• Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Credit: Camilla Greenwell

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Biographies

    • Alessio Motta is an Italian born circus artist living in Rotterdam. Alessio’s key disciplines are Chinese Pole and Dance-Acro. He attended the circus course at Scuola di Cirko Vertigo before studying his degree at DOCH University of Dance and Circus. Alessio teaches circus at Sundbyberg Kulturskola, Stockholm and is an experienced workshop leader. Working alongside Far From The Norm, he was one of the core company members for Union Black, a hip hop dance and circus project funded by Creative Europe which toured to Sweden, Ireland, France and England. Alessio performs internationally and is a member of Rough Connections (RoughCo) as well as a founder member of Kundle Cru.

      Angelique Ross grew up performing and teaching in community circus throughout rural Western Australia.  She’s lived in caravans and big tops touring internationally with shows such as NoFit State’s, Bianco. Now based in Belfast, when she’s not being stood on and thrown about by Tumble Circus, Angelique can be found touring her award-winning solo show SPIT. One half of the female DIY punk circus duo Snatch Circus, Angelique is known for making bold and evocative circus. She is also a two-time Australian axe-throwing champion.

      Liza van Brakel grew up in the Netherlands performing circus from a very young age, she joined the youth circus in her hometown and at that moment fell in love with it. Liza studied circus at the University of Arts, Rotterdam where she started to combine her two favourite disciplines, object manipulation and acro-dance. The outcome of which was her unique juggling research based on movement and physicality. In 2017 Liza graduated from Codarts Circus Arts and has since had the honour to perform at many different events all over the world. Her solo show Ain’t No Easy Way Out was nominated for the BNG Circus Prize, 2017 and has been performed at Berlin Circus Festival, ATOLL Festival Karlsruhe, Festival UP Brussel, and at many more international events. Liza is also a member of the Gandini Juggling Company and since 2018 has worked with TENT, Monki Business and on Blame Game, co-produced by Crying Out Loud. Liza’s work explores new possibilities that lay on the intersection of street-dance and circus.

      Louiseanne Wong studied music at the University of Manchester and has trained as a dancer in contemporary, jazz, modern dance, hip hop, ballet, Limon technique, Release technique and house. In 2014 she was awarded an MA in Choreography with Merit from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Since then she has worked with Kundle Cru, Monika Jaeckel, Anton Mirto, Rosie Kay Dance Company and Esprit Concrete amongst others. Louiseanne has worked extensively as a coach and teacher, most recently co-leading a group of 50 young people for the Roundhouse Street Circus to perform in an outdoor spectacle. Her work as a choreographer includes Utilis Apparatus, Material Choreography and Skinship.

      Matt Szczerek is a Dublin based dance artist (contemporary-urban) and a professional member of Dance Ireland. He has danced regularly with CoisCeim Dance Theatre, performing as a principal dancer in the Wolf and Peter, Sydney Opera House (2017) and in RTE’s 1916 Centenary performance at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, choreographed by David Bolger. Matt toured nationally with Monica Martin Munoz’ work Princesses can be Pirates (2018-2019) funded by the Arts Council which concluded with performances at the Dublin Dance Festival. In January 2019 he was selected as a one of three choreographers to present his work as a part of Lighting Design for Dance project mentored by Liz Roche in partnership with the Lir academy and Dance Ireland. In 2018 he presented Fable for Dublin Fringe Festival at Project Art Centre which was nominated for a best ensemble award. In 2017 Matt was selected by Far From The Norm, led by Botis Seva to be part of an international cast for production of Union Black funded by Creative Europe, which toured to Sweden, Ireland, France and England. Matt is the Director/Curator of Dance2Connect, a three-day urban dance festival at the Civic theatre, South Dublin. Funded and supported by Dance Ireland, Tallaght Community Arts, Civic Theatre and the Arts Council. Most recently Matt received an Arts Council Ireland bursary award with co-production support from Crying Out Loud (UK) to co-create Blame Game.

      Timothy Kakeeto is a Ugandan dancer, dance teacher and choreographer currently living in Sweden. He has featured in Bollywood films, worked frequently with MAM Dance Company, danced in Swedish House Mafia’s music video and most recently appeared as a dancer for Sweden’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

      Director: Manu Debuk

      Outside Eye & Movement Director: Aline David

Kundle Cru

Following the success of Union Black (2018), Mateusz Szczerek (Ireland/Poland) and Alessio Motta (Portugal/Italy) are working together as Kundle Cru.

Merging hip hop with circus, they are developing Blame Game  and have been joined by the London/Hong Kong Parkour and Art du Deplacement  artist Louise Wong, Dutch Juggler Liza van Brakel, Ugandan Krump dancer Timothy Kakeeto, and Belfast based Angelique Ross.

The artists have had a number of R&D residencies including at London’s Redbridge Drama Centre, Newbury’s 101 Creation Space, PPCM in Paris, Subtopia in Sweden, Holland’s Atoll Festival and most recently in St Agil, France. They also presented work in progress performances at Circusstad in Rotterdam in May 2019.  Further online residencies have since taken place with Scottee and Friends, Ben Duke (Lost Dog Dance) and with movement director Aline David.

You can read more here on the 11 day residency at 101 Outdoor Arts, Corn Exchange Newbury’s dedicated creation space for outdoor arts.