The ICC 2003 is over and what an event it was!! It took some time to let it settle and it took time to understand again –as in the past-: the ICC is not only about the wonderful performers we see on stage and have around us; it is also the wonderful feeling of people getting together celebrating and sharing the same fascination and love for the art of contortion and through this becoming friends and members of one big family under the roof of this beautiful art.
This time, one of our biggest problems was to fight burocracy. As you all know, we had invited a lot of artists, speakers and trainers from East European countries. Until the very last minute before the ICC 2003 we were confident to get them all into our country, but then literally in the last moment Nora (the famous Mongolian trainer) and Manushage and her trainer from Albania i.e. were denied entry and there was nothing we could do anymore. We had struggled hard to comply with all conditions and fill in thousands of papers to get this going, so it was very upsetting to see this happening.
This time many of our friends came a few days earlier from the States and many other countries. This was very nice and gave us all a bit of extra time to be together. The last three days before the convention Klaus and I (but specifically poor Klaus) were rushing to and from airports, train stations, the hotel and our location to pick friends up who came from abroad: with lots of funny little incidents happening.
But despite of the little time the performers then had to rehearse (in still quite a cold chapiteau), the first show went very well. This only proves how flexible our performers were, not only in their bodies ….
The first artists we want to present to you in this edition are:
The artists of Gerd Rasquin from
“Die Hamburger Showsternchen”
Originally Gerd Rasquin and the “Hamburger Showsternchen” were not on our schedule. It was very uncertain to the last moment, whether Gerd could come or make it at all to the ICC.
When however –since we also focused on young talents at this event- little Manushage was not permitted entry into Germany, Klaus and I called Gerd the NIGHT before the first Gala Show, asking him to –afterall and despite his other obligations- give us the pleasure to present his wonderful girls at this convention.
Gerd , being a close friend for more than 10 years to Klaus and me, plus being a producer & trainer of contortion acts for more than 20 years, was so kind to support us. He also then came last minute, with hardly any time to rehearse. And see, what a wonderful addition to the ICC we got!
That’s all for now. We hope you enjoy our idea of keeping things rolling on this site and we would be happy to get your feedbacks and ideas for this and further updates.
Best regards to you all
Ska von Schöning
P.S. The DVD set (2 DVDs) is now available. Please contact us by eMail for details
some of the pictures copyright by Jim Pickles or Simon Crisp
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