China Series explores and shows various forms of diabolo, which is quite a simple apparatus: Two bowls connected with an axis. It is an interdisciplinary art project between contemporary circus, dance, performance and sculpture. The diabolo bowls – usually made from rubber – are replaced by ceramic and porcelain objects. They roll, turn, fly and break. The starting point is the perpetual motion, the constant transition and transformation of objects. The fragility of objects – but also of the human body – reminds us of the temporality of our being.
With China Series the Swiss artist Julian Vogel presents a modular project, which consists of several variations. These variations are performances, installations, videos, sculptures and publications, which can be exposed in various combinations. The different formats interact with the surrounding and the visitors and create surprising and new frames for experience.
Creation & performance Julian Vogel
Disciplines diabolo, object manipulation
Artistic advice Roman Müller
Light & stage design Savino Caruso
Graphic design Laurence Felber
Production Ute Classen
Support (as of 01/01/2021) Aargauer Kuratorium, Arts Printing House Vilnius, Albert Koechlin Stiftung, Berlin Circus Festival, Centre Culturel Suisse Paris, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, FUKA-Fonds Stadt Luzern, GG Stadt Luzern, ICC Santa Maria da Feira, La Maison des Jonglages, La Platforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie Elbeuf & Chèrbourg, Panama Pictures, Pro Helvetia, Riga Circus, RKK Luzern, Station Circus Basel, Sundaymorning@ekwc
Coproduction Festival cirqu’aarau, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Festival Circolo, Südpol Luzern
Laureate circusnext 2020-2021, project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union