Circus in Film - Capturing the Uncapturable

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Circus in Film – Capturing the Uncapturable

Putting a circus act on video might seem counterintuitive to some, but more and more artists are reaching out to new audiences by taking their acts from stage to camera— and Estonian aerialist Kadri Hansen is one of them. In this article, Kadri explores the creative possibilities of making circus films.
Vanishing Act As circus performers, our act vanishes as soon as our performance is over. It is a disappearing art form, just like any other performance art where nothing tangible is offered to the audience. In the best-case scenario, our work will be remembered and talked about long after our show, and we can just hope for ourselves that we will remember to keep the vivid feelings of our own performance before they gradually pass from sight. The true experience is lived only in the moment. While having one’s creations captured on film can allow their work to live beyond the performance itself, it is a whole art on its own to capture circus arts:, a genre that is ideally experienced with all five senses, now flattened down into a two-dimensional form. Having one’s circus act on film is a captivating way to detach our physical bodies from our work while still showcasing both our physical and artistic skills. It can l...
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Kadri Hansen

Kadri Hansen is an Estonian aerial acrobat who loves to share parts of her inner self through aerial performances. Kadri is inspired by contrasts and contradictions both in humans and Estonia's nature in different seasons. Having a degree in graphic design and visual communications, she has a great curiosity towards different forms of art and visual storytelling. At the beginning of 2022, Kadri's first aerial dance film was selected to have its world premiere at the "50th Dance on Camera Festival" in New York, thus combining Kadri's extensive performance background with her studies in visual communication. Kadri has been involved with Circus for most of her life, alongside being put into music school at the age of 5 where she learned classical piano for many years. Due to the fact that the circus community is fairly small in a country of 1.3 million people, Kadri's curiosity has taken her to live, train and perform with various companies in Mexico and Canada over the years. Kadri's movement style has been described as organic and deeply emotive. Her acts often have a powerful yet nostalgic feel to them.