Participatory arts and circus.Visions, perspectives and methodologies.

Lali Álvarez Garriga

The deadline for registration is 17 January 2024 or when maximum capacity is reached [20 participants]. The workshop has free access, and 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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Lali Álvarez Garriga is author, stage director, creator of participatory art projects, poet and teacher. Her work focuses on documentary and artistic creation inspired by reality, work in non-conventional spaces and research of spectator relationship and participatory creation, with the overriding theme of sustainable culture research. She studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, Stage Direction and Dramaturgy at Institut de Teatre of Barcelona. She also trained in audiovisual production, writing, politics and artistic creation in public space. Her pieces have premiered in theaters such as the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, National Theater of Catalunya and Antic Teatre or at festivals such as Festival Grec, Festival Temporada Alta and FiraTàrrega, amongst others. In 2015 she directed the participatory project “TEMPS” with elderly people from a retirement home. In 2016, she directed her second text “Barcelona (against the wall)” with LAPúBLICA company which premiered at FiraTàrrega . The same year, she directed the participatory project “Catex, Felipa, Nosotros Assembly” with the participation of more than 150 residents and associations from the Poblenou neighborhood in Barcelona. Between 2017 and 2021 she was resident artist at Nau Ivanow Creation Factory, where she founded the company HuiBasa. In 2020 and 2021 she was the artistic director of the first two editions of “Escena Pilot”, Teatre Lliure’s theatrical teacher training and collective creation program with roughly 70 teenage participants from 5 different High Schools in Barcelona. In 2022 she created and directed the first edition of “The Unfinished Human Manifesto” at Fira Tàrrega, a long term participatory project that she is still developing. She teaches acting at EOLIA Superior Center for Dramatic Arts in Barcelona as well as teaching courses and workshops on reality-based creation, creation in unconventional spaces, and participatory artistic creation with the community.