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Friday, April 28, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: It’s Not Yet Midnight by Katharine Kavanagh

The first time I saw Cie XY in their latest show, It’s Not Yet Midnight (or, as it was then, titled in its original French, Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit), I knew nothing of what to expect,…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Circus Evolution: Propelling top acts around the world by Katharine Kavanagh

Creative producer Crying Out Loud has spent 15 years crossing borders with high-quality visual performance, presenting international artists to UK venues and

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How Blackpool Tower Circus has stayed at the top for 100 years by Katharine Kavanagh

Every spring for more than a century, the Blackpool Tower Circus has opened its doors to present a new season to locals

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: The future is circus at Canvas 2017 by Katharine Kavanagh

Contemporary circus is making ever-increasing ripples on the surface of the UK performing arts scene and, for three days every other spring, the Canvas showcasing event allows industry profe…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Taival by Company Nuua by Katharine Kavanagh

The second show from Company Nuua is a poetic sideshow philosophy of beauty, life, and pain. There is dark. There is bright. There is flesh. There are hugs, and struggles (which, themselves,…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Romeo & Juliet by Omidaze by Katharine Kavanagh

The promenade production is set, for the most part, in the backstage area of Ffwrnes, Carmarthenshire’s newly designated circus-theatre centre. We begin, however, in the foyer, where tele…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: April’s Circus Scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

The second of our monthly what’s on where videos for circus in the UK.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: The New American Circus by Ernest Albrecht by Katharine Kavanagh

Ernest Albrecht is the foremost circus writer in the US and, although this book is now over 20 years old, it still holds a wealth of information that’s relevant to circus companies today.

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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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