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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.

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THE GREAT CANADIAN CIRCUS – Christmas Spectacular 2015

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My first circus of 2016 has been a roller coaster – some highs, some lows, some coasting and most certainly a whole load of thrills. Presented by the Planet Circus team (who also brought the Continental Circus Berlin to Star City for last year’s Christmas show), this is the second time the Great Canadian Circus has appeared in the UK and this afternoon, with only one more day of performances left, the big top is completely sold out.

What Makes A ‘Circus Artist’?

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Exploring the evolution, trends and focus of various forms of circus training, the assignment asked us to either analyse our own training experience, envisage an ‘ideal’ circus education programme, or reflect upon whether graduates from circus schools should automatically be called ‘circus artists’. This final category is the one I chose.

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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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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 […]

Come one, come all? Responding to the Telegraph’s anti-arts funding blog

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This evening was set aside to write up my experience at the World Premiere of the utterly delightful Bedtime Stories from Upswing that I saw this afternoon.  Until I got home to find notifications of the #tigerdouglas scandal on Twitter. At first appearances, this is self-confessed traditional circus super-fan Douglas McPherson condemning all forms of public performing […]

Come one, come all? Responding to the Telegraph’s anti-arts funding blog

In Features, Opinion by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

This evening was set aside to write up my experience at the World Premiere of the utterly delightful Bedtime Stories from Upswing that I saw this afternoon.  Until I got home to find notifications of the #tigerdouglas scandal on Twitter. At first appearances, this is self-confessed traditional circus super-fan Douglas McPherson condemning all forms of public performing […]