May 24 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Doing Circus: Film night with Critical Mess and Arne Mannott

May 24 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

circus | Documentary by Arne Mannott
Dodai | Performance film by Critical Mess

Photo: Arne Mannott, Michael Straßburger

Access: Digital
Admission: 8/15 Euro
Focus: Dance and Circus
Afterwards:  follow-up conversation with Arne Mannott and Stefan Sing 

The film evening “Doing Circus” shows the live-on-tape performance of the juggling group Critical Mess, filmed at a unique location for Cologne, the open-air art studio Odonien. The pre-film “circus” by Arne Mannott precedes this with a multitude of voices that tell of how circus is ever made and experienced by the interviewed artists themselves, and thus what circus means to them today.

Arne Mannott – circus (11 min)

10 actors of different ages, different origins and diverse backgrounds were interviewed about their views on circus. The focus of the interviews is the question “What actually is circus?” – and thus also on how the art form circus defines itself and what special characteristics come about in the process. The people portrayed have all been active in circus arts for years or decades and enter into a very personal dialogue with themselves for this video.

As part of the site-specific program, “circus” can also be seen as part of an installation on the festival grounds.

Idea, interviews Arne Mannott | Camera Christian Schratt | Editing Kai Krösche, Arne Mannott | With the kind support of WUK – performing arts, Stadt Wien Kultur, BMKÖS | Country Germany, Austria | Language English | Year 2021

Photo: Arne Mannott

Critical Mess | Dodai (64 min)

The title “dodai” of the shown performance is a combination of the Italian “do” (“I give”) and “dai” (“you give”). 7 people, 14 hands and 100 balls – a group and a free space. Here, each person can either fulfill his or her individual wishes or a common body with 70 fingers can emerge, from which a separate organism grows that is more than the sum of its parts. Bodies, hands, fingers that serve a space-time and thereby dissolve the boundaries of the individual moment.

The performance was performed at the Cologne cult venue Odonien and filmed live-on-tape. Filmmaker Michael Straßburger moves with his camera in the midst of the performers and thus becomes the mobile eye of the audience. The whole thing is accompanied by a drone from a bird’s eye view, which on the one hand reveals the movements of the mobile cameraman, but at the same time allows him to merge with the performers into a choreography of movements.

Performer Cate Boschetti, Liam Wilson, Sarah Bourhis, Noah Schiltknecht, Tobias Dohm, Roman Skadra und Stefan Sing | Composition Tad Klimp | Light design Emese Csornai | Concept, idea, director Stefan Sing | Artistic advise Darragh McLoughlin, Julia Christ und Cristiana Casadio | Camera Michael Straßburger | Drone Richard Bade | Co-produced by CircusDanceFestival Residenzprogramm and through this funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien | A co-production of Flottmann-Hallen/Stadt Herne, Katapult-Berlin und den Katakomben –  Center for performing Arts Berlin | Country Germany | Year 2021

Photo: Michael Straßburger