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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘Honest, heartfelt & emotional narrative’: KNOT – The Place by Katharine Kavanagh

Ultimately, Knot can be seen as a triumph of what can be achieved within contemporary circus when it refuses to bow to expectations, or to take the easy way out.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘What passes for normal when safety and ease are ripped away’: SARAB – Jacksons Lane by Katharine Kavanagh

Perhaps the show is preaching to the converted among a largely liberal theatre crowd at Jackson’s Lane, but Sarab is a show that should be programmed to visit every small town where people…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

‘Had me wishing the performance would never end’: HYENA – The Albany by Katharine Kavanagh

Hyena is an exciting, vibrant and honest exploration of a complex female bond. The show is a celebration of the power of womanhood and highlights how our abilities as individuals can benefit…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘Brave & beautiful adventure’: SPRING – ArtsDepot by Katharine Kavanagh

Spring is a brave and beautiful adventure, a trip to the light fantastic. But, if you like a bit more meat on your bone, then the Gandini’s previous show Sigma offers much more depth and, …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Circus in the UK has much to learn from other countries by Katharine Kavanagh

While the circus world is a truly global affair, many countries also boast national advocacy organisations that promote the art form and

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES: ‘Breaking Point’, by Weibel Weibel Co by Katharine Kavanagh

In the middle of a studio floor, marked with tape into audience safe zones, Alexander Weibel Weibel is playing violin as we enter the space for Breaking Point.

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‘Poetry, cynicism & the right amount of innuendo’: HEAD – Jacksons Lane by Katharine Kavanagh

Head is a mixture of poetry, cynicism and the right amount of innuendo and crude humour to keep you entertained, created and performed by John-Paul Zaccarini.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Not yet cooked to perfection’: RELENTLESS UNSTOPPABLE HUMAN MACHINE – Roundhouse by Katharine Kavanagh

It’s a significant feat for a young company of this scale to succeed at making new work in the UK funding climate and, if Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine is not yet cooked to perfecti…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Strangely life-affirming’: Fram & Dunt – Roundhouse by Katharine Kavanagh

Fram and Dunt, directed by Ellie Dubois for Collectif paints the fragility and unpredictably of life and death in a refreshing, light-hearted and strangely life-affirming manner.

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Why UK circus artists are lining up to train at Belgium’s Ecole Superieure des Arts du Cirque by Katharine Kavanagh

As circus takes an increasingly international outlook, UK practitioners are looking to train in Europe and beyond. Katharine Kavanagh explains how a

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

How circus training has expanded in the UK by Katharine Kavanagh

Disappearing with a travelling troupe used to be the only way to learn the tricks of the circus trade if you weren’t born into an established circus family. Over the last 50 years, however…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES: What to look out for in April 2018? by Katharine Kavanagh

Another jam-packed month for all you circus nuts – how many events are you going to get to?

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

‘Talking good circus’: Long live the Circassian by Katharine Kavanagh

Circassians reading this: it’s up to us. Let’s not feel embarrassed to use our title, let’s embrace and enjoy it. Public perception of what we do will never change if we don’t change…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES – March’s Circus Scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

Turns out it’s exactly 12 months since we posted our first Circus Scoop guide to what’s on where in UK circus, so that means March is a double birthday! Doesn’t time fly when you’re …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES – February’s Circus Scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

Our monthly guide to what you can catch and where in the wonderful world of UK circus is out now on our YouTube channel. Go ahead and hit subscribe if you haven’t already!

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES: ‘Vu’ by Sacékripa by Katharine Kavanagh

A low coffee table sits before us, its woodgrain perpendicular to that of the boarded stage, laid with a glass mug diagonally sandwiched between an upright sugar cuboid in one corner and a b…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Fantasy world of fabulous simplicity’: TESSERACT – Jacksons Lane (London International Mime Festival) by Katharine Kavanagh

This was the UK premiere of Tesseract, which won Nacho Flores a CircusNext laureate in 2013-2014, but I hope to see a tour outside the capital follow to showcase more widely the potential f…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

‘Acrobatics are impressive’: EVOL: EMOTIVE CIRCUS ARTS – Bath by Katharine Kavanagh

For regular dance or circus visitors, the current version of EvoL is still a Fringe-level offering but, with continued ambition, scrutiny and professional support, Hannah Finn’s vision cou…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

‘Subtly showcases women’s subterranean strengths’: BECOMING SHADES – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Katharine Kavanagh

Donning black gauze masks for our mouth and nose, we are led into the underworld poetry of Becoming Shades, at The Vaults, a moving dream of Persephone’s journey into Hades from the creati…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘A good introduction to Cirque’s signature style’: OVO – Royal Albert Hall by Katharine Kavanagh

Cirque du Soleil have brought another of their spectacular shows to the Royal Albert Hall as they do every January, and this one is going to extend their stay by touring to several venues ar…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

SANTA MADERA by Cie MPTA – London International Mime Festival by Katharine Kavanagh

Compagnie MPTA are a regularly returning company to the London International Mime Festival with their forward-thinking and beautifully presented contemporary circus.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

CIRCUS DIARIES: January 2018 circus news by Katharine Kavanagh

Happy New Year! And a Happy Birthday to circus as the 250th anniversary celebrations begin!

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: There’s circus for everyone by Katharine Kavanagh

To draw a circus map of Britain today, we can no longer just look to the fields and hard-standings where tenting companies pitch, but must also peek behind the walls of theatre buildings and…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: December’s Circus Scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

‘Tis the season to be jolly… so what could be more jolly than a trip to see some circus? Here's our video round up, with some holly on top!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

‘A rollicking good night out’: LA SOIREE – West End by Katharine Kavanagh

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the sensuous experience of watching a circus show, and how reviews – coming generally from a theatrical tradition – usually privilege the conceptu…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Serious Circus symposium by Katharine Kavanagh

Organised by Stumble Dance Circus director, Mish Weaver, the Serious Circus symposium is the first iteration of an ongoing project to create a network of support and practitioners who are us…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: November’s Circus Scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

Winter’s in the air, canvases are being stashed for the season, but our video guide shows you what’s still on and where in all the circusy nooks of the UK.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Reporting on Serious Circus symposium by Katharine Kavanagh

Organised by Stumble Dance Circus director, Mish Weaver, the Serious Circus symposium is the first iteration of an ongoing project to create a network of support and practitioners who are us…

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CIRCUS DIARIES: Around by Katharine Kavanagh

Avoiding the stereotypes of circus nostalgia, the show nonetheless manages to use the tropes of classical circus in a way that feels fresh and resonant to contemporary youngsters.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: As a Tiger in the Jungle by Katharine Kavanagh

A girl sits huddled inside an aerial cage, a sphere suspended in space, tethered to the figure of Aman Tamang, glittering in the darkness behind a sail-like rigging structure, which combines…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The other comic relief: how clowns bring joy to war zones by Katharine Kavanagh

There’s more to clowning than red noses and big tops – Katharine Kavanagh looks at the groups using their circus skills to

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