Courses, workshops and seminars

Call out: Circus Voices

Deadline: 30 September

Date: 19 – 21 October 2017

Location: Bristol

Circus City festival is offering and opportunity to take part in a three-day development workshop from 19 - 21 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 30 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 (Thursday 19), Longshot (Friday 20) and Swing Circus (Saturday 21).

If you have any queries please email

To apply click here.

To find out more about the Circus Diaries go to

Serious Circus Symposium

Location: St Paul's Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Dates: 28 - 29 September

Day One: Symposium - St Paul's Church - 28 September 2017

Making radical performance with the body. For Circus, Physical Theatre and Dance practitioners who are interested in live performance that not only deals with serious issues, but aspires to activism. For artists, performers, directors, producers, funders and others to come together and discuss practice, approaches, opportunities and challenges. To share experience of maintaining integrity and develop a community of support and interest for moving forwards.

Speakers and informal performances, discussion and a seminar on Sustainable Circus, leading to mutual and supportive action planning. Guests will be announced leading up to the event.

Bookings Via Eventbrite.

Day Two: Performers Workshops - 29 September 2017

12 places only. To book for this workshop please contact Stumble in order to discuss.

A one day workshop for physical performers, looking at devising from research and with activism as the aim. The workshop will be energetic, skills based, using improvisation, exercises, discussion and text to stimulate and empower radical thinking in Circus and other forms of physical performance.


Workshop and Symposium subsidised place: £43

Workshop and Symposium booked after August 28: £85

Please book the workshop and/or and workshop/symposium mixed ticket directly with Stumble, not Eventbrite.

Visit the Stumble website for more information.

For Eventbrite booking click here

Static Trapeze Workshop with Chiara Zubiani

Date: 23 – 24 September 2017

Time: 1.30 – 4.30

Venue: My Aerial Home A2, Bell Green Retail Park London SE26 4PR

Chiara’s Static Trapeze workshop is focused on the study of static and dynamic elements. This is a specialized course designed to condition the body, explore different type of balances, planches, meathook, hangs etc., and, on the dynamic side, beats, turns, tempo and release moves. During the workshop, Chiara will explore with you how to create new movement material that is original, individual and different and look at how to connect it all together to build fluid and organic sequences. You will play with (finding and losing) balance, and how to use it as a way of transitioning from one position to another. Chiara will help you to develop new vocabulary as well as open new creative paths to follow in order to create interesting and meaningful aerial work.

This workshop will help you to build up strength and technique on the trapeze as well as develop creative elements to use in your own practice.

Fee: £100 / Early birds limited places at 20% discount 

For booking email:

Monday Clown Course with Jon Davison

12-week Clown Course 

Dates: 25 September - 11 December 2017

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue: Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG

This course is aimed at different kinds of people: you might be just starting clowning, you might want to reinforce your understanding of clowning, or get back to it after a time away.

We begin with introducing participants to the fundamentals of clowning, learning to feel and enjoy our own ridiculousness. Converting our habitual fear of ridicule into the pleasure of laughing at ourselves, we can use it to make others laugh and experience the freedom of the clown. 

The course will end by looking at some of the basics of creating material for clown performance. There are countless practical ways of devising material appropriate for your clowning.

Price: £185. Early bird price before 15 August, £140.

Some drop-in availability on a limited basis £18 per class.

Visit the website for further information.

Compagnie XY - Masterclass acrobatics

Date: 30 November – 2 December 2017

Location: France

The Compagnie XY and Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf are organizing a Master Class on Acrobatic lifts for professional artists and students of professional schools from November 30 to December 2, 2017. Registration is open to people with advanced skills in acrobatic lifts.

To register, simply download the registration form, fill it in and send it back to the following address:

For more information:

Starting a Performing Arts Company

Date: Thursday 28 September, 10am - 5pm.

Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

This course provides an overview of everything you need to be thinking about when setting up and running your own performing arts company.

By the end of this course you will have a basic knowledge of:

  • How to decide upon a legal structure
  • Registering as a Limited Company
  • Deciding whether to apply for Charity status
  • Contracts, employment law and legal responsibilities
  • Intellectual Property law
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Financial management and Tax & NI
  • Funding a performing arts company

 ‘Spectacularly good course. ITC passing on their golden pearls of legality in the theatre world.’ Jenny Kondol, Permanently Visible Productions

This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in starting a performing arts company. It will give you the basics that will underpin your artistic vision when you start out and help you to avoid fundamental mistakes.

The course is an informal mix of the trainer’s presentation and exercises. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and talk about your own situation. Course notes and reference materials are provided.

Teacher: Jackie Elliman is ITC’s Legal & Industrial Relations Manager. Charlotte Jones is Chief Executive of ITC.

Price: this course is offered at a reduced rate of £75+VAT (£90) to assist those starting new companies.

For more information click here.

Character, improv and clown workshop with Master Clown Ira Seidenstein

Date: 1-3 November, 2017

Venue: The Poor School, King's Cross

The body is a magic kingdom for creativity.

Actors/Dancers/Circus - Don’t miss this unique opportunity to train with master clown Ira Seidenstein. Ira’s method immediately assists performers to traverse, investigate, and utilise the properties of one’s body to develop their craft and career.

Ira uses Universal Principles via clear succinct exercises which one can use and adapt immediately. He has taught while performing in Cirque du Soleil, Slava's Snow Show, and various independent companies. 


All performing artists are welcome to his classes and are guaranteed to walk away with practical exercises that yield unlimited possibilities.

Ira Seidenstein has worked in over 140 live productions including 20 Shakespeare projects, a variety of modern plays, devised works, physical theatre, circus, dance, and burlesque. In addition to working as an actor, acrobat, mime, clown, juggler, he is also a director, choreographer, devising playwright/dramaturge, and versatile teacher. After training Ira encourages further communication for mentoring.

Price: £120 early bird before 30 September / £150 from 1 October. Availability strictly limited.

Email for more info about booking and about the content and teaching method.

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Tour Booking

Date: Tuesday 3 October, 10am - 5pm

Trainer and tour booker Mark Makin will guide you through the particular set of skills and specialist knowledge that you need to successfully book a tour.

This course will enable you to:

  • Organise a realistic tour schedule and budget
  • Present your company and shows to potential bookers in the best light
  • Understand the different financial and contractual deal options
  • Start building relationships with suitable venues for your work
  • Market your shows effectively
  • Develop systems for contracting and managing tours
  • Understand the basics of overseas tour booking 

‘Essential training for anybody looking to book a tour.’ Nisha Modhwadia, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Target Audience

This course is aimed at those new to the responsibility of tour booking. Though it starts with basic principles, it will also be helpful to those wishing to refresh their knowledge and improve their skills. This course is applicable to both dance and theatre companies.


Mark will share his own experiences of the industry as he takes you through the process of booking and managing a tour using case studies. Participants are encouraged to share their own knowledge and ask questions relating to their specific situations. Course notes and reference materials are provided.


Mark Makin established makin projects in September 2005. Makin projects handles both national and international tour booking, as well as co-producing several new touring productions each season. Mark is also the programme manager at the Arts Council England funded initiative and is the founder and co-director of both the Leamington Spa and the Cheltenham Spa Comedy Festivals.

Price: £125+VAT (£150) for ITC members and £175+VAT (£210) for non-members.

Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

For more information please call us on 0207 403 1727 or visit our website.

Fool's Cap Theatre: Corporeal Mime and Devising Workshop

Date: Year-round, Wednesdays at 10:00 to 12:00, Saturdays at 11:00 to 13:00

Location: Elephant & Castle, London

Led by Vini Carvalho, Fool's Cap is offering regular classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays morning. Target participants: performers, dancers, actors.

Based on the work of Etienne Decroux and his assistants, the training is an introduction to the unique universe of Corporeal Mime, developing physicality capable of conveying meaning through the body. The classes feature pieces and figures of the repertoire, walks, as well as devising mechanisms based on the technique.

Price: Donations accepted


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Professional course – Gravity Circus Centre

Course start date: January 2018.

3, 6 or 9 months of training and classes

Candidates who would like to apply should contact via email with video/s of their current work as well as some information about their previous experience as a circus artist/performer. Please also inform us about the preferred length of the course in which you’d like to participate.

On this program, you will be able to specialise on: rope, silks, straps, hoop, static and/or dance trapeze. Handstand is only available on the 9-month course.

There is no age limit.

There is a maximum of 10 places per course.

See the website for more information.