Sebastian Kann is a circus artist, theorist, pedagogue, and performance dramaturg. He received his diploma in circus practice from ENC (Montréal) in 2012 and his MA in Theatre Studies from Utrecht University in 2016, graduating with a thesis which examined technical virtuosity in performance. As a dramaturg, he works in dance and circus contexts, collaborating with artists like Vera Tussing (BE); Willem Balduyck and Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries (Circus Katoen, BE); Hugo Mega (Cie Zul, BE); Emile Pineault (BE/QC); Cie Catalyst (FR); and Lara Oundjian (QC), among others. Sebastian teaches dramaturgy workshops for circus artists across Europe, and gives lectures in dance and circus theory at various arts universities (AHK Academy of Theatre and Dance, Codarts / Fontys [COMMA], ArtEZ Academy of Theatre and Dance). He is himself an active participant in the development of circus theory, publishing articles in Danswetenschap in Nederland and in the upcoming collection, Zirkuswissenschaft / Semiotics of the Circus. Sebastian is currently working with Bauke Lievens and Quintijn Ketels on a two-year research project at KASK Gent entitled ‘The Circus Dialogues’, which seeks to introduce new perspectives to the Flemish contemporary circus dramaturgy debate, developing innovative new pedagogical and dramaturgical approaches for circus as a contemporary art form. His current research interests revolve around the role of the thinking / feeling body in creative practice, issues of sustainability in artistic ecologies, and collectivity as an ethical principle.
Natalie Oleinik is a circus performer and creator. Her intense examination of visual arts in her youth has influenced her creative trajectory as a circus artist. She specialized in aerial rope at the National Circus School of Montreal and received her diploma in 2011. She has since worked with impactful contemporary circus companies in Canada and France (Les Colporteurs, Cie 111, Vague de Cirque); performed in German cabaret (Variétéspektakel) and collaborated with aerial dance in the United States (Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance). In her rope practice, Natalie holds ground between the personal and the critical, between the intuitive call of the present of the body and the urge to enter into principled dialogue with new developments in aerial rope. Using mostly improvisational tools, Natalie works hard to inject curiosity and introspection into a field increasingly ruled by a trendy, instagram-ready status-quo. As a coach, choreographer, and assistant director, she has recently been thrilled to share the insights gleaned from her practice with circus students and professionals in Switzerland, Ireland, and the United States.
In 2016, Natalie’s personal exploration threaded with two other artists through the co-founding of the Toulouse based company, Catalyst. Their current project Amygdala, set to debut in 2018, probes the contemporary circus scene by mixing installation, circus and layered contemplative work. In addition, Natalie is a collaborative artist on ‘The Ordinary Circus Girl,’ a project that intersects contemporary circus, aerial choreography and Virtual Reality Film. Natalie was thrilled to be granted the ‘Passport Talent’ visa to continue her project ‘Amygdala’ in France. She currently resides in Toulouse.