How can I co-create juggling material in partership with plants?
In what ways can this type of multispecies circus making shift human perception of plants in our city and beyond?
The Plant-Juggling project aims to find methods to enable co-creation of juggling material between humans and plants. The project transforms human-plant relationships by acknowledging plants as subjects of power in our cities, and partners in circus, rather than how they are normally perceived; as living objects in the backdrop of our everyday landscapes.
This is an ongoing research project that began during my time studying in the Performing Public Space MA (Fontys University, Tilburg). Since it has developed into a multifaceted endeavor producing a variety of outcomes.
Currently I am looking to turn the body or research developed so far into a full-lenght performance.
pERFORMANCE: P L A N T - F O C U S E D
'Plant-Focused' is a work in progress performance that utilises the methods of co-creation that appeared during this research. The audience is presented with brief moments of encounter between plant and juggler and witness plant-juggling devising process at work.
‘Plant Focused’ has been presented as part of the Connective Symposium at Fontys University, The Wonderhause Cabaret at the Wardrobe Theatre and The Metamodern Circus Festival.
Other Research Outcomes
I am currently creating a catalogue of methods and prompts that can act as an useful guide for ‘plant-juggling’ for anyone with an interest in plants or juggling, or both!. You can find drafts of the first two volumes of the catalogue here.
Containing all the media materials from the research and explanatory text. The first showing of this exhibition occured at the end of June 2022 at Sea Fundation in Tilburg.
I have developed a workshop as an introduction to collaboration with plants using both juggling and other art practices as medium. The workshop covers different methods to approach and engage with a plant partner.