Performance, Theatre & dance, Music
Help us create DJELIYA, a musical circus tale, and to reach children who usually don’t have access to the arts.
The circus company Les Errants (The Walkers) is about to begin the creation of its new all-ages performance.
It is time for us to spread our wings and embark on a new adventure by creating an internationally based performance.
We are working on DJELIYA, a tale-inspired performance where circus (acrobalance) meets dance meets live music.
Three artists hailing from Sweden, Chile and Belgium meet to develop an acrobalance trio which, together with a Belgian musician, will tell a positive and rousing story inspired by tales from all over the world.
The Bench, acrobalance trio with Rebecka in the centre
Without words, no more borders: our project consists of creating a tale of movement and music, which goes beyond cultural differences.
Arts for everyone: our goal is to perform DJELIYA in places where the arts usually don’t go (remote villages, precarious places, parks, …), and to tell our stories to children (as well as adults) from all over the world.
Les Errants (The Walkers) in Kenya, touring with Clowns Without Borders
For immemorial times, tales have been used as a vehicle to convey messages that can help us face and overcome obstacles that life throws at us.
They offer a perspective for us to persevere and face each of those obstacles with courage. If we believe in this ancestral wisdom, life is an amazing gift which is worthwhile investing in.
We like this optimism and are basing our piece on it.
During our research for this new piece, we met the Kora, a West-African harp used by griots (custodians of oral tradition) to transmit their knowledge in the form of stories and tales. Therefore to us, the Kora seems to be the music instrument of tales par excellence.
Vincent, the Belgian korafola
Introducing our team:
Rebecka Nord (Sweden)
A circus artist as well as dancer and explorer of the world through humanitarian projects (Clowns Without Borders, HipCirqEurope, …), Rebecka is the project’s leader (www.circusbyme.com).
Vincent Wilkin (Belgium)
Trained the Kora in Mali and singing in India, currently involved in several projects (folk, singing, dance). His work focuses on the connection between music and bodies (https://soundcloud.com/korarmonie).
Catalina Castellano (Chile)
Flyer and coordinator of Diminuto Circus company in Chile. She organises the South American part of the project by inviting the teamto Santiago de Chile (www.diminutocircus.cl).
Antoine Dutrieu (Belgium)
He is a base and a Kora player and coordinates the logistical aspect of the project as well as designing its conceptual shape. (www.weaveness.org).
Les Errants (The Walkers) – promotional video in the urban jungle of Brussels
Overview of the project’s programme:
Preliminary research in Mali (tales harvesting and deepening of kora skills with internationally renowned master Toumani Diabate)
General preparation of the project; funding research, script writing, dossier writing
First artistic residency in Brussels
Second artistic residency in Santiago de Chile and four try-out performances in villages on the city’s periphery
Third and last artistic residency in Uddevalla, Sweden & Premiere of our performance at the Regionteater Väst.
Our goal is to create an independent and high quality piece of contemporary circus.
For this, we need your support, because despite working on a low-budget level and within a peer-to-peer economy (exchange work for rehearsal spaces in Chile, living with families while travelling, etc.), some expenses are still inevitable and need to be covered.
Also, in order to guarantee the quality of our work, we are appointing the help of an experienced theatre director from Sweden. His role is not only to spice up our performance but also to act as a wise outside eye. His name is Pelle Hanæus and he specialises in directing shows for children and young people.
Our Kisskissbankbank budget is made up as follows:
- €1000 to cover a part of Pelle’s salary. His total salary is higher but we are combining different sources of funding to pay for it all.
- €500 to hire a rehearsal studio for our artistic residency in Sweden
- €300 for costumes
- €400 marketing of the show (photos , graphic design, printing, …)
- €400 salary for a sound & light technician who will help us finalise the piece in Sweden
- €400 van rental and petrol in Chile: As part of our artistic residency over there, we are planning to have a trial tour across remote villages. In order to be able to travel safely to those places with everyone and all our equipment, we need to rent a small van.
Beyond this, we are aiming to cover all plane tickets with public funding but nothing is guaranteed as of yet. Every pence that we receive over our set objective here, will therefore help us to pay towards our travels and our food during the artistic residencies.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support and see you very soon around a tale!
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