Sommaren 2022 Annordnade vi cirkusträning för barn och ungdomar på Ängsbacka i Molkom i samarbete med Värmlands Cirkus festival och region Värmland. Ett viktigt mål med projektet är att stärka deltagarnas tro på sej själva och deras förmågor att kunna genomföra saker som de kanske inte trodde de kunde innan och att sprida glädje och att visa att cirkus är något som skapar kreativitet och utvecklar förmågan att samarbeta tillsammans med andra.
The Cloud Clown was born from an idea of making a cloud out of wool. And then if I would be to put it on my head in it I would have the head in a cloud and “head in the clouds” is an idiom meaning often interpreted not knowing the facts of a situation and spending to much time thinking about love or other things that are not practical.
“A person described with this manner may be given to whimsical thoughts or flighty behavior. She may seem scatterbrained, careless or even out of touch with reality”.
So I asked myself the question; What would happen if I would pretend to be a cloud? To live my cloud character fully… I have been experimenting with this thought together with friends and audiences at festivals. I’ve been juggling with ideas and with different objects like balls. I’ve had balloons filled with helium rising from my suitcase. I’ve been high up on stilts thinking that that it would make me more cloud like… I have been spraying water from a spray can giving audiences a refreshing or/and surprising shower.
You might think that clouds are just freely drifting around in the sky… But they are a complex natural phenomena, responding to the environment or you could maybe say they are the environment.
I want to thank everyone that’s been contributing to this “heads in the cloud” research so far. Hyttdreva i Bergslagen, Taggad i Hällefors, Värmlands Cirkus festival i Forshaga.
The return of angels is the end-of-term performance that I directed with assistance from Huriyet Niyaz at Fredrikstad Kulturskole (2015). I started teaching the children 2012 together with Huriyet Niyaz The children and youth are between 6 and 18 years. Enjoy the magic!
These photos are from the end-of-term performance I directed with assistance from Evans La Lalue (2013). We were accompanied by the Kulturskolens music department, they played Butterfly by Greig and many more
In May 2018 Me and Rosamond Marting spent 5 days in the creation studio at NCCA researching: Connections between people. How we can create our environment and how we can change our environment. How human connection exists whether we want them or not, the power we have when we work together and the importance of a community.
How our practise can be a reflection of our lives: I believe human were born open, responsive and playful and Circus is a great playground for it and so should it be…
We were learning about Feldenkrais, and we facilitated space for discussion to see how the method can be applied to circus performers training and how it can benefit the performers practice and function as a vehicle for creativity, find new ways in which we move. Taking tools used within it to enhance awareness, connection to the body, the self and the action. Feldenkrais also provides a means of fine-tuning awareness in response to the space and/or the other, with hands on work we explore different types of touch, listening and responding through the body, and functional movement exploration increases one’s ability to isolate parts and manipulate the body in response to internal and imagined or external and visibly physical stimulus.
“I am the fairy from the trees
My magic carries from my heart to toes
And in my fingers music comes so sweet
I dance and play until the bright dawn glows
I weave my spell, I heal with light and love
And wait to watch her fly in skies above”
“Hazel tree be kind to me!
Shake your leafs and set me free.”
The bird, according to many fairytales can be a messanger from the unconscious or another world, it comes to heal and help but also to punish and put things right.
The bird in our story has hurt her wing and can’t fly. In her sleep the fairy from the forest appears and sprinkles her magic on the bird, soon the bird feels stronger and her wing is healed, The fairy makes the bird discover her magical world of playfulness and games and she plays an ethereal harp song, until, forgetting the past, the bird makes her way into flight…
I am playing with shadows. I’m placing the lighting from different distances. using ropes to create illusion of a tree. I hang sheets and use my silk then I’m being in front and then behind, different perspectives, different worlds..
I blow the feathers that comes from the nest where the bird has hatched the egg.. It becomes a dance and a game of not letting it touch the floor. I explore my breath and what effects it has on the feather. In the swing I enjoy the support it gives my different body parts and finding places where to relax and reach. I imagen the forest surrounds and around there is birdsong.
The Bird and The Fairy
After 5 days of research we filmed some of the performance and recorded some of the songs in Caroline gardens Chapel in Peckham All with help from a bursary I received from in honour of Sally Goldsworthy who has done an immensely much for the childrens theatre in London during her lifetime. Discover story center in Stratford is managing the bursary and are mentoring me through the process.
Harp and Fairy: Jana Humananska
Bird and Silks: Lina Jungergard
Outside eye: Dagmara Bilon
writer: Helen George