On the base of the techniques of the circus and the methodology of autofiction, Amer Kabbani explores the contradictions of Europe’s welfare bubble. As a European racialized, he is part of this world, but as a Syrian, he also belongs to this other part of the world that is constantly at war, even when most of the cases this is caused and imposed externally. Thus, “Runa” allows us to rethink ourselves as human beings and it makes us begin the process of personal and collective reconstruction, a process absolutely necessary to live in a world less cruel and unjust for everyone.
The company 104º is the circus company of Amer Kabbani, a Catalan-Syrian artist who believes in the performing arts and live artistic practices as tools for the discovery and construction of both, the collective identity and one’s own place. For Kabbani, getting in front of an audience allows us to search, rethink, remake and investigate what goes beyond appearances and problematize what we see for the first time, guiding both the artist and the public with the power of discovery and joint and communal experiences. With his former show “ENVÀ”, jointly created with Àfrica Llorens within the company Amer i Àfrica Circ, he has toured all over Europe.
The performance of “Runa” in Split is co-organized with Association Kopilica Split and with the financial support of the Kultura nova Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and the media of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Split.
The workshop is intended for critics, journalists, editors and performance theorists, regardless of their media experience or knowledge of contemporary circus art, from Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo. Applications are open until 23:59 p.m. Sunday, April 2 2023.
You can purchase tickets at the WEBshop and one hour before the start of each performance at the venue (circus tent, Dom mladih, Kopilica). The festival pass is valid for all days of the festival and includes eight performances with tickets (Duel, Juggling Concert, My Death and me, Piti Peta Hofen Show, Restlesslegs, Runa, The Thin Line and #Manifesto), nine performances with free entrances (entry priority) and a festival bag. If you would like and can afford to support the organization of the Festival and the structures behind it, you can purchase a bit more expensive festival pass and help the future development of contemporary circus and outdoor arts in our city and region.