What is Circus? (5:35)

Posted on: 8 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

What is Circus? is the first film in the series.

On the border between theatre and dance, between tradition and invention, we find something new – contemporary circus – a borderless, hybrid artform.

The…

Cantina (9:02)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

A twist on the 1930’s wrings out the darker passions and tensions that lie within that era’s entertainment.

Australian production Cantina takes the gaily enjoyable 1930s aesthetic familiar to cabaret and repeatedly twists…

Circus in the Medina  (12:27)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Everyone in the Medina knows the Hammich family. From the oldest grandfather to the youngest granddaughter, the Hammichs are famous acrobats, trained from an early age in skills that have been preserved…

Piccadilly Circus Circus (10:08)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Appearing unannounced in the centre of London on 2nd September 2012, Piccadilly Circus Circus was a one-day event that saw more than two hundred circus artists perform among the pendant flags and…

Epicycle  (3:16)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Epicycle, a vast, dirty ring of steel studded with valve wheels and junk controls along its edge, is the work of the French group CirkVOST. Ludovic des Cognets’ photographs follow the piece…

Place des Anges (9:01)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

On 2nd September 2012, French company Les Studios de Cirque invaded Piccadilly Circus to perform an extraordinary aerial spectacle after sunset.

Place des Anges closed Piccadilly Circus Circus – a unique and unforgettable experience…

Petit Petit Mal  (3:27)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Featuring hyper-aggressive Chinese pole, rough and tumble fights on the ground and in the air, Swiss ball trampoline, resplendent golden trousers, improvised teeterboard, and even a small but gratifying amount of nudity,…

Manifestly Phia  (13:49)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

The transgender artist and juggler Phia Ménard talks about the meaning of transformation and erosion in her work, about piecing together the puzzle of each performance, about putting herself in danger, and…

Flying High (2:28)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Going by the numbers, Bristol is our circus city: you’ll find more circus artists there, relative to population, than in any other UK town. Much of the activity revolves around Circomedia, a…

Petit Mal (9:50)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Combining the skills of a breakdancer, a cage fighter, and an ex-gymnast (and chef), Race Horse Company attack circus with a sullen punk-rock attitude.

Their show Petit Mal, set amid the wreckage of…

Undisclosed (4:11)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Photographer Bertil Nilsson talks about his book Undisclosed, a collection of black and white stills of circus artists pictured naked as they work on their skills.

Nilsson spent five years travelling Europe and…

Smashed (4:24)

Posted on: 7 Oct 2014

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

They’d already created work inspired by Merce Cunningham, Mozart, Steve Reich and Jean-Paul Sartre when, a year after the death of the great choreographer Pina Bausch, Gandini Juggling made Smashed.

Weaving the gestural…

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