Union Black

Union Black is the result of a collaboration between established dance and circus artists from the UK, Sweden, Ireland and France, UK hip hop theatre collective Far From The Norm and Gaetan Lévêque from French Collectif AOC.

From November 2017, the group will work together in Paris and Stockholm using circus and hip hop to explore multiculturalism across Europe through the lens of football.

Throughout 2018, the group will be joined by emerging artists from London, Stockholm, Cork and Paris to create and perform bespoke work in each location throughout 2018, the anniversary of the birth of the modern-day circus.


With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.





  • Theatrical complexity and hip hop artistry, diluted with experimentation.


  • Far From The Norm

    Established in May 2009, Far From The Norm was founded by artistic director Botis Seva and is a collective of dance artists renowned for experimenting with hip hop form whilst tackling socio-political concerns. Far From The Norm’s work portfolio crosses theatre performances, outdoor spectacles and immersive experiences that are renowned for challenging yet inspiring their audiences. They are committed to producing evocative, authentic work by taking audiences on visceral journeys whilst presenting conceptual yet compelling truths.

    Far From The Norm have performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin’ Convention, VAULT Festival, Plymouth Fringe, Talawa Firsts, Austria’s Hip Hop Goes Theatre, Festival Hop! and San Francisco’s International Hip Hop Dance Fest. They have presented work in theatres and venues across the UK.

  • Gaëtan Lévêque

    Gaëtan Lévêque is a founder member of circus company Collectif AOC with whom he has toured internationally with many, high quality productions. He studied at one of France’s best schools, CNAC, where he specialized in trampoline and acrobatics taking both disciplines in new directions. He also collaborates with Générik Vapeur, l’ensemble Télémaque – Bernard Kudlak, taking work to African and Caribbean countries, and bringing a new source of inspiration back to Europe. He also teaches circus students at CNAC, Pop Circus, Bordeaux Circus School and directed the CNAC students’ graduation show in 2016.

  • Alessio Motta

    (Swedish lead artist) grew up in Gassino Torinese a little town close to Torino. He experience theatre and street dance at the Magdaleine G cultural and sport association whilst simultaneously training in other disciplines such as Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira and Parkour. He trained at Scuola di Cirko Vertigo in Torino for two years, mainly in dance-acrobatics and Chinese Pole. After this he completed the Bachelor Circus program at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm (DOCH, Dans och cirkushögskolan).

    His obsession with the street dance quality of movements brought him into the community in Stockholm where he met other people as passionate as he is about hybrids movement forms. The cultural element present in street dance and other forms of folk dances have been the main influences and source of inspiration for his work. The main joy that he takes from performing is to see the audience slowly starting to dance with him. He has performed in Egypt, Scotland, Sweden, France, Spain, Estonia and Brazil.

  • Matt Szczerek

    (Irish lead artist) is a Dublin based contemporary-urban dance artist and a professional member of Dance Ireland. Over the last three years he has danced regularly with CoisCeim Dance Theatre, performing as a principal dancer in The Wolf and Peter (2015), and in RTE’S 1916 Centenary performance at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, choreographed by David Bolger. Matt has programmed and delivered several international urban dance events and and was recently invited to teach Master Classes in Torres Vedras (Portugal) at Danca no Coracao.

  • Arthur Sidoroff

    (French lead artist) first trained as a horse rider before studying at the circus school of ENACR in France for 2 years and then at the Fratellini Academy, Paris for 3 years. He started his professional life as a horse rider, an acrobat and a tightrope walker, and performed in the shows On achève bien les anges, a Zingaro creation, Femme sans nom with Netty Radvany and Le Dedans des choses by La Fabrique, which was inspired by Patrick Autreau eponymous’ book. Most recently he has been touring in a circus-concert with Bachar Mar Khalife called Piano sur le fil.

  • Circus250

    2018 is the 250th anniversary of Philp Astley’s first modern circus ring in London. Astley’s circuses travelled widely and he included many disciplines and styles of performance in his shows. His spectacles were a place for audiences to meet forces that were shaping the world around them. This global, social relevance married with accessibility, drove circus deep into the cultural consciousness.

  • Funders

    With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

    Circus250: Diverse • Real • Physical is a European collaboration between Crying Out Loud, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Subtopia and Cork Midsummer Festival