• Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

Blame Game

Human Collective & Rough Connections
Ireland, Sweden, UK, Holland

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 de Deplacement artists Louise Wong and the Dutch Juggler Liza van Brakel to further develop the work 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 two R&D residencies in London and Holland and have presented work in progress performances at Circusstad in Rotterdam May 2019.  More residencies and partnership presentations are in the process of being arranged. Please get in touch if you are interested in being part of this. Watch this space for further details.

  • COMPANY BIOGRAPHY

    Blame Game  is conceived and devised by Mateusz Szczerek (Human Collective) and Alessio Motta (Rough Connections), following their experience on Union Black  (a co-production between Crying Out Loud, Far From The Norm, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Cork Midsummer Festival and Subtopia and funded by Creative Europe) in which street dance and circus merged to talk about Brexit. The artists decided to establish a collaboration between their respective companies to continue exploring cross disciplinary skills and processes.

    Alessio Motta (Rough Connections) from near Turin has experience as a theatre and street dancer as well as in disciplines such as Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira and Parkour. Motta also trained in dance-acrobatics and Chinese Pole at Turin’s Scuola di Cirko Vertigo. Latterly Motto completed the Bachelor Circus program at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm and while there he explored his passion for hybrid movement forms. Motta has performed in Egypt, Scotland, Sweden, France, Spain, Estonia and Brazil.

    Mateusz Szczerek (Human Collective) is a Dublin based contemporary-urban dance artist and a professional member of Dance Ireland. Szczerek has danced with CoisCeim Dance Theatre 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. Mateusz has programmed and delivered several international urban dance events and and was recently invited to teach master classes at Portugal’s Danca no Coracao.