VIXEN – Circus City Festival

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It’s no wonder that we females may seem a little crazy at times when, as shown by the three ladies of Norwegian company Tanter, the identity of 21st century womanhood is framed by the preceding hordes of cultural demands and expectations as well as our present needs.

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CHAOS – Circus City Festival

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The Lords Of Strut have hit Bristol in all their lycra legginged, high-top and headband wearing glory, on a mission to change people’s lives through the power of dance. And through deep, body-rocking laughter. In Chaos, the two brothers Famous Seamus and Seantastic (Cormac Mohally and Cian Kinsella) have decided to share with us their life-coaching wisdom in a motivational seminar that, as promised, gives us Everything.

TWO-LEGGED ANIMAL – Circus City Festival

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Ziggy Slingsby has created an intriguing proposition with the trilogy of Original, Raw and Encounter – three versions of her Two-Legged Animal show – which each offer a different way to experience the equine embodiment that bases the trio of work. How do you choose between them? Or do you see them all? How will one influence your reception of another?

GAME – Circus City Festival

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Game is the first creation of Bristol-based Unstable King, a trio of performers who share a love of multiplayer online gaming as well as circus backgrounds. It is the gaming element that drives the show, following a route of alternative comedy that is sometimes hilarious. At other times, however, Michael Bell, Louis Lamprey and Ryan Murphy fail to take us with them in their headlong stumble through absurdities, existential philosophy, bonus games, and pop-cultural references.

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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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L’HOMME DE BOUE – Circus City Festival

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The studio stage of the little Wickham Theatre has been transformed into an intimate ring marked with soft clay, not sawdust. For an engrossing hour that feels set out of time, Nathan Israël inhabits this universe as the ‘man of mud’ from the title – but the prosody of the English translation doesn’t sit as accurately as the lyrical French. This is a show of sensuous experience, revelling in the tactile qualities of the clay material as Israël pummels, tears, squishes and smoothes the malleable earth, dancing his own creation in a pre-lingual time-lapse of primal growth.

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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 […]

CIRCUS: Clockwork – Sisters

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This is the 99th time the trio of men who call themselves Sisters have performed Clockwork, and the way they move together is meticulous. The action has all the slickness of Cirque du Soleil, but presented up close and personal.

Clockwork slaloms between abstract and surreal with a sparse and functional aesthetic, full of cleverness and experimentation. The key questions that underlie the work are about how a dancer, an equilibrist and an acrobat could come together; how a Frenchman, a Dane and a Spaniard may be united; how three separate and distinct physiques can work as one. Precision engineered to each other’s movements are Valia Beauvieux, Mikkel Hobitz Filtenborg and Pablo Rada Moniz, who founded Sisters five years ago in Sweden with the commonality of Chinese Pole technique between them, and a desire to learn each other to find a shared movement language.

CIRCUS: Clockwork – Sisters

In Circus by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

This is the 99th time the trio of men who call themselves Sisters have performed Clockwork, and the way they move together is meticulous. The action has all the slickness of Cirque du Soleil, but presented up close and personal.

Clockwork slaloms between abstract and surreal with a sparse and functional aesthetic, full of cleverness and experimentation. The key questions that underlie the work are about how a dancer, an equilibrist and an acrobat could come together; how a Frenchman, a Dane and a Spaniard may be united; how three separate and distinct physiques can work as one. Precision engineered to each other’s movements are Valia Beauvieux, Mikkel Hobitz Filtenborg and Pablo Rada Moniz, who founded Sisters five years ago in Sweden with the commonality of Chinese Pole technique between them, and a desire to learn each other to find a shared movement language.