Intense research on pain, torture and manipulation.
Breathtaking / intimate
EZ is not just a circus performance. It is a research project and experiment. In this impressive and intense piece, Elena Zanzu pulls the audience out of their comfort zone. Because what do you do when the performer on stage is, with their full consent, tortured and manipulated? Do you run away? Worry for them? Or laugh at how absurd it is? At Festival Circolo, come and see how an artist pushes himself to the limit – and does the same to your mind.
For Elena Zanzu, circus is about a lot more than tricks. Besides their circus education, this young creator has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Bologna. The goal of bringing these two worlds together was to gain knowledge and challenge ways of thinking. In their performances and experiments, Elena questions dualisms such as activity and passivity, domination and submission, man and woman, pain and pleasure, artist and audience. And in these investigations the artist does not shy away from extremes – at one time blindfolding themselves for 7 days straight, 24 hours a day, to investigate how a human being experiences a dramatic change to the senses.
The new performance EZ brings together much of Elena’s research from recent years. It is not always easy to watch. Elena is not afraid to shock, inflict pain, or challenge the audience by inflicting pain on them. Thus, elements from BDSM, Japanese manipulation techniques, and hair hanging recur in the performance. The performer chooses the path of vulnerability and asks the audience to follow. Together they walk new paths. Let this pioneer take you by the hand and see where the journey leads.
On Sunday 23 October, there will be an after-play discussion to Elena Zanzu’s performance EZ.
Authorship, direction and performance Elena Zanzu / Dramaturgical accompaniment Carla Rovira Pitarch / Sound space Odil Bright, Adele Madau / Light space Anna Boix Álvarez / Rigging Sarah Jeneway Co-production Mercat de les Flors / Residences La Central del Circ, Espace Périphérique, La Grainerie, La Verrerie, La Caldera, CC Escartín, Cirko, C.I.N.E Sineu, L’Estruch, Spazio Flic / Support Circusnext Laureate 2020-2021, Europa Creativa co-financed platform of the European Union. Beneficiary project of the mechanism Fund for the creation of the cross-border cooperation project De Mar a Mar within the framework of the POCTEFA programme. With the support of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Support from the Claudio Stellato Company.
“An incredibly powerful performance on power.”