FRINGE FUSE call out for Experimental Circus!

FRINGE FUSE call out for Experimental Circus!

—Posted in July, 2017


On Friday 25th August we’re planning a special circus edition of our regular curated scratch night, FRINGE FUSE guest curated by the brilliant performer, maker and Fringe hero, Emily Aoibheann. FRINGE FUSE provides a platform to introduce new artists to FRINGE LAB and to provide peer-led feedback on works-in-progress. To make space for the big ideas on show, the O’Reilly Theatre, will be our hosts and partners for this exciting night of work-in-progress. Pop along, have a drink and offer some welcome feedback - it's €5 in and kick off is 7pm sharp!

Below you will find Emily’s curatorial provocation to be responded to or taken as a guideline. We are looking for experienced circus folk and aerialists with experimental ideas to take part.

As well as performance based proposals including aerial, dance, acrobatics, clown, puppetry, juggling and so on, we also welcome unconventional ideas. Want to talk to us about crazy notions you’ve been privately mulling over? Or have you been philosophising on your physical discipline? What are you reading? Are you making films? Are you playing with live feed or virtual reality? Think broadly about what unusual or unseen elements of your practice you could bring to the table this night.

In the spirit of understanding Irish contemporary circus as an emerging multidisciplinary art form, we are open to proposals that go beyond that category but have tendrils of connection to it.

Selected participants will have approximately 5 – 15 minutes to show their work.
If you plan on doing something plugged in, projected or rigged, we have you sorted.
FRINGE FUSE is a place for feedback and discussion. We can help you suss out which mode of engaging with feedback might suit you.

FRIDAY 11th AUGUST @ 5pm

Submit to

Please include:

1) An outline of your idea

2) Proposed duration

3) Technical requirements (aerial rigging/ projection/ music etc)

4) A short introductory bio to you and your work

5) Web links (website/ examples of previous work)


As artists, there is the work we manifest in the world, and there is the work that goes on, unseen, under our skin. The work that exists under our skin often has no home in the real world, it has no platform, it’s complicated because it exists in the underworld.

As entrepreneurs, an activity closely linked to creativity, especially in circus, our resourcefulness and strong instinct of self-preservation is finely tuned. We like to make the rules for our lives. This leaves little room for fear, vulnerability and the unknown, although we dabble in this as part and parcel of our commitment to leading unusual lives, surrounding ourselves in surreal environments, with strange people, doing strange things.

Circus is a broad term. It encompasses entire cultural histories and anthropologies. Despite our diversity, it is circus – whether embraced, rejected or reinvented – that has helped us form our associations and networks. In this exciting moment we have come almost from nothing, but suddenly emerging into a new, highly innovative and largely underground cultural, entrepreneurial and creative moment. We all feel the vibrancy of this emerging thing and some of us enthusiastically agree that this raw creative energy remains largely unseen, explored only in private.

We want to find our audience, but I want to see what’s going on in your head. You, circus artist, who negotiates between personal preoccupations and what you presume an audience wants to see. In this unformed, buzzing landscape that can be described as an emergent Irish contemporary circus style, how do we connect together in productive and exciting ways, in attempt to share and articulate the energy of the unknown?

Is it always about the punchline? Is it about the trick?

Is it the physical containment of demonstrative acrobatics or the crafty dishevelment of comedy?

Or is there more to what we do under our own skins?

Can we bring that mysterious element to the fore, and how? 

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FRINGE FUSE call out for Experimental Circus!
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