BETA CIRCUS Participatory experience

Online workshop #1

10 January 2024
10:30 CET

Participatory arts and circus.
Visions, perspectives and methodologies.
Ana Bragança & Ricardo Baptista

Deadline for registration is 3 January 2024 or when maximum capacity is reached [20 participants].
The workshop have free access, registration is mandatory. 

BETA CIRCUS Participatory experience is a cooperation project that aims to create an European transnational opportunity to explore the participatory circus as a future trend to engage the public participation in the circus creative process, letting the audience to become co-authors, editors, and observers of the artistic work. Applying the participatory arts methodology to the contemporary circus scene will promote the engaging of the local community of the intervention place with a full and integrated creation process applied to unconventional spaces for artistic presentation, including the public space, connecting contemporary arts to the immaterial local cultural heritage by the voice of the inhabitants as co-creators with professional artists.

Providing a better European dissemination of the key-values of the project, the expert mentors will guide online workshops (2 hours each) during the Winter 2024, with free access to performing arts professional, diving in their experiences of participatory arts methodology, questioning the definition and anticipating how circus arts can benefit from the effective relation with participatory arts.

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Ana Bragança and Ricardo Baptista are co-founders of Ondamarela, a Portuguese collective specialized in participatory arts. Ana Bragança is a cultural manager, with main action in participation, mediation and community involvement projects. She was advisor for the participatory and mediation program of Braga’27, candidate city for European Capital of Culture and is currently working for Braga’25 – Portuguese Capital of Culture. Previously she was a consultant for Opium, in projects such as the Plan for the Dynamization of the Douro Wine Villages, the Management Plan for the Historic Center of Porto World Heritage and the bid of Guimarães for the European Capital of Culture in 2012, where she was part of the executive board. She was project manager at A Oficina, where she coordinated the incubator for creative industries at Plataforma das Artes e da Criatividade. She also collaborated with the educational service of Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães and co-coordinator of the West Way Lab Festival 2014. She was also part of the team that developed the exhibition guide for Casa da Memória de Guimarães. Ricardo Baptista is a musician specialized in conceiving and developing work with communities, working for projects as “GuimarãesPlay” for Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, “Operação BigBang”, “Orquestra da Bida Airada” (Ílhavo) “Ode to Joy – a citizens orchestra” (Presidency of the European Council – Malta 2017), “Mewga Muzika” (Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture) and “Genau!” – Festival Der Regionen (Austria, 2019). Currently both are working for Acts programme, from the National Odyssey of Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, among other participatory or collaborative cultural programs, with the participation of different artists and communities.