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Over the Channel, a journey through the European Zone of Artistic Projects

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The nine members of the ZEPA network have worked with a French company, Générik Vapeur and a Welsh company NoFit State Circus to develop two largescale performances, Waterlitz and Barricade. These two productions were created following the various journeys experienced by the artists through the landscape and with the community within the ZEPA area.

From Brest to Great Yarmouth through to Brighton, Amiens and Loos-en-Gohelle, Winchester, Southampton and Sotteville-lès-Rouen, the banks of the Channel have become a unique space for artistic and cultural exchanges, involving over 60 companies and many communities.

British writer John Ellingsworth and French writer Marc Villemain have both followed the creative process and the shared moments generated by these two transnational adventures and relate them in this bilingual book. _ Their pieces bring out childhood impressions and comical situations, point out encounters with the audience and the pioneering “all terrain” approach of the public space by the artists and associates. The two writers highlight the most significant aspects of this “oh so European” Anglo-French intercultural project.
The book is fleshed out with meaningful images and by testimonies from the public, the artists or the key players of the nine regions involved, including from the organisations members of the ZEPA network itself. Fabien Persil offers an illustrated counterpoint on the winter festival Fish & Chips, which has now become, along with the Out There festival, a symbol of this transnational and European journey.

The authors

John Ellingsworth is a writer and editor living in London. He runs the online circus magazine Sideshow (www.sideshow-circusmagazine.com) and is a co-founder and director of CRKO, a digital communications agency working at the frontiers of online media. His upcoming projects include a book of essays covering the untouched and undertreated topics of contemporary circus (Salt), another book on the rapid evolution and gigantic success and complex corporate integration of e-sports in and outside of South Korea (The Meta Game), and a strange and disconcerting online app/game that sees players pose as a 19th Century small town reporter as they enter into a winding conversation / battle of lies with history’s most famous circus proprietor, P.T. Barnum.

More information about John Ellingsworth here

Marc Villemain born on 1st October 1968 in Meaux (Seine-et-Marne) is a French writer and editor (Éditions du Sonneur). After having been a book reviewer for the Magazine des Livres, he now runs the L’Anagnoste blog with Céline Righi, Éric Bonnargent et Romain Verger. He is a member of the editorial committee for the Dictionnaire de la mort (supervised by Philippe Di Folco, In Extenso, Larousse, 2010). His last novel published is Ils marchent le regard fier, Éditions du Sonneur, 2013.

More information on Marc Villemain’s blog

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