acrobatics | Circus Arts | Street theatre
- Tour dates:
09/ 25 + 27 + 28 Karlsruhe, DE Festival Atoll 10/1819+20 Tilburg NL Festival Circolo 10/24 Brügge BE Cultuurcentrum Brugge 10/26+27 Pelt BE Theater op de Markt, CC Palethe
- Genre: acrobatics | Circus Arts | Street theatre
- Web: Common Ground
28.10.2019 COMMON GROUND - good start!
It is done! A successful start: 9 shows in 3 countries - 9 x standing ovations!
The team of Common Ground is happy. The autumn tour started at end of September at ATOLL festival in Karlsruhe, was followed by performances at Festival Circolo in Tilburg, and after visiting the MaZ in Brugge, 2 more shows were done at festival Theater op de Markt. Within 4 weeks, 9 shows in 3 countries - all 9 shows with standing ovations! A big thank you to the promoters, funders and supporters who had confidence in our creation and also to our audience! Common Ground is looking forward to coming back on tour in 2020!
21.9.2019 Common Groun starts touring at ATOLL festival in Karlsruhe
The 6 artists of Common Ground are looking forward to Wednesday, September 25: Finally they present on stage the play which they have been creating for the passed months. Happy and proud to be in such a good companionship, as great artists lile Gravitiy and other myths, My!Laika!, Les Colporteurs, Cirque Aital and many others will meet in Karlsruhe between Sept 18 - 29. Please have a full look at the programmation here and do not miss to come & see COmmon Ground on Sept 25 / 27 and 28!
Doch Tollhaus ist nicht nur der Veranstalter der Deutschland-Premiere von Common Ground, sondern gleichzeitig auch Koproduzent - udn somit gebührt dem Tollhaus doppelter Dank für das Vertrauen und die Risikobereitschaft! Wir freuen uns auf eine schöne Premiere am 25. September bei ATOLL und weiteren Vorstellungen am 27. und 28. September. Weitere Vorstellungen dann im Oktober in den Niederlanden und in Belgien.
6.7.2019 New date fixed for the first show of Common Ground: Septenber 25 at festival ATOLL in Karlsruhe
Common Ground is happy: Tour will start in autumn at ATOLL festival in Karlsruhe.
It was hard to cancel the premiere at PERPLX due to an accident, but thanks to the big support of Theater op de Markt and PERPLX, the team could stay and work some more days in Kortrijk - and these few intensive days have given the confidence, to do the planned shows in autumn - starting at ATOLL Karlsruhe on Sept 25 / 27 / 28. The shows will be a little different then, but with Andreas and not less exciting, entertaining and fresh. Who will come to see Common Ground in September in Karlsruhe? www.commonground.show
25.6.2019 Unfortunately, Common Ground had to cancel the shows at festival PERPLX
Common Ground regrets a lot, but they have to cancel the shows at Festival Perplx on June 29 and 30 due to an injury of one of the artists. The company comunicates:
Unfortunately we have to inform you that due to an injury we will not be able to perform our premiere at Festival PerplX on 29/30 June.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes to the festival and extremely grateful for the support they give us even in this situation. We want to apologize to all those who wanted to watch the show and celebrate with us. Sometimes we have to accept that life can cause unfortunate changes. Let’s hope for a fast recovery and a lot of wonderful shows in the future. The show is ready!
More info soon!
10.5.2019 Who wants to get to know about Common Ground before the premiere? Save the dates of the previews!
Exciting! Three weeks of rehearsal in a former church, research of new acrobtic materials, organizing set and other materials, discussion and talks with the outside eye and musical director - step by step the show Common Ground is growing and on May 18 the artists will present y preview of their actual work at the festival Cirkl! in Leuven -
please save the date! Not in town in May, there is another chance to see Common Ground before the premiere, please mark June 19 for a visit to Dommelhof!
The Flemish premiere then will take place on June 29 + 30 at festival PERPLX in Kortrijk. Stay informed about all dates of Common Ground, visit the company website!
23.2.2019 Common Ground : creation period is going to start!
Exciting months to come for the team of Common Ground! Midst of March
the 6 artists - Zinzi & Evertjan, Chris & Iris and Circus UnArtiq (Lisa Rinne + Andreas Bartl) will meet in Gschwend at Cric active to start the creation porcess of the show Common Ground. Afterwards in May, there is another period od rehearsal at Cirkl in Leuven, BE, followed by a residency at Theater op de Markt in Neerpelt, BE. The date of premiere has been already fixed: It is set for June 29 and 30 at the festival Perplx, in Kortrijk, BE. Much to do in short time! Please follow us on our social media channels at instagram and facebook!
DE / BE
How common is the ground? Quite normal if you stand on your feet. But what if you are doing circus?
A good start: 9 shows in 3 countries, 9 x standing ovations! Let's go on like this!
How common is the ground? Quite common when on your feet. But what when doing circus? When standing on your partner, your ground is two hands. If you climb a pole it’s a vertical line. When hanging from a trapeze, is the ground above then? The artists challenge each other, push their limits, take care of each other and share not only their artistic vision but also their vision of community with the audience. Common Ground is a show full of acrobatics, positive energy, excitement and humour. The artists shine in their solos but more importantly they perform as a group.
We are convinced that a group can far exceed the sum of its parts when it finds and identifies a Common Ground. We believe that recognising the value of this heterogeneity simplifies the construction of a liveable common future – one that is based on both a guarantee of individual freedom and the positive experience of companionship. In this way the concept of Common Ground offers an alternative model to compulsory collectivism on the one hand and radical individualism on the other. Common Ground is a concept that contains both the guarantee of individual freedom and the positive experience of the collective – because together we are more than just the sum of individuals.
Six artists challenge each other, push their limits, take care of each other, and share their vision of community with the audience.
Common Ground is a collective of six internationally experienced circus artists who have come together to create a show. They met at the Academy for Circus and Performance Art in Tilburg, Netherlands, and have all had successful careers as solo and duo artists as well as performing in different collectives, companies and circuses. They have always wanted to get together again to share their collective experiences and produce something new and exciting. Common Ground are Andreas Bartl, Christopher Schlunk, Evertjan Mercier, Zinzi Oegema, Iris Pelz and Lisa Rinne.
author / concept / direction
Andreas Bartl, Christopher Schlunk, Evertjan Mercier, Iris Pelz, Lisa Rinne, Zinzi Oegema
music / composer + arrangement
Karelijne Boonen / Theater op de Markt, Provincie Limburg, Belgium
theatre / chpiteau / big venues / outside
best : bi frontal, ca 4 x 12 m, height min 9 m
also frontal: ca 6 x 12 x 9
anchor point for chinese pole
team on tour
1 - 2 technicians
2 x 500
2 x 1000 - depending on stage situation
9 - 99
Common Ground vzw + Common Ground GbR
Flemish Government, department Culture, Youth & Media
Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. with means from Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg
coproduction + artistic residence by
- Theater op de Markt / Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof , Neerpelt BE
- Festival Perplx, Kortrijk BE
- Kulturzentrum Tollhaus ev. Karlsruhe DE
- Festival Cirkl, Leuven BE
- Festival Cirkl, Leuven BE
- CirkArtiv, Gschwend, DE
- Kinder- und Jugendzirkus Paletti, Mannheim, DE