Thoughts Without / On Boundaries

Because of its itinerant origin, the circus has historically brought together families, groups and artists into a shared routine in and out the arena. Each artist brings his expertise and later takes the experience with him to other companies or projects. Thus the influences and creative dialogs are configured over time through the period spent on tour with the circus tent – and all other types of tour. As current communication tools become more dynamic and fluid, they facilitate partnerships that were previously considered unlikely, simplifying contact and creating new networks and contaminations. This includes artists who leave Brazil to study circus arts in leading international schools – in France, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, among others – returning with new contributions, productions created and financed abroad and hybrid researches, along with so many other possibilities.

These exchanges can also be identified in work relationships, once the touring structures, the mode of financing and characteristics of the cities have affected the circus routine, questioning the feasibility of traditional touring models – occupying the lot, setting up the circus tent and the routine on the road across the country. New business models and new relationships with the audience ate established.

Thus the festival, with its natural vocation as a gathering place, is the perfect venue to observe the circus that is built in this movement and help outline research that is alive, constant and mundane, translated in the circus arena: the theater, the street, the workshops and the discussions.

In 2017 CIRCOS – Sesc International Circus Festival 2017 aims to disrupt pre- established ideas of center, fringe and identity, while investigating what routes are already being developed in an ever-changing world. With the purpose of promoting the art, the festival presents research that reflects current trends in circus production, introducing national and international arts and fostering dialog. In the performances, the presence of artists from different countries and schools, the hybridity of techniques and incorporation of other languages, leak naturally into the finished scene, emphasizing the diversity of the constructions. The emerging themes deal with identity, social roles, place and space as relationship axes. The fringe and the center blend together, and the artist is the protagonist, embodying the encounters and the deconstructions.

After all, the circus arena over-flows the world!

Carolina Garcez, Lucas Molina, Shirlei Torres, Susana C. de Souza Cerveira


To guide you to choose CIRCOS programming, we have prepared a pocket guide to make it easier to select what to watch.