【ENGLISH】SLOW MOVEMENT Showcase & Forum vol.3 −Possibility of Social Circus-


FY2018 Minato Cooperation Project for Cultural Program
SLOW MOVEMENT Showcase & Forum vol.3 −Possibility of Social Circus-

‘Social Circus’ improves creativity, self-efficacy and offers a feeling of trust within a group and confidence to achieve one goal with comprehensive mental and physical training. The effect has been seen in the world and ‘Social Circus’ is practised as one of the powerful ways of approaching social problems in local communities. In France, a circus is more familiar for people. Children go to circus school same as going to soccer team and swimming pool.
‘Cirque du Soleil’ is based in Canada, Montreal and their artistic quality are highly regarded as a comprehensive art. In Montreal, Circus art is promoted and utilized as a whole region. For example, the government support opening circus schools for teenagers who drop out to help their rehabilitation into society.
SLOW LABEL has include circus art into performance since Yokohama Paratriennale in 2014. We have researched and developed the potential of a social circus in Japan that how it can be utilized in many fields such as disability welfare. For example, we have practised circus art in the performance of SLOW MOVEMENT, visited social circus organization in countries all over the world and organized workshops and forums by inviting a researcher from Montreal.
We are working over further development to expand our knowledge of social circus to cultural, sports facilities, rehabilitation centres throughout Japan. Looking ahead to the future, in the third SLOW MOVEMENT Showcase & Forum, we will introduce what is ‘Social Circus’ and explore concrete application and development of social circus in Japan by discussing the unlimited potential of the social circus through practices.

Term: Sunday,10th February 2019 2:00 PM-5:00 PM (open 1:30 PM)
Venue: Spiral Hall
Address: 3F, 5-6-23, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
Admission Free/ Reservation required

SLOW MOVEMENT Showcase & Forum vol.3 Flyer (PDF)

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Application Deadline: 20th January 2019

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● About supports
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13: 30 Door Open

14: 00 ~ 14: 40 Part 1 Presentation (Yoshie Kurisu)

SLOW LABEL’s 2018 activity report
Report of social circus workshop in Minato-ku
Overseas Research Report

14: 40 ~ 15: 10 Part 2 Showcase

Work-in progress presentation of trio works by circus artist Daniele Giangreco (Italy) and three disabled people in Japan

15: 10 ~ 15: 30 intermission

15: 30 ~ 17: 00 Part 3 Presentation & Discussion

(1) Social circus in Italy (Daniele Giangreco)
(2) Training report at Cirque du Soleil (Keisuke Kanai)
(3) Discussion


▶ Program introduction

“Circus artist Daniele Giangreco (Italy) and work in progress presentation of trio work by three persons with disabilities in Japan”

Social circus program to train persons with disabilities through creative activities (work creation)

Under the facilitation of the circus artist Daniele Giangreco who creates social circus works mainly in Italy with people with intellectual disabilities and conducts tours in various places, creates trio works with three Japanese disabled performers, Part 2 Perform a stage presentation in the showcase. Work creation is made through a workshop program that incorporates a social circus that includes a pre-period (about seven days) before the arrival of overseas artists and a period (about three days) to be created together with overseas artists, which also leads to the development of persons with disabilities.

Daniele Giangreco (Italian / circus artist)
Kaori Ogawa (SLOW MOVEMENT Performer)
Ken Igarashi (SLOW MOVEMENT performer)
Hisayoshi Takashima (SLOW MOVEMENT performer)


▶ Speakers Profile

Yoshie Kurisu (SLOW MOVEMENT Executive Committee, SLOW LABEL Director)

With a focus on “the extraordinary within the ordinary,” Yoshie Kris develops a variety of projects that connect people and communities from diverse fields and cultures, creating new values. She has been involved since 2008 with the production of community performances in areas experiencing population decline. In 2010, having lost all lower limb function in her right leg due to osteosarcoma, she encountered the world of disability welfare services. She established SLOW LABEL in 2011, and launched the Yokohama Paratriennale in 2014, serving as its general director. With the SLOW MOVEMENT performance project, she has worked on cultivating environments for the participation in artistic activities by individuals with disabilities, and on training personnel to support these efforts, as well as helming the creation of performance work as general director. She is a recipient of the 65th Yokohama Culture Prize’s Culture and Arts Encouragement Award. Tokyo 2020 Comprehensive team Creative director.

Keisuke Kanai (Circus Artist, SLOW MOVEMENT Performance Director)

Started street performing as a junior high school student. After studying Noh as a Japanese trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1997, was the first Japanese person to study abroad at the Center national des arts du cirque (CNAC) as a dispatch trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1999. After graduation, participated in a two-year Europe tour with the circus “CYRK 13” in which Philippe Decouflé appeared. Subsequently, established the French contemporary circus company ‘OKIHAIKUDAN’ with Sebastian Dort and performed in 35 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Returned to Japan in 2009. Participated in Yokohama Paratriennale 2014 and in the following year, acted as performance director to launch SLOW MOVEMENT. In addition to Yokohama Paratriennale promoted by SLOW LABEL and social circus, engaged in the planning and development of projects related to performing arts in general. Won award at Les Recollets 2016 (Paris/hosted by Institut français). Acted as chief accompanist for Flag Handover Ceremony of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Directed SLOW MOVEMENT 「The Eternal Symphony 1st mov.(2015)」「wonder of view(2016)」「sense of oneness(2017)」「Onna Matsumushi(女松虫)(2018)」。