relay : a track and field event in which athletes run a pre-set distance carrying a baton before passing it onto the next runner.
Application Deadline has been Extended to Aug 28th!
Join us for an intensive week of artistic relay as part of CCAFT 2015
Working from a curiosity of what would happen if we all shifted away from the patterns of creation that we know to see if moving out of habit will release other possibilities and potentials for how we create as a group, CCAFT is proud to introduce for our 2015 festival an exciting initiative that brings together one Toronto based artist and one Montreal based artist to lead a week long creation lab with 8 participants.
This process allows us to engage intensively, absurdly and abstractly to examine our current modes of working and evolve non conventional ways of creating together in a collaborative environment. The focus of this week will be on alternative processes for creation, critical discourse, deconstructing the act format, a questioning of minimalism, virtuosity and all the spaces in between, respectfully disagreeing with each other and an understanding that deeply questioning the way we work can result in great discoveries, absolute failures and open up new spaces in a form.
Co- Facilitated by Brandy Leary (Toronto) and Emanuel Cyr (Montreal) this process is structured in a relay format with each artist working for part of each day with the entire group, where the evolving discoveries are passed back and forth between facilitators to build and respond with the group as material is developed, explored and debated. The week will end with a public sharing and discussion of the process/work and a community potluck at Collective Space.
This program is subsidized by CCAFT and offers a week long intensive creation lab with a fee of $150 per selected participant. We encourage applications from artists of all disciplines within contemporary circus practices and across all levels of experience from emerging, mid career to senior practitioners. Due to the intensive nature of the project only 8 artists can be accepted to this program and a small submission process requires the following:
1. A letter of interest (no longer than 1 page) that addresses these questions
a) what are your current creative curiosities in contemporary circus?
b) what is interesting to you about this relay process?
2. Short bio and CV (max 2-3 pages)
3. Video links (max 2-3) of your recent work that supports and relates to your described artistic interests and curiosities as identified in your application letter. Please include 1 paragraph about your video support material that contexts what we are watching and why with your application. Please do not send more than 5-8 min of material and cite time line sections if the works are part of longer pieces.
Please email your submission to by Aug 28th 2015. with the title Relay Application in the subject line. Please send all application material in a word document attached to the email.
Participants must be available for all of this timetable:
Monday Sept 21 to Friday Sept 25th 8:30am-5pm
Friday Sept 25th 7pm public sharing and discussion followed by community potluck
Venue: Collective Space
We encourage applications from across Canada, the USA and Europe but we will be unable to provide travel or accommodations to successful applicants.
About the Facilitators
Brandy creates contemporary performances through the body. Her work has been produced in Canada, Europe, India, South Africa and the USA in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums and isolated landscapes. She holds a BA Honours in Theatre with a specialization in Direction and Asian Theatre from York University's Theatre Program.
Brandy has lived between Canada and India for the past 17 years training, collaborating and creating in the traditional Indian performing languages of Seraikella and Mayurbhanj Chhau (dance), Kalarippayattu (martial art) and Rope Mallakhamb (aerial rope). In Canada she works with western approaches to aerial rope, the bridge discipline of Axis Syllabus, post contemporary dance/circus practices and psychic/shamanistic explorations to create works that are interested in site specific and non-traditional audience/performer relationships based in ritual and participatory structures.
She founded Anandam Dancetheatre as an umbrella structure for her performance projects (www.anandam.ca) and is its Artistic Director. She is a founder and Co-Director of Collective Space (an alternative performance and rehearsal venue in Toronto’s west end) and is a Founder and Co-Artistic Director of CCAFT (Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto). Brandy is a triple Shastri Indo Canadian Fellow, a Chalmers Professional Development Awardee, has been twice shortlisted for the KM Hunter Award in Dance 2009 and 2011, is a 2013 Multi-Disciplinary Dance Artist Nominee for the Soulpepper Dance Awards and has had her work supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Hal Jackman Foundation, CreatiVenture Collective, Bata Shoe Museum, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation the Toronto Arts Council and Nuit Blanche
Emanuel is a Montreal based artist who has a 22 year history of working in the circus arts as a performer, collaborator, choreographer, artistic director and producer. His entry point into the world of circus was via street performance culture in Europe and upon his return to Montreal he formed Manu C’yrk, a street focused performance art company integrating dance, circus, physical theatre and live sound fx. The Manu C’yrk company has toured and performed for ten years through North and Central America.
In 2001, he co-founded the Carmagnole Cabaret, an outdoor circus festival showcasing experimental circus performances that blur the lines between performers and festival participants in its open invitation to dress up and join in the festivities. Emanuel has been the artistic director of the festival for the past eight years. He has led and directed numerous creation processes: Vertigo , Italy-2014, The Big Top opening event for the Ecuadorean government-2013, La Caserne end of year show-2012, Les Érotisseries (2014, 15) and works globally as a trainer of trainers in Social Circusfor CDS, CDM and is a regular teacher at the Ecole Nationale du Cirque and En Piste for the Social Circus program.
Emanuel roots his creation interests in open questions that are refined for specificity throughout a creative process which mines raw material through physical research while deeply considering what kind of realtioships we are developing with the performance space and our spectators. www.manucyrk.com
Creation Relay 2015
with Emanuel Cyr and Brandy Leary
Creation Relay comes back for the 2017 festival.
Stay tuned for our exciting CATALYST Program that supports artists making new works over long periods of time with Studio Space, seed grant (money!), Dramturgy and Choreographic/Direction support, process showings and presentation in the 2017 festival.