Spotlight UK Circus – an unprecedented opportunity for the very best UK contemporary circus artists to showcase work at three key international festivals: CIRCa festival du cirque actual, Subcase Subtopia Circus Fair and Festival OFF d’Avignon.
CIRCa festival du cirque actuel, 20 – 29 October 2017, features public performances of FLOWN (Pirates of the Carabina), Tipping Point (Ockham’s Razor), Ringside (Ellie Dubois) and Knot (Nikki & JD). Pitches will be made to promoters by Extraordinary Bodies, José Triguero and Gemma Palomar, Levantes Dance Theatre, Max Calaf Sevé, Mimbre, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre and Upwing.
Tipping Point by Ockham’s Razor
Tipping Point, staged in the round, allows for an intimate connection between the artists and the audience who encircle them. With five metal poles, five performers create a compelling series of poetic phrases set against a backdrop of atmospheric shadows and hypnotic music.
Knot by Nikki & JD
Knot is an acrobatic pas de deux about the search for a significant partner. As the two performers execute athletic lifts and balances, and perform sinewy choreography, their voices share the romantic dreams, falsehoods and confusion that underpin their complex relationship.
Ringside by Ellie Dubois
Ringside. A woman on a trapeze. The vision of every glamorous woman you’ve ever seen suspended high up in the big top, performing for the crowd. But here, this is not circus as we usually know it. Here she’s up close and her intimate aerial performance is for an audience of one: you.
FLOWN by Pirates of the Carabina
Irreverent bold and breathtaking, FLOWN tells the tale of a motley crew of incredible acrobats, aerialists, musicians and stuntmen trying to get a show on the road. But no-one seems prepared and mishaps, misfortune and misunderstandings get in the way. This is circus in which everything can go wrong, and most things do – calamity is just one step away.
Spotlight UK Circus is led by NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud and funded by the Arts Council England International Showcasing fund. Its aims are to raise the profile of UK contemporary circus on the international scene, increase the capacity and ability of UK companies to promote themselves and tour internationally, and develop and support a new network of touring contemporary circus companies.