Four Faces of Contemporary Circus: A Taste of the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque - CircusTalk

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Four Faces of Contemporary Circus: A Taste of the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque

The Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque (BIAC)is a month-long celebration of circus that takes place in Marseille and the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in the South of France every two years. This year is only the third edition but already the Biennale has become one of the most unmissable events in the circus calendar for professionals and circus fans alike. The wealth of shows on offer is like an encyclopaedia of what’s happening now in the world of contemporary circus. With so much to see it’s hard to decide which shows to choose, and even harder to resist staying for the whole month to make the most of everything that’s on offer! Over the course of three days I was lucky enough to attend four shows, each one representing an aesthetic and an approach to contemporary circus completely different from the next…
Fractales – Poetry in Motion Photo courtesy of Lebruman Where does one person end, and the next person begin? How do we find our place in the environment we live in? What happens when we work together or when we strain against each other? These are some of the questions that spring to mind when confronted by the lyrical ...
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Kirsty Bell

As a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Kirsty Bell grew up surrounded by culture, but she really discovered the world of circus when a friend invited her to an aerial silks class… from that moment on she was hooked! Kirsty has witnessed first-hand almost every aspect of circus, having experience as a performer, costume designer, critic and administrator. In recent years Kirsty has taken part in the Circus Voices scheme at the Edinburgh Festival, writing for the Circus Dairies, and has been in charge of the development of the Club PRO and Demain’s Volunteers projects at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.