A fond farewell…

Dear Bristol friends and colleagues,

It has taken me a little while to write this. Yes, I’m leaving Circus City Festival.
I have loved working in our great city the last 10 years, but it’s time to move on to European pastures new.

The UK voted Brexit and unfortunately that makes life quite difficult for some of us.

I’ve been Co-Director together with Kate the last 5 years and it’s really been an absolute pleasure. What Circus City has achieved with the support of funders, partners, artists, colleagues, volunteers and audiences in a very short amount of time is truly remarkable. Thank you for this vote of confidence!

The spirit of can do and collectivity of Bristol is rare and beautiful.

As much as Brexit is quite depressing not all stories end in tears. I’m currently working with two international networks; being Coordinator of Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN) and Partnership Manager for Trans Europe Halles (TEH). So keep in touch!

See you on the continent!

With love,

Lina B. Frank

Co-Founder of Circus City

 

Image by: Jonas Persson

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That’s a wrap!

After a brilliant two weeks with over 85 events in 20 venues our biennial festival has come to an end for this time! It’s wrap from Circus City for another two years!

We have so many people to thank for making this year’s festival such a resounding success – all of the performers, audiences, volunteers, crew, sponsors, funders and venues.
Much more on that over the coming days but for now a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone involved!

We couldn’t have done it without you.

 
We want to ask everyone who came to a show or an event in Circus City 2017 to fill in our short audience survey which allows us to report back to our funders about the work we have done and include your thoughts!
 
There is a price draw for voucher price of £50 for one person to win for those of you who complete the survey before 12th of November! The voucher can be used in a variety of shops.
FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE SURVEY: 

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LAST EVENTS OF THE FESTIVAL

With just a few days left of Circus City 2017, our programme is ramping up rather than winding down! There are still some great shows to see including Tipping Point, Flaque and Circus Shorts. Read on for more…

AROUND

Around is a fun, tender show about the life of a circus troupe as they overcome hardship through collaboration and cooperation. This playful performance mixes circus skills old and new: juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, mime, clownery, blowing bubbles and breakdancing! “Gentle, engaging and delightful throughout, Around is perfectly-pitched children’s theatre.” – The Reviews Hub

11:00 and 14:00 (27 + 28 Oct). Tickets £9/£32 (family deal)/ Children under 2 go free! 

TIPPING POINT

Five performers held within the light of a circular stage begin to play, transforming seemingly simple metal poles into a rich landscape of images, catching the imagination as they build a world before your eyes. Tipping Point is daring work from Ockham’s Razor – the UK’s premier aerial theatre company. A feast of high risk brilliance performed with grace and power.

20:00 on Friday 27th (SOLD OUT) and Saturday 28th October (14:00 matinee on the 28th). Tickets from £10. 

MARVELLOUS

Invisible Youth

Invisible Youth invite you to experience a social circus performance, group-devised over five afternoons by the young people from Felix Road Adventure Playground in Easton, assisted by professional circus practitioners from Invisible Youth.

17:30 Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October (13:00 on Saturday). Tickets by donation. 

CIRCUS SHORTS

A fantastic chance to see emerging work by a range of artists working with circus. An evening full of new ideas, different approaches and experimental skills served up fresh for your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to see the very latest acts being worked on by the incredible wealth of talent that lives and works in Bristol. Circomedia joins forces with Circus City to present this series of short circus pieces at the Trinity Arts Centre.

19:00 Friday 27th October. Tickets from £10. 

FLAQUE

To mark the last show in this year’s festival the promoter for Compagnie Defracto – Circus Futures – is getting the drinks in! Just quote Circus Futures at the Unit 15 bar to redeem this offer.

Flaque is a witty and deadpan expression of Cie deFracto’s passion for juggling. In every moment they are working with it as a kind of physical music driven by rhythm combined with dance and absurd humour.

Their bodies drop more often than the objects do and the desire to catch is the impulse behind every action. Their movements are precise, flexible and display dazzling vitality.

This is juggling as it should be: challenging, fresh, raw and full of finesse.

Sunday, October 29th, 17:30. Unit 15. Tickets from £7 

SQUEEZY GREEN’S COMPENDIUM OF GAMES

Squeezy Green's Compendium of Games

Finishing our half-term shows off in style – this special edition of Squeezy Green’s will feature mystery guest local circus legends.

Squeezy has run plenty of game shows before but now they are throwing circus skills into the mix, so prepare for the unexpected!

This will be a somersaulting big top of an afternoon, with games you wouldn’t necessarily be allowed to play at home. So roll up, roll up: thrills, spills and more fun than you could pack into a popcorn stand.

Sunday, October 29th, 15:00. The Wardrobe Theatre. Tickets from £6. 

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HALF-TERM FAMILY EVENTS

Circus City has some real treats in store for families this mid-term, perfect for fun-filled Autumnal days off school.

AROUND (25-28 OCT, CIRCOMEDIA)

Around is a fun, tender show about the life of a circus troupe as they overcome hardship through collaboration and cooperation.

A drum machine roars, buckets are banged and the vivid sound of an acoustic guitar joins the buzzing of a baritone ukulele in an ‘80s inspired soundtrack created specially for performance.

Featuring a monkey suit and a massive banana, this playful performance mixes circus skills old and new: juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, mime, clownery, blowing bubbles and breakdancing!

“Gentle, engaging and delightful throughout, Around is perfectly-pitched children’s theatre.” – The Reviews Hub

11:00 and 14:00 (25-28 Oct). Relaxed performance: 14:00 (26 Oct). Tickets £9/£32 (family deal)/ Children under 2 go free! 

SQUEEZY GREEN’S COMPENDIUM OF GAMES (22 + 29 OCT, WARDROBE THEATRE)

Squeezy Green's Compendium of Games

Wardrobe Theatre regulars, Squeezy Green and Finney Haddock present this unique two-show special of circus themed games, so come test your skills, take a chance and enjoy being ridiculous.

The hosts will take you through a series of games and challenges. Play from the safety of your seat or take the opportunity to go head to head against another challenger. Squeezy has run plenty of game shows before but now they are throwing circus skills into the mix, so prepare for the unexpected!

This will be a somersaulting big top of an afternoon, with games you wouldn’t necessarily be allowed to play at home. So roll up, roll up: thrills, spills and more fun than you could pack into a popcorn stand.

15:00 on 22 and 29 Oct. Tickets £8/£6/Children under 3 go free! 

MARVELLOUS (27 + 28 OCT, ALL HALLOWS HALL)

Invisible Youth

Invisible Youth invite you to experience a social circus performance, group-devised over five afternoons by the young people from Felix Road Adventure Playground in Easton, assisted by professional circus practitioners from Invisible Youth.

Social circus is a catalyst for change, that uses positive role models to engage at-risk youth and empower them with life skills such as self-esteem, daring, teamwork and perseverance.

As an audience member, you will participate in a promenade performance in a historic venue, off the beaten track. You will witness the community cohesion generated via creative projects and the importance of play and the Arts in the lives of young people, who will be showcasing Easton as a hotbed of authentic talent.

17:30 (27 Oct) and 13:00 (28 Oct). Suggested donation £8. Under 12s go free! 

 

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LAST WEEK’S EVENTS

We had a roaring start to Circus City last week with sold out shows and standing ovations aplenty. This week, we have some real treats in store for you…

SWING CIRCUS

Suitable for complete beginners, Swing Circus will have you jiving and jitterbugging in no time. Featuring a jam-packed programme of workshops, cabaret shows, circus performances and evening dances, you can learn from the best in the business including choreographers from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Tickets: (click for link)The Trinity Centre. Friday, October 20th to Sunday, October 22nd. Tickets from £13.

THE SUCCESS PROJECT

Lavrak by Ellie Smart 222

What does success means, how it is measured? How does it drive us and what lengths will we go to in order to appear successful?
Dance, music, circus and text combine in this show to break down personal and social standards. Questioning the stories we tell about achievement and expressing the resulting notions of jealousy, pride and notoriety whilst highlighting just how absurd they really are.

Tickets (click for link): Wednesday, 18th October and Thursday, 19th October. Jam Jar. Tickets from £8 

YABLOCHKOV CANDLE

Enter the velvet world of cabaret in 1920s Vienna for an evening of poetic jazz and aerial performance infused with the smoky tones of French chansons and old school rock ‘n roll. Finnish aerialist Ilona Janti and singer-songwriter Aino Venna surround the audience with a mixture of sultry songs and sophisticated choreography that will linger in your memories for months to come.

Tickets: (click for link) Circomedia. Thursday, October 19th to Sunday, October 21st. Tickets from £13.

RISKING IT

The Bekkrell Effect photo Massao Mascaro__3

Risking it – with Circus City and Groupe Bekkrell. Following the cancellation of The Bekkrell Effect, Circus City and Bristol Old Vic invite the audience to a panel discussion including artists from Groupe Bekkrell and Circus City Co-Director Lina B. Frank.

The panel will discuss elements of risk in circus performance.  How is circus different from other artforms in terms of risk? What does a cancellation such as this mean for the artists, festival and theatre? How does the circus sector work to minimise risks of injury and cancellation?

Tickets: (click for link) Wednesday, October 18th 19:30. Bristol Old Vic. This event is free but tickets must be reserved via Bristol Old Vic box office. 

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CIRCUS CITY KICKS OFF!

Excitement at Circus City HQ has reached fever pitch as we prepared to launch the festival. For three weeks, we will put Bristol firmly on the map as an international capital of contemporary circus with a jam packed programme of over 60 events. 

Tickets are already selling out so don’t delay if you have your eye on one of the shows below! 

AS A TIGER IN THE JUNGLE

Coming to Circomedia on October 15 and 16, As a Tiger in the Jungle tells the remarakable story of Nepalese performers Renu and Aman who were trafficked into Indian circus when they were children. Using spoken word, movement and ceremony, Renu and Aman tell their incredible story of resilience, hope and optimism. Don’t miss this very special show.

Circomedia. Sunday, October 15th and Monday, October 16th. Tickets from £12

SWING CIRCUS

Suitable for complete beginners, Swing Circus will have you jiving and jitterbugging in no time. Featuring a jam-packed programme of workshops, cabaret shows, circus performances and evening dances, you can learn from the best in the business including choreographers from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The Trinity Centre. Friday, October 20th to Sunday, October 22nd. Tickets from £13.

YABLOCHKOV CANDLE

Enter the velvet world of cabaret in 1920s Vienna for an evening of poetic jazz and aerial performance infused with the smoky tones of French chansons and old school rock ‘n roll. Finnish aerialist Ilona Janti and singer-songwriter Aino Venna surround the audience with a mixture of sultry songs and sophisticated choreography that will linger in your memories for months to come.

Circomedia. Thursday, October 19th to Sunday, October 21st. Tickets from £13.

AROUND

This half-term, we have a real treat in store for kids as the renowned Racehorse Company brings the world of the travelling circus to Circomedia. Featuring a drum machine, an ’80s inspired soundtrack, a monkey suit and a massive banana (!) this performance combines circus skills old and new – juggling, acrobatics, hula-hooping, clownery, bubbles and breakdancing!

Circomedia. Wednesday, October 25th to Saturday, October 28th. Tickets from £9.

TIPPING POINT

The UK’s premier aerial theatre company bring their Edinburgh Festival award-winning show to the 1532 Theatre at Bristol Grammar School. Transforming seemingly simple metal poles into a rich landscape of images, five performers build a world before your eyes, as the action veers from catastrophe to mastery.

1532 Theatre. Friday, October 27th to Saturday, October 28th. Tickets from £12.

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Announcing our Bristol Cabaret Commission!

 

We are pleased to announce that the Bristol Cabaret Commission is going to Amy Nicholls!

‘I am really excited to be working with Circus City on this unique cabaret! Come along to see us make complete fools of ourselves!’ – Amy

Bristol based company Lavrak present an interactive comedy cabaret, subtly referencing and celebrating the Bristol culture.

Cirque Du Sillé is a circus show full of mesmerising tricks and stylish quips, each act bursting with character. The range of skill spans from burlesque to ballet and from aerial to acting.  With a comedian compare who seamlessly seals the show together with his witty commentary, developing a relationship with the audience as he auctions off the performers on ebay. Interact or just react to this fun and flirty phenomenon.

Amy’s cabaret event will be showing at Faith Space chapel in central Bristol Redcliffe area – a stones throw from the centre adding another venue to our long list of partners in the city.

BOOK A TICKET and visit the event listing! 

 

Style, comedy and circus all rolled into one; and so cleverly tied together. I wish I could see it again.’ – Audience member

Performers: Lucinda Zimmer, Emma Catherine, Ollie Jibb, Amy Nicholls, Richard James
Technical: Allie Humphrey
Assistant Producer: Molly Birnie

Company: Lavrak
Director/ Producer: Amy Nicholls

Image by: Jack Matthews

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NEW OUTDOOR SHOW – SUBSTRATUM

The walls of the iconic Tobacco Factory will be transformed into an immersive, multi-dimensional spectacle on Sunday, October 22nd as part of Circus City. Substratum is a special new show which combines acrobatic dance for vertical surfaces with projection mapped visuals.

Tickets for this unique outdoor event are free and available HERE (limited to two per person). 

Supported by Circus City and Arts Council England, Substratum is a collaboration between Full Tilt Aerial Theatre and creative technologists Limbic Cinema, performed by an international cast and produced by Rowan Fae, with an original composition by Ahmet Kenan Bilgic and Serkan Emre Ciftci.

Performers will move between worlds walking, leaping and flying off the walls, while the surface of the building is transformed between element states: earth, water, light, and air. Hypnotic and arresting by turns, this is a performance that explores boundaries; between bodies and bricks, between gravity and technology, between certainty and impossibility. 

Substratum Facebook event

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AS A TIGER IN THE JUNGLE

Telling the poignant and powerful story of Nepalese child trafficking survivors, As a Tiger in the Jungle comes to Circomedia on October 15th and 16th as part of Circus City.

Performers Renu Ghalan and Aman Tamang left their homes in Nepal with dreams of stardom and the promise of limitless opportunity. What followed was a life of slavery, exploitation and abuse in Indian circuses that became their prisons.

As a Tiger in the Jungle is Renu and Aman’s tale of remarkable resilience, hope and optimism. Recounting the story of their lost childhoods, Renu and Aman – who are joined by Vietnamese artist Loan Tp Hoang – use the tiger as a metaphor for their traffickers.

The show is the result of a collaboration between director Sverre Waage, Cirkus Xanti (Norway) and Ali Williams, formerly artistic director of the Welsh circus company NoFit State. In 2013, Ali spent a year working as creative director of Circus Kathmandu – a contemporary circus group made up of 13 young men and women, including Renu and Aman, who were all child trafficking survivors.

As they turned their lives around, Ali was inspired by the young people’s resilience and enthusiasm and their ability to utilise and adapt their hard-won performing skills to make an artistic and social impact.

As a Tiger in the Jungle is a unique fusion of Asian and European performance, circus and music, set to an original score by Per Zanussi.

“We are pleased to have created a meaningful and engaging performance based on true stories from the performers’ lives,” said Ali Williams. “I was inspired by the young artists from Circus Kathmandu and am delighted to be able to employ Aman and Renu in a professional capacity and utilise the skills they learnt in captivity in a positive and empowering way. This gives the performance an authenticity rarely seen on stage today”.

AS A TIGER IN THE JUNGLE, CIRCOMEDIA, 15 + 16 OCTOBER. TICKETS FROM £8

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Call out: Circus Voices

Circus City festival is offering and opportunity to take part in a three-day development workshop from 19-21st October 2017, actively exploring critical languages around circus arts and ways to talk about work effectively. Places are FREE (limited capacity). The scheme is run by Kate Kavanaugh of the Circus Diaries in collaboration with Circus City.

Applications must be received by 30th September, but places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis as and when we receive suitable applications.

A full schedule of activity will be available after the application process has closed, and will include visits to The Bekkrell Effect (Thurs 19th), Longshot (Fri 20th) and Swing Circus (Sat 21st).

If you have any queries please email CircusVoices@bristolcircuscity.com.

TO APPLY CLICK HERE

To find out more about the Circus Diaries go to www.thecircusdiaries.com

Image by Groupe Bekkrell

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