Acrobatic dance duo Gracie&Cristian performs at Spoffin 2020.
This year Spoffin will once again welcome two companies to do a residency in Amersfoort. The Irish-Spanish duo Gracie & Cristian and the Czech dance trio Holektiv will come to Amersfoort for two weeks to work on their performance.
The residencies were created with the help of the European project Roundabout Europe. Five theatre festivals throughout Europe each host two artists. A total of five different companies travel along the festivals.
Subscriptions from all over Europe
Companies could apply for these residences via Roundabouteurope.eu. In total there were 78 applications from 14 different European countries. A selection was made on the basis of various criteria - including quality, a strong artistic plan and feasible technical requirements. Some groups already have a performance they would like to improve, others only have an idea they would like to develop during the residency.
Spoffin welcomes Gracie & Cristian and Holektiv this year. Gracie&Cristian is an acrobatic dance duo that will further develop the performance Fling. In the performance they investigate the literal meaning of the word. They use hoops, acrobatics, juggling and they say they throw bodies over the stage. A controlled chaos.
Dance, theatre and circus
Holektiv is a dance trio from the Czech Republic and will further develop the performance Aviatreces. The performance is already being performed at various locations, but is not yet ready for the outdoor theatre. With the help of Spoffin, among others, the trio hopes to make the performance in which they let a human plane take off, suitable for outdoors.
The Slovenian group Third Hand Group, the British TwoMuch (circus and physical theatre) and the Swiss-British Etta Ermini Dance Company (dance and circus) also travel through Europe. They are welcomed by the Danish festival Passage, Out There (England), Imaginarius in Portugal and KoresponDance in the Czech Republic.
The mission of Roundabout Europe
Roundabout Europe is a project funded by the EU's Creative Europe programme. Its mission is to stimulate artists through residencies. Some artists are at the beginning of their career, others are at a crossroads. From the festivals the artists receive guidance to present their performance and themselves as an artist or company in the best possible way.
In addition, it is Roundabout Europes mission to strengthen European ties in the world of theatre. Both artists and festivals are linked to each other. The artists and festivals meet twice a year. During the residencies, the artists are also introduced to professionals in the field and other artists in order to build up a larger network. This should result in a richer European identity, intercultural dialogues and new perspectives.
March 1, 2020