How does circus care?
Kehrä/ Kehrae: A Joint artistic research in Stockholm University of Arts, Masters Degree, Choreography, Contemporary Circus Practices.
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..This paper is subtitled entwining possible worlds. It implies alternative possibilities for prevailing modern western ways to live and die and circus... In order to seek other, latent realities this research goes beyond modern western circus history, beyond modern western worldview, and beyond "ordinary" circus practice..
..Our task was to combine circus and other aspects of life as one sustainable or regenerative practice. As performances in circus consist of ritualized gestures that show the relationship between us and the cosmos, we need to rethink what we are presenting. To find a more sustainable and regenerative future, we need collective survival skills instead of individual ones..
Our research produced two artistic outcomes. Kehrä/ Kehrae (work in progress) was first performed in February 2022 in the "How now circus?" ensemble together with artistic works from other MA candidates from SKH as a part of Cirkus Mania. The first one was RestArt - a meditational space for rest and art -installation.
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RestArt - a ritual process
The halfway-there exposition of our artistic research in Stockholm University of Arts, Contemporary Circus Practices, MA.
Being not one, not two, but many. Always on the verge of becoming-with while whirling with the universe. Breathing with trees. Thinking with care, rope, and circus for nature. Making and unmaking relations. Mapping the empty spaces in between to make visible unexpected relations. Searching for ways to share the intimate relations we have with the world and the rope. Getting to know life and its materials. Warming up in mother earth's belly. Flowing with the wind. Bathing in lake water through the year. Cultivating and nourishing life by planting. Instead of asking what a circus is, asking how it cares and what it does.