Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance

Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance, is Creative Europe Small-Scale Co-operation project, running from Oct 2019 – Sept 2022.

Project Description: The programme will focus on the creation of a new professional Funambulism Ensemble 'Bassalto', the creation of a new funambulism performance and scientific research into the neurological effects of funambulism on the brain.

Lead Partner: Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles (BE)Other partners: Galway Community Circus, The Serious Road Trip Romania (RO), Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)Associate Partners: NUI Galway, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Creative Team: Sergi Ots, Mariona Moya Monsuner, Bruno Frenette, Gil Mortio, Vincent Wauters.

New Funambulism Ensemble: In January 2020 auditions were hosted in Belgium for the new funambulism ensemble: 'Bassalto', comprising of 5 professional artists, directed by Sergi Ots, choreographed by Mariona Moya Monsuner and technical management by Bruno Frenette.

Bassalto will complete residencies in Galway, Brussels and Timisoara over the course of the project, performing a show in each place with a group of 10 amateurs from each location.

The name 'Bassalto' is a fusion of 'basalt' taken from the basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway, and the legend that accompanies that area and 'bass'/'alto'- 'low' and 'high', referencing the wires at different heights that will be used for their performance. Read more about the vision behind Bassalto here: Announcing Bassalto! The New Creative Europe Funambulism Ensemble!