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#Delve17 at National Circus Festival of Ireland: participants announced!

Congrats to our member Hannah Rogerson of Teatime Company and Catherine Bourne of Cork Community Artlink! They have been selected to take part in our #DELVE17 programme at the National Circus Festival of Ireland this November! 

They will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists, other ISACS members and international professionals of the sector during three of the festival's four days of festivities, workshops, shows, parade, talks and networking events.

View #Delve Programme National Circus Festival of Ireland | Full National Circus Festival of Ireland programme

Our 2 DELVErs will be attending the events and sharing their experiences and learning’s with you using the hashtag  #delve17 and providing a report at the end of the programme. To benefit full of the experience their transport and accommodation will be taken care of by the festival and ISACS.

We will be retweeting and reposting what’s happening live at the events and the festival on: 

- Facebook (Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network @ISACSNetwork), 
- Twitter (@ISACSIreland), 
- Instagram (@ISACSIreland). 

Keep an eye for our hashtags #DELVE17 and #CircusFestivalIreland this weekend. You will be able to read our delvers feedback afterwards on the DELVE page of our website!

National Circus Festival of Ireland Logo 2017What's on at the NCFI this year?

Run away with the circus for a weekend of circus acts, training and fun in abundance at one of the most exciting festivals in Ireland. See eye-popping international shows, be sore from laughing at the absurd and in awe of feats of incredible circus skills.


Headlining the festival at Friday Night’s show is Svalbard Company from Sweden. At the heart of the festival is the annual Circus Siamsa, back with an entirely new show created by Fanzini Productions, bringing the stars of contemporary circus, street and variety performance to the stage of Siamsa Tire Theatre, with Roxana Kuwen, Mat Ricardo, Maleta, Madame Jocelyne, Tobia Circus and Brian Daly. Handpicked acts from UK, Germany, Catalunya, Brazil, Spain and Galway will come for one day to thrill, delight and amaze the lucky audiences who are there to witness this unique spectacle!

Don’t miss 
‘CIRCUS SIDESHOW’ on Friday November 10th at The Grand Hotel, Tralee, a bespoke Festival Club with a superb circus decor full of pop-up performances, amazing music by DJ Will Softly and Galway's Big Jelly. The evening will unveil Roxana Kuwen World premiere and 5×5 acts, a new initiative from the National Circus Festival Ireland 2017 offering five artists the opportunity to present five minutes of new, unperformed material in front of supportive audiences. 5×5 is a support programme to give new contemporary circus work a platform in Ireland, to help new work escape from studios and rehearsal spaces and break free on stage. 

The weekend will also be an opportunity to network and talk about Circus with professionals of the sector during the Share Forum organised by ISACS with an open circus forum to discuss 'Circus - Past, Present and Future' with special guest Dea Birket of Circus 250 and Claire Teasdale of Extraordinary Bodies, followed by a Youth circus Focus led by Galway Community Circus in partnership with ISACS and Arts Council Ireland.

A full weekend of circus workshop and training also awaits the convention tickets holders with Dutch acrobat legend Fons, Ali and Henrik of Circomara, acro-yoga teacher Deirdre, aerial teacher Cat Ní Riain and Roxana Kuwen teaching trapeze. Other circus activities are also available to enjoy over the weekend, including kids workshops, Juggling Machine installation and walkabout, and silliness by Kamikazee clowns.

Not to mention, the weekend's grand finale with Circus Parade in the Streets of Tralee.

Who are the DELVErs?

Hannah Rogerson - Artist at Teatime Company 

Hannah RogersonHannah Rogerson is a recent graduate of a BA in Dance Theatre/ Modern from Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts. She likes exploring all aspects of art and doesn’t feel bound by any location, discipline or style. Since graduating, she’s worked with the street theatre company Cie. Woest with “Lucky Shots” which recently performed at Fira Tarrega with “Lucky Shots”, Maiden Voyage Dance on the children’s piece “Pause and Effect”, and now with TeaTime Company who have been selected for the Outdoor Creation by Rotterdam Circusstad

TeaTime Company is a collaboration of three artists with three different nationalities and three different main disciplines: Bavo de Smedt is a Chinese Pole artist from Belgium, Pieter Visser is a juggler from the Netherlands and Hannah is a dancer from Ireland. Pieter and Bavo (ACAPA) and Hannah (dansacademie) all graduated from Fontys, an academy for the fine arts in 2017. 

Hannah says about her role in TeaTime: 'I’m the Irish one, the female, the dancer, I’m strong but lighter than the boys, I have a different way of looking at things because I have a different background. What I bring to TeaTime Company is myself, my experiences and my tools. As do the others. We’ve all been trained in different ways, so in creating for TeaTime it’s a careful puzzle of inputting one's own knowledge and adapting to others.'

View Teatime Company ISACS profile 

Catherine Bourne - General Manager Cork Community Artlink

Catherine BourneCatherine Bourne has a background in Arts Management has worked in the Irish and international arts sector for many years in both a creative and administrative capacity. She has previously directed the Bristol Biennial, UK as well as working at the Malakta Art Factory, Finland and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, in addition to working on various projects as a curator and freelance arts manager. Catherine currently lectures in the school of Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork (DCC).

Catherine is the Manager of Cork Community Art Link, joining the organisation in 2017. CCAL is Cork participative community arts organisation registered charity encouraging meaningful collaborations between artists & people that result in the creation of great art &public spectacles, bringing creativity to places where people live, work and play. CCAL is famous for its Dragon of Shandon, St. Patricks Day Parades, and all year art activities.

As CCAL Manager, Catherine is responsible for the general management of the organisation, overseeing creative programme development, funding and strategic development, HR, PR, Voluntary Participation Programmes and European Mobility Projects.

View Cork Community Artlink ISACS profile | www.corkcommunityartlink.com

Delve 17 National circus Festival IrelandWhat is the DELVE programme?

DELVE is a GO-SEE professional development programme supported by Arts Council Ireland, launched in 2016, to support ISACS members to get out, see and learn about street, circus and performance arts happening all around Ireland. The programme involves going to various festivals, seeing and observing work from the street, circus and spectacle sectors, meeting the artists, the crew and discovering new ideas, inspiration and delving into these art forms with fresh eyes! 

The aim of DELVE is to encourage dialogue and discussion around a variety of arts forms in Ireland, and to offer critical discussion and analysis and dynamic practices. Participants are encouraged to submit feedback from the events which can be read on our website here
This year ISACS have partnered with Dublin Dance Fest – 18 – 28th May, Cork Midsummer – 16 –18th June, Waterford Spraoi – 4- 6th August, NCFI, Tralee – 10 – 12th November. 

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