• Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

Blame Game

Crying Out Loud presents Blame Game  by Kundle Cru

In the World Premiere of  Blame Game this company of innovators explores the dirty politics of scapegoating.

Sometimes our emotions build up and we let off steam to release the pressure. But what happens when that release involves blaming someone else unfairly? Is groundless prejudice found in all societies? Are we also guilty of avoiding our collective failures?

The international cast of Kundle Cru have fused breakdancing, juggling, Chinese pole and contemporary dance to create a genre-defying movement language. In combination with music, they tell stories in their own physically brilliant style.

Conceived by Mateusz Szczerek and Alessio Motta and devised with company members Louiseanne Wong, Liza van Brakel, Jack Bain, Greg Szczerek and Timothy Waliggo Kakeeto.

  • Co-Producers

    Produced by Crying Out Loud in association with Rua Red & Belfast International Arts Festival.

    With support from Arts Council Ireland; La Verrerie d’Alès Pole National Cirque Occitanie; 101 Arts Creation Space; CircusStad Rotterdam; Cheptel Aleïkoum France; Het Klooster Netherlands; Karlsruhe Atoll Festival Germany; Redbridge Drama Centre London, Subtopia, Sweden; Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde and South Dublin Council.

  • Company Biographies

    Kundle Cru is a new company of international artists led by Mateusz Szczerek and Alessio Motta with Dutch juggler Liza van Brakel, Ugandan Krump dancer Timothy Kakeeto and UK house dancer Jack Bain.

    The company is committed to individual and collective development, driven by the desire to experiment with circus and dance to create a hybrid movement language, and passionate about telling the stories of our times.

    Kundle Cru has been developing Blame Game during residencies throughout 2019-2021. 

    Alessio Motta is an Italian born circus artist living in Stockholm, Sweden. 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.

    Matt Szczerek is a Dublin based dance artist (contemporary-urban) 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, )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 Matt 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) for a new choreographic work Blame Game.

    Jack Bain is a Dublin based dancer who specialises in hip hop and house. He has participated in a number of funded residencies collaborating to develop work and focusing on his dance practice. He has worked with Manchester International Festival, Boy Blue Entertainment, Dance2Connect, Kundle Cru and participated in Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells.

    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.

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

    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.

    Director: Manu Debuk

    Outside Eye & Movement Director: Aline David