It is uplifting to see these three performers relate to each other authentically on stage in Casting Off, and it’s a nice reminder of the richness that can come from having a diverse range of perspectives.
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The beauty of Egg is not necessarily in the circus performances – although they are beautiful. The beauty in Egg lies in the honesty of its story and the emotion that it evokes in the audience.
Robin Boon Dale graduated from Circomedia two years ago, and already his impressive debut solo show, What Does Stuff Do?, has garnered him two awards.
Playing cards, hidden predictions, juggling balls and knives all make an appearance and, during a cups and balls routine, I find myself laughing along with everyone else as the hilariously bamboozled audience participant.
The Exploded Circus is a world of gorgeous production values padding out some solid circus skills. It’s not the world the poster suggests, but it is an intriguing one, if frustrating at times with its pottering, enigmatic progress.
Peepshow is more adult, a shade darker than other productions that I’ve seen before but without losing the overall Circa feel. Atmospheric and exciting, with all the technical prowess expected, this feels like a strong addition to the Circa canon.
This is a circus that is keen to impress, to keep tradition alive but also to innovate and exceed expectations. I would recommend catching Circus Sallai where you can.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rebecca Truman’s book. Part confession, part auto-narration, not unlike Nell Stroud’s Josser, it gives a very personal insight into our aerial profession – the glittery stardom as well as the gritty pain, anguish, fear and isolation that often cycle through an aerialist’s life.
Circolombia regularly put on an exciting and entertaining show and, true to form, this year at the Underbelly Festival their self-titled offering is exhilarating, fun and family friendly.
The long-running German production Soap makes a splash on the UK scene this year, performing in the round for the first time, and filling the Underbelly’s stylish Spiegeltent with bathtubs, opera singing, slick acrobatic bodies and classic clowning dressed down in swim cap and galoshes.
Shift is an interesting development for Barely Methodical and, while those seeking the cheeky and laddish lightheartedness of previous shows may be left a little wanting, there is no doubt that the production is top quality.
The wonderful circus-theatre production of Circusy Caterpillar is cleverly written and colourful, with a vibrant soundtrack of rock, pop and disco songs that keep the room alive alongside the simple storytelling of mime and rhyming voice-over.
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.
Technology is so often blamed for our woes in modern life, but in Natalie Inside Out it helps to bridge the gap between performers and spectators.
In a world of phones, tablets and games consoles, the next generation of circus-goers need live entertainment on their doorstep, and Paulos Circus delivers…candy floss or no candy floss!
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.
Ultimately, Knot can be seen as a triumph of what can be achieved within contemporary circus when it refuses to bow to expectations, or to take the easy way out.
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.
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