MOBILE CIRCUS FOR PEACE
Bringing Joy to the World
THE MOBILE CIRCUS FOR PEACE
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POLAND & UKRAINE
Witnessing the suffering of Ukrainian people, we decided to support with our mobile circus team a safe space of playful encounter and creative empowerment of children and young people fleeing from the war . What brought us together is our common belief in the power of the circus and the wish to support Ukrainian families, therefore we set up a temporary circus space at the Ukrainian border in Poland.
Since April 2022 The Mobile Circus for Peace has provided changing teams of artists & animators, performing shows and workshops. The aim was to create a peaceful environment for playful learning and transform the tension and fear present in the young people. We offered a wide range of youth activities for Ukrainian kids of different ages with the aim to empower and inspire their joy and hope through movement, creativity and playfulness.
Ukraine Border, Poland
ABOUT THE MOBILE CIRCUS FOR PEACE
Circus is an ageless delight. Young or old, rich or poor, east or west, north or south, circus reaches all of us” – Ernest Hemingway
The vision of the Mobile Circus for Peace is to create a peaceful environment for playful togetherness to transform tension and fears. We wish to empower especially young people to express themselves and enter a creative dialogue through interactive circus arts.
We share the belief that playing and creativity can be a consistent source of inspiration, wellbeing and resilience in a world. During these recent chaotic, confusing and frightening times, we want to counteract these influences with Motivation, Joy and Hope promoting a Sense of Solidarity among local communities.
Mobile Circus for Peace is an open team representing different cultural and social backgrounds: artists, performers, pedagogues and peace activists who support a culture of solidarity through sharing magical moments of joyful togetherness in difficult times. We utilised performances, workshops, animation, singing, dancing mime, aerial acrobatics, improvisation and the art of clownery to entertain & distress any age group.
Ukraine Border, Poland
WORKSHOPS & EXHIBITIONS
Circus for Peace allows us to create art that is purely physical and full of emotion. It’s important to have an outlet for our emotions, feelings, worries, even joy!
Circus arts call for teamwork and a combination of strengths and talents – and these are elements that can help young people develop a sense of belonging, freedom, creativity, perseverance and discipline. It offer young people the chance to open up, express themselves and make new links with a society that often excludes them
Prior to the main show for several days Mobile Circus for peace hosts the Circus Lab where the community has the opportunity to participate in workshops, jam sessions, exhibitions, open training classes, community gatherings – all under the roof of a Magical Circus Tent.
Circus activities to support local communities include: Circus Workshop – pedagogical activities for smaller groups of kids, Circus Animation – circle games, try out disciplines, face paint, bubbles. Circus Shows – small performances for the kids and their families, Open Circus Space – safe space where kids can be part of the circus magic Mobile Circus Relief Team providing assistance to Ukrainian people in transition (shelters, accommodations in railway station, border crossings) Life is a Circus Show. The Grand Finale where the audience has an active role in the Circus Show with acting, singing, playing and physical acts, and young local talent will be trained to participate in The Grand Finale.
Ukraine Border, Poland
UKRAINE TOUR 2023
THE MOBILE SHOW A mobile CIRCUS SHOW of Ukrainian and International Artists traveling around smaller Cities in West Ukraine sharing magical moments of joyful togetherness in difficult times. Taking inspiration from the traditional circus art that traveled from town to town, The Mobile Shows will provide emotional relief and joy to the local communities in west Ukrainian sharing one of the oldest forms of entertainment, The Circus. The Shows combine elements of the classic circus, music, theater and improvisationas well as an active participation from the audience. The Circus offers a magical roof where children can feel free to dream and play together, inspired by the beauty of art.
THE TOUR With the Base of the production in Poland at the Ukrainian border, a Mobile Unit will travel to Ukraine in May to identify logistics and locations in order to perform around 6 Shows in different smaller Cities in West Ukraine. Although the shows are tailored to reach a younger audience, it will be accessible and entertaining for any age group. This makes the Tour part of an empowering and participatory strategy for Community Engagement. We plan to host in every town for approximately a week setting up the Circus Lab several days prior to the main show, where the community will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, jam sessions, exhibitions, open training classes, community gatherings – all under the roof of a Magical Circus Tent. In addition the audience will have an active role in the show with acting, singing, screaming and physical acts, and young local talent will be trained to participate in the grand finale of the show. The Circus Lab program is coordinated by The Mobile Circus For Peace, an organization that has been involved with Circus Activities for Ukrainians since the beginning of the War in Ukraine.
THE STORY Based on Ukrainian traditional fairy tales Life is a Circus an “un-scripted” story with an universal message of Joy and hope. The narration is showcased through performances, sounds, music, singing, dancing mime, aerial acrobatics, improvisation and the art of clownery instead of conventional dialogue, this make the story accessible for every age group, touching deeply the hearts of the public. The fairy tales are a thematic Framework where Ukrainian Artists and the Audience can actively share the same messages through the magical language of the Circus art. The characters of the story will be interpreted by the performers according to their personalities and specific talents, and their artistic acts will be their own way to express the message of the story inviting the audience to join the story in a participatory way. The fairy tales are a thematic Framework where Ukrainian Artists and the Audience can actively share the same messages through the magical language of the Circus art. The characters of the story will be interpreted by the performers according to their personalities and specific talents, and their artistic acts will be their own way to express the message of the story inviting the audience to join the story in a participatory way.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MOBILE CIRCUS FOR PEACE – Berlin, Germany, MOOS KORREKTUR e.V. – Berlin, Germany
HOPE FOUNDATION – Przemysl, Poland
SCENIC CIRCUS – Germany
KIEV CIRCUS SCHOOL – Kiev,Ukraine LVIV CIRCUS SCHOOL – Lviv Ukraine
Ukraine Border, Poland
VOLUNTEER & JOBSHADOWING
EVERYONE HAS A ROLE
We have together explored how youth work can support humanitarian solidarity in a crisis situation. We have hosted the Job Shadowing project in Przemysl, Poland at the Ukraine Border. We have invited various International experts with the aim of empowering people, join our actions and develop future opportunities for collaboration. Our activities are aimed to develop a network of experts and practitioners from the Youth work field interested in circus pedagogy.
The Artists performers, musician, singer, dancing mime, acrobats, and clowns are some of the role you can be part of by joining the show…
The Production logistics, stage productions, photography and film-making roles are always open as the show must go on….
The Relief Team join our task force of emergency experts to support the communities that we meet in our journeys….
Project Director Founder and artistic facilitator working since 2004 with the circus arts in various crisis areas in the world (Palestine, Bosnia, Greece, Poland, Ukraine) – supporting with mobile circus teams to create a safe space of playful encounters and creative empowerment of children and young people suffering from war and crisis.
Co-founder of the Mobile Circus For Peace Project – having a background in architecture she supports the logistics of the set up of the circus space and coordinates the social media of the project. She is also helping with documentation of the project activities and taking care about the transparency the finances. Her passionate way of working with the kids is also a wonderful inspiration for the whole team
Educational Coordinator As an experienced circus pedagog he coordinates the educational work of the Mobile Circus for Peace project, supporting the development the pedagogical approach in the circus activities with the children. As the educational supervisor he supports the preparation of the internal training for the team, helps with the coordination of the workshops, setting up quality standards for the pedagogical work and evaluating together with the team regularly the impact of our work.
Circus Lab Coordinator As an talented musician and experienced performer he supported to develop the show elements for the performances of the Mobile Circus For Peace Project. He inspired the circus animation component and coordinated the musical side of the project activities performing with live instruments and preparing dance choreographies with the children. His unique talent to combine circus, music and theatre supported to develop the artistic vision for the project
Producer A native of Italy, Oscar lived most of his life in the United States where he produced independent feature and documentary films including the critically acclaimed documentary feature: Sean Penn Presents: The Third Wave, official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He also served as an Operations Director and managed disaster response relief efforts including: Hurricane Sandy N.Y , Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka and the war in Ukraine.
Producer As an experienced film-maker Marco has been collaborating as a humanitarian producer responding to world disaster affected areas and war zones, including: Kosovo War in, Eritrean-Ethiopian War, Sri Lankan Civil War, Siberian Floods, Asia Tsunami Hurricane Katrina and the war in Ukraine.
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