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Festival Circo Circolo: A Contemporary Circus Fairytale in The Woods

The fifth Circo Circolo festival took place in The Netherlands from October 16-26, 2014.
Every autumn in the even years, as the leaves begin to fall and the days grow shorter, the beautiful natural park Het Groene Woud (the green forest), gets a new breath of life with the Festival Circo Circolo. Taking place in Liempde, a small town in the Southern Dutch province of Brabant, it is the most rural and the largest contemporary circus festival in the Netherlands. It was founded by Wim Claessen, who was introduced to new circus when he saw Cirque du Soleil’s show Le Cirque Réinventé and thought their innovative approach to circus could help attract new audiences to cultural festivals. After seeing the French Cirque Plume in 1990, he programmed the company for the 1992 edition of theater festival Boulevard, which he was leading at the time. ...
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Tessa Overbeek

Tessa Overbeek studied at the University of Groningen, where she focused her research on the development of various art forms in a broader cultural context. She came into contact with contemporary circus via Inside Out by the Swedish circus company Cirkus Cirkör. Her interview with Tilde Björfors, founder of Cirkör, was published in Community Art: The Politics of Trespassing (Valiz), and her essay on circus and the changing education in Sweden appeared in Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm. She is also an author and editor at Circuspunt, a website dedicated entirely to contemporary circus. In recent years she has begun training in various circus disciplines.