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Manor House’s Always / Beautiful is an unruly proposition. An enormous, rectangular climbing net hung in an otherwise unadorned space: this simple scenography generates and frames a complex unfolding, as the two artists navigate a shifting set of tasks, forms, moods, and geometries. How to remain grounded in such unpredictable, hyper-mobile terrain? Always / Beautiful inverts the tropes of today’s contemporary circus, provocatively imagining circus virtuosity as a training in sensitivity and circus spectatorship as an active work of empathy. Both challenging and uplifting, this piece poses the question: what might it take to rebuild networks of care for the contemporary? And how can we coordinate the imperative of care with a political stance that refuses to apologise for attending to pleasure?

Creation began March 2019. Premiere at Theater op de Markt, October 25 + 26, 2019

The team: Natalie Oleinik, Sebastian Kann, Ilse Ghekiere, Bert van Dijck, Lee Harry Clayden, Hugo Mega, Vera Tussing and Anneleen Keppens.

Co-producers: Miramiro vzw, PERPLX vzw, Theater op de Markt

Workplaces: Circuscentrum, Cirqueon (Prague), Jacksons Lane (London), De Grote Post.

Produced with the generous support of the Flemish Authorities.

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