In the long view we see the reliable ability of circus to work itself through the cracks of mainstream culture: it appears in Covent Garden after the fruit market closes and before the developers move in, runs the corridors and halls of an abandoned Victorian fire and police station, springs up in timber-yards and warehouses and among the shadowed vaults under London Bridge.
Its restless spirit allies itself with the subversive countercultural energy of the new variety and alternative comedy circuits, takes on the voice of the poet and the anarchist, and picks up speed as it moves towards its modern incarnation: a hybrid artform, spread across borders, half in the public eye and half out of it, sensible of its history yet ready, always, to reinvent itself.
Over the years, Crying Out Loud has created a series of tools that dive deeper in the history of circus. We have combined these projects under the ‘Circus Compendium’ banner, and they’re all available for you to enjoy in different formats.
Please contact us if you would like to present any of Circus Compendium at your festival or event.