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Wellend: Femmes du Feu Creations presents “Circus Sessions” on June 11

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

In an exciting and much anticipated return to innovative collective creation, live performance, and creative community building, Femmes du Feu Creations is thrilled to announce that Circus Sessions will be returning on June 11, 2022 at The Bank Art House, Welland.

In this 6th iteration of Circus Sessions multidisciplinary artists who intersect with circus and contemporary circus artists will experiment and collaborate to explore their unique stories in the hyper local, and the hyper now. Artists will spend a week “gazing towards, and perhaps to the corners of their imaginations”, says Holly Treddenick, Artistic Director at Femmes du Feu Creations, culminating in a final public performance on June 11th. “Bringing Circus Sessions to The Bank Art House provides an opportunity for us to focus on the creative process with Ontario artists, as well as challenge the assumption that the ‘best’ art only happens in urban centers.”

The group of artists, consisting of Sara Lou Stuart, Hayley Landry, Jordana Greenblatt, Erika Liu, Kaylie Kreatrix, Tanis MacArthur, Diana Lopez Soto, Thomas Vaccaro, and Hilary Wear will work alongside mentors Alex Bulmer (Common Boots Theatre) and Angola Murdoch (LookUp Theatre) in order to explore their artistic limits through the approach of “de-centralized vision.” Special workshops will also be hosted by Stacie Dunlop in Vocal Work.

“Bringing an intentionally curated group of circus artists with diverse backgrounds and experiences together to play and explore in a safe, inclusive space results in nothing short of magic,” says Treddenick. “When the work is shared with an audience, that magic grows. Building our contemporary circus community includes artists and audience - in sharing our process with a growing audience, our artists gain a deeper understanding and a unique perspective into their creations. In bringing Circus Sessions to the new event space at The Bank Art House opens a door to sharing that magic with the Niagara community.”

The Bank Art House is the ideal space for Circus Sessions, and a welcome addition to the growing Niagara arts community. All members of the community are welcome to utilize The Bank Art House as a safe space to experiment with and grow their own social, recreational, and professional artist expression. Doubling as a creative and event space, innovation, diversity, and community are core values of The Bank Art House, making it an ideal space for Circus Sessions.

“In our time together during Circus Sessions, I hope we find great joy, pleasure, and have fun cultivating the unknown of the creative process,” says Treddenick. “Our collective hope is to share this energy, inspiration, and magic with Niagara.”

Suggested donation at door - $10 kids | $20 adults

Tickets: Eventbrite

About Femmes du Feu Creations

Femmes du Feu Creations is a not-for-profit organization with three primary missions: performance creation, education, and sector development in circus and dance in rural and urban communities in Ontario, prioritizing the Niagara region.

Since 2007, Femmes du Feu have been actively creating and presenting aerial circus works, researching innovative ways to combine their contemporary dance and choreographic backgrounds with their aerial circus skills.

FdFC creates performance work through collaboration with artists across disciplines, combining contemporary circus/dance with artistic curiosity, risk and reflection.