Julian Vogel studied Psychology and Art History at the University of Bern, Switzerland before starting the Academy for Circus and Performance Art in Tilburg (Netherlands) in 2015, with specialization in diabolo (graduating in June 2019). With and next to his circus discipline, Julian is interested in dance, physical theatre, performance art and music.
With its different variations China Series is an assemblage of performances, sculptures, installations and publications around the diabolo made from ceramic and porcelain – an interdisciplinary project, where circus, dance, contemporary performance and sculpture meet.
China Series is based on the diabolo as an object and circus apparatus. Thereby, the interest is the deconstruction and reconstruction of this classical object, where ceramic is used as the main working material, stressing (through its fragility) the ephemeral nature of the performance and the performing body.
The breakability of the ceramic evokes the fragility of not only objects and bodies, but also the temporality of relations and situations. Within this context, this interactive project questions how the audience can be spectator and co-choreographer in relation to the performer, the objects and each other, during a temporary shared experience.
China Series consists of performances and installations that stand for themselves but relate and refer to each other in content as well as form.
Artistic matters: Julian Vogel
Production: Ute Classen
Co-Producers: Festival Cirqu’Aarau, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Südpol Luzern, Festival Circolo
Supported by: Arts Printing House Vilnius, Berlin Circus Festival, Centre Culturel Suisse Paris, Festival Cirqu’Aarau, FUKA-Fonds Stadt Luzern, GG Stadt Luzern, ICC Santa Maria da Feira, Kulturhaus Südpol Luzern, La Maison des Jonglages Paris, La Platforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie Elbeuf & Cherbourg, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Panama Pictures, ProHelvetia, Riga Circus, RKK Kanton Luzern, Station Circus Basel, Sundaymorning@ekwc
Project shortlisted circusnext 2020-2021, project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union