The Research Process

Die Originale

A research programme into contemporary circus

28 March to 8 April 2018

The circle – as a geometric shape it embodies closure, as a symbol it stands for wholeness and perfection and it creates an image of a place for gatherings, encounters and confrontation. In the circus, the circle becomes the ring that acts as a stage open on all sides thus not only marking a dedicate space of performance and events, but also celebrating openness and visibility.

This is the spirit that also underlies “Die Originale” (The Originals). This circus project devises interdisciplinary workshops from 28th March to 6th April culminating in a two-day festival that takes place on 7th and 8th April at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The audience is invited to come and discover the results of the workshops’ research on the main stage, experience contemporary circus productions and enter into an intensive exchange in lectures and audience discussions.

The ten workshop leaders from diverse disciplines – Meret Becker, Suzan Boogaerdt & Bianca van der Schoot, Jean-Michel Guy, Maksim Komaro, Rostislav Novák, Olle Strandberg, Squarehead Productions and Julia Wissert – will explore the theme of the circle together with an interdisciplinary group of artists. The project will focus on the contributions from these leaders supplemented by their open exchanges with the participants, who have been selected from over 500 international applicants. The workshops will explore the participants’ own artistic practice, using contemporary circus as a reference point that defines itself through its presence, risk-taking and willingness to experiment. Out of this, an interaction of art forms will emerge that transcends genre.

The project “Die Originale” offers an open space for creative work – a place of encounters, discourse and investigation - focussing on process-orientated and intuitive approaches. This attitude, avoiding specific expectations while providing considerable scope for originality and innovative formats, is also evident in the title “Die Originale”, with which a certain knowing wink is implied, making fun of what is forever unique.

Further information on the classical website.