8.6.2024. at 19:00, CirkoBalkana big top, Trnjanska struga 34


circusnext Laureate 2023

Age: 7+

Duration: 50 ‘

‘Fora’ means ‘outside’ in Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, and Sardinian.

Standing on the shoulders of Houdini and the traditional contortionist techniques, FORA takes the genre to an entirely new place. In an ultra-contemporary language, Alice Rende allows distorted movement to come to the forefront as a desperate strategy against external dominance – a tribute to those who do not fit in.

Based on somatic research among the homeless in Rio de Janeiro, psychiatric hospitals, and historical archives of so-called hysterical patients, she develops a physical vocabulary that breaks the usual codes for contortion. Enclosed in a plexiglass box, reminiscent of displays in anatomical museums, and in a live soundscape where sounds from the amplified box transform into cello harmonies, she creates a truly unique performance – groundbreaking for the genre.


Creation and performance: Alice Rende
Set design/construction: Benet Jofre and Kob
Lighting designer: Gautier Devoucoux
Composer/sound design: Thomas Baudriller, Chloe Levoy
Production of: Compagnie Ar
Special thanks: Lorraine Burger / StudioPACT and Cie Hors Surface
With the support of: circunext- European Circus Label, SACD / Processus Cirque, Premiers
Geste(s), Institut Français, Aide au Projet – DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the European Union through the Creative Europe program
Co-productions: Les Subsistances Lyon (FR), l’Espace Périphérique, mairie de Paris, parc de la Villette (FR), Archaos Pôle National de Cirque de Marseille (FR), La Grainerie, Fabrique des arts du cirque Toulouse (FR), Le Lieu, espace de création, Périgueux (FR), l’École Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault (FR), Le Groupe Geste(s) (FR), Le Champ de Foire, St André de Cubzac (FR), L’Agora Pôle National de Cirque de Boulazac (FR)
Residencies: La Cascade Pôle Nationale Cirque Rhône-Alpes (FR), Cirkorama, Zagreb (CR), 
Up -Bruxelles (BE), Cirqueon – Prague (RT)

Alice Rende’s tour with the show FORA takes place in the framework circusnext- European Circus Label, co-financed by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, the French Institute in Croatia, Teatroskop Southeastern European Network for Performing Arts , the Republic of France and the French Institute in Croatia.

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