C!CAF wants to celebrate and support talented emerging creators who in their works challenges, pushes and develops contemporary circus art form to new technical and artistic heights!

We therefore dedicate Thursday in the festival program to this years Circus Next Laureates; In the double program “Laureates Night” we present two exciting works that have been selected in the Circus Next Program 2018-2019: Materia by Andrea Salustri (IT) and Contra by Laura Murphy (GB), hereby premiering in continental Europe.

MATERIA – A fantasmagoric play with light, wind, body and polystyrene.

Andrea Salustri fuses juggling, object manipulation and dance in his research into the materiality of polysterene. The latter becoming the protagonist – the performer it’s mere servant. In this suggestionizing universe your senses are being challenged: is this a glance into the outer space or a glimpse into the atomic structures of your own body?

Andrea’s interest grows on the edges between juggling, dance and music. Salustri comes from Rome, where he learned contact juggling, fire manipulation and has been working as a street artist.

Strobe lighting will be used during this performance.

CONTRA is an uncompromising and witty feminist-circus-comedy.

Drawing from circus, stand-up and live art, Contra is an autobiographical solo cabaret
of contradictions. Using a rope and a roll of cling film, Laura Murphy sets her experiences of her own body amidst an anecdotal tapestry of body hair observations on public transport and dinner table discussions about lesbian sex.

Dark, witty and uncompromising – Contra interrogates personal, social and historical occupations of the female body, and explores – literally – where such bodies are positioned and how we are meant to look at them.

Expect nudity and explicit references to female sexuality and mythical reptiles.

Laura Murphy is a physical performer, theatre maker and academic researcher, working across circus, live art and contemporary performance. She likes talking – a lot – and explores how her aerial rope practice contradicts and intersects with the ethics of live art. How can the use of loops, knots, drops and vertical space give new meaning to ideas, which go far beyond the virtuosity of performing tricks or death-defying feats?

Performs at Pakhus 11:     

Thursday 28th March 2019, 8 pm


Foto: Will Poole

Foto: Darragh McLoughlin

Credits – Contra:
Performance: Laura Murphy
Director: Ursula Martinez
Production: Nicole A’Court Stuart
Lighting & sound: Katie Davies
Early Stage mentoring: Terry O’Connor
Choreographic support: Madeleine McGowan

With support from: CircusNext (Laureate 2018-2019), European Programme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Union, Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, Hangar Arts Trust, Island Bristol and Invisible Circus.

Credits – Materia:
Creation and performance: Andrea Salustri
Creative aids: Kalle Nio, Roman Müller, Darragh McLoughlin, Alex Lempert, Ben Richter, Matthias Buhrow
Sound design: Federico Coderoni
Technical director: Michele Piazzi

With support from: CircusNext European Platform coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Union, Espace Périphérique, La Maison des Jonglages, the residency program of CHAMÄLEON Productions funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Telepart program of the Finnish institute in Germany