Following the success of Union Black (2018), Mateusz Szczerek (Ireland/Poland), Alessio Motta (Sweden/Italy) and Manu Debuck (France/Sweden) are working on Blame Game, a new show that merges hip hop with circus. They 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 UK dancer Jack Bain to further develop this work-in-progress towards premiering the show in 2020.
Using innovative dance moves, Chinese pole and juggling, Blame Game explores our constant search for a scapegoat. By pointing the finger at the ‘other’, those who we disagree with politically and socially, we escape our personal responsibilities.
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, St Agil in France and Rua Red in Ireland. They also presented work in progress performances at Circusstad in Rotterdam in May 2019 and a filmed performance at the 2020 Belfast International Arts Festival. More residencies and partnership presentations are in the process of being arranged.
Footage on this page is from 101 Outdoor Arts, Corn Exchange Newbury’s dedicated creation space for outdoor arts, who hosted an 11 day residency, which you can read more on here.
Please get in touch if you are interested in being part of this. Watch this space for further details.