• Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

Blame Game

Crying Out Loud presents Blame Game  by Kundle Cru

Join us for a screening of the newly commissioned film of Blame Game by international collective, Kundle Cru.

The multi-skilled company members share a passion for urban dance and circus. From their shared desire to explore new perspectives, something new and different has emerged – a genre-defying movement language featuring the energy of dance and the gravity defying skills of circus.

Filmed specially for an online audience you will experience Blame Game from the centre of the stage. From here, the artists’ exceptional flair and skills can be seen up close. Fully immersed within the action, the ever shifting texture of the piece will be revealed right in front of your eyes.

For this performance, Kundle Cru were joined by guest artists from Dublin and Belfast; Angelique Ross, Michelle Thorburn, Ronan Jenkinson and Jessie Thompson.


In a change to advertised programme, unfortunately the outdoor performances have been cancelled in response to latest public health guidelines from NI Executive. This will be a special filmed version of Blame Game, broadcast on Saturday 24 October at 6pm on BIAF YouTube channel and Facebook, available for one week.

  • 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; CircusStad Rotterdam; Cheptel Aleïkoum France; Het Klooster Netherlands; Karlsruhe Atoll Festival Germany; Redbridge Drama Centre London, Subtopia 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 2019-2020. 

    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


    Director/Outside Eye Manu De Buck.

    Movement Director/Outside Eye Aline David

    Guest Artists

    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.

    Michelle Thoburn also known as Mish Mash trained in circus at Flic Scuola di Circo in Italy, specialising in tumbling, acro-dance and duo-acro. She co-founded and has toured with Woven Circus Collective, a company which uses performance to bring awareness to contemporary issues. Currently a member of the company Siolta Circus she has toured the UK, Ireland and Europe with their show Seeds. Mish has recently co created a new show SPUD, a DIY punk circus show, as one half of female duo Snatch Circus.

    Ronan Jenkinson has had the privilege of performing circus for the majority of his life. At the age of eight he joined the Belfast Community Circus School and after 10 years of training he decided to further develop his understanding and skills as an acrobat and juggler by attending the National Centre for Circus Arts, attaining a Degree in Circus Arts. Since graduating in 2018 Ronan has worked for several international companies and travelled with Cirque Eloíze to the US, Canada, Japan and in Europe working for Varieté dinner shows and corporate events.  During the pandemic Ronan has been living back home in Belfast taking the opportunity to train and share what he has learned as an international circus artist. Ronan is currently coaching circus and acrobatics at Belfast’s The Movement Loft while waiting for life on the road to resume once again.

    Jessie Thompson is a dance artist from Dublin, Ireland, specialising in experimental and hip hop. After starting to dance in Dublin at the young age of 11 Jessie began to train with professionals at studios in LA, London and Poland. After studying classical and modern styles in an established school in Ireland for two years she went on to perform with companies such as Boardgame and Fly Dance and was asked to choreograph for festivals including Snap Barcelona and Dance2Connect. Jessie has choreographed and danced for numerous Irish artists including Gemma Dunleavy, Wild Youth and Loah, and internationally, with Chris Lee for the New Year Gala television show, China. Currently Jessie is teaching in Ireland and working on her newly founded event, Battle of Zen, which fuses styles to create a stronger community of dance within Ireland’s younger generation.