• Far From The Norm

Circus Sampler

Taking place across two summer weekends in the courtyard of Somerset House, Circus Sampler will feature free contemporary circus, hip hop dance and music shows resulting from original collaborations and unexpected combinations.

Union Black is a new work from hip hop collective Far From The Norm that combines the Company’s signature fast-paced footwork and physical floor-work with the strength and skill of circus artists performing on Chinese Pole and tight-wire. Expect the performers to tear up the stage – and the rule book.

Trailblazers Gandini Juggling will bring their exceptional skills to the courtyard fountain for a specially commissioned piece. Cascade will be performed within the rise and fall of the 55 water jets to the rousing sound of brass music played by Circa Tsuïca – a band of French musical acrobats. As the Gandinis weave patterns in the air, the constant flow of movement and sound will be mesmerizing.

Programmed to celebrate 250 years since Philip and Patty Astley pioneered circus in London in 1768, Circus Sampler is an unmissable opportunity for audiences of all ages to sample the originality and vitality of contemporary circus in the beautiful, historical setting of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House.

Further programme announcements to be made.





  • Crying Out Loud is a great producing outfit that has brought some memorable works to these shores.

    Lyn Gardner writing in The Guardian on Crying Out Loud

  • Far From The Norm

    Established in May 2009, Far From The Norm was founded by artistic director Botis Seva and is a collective of dance artists renowned for experimenting with hip hop form whilst tackling socio-political concerns. Far From The Norm’s work portfolio crosses theatre performances, outdoor spectacles and immersive experiences that are renowned for challenging yet inspiring their audiences. They are committed to producing evocative, authentic work by taking audiences on visceral journeys whilst presenting conceptual yet compelling truths.

    Far From The Norm have performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin’ Convention, VAULT Festival, Plymouth Fringe, Talawa Firsts, Austria’s Hip Hop Goes Theatre, Festival Hop! and San Francisco’s International Hip Hop Dance Fest. They have presented work in theatres and venues across the UK.

  • Gandini Juggling

    Formed in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling is at the vanguard of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st century.

    Gandini Juggling celebrates juggling in all its facets. Made up of an ever-evolving ensemble of virtuosic jugglers, they regularly expand to include up to 20 performers for specially commissioned events and performances.

    They are constantly creating new works, which range from radical art/juggling fusions to accessible theatrical performances, from choreographic studies to commercially commissioned routines.

    Gandini Juggling have performed over 5,000 shows in 50 countries and they continue to perform at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues throughout the world. These venues range from contemporary French art galleries to German opera houses, from theatres in Lebanon to tents in Argentina. Closer to home the Gandinis can be seen performing at the UK’s major outdoor festivals and venues including the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre.

    Initially teaming up with pioneering and influential dance artist and choreographer Gill Clarke, Gandini Juggling continue to collaborate with a wide range of cultural leaders. The Gandinis are influenced by a range of disciplines including composers, ballet choreographers, fashion designers, computer programmers, sound designers, set makers and mathematicians. They have spent several seasons working with symphony orchestras, choreographing juggling patterns to canonical classical works and have had music specially composed for them by Tom Johnson and Nimrod Borenstein.

    The Gandinis are very much in demand at leading circus schools, teaching workshops, creating performances and supporting the next generation of circus artists.

    30 productions and 23 years later, Gandini Juggling are still creating some of the most vibrant and challenging performance pieces in the world.