When: August 18–19 (12.00–13.30 and 14.00–15.00)

Where: at Rīgas cirks (4, Merķeļa iela)

Working language: English

We will be waiting for applications until August 6

Workshop is boosted by “Grassroot – Baltic Circus Artists’ Network” supported by Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture!

About the workshop

Contemporary circus has its specific way of expression: Knowing more about its history and dramaturgy and understanding its complexity is the intent of this two days masterclass created by Around About Circus, a digital platform dedicated to disseminating knowledge and writing on contemporary circus. The first day introduces the language of circus arts from its historical basis, tracing the genre’s evolution in Europe and focusing on its development over the last 40 years, with specific attention to the two main themes of this edition of the RE RĪGA festival: object manipulation and clowning. The second day explores the possible writing and critical approaches combining the analysis of existing texts with the shows at the RE RĪGA festival. The masterclass will become a place to share reflections on what the participants experience, gathering the different points of view on each performance and leading them to explore their possibilities around writing.

Around About Circus explores contemporary circus as an artistic language in the performing arts. The digital publication aims to build bridges and disseminate discourses across borders. It curates and produces content necessary to meet the protagonists, cover, support and promote events throughout Europe, stimulate discussion around specific issues of interest, and resonate with the activities of cultural organisations in the European ecosystem.

About the mentor

Valentina Barone is an international cultural manager and editor focussing on contemporary circus and performing arts. Since 2021, she has directed International Relations for the German Cologne-based CircusDanceFestival and the company Overhead Project, In 2022, she joined the editorial board of the annual magazine VOICES produced by the festival. Her BA is in Performing Arts Techniques, and she specialised in Relational Design. As a freelancer, she collaborated with the international network Circostrada. She is an active member of the Cirkus Syd / Circus Thinkers platform and is the founder and coordinator of the digital platform Around About Circus.

The audience

Journalists, stage art critics – professionals and students.

All master classes have the same application form

Full list of Re Riga! festival workshops

We ask you to apply as early as possible, the number of places is limited, so priority is given to participants – on a first-come, first-served basis!

Travel and accommodation stipends are available by Grassroot artists’ network for those who want to participate and live outside of Riga! Indicate the support you need when filling out the application form.