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Monday, March 20, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Anyday by Katharine Kavanagh

Max likes birds. Max really likes birds. Max also likes setting the scene… really really well. Something Max doesn’t seem to like is risk. Unfortunately for this show.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: March Circus News by Katharine Kavanagh

This month we made a pilot for a monthly ‘What’s On’ guide for circus in the UK. Let us know what you think!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Betwixt & Between, by CirqOn The Seam by Katharine Kavanagh

The show is an exploration of connection between the two women in an abstract world. I don’t know who they are, or why they’re here (I imagine some unspoken Godot), but I recognise the i…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TEN – Bristol by Katharine Kavanagh

Circomedia’s third year students show us what they’ve learnt in their final ensemble project, Ten. Made in only a few weeks, and to be taken on tour around South of England and Wales, l…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Effet Bekkrell, by Groupe Bekkrell by Katharine Kavanagh

A punch of emotion smacks me in the gut. The power caught up in this hour of high octane clowning, body-rocking, strength and struggle is released, with a glint of water in my eyes. Effet Be…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: ‘Portraits of Contemporary Circus’ by Katharine Kavanagh

In this book, curated by Wim Claessen, a recognisable portrait of the circus arts today is constructed through distinct interview essays and elegant black and white photographs.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Otus, by Company Oliveira & Bachtler by Katharine Kavanagh

As I enter the darkened studio space, laid with a carefully picked out domino path of bare wooden blocks, a tilted table, and piles of wooden tiles, my eye is caught by sand trickling from t…

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Monday, December 12, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland by Katharine Kavanagh

Zippos Circus have been a fixture amid the fairy lights of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland since 2009, presenting a family show during the day, and more daredevil fare in the evening.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Festival Circolo 2016 by Katharine Kavanagh

The biennial Dutch festival of international circus arts has had a rebrand this year, from the tongue twisting Circo Circolo to the plainer Festival Circolo. I am pleased to report, however…

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CIRCUS DIARIES: Fidelis Fortibus, by Circus Ronaldo by Katharine Kavanagh

‘Did you know this is a family circus?‘ I’m asked by my acrobat neighbour, as we take our seats on the wooden benches around the sawdust ring. I was aware that Belgian troupe, Circus R…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Hieronymus Bosch celebrated through circus by Katharine Kavanagh

2016 marks the 500th anniversary since the death of medieval Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. His vivid and visionary vistas, where fantasy landscapes are peopled with with earthy human chara…

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Juggling Trajectories: Gandini Juggling 1991-2015 by Thomas J M Wilson by Katharine Kavanagh

Juggling Trajectories is the first book to be published by Gandini Juggling’s imprint, Gandini Press, and is an interesting and rich retrospective of 25 years as a company, packaged as a h…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Gerry Cottle’s WOW Circus 2016 by Katharine Kavanagh

Impresario Gerry Cottle has one of the most recognisable names in British circus and family entertainment, thanks to an extensive touring career over half a century, regular television appea…

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: The Routledge Circus Studies Reader by Edited by Peta Tait and Katie Lavers by Katharine Kavanagh

The Circus Studies reader from Routledge is the first of its kind, combining academic essays from a global collection of scholars into one English language volume. The result is a rich and d…

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Life On Wheels, by Bella Kinetica by Katharine Kavanagh

The first full length theatrical show from roller-skating and aerial duo Bella Kinetica is a scrapbook of animated sound clips, a series of vintage moments that chart aspects of a lifelong f…

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Ceirw – Savage Hart, by Citrus Arts by Katharine Kavanagh

The current incarnation of Citrus Arts’ Ceirw – Savage Hart is a gothic fairytale of fading glories, told through narrative dance that draws on classical ballet, folk, and aerial langua…

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Friday, October 7, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: He Ain’t Heavy, by Grania Pickard & Oddly Moving Circus Theatre by Katharine Kavanagh

The special preview of He Ain’t Heavy from Grania Pickard and her newly formed company, Oddly Moving Circus Theatre, was accompanied an invitation to a group of local writers and circus en…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: The Painted Wagon, by Giffords Circus by Katharine Kavanagh

Wild West inspired acts have been a feature of circus since William Cody’s Buffalo Bill show took off across the States in the late 1800s. Trick riding, so often associated with cowboys an…

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Monday, October 3, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: The Machine, by Collectif and then… by Katharine Kavanagh

What is your relationship to rules? Inside The Machine, you may discover that your freedoms and compliance are not as clear cut as you imagined. The latest show from Collectif and then… is…

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Elixir by Head First Acrobats by Katharine Kavanagh

Zombies, super-strength and test-tube potions are the order of the day in Elixir, from the Australian team of Head First Acrobats (HFA). Or, more correctly, the order of the night – the pr…

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Water On Mars by Plastic Boom by Katharine Kavanagh

The seminal juggling extravaganza Water on Mars has been around in a variety of live and videoed incarnations since 2012, but the ‘waterboy’ dream-team of Patrik Elmnert, Tony Pezzo and …

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CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Perhaps Hope by Company Here And Now by Katharine Kavanagh

In their native Australia, the effects of climate change are currently felt more keenly than here in Europe, and the politics surrounding the issue are more prominent.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES in Edinburgh: The Toad Knew by James Thiérrée & Compagnie du Hanneton by Katharine Kavanagh

The latest production from Compagnie du Hanneton is a theatrical wonder that builds on their reputation for exquisite spectacle. James Thiérrée has genius of both skill and imagination, an…

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CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Driftwood by Casus by Katharine Kavanagh

Like pieces of beautiful flotsam, we are washed through Casus‘ latest production, Driftwood, where human encounters, collisions, and partings are subject to the implacable tide of time and…

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfirnge: Closer by Circa by Katharine Kavanagh

In 2013, Circa won a Total Theatre ‘Significant Contribution’ Award at Edinburgh Fringe, for pushing the boundaries of what 21st Century circus can look like. Their offering this year, C…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Bedtime Stories by Upswing by Katharine Kavanagh

The Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows in Edinburgh’s Fringe seems to be the perfect venue for a children’s show. Bright colours surround the two venues (one big top, one Spiegelte…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Imbalance’ by Joli Vyann by Katharine Kavanagh

Joli Vyann draw from both circus and dance vocabularies to create an indicative style that is neither one nor the other, but a nuanced hybrid of contemporary dance and acrobalance.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Image, by Natalie Reckert by Katharine Kavanagh

It is a 50 minute solo show about handstands. Throughout the show, Natalie Reckert will explain and demonstrate in various ways how handstands work: scientifically, physically and in her per…

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Tipping Point, by Ockham’s Razor by Katharine Kavanagh

Tipping Point is a perfect example of how experimentation and innovation in circus can produce surprisingly powerful moments that, when shared with the audience, can provide them with a new …

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CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: A Simple Space, by Gravity & Other Myths by Katharine Kavanagh

Gravity & Other Myths‘ A Simple Space is just that – a small grey square, framed by an audience who are up close and friendly. The space is built, dismantled and reconstructed by an…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CIRCUS DIARIES: Knee Deep 2016, by Casus by Katharine Kavanagh

Knee Deep was the first show created by the artistically adventurous Casus. It premiered in 2012, since which time the raw performance has matured during a number of international tours and …

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