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Motion Participatory Choreography (MPC) is the name of a unique method in exploring the circus artist and finding the point of intersection between circus and dramaturgy.

Motion Participatory Choreography as a method was developed by Marie-Louise Masreliez during her studies at the circus program in the University College of Dance in Stockholm. Behind MPC lies profound research into the relations between the artist and the discipline, the significance of the space and the attempt to understand presence of the artist in front of an audience.

The method is divided into three parts, the interviews, the improvisation and the rehearsals, starting with deep interviews with the artists on the subject chosen. The director creates improvisations that take place in a studio working in solos, duos and ensemble. The dialogue is ongoing during the improvisations, which mean that they can lead into all possible directions.

At a preset date, the artists take a vacation from the work and the director spends time alone with the documentation, creating new stories and writing the script of the piece. The creative team of light&set designer, composer and costumer is working together to frame the piece. The script is presented to the artists and the rehearsals start.

Since the method is based on the artists and their stories, the result will change according to who is participating and the process is depending on those specific artists. The process will also vary depending on what the artist bring into the process, where they are based in their own artistic development, and how the individual artists interact. This method is directed towards artists who are interested researching into their own creativity and personality.

The result that Motion Participatory Choreography gives is a contemporary circus piece. It is all written for circus artists based on their stories, created and performed by circus artists and using circus as a language.