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Elena Kosovec & Izabele Kuzelyte 

Saucisson

Pablo Panailillo · Nicolas Palma · Cristobal Espoz
Lithuania
Aerial acrobatics

BIO / Authors and performers of Saucisson are Elena Kosovec and Izabele Kuzelyte, members of Taigi Cirkas company created in Vilnius (Lithuania) in 2016. They are active members of the Lithuanian contemporary circus community as authors and performers. 

Izabele completed her technical education in FLIC. Elena took dramaturgy class at ESAC and CNAC. They both participated in a variety of workshops and seminars to further their formation, benefiting from the mentorship of artists such as Roberto Magro, Pau Portabella, Alexis Akrovatakis and Tom Brand. 

Elena is the head of the Contemporary Circus Association in Lithuania. She is organizing and managing multiple projects pushing forward Lithuanian contemporary circus development, with the main goal of creating conditions for contemporary circus professionals to work and create in the Baltic region. Izabele is an active member of the Contemporary Circus Association, currently working in Germany (Munich) with the local circus community. 

THE PROJECT / The main creative concept behind Saucisson involves desacralizing the circus object and the circus artist. A circus artist is typically perceived as being in control—whether it’s control of an object, their body, or the emotions of the audience. However, what happens when an object becomes absurd, uncontrollable, or even absent? How does one manage an imperfect body? And how can you control others when you are yourself out of control? 

To these main questions, the 2 authors add some of the underlying themes they aim to explore in their work, such as sexuality, feminism, consumption, the value of human life, and the freedom of expression for every individual. This project emerged from the depths of their creative personas and stands as one of the most authentic representations of us as artists. 

With this project, they strive to strike a balance between being boundaryless yet direct, metaphorical yet concrete and corporeal. The fusion of strong visual elements, (post-)circus techniques, opera vocals, and anything else that arises from our subconscious will be integral to this project.