Late at the Library - British Library

Circus partnership

The National Centre, then Circus Space, delivered site specific circus for “Vice and Virtue: Late at the Library” as part of the British Library’s 2013 "Georgians Revealed" exhibition. The 19th century was a golden age for British circus.

Mattress Circus opened the show, tumbling their way into compere Chris Green and delighting the crowd with anarchic acrobatics and comedic banquine whilst gentleman juggler, and then Circus Space student, Tom Gaskin performed walkabout manipulation and equilibristics amongst the audience.

Isabelle Schuster provoked onlookers to exclaim, “That’s the best thing I’ve seen in my life!” at her twirling swirling silks routine. The evening reached its apex with National Centre graduates Fran and Lucie from Collectif & Then… swinging on their double cloudswing in the British Library main atrium, on an 8.5m high rig – surrounded by a spectacular blizzard of falling snowflake feathers.

A great night was had by all and we were glad to bring a dose of highly improbable happenings to our friends at Late at the Library.

About the event

Late at the Library: Vice and Virtue

Late at the Library celebrated the legacy of the Georgian era with guest DJ Amazonia, live performance, circus, installations, bar and food and a late night opening of the exhibition. Audiences met uncommon rogues and gents, rowdy vixens and genteel ladies for a night of utter splendour and spectacle.

Death-defying experts in contemporary circus were live among a tangle of ropes, ideas, and musings that fuse the borders between circus, theatre, dance and music. Our uniquely inventive imagination and audacious performance were sure to dazzle.

An evening of decadent after-hours shenanigans based around the library's 'Georgians Revealed' exhibition. Rogues and dandies abounded, with DJ sets, circus performers and live performances following audiences through a late opening of the exhibition itself.

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Photos: Tom Russell for the British Library