Rosa Lopes Dias
Rosa Lopes Dias
School of Music and Performing Arts, Porto, Portugal
Bio: Born in Lisbon, Rosa Lopes Dias started her professional journey in marketing and advertising. Always passionate about the arts, she soon traded the world of digital marketing for the magic of the stage. Based in Brussels, she currently works as a theatre and contemporary circus producer.
Title: The Producer – An Other in the World of Contemporary Circus.
Abstract: Who is the Other in the world of contemporary circus? Is it possible to accept new parts and different entities without labelling them as intruders and, consequently, as a threat? Can we all be part of a universe made of Others? And, to a certain extent, are we not all Others? This talk will focus on the role of the producer as one of the Others in the world of contemporary circus. I will attempt to analyze the different scope of action of the producer in a contemporary circus show, minutely exploring areas including production, administration and dissemination and the impact they have on the life course of a circus show or company. What are the different roles of the producer in contemporary circus? How important is the production in a contemporary circus context? Should the producer be an independent Other – with an external function, alien to artistic creation – or an integrated Other – an intrinsic part of the creative team? Can – or indeed should – the producer intervene, make a mark and influence the creative process? What happens when this role is nonexistent, suppressed or assumed by one or more artists?