Already in its first year, the Beta Circus project aims to help European circus artists gain professional skills in cutting-edge performance disciplines such as magie nouvelle (new magic). In this roundtable, Rigas Cirks director Mara Pavula calls on three of her fellow circus sector leaders to predict the future of European circus.
The Beta Circus project – initiated and organized by four European partner organizations, Bússola in Portugal, Teatro Necessario in Italy, Ludifico in Serbia, and Rigas Cirks in Latvia – offered artists professional training, with the inaugural curriculum focused on magie nouvelle. The project unfolded almost like a foundational course to magie nouvelle, giving the artists multiple perspectives and chances to find contact points between the techniques and their own ways of working. Part of this project was a full-day professional gathering that focused on the project results, including discussions about the future of magic and highlighted perspectives for the development and innovation in the contemporary circus. BETA CIRCUS final conference in Ílhavo, Portugal provided an opportunity to exchange, learn and network. On behalf of Beta Circus, we are happy to share in this 3-part series the recordings of the keynote and two roundtable discussions. ...
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