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Tue, 07 Apr



Falling the Thought of Circus, Chapter One - Online course - Day time - Group 1

A new online course in the shape of a study group facilitated by Lina B. Frank. Falling the Thought of Circus of Circus - a literary work by John-Paul Zaccarini.

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Falling the Thought of Circus, Chapter One - Online course - Day time - Group 1

Time & Location

07 Apr 2020, 09:00 CEST – 02 Jun 2020, 13:00 CEST


About the Event

'Falling - the thought of Circus' by John-Paul Zaccarini is a literary work of poetic theory and of circus philosophy, concerning the art of circus. As the abstract says "This work looks to its fundamental and disavowed romance with failure to show how progressive its thinking could be."

In this course we will spend 9 glorious mornings together to go through 'Chapter One' of this book and discuss its content. There is a structure, but we will create the discussion together, share and relate to our own experiences of the circus in practise. 

This course should be of great intrest to 'circus-thinkers' (circus theoriests) and open to those with extensive experience of performing arts practise intrested in concepts of transdisciplinary theory. 


9 mornings Mondays/Tuesdays (see below schedule) 

Place: online from wherever you are in the world

You need to be able to make 7 out of 9 in order to attend. 

Please note below is the schedule for Group 1: 


Session 1: Tues 7th of April - 9:00 - 10:30 am - Introduction to course and material, welcome, context by Lina B. Frank - (mandatory session)

Session 2: Mon 13th of April - 9:00 - 10:30 am - Starting out from the end  

Session 3: Tues 21st of April - 9:00 - 10:30 am - Digging deep into context

Session 4: Mon 27th of April - 9:00 - 10:30 am -  Circus as Death Writing 

Session 5: Mon 4th of May - 9:00 - 10:30 am - Trauma, Mania, Nostalgia 

Session 6: Tuesday 12th of May - 9:00 - 10:30 am -  Auto-reflection 

Session 7:  Monday 18th of May - 9:00 - 10:30 am - Circus as poem 

Session 8: Friday 29th of May - 9:00 - 10:30 am Concluding session, writing about practise - observe the different weekday

Session 9: Tuesday 2nd of June - 9:00 - 10:30 am - Writing session sharing 

The course is free, but you need a membership to Cirkus Syd to join. For this course we are trialling a new type of membership where you can get membership for only the months where you attend the course. Monthly membership is 110kr. The course runs across April and May = 220SEK - Go to membership

Membership is open to individuals globally and not restricted to a country or region. 

Limitied Capacity - first come first serve. 

Register through Cirkus Syd website only. 

This initative is presented by Cirkus Syd and produced by Lina B. Frank. Access to literary content by the generous sharing of John-Paul Zaccarini and research powered by Stockholm University of the Arts. Illustrated by Angeliki Meli.

If you are intrested in joining, but have specific access needs, please contact us on to discuss how we can support you. 

Abstract [en]

Sex, death, seduction, trauma and an intimate yet distanced relationship to an amorous other: circus and psychoanalysis have much in common. This book looks to the story circus tells when it is on the couch; a love story of impossible desires, improbable fantasies deeply indebted to masochism and utopian longing. However, trapped as it is in its conservative and narcissistic aesthetics of infatuation – stunning, erotic and impressive – its queer core of anti-normative and anarchic desire has been co-opted as the poster-child for neoliberal success. This work looks to its fundamental and disavowed romance with failure to show how progressive its thinking could be.

Place, publisher, year, pages: Stockholm: Stockholms konstnärliga högskola , 2017. , p. 80 Keywords [en]: Circus, Lacan, Psychoanalysis, Literature National Category Humanities and the Arts Research subject Performative and mediated practices, with specializations in choreography/film and media/opera /performing arts

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