This month’s UK circus guide was filmed from Toronto, giving it a unique DIY aesthetic! You can also follow my adventures in Audio Description for circus which led me to Canada on The Circus Diaries YouTube channel.
No Show draws on themes of ignorance: of not knowing what circus is or how its done, and on patriarchy. The content comes from autobiographical examples but relate to much wider societal problems. These ladies are everywoman, and their show is an education in circus and in life.
Perhaps the show is preaching to the converted among a largely liberal theatre crowd at Jackson’s Lane, but Sarab is a show that should be programmed to visit every small town where people are still afraid of strangers.
Hyena is an exciting, vibrant and honest exploration of a complex female bond. The show is a celebration of the power of womanhood and highlights how our abilities as individuals can benefit womankind as a group; or in Alula’s case, a tribe.
Spring is a brave and beautiful adventure, a trip to the light fantastic. But, if you like a bit more meat on your bone, then the Gandini’s previous show Sigma offers much more depth and, importantly for me, a sense of connection with its audience.