Subcase Cyber Live took place this 15th -21st of February in Sweden and in home offices around the world. This contemporary circus meeting, in its 10th edition, has been set up to champion Nordic and Baltic circus.
In a unique twist on online festivals and conferences, Subcase offered a mix of media offerings, from live gatherings at defined times to some on demand materials.
The main event really is the Nordic and Baltic circus show offerings, which Subcase presented on the website for the whole week. Each project was selected by an open call system with a committee from the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. The companies selected were:
Svalbard Company: Braintown
M.P.A.C: Breast in Peace
GLiMT and Sputnik & Wild Wonders: CameliOrquestra
Cirkus Cirkör: Circus Days and Nights
Sanja Kosonen: Cry Me a River
Kanta Company: Clothes and Us
Marta & Kim: Fase
Henrik & Louise: Korobka
Galapiat Cirque/Collectif Oxo: La Roue
ENT: Nesa i Jorda & Plast
Race Horse Company: O`DD
Aleksey Smolov: Ol´that
Sunniva Løvland Byvard & Elise Bjerkelund Reine: Silhuetter på Stranden
Sisus: Split ends
Huldufugl: The Hidden People
Big Wolf Company: Three Sisters
Circus I Love You: Utopia
Right Way Down: Wald
Dziugas Kunsmanas & Adrian Carlo Bibiano: Where Do I Connect?
Subcase also offered an online exhibition of 22 circus companies sharing links to their own webpages. Other activities included a virtual bonfire, where individuals shared their vision for the future of circus, and one on one meetings through a random blind date where the festival connected you to a random partner to meet up and talk on your own time
Another happening at Subcase Live was The Huddle. The brainchild of John-Paul Zaccarini, (Professor in Performing Arts at Stockholm University of the Arts) and the team Dr. Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Hanna Wallensteen, Toubab Holmes, Camilla Welton, Dr. Anna Adenji, Majo Cruz and Andrea Davis-Kronlund.
The Huddle was a two-day event diving into the Future Black Space workshops he has developed to ask “Who is left out?” It was described as “anaesthetic weave of performance lecture, creative writing workshops, discussion groups, podcasts, music and video. It is curated by the FutureBlackSpace team of artists, scholars in gender studies, intersectionality, decolonisation, psychoanalysis and dance, professionals in curatorial practice, fashion, perfumery, psychotherapy and organisational consultation.”
A Working Model For Exchange
With Subcase Cyber Live, Subcase offered a refreshing and human-scale model for idea and information exchange, professional development and social networking while at the same time not overwhelming the schedules of professionals experiencing Zoom fatigue, by leaving the majority of the scheduling in the hands of the attendee. The drawback to that was a loss of some of the sense of a group dynamic, but the benefits of such a thoughtful approach outweighed this, leaving participants with the opportunity to make more authentic connections, as I did with my blind date partner, Daniel Oj, artistic director of Nordcirkus. Huddled in our respective snowy locations thousands of miles apart, for a few minutes, we connected on what thrilled us about circus, and how we would continue to advocate for it through our work, and that is the kind of support and connection that is priceless.