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Friday, June 16, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Big Top Typewriter by Katharine Kavanagh

Here is a book that hits all my buttons: It’s a book about circus; it’s a book about writing; most importantly, it’s a book about writing about circus! David Lewis Hammarstrom wrote hi…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Hyena by Katharine Kavanagh

Beautiful singing from Lil Rice and the compositions of Ollie Clark, which warm us with percussion-conjured cicadas, bullfrogs and buried tribal memories, are as enveloping as I remember. Th…

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CIRCUS DIARIES: The Band by Katharine Kavanagh

Inside the art warehouse space of the Invisible Wind Factory, the smell of incense, free glitter and revolving ceiling decor have already set the scene for the height of Bruno & Sandy…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Three reviews by Katharine Kavanagh

Watch our vlog reviews of: Circa in a graveyard, with students from the National Centre of Circus Arts; Jay Millers Circus in a country fair, with a series of circus model makers.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: June 2017 Circus News by Katharine Kavanagh

The months move quickly, and with them the touring, tenting and special-eventing circuses of the world. Here’s what’s going down in the UK this June.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Our birthday vlog by Katharine Kavanagh

Yes, The Circus Diaries is 4 years old this week and, this year, our birthday milestone is the creation of a new vlog feature on YouTube. What have we learnt from attempt number one?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Gostinitsa by Katharine Kavanagh

Last time I saw circus mixed with flapper era razzle-dazzle and golden-age Hollywood themes, it was in the Broadway musical debut of Cirque Du Soleil, Paramour. Now, Gostinitsa – the outst…

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CIRCUS DIARIES: Any Port In A Storm by Katharine Kavanagh

Dressing up boxes, jewels, and the English countryside are three of the prominent phrases that stick in my mind from the Giffords Circus website. And, as if by magic, they have all been brou…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Circus Zyair by Katharine Kavanagh

Circus Zyair was one of the first classic tenting companies I ever saw, back in 2014. I remember loving the show, and the review I wrote has been consistently one of the most visited pages o…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Mooky & Mr Boo’s Circus Spectacular by Katharine Kavanagh

Mooky, as interpreted by Laci Endresz Jr, is the third-generational incarnation of the clown, and the show is built around his character and the teasing interactions played out with his brot…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: May circus scoop by Katharine Kavanagh

May’s circus forecast is here! Third time’s the charm, they say, let us know if we’ve got it right… what are we missing?

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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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