Spotlight UK Circus is 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.
Subcase Subtopia Circus Fair 14 – 17 November, will feature performances of 8 Songs (Gandini Juggling), Ringside (Ellie Dubois) and Hyena (Alula Cyr). Pitches will be made by Ellie Dubois and Jessica Andrade (The Brownie Club).
8 Songs by Gandini Juggling
Six rock star jugglers strut with attitude to eight classic rock and roll songs whilst skilfully making their juggling balls literally dance to the music of the Rolling Stones, Bowie, Dylan, the Beach Boys and the Velvet Underground. Ever flying, ever catching, the skilful and risky juggling sequences are spellbinding juxtaposed with the sexy stance of a rock performer revelling in music.
8 Songs is an unforgettable journey into the soundtrack of our lives.
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. Her, she is up close and her intimate aerial performance is for an audience of one: you. There’s no hiding the bruises, or the strapping on her legs. There are tiny beads of sweat on her body and no sequins.
Ringside is a performance unlike any circus you’ve seen before; intensely personal and thought-provoking.
Hyena by Alula Cyr
Spirited and striking, Hyena is an innovative, synchronised display of strength from Alula Cyr, the first all-female Cyr trio.
With precision and poignancy, Hyena marries awe-inspiring Cyr wheel skill, acrobatics, song and dance to reveal the fierce and complex friendships between the three women.
Renowned for their innovative approach to creating structures with Cyr wheels to handstand on, tumble through and use as a tightwire, Alula Cyr are a phenomenon. Hyena is their debut full-length work.
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.
Crying Out Loud is an Arts Award Supporter.