PCS tours with its productions locally and internationally for the purpose of spreading a new form of performing arts in Palestine and showing the world another face of Palestine!
The Palestinian Circus School (PCS) launched the premier of its show “Kol Saber!” in Belgium in December 2012. The tour was initiated by PAC Présence et Action Culturelles, with the financial support of Wallonie Bruxelles International, and in partnership with Notélé, Espace Catastrophe and Latitude 50. The show was performed at Halles de Schaerbeek (Brussels), Maison de la Culture (Tournai), De Roma (Antwerp), Centre Culturel (Durbuy), Eden (Charleroi), Le Manège/ Théâtre Royal (Namur).
The PCS played 8 times for sold out theatres, with standing ovations, reaching more than 3000 enthusiastic audience, from all generations, nationalities and backgrounds, in the presence of Leila Shahid, Palestinian ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, and Suad Amiry, founder of Riwaq and current Palestinian author.
In January 2013, Kol Saber! toured in Palestine in Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, reaching an audience of 1700 people
In February 2011, 7 of our students from Jenin started working on a new production called “Dreams for Sale” with a Dutch street artist Jack Jaxx. Several other trainers joined in later to further develop the show. Finally 4 of them pursued their dream and started to perform the show all around Palestine.
- The show was presented for the first time during the school’s Open day on May 6 2011 in Birzeit.
- Between May 2011 and April 2012, the team hit the road and performed the show 46 times in different West Bank cities, villages, refugee camps and Bedouin communities, reaching a total audience of 14500 people.
- The finale of “Dreams for Sale” was performed in February 2012 at Al Kasaba Theater and Cinematheque in Ramallah. The evening was attended by more than 500 people. The overloaded theatre warmly received the show.
It was the second production of the Palestinian Circus School, a contemporary circus show for youth and adults that respond to the desire of the PCS to engage in a profound dialogue with other arts, like dance, music and theatre.
A first try out was presented in Bethlehem in Dar Alnadwa on May 14 2010. With a public rather surprised but at the same time impressed with the performance. The official premiere was presented in Al Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah, on June 12 and 13 2010, where a great feedback was received from the public.
In 2007, the school was invited to go to France in April to perform its show “Circus Behind the Wall” organized by the Palestinian collective of Fresnes and the French Consulate General in Jerusalem. It was performed 2 times, for a total audience of 400 people.
When Ramallah Municipality celebrated its 100th birthday in 2008, PCS was invited to perform in the Cultural Palace Ramallah. The show was a great success with more than 800 people showing up for the show
In March 2009, we headed for the second time with a team of trainers and students to Belgium for a series of performances in the framework of the Asseoir l’Espoir operation of PAC and to participate at the two yearly renowned international circus festival: La Piste aux Espoirs. Circus behind the Wall was performed 5 times in Belgium, reaching an audience of 1600 persons.
The same year a team of the PCS traveled abroad again to Bremen/Gemany for a workshop and to participate at the festival “Bridges for Youth” with a performance of “Circus Behind the Wall”.
In Palestine PCS performed the show at the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, in the framework of their first Theatre Festival for children and youth. It was a great success. The average 200 kids and youth of the refugee camp went collectively out of their heads.
The same year our second performance was in Ramallah at the Cultural Palace, before a sold out theatre, reaching 800 people. The entire show in Ramallah was registered by the Palestinian National TV and has been broadcasted already on two occasions, reaching other thousands of people.
Between July 13 and August 10 a team of 12 members of the Circus School traveled to Europe to perform Circus Behind the Wall, twice in Italy and 5 times in France. The show was performed for a total audience of average 3500 people.
Shows in Italy took place in Senegalia, where we were invited by the Municipality; and in Torino, participating in the festival Sul Filo del Circo organized by the Scuola di Cirko Vertigo.
Shows in France were organized in Toulouse @ the LIDO (Centre des arts du Cirque) in the framework of the Municipality Cooperation between Ramallah and Toulouse. The team of the PCS was received by the Municipality and was hosted there for almost a week. The show was performed twice for a sold out LIDO circus tent!