September News from The Circus Arts Hub
Updated: Sep 5
Announcing an extra panel this month, In Conversation with Sosina Wogayehu, Founder and Executive Director, The Ethiopian Circus Centre
Our regular monthly panel for Sept, Circus Producers and Presenters on Planning the Future
Our Education Panel, "Act Creation for Contemporary Circus
Panels available to watch for free on facebook and our website
Featured Creator, Victoria Amedume
Monday Sept 14,
In Conversation with Sosina Wogayehu AOM
Melbourne 7pm, Taipei 5pm, Addis Ababa 12pm (Midday), London 10am.
Join us as we chat with one of our featured creators, Sosina, who is currently establishing "The Ethiopian Circus Centre", a national centre which will provide training and employment opportunities for the youth of Ethiopia, and celebrate Ethiopia's extraordinary circus artists, culture and heritage.
The conversation will focus on Sosi's amazing story of becoming Ethiopia's most successful circus artist and artist manager, as well as discussing her vision for The Ethiopian Circus Centre.
Chatting with Sosi will be some of her students, as well as several of her international colleagues, including:
David Carlin, author of Sosina's biography, "The Abyssinian Contortionist", http://www.davidcarlin.net.au/
Anni Davey AOM, Artistic Director, The Flying Fruitfly Circus, https://fruitflycircus.com.au/
Tim Cole, Taiwan-based film maker and music producer specialising in cross-cultural Indigenous arts projects, https://timcolesoundart.com/
Photo L-R: Sosina Wogayehu OAM; Sosina performs with Circus Oz; Sosina's students at Gamo Circus School.
Photo: Ethio Selam, artists with Sosina's artist management company, Ethio Circus Entertainment.
Monday Sept 7
Producers and Presenters on Planning the Future
New York 8am, Montreal 8am, London 1pm, Paris 2pm, Melbourne 10pm
What approaches can we take at the moment? What do we know? How can we continue to build audiences, improve touring and sustainability for small companies, and increase sector diversity?
Anke Politz, Managing Director and Artistic Director, Chamaleon, Berlin, https://chamaeleon-productions.com/en/about-us
Ruth Juliet Wikler, Deputy Director of Programming, Circus Arts, TOHU, Montreal, www.tohu.ca
Linda Catalano, Producer, Quiet Riot Unlimited (including Hot Brown Honey), Melbourne, Australia, https://www.hotbrownhoney.com/
Chaired by Antonella Casella, https://www.thecircusartshub.com/post/the-circus-arts-hub-is-launched-1
Photo CIRCA by Aaron Walker
We have been busy behind the scenes, so we haven't sent a blog update for two months!
The big news is that we produced our first Education Panel, designed for high school performance studies students, “Act Creation for Contemporary Circus”. It's a 90 minute practical and inspirational panel including act videos, and devising exercises, from leading international contemporary circus directors, Mike Finch and Deb Batton from Australia, and Victoria Amedume from the UK. It can be broken down into three 30 minute sections featuring each director. Contact us for more info, or if you are interested in purchasing this for your students...And contact us if you are interested in commissioning your own panel or practical video featuring international circus creators. We are happy to create something especially for you.
Since starting our monthly panel discussion calendar, we have held two panel discussions, both now available to watch for free on Facebook - Creating Circus in Unconventional Spaces, and Focus on Australia - Young Artists Imagine the Future. You can also watch them on our website video page.
As we announced recently, Victoria Amedume, featured on our Education Panel, has joined as one of our featured creators. She also chaired our panel discussion on Intercultural Collaboration, which you can watch for free on facebook and on our website.
Photo: Victoria Amedume with Barnum cast
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