived and directed by Jessica.

Get your copy here > https://bit.ly/3dXc8MG

#circa2020 #circapeople #circaideas

From Circa Contemporary Circus’ Yaron Lifschitz:---"Last week I was invited by the Australian to write an op-ed piece. I...
20/05/2020
Don’t let our cultural heart die

From Circa Contemporary Circus’ Yaron Lifschitz:
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"Last week I was invited by the Australian to write an op-ed piece. I wanted to address the concerns of their readers and champion the arts while looking at what might help us be more successful as a sector - all the while doing this in the unforgiving territory of the Murcdoch press. I am thankful for the invitation nd hope I have contributed to the dialogue. As it is hidden behind a paywall, here is their edited text without the picture.

Don’t let our cultural heart die of covid neglect

No one doubts that health, the economy and education are valuable. Culture, however, is having a harder time mattering to the public. The arts — the expressive mechanism of culture — are in a particularly perilous situation.

Many think the arts are basically a gathering of trendy left-wing bludgers who should get a real job and stop sucking on the public teat. But the fact is we offer outstanding financial return on investment and build lasting value. Federal Office for the Arts statistics show Australia’s creative and cultural activity contributes more than $111bn (6.4 per cent of gross domestic product) and employs about 600,000 people (5.5 per cent of the workforce). The performing arts generate more than $2bn in ticket sales alone.

At Circa, we performed in 17 countries last year, generating almost $10 of income for every $1 of government funding. We employed more than 60 people producing a range of activities spanning engagement programs with dancers with Down syndrome, and recently arrived refugees, to performing at the most prestigious international festivals.
To endure our present isolation, many Australians watch Netflix, listen to the radio or read a book, and when we do so we participate in the arts. In Australia, more people undertake artistic activities than sporting ones, but we don’t back up this engagement with funding.

As a percentage of GDP we fund our art at a pitiful 66 per cent of the OECD average. Each year just two French companies (Paris Opera Ballet and Paris Philharmonie) receive as much grant support as the Australia Council gives to every artist and company. We could double the money that goes into the arts with no noticeable impact on anything economically, yet it would be a boon to our cultural capital.

As the first industry to be closed and the last to reopen, the arts need urgent assistance. To survive, an enormous, sustained and ongoing increase in national levels of arts funding is required, including immediate and ongoing investment for infrastructure, festivals, venues, programs, audi­ences and artists. With high levels of contract workers and low reserves, and after decades of decreasing public funds, there is simply not enough in the system for it to continue without support.

Within the sector, we all know this. We are great storytellers but we haven’t been very effective at communicating the impact of this crisis to the public and policy-makers. It’s up to us to redress this.

It can be a brilliant but divided sector. The pool is teeming with talent, unafraid to take on the world, often fearless in how we pursue our art. But we lack the same focus and courage in how we shape public opinion. We are fractured and fractious. We can’t always agree on simple messages. We have some excellent organisations (such as Live Performance Australia, with which we have been working closely), but with so many, often siloed subsectors and individual peak bodies, it is difficult to have a coherent and effective approach. So far, results have been limited. We tend to be quick to complain and slow to praise and we relish self-critique, all of which are brilliant in making art but much less so in effecting policy.

Like most artists I live in a social media bubble. When I venture forth from its warm, amniotic confirmation bias, I find a world that often doesn’t agree with me. It’s inconsistent and counter-productive to argue that the arts are for everyone and then only talk to those who already support us. So we must approach it differently.

Crying poor to people who have shelled out hundreds of billions to stave off catastrophe makes us sound ungrateful and out of touch. We aren’t. COVID-19’s carnage is real. But to get on the agenda we must promote ourselves as part of the solution. We need unity across the art sector and must demonstrate value in economic, social and cultural terms.

In crisis, cultural capital is our most valuable commodity. It makes us resilient and creative, it unites us — turning a mass of individuals into a society. It transforms bricks and mortar into homes, food and drink into celebrations, it turns words and notes into rallying cries, protest songs and anthems. All of this is culture.

To prosper, Australia requires an arts sector that can confidently and robustly express our culture — telling our stories, singing our songs, expressing our ideas, articulating our fears and imagining our futures.
The arts are the gym our imaginations attend to invent our futures. They are the bank account we use to store creative capital.

To convey their importance and urgency requires courageous conversations. We have to reach across political divides and beyond preconceptions. We have to unite, focus and engage with everyone. All we seek are open minds and a fair hearing.

Yaron Lifschitz is artistic director of Circa Contemporary Circus."

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/dont-let-our-cultural-heart-die-of-covid-neglect/news-story/c75c5ef61198863f7b08ba1ba8cd499e

No one doubts that health, the economy and education are valuable. Culture, however, is having a harder time mattering to the public. The arts — the expressive mechanism of culture — are in a particularly perilous situation.

11/05/2020
Jacques Tati Officiel

Happy Monday everyone! Keaton via Tati.

Social distancing at the restaurant - Buster's proposal.
The Scarecrow, Buster Keaton (1920)

27/04/2020
Jatka78

A little bit of the wonderful Thom Monckton’s Only Bones live from isolation. Via Jatka78.

Vrtalo nám hlavou, jak se mají naši cirkusoví přátelé z celého světa. 🎪Tak jsme jim poslali alespoň pořádné virtuální objetí! ♥️ Covid 19 zasáhl do jejich životů bez ohledu na to, zda žijí v Berlíně, Helsinkách, Londýně, nebo třeba v Montrealu. 🌍 A to by nebyli oni, aby neposlali pozdrav také vám a neukázali, jak bojují s karanténní rutinou právě oni. 🦠 Třeba takové ranní vstávání, to může být pořádná dřina. 🐦 Obzvlášť, když je vám vězením hotelový pokoj jako Thomasi Moncktnovi!

💥 Tahle hvězda nonverbálního divadla, jeden z nejlepších světových mimů a člen naší novozélandské klaunské crew, pravidelně operuje na Jatkách78. Thomas u nás v uplynulých letech vystupoval jako The Pianist a The Artist, své mimořádné pohybové nadání předvedl také v Only Bones. 🕺

A právě v projektu Only Bones V1.0 – THOM MONCKTON jsme ho měli v květnu u nás doma opět přivítat. Thom se pak měl v Praze ještě pár týdnů zdržet, protože jsme si ho vybrali jako režiséra prvního představení v produkci Jatek78 s pracovním názvem The Others. Realizaci tohoto klíčového jatečního projektu odkládáme na příští rok, ale už teď ho máme plnou hlavu. Bude to totiž bomba. 🕹

23/04/2020
Circa Contemporary Circus

Don’t don’t try this at home with Circa Contemporary Circus

We know you’re stuck indoors, so are we.

Our world-renowned ensemble have a few ideas for exciting tricks you can try at home.

Head over to our YouTube Channel for a weekly instalment of Don’t Don’t Try This At Home.

This week discover the unsuspecting wonder-uses of a simple household broom.

#circa2020 #circapeople #circakids #circatraining

02/04/2020
Aurora Nova artists can't wait...

We made a video with some of our wonderful artists! Featuring: Chulatheclown, Gravity & Other Myths, Baccala'- Compagnia, Nassim Soleimanpour Productions, UN POYO ROJO, Andrea Salustri & Volker Gerling.

...to return to your stages soon. Featuring: Gaby Muñoz, Gravity & Other Myths, Compagnia Baccalà, Andrea Salustri, Nassim Soleimanpour, Volker…

The acrobats from Gravity & Other Myths are really good at supporting each other. Now you have the opportunity to suppor...
26/03/2020
SAVE our Circus Artists organized by Claudius Bensch

The acrobats from Gravity & Other Myths are really good at supporting each other. Now you have the opportunity to support them too! Please give what you can and share!

Gravity & Other Myths need your help - Save 29 world famous artists from existential Coron… Claudius Bensch needs your support for SAVE our Circus Artists

25/03/2020
Cosmo and the Cosmonaut - We Are the Dumbheads

Grareth Krubb and Dennis Chang from Mad Office are here to brighten your Wednesday. Barnie Juancan Trygve Wakenshaw

Mr. Grareth Krubb and Mr. Dennis Chang bring their surreal brand of slapstick comedy to the music video for the song We Are the Dumbheads. Winners of the Bes...

16/03/2020
Dancefloor

Sending love and solidarity to everyone everywhere - but particularly to artists all around the world at this difficult time. We'll be sharing more #letsgetphysical content in the coming days to brighten your feeds. Be well.

What a wonderful energy those kids are giving us !

The Masaka Kids Africana from Uganda is composed of African children, from the age of 2 and up. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.
Original Video from @marcelo dias

Original Link
https://www.facebook.com/marcelo.dias.9235/videos/2300445963390373/

16/03/2020
NZ Festival of the Arts

Dimanche is taking NZ by storm! Here some audience feedback on the show at NZ Festival of the Arts:

"Magical from start to finish … Amazing! Wonderful! Brilliant! Breathtakingly beautiful! … the best show I have ever seen … so clever and such an amazing story … powerful message
– come and see it!"

“Both absorbing and entertaining, I was charmed by this almost magical experience.” — Stuff

Dimanche ❄️ is melting icecaps and hearts with this timely tale of climate change and how we adapt to the new normal. With stunning puppetry and a powerhouse production, this is one #NZFEST show you can’t risk missing!

But don’t take our word for it, see what audiences are saying 👇 and book your tickets NOW 🔥 https://bit.ly/2IMoNo0 🎥 Kaboose Media 📌 Partnered by Nielsen

13/03/2020
Jemma Mae Dance

Happy #letsgetphysicalfriday in the name of last Sunday's #IWD2020 !

#EachforEqual

A dance video made for International Women's Day 2020 💟💟💟💟
#IWD2020 #EachforEqual

🔂Song 'Write My Story' by Olly Anna @iamollyanna

▶️Directed & Choreographed by Jemma Mae ( @jemma.mae )
🎦Shot & Edited by Zak Hamza ( @shotbyzak )

🔀Performed by:
Aleksandra Boikova ( @sashashinebright )
Beverley Kwaning ( @auntybev_ )
Pareesha Valentina (@ms.pvalentina )
Jemma Mae ( @jemma.mae )

*️⃣Special thanks to El Butcho. ( @el_butcho_ )

(I do not own the rights to this music, no copyright infringement intended) #commercialdance #leeds #femalepower #strongwomen #girlpower #dance #choreography #dancevideo

After its Australian season, this week the wonderful DIMANCHE by Belgian companies Backup - Cie Focus / Cie Chaliwaté is...
12/03/2020

After its Australian season, this week the wonderful DIMANCHE by Belgian companies Backup - Cie Focus / Cie Chaliwaté is in Wellington at the NZ Festival of the Arts until Sunday. Physical theatre at its best!
#nzfest #theatre #wellington #family

Great review of Geoff Sobelle's HOME in the Los Angeles Times: "Geoff Sobelle’s mercurial meditation on the physical spa...
10/03/2020
Review: Now you live here, now you don't. How 'Home' works its magic at the Broad Stage

Great review of Geoff Sobelle's HOME in the Los Angeles Times: "Geoff Sobelle’s mercurial meditation on the physical spaces that contain our lives, is a magic proof of scenic theater. A silent movie conjured through the ingenuity of simple stagecraft, the show glides from domestic image to domestic image with the alacrity of a dream."

Geoff Sobelle creates visual poetry in this dream-like theatrical meditation on the places we once called home. It's in Santa Monica this weekend only.

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