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Circus performances in the UK

This comprehensive list details circus performances currently booking throughout the UK. All details are correct at the time of publication but please do check with individual venues to confirm.

If you have a circus-based show you would like listed here, please email rosanna@nationalcircus.org.uk with full details, a link and an image.

National Centre for Circus Arts - BA Hons Devised Pieces

Dates: 21 – 24 March
Venue: National Centre for Circus Arts

Our BA (Hons) Degree students perform their individual Devised Pieces at the National Centre for Circus Arts. The show will also feature short ensemble pieces by our 1st year Foundation Degree students, directed by BA Hons graduate Antonio Harris.

£10 (£5 concessions). Please bring proof of concession status when you collect your ticket.

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Resolution 2018: Living Room Circus / Retrospect Dance Theatre / Jade Hackett

Date: Saturday 17 February
Venue: The Place, Euston

Resolutions is a festival of dance and performance works at The Place that also features circus. Each show is a triple bill.

Living Room Circus are National Centre for Circus Arts graduates who have received funding and a funded residency through our Lab:time and Lab:time² programmes.

Living Room Circus - The Penguin & I
Connection, trust and courage collide in Living Room Circus’ latest show. Using acrobatics, aerials, and an obnoxious penguin to tell a story of a morning after the night before.
Living Room Circus is an experimental circus company, creating and performing intimate and immersive shows. They devise and develop their blend of circus, dance, live music, physical theatre and live art.

'The performance was surreal, thought provoking, energetic and immensely good fun! Catch them while you can'
- David Treadwell (Audience member)

Supported by Jacksons Lane, Arts Council England, National Centre For Circus Arts, Deutsche Bank

www.livingroomcircus.com

Price: £16 (£12 concessions)

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Resolution 2018: Out of Order / Sara Augieras / Joss Carter

Date: Tuesday 20 February

Resolutions is a festival of dance and performance works at The Place that features circus. Each show is a triple bill.

This show features two National Centre for Circus Arts graduates, Jesus Capel Luna and Angeliki Nikolakiki, as Out of Order.

Out Of Order - Once Standing
The last two people left on Earth. Maybe because the world has come to an end, maybe because civilisation as we know it has ceased to exist.
What would it be like removing all life demands and established expectations? How would identity be affected without the presence of the group?
In the absence of an all-encompassing society, two circus performers turn to imagination and resilience to start from scratch. With only themselves as an audience, their new reality takes on unexpected guises. Humorous situations, desperate isolation, and inventive past-times, are all to share the (non-) stage.

With the support of Circumference circus collective.

www.outoforder.com

Price: £16 (£12 concessions)

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Resolution 2018: B-Hybrid Dance / Yu-Hsien Wu / Gibbon

Date: Friday 23 February

Resolutions is a festival of dance and performance works at The Place that also features circus. Each show is a triple bill.

Gibbon is formed of Jose Triguero and Chris Patfield, both National Centre for Circus Arts graduates.

Gibbon - Gibbon
A poetic juggling and movement based piece about self-awareness and human behaviour, with a sense of humour and a hint of adsurdity, Gibbon challenges gravity and expectation.
Created for audiences interested in circus, dance and theatre, this socially aware and innovative work is accessible to people who may not usually see this type of performance.
Gibbon was founded by José Triguero and Chris Patfield. They have worked with internationally renowned juggling troupe Gandini Juggling.

Supported by Jacksons Lane.

www.gandinijuggling.com

Price: £16 (£12 concessions)

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Nikki & JD – Knot

Dates: 19-20 February
Venue: Warwick Art Centre

Dates: 28 February
Venue: The Terry O'Toole Theatre, Lincoln

Dates: 1 March
Venue: South Holland Center

Dates: 3 March
Venue: The Old Market, Brighton

Dates: 9 March
Venue: Mill Art Center, Banbury

Dates: 29 March
Venue: Cambridge Junction

Dates: 17-18 April
Venue: The Place *Book two or more CircusFest shows and save 15%

Dates: 20 April
Venue: Corn Exchange, Newbury

Dates: 10 May*
Venue: Wandsworth

Dates: 11 May*
Venue: Pavillion Dance, Bournemouth

*Long version of Knot (55min)


A chance encounter between two acrobats: a frustrated lover and a jilted dreamer. This is the story of two hearts making sense of perfection.

The Knot is the invisible string that connects two people. Sometimes strong, sometimes just about to break, it is the complex yet simple bond that we juggle with our whole lives.

This piece follows the journey of individuals through the absurdity, joy and mundane experience of making things work.
Acrobatics, movement and storytelling combine to expose the hopes we hold for the ideal lover.

Knot is co-commissioned and supported by Jacksons Lane, Déda, Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II, The National Centre for Circus Arts, Arts Council England and Warwick Arts Centre.

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Zippos - Cirque Berserk! 2018 tour

Dates and venues:

5 February – 17 February - Peacock Theatre, London
20 February – 24 February - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
27 February – 4 March - Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
8 March - 11 March - Palace Theatre, Manchester
14 March – 18 March - New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
28 March – 2 April - Churchill Theatre, Bromley
5 April – 7 April - Theatre Royal, Norwich
10 April – 15 April - Swan Theatre, Wycombe
8 May – 12 May - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
31 May – 2 June - Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
2 June – 4 June - Richmond Theatre, Richmond
7 June – 9 June - King's Theatre, Glasgow
12 June – 16 June - G Live, Guilford
26 June – 1 July - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
26 July – 28 July - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
29 August – 1 September - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen.

Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’.

Price: from £15

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Menier Chocolate Factory - Barnum

Dates: 25 November - 3 March 2018
Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm
(Additional Monday evening performances from 25 Nov - 9 Dec)

Venue: Menier Chocolate Factory

Barnum tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth, who combines razzle-dazzle with charm and brass to sell “humbug” to cheering crowds. A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, Barnum is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends, toe-tapping songs and immense heart.

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Joli Vyann – Imbalance

Dates: 1 March 2018
Venue: New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Following their success at the Edinburgh Festival and sold-out performances at Sadler's Wells as part of The London International Mime Festival, the acclaimed circus, dance company Joli Vyann take their exciting show Imbalance on tour.

Imbalance explores our obsessive dependence with technology, asking whether our lives are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of balance? It is rare nowadays not to ‘log in’ at every opportunity- the breakfast table, nights out with friends, even in bed! How well connected are you? When and how do we separate ourselves from the virtual chaos surrounding us?

Price: from £8

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Festival UP! Belgium

Dates: 12-15 March 2018

Forget all your bearings, here is UP !, the Festival that makes the capital of Belgium ... intensely Circus! Impossible doesn’t exist in circus.

If the circus still transports us, it’s because it is always nudging up against boundaries: of bodies, balance, poetry and feelings. For as long as a performance lasts, circus makes up new rules, pushing aside day-to-day ordinariness.

Whether there are 2 or 17 of them, the artists in the FESTIVAL UP! line-up don’t necessarily need much to amaze us with their extraordinary performances. It’s they themselves who are spectacular and they give us the shivers with the risks they take… Some rigging, a few accessories transformed by their bodies, emotions and sometimes images from who knows where, are enough to create a bewitching world.

FESTIVAL UP! is growing as circus evolves. And it’s going fast!
Today’s circus is a full-scale performance. It brings together a range of disciplines and unites audiences. It borrows from theatre, burlesque cinema, dance and fine art. Contemporary circus isn’t inward looking; it speaks, indirectly, poetically or crudely to us about our world, today. What we experience and what can be expressed with bodies. This type of circus knows how to dream, experiment, it searches for new languages, introduces new dramatic arts and new visual vernaculars. It is a curious and a universal art form that sometimes takes an interest in forgotten acrobatic techniques and that always stays welcoming and generous.

This year, 13 partner venues across Brussels will be opening their doors to these new circus forms, 28 shows, of which 7 are newly created and 10 are Belgian premières.

So are you ready to get up close and personal with the impossible?


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National Centre for Circus Arts - BA Hons Devised Pieces

Dates: 21 – 24 March
Venue: National Centre for Circus Arts

Our BA (Hons) Degree students perform their individual Devised Pieces at the National Centre for Circus Arts. The show will also feature short ensemble pieces by our 1st year Foundation Degree students, directed by BA Hons graduate Antonio Harris.

£10 (£5 concessions). Please bring proof of concession status when you collect your ticket.

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Motionhouse – Charge

Venue: The Peacock
Dates: 21 – 24 March, 2018. Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sat at 2:30pm.

Following on from the success of Broken and Scattered, Motionhouse unearths the science behind the beating of our hearts and the memories we make. Six performers use dance and acrobatics to expose the charge that sparks human life in this electrifying new multi-media show tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives.
In an exciting fusion of art and science, Motionhouse has worked with partners from the University of Oxford on the role of electricity in the human body to inspire the show. Charge is the third element of Kevin Finnan’s Earth Trilogy.

Running Time
1 hr 10 mins (no interval)
Tickets £15, £22, £29


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Attrape-Moi! (Catch me) - Flip Fabrique

Dates: Tuesday 3 April
Venue: Lowry Theatre, Salford

An evening of spectacular tumbling and circus acrobatics, perfect for all the family.

Join Flip FabriQue, a young company of rising circus stars, coming straight from Quebec, Canada.

Spend the evening with these six acrobats in the home of their childhood and witness their acrobatic reunion in a unique and dizzying experience.

A circus performance of teasing, companionship and joy for life, touched with the sadness that such moments are fleeting.

Summer is drawing to a close, the Sun is setting on the last day of the holidays. Silence reigns and our friends, their hearts a little bit heavy, know what this silence means. Good-byes are made as the companions, eager to enter the adult world, separate…

10 years later and the six friends return to the chalet of their past. Everybody is here and everyone rediscovers their corner of paradise. The reunion provides the perfect opportunity to put their differences aside and revive a touching friendship. Their shared desire to play and make a spectacle of themselves allows them to become, for a moment, a burst of energy once more.

Price: £10-£15

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Pirates Of The Carabina - Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine

Dates and times: 7:30pm & 5pm, Tuesday 3 - Sunday 15 April
Venue: Roundhouse, London

Price: £15-£30

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A brand-new mechanically-ingenious family-friendly circus show from the makers of FLOWN.

Adventure into a world of mechanical chaos, where everything has a mind of its own and connections appear in unexpected ways. As contraptions, fixtures and fittings come to life, our heroes begin to question their place in it all.

Exhilaratingly anarchic, with an inventive, interconnected set and original live score, Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) delves bravely into the fantastical imaginations of two fated acrobats.

Featuring vertical-swinging trapeze, never-ending ropes, a spinning carousel, high-wire and a very temperamental staircase, RUHM offers up a playful, humorous modernist parable about time, technology and the forces that drive us.

Developed in association with Roundhouse (London) with support from Pontio (Bangor) Ffwrnes (Llanelli). Funded by Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales.

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Roundhouse presents CircusFest 2018

Dates: Tuesday 3 - Friday 27 April
Various venues

CircusFest celebrates the future of circus: daring and diverse, punky and poetic.

From the spectacular to the intimate, the festival showcases the point where circus collides with theatre, dance, live art, film and even virtual reality.

Always innovating and evolving, circus has come a long way since its beginnings. 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the invention of modern circus, by entertainment entrepreneur Philip Astley. His show was a hit, and a new art form was created.

Founded in 2009, CircusFest is London’s biennial international festival of contemporary circus taking place at the Roundhouse and partner venues across London.

Offer: book two or more CircusFest shows & save 15%

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Ellie Dubois – No Show

Date: 7:45pm & 3pm, Wednesday 18 - Sunday 22 April
Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

London premiere

What do you expect when you go to the circus?

The greatest show on earth?

No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limits.

See behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus to show the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

Winner, Herald Angel Award 2017
Nominee, Total Theatre Award for Circus 2017

Price: £12.50

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Gandini Juggling – Spring

Date: Thursday 12 April 7:30pm
Venue: ArtsDepot

Spring is a kaleidoscopic production reflecting on the nature of colour and how we perceive it, combining dazzling circus skills with gorgeous choreography and a vibrant new score.

Inspired by the season, with echos to Stravinsky’s joyful Rite of Spring, Spring is an exciting new production from Gandini Juggling and acclaimed contemporary choreographer Alexander Whitley (associate of Rambert and New Wave associate at Sadler’s Wells).
Featuring a cast of jugglers and dancers, Spring challenges notions of movement and physicality, exploring the relationships between contemporary dance, circus and music.

With original music by Gabriel Prokofiev, eye-popping lighting design from Guy Hoare, and costume design from Lydia Cawson.

Price: £15.30 multi-buy

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Alula – Hyena

Dates: Thursday 12 - Friday 13 April, 7:30pm
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG

The first all-female Cyr troupe, Alula’s debut Hyena explodes onto the UK circus scene in a whirlwind of women, wheels, acrobatics, dance and song.

Featuring synchronised spinning with three wheels, as well as double and triple spinning on a single wheel, Hyena is the culmination of three years’ research into pioneering new ways of working with one of circus’ fastest evolving disciplines.

Boisterous, playful and wild, Hyena is a synchronised display of sisterhood, strength and power.

Produced by Alula Cyr in association with Jacksons Lane.

The members of Alula Cyr are all graduates of the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Price: £11.90 Multi-buy

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Collectif and then… - Fram & Dunt

Date: 8pm, Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 April
Venue: Sackler Space, Roundhouse

Fram and Dunt tells an unlikely story through hair hanging and incredible aerial acts.

Dunt, aka dad, aka Joe Hyde, is a 60 year old man who, until now, has been working in I.T. as a security consultant.

One year ago Fram, aka his daughter, aka hair hang artist Francesca Hyde, asked him to run away with her to the circus. Her secret mission: to get him to quit his job and bring him to the stage that he has always dreamed of. To her surprise he said yes.

But life as an artist is a lot less glamorous than that of an I.T. security consultant: the pay is low, the work is much more physical, the life is unstable and the tempting glow of the computer screen is hard to ignore.

Francesca Hyde is a graduate of the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Price: £12.50

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Natalie Reckert & Mark Morreau - Natalie Inside Out

Date: 6pm, Sunday 22 April
Venue: Jacksons Lane

Natalie Reckert & Mark Morreau @ Jacksons Lane

Presented by Jacksons Lane as part of CircusFest 2018

Natalie Inside Out is a collaboration between virtuoso hand balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist Mark Morreau, which explores the inner workings and fragmentation of the acrobatic body through digital technology and video projection.

Playful, didactic, beautiful and highly skilled, Natalie Inside Out turns our conventional ideas of circus upside down and inside out. Literally.

This project was the winner of Lab:time² Round 4. The partner venue was Jacksons Lane and the residency took place in August 2016. Natalie Reckert is a graduate of the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Price: £10.63

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Summer of Circus Festival 2018

Dates: running from Friday 18 May to Sunday 1 July
Venues: across Worthing Theatres

The Exploded Circus: Mimbre, 18-20 May

8 Songs: Gandini Juggling, Friday 22 June

Garbuix: Gavel Circus, 23-24 June

Block: NoFit State Circus & Motionhouse, 27-28 June

He Ain't Heavy: Grania Pickard, 30 June

The Giant Balloon Show, 1 July

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Summer of Circus is back in Worthing for the third year running, and this year is particularly special as it marks 250 years of Circus.
Join us for the best contemporary circus festival running from Friday 18 May to Sunday 1 July, on the South Coast.

Expect:
Stunning acrobats, beautiful aerial work, breathtaking flying trapeze, world-class juggling, engaging storytelling with a mix of dance, devised theatre and more. Perfect for contemporary arts enthusiasts and family entertainment.

#SoC18

Price: *Early Bird Offer – £10 tickets for any of our Circus shows ends, midnight 28 February.

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Race Horse Company - Motosikai

Dates:

23 May - bOing! Festival, Canterbury
22-24 June - Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, London
4-5 August – Stockton International Riverside Festival

Motosikai (moto-seek-eye) is a unique, outdoor show performed around a transit van by Race Horse Company, the renowned Finnish circus artists with a reputation for madcap brilliance. Three daredevil acrobats appear and disappear from the van to perform increasingly absurd and reckless tricks. With great skill and humour they fly off a huge seesaw, tumble with giant bouncing balls, juggle on skis, pogo, throw weights and push themselves to their physical limits. With its boyish clowning, exuberance and daring, Motosikai is a fun street stunt show that leaves its audiences exhilarated.

Price: TBC

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Circa Tsuica - Now or Never

Dates and venues:

21-23 June - Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
28-30 June – Oxford
6-8 July – Poole
30, 31 July and 1 August – Salford
13-15 September – Bangor
29-30 September - Derby

Under a star studded big top a vibrant band of international acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle, Now or Never.

In this haven of fun, eleven musician-acrobats invite young and old to leave their differences at the door, to dream and simply enjoy being together.

Join in the feast as trapeze artists, trick cyclists, acrobats and musicians mingle, make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. And then watch as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass.

Crazy, colourful and chaotic, Now or Never is an unmissable celebration in park near you. An unforgettable experience to share with family and friends!

Circa Tsuica (http://cheptelaleikoum.com/) is the musical offspring of Cheptel Aleïkoum, a French company known for their innovative and inclusive circus shows.

The members of Cheptel (or ‘livestock’ in English) met over 10 years ago when they were studying at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque. When they are not touring the world, they live together as a community in Saint Agil, a small village in the west of France.

Their name alone is enough to give you an idea of what they’re aiming for: tsuïca is Romanian for brandy, like the party spirit that inhabits their creations. Fusing amazing skills and live music, they create a playground where humour meets jaw-dropping acrobatic tricks. Previously they have toured Europe with Opus 2, Fanfarerie Nationale and Opus 7.

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Gandini Juggling - Cascade

Dates: 4-5 August
Venue: Somerset House

Gandini Juggling are trailblazers in their field, fusing contemporary dance and circus in performances that delight and astound. For over two decades they have performed across the globe transforming juggling into a rich and distinctive art-form in its own right. This summer they will bring their exceptional skills to the 55 water jet fountain of the courtyard at Somerset House. Performing within the rise and fall of the water, the 30 jugglers will send balls large and small flying to the rousing sound of brass music played by French acrobat-musicians, Circa Tsuica. As the Gandinis weave patterns in the air, the constant flow of movement and sound will be mesmerising.

Cascade is an unmissable, free, outdoor celebration of life, music and beauty.

Price: Free

As part of Circus Sampler - two free weekends of distinctive contemporary circus, hip hop dance and music.

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Race Horse Company - Motosikai

Dates:
23 May - bOing! Festival, Canterbury
22-24 June - Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, London
4-5 August – Stockton International Riverside Festival

Motosikai (moto-seek-eye) is a unique, outdoor show performed around a transit van by Race Horse Company, the renowned Finnish circus artists with a reputation for madcap brilliance. Three daredevil acrobats appear and disappear from the van to perform increasingly absurd and reckless tricks. With great skill and humour they fly off a huge seesaw, tumble with giant bouncing balls, juggle on skis, pogo, throw weights and push themselves to their physical limits. With its boyish clowning, exuberance and daring, Motosikai is a fun street stunt show that leaves its audiences exhilarated.

Price: TBC

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Gandini Juggling - Cascade

Dates: 4-5 August
Venue: Somerset House

Gandini Juggling are trailblazers in their field, fusing contemporary dance and circus in performances that delight and astound. For over two decades they have performed across the globe transforming juggling into a rich and distinctive art-form in its own right. This summer they will bring their exceptional skills to the 55 water jet fountain of the courtyard at Somerset House. Performing within the rise and fall of the water, the 30 jugglers will send balls large and small flying to the rousing sound of brass music played by French acrobat-musicians, Circa Tsuica. As the Gandinis weave patterns in the air, the constant flow of movement and sound will be mesmerising.

Cascade is an unmissable, free, outdoor celebration of life, music and beauty.

Price: Free

As part of Circus Sampler - two free weekends of distinctive contemporary circus, hip hop dance and music.

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Circa Tsuica - Now or Never

Dates and venues:
21-23 June - Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
28-30 June – Oxford
6-8 July – Poole
30, 31 July and 1 August – Salford
13-15 September – Bangor
29-30 September - Derby

Under a star studded big top a vibrant band of international acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle, Now or Never.

In this haven of fun, eleven musician-acrobats invite young and old to leave their differences at the door, to dream and simply enjoy being together.

Join in the feast as trapeze artists, trick cyclists, acrobats and musicians mingle, make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. And then watch as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass.

Crazy, colourful and chaotic, Now or Never is an unmissable celebration in park near you. An unforgettable experience to share with family and friends!

Circa Tsuica (http://cheptelaleikoum.com/) is the musical offspring of Cheptel Aleïkoum, a French company known for their innovative and inclusive circus shows.

The members of Cheptel (or ‘livestock’ in English) met over 10 years ago when they were studying at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque. When they are not touring the world, they live together as a community in Saint Agil, a small village in the west of France.

Their name alone is enough to give you an idea of what they’re aiming for: tsuïca is Romanian for brandy, like the party spirit that inhabits their creations. Fusing amazing skills and live music, they create a playground where humour meets jaw-dropping acrobatic tricks. Previously they have toured Europe with Opus 2, Fanfarerie Nationale and Opus 7.

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Breaking Point - Weibel Weibel Co

Dates: Friday 6 - Sunday 8 April
Venue: Roundhouse, London

UK premiere

Breaking Point is a performance about tension.

Mainly through slack rope, Swedish circus performer Alexander Weibel Weibel explores how far things can be pushed before the inevitable happens.

With the help of the audience and a selection of everyday objects, props are built on stage then rigged in unconventional ways and tested until they break (or not).

There are no tricks, what you see is what you get. The paper is real paper, the fishing line is just fishing line, and the fire is real fire.

Price: from £12.50

Part of Circusfest2018. Book two or more CircusFest shows and save 15%

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The Bekkrell Effect - Groupe Bekkrell

Date: Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 April
Venue: Roundhouse, London

UK premiere
The Bekkrell Effect is an exhilarating visual feast combining the power of punk with risk and flare.

Five performers hurtle around the stage, things fall apart, atoms decay and relationships break up – below the surface is chaos, yet with enough distance everything can be beautiful.

Part riot-grrrl pop song, part circus spectacle The Bekkrell Effect is and both comic and revealing.

Inspired by physicist Henri Becquerel’s discovery of radioactivity, French company Groupe Bekkrell have created an unstable universe of perpetual movement where matter decays and bonds disintegrate.

Powered by the strength of its performers, The Bekkrell Effect swings between acrobatics and poetry, falling and flying, in a performance as energetic as a nuclear reaction.

This UK premiere is a unique chance to experience the richness of European circus.


"It’s hopeful. It’s unapologetic. It’s glorious."
Circus Diaries

Price: £15 - £25

Patr of CircusFest 2018. Book two or more CircusFest shows and save 15%

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Throwdown - Roundhouse Street Circus Collective

Date: Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 April
Venue: Roundhouse, London

Throwdown is an energetic in-your-face encounter, bursting with the individual style and personality of 20 young circus artists and hip hop dancers.

Switch up the worlds of hip hop, contemporary circus and live music in this brand new show for an up close audience.

The Roundhouse Street Circus Collective brings together bold young circus artists and street dancers aged 16-25 with a drive to train, collaborate, produce and present their own work.

Music will be produced and performed by 16-25 year-olds from the Roundhouse Music Programme.

Directed by Simple Cypher – a new company built through the foundations of hip hop and circus.

Price: £8

Post-show Street Circus Jam

Join Roundhouse circus artists and the Street Circus Collective for a post-show jam exploring some of the circus and dance skills showcased in Throwdown. Learn some circus skills, acrobatics and hip hop moves, meet the team and discover the range of Street Circus activities on offer at the Roundhouse.

These workshops are targeted at young people aged 11-25. Spaces in the workshops are offered free of charge to those who have purchased a ticket to see Throwdown. To reserve your place in a workshop please contact streetcircus@roundhouse.org.uk or call 020 7424 6797.

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Even When I Fall - Sky Neal & Kate McLarnon

Date: Sunday 15 April
Venue: Roundhouse, London

With 11 other young trafficking survivors, Sheetal and Saraswoti founded Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s first and only circus.

Even When I Fall is a documentary film that traces their journey over six years as they confront the families that sold them, seek acceptance within their own country and begin to build a future.

The girls’ struggle against the odds, but something their captors don’t realise is that they left them with a secret weapon – their breathtaking circus skills.

As they take the bold step of bringing circus to the stages of Nepal, they challenge the deep-seated stigma against trafficked women, discover the courage to perform in front of growing crowds, and the strength and will to address their past.

"Circus Kathmandu is living proof that something positive can be salvaged from the darkest human suffering."
Screen International

Price: £7.50

Part of CircusFest 2018. Book two or more CircusFest shows and save 15%

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No Show - Elle DuBois

Date: Wednesday 18 - Sunday 22 April
Venue: Roundhouse, London

London premiere
What do you expect when you go to the circus? The greatest show on earth?

No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limits.

See behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus to show the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

Winner, Herald Angel Award 2017

Nominee, Total Theatre Award for Circus 2017

"This is circus under deconstruction – informative, entertaining and enormously likeable"
The Times

An all female company of circus artists play cleverly with the innovation of spectacle and its denial in the fascinating No Show

Price: £12.50

Part of CircusFest 2018. Book two or more CircusFest shows and save 15%

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Zoetrope - Remy Archer

Dates: Tuesday 3 - Sunday 22 April
Venue: Roundhouse, London

A 360 degree film installation exploring the life-changing effect of social circus projects in places of adversity. Whilst working as a filmmaker at social circuses in Palestine and Ethiopia, Remy Archer was inspired by the incredible talent, artistry and social impact of what he saw. Using the latest film and VR technology this project weaves together some of these stories into a visceral tapestry that plunges audiences into scenes that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Zoetrope is a 10 minute drop-in VR experience.

Price: Free

Part of CircusFest 2018. Book two or more CircusFest shows and save 15% off.

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Circus Sundays: Salon Discussions - Roundhouse, London

Date: Sunday 8 - Sunday 22 April
Times: 3.15pm - 8 & 15 April; 4.15pm - 22 April

Each Sunday during CircusFest, why not make a day of it? Watch two shows, have a drink and join us for a Salon Discussion in between.

Sunday 8 April
2pm (1 hour) Breaking Point by Weibel Weibel Co. at Sackler Space, Roundhouse
3.15pm (1 hour) Salon Discussion: 250 Years of Circus at Clore Studio, Roundhouse
5pm Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine

Sunday 15 April
2pm (1 hour) Even When I Fall at Sackler Space, Roundhouse
3.15pm (90 minutes) Salon Discussion: Circus for Change at Sackler Space, Roundhouse
5.30pm Sarab by Palestinian Circus School at Jacksons Lane

Sunday 22 April
3pm (1 hour) No Show by Ellie Dubois at Sackler Space, Roundhouse
4.15pm (1 hour) Salon Discussion: The Next 250 Years of Circus at Clore Studio, Roundhouse
6pm (1 hour) Natalie Inside Out at Jacksons Lane or The Bekkrell Effect at Main Space, Roundhouse
7pm CircusFest Closing Party at MADE Bar, Roundhouse

The Salons will also be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Further information regarding Salon Discussions below.

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Circus - Past, Present & Future at the V&A

Date: Friday 27 April
6:30pm - 10pm

A collaboration between Roundhouse CircusFest 2018 and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

2018 is Circus250.

In 1768, on an abandoned patch of land in Lambeth, equestrian and entertainment entrepreneur Philip Astley built a round venue and created a variety show of people and horses performing unbelievable acts. A new art form was born, but it’s come a long way since then.

Theatre and Performance Collection at the V&A holds a large number of objects that reveal the history of circus – from clowning and high wire, to menageries and sideshows.

Roundhouse have teamed up to consider what’s next for this ever-popular physical, visual art form.

Join us for an evening of circus at the V&A – take part in hands-on workshops that test your agility, discover rarely seen archives from the V&A collection, and watch a series of live performances and newly commissioned inter-disciplinary acts.

Full programme announced March 2018.

Price: Free

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