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Nepalese child trafficking survivors tell their story in a new circus theatre production thatís about to tour UK     

Nepalese child trafficking survivors tell their story in a new circus theatre production thatís about to tour UK AS A TIGER N THE JUNGLE
Cirkus Xanti (Norway) & Ali Williams Productions (Wales)


A strong and heart-warming performance about rescued child slaves from Indian traditional circus.

This performance is inspired by the lives and destiny of our performers Renu and Aman experiences as child circus slaves in India. It also highlights the story of other Nepalese children being trafficked into slavery in Indian traditional circus. From 2002, when this was discovered, over 700 children have been discovered and rescued or released.

In 2013 producer Ali Williams spent a year working as the Creative Director of Circus Kathmandu. Circus Kathmandu was a group of 13 young men and women who all were rescued from Indian circuses, including our performers, Renu and Aman.

Ali Williams invited director Sverre Waage to come to Kathmandu to meet the newly formed circus company. That was the start of a collaboration between Ali and Sverre, with the aim to build bridges between the developing circus environment in Kathmandu and the International community of performing art producers and programmers in UK, Norway and Europe.

The first achievement is the production and touring of As a Tiger in The Jungle, representing the international partnership of prize-winning director and play-writer Sverre Waage (Norway) and Ali Williams (Wales), co-founder and former artistic director of NofitState.

Ali and Sverre have been working with the two Nepalese circus artists, Renu and Aman, over the last three years and for this project have integrated Loan TP Hoang a Vietnamese refugee with her own story of a lost childhood. As a Tiger in The Jungle is a unique fusion of Asian and European performance, circus and music. Original music score composed by Per Zanussi.



Cast:
Renu Ghalan Tamang (Nepal), Aman Tamang (Nepal) & Loan TP Hoang (Vietnam/Norway)

Creatives
Text, Script and Direction: Sverre Waage (Norway)
Creative Producer: Ali Williams (Wales)
Music: Per Zanussi (Norway/Italy)
Musicians in studio: Halpreet Bansal (India/Norway), Sanskriti Shrestha (Nepal) & Per Zanussi (Norway)
Set - & Costume Design: Rhi Matthews (Wales)
Set - & Circus Rig Design: Tarn Aitken (England)
Light design: Leif LePage (France/Wales)
Assist choreography and circus skills: Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn (Philippines/Norway) & Mish Weaver (England)
Producers: Ali Williams (Wales) & Sverre Waage (Norway)


UK tour dates:
20th of Sept Black E, Liverpool
22nd/23rd of Sept Birmingham Rep Theatre
8th of Oct Pontio Arts Center, Bangor
10th/11th of Oct Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London
15th/16th of Oct Bristol Circus City, Circomedia
24th/25th of Oct Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff

If you enjoy the show please tell your friends in other cities.


Chora Chori Nepal
Between 2004 and 2011, Philip Holmes, founder of charity partner Chora Chori Nepal, headed up a program in Nepal rescuing 700 Nepalese children from abuse and exploitation as slaves in traditional Indian circuses. His team freed half of these child slaves through dangerous direct rescue operations they mounted in conjunction with the Indian authorities and police. The circuses released the other half voluntarily to avoid negative publicity and the risk of being prosecuted.
After repatriation, the youngest started school. Older returnees were mostly interested in vocational training and in finding work as soon as possible. Philip's team provided a range of options that involved some original thinking. The most lateral of which involved the setting up of a contemporary circus company called Circus Kathmandu. This initiative allowed the returnees to confront their demons from the past, and an opportunity to build a new future based on the only skills they had, circus.
Philip Holmes' child rescue work continues through registered children's charity ChoraChori, www.chorachori.org.uk, which is the charity partner for this production. Philip's team is currently rescuing Nepalese children from Dickensian "children's shelters" for displaced children in India. From October 2017 ChoraChori will begin rescuing Nepali girls from Indian brothels. Please make a donation towards their unique rescue program through this link:
http://bit.ly/2n54ZDh For more information contact Philip on philip@chorachori.org.uk

In 2013 Producer Ali Williams was privileged to spend a year working as the Creative Director with Circus Kathmandu. This was a contemporary circus group made up of 13 young men and women who were all child trafficking survivors. Traffickers had taken them to traditional Indian circuses, with the promise of stardom and opportunity. Instead the children had entered a life of slavery, exploitation and abuse in circuses that became their prisons.

Ali found these young people to be remarkable in their resilience and enthusiasm as they turned their lives around. For they were utilising and adapting their hard-won performing skills towards making an artistic and social impact. Now two of the group, Renu Ghalan and Aman Tamang, join Vietnamese artist Loan Tp Hoang in recounting their tales of lost childhoods in As a Tiger in the Jungle (the tiger is a metaphor for the traffickers).

This powerful and poignant show represents an international production partnership of Sverre Waage,( Cirkus Xanti Norway), Ali Williams (formally Artistic director of nofitstate Wales). It is a unique fusion of Asian and European performance, circus and music, set to an original score by Per Zanussi. Tour dates are as follows:
20 Sept Preview Black-E, Liverpool
22/23 Sept Birmingham Rep
8th Oct Pontio Bangor
10/11th Oct Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London
15/16th Oct Bristol Circus City/Circomedia
24/25th Oct Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff.



Between 2004 and 20011 Philip Holmes (Founder of charity partner ChoraChori Nepal) headed up a programme in Nepal that rescued 700 Nepalese children from abusive and exploitative traditional circuses in India. His team freed half of these child slaves through dangerous direct rescue operations that they mounted in conjunction with the Indian authorities and police. The circuses released the other half voluntarily in order to avoid the negative publicity and risk of prosecution that accompanied high profile raids.

After repatriation the youngest of the returnees started school. However older returnees were more interested in vocational training and in finding work as soon as possible. Philip’s team provided a range of options that involved some original thinking, the most lateral of which involved the setting up of a contemporary circus group called Circus Kathmandu. This initiative allowed the returnees to use the skills they already had and indeed to confront their demons from the past. Through Circus Kathmandu they were able to travel internationally and find the stardom that had been mis-sold to them by the traffickers.

Philip Holmes’ child rescue work continues through registered children’s charity ChoraChori (www.chorachori.org.uk) which is the charity partner for this production. Philip’s team is currently rescuing Nepalese children from Dickensian “children’s shelters” for displaced children in India. From October 2017 ChoraChori will begin rescuing Nepali girls from Indian brothels. Please make a donation towards our unique rescue programme through this link: http://bit.ly/2n54ZDh For more information contact Philip on Philip@chorachori.org.uk

The show is funded by the Arts Council Wales, Arts Council Norway, FFUK, SPENN, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danse og Teatersentrum, Wales Assembly Government, Fond for Lyd og Bilde.

Ali Williams says: “We are pleased to have created a meaningful and engaging performance based on true stories from the performers’ lives. I was inspired by the young artists from Circus Kathmandu and am delighted to be able to employ Aman and Renu in a professional capacity and utilise the skills they learnt in captivity in a positive and empowering way. This gives the performance an authenticity rarely seen on stage today”.

For more information on As a Tiger in the Jungle contact Ali Williams on aliwilliamscircus@gmail.com or phone 07946 358694
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