Moving Portraits is a project by Carina Klingsell and Theater Babel Rotterdam.
Swedish circus artist Carina Klingsell, who performed with Babel in Paul Röttger’s performance Ik via de ander, made two inclusive dance duets, titled Moving Portraits, in which a regular Babel player and a Rotterdam circus artist work together.
The performance starts from the individuality of each player, their unique characteristics, habits and talents. Klingsell worked with them around themes such as confidence, comfort and safety to develop their own physical portrait. The two duets stem from the preferences, quality and individuality of the players, with movement and circus as a means of expression.
At a time when we can only share intimacy with a select few, Klingsell tries to expand this: you get to know the strangers on stage, purely through their movements, while you share a common virtual space for 20 minutes.
“Circus has always been a place where inclusivity is important,” says Carina Klingsell. “A place where everyone is welcome, regardless of your abilities and talents. I want to continue to bring this mindset into the 21st century.”