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Our3Q – Circus Blixem, Netherlands

Mel and Mendy – current leaders o CIRCUS BLIXEM, an art, circus & social community projects. It is a collective of young professional women, aware of the importance of creative and learning environments, where children can discover and work out their own skills. CIRCUS BLIXEM is also performance, stunning jumps, high walks, dance and synchronized movements. With its vertical dance performance, C.BLIXEM fights gravity and shows a different way to look to a performance, using the urban shapes and the city architecture. 


Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?

That we decided, the three of us, to come together and focus on the circus quitting other side jobs. For long time we were doing many other things at the same time. Blixem was there, but it was secondary. From December on we decided that Blixem is what we want to do and where we want to put all our energy. Since then we have been creating a new performance, which is quite nice, we did several workshops, we want to work with adults, as social enterprise, selling team building workshops to corporations. We want to be able to earn money there so then we can organize workshops also for kids which may not be able to pay for it. 


Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?

I would say money but I don’t really want to say it. We are doing very big steps and for me it’s challenging to balance it personally. We need to put a lot of time and energy in it now. It will probably take next 1-2 years to build the circus the way we want it to be. We don’t have much money so we need to decide if, how and in what we want to invest. Also from time point of view, last week there was not even one free night, no free day. It’s really a big challenge to balance that out, our passion to circus and personal needs. Another challenge is to give weight to circus as part of informal education. Circus is somewhere between art, sport, amusement, people don’t take it seriously. And you can achieve so much with circus, it’s so flexible, you can adapt it to your own concept, needs and space.


Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?

We are trying to use Blixem for much more than circus itself. We want kids to explore, develop, gain confidence. Give them feeling that everything depends on them. We are still trying to figure out how to do it.  


Would you like to add something more?

I think it’s really nice that we are 3 women doing circus. We don’t emphasis it, but I appreciate that as three women we organize everything, build things. It could be three guys and it would be still nice, but I like that girls can see that we do it ourselves and they start to think they can do it as well. And also when we collaborated with one guy, he was a black person, so we have more diverse people than three white, straight guys doing circus. What kids see at school is often very normative, boys are like this, girls like that. With Blixem, without going with rainbow flags, we can show them something different.


The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.


Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15th June 2016

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