Nalukatak by Max Calaf Sevé.

Max Calaf Sevé is a contemporary circus artist specialising in trampoline acrobatics, object manipulation and physical theatre who challenges himself to eradicate the boundaries of what is possible on a trampoline.

During the course of research into the origins of trampolines, Max came across the old tradition of Nalukataq; an Inuit festival that celebrates the melting of the ice, where people are tossed into the air in celebration.

Max often reflects on his fascination with trampolines, and his relationship with them; ‘The feeling of floating in the air, wanting to extend the suspension indefinitely. It’s as if I want to be thrown in the air in constant celebration but at other times the work is hard and unpleasant. It’s as if I jump with the hope that one day, I will fly away.’

Nalukatak is inspired by traditional Inuit life. Using circus, humour, absurdity, trampoline and masks, Max will create a poetic landscape in which to tell a story that has a universal resonance.

From the partners

  • ‘Thanks to this collaboration between CIRCa, NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud, British circus will be present at the 30th edition of the CIRCa festival du cirque actuel, which showcases the upcoming circus trends every year in Auch. For the past 10 years, there has been an exceptional renewal of the art form in Europe. We are proud to present the best contemporary artists, those who speak the universal language of contemporary circus, whose work is not defined by borders.’

    Marc Fouilland, CIRCa Director
  • ‘Subcase is an annual showcase of contemporary circus presenting mostly Nordic work. It’s a perfect opportunity to rub shoulders in a more personal and intimate way with international presenters and Nordic circus artists, in order to find new markets and co-producers as well as to exchange knowledge and experiences. The attending presenters are mostly from Europe, US and Canada but also some from Asia and South America.’

    Kiki Muukkonen, Artistic Programming Director Subcase
  • ‘Spotlight UK Circus is an excellent new opportunity for UK based circus artists to improve their financial resilience and develop professionally by performing their work overseas on new platforms. Crying Out Loud has been forging international partnerships for 14 years and is delighted to join forces with NoFit State and are hugely grateful to Arts Council England who initiated the International Showcasing fund.’

    Rachel Clare, Artistic Director Crying Out Loud
  • ‘As one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies, celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we feel that we have an important role to play within the UK sector in inspiring, nurturing and facilitating the creation and circulation of great circus. NoFit State has always encouraged and supported the development of new talents at home and to now take fresh and exciting UK work into the world to international platforms is a seriously exciting prospect.’

     

    Tom Rack, Artistic Director NoFit State Circus

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