The city of Ílhavo will stage the second edition of LEME, the Contemporary Circus Festival, over the coming days. The event is organized by 23 Milhas, an Ílhavo-based cultural transformation project that seeks to spark creativity and critical thinking and bridge the gap between creators and spectators.
The festival features a forum for street art and circus professionals. Last year's inaugural edition fostered debate on the current landscape of circus on the international stage, new forms of creative expression, and opportunities and strategies for the future. It was attended by internationally renowned luminaries such as Jesper Nikolajeff of Sweden's Cirkus Cirkör and Johnny Torres, the Artistic Director of Barcelona's La Central del Circ, as well as the Portuguese Minister of Culture.
LEME aims to be a marquee event that promotes not only circus and related performing arts, but also experimentation and exploration within these fields. To this end, it is committed to using unconventional exhibition venues and to an interdisciplinary approach.
The following lineup of Catalan and Balearic acts will grace this year's festival, with the support of the Institut Ramon Llull:
Circ Bover (Balearic company), Sentinel: November 30 in the Auditorium at the Casa de Cultura de Ílhavo
Mumusic Circus, Amigoo: November 30 in the Foyer at the Casa de Cultura de Ílhavo
David and Tomas from Kolektiv Lapso Cirk: December 1 at the Easy Going Express Garage
Karl Stets, Cuerdo + Lonely Orkestar: December 1 and 2 at the Jardim Henriqueta Maia
On December 2, Karl Stets will participate in the professional forum, in which a range of guests will ponder the limits of public space and the cross-pollination between different disciplines in contemporary circus and street art.
The festival will bring together artists, industry professionals, instructors, students and local enthusiasts for discussions on contemporary circus, a series of workshops, and roving performances across the city.
One of the headline attractions is the premiere of Ana Jordão's Chama do Mar at the Santo André Museum Ship on November 29. The show's score was created by local musicians André Imaginário and Vanessa Marques Oliveira.
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