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CIRCUS DIARIES: Circus Reunion 2016

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‘Bringing Friends Together…’ reads the tagline across the brightly coloured cover of this weekend’s programme of events and, for many, the Circus Reunion is the only opportunity in each year’s busy touring calendar to gather circus family, friends and colleagues together under one roof. This is a time to relax, to catch up, to learn, and to party.

Devoted & Disgruntled 11: ‘Does Anybody Talk About Circus?’

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Every year, theatre company Improbable hold a national Open Space event called Devoted & Disgruntled for those working in the UK theatre sector. The worlds of circus and theatre are overlapping more and more these day, so I decided to head along and see how the land lies for people walking on and working round those edges.

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Devoted & Disgruntled 11: ‘Does Anybody Talk About Circus?’

In Circus, Features, Festivals, Interviews, Opinion, Quotes, Regional theatre by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Every year, theatre company Improbable hold a national Open Space event called Devoted & Disgruntled for those working in the UK theatre sector. The worlds of circus and theatre are overlapping more and more these day, so I decided to head along and see how the land lies for people walking on and working round those edges.

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CIRCUS: No Man’s Land – by Collectif And Then…

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No Man’s Land is all about borders and boundaries, and what happens when you cross them. It starts with the audience being ushered, military style, into the space and commanded to turn off our cellphones. By the time we’re seated (some of us having been ordered to switch seats with others) we have all accepted the performers’ absolute authority.

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INTERVIEW: Gwen Hales on … what is circus?

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Earlier this week, I attended an Open Space discussion forum for the UK circus industry and heard a voice advocating that people making work should also be seeing work, as this broadening of perspectives is what builds a confident understanding of quality. The voice belonged to Gwen Hales, who describes herself as, ‘a semi-retired aerialist learning how to be a circus director’.

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How can we work together for the future of circus arts?

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The second week of Bristol’s Circus City Festival has been characterised by lots of opportunities to get together and talk over pressing issues in the sector in a facilitated manner. The ‘biggie’ is the Open Space forum, presented by Circus Futures and run by Devoted&Disgruntled, who have been rallying the UK theatre community in this manner since 2005.

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Head over heels: Circus Diaries at Circus City 2015

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For several months I’ve been talking with the producers of Bristol’s second biennial circus festival (now Circus City, evolved from Creative Common) about the possibility of running some sessions opening up the subject of critical discourse over the course of the festival. What we were finally able to settle upon with the resources available was an […]

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Report From: GROW International Symposium on Circus and Street Arts

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This year the annual Out There Festival of circus and street arts in Great Yarmouth was opened for a second time with a two day conference for artists, producers, programmers and funders. The GROW Symposium filled the 17th and 18th September with talks on creation, talent development and touring, as well as project pitches, industry news, and a riotous game […]

DOLLS – Edinburgh Fringe

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Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 11th August 2015 Darkly disturbing, the brand new show from Cirk La Putyka, Dolls, premieres in Edinburgh and brings a theatrical world of stark dereliction to the stage of the Circus Hub’s Lafayette venue. The fabric of society is broken down in both the scenography of portentous urban decay and the ability […]

ONE NIGHT AT BIG SEXY CIRCUS CITY… – Edinburgh Fringe

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 Big Sexy Circus City, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 8th August 2015 One of two dedicated venues for circus work this year at Edinburgh Fringe (the other being the teething problem-fraught Underbelly Circus Hub), Big Sexy Circus City is home to two tent venues, as well as outdoor performance spaces and the all-important bar.  I will admit that […]