SLOW CIRCUS PROJECT
SLOW CIRCUS PROJECT seeks to use the circus arts to create a SLOW society, in collaboration with a variety of communities and enterprises and with a focus on four ventures: CREATION, SCHOOL, RESEARCH, TOUR.
Transcending nationality, age, gender, career, skill set, and level of ability or disability, a diverse set of participants take on a variety of roles to engage in collaborative creation. These creative initiatives are led by artists experienced in working with people from different backgrounds, or guest artists invited in accordance with each project's theme.
SLOW SPECIALISTS from a number of fields ensure a safe and high quality environment for creation. Trained through SLOW LABEL's past programs, they include access coordinators with nursing or welfare qualifications; accompanists who can support a number of communication needs, such as English or sign language; physical trainers and aerial trainers experienced in working with individuals with disabilities; sign language interpreters for rehearsals and workshops; and more.
From April 2019, SLOW CIRCUS SCHOOL has implemented trail runs on the first Saturday of every month as a support program for youth who experience difficulties with social integration. It is a unique program that integrates the methods of Cirque de Monde, the worldwide social circus project spearheaded by Cirque de Soleil, and the methods developed by SLOW LABEL in the course of its creation. It is geared toward education and rehabilitation, promoting minority empowerment and community building, and also functions as a center for recruiting new talent and training SLOW SPECIALISTS.
We exchange research and information with programs engaging in pioneering activities overseas, and invite lecturers specializing in accessibility or inclusive forms of performance to hold training seminars for our SLOW SPECIALISTS.
Our foreign partnersResearch Map
- ESPACE CATASTROPHE
- Circo Crescere e viver
- Caravan coop, Centre Jaque Cartier, Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Hors Piste, Ecole de cirque de Québec, Kingston Circus Arts, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
- AIRHEDZ, Extant, Graeae Theatre Company, Candoco Dance Company, national center for circus arts
- Red Nose Foundation
- SETOUCHI CIRCUS FACTOY
- Palestinian Circus School
- Circus in Motion
We tour the country with the performances created in the course of our programs. In collaboration with local welfare facilities and organizations, we work toward promoting sustainable performance methods that offer support staff and special accommodations for those with disabilities. Along with our performances, we offer social circus programs in the localities we visit.
Tailored for a wide range of participants-including junior high school students, parents who are troubled with child care, and business people - our social circus programs are being implemented all over Japan.
- A workshop is held with Catherine Magi (director of Espace Catastrophe) -who has achieved success with her collaborations with individuals with disabilities- as part of Yokohama Paratriennale 2014.* Circus artist Keisuke Kanai is also brought in to hold a circus workshop for all, regardless of their level of ability or disability. While the outreach at specialized facilities proves a success, accessibility issues make it impossible for those with disabilities to participate in the workshops held outside these facilities, hampering the activities. *Coordinator: Michiko Tanaka (SETOUCHI CIRCUS FACTORY)
- SLOW MOVEMENT is established with the collaboration of Keisuke Kanai, and a performance work is created and staged by local citizens. Dedicated "access coordinators" and "accompanists" are trained to support individuals with disabilities through the artwork creation process, focusing in particular on improving accessibility. The number of performers with disabilities steadily grows. (A total of 11 performances are subsequently held across the nation.)
- SLOW LABEL director Yoshie Kris joins the Rio Paralympics as a stage advisor for the closing and flag handover ceremony. Performers and support staff are sent to Rio for the performance, contributing to its success.
The chief aerial trainer from the London Paralympics visits SLOW LABEL. A development initiative is launched with an eye toward training local aerial artists in aerial instruction for people with disabilities.
With the help of physical therapist and physical trainers, research begins on physical and mental training for people with disabilities.
Yokohama Paratriennale 2017 is held. An outdoor circus is performed by 100 local and foreign citizens.
Kaiji Moriyama is welcomed as a choreographer, directing 100 local participants in a performance held in Osaka.
With the support of Cirque de Soleil, research on the social circus begins.
- Research is conducted into social circus programs in Asia, North America, and Europe.
SLOW LABEL participates in the International Social Circus Meeting in Italy.
Instructors are welcomed from Quebec, Italy, and other countries to train local facilitators.
- The social circus program officially begins. Facilitators are dispatched to junior high school special needs classrooms. A training program is developed for corporate diversity management. A monthly regular course, SLOW CIRCUS SCHOOL intended to empower minorities who have few opportunities to interact with society at large is opened in its trial phase.
SLOW CIRCUS PROJECT director Yoshie Kris
Para Creative Producer / Director. With a focus on "the extraordinary within the ordinary," she develops a variety of projects that connect people and communities from diverse fields and cultures, creating new values. In 2010, having lost all lower limb function in her right leg due to osteosarcoma, she encountered the world of disability welfare services, and following year established SLOW LABEL .Tokyo 2020 comprehensive team creative director.
SLOW CIRCUS PROJECT director Keisuke Kanai
Circus Artist. He started street performance when he was a junior high school student. As an overseas trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, he was the first Japanese to go to the French National Circus School (CNAC). After graduating, a two-year European tour at the circus directed by Philippe Decouflé. After that, founded the French Contemporary Circus Company and performed in 35 countries around the world. Returned to Japan in 2009. SLOW LABEL Performing Director since 2015.
various SPECIALISTS supporting this project
SLOW MOVEMENT -Next Stage Showcase&Forum-
Inclusive Aerial Trainer Training Course
Training research and development program for the people with disabilities
Yokohama Paratriennale 2017
Frederic Loiselle / Social Circus Workshop
Daniele Giangreco / Social Circus
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