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Ryan Gray


Breaking Circus Collective (BCC) was formed in 2016 out of the desire to create space for IBPOC artists as well as artists from other underrepresented groups within the contemporary circus milieu. The BCC is deeply committed to equity, inclusion and diversity and is the only Black-led contemporary circus troupe in the Atlantic region. The BBC is based in Kjipuktuk (aka Halifax), the unceded and unsurrendered ancestral land of the Mi’kmaq people and  is located near the  historic African Nova Scotian neighbourhood of Africville. The BCC has created five feature-length works of contemporary circus and will be touring its latest production, “Renaissance” in the fall of 2023. Breaking Circus Collective sets and breaks its  own rules in order to create, explore and engage with the full spectrum of its human experience. The company reaches into the unknown and finds new ways to weave stories through cross-discipline experiments and the integration of technology.

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Summary of the project


This project aims at co-creating, with Nova Scotia communities, performances integrating visual arts and circus arts inspired by the works of Jean Paul Riopelle and to hold community dialogues around the “Ode to Nature” theme.

Important dates in 2023 📅

  • May 20 → painting of the parachutes
  • May 24 to 27 → 1 performance per day, everyday at Studio Halifax – Open to all
  • june 28 → Circus performance at Université Sainte-Anne

Related documentation

Gallery : Sans titres / Without titles
Dawn et Ryan
Photos of the project
Découvrir Découvrir

Realized within the framework of the centenary

The creation of the Foundation was inspired by the dream of Jean Paul Riopelle, who wished to pass on his passion for art, his vision and inspire the next generation of artists to explore, innovate and surpass their creative potential.