It has been quiet on the blog for a little while, in contrast to life that has been intense on many levels.
After five months of living in Athens, in June we left and went on travelling for two months; starting with a Clowns without borders’ tour in the north of Greece. ;)
I was the tour leader, an artist and a mother. A great challenge but an amazing experience. With the support of my clown colleagues Julietta & Mira, and with Alex & Aélia staying with me in Thessaloniki. Everything went perfectly well and we managed to spread some laughter and joy in the refugee camps by the northern Greek border.
Then we travelled to Lund, Sweden, where we met up with Los Errantes and played Djeliya at the festival Sommarlund:
And continued to the festival Da Flo where we played the show again. I gave some partner acrobatics' classes.
After the summer touring we spent a month in Sweden on a real family vacation: it was wonderful.
End of August a big change came with the move to Florence, Italy; where Alex got a post-doc position at the European University Institute. September was mostly about getting into our new life in the hills of Tuscany.
Then we went to Copenhagen for an acrobatic convention. I also visited Ystad where I gave a speech at the high school about my work as a tour leader with the Clowns without borders; Read the article in Swedish.
Now to THE NEWS!
First of all we’re going to tour Djeliya in Senegal at the end of the year, and we are very excited.
We’re going to play at the international festival Rythmes et Formes du Monde in Toubab Dialaw and then continue with a tour for disadvantaged children and youth around Dakar with the organisation Pôle Culturel Djaram'arts.
This tour is partly founded by Team Sweden and by ourselves. At this very moment we’re applying for additional funding from, for example, The Swedish arts grants as the organisers in Senegal cannot cover our flight tickets. More about this later.
In December we will do another Djeliya residency, this time at La Roseraie in Brussels. We plan to spruce up the show!
First we’ll work on a couple of cool acrobatic tricks, and with the help of the UK director Daniel Goldman (http://www.tangramtheatre.co.uk/about) we will get the show going once again, this time for Senegal! ;)
I’ll keep you updated about our public end-of-residency-presentation in Brussels on the 11th of December!