Circus Thinkers Platform is Cirkus Syd's flagship project. A space to read, think, talk, learn and reflect collectively with others across the globe.
We read and reflect on current texts, performances, practises and discourse relevant to the development of contemporary circus development. It's a weekly encounter - we meet every Tuesday 17:00-18:30 CEST/CET via Zoom. It's open for anyone who wishes anywhere in the world to join.
It's not mandatory to attend each week, you can come and go as you like. We decide as a group what we will focus on. We started with Falling the Thought of Circus by John Paul Zaccarini and have since revisited the open letters to the circus by Bauke Lievens, Thinking Through Circus by Circus Dialogues, essays by Peta Tait, zine by Ess Moser and many other works.
Apart from reading and discussing members also collectively watch performances and those who want engage in creative writing exercises, contribute to publications and develop projects.
“Circus Thinkers has developed into the feeling of a cohort, which I do not feel has a parallel in other organizations.” - member of CTP
"Cirkus Syd's Circus Thinkers is my favorite event of the week! It's a unique space where deep, intellectual rigor meets lighthearted, friendly conversation. The Circus Thinkers conversation structure which values respectful critical thinking and generative creative feedback is an outstanding model for any group discussion. These meetings have provided consistent professional development, community building, and publication opportunities that are essential to my personal circus work and the international circus sector." - Madeline Hoak
Who is it for?
You enjoy committing to learning together with others in a flexible way.
You are an active participant.
You miss people in your every day to reflect on circus, cultural theory and philosophy with.
You enjoy talking, reading and writing about contemporary circus.
You seek out information to share with others.
You are happy to share and relate input to your personal experiences and professional life.
You demonstrate a generous, non-judgemental attitude and enjoy meeting new people.
If this sounds like you, you might very well love the Circus Thinkers Platform and we'd love to meet you.
The platform also creates collaborative projects and publishes publications for those members who want to be involved. In 2020 we co-created Circus Thinks Reflections 2020 which is available from our shop.
In 2021 and 2022 10 Circus Thinkers are collaborating to explore circus as sound dimension. You can find out more about the project Circosonic under its own project page.
Keep an eye on our mailinglist for updates and news.