CirK2.2: Breakthrough Research Melds Circus with Sound

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CirK2.2: Breakthrough Research Melds Circus with Sound

CirK 2.2 is a sound/movement based project I’ve been working on for almost 5 years now. The origin of this project came from a desire to communicate my emotions and my creativity through circus arts but with a particular desire to compose, by myself, the music and sound environment with the only instrument I have, my body. This project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
The intention with this project is to question the circus arts and new technologies, using the movements, acrobatics of the artist and circus props to generate a sound atmosphere. With the technologies, each movement is translated into a specific sound wave, adjusting to the individual characteristics of each artist and circus discipline. Just like a dancer’s brain generates movement in response to various incoming information such as music, I am using the technologies to reproduce auditory-motor integration but in the opposite direction, so that movements and proprioception will represent the incoming information that will generate sounds, timbres and music. The intention behind this project is to create a universe where the artist and the circus discipline are an integral part of musical creation. In service of the music, the artist is both the initiat...
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Naël Jammal

Naël Jammal started circus at the age of 11. He trained at l'Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault (France) from 2001 to 2004 and at the world renowned National Circus School of Montreal from 2004 to 2008. After seven years of intense training in circus art, his artistic qualities allow him to create a touching, poetic universe at the frontier of dance, theater and contemporary circus. He was soon noticed by the Montreal company The 7 Fingers for which he performed for many years in shows like Traces, La Vie, PSY and the Tony Awards® winning Pippin the Musicalon Broadway. During his career, Naël had the opportunity to work for the world-leading circus companies such as Cirque Éloize, Cirque du Soleil and most recently for the French company Cirque Le Roux. As an active artist and creator, in parallel to performing on stage, he began a research project in 2016 integrating new technology in Circus Arts, called CirK 2.2. This research, which was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, is a sound/movement-based project with the intention of creating a universe where the artist and the circus discipline are an integral part of the musical creation.