Social Circus workshop - A EU Funded Program

In 2019, I worked with Dr Feldman at UCD ( MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies, @DecolonialUCD and @ucdsociology) on a European commission on social CIRCUS as an intercultural encounter. I designed and ran a 3-day training workshop for circus trainers ( a face-to-face session before it all stopped).
A short docu-report was recently released on our work. You can watch it here:
Here is a quick brief on it:
This project seeks to promote intercultural dialogue and strengthen knowledge and acceptance of diversity in society by advancing the capacity of social circus trainers.
Concretely, the objective is to develop and disseminate a training programme of innovative skills and practices of intercultural dialogue necessary for effective anti-racism and social inclusion interventions, particularly relating to the circumstance of communities of refugees, asylum seekers and new migrant youth.
It is led by 6 circus schools, all members of Caravan international youth and social network, and the Universiy College of Dublin.
Project partners: Zaltimbanq – Luxembourg, Altro Circo – Italy, Sirkus Magenta – Finland, Circus Planeet – Belgium, Skala – Slovenia, Palestinian Circus School – Palestine, University College Dublin – Ireland and Caravan.

My particular medium over the past year and as artist-in-residence at UCD, has been the 'body' workshop. I design, develop, execute and experiment using the medium of the workshop, working with ideas around the decolonisation of the body.
Developed using arts-based methods through participatory and performative approaches, my so called 'sculptures' exist in the form of body centered, movement based workshops that work closely with the conceptions of agency and materiality. The photographs below were taken during a 3 day workshop I designed ( using the help of theatre practitioners and dance choreographers) and executed at UCD for researchers and circus trainers for an EU funded program on social circus and intercultural encounters.


© Choregraphing Border Movements. Design by Fearne.