Psychological Art Circus began with an eponymous work of precisely two years duration reflecting the timeframe of its dramaturgy, Josef Breuer's Case History of Fräulein Anna O. An interdisciplinary eight-nation troupe devised an evolving repertoire of acts in mime, shadow, aerial, projection, balance, fire and object manipulation for a diversity of site, situation and context in Europe and South America.
Based upon Olive Pixley's Spiritual Journey, Human Document was an audio-driven mix of mime and aerial extensively road-tested over three years under several working titles throughout London and Iberia before its official première in 2009 at the Underground Theatre Festival in Arad. The show most notably went on to play the New Circus Festival in Zagreb and headline a UK tour culminating in sold-out London shows at Wilton's Music Hall and Stratford Circus.
Seven years in gestation, Illusions of Reference (23.06 Peckham Rye Common) was the epic conclusion of Obus, a project solicited by Arts Council England to make use of a decommissioned double-decker. Animated by a psychedelic scenography, inhabited by a headless woman, Illusions was an attempt, in London's Olympic year of 2012, to revivify a dead bus with the dramaturgy of Delphi.
PAC, HD & IOR posters: Harald Smykla; HD UK tour management and IOR production: Irini-Mirena Papadimitriou; IOR event management: Lucy O'Regan, marketing: Francesca Brooks
All shows had support-in-kind by way of very generous development time at Area 10 Project Space Peckham, courtesy of the London Borough of Southwark. Human Document had a Freedm Studio R&D residency at Roundhouse in 2008 and the Arts Council of England supported its 2010/11 UK tour. Illusions of Reference was project-funded by Arts Council England and received venue hire support-in-kind from Southwark Council.
A Brief History
The first Psychological Art Circus troupe members came together while developing their work at the former Area 10 Project Space in Peckham, London. The company was incorporated in 2004 by Myles Stawman with Lina Jungergård and Christelle Lafille alongside co-founding members Harald Smykla, Andrea Meneses Guerrero, Edgar de Oliveira, Dagmara Bilon and Marta Angelozzi.
Aside from the creation and international touring of original work through its eight years of existence, the company acted as producer to core troupe members and associate artists for the showcasing of their work. Grants were secured from Arts Council England to enable six new performance commissions under the umbrella of the company's Obus project, and fund two Homo Ludens Cabarets by the Sawmill Collective.
The Sawmill was the Psychological Art Circus rehearsal and training base at Area 10 and a performance space for which it regularly coordinated programming. Events organized there to try out new versions of its shows would often also became a platform for the work of others, usually in the early stages of their performance career.
PAC developed an educative role, accompanying its touring shows with physical skills-based workshops created and led by Jungergård and Guerrero, and latterly administrating to provide regular aerial tuition on the BA Physical Theatre course at East 15 Acting School.
Emily Druiff, Dimitri Launder, Anila Ladwa, Adrian Fisher, Luna Rojas Montenegro, Dani d'Emilia, Yoshi Imamura, Łukasz Gargala, Alon Ramage, Jon Roome, Suzy Adderley, Beth Elliott, Paula Roush, KISSS, Kevin Leahy, Louise Venn, Scènes de Cirque, Exploding Cinema, L'Imprimerie, Circle Community, Sunčica Remenar, Autonomni Kulturni Centar Attack, Vlaamse Mime Federatie, Muro de Espuma, Guerrilla Zoo, Mad Chicks, Bermondsey Artists Group, Amanda Rodgers, Index Arts, Violaine Bailleul, Jorge Delgado, Animasur, Lucia Marques, Jorge Rocha, Cultural Centre of Lagos, Chapel Project, Collision, Victoria Frolova, Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Arad, Ivan Kralj, Mala Performerska Scena, Clifftown Theatre, Adrian Berry, Frances Mayhew, Rae Boswell, Paula Van Hagen, Tania Wilmer, Spyro Kotsaftis, Manuel Vason, Madalena Pinto, Boom Festival, Jaime Valtierra, Loz Buzzard, Virginia Fernandez de Gamboa, Antigone Mavridou, Geneva Foster Gluck, Chelsey Johannsen, Meline Danielewicz, Astra Beck, Maia Sambonet, Ossian Jungergård, Krystian Godlewski, Kamil Piotr Adamus, Magdalena Tuka, Sandro Spanu, Ágnes Czérna, Janeina, Shantalle, Chiara, Leila Jones, Lucy Bramley, Old Lambeth Fire Station, John Carroll at La Gare, Marigny le Cahouët, every helpful venue technician along our way, and all the wonderful volunteers for our own events. Special thanks to Linda Dobell, Pim Conradi
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