NEWS: AUGUST 2009
The Circus Development Agency has been set up by a group of people with a professional
involvement in circus. It aims to:
Raise the profile of circus as a cultural activity
Ensure that circus is a viable industry offering secure and worthwhile employment
Promote training and sharing of skills
Provide a forum between the different facets of the industry
CDA SURGERIES – AUGUST – CHLOË DEAR
Street/outdoor performance has been Chloë’s passion since her first exposure to the genre in 1989 although it was
only in 1994 that she began to develop her knack for producing work in unusual settings and formats, particularly
outdoors. Her preference has always been for highly physical and visual performance including circus and street
theatre. In 1999, she joined Boilerhouse and was instrumental in the company’s shift in to street theatre.
Now producing independently, she is working with companies in Scotland, England, Ireland, France and Netherlands.
In 2006, she was awarded one of the first two Creative Producer Bursaries by Scottish Arts Council. Chloë is greatly
involved in the wider development of street arts. She is an active steering group member of both the National
Association of Street Artists and Scottish Streetnet.
The CDA surgeries are a unique opportunity to spend time with experts on their chosen specialist subject. The CDA
hopes that the surgeries will be a chance for people to have those rare inspirational conversations with someone who
can help you make a leap in your endeavours. Most surgeries will be conducted by phone, though Skype, messenger,
e-mail and even face to face meetings could be arranged if suitable.
To see a full list of the surgeries on offer please visit www.circusarts.org.uk and sign up by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org telling us which surgery you would like to be part of, your name, phone number, preferred
method of communication and any other relevant information about yourself. The surgeries are a chance for
individuals to gain information, inspiration and to learn from others experience, they are not a promotion opportunity
for particular projects. The summary of the surgeries can also be found on our website.
CDA JOURNALIST TRAINING
Lyn Gardner from The Guardian is continuing to mentor our volunteer journalist John Ellingsworth. John is, in turn,
training a trainee journalist.
Thanks to Jackson’s Lane, the Barbican. The Peacock Theatre and to the London International Mime Festival for
supporting this scheme by donating tickets.
If you have a review that you would like to post on our website please do so by simply registering and submitting it to
the review section.
ADVERTISING ON OUR WEBSITE
Our website has up to 250,000 visits a month and is viewed internationally by a range of people interested in the
Circus Arts. Advertising on the site is simple with a sliding scale for the most viewed and most relevant pages. To find
out more please e-mail email@example.com .
VOLUNTEERING WITH THE CIRCUS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with research for new pages of our website. If you would
like to gain experience and add to your CV by working with us please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CDA ARTISTS DIRECTORY
Performers who are listed in our online directory at www.circusarts.org.uk/directory/performers have told us that
they do get enquiries that lead to work. You are in charge of creating and editing your own listing so you can make
sure that the information is relevant and up-to-date. Due to our high traffic, our site lists highly with search engines so
visit the website to create your own profile and get work directed straight to you.
VBS REGISTRATION SCHEME FOR CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINERS
In October, the government will be launching the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) - a new system designed to
provide greater child protection. It calls for children’s entertainers to register on a separate database from the Criminal
Records Bureau and pay a £64 registration fee. The Independent published an article about the scheme, and Equity’s
opposition to the fee, which is on our website in the news section.
JEUNES TALENTS APPLICATIONS OPEN
Jeunes Talents is a support programme for emerging contemporary circus artists in Europe aimed at assisting artistic
research for the creation of new performance. We encourage projects that mix circus with other art forms, for example
drama, spoken word, digital media, theatre, music and puppetry.
In the past it has been open to other European countries but this year some of these countries are working together to
make sure that their artists have the best chance of being selected for the funding.
This means that people are working on spreading the word, explaining the process, helping artists with their
applications, helping artists who get shortlisted to further their work, and also helping some that aren't selected to
develop their ideas.
Who can apply?
Artists with diverse practice are encouraged to apply, this includes, but is not limited to, artists from Black and
minority ethnic backgrounds and disabled people.
There is no age limit
Performances that have already been created are not eligible
You must be resident in Europe
You cannot currently be training in a circus school
Applicants can be solo or as a group
A formal company is not required
The first stage is to download an Application form. The deadline is September 25th 2009
Download an Application form here JTCE_2009_ApplicationForm
Download further information here Information sheet JTCE_info_sheet,
Call For Projects JTCE_2009_CallForProjects
Surgeries will be held to assist people with their applications:
Tuesday 8th September @ Circus Space N1 6HD. Open to all. Time to be confirmed
To attend please e-mail this address, with your preferred surgery date: email@example.com
If you are unable to attend the specified dates please contact Crying Out Loud for help you with any part of the
Applications will be read by a panel of European partners. Up to 10 UK based projects will be chosen to give a
presentation to a Jury on the 15 & 16th February 2010 at Stratford Circus. Following Europe-wide presentations up to
10 projects will be chosen to receive financial support and guidance. The resulting work will be showcased in Autumn
2010. For further information: www.jeunestalentscirque.org, In association with Verena Cornwall for Circus Futures.
CIRCUS TECHNICIANS WEBSITE LAUNCHED
A social networking site for circus technicians has been launched by Controlled Engineering, a theatre and stage
technical services and suppliers company based in Swindon. The site is pretty minimal but could be a good forum for
information sharing if used well - http://circus-technicians.ning.com/
UPDATED INSURANCE INFORMATION ON THE CDA WEBSITE
Our indispensable information about performers insurance has kindly been updated by Dave Morgan Dip. CII - an
insurance broker working for Park Insurance Services.
Visit the page at http://www.circusarts.org.uk/advice/insurance.php to read the latest guidance on insurance
CREATIVE BUSINESS UNITS FOR LEASE
at The Energy Centre in Circus Space (Bowling Green Walk, London N1 6AL)
The Energy Centre, located in the heart of Shoreditch, adjoins The Circus Space and is linked directly to Hoxton
Square. With access via Pitfield Street, it is situated a short walk from Old Street underground station, it is serviced by
numerous bus routes and lies just outside of the Congestion Charge zone.
The newly built Energy Centre comprises of ten private lettable office units, ranging between 130-250 sq. ft, that are
aimed towards small up and coming companies with a creative angle.
The units are accessible seven days a week – 08.45-22.00 weekdays and 10.00-18.00 weekends. The units are built
over two floors with lift access and are fully accessible.
The Energy Centre has toilets and kitchen facilities. These and the other communal areas are cleaned and maintained
regularly. Phone and ISDN connections are available. Private letterboxes and entry buzzer.
The leasing option is a one year licence agreement. Rent £30.90 per sq ft per annum. This includes gas, electric and
water. A discounted rate is available for Circus related companies. Tenants are responsible for their own Business
Rates. Available for hire in the Energy Centre is the Creation Studio, which will be offered at preferential rates for
AVAILABLE NOW! Unit 3 is currently available. On the 1st floor with big windows.240 square foot monthly rate is
£620.54 Ex VAT. Viewing by arrangement only, contact Terry O'Dwyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
CIRCUS SOUP, BRIGHTON
Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, October 25 3pm & 8pm
The Circus Project presents CIRCUS SOUP, a delicious blend of locally-sourced, incredibly fresh circus talent. With
new work by the very best of the professional circus community in Sussex, Circus Soup stands circus on its head –
questioning what circus is to ourselves and our audience.
Jaw-dropping trapeze, silks and rope acts, top-notch acrobatics, hilarious and skilful hula-hoop, and heaps more
surprising and exciting acts. Circus Soup is flavoured with acts both contemporary and classic, and sprinkled with new
possibilities and new directions in circus performance.
CIRCUS RONALDO, CIRCENSES – MINTFEST, KENDAL
Thursday, 27 August 2009 8.00pm-10.15pm, Friday 28 & Sat 29 at 8.00pm.Gooseholme Park,
£12.00 (conc 8.00). Half price Preview Thu 27 tickets 6.00 (conc 4.00).
Circus Ronaldo is one of the most exciting contemporary circus companies in the world, with sell-out shows wherever
they go. Circenses brings together three generations of the Ronaldo family in a show which blends razor-sharp wit,
visual poetry and breath-taking physical skill where things may not always be quite as they first appear. If you see one
thing at Mintfest this year, make sure this is it. Recommended for ages 14+
LE CIRQUE INVISIBLE, LONDON
Southbank Centre, London 4 – 23 August 09
Jean-Baptiste Thierrée and Victoria Chaplin
Experience the enchanting and exquisite theatrical spectacle of Le Cirque Invisible this summer. With an infectious
sense of fun and whimsical grace, Jean-Baptiste Thierrée and Victoria Chaplin mesmerise adults and children alike
with sublime illusions and fantastical transformations. For three weeks only, the surreal and magical world of Le
Cirque Invisible comes to Queen Elizabeth Hall – fall under the spell.
Booking details: Under 16s go half price. Call 0871 663 2500 or book online at www.southbankcentre.co.uk
RAOUL BY JAMES THIÉRRÉE, LONDON
Barbican, London 13 – 24 October 09
James Thiérrée creates a world of endless invention. One of Europe’s most extraordinarily versatile artists, Thiérrée
uses his impish talent to transform everyday objects into magical dream-like spectacles that captivate, charm and
inspire. Tickets £10-£35 www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=9474%20
THE BRISTOL DO
21 – 27 September, Portland Square, St Paul’s, Bristol
A wildly exciting selection of some of the most exciting and innovative art, circus, games and performance in the great
Circus performance includes beautiful Chinese Pole by Tanya Scully, a premier of a new sway pole piece called Café
Sway, stilt-walking myth making from FIPA, the return of Carnyville (see below ffi), and The Sugar Beast Circus the
following week (see below ffi). www.thebristoldo.com
CIRKUS CIRKOR PRESENT INSIDE OUT, LONDON
Peacock Theatre 14– 31 October 2009 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm
Cirkus Cirkor’s latest show, Inside Out is a celebration of circus – its technical skilfulness, enduring magic and
refreshing outlook on life. Inspired by the mysteries of the human body, a cast of eight multiskilled performers balance
on knife edges and challenge gravity as they tell the story of two very different characters, whose worlds are
quite literally twisted upside down when they come into contact with a circus company of bizarre, magical oddballs.
Booking Details: http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Cirkus-Cirkor
Call the Ticket Office on 0844 412 4300.
LOVE INDEED, BRIGHTON
A playful and erotically charged encounter with power and deadly desire.
John Binnie's startling new aerial drama exploring Antony and Cleopatra, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor - Ages 12+.
Pavilion Theatre, Brighton
Mon 28 Sep, 8pm. Tickets: £10 (£6)
01273 709709 www.brightondome.org
WATCH THIS SPACE – THE NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
1 July – 27 September
Watch This Space 2009 is packed with circus performance, a brief run-down of it is below but see the website at
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk to download the programme for the full knowledge.
Week nine: Catalan Variétés - Circus talent from Catalan comes in the form of Mumusic Circus, Los Gingers,
Los2play and Cie La Industrial Theatere
Week ten: Legendary tightrope from Les Colportuers
CIRCUS AT SHAMBALA FESTIVAL, NORTHAMPTON
Shambala Festival is celebrating it’s 10 year with a weekend of brilliant acts, bands, cabaret and very special
The Kamikaze Kabaret tent returns with an hour of cabaret each night. Highlights include German Wheel excellence
with ‘Dust’ from Acrojou, passionate Chinese Pole from Cirk Extempore, tightwire with live guitar from Alana Jones
and elegant aerial performance by Ilona Jantti.
The Social Club venue welcomes Paka with his excellent show ‘Forget me Not’, slackwire by Kwabana Lindsay and
Gwendoline Scott, Skate Naked and Ian Cognito combining forces, and a nightly cabaret of varied circus talent.
THE SUGAR BEAST CIRCUS – A DOUBLE BILL, LONDON AND BRISTOL
The Milkwood Rodeo is a performance installation inspired by Holy men and Hollywood. Drawing from the diary
entries and personal experience of the performers who have worked under the Indian big tops, memories and
archived footage mix to create a portal where the bright lights of Broadway lead to the deserts of Rajasthan.
The Sugar Beast Circus is inspired by the ethnological menagerie shows of the 1800’s, and the influence of Charles
Darwin’s work upon entertainment. This is a show about the survival of the fittest in a contemporary climate, where
performers are part animal, part skilled athlete and part gaudy showman.
Wed 16 – Sat 19 Sep 8pm, Jackson’s Lane Theatre - 269a Archway Road London N6 5AA
£14.50 (£12.50) www.jacksonslane.org.uk Box Office 020 8341 4421
Thurs 1 – Sat 3 October, 8pm, 80 minutes with interval, Bristol Old Vic - King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED
£8.50 www.bristololdvic.org.uk Tickets from Bristol Old Vic - 0117 987 7877 www.thebristoldo.com
OUT THERE FESTIVAL, GREAT YARMOUTH
Sat 19 & Sun 20 September 2009
A new International Festival of arts and 'culture' in the broadest sense of the word. Out There showcases emerging
talent, professional/community collaboration, fun and inspiring work and opportunities for the public to ‘have a go’ at
something new. www.outtherefestival.com
Circus Acts include: Didier and Co. Altitude, 3 Points De Suspension, Cirque Baroque and The Insect Circus
CIRCUS OF HORRORS
Last Days in the Asylum
The Globe Theatre, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Fri Oct 23 to Sat Oct 31 Performances each day at 5pm & 8pm. (except Oct 23rd, 8pm only).
Box Office 0871 2229090. Book online pleasurebeachresort.com
Vampire VIP Ringside cabaret table & chairs £22 (only 20 seats available per show)
Front View £18. Side View £15.Concessions £3 off.
It is advisable to book in advance, the Vampire VIP seats will sell out at most performances as will the shows on the
31st Oct, Halloween.
Beware! THE DAY OF THE DEAD is coming to a venue near you DEAD soon.
November – January National Tour,
Following on from the huge success of The Asylum, The Circus of Horrors will undergo a major revamp with a rocking
& shocking brand new show ‘The Day of the Dead’. (Día de los Muerto - A Mexican X’ Travaganza). Set in Mexico
during the early 1900’s, the cast of chaosmongers transport the body of their doyen Dr Haze to a remote area of
Mexico. Unbeknown to them they settled in a former burial ground of Aztec Warriors. There they join in the local
inhabitants ‘Day of the Dead’ rituals to try & revive their esteemed leader. All of course with disastrous consequences!
Amid a backdrop of an Aztec Temple, Witch-doctors, Voodoo Acrobats, Pickled People, Bendy Bodies, Demon
Dwarfs, and flying Vampires erupting, chained from a tank of precious bodily fluids, all to perform their amazing Blood
Curdling stunts. Once revived, The Undead Ringmaster Doktor Haze will guide you through a hell of a tale with the
help of the live devil driven rock n’ roll of the The Interceptors From Hell and a huge uncontrollable cast of Toltecion
Beauties, Curvaceous Creatures, Aztec Warriors, Posada’s Skeletons, Voluptuous Vampires and some of the worlds
greatest, grotesque, most daring and bizarre Circus acts. See www.myspace.com/drhaze_circusofhorrors for full
THE ACADEMY OF CIRCUS ARTS GRADUATION SHOW 2009, LONDON
Friday October 2nd, from 2pm until 4pm, in the Big Top of Zippos Circus on Hampstead Heath.
This two-hour gala performance will be devised and presented entirely by this year’s circus students, at the end of
their five-month training course.
Tickets are free on application by email to email@example.com. Please include your name and the number of
tickets required, and these will be sent out during September.
VENUE: Zippos Circus, The Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, London NW3 1NT
TRAVEL: Bus: 24, 46, 168, 268, C11. Tube: Hampstead (5 mins). Rail: Hampstead Heath.
BRITISH JUGGLING CONVENTION 2009, NORWICH
19 - 23 August, 2009 Hewett School, Cecil Road, Norwich, NR1 2PL, United Kingdom
The British Juggling Convention is a yearly gathering of all kinds of circus performers, from hobbyists to professional
performers, from jugglers to balloon modellers and unicyclists. Some people come hoping to learn new skills or polish
old ones. Many people come to chill out in a juggly atmosphere, drink beer and enjoy the various shows and
entertainment. It's up to you!
Tickets: 5-Day Adult - £80, 5 Day Child - £40
1-Day (Wed, Thurs, Fri) Adult - £25, 1-Day (Wed, Thurs, Fri) Child - £10
Saturday (Includes OPEN Show) Adult - £20, Saturday (Includes OPEN Show) Child - £10
OPEN Show Only - Seated £15, Standing £5 - British Juggling Convention 2009,
CELEBRATE! GREAT YARMOUTH
The Historic Hippodrome Great Yarmouth, continues it’s record breaking run at East Anglia’s mini Albert Hall, with
Celebrate, Peter Jay’s 30 anniversary all-new Summer Spectacular – East Anglia’s top family attraction for 2009,
which continues until 6 September with shows everyday 2.30pm and 7.30pm (no 2.30 show on Friday’s,) which
means that this years ground breaking show has less than 3 weeks to run.
Celebrate stars one of the worlds greatest circus acts, direct from Brazil, the daredevil Springboard Artistes The
Romeiro Family, the amazing South American Juggler Roberto Karlos, sensational Synchronised Swimmers, Vibrant
Dancers, Ryan Sharp’s mind blowing Magic Illusions from South Africa. Tenderelle – the amazing contortionist from
Mongolia. – The return of British Heart-throb Robert Foxhall, the man who can fly, and the breathtaking 100,000 gallon
Water Spectacle – A unique family show in a unique setting, one of only three in the world! With hilarious comedy
from new stars, comedian Johnny Mac and host Jack Jay.
There’s a fully licensed bar, fresh popcorn and the unique atmosphere of the Big Top in a fabulous 1903 landmark
theatre, Britain’s last surviving total circus building, as recently seen on BBC’s TV flag ship Question Time.
Prices Adults £16, £15, £14, £12.50. Children under 14 £10 in all seats. OAP’s £12 in all seats.
To book ring 01493 844172 or Book online at www.hippodromecircus.co.uk. There’s also a family ticket discount of
£5 off for two adults and two children.
The Invisible Circus Proudly Presents Carny Ville - All the Fun of the Unfair
Friday 25 - Sunday 27 September, The Old Fire Station, The Island, Silver Street BS1 2PY, 8pm till late
It’s a one way ticket to Pandemonia… Ride with us to the end of the line as the Invisible Circus present the last Carny
Ville at The Island.
All the fun of the unfair funfair, our grand finale will include more death defying aerial feats, the impossible, the
improbable and lashings of the downright ridiculous. Come and play. Expect the unexpected and dress for the night of
The spectacle inhabits every aspect and environ of the site with interactive installations and performances ongoing
throughout the evening from dizzying high wire walkers across the gaping yard space to twisted sideshows, huge Fire
spectacles and flame breathing lamp posts alongside an army of deranged walkabout characters who inhabit this
bizarre other world.
The last run of the show in May saw over 1000 visitors a night attending with many having travelled from around the
country to be a part of the furore which unbelievably takes place in the austere confines of the old Bridewell Island ex
police, fire and law courts complex in Bristol city centre.
£15, £12 (limited early bird), £8pm concession – plus booking fee
Tickets available from 0117 9299008, www.bristolticketshop.co.uk, Thursday 24 – special sneak preview night £5
www.invisiblecircus.co.uk, Dress for the experience of a lifetime!
The annual performance packed month of showcasing comes around again, CDA have picked out circus shows from
the programme – if you have more to add please tell us and we’ll include them in the August newsletter.
The Gigalees Crazy Circus Show 5 – 31 August(not Tuesdays) 11pm £7/ £6
UK premiere - Australia's top comedy show for kids! Don't miss the Gigalees' side-splitting comedy, awesome
acrobatics, juggling, slapstick and toe-tapping music which makes a non-stop and hilarious physical comedy show for
kids all ages!
venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot, www.gigalees.com.au
Malaje - The Flamenco Circus
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5 – 30 August (excluding 17 ) 12pm £11.00/ £9.00 Family of 4 = £8.75
UK premiere From clowning and acrobatics to the purest flamenco, with moments of poetry and stunning
contemporary circus skills, this whirlwind of drama, dance, music and laughter 'blows up conventions and rewrites the
rules' (El Periodico). www.albadulake.com
Venue: New Town Theatre group: related link: www.albadulake.com
The Moscow State Circus
13 – 31 August (not Wednesdays) 2 shows a day, tickets £27 - £7 (see www.edfringe.com for exact times and
Returns to the UK with this once in a lifetime opportunity, to see this award-winning show 'Leganda'. Bringing with it a
huge cast of Russia's greatest and most flexible circus performers.
Venue: Meadows Theatre Big Tops Moscow State Circus www.moscowstatecircus.com
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The Grind Show 5 – 31 August (excluding 17 ) 6.05pm – tickets £9.50 - £6.50
World premiere - An unborn child is thrown into a surreal circus sideshow. A visceral American allegory where the
innocence of our beginnings and the disillusionment of our fears collide. What act would you perform for eternity?
venue: C, www.thegrindshow.com
Tom Tom Crew 6 – 31 August (not Tuesdays) 7pm, tickets £10.50 - £16.50
Direct from Broadway and London, 'Tom Tom Crew' returns with its super charged collision of extreme circus, heart
pumping music, incredible beatboxing and stunning drumming displays. 'There can't be many more exciting
spectacles than this' (Herald).
venue: Udderbelly's Pasture
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Noir - Airealism - 5 – 16 August (not 6 ) Tickets - £5 - £8.50
A dramatic thriller, paying homage to 40s cinema, 'Noir' fuses physical theatre and aerial circus to tell the story of a
detective, a blonde and vengeful gangsters… Prepare to be spellbound! '... unfeigned avant-gardism' (Time Out).
Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
Tales of the Apocalypse – Airealism - 5 – 16 August 11.30 – tickets £5 - £10
An explosive gravity-defying array of aerial circus acts exploring untold doom and destruction ahead: entropic visions,
ghostly entities, imploding stars, radioactive dust… You have been warned! 'A truly transporting experience' - Time
Out London Critics' Choice.
Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
Zemblanity – Le Navet Bete - 6 – 29 August – 9pm Tickets - £7/ £5
World premiere - Following their debut last year - ***** (ThreeWeeks) - the clowns return with a cacophony of
scurrilous buffoonery, acrobatic antics, original music, fun and frolics. Prepare to be propelled into the realm of
absurdity and rambunctious comedy!
Venue: Bedlam Theatre group: Le Navet Bete www.lenavetbete.com
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Circa - 6 – 31 August (not 10 , 17 and 24 ) 4.30pm - £5 - £16
UK premiere - Thrilling and moving. Tightly connected acrobatic sequences, intricate scenes and hauntingly beautiful
moments. Physical poetry and extraordinary circus skills combine, bathed in layers of sound, light and projection.
C!rca has received standing ovations around the world. Venue: Assembly @ Assembly Hall
RAW – Fidget Feet Aerial Dance
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14 – 27 August (not 17 or 24 ) 9pm, 2pm weekend matinee Tickets - £12/ £10
European premiere - Breathtaking, gravity defying aerial and risqué pole-dancing, circus-dance spectacular. In RAW's
hot, sexy clubland, the DJ slips into a shamanic counterpart infecting the hedonistic clubbers. Are we in a fun-loving
club or a social prison? www.dancebase.co.uk Children must be accompanied by an adult not suitable for under
10yrs. Venue: Dance Base @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall, www.fidgetfeet.com
Lighter Than Air – Circo Ridiculoso and Pleasance
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5 – 30 August, (not 17 or 24 ) 11.30 Tickets £5 - £9
Enter the strange bizarre universe of a wild balloon tamer where surreal stupid things happen. Combining circus and
comedy, clown Danny Schlesinger creates an utterly joyous experience loaded with surprises and laughs. Warning!
Loud balloon pops! www.circoridiculoso.com Warning - Balloon Pops! Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
Acres of Circus Skills – Albert & Friends Instant Circus 16 – 23 August 1pm – Free
14 years of circus fun and games with surprise guests and inventive audience participation in the storytelling. Anything
can happen and usually does! Fabulous family lunchtime entertainment in almost all weathers. Circus at its best!
Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Off Inverleith House Lawn
This event is free and not ticketed. Admission is on a first come first served basis and is subject to availability.
Circus for Success – Albert & Friends Instant Circus 16 – 23 August 10.30 £35/ £30 (?)
Master some great circus skills with London's leading youth circus training team. Static trapeze, walking globe,
tightrope, unicycle, stilt-walking together with lots of fun and games on the ground! Refreshments and lunch are
provided too! Venue: Bonaly Outdoor Centre, www.albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk
FIRATÀRREGA, NR BARCELONA
10 – 13 September
Following their call for proposals in February, FiraTàrrega will take place next month.
The artistic programme of FiraTàrrega is an eclectic, singular and very selective offer of spectacles, which includes
the different stage disciplines, with special emphasis on street arts and visual spectacles. The Official Programme
includes spectacles that are vehicles for getting to know tendencies and creators from other countries. Priority is given
to spectacles that are previously unseen in Spain and that have not been programmed in the main European
performing arts festivals.
To download the programme and all other information about the festival www.firatarrega.cat
CIRCA, AUCH – FRANCE
23rd – 31st October
Contemporary circus is bursting with activity, constantly changing and trying out fresh ideas.
This spirit of innovation and artistic quality will epitomize the 22 Festival Circa, Circa 2009 will host a total of 15
circus companies and 20 shows, including :
- 13 creations for 2009,
- 2 creations from 2008,
- 3 shows performed by schools selected at a regional level by the French Federation of Circus Schools,
- a 'Nouvelles Pistes' show (including acts from future professionals),
- and a carte blanche given to students from the 20th class of the French National Centre of Circus Art (CNAC).
Circa 2009 will also present :
- CIRCLE, productions performed by schools from the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC)
- as well as acts from 3rd year occupational integration students from Lido, the centre of circus arts in Toulouse.
With the participation from circus schools, the organisation of several debates and the presentation of circus art
creation projects, co-organised with HorsLesMurs, the French national centre of circus arts resources, this year Circa
will again be the meeting point for today's circus training techniques and for many artistic and professional encounters
(in 2008, more than 200 professionals were present at the Festival, including thirty from foreign countries).
In different locations scattered throughout Auch, you can find : an open stage, 7 big tops, 3 auditoriums, workshops,
exhibitions and concerts… All you need to be fully immersed in the contemporary world of circus art and to discover its
many sides !
The detailed programme and practical information about the festival (accommodation, transport, eating out,
reservation forms, schedules and professional meetings, etc.) is published online on our website www.circuits-
Auch is one hour's drive from Toulouse, with its international airport, and one hour's drive from Agen; Agen and
Toulouse are both directly accessible from Paris on the TGV.
TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
HULA HOOP WORKSHOP, BRIGHTON
With The Circus Project
Sat 14 Nov 1-3pm £10
Learn how to control, spin and do amazing tricks with the hula hoop.
With Emily Ball
CLOWN AND SONG WORKSHOP, NR BARCELONA
This workshop will incorporate singing as an expressive resource for clowning, discovering the expressive potential of
the musicality of voices in devising clown scenes, and working both as a group and individually on pieces which are
both sung and choreographed. You will work on the voice singing “normally” and “in clown”, singing childhood songs,
duets, trios, quartets, and will compose a group clown number with a song sung and choreographed by all. No
previous experience of clown/singing is required. This workshop will be held north of Barcelona and taught by Pepe
21st and 22nd of September (6 hours per day)
Fee: 200€ (course + food + board)
For more information please visit: www.escoladeclown.eu/english/intensive%20workshops.html
THE TRANSFORM PROGRAMME AT GREENTOP CIRCUS, SHEFFIELD
Sept 7, 8, 9, 10, 11- Clowning with Gerry Flanagan
For more information on workshops and booking visit: www.greentop.org
GERMAN WHEEL WORKSHOPS: AUGUST 09
With Jessica Hummel - www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS1tOdlklN4
Under professional guidance the workshop will explore a variety of acrobatic moves that are performed on the rolling
wheel, giving the artist the opportunity to get an introduction to this amazing equipment in a safe environment.
Additional sessions can be organised on request. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLOWNING & PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP, SHEFFIELD
With Gerry Flanagan of Shifting Sands
September 7th to 11th (5 days), 10am – 4pm £200 / £175
A week of workshops aimed at all professional disciplines - aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, actors, directors,
designers, and writers. Find - or rediscover - your pleasure and confidence in performing. Take risks. Be challenged.
Have FUN! The Clown negotiates the world by playing with it. Playfulness becomes a guiding principle for the clown.
The style of play adopted is varied. It can be funny, tragic or nasty. Above all else the play is extremely personal and
optimistic, even in the direst circumstances. The study of clown is a marvellous tool for performers of all persuasions.
It allows them to confront the fear of performing because it demands an intimate relationship with the audience.
For full information and to book onto this workshop, email email@example.com or call 0114 244 8828.
LEAD ON, GLOUCESTER
Tuesday 22 September 2009
Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1Q
Are you a disabled or deaf person working in the arts, heritage or creative sectors?
Does leadership inspire you or raise questions?
Do you want to meet like-minded creative people from the UK and abroad?
The Cultural Leadership Programme in collaboration with Moya Harris and Sarah Scott invite you to Lead On - a
unique event with a leadership theme, international dimension and disability perspective.
With international disabled artist’s such as Kath Duncan and Christine Bruno taking part (see Leadership Lounge info
below), we can guarantee you’ll experience good company, informative conversations and great food within the
beautiful and accessible Cheltenham Town Hall, surrounded by landscaped gardens.
For more information about the event, the venue, booking and access, please contact;
Closing date for bookings is Monday 17 August 2009.
Other CLP Opportunities:
CLP Leadership Lounge: International Artists in Conversation is one of a number of seminar’s taking place at the
Decibel Performing Arts Showcase, 15 – 19 September in Manchester. Featuring a discussion between Australian
multimedia artist Kath Duncan and New York based actor, director and singer Christine Bruno. Visit
www.decibelpas.com for more information.
CLP Sync is an online development programme for disabled creative and cultural leaders. Find out more at
EDINBURGH AERIAL AND ACROBALANCE CONVENTION 2009
FRI 11-SUN 13 SEPTEMBER 2009 ST LEONARD’S LAND, HOLYROOD ROAD, CENTRAL EDINBURGH
www.eaac.info This year's Edinburgh Aerial and Acrobatics Convention will be the most extensive yet and
registration is now open! Early bird and club/group booking discounts available...
The UK's largest aerial and acrobatics convention.
Over 100 workshops, many taught by visiting world-class performers and instructors, and will include arts
never seen before in Scotland!
The EAAC show - annual showcase of Scottish and internationaL talent with spectacular acts and previously
unseen performances - 50% off if you sign up for workshops!
Standard price £75 with an Early Bird price of £65 (register before the end of August) and £55 if you register 5
or more from the same club or group.
Individual booking available for beginner classes - bring a friend to try something new!
Only 100 places available - book now to secure your place and get your discount! Go to www.eaac.info
WORKSHOPS... Workshops will run from beginner to professional level and will include static trapeze, aerial hoop,
corde lisse, silks, acrobalance and tumbling. There will even be the opportunity to try Spanish web, Chinese Pole,
slack wire, wall running, bungee and harness! The schedule is currently being finalised and will soon be available on
the EAAC website for advance booking.
SHOW If you book a workshop place you get a 50% discount on the show price so you pay just £5. If you have people
who want to book for just the show we will be releasing tickets for £10 soon!
TO ALL TEACHERS... We are looking for some additional skilled teachers to cover some of the workshops – contact
us if you (or anyone else you know) would like to share your skills and knowledge at the UK’s largest event of its kind
– free entry available! Please email a brief resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPREAD THE WORD... We are mailing out to all of our contacts but please spread the word to encourage early
booking. Anyone from complete beginner to experienced professional is welcome to come and further their skills,
network and have fun!
ABOUT This year's EAAC aims to further promote aerial and acrobatic arts in Scotland and includes a focus on
teaching standards and safe practice and is brought to you by Charmaine and Mark from Aerial Edge plus a
dynamic team committed to making it the best one yet. We hope to see as many of you as possible there!
UPCOMING EUROPEAN JUGGLING CONVENTIONS
Austria - 27 - 30 August, 2009 11th Kremser Jongliertreffen, Ausportplatz & Sporthalle Krems, 3500 Krems a. d.
Donau, Lower Austria, Austria
France - 28 - 30 August, 2009 Tartajongle-les Bains, Bagnoles-de-l'Orne ( 61 ) , France
Germany - 21 - 23 August, 2009 Munch-Con, die 5. Göttinger Jonglierconvention, Hochschulsportzentrum
11 - 13 September, 2009 1. Cottbuser Jonglierconvention, Cottbus, Germany
Netherlands - 28 - 30 August, 2009 Herfst Jongleerweekend 2009 (autumn juggling weekend), University of
United Kingdom - 15 - 16 August, 2009 Crawley Circus Festival, The Hawth Theatre, Crawley., United Kingdom
19 - 23 August, 2009 British Juggling Convention 2009, Hewett School, Cecil Road, Norwich, NR1 2PL, United
Thanks to www.jugglingdb.com for these listings – a great online resource centre for juggling and other circus arts.
DANCE UMBRELLA: MALE PERFORMERS WANTED
Dance Umbrella is looking for male dancers, rock climbers, parkour and circus artists with strong partnering and
performance skills to perform in bodies in urban spaces, by Austrian artist Willi Dorner. This is a free outdoor event
taking place in London during Dance Umbrella in October 09. Audition is by invitation and will be held on Wednesday
26 August from 10am – 1pm. Participation is on a voluntary basis, however a daily allowance for travel and food will
be provided. Full details can be found at www.danceumbrella.co.uk
If you have any questions about the project please contact Clare
Farrow, Programme Manager, Dance Umbrella on 020 8741 4040 or email email@example.com
Log on to You-tube “bodies in urban spaces Willi Dorner” for video footage.
SEARCH FOR CREATIVE TALENT – DELHI 2010
Search is on for creative talent to shape the Delhi 2010 - Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover
Glasgow 2014, the Organising Committee for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow has launched a
search to find the best creative talent to deliver a breathtaking vision of both city and nation at the Closing Ceremony
of the Commonwealth Games in 2010 in Delhi.
On Thursday 14th October 2010 hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world, will be treated to an
introduction to Glasgow and Scotland through a feast of creativity and talent as the city formally receives the
Commonwealth Games flag from India. Glasgow 2014 today launched the search for the Creative Lead who will
propose the concept, which will inspire those watching events in Delhi in 2010.
The Creative Lead will have knowledge and experience of delivering arts, cultural and creative programmes in the UK
and internationally. The entire copyright of the creative concept will be assigned to Glasgow 2014 Ltd.
Tenders are invited from individuals, companies and consortia from creative, cultural, arts, production, programming,
advertising and events backgrounds.
For full details on the tendering process and deadlines for completion, visit www.glasgow.bravosolution.co.uk
Expressions of interest must be received by 16 July. Invitations to tender will be sent to selected suppliers on 27 July.
A supplier day surgery will be held on 3 August, before tender submissions close on 26 August. Proposal
presentations will be made on 2 September before the winning tender is announced.
The worldwide search for CircusPrincess 2009 is on! The CircusPrincess, a fairytale come true, is no ordinary circus.
It's the ultimate celebration of female grace, beauty and talent. And now, for the first time in history, they're inviting the
global Internet audience to join them in the nomination, voting and selection process. They're searching for the most
entertaining, completely original female circus act or performance. You can perform by yourself or with a group, on
land or in the air - whether you're an acrobat, comedian, dancer, singer or an entirely new type of performer. Apply
now on their website for the chance to be one of 14 finalists. The winner will receive a prize, the title of CircusPrincess
2009, a three-month contract with Circus Scott, a distinctive, irreplaceable Kosta Boda trophy and the prestige of
being recognised as the best female circus performer in the world. Buy your tickets today to reserve your seats for one
of five amazing evenings. To browse through the history of past performances, view the contributions, book tickets or
to apply, simply visit www.cirkusprinsessan2009.se
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