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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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Monday, August 7, 2017

How a Budapest circus brings Paris nightlife to Edinburgh by Katharine Kavanagh

On his return to Edinburgh, Bence Vagi tells Katharine Kavanagh how seeing a variety of contemporary circus performers in the Scottish capital

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus by Katharine Kavanagh

A big red, white ‘n’ blue tent sits in the corner of the park, surrounded by big American style trucks to match, all emblazoned with circus imagery for Uncle Sam’s Great American Circu…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Aceleré by Katharine Kavanagh

Stalking in with a whisper and out with a boom, Circolombia are on a Welsh stage for the first time, bringing their urban energy and Latin rhythms to Bangor’s purpose built circus centre w…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Close Encounters by Katharine Kavanagh

Watch our video review of Briefs' latest show, straight from London and featuring our own close encounter with guest critic Laura Kressly.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Lunatique by Katharine Kavanagh

A white circus tent with strings of fairy lights and goblin-sculpture guardians sits under the trees in the University of Muenster’s campus grounds. During the day it has been home to an i…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

CIRCUS DIARIES: Circus Scoop July 2017 by Katharine Kavanagh

The UK towns and countryside look busy as ever with festivals and free events adding to the circus fare this month. Anything else we should be looking out for or reporting on?

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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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