1. Community Creation Projects
Circoneta involves a group of youths in a creative process shared with professional circus artists, considering everyone’s abilities and the multiple capacities that the creation of a spectacle requires, thereby highlighting the value of diversity and the potential of each individual.
Circoneta is a community creation project by La Central del Circ in collaboration with the Salvat-Papasseit High School in the Barceloneta neighbourhood. At the beginning, it started under the artistic and education direction of the late Ricardo Gallardo, who after his passing, was replaced by the artist Jorge Albuerne. Circoneta relies on the collaboration of artists from different disciplines who guide a dozen students from the first and second year of school in the circus world. During the project’s first stage, different techniques were started: juggling, aerials, acrobatics and Chinese pole. Little by little, a creative and expressive dimension was added in their practice in order to continue working on creating a performance piece that was presented on 5 December in La Central del Circ.
Memòries was the result of an eight month long artistic creation project on the concept of memory as related in the language of the circus. A creation by the Associació de Dones Ambar Prim Women’s Association and La Central del Circ.
The entire creative process incorporates a work of memory, but Memòries worked directly with the concept of all types of memories: personal, historical, living… those that we fear losing as we get older. The spectacle Memòries, which premièred in La Central del Circ on 23 November 2012, brought together those multiples currents through circus techniques which had been learned by the elderly women of the Ambar Prim Association. They learned from the TT company with artists Josep Antoni Navarro and Merche Rafart and co-directed by Leandro Mendoz, artistic director of La Central, together with collaborations from artists such as Tanja Haupt and Marc Fonts.
Memòries was made possible by La Central del Circ’s participation in a lifelong learning programme from the European Union, the Grundtvig project, whose goal is to develop cooperation between different members to foster adult learning. Additionally, La Central del Circ received support from the Obra Social “la Caixa” on this project.
2. European Projects by La Central del Circ
The Euroregion Pyrenees-Mediterranean is a territory recognised by its strong standing in the circus arts, principally in the Midi-Pyrénées and Catalonia. Process()s was developed between Toulouse, Perpignan and Barcelona and with help from Aragon, in order to encourage contemporary circus creation and diffusion. It gave support to creative projects, to publicising numbers and short forms and it generated meeting spaces with performing arts programmers.
With the support of the Euroregion Pyrenees-Mediterranean, in the framework of the “EUROREGION CULTURE 2011“ project.
Circ que o!
A platform with 8 members to develop an internationally renowned circus area in the Pyrenees-Mediterranean region. The project, lasting three years, had three essential goals:
– Valuing the circus sector in the cross-border space.
– Reinforcing the local and cross-border synergies between circus professionals.
– Strengthening work, economy and creation and giving support to project creators.
Among other results, it is important to highlight the co-production of 8 contemporary circus spectacles from countries on both sides of the Pyrenees.
With the support of the POCTEFA cross-border cooperation programme between Spain-France-Andorra.
TRANS- Mission. Support for Circus Creation
TRANS-mission brought together 4 European institutions which give support to the circus creation process: l’Espace Catastrophe (Brussels), La Grainerie (Toulouse), the Zelig Association (Turin) and La Central del Circ (Barcelona). This mission arose from the goal of improving practices to support creation, production and publicity in the contemporary circus sector. For two years, it gave support in an intensive and continual manner to the creation of four contemporary circus spectacles with 4 to 6 stage performers, through residencies in each of the spaces, financed co-productions and publicity support in each territory. The year 2012 was dedicated to publicising these spectacles.
With the support of the European Union Culture Programme.
Parcours croisés: une deuxième chance par le cirque
Parcours croisés (Crossed Routes: A second chance for the circus) brought together 4 European institutions which give support to the circus creation process: l’Espace Catastrophe (Brussels), La Grainerie (Toulouse), the Mirabilia Festival (Fossano – Italy) and La Central del Circ (Barcelona). It was a knowledge exchange programme regarding community projects in each of the centres. For two year, internal work seminars were held in the different territories. In 2012, the meetings brought together delegations of workers and users from the respective programmes that shared talks and workshops. The programme was complemented with the help of the La Caixa Foundation, which financed La Central’s community creation project in 2012, which brought together circus professionals and the elderly.
With the support of the Grundtvig lifelong learning programme of the European Union.
3. Creative support in collaboration with other teams
Le Samovar is a space dedicated to clowns with a school section and a creation and exhibition centre. It also offered a creative residence grant for a clown-based spectacle. In 2010, it sponsored The Scalextrics Experience (Catalonia) and in 2011 Claire Vergos (France).
4. Other Projects
A creation from the Canadian Circus Company Les 7 doigts de la main (The 7 Fingers of the Hand) with collaboration from La Central del Circ and the Mercat de les Flors and the support of the Government of Quebec and the CoNCA. The goal was to create a multi-disciplinary spectacle based on collaborations between artists from different cultures and artistic disciplines. Before arriving in Barcelona, the project had been developed in other cities in Canada, such as Montreal, and the rest of the world, including Mexico City and Copenhagen. The work in Barcelona relied on the participation of 7 local artists. Almost 1000 people attended the public presentations and the spectacle had great media impact.