Panel discussion:
Union Black – Fusing hip hop, circus and theatre

Union Black is a circus/hip hop show that explores British pre-occupations with nationality and identity by drawing parallels with the business of football and the language of marriage and divorce.

It is the result of a project that saw emerging and established circus and hip hop dance artists from the UK, France, Sweden and Ireland work with Far From The Norm, a UK-based experimental hip hop theatre company, to create and perform a unique version of the piece in four locations: London, Cork, Botkyrka and Bagneux.

This talk is about the challenges faced in merging two physical disciplines and creating a multicultural company, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the process and its outcomes.

Participating will be:
* Rachel Clare, Crying Out Loud in London, project manager of Union Black
* Alessio Motta, artistin the research, creation and all the performances
* Anna Aro, artist in the Swedish version of the performance

Circus250 Diverse • Real • Physical is a European collaboration with Far From The Norm (UK) led by Crying Out Loud (UK) in partnership with Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde (France), Subtopia (Sweden) and Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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