• Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

  • Photo: Alice Underwood

Blame Game

Kundle Cru
Ireland, Sweden, UK, Holland, Italy and France

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.



    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, calling themselves Kundle Cru, 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.