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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 hazel@nationalcircus.org.uk with full details, a link and an image.

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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Nikki & JD – Knot

Dates:

8 May
Battersea Circus Garden, Wandsworth

31 May
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

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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Film: Even When I Fall

Dates: Nationwide screenings from 8 March - 22 April 2018
Venues: See link for screenings

Even When I Fall is the incredible true story of Nepals’s first and only circus set up by survivors of human trafficking - Circus Kathmandu - whom you may already be familiar with through your own work. It is an intimate, beautiful film that harnesses the visual power of circus to give a unique perspective of the circus’s journey to independence - nominated for The Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards and described as “dazzling” by the BBC Radio 4 Film Programme.

Before the film has its official release on 13 April, we are touring the film nationwide from 8 March at regional cinemas with Q&As attended by Directors Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon.

Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/257666482

Even When I Fall is on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

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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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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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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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Lexicon - NoFit State

Venue: NoFit State, Newcastle-under- Lyme

Dates:
29 March - 21 April, Newcastle-under-Lyme
3 May - 14 May, Brighton
26 May — 9 June, Cardiff Bay

Come and join the UK's most extraordinary circus company NoFit State under the Big Top in the heart Newcastle-under- Lyme.
As you take your seats, enter an experience like no other.
With jaw-dropping performances from a world-class cast, brilliant live music and spectacular action swirling around you - Lexicon will astonish and amaze you.

“The total theatre experience that British circus has been striving for so long” The Guardian

“Take the kids, they'll thank you for years” British Theatre Guide

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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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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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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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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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Exhibition - Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Circus

Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Dates: 24 March - 3 June

A major exhibition of historic and contemporary art that marks the UK's distinct circus heritage and the contemporary circus scene alive in Bristol today.

Since the 1700s, the circus has become a worldwide phenomenon and a rich source of inspiration for artists. The glitter and dare-devilry has hidden a sometimes harsh, itinerant way of life. Across the centuries, circus has evolved to encompass radical new forms of performance and self-expression.

From historical depictions of familiar circus scenes to contemporary works exploring both the glamour and grit, this exhibition surveys the complex, compelling nature of circus.

This exhibition coincides with Circus250 - a nationwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK.

Opening hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays

Price: £7.95/ £6.75. Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

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CIRCUS: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

Venue: The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD)
Date: Saturday 28 April – Sunday 8 July 2018

The National Centre for Craft & Design and artsNK will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Circus in Britain through a major exhibition of live performances, aerial, film, photography and design.

Pushing the boundaries of design and performing arts; traditional and contemporary, the exhibition will explore circus design including posters, pop culture and costume. A programme of live aerial performances including Performer in Residence Claire Crook, will form a major part of the exhibition uniting static and live exhibits in NCCD's Main Gallery for the first time.

The exhibition will discuss Politics; Women in Circus, Equality and Inclusivity. The impact of Circus on pop-culture will be explored through film, literature and pop acts inspired by Circus over the decades.

A Grand Opening event on Saturday 28 April (10am-5pm) kicks off the spectacle with a street parade, live acts, taster sessions, refreshments and so much more.

The gallery will be transformed into a space dedicated to participative performing arts for the duration of the exhibition.
Exhibitors include:

Becky Truman, Skinning the Cat Costumes
Tina Bicât, Ockham's Razor Costumes
Rhiannon Matthews, NoFitState Costumes
Posters from the Richley Archive
Peter Lavery, Circus Work 1968-2018
Liliana Robins, Sweet (2017) Videography
Claire Crook, Performer in Residence
Rio Willett, Performer in Residence

Price: Free

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Zippos - Cirque Berserk! 2018 tour

Dates and venues:

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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Imagine Luton – Outdoor Arts Festival, Bedfordshire

Dates: 23 - 24 June 2018

Imagine Luton is an exciting outdoor arts festival bringing the town centre streets to life with amazing circus, dance, theatre and music performances, free for all the family.

This year’s festival will bring all the magic of the circus with our very own Big Top and a host of incredible marvels to take your breath away! Showcasing world-class acts alongside the best of home-grown talent, there is truly something for everyone!
Circus shows include:
The Band - Levantes Dance Theatre
Block – NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse
The Exploded Circus – Mimbre
Strong Lady – Strong Lady Productions

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Battersea Circus Garden at Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival

Dates: May 2018

Join the celebrations for Circus250 at The Big Top in Battersea Circus Garden. A brand new circus venue part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe. The treasure trove of creativity that is WAF bursts into Wandsworth for two weeks in May. Every year, WAF shakes up South West London with an eclectic programme of arts and culture that thrills, moves and inspires audiences from across the city.

See circus at Wandsworth Arts Fringe:

Hoops and Loops: Festival Opening Cabaret – Pitchbend Productions
Dates: 4 May

Wandsworth Arts Fringe favourite Hoops and Loops Circus cabaret is back - presenting exciting and thrilling circus acts, alongside a selection of the best of the entire festival. Don't miss this special opening night in the beautiful big top tent....and prepare to be amazed!

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Moonfall - Hikapee Theatre
Dates: 5 – 6 May

Join a princess like no other as she embarks on the biggest journey of her life – to the Moon! This brilliantly comical story-telling performance looks at the relationship of a brother and sister whilst exploring the role of gender stereotypes within children’s theatre, using a rope, a hoop and bags of imagination

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Cul de Sac – José Triguero and Gemma Palomar
Dates: 6 May

An absurd and comic duet of circus, Cul de Sac is a series of vignettes portraying the sometimes gentle, sometimes brutal nature of human relationships. Featuring world-class juggling, dance, acrobatics and Chinese pole, performers Gemma Palomar and José Triguero take us through a cycle of love, irritation, pain, euphoria, caress and carelessness as they journey beyond the stereotypical male-female relationship.

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Acts from Ethiopian Dreams - Bibi and Bichu
Dates: 6 May

Bibi and Bichu's amazing Ethiopian acrobats present a jaw-dropping mix of contortion, juggling and cloth-spinning. A very special appearance by this amazing company and a surefire family treat.

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Circus Garden Family Days – Pitchbend Productions
Dates: 6 - 7 May

Join us for two fun-filled afternoons at the Big Top in the Circus Garden near Clapham Junction. In between fabulous shows presented in the tent, there will be free outdoor workshops, small shows and family fun. Enjoy some of the fab food provided or bring your own.

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The Hogwallops - Lost in Translation
Dates: 6 May – 8 May
'The Hogwallops' is a colourful, loud and funny story of the domestic adventures of a chaotic, dysfunctional family of misfits in which thrillingly spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, clowning, juggling and slapstick.

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Knot – Nikki & JD
Dates: 8 May

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


Cypher Stories – Simple Cypher
Dates: 10 May

A hip-hop circus mash-up! 'Cypher Stories' uses elements of Hip Hop culture presented in a cabaret style: acts and short pieces of performance by different artists.

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Our House – Sadiq Ali & Vandetta Vain
Dates: 11 May

Evocative and provocative,'Our House' is a contemporary circus show that will intrigue your senses while stimulating your mind. Celebrating queer sexuality, cultural heritage and identity in a safe space, bringing together artists from circus, dance, drag and physical theatre.

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Unlocked – Caius House
Dates: 12 May

Caius House have been working in partnership with The Garden Circus and their amazing team to develop the young people’s circus skills.

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The Forgotten Night – Flying Fantastic
Dates: 12 May

A storm is coming and things will never be quite the same again. A devised, ensemble production by Flying Fantastic exploring text, circus, puppetry and physical theatre.

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Fauna
Dates: 12 May

Astonishing skill and inventiveness on stage: five young and superbly talented artists draw on the parallels between human and animal behaviour in this exceptional and award winning piece. The circus programme highlight!


Offer: 20% off tickets when booking 5 different shows in 1 transaction, 10% off when you book 3 different shows

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Belly of the Whale – Ockham's Razor

Dates and venues:

Saturday 5 May - Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 May - Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May - Lincoln Drill Hall
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June - Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July - Watford Palace Theatre, Watford
Saturday 8 July - Basingstoke Festival, War Memorial Park
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August - Stockton International Riverside Festival
Thursday 9 August - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Saturday 11 August - The Albany, Deptford
Thurs 16 August - Millfield Theatre, Edmonton, North London
Saturday 26 & Monday 27 August - Lift Off! The opening weekend of Wiltshire Creative – Salisbury
Saturday 8 September - Bell Square, Watermans
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September - Out There International Festival of Street Arts, Great Yarmouth


OCKHAM'S RAZOR PREMIERE THEIR NEW OUT-DOOR TOURING SHOW BELLY OF THE WHALE.

Circus meets sculpture in this exciting new out-door show from Ockham’s Razor, winners of the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide - creating an ever changing land and soundscape.

The concept of the belly of the whale is found in mythology around the world - what happens when we confront our fears and come face to face with the power and momentum of things we seemingly can’t change?

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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

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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Tipping Point – Ockhams Razor

Venue and dates:

Nuffield Southampton Theatres - 25-26 May

Seachange Arts, Great Yarmouth - Saturday 9 June

Tipping Point premiered at The London International Mime Festival, had a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival where it won the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus and was at The Sydney Festival 2017.

Ockham's Razor mix circus, physical theatre, narrative story-telling and distorted perspectives with original music scores. In Tipping Point five-metre metal poles are hung from the roof, balanced on fingertips, climbed, swung from and walked along as the five performers transform them into into a myriad of walkways, spindles, pillars and pendulums, with a multi-layered surround sound musical landscape, specially composed by Adem Ilhan & Quinta who have previously worked with Radiohead, Hot Chip and Bat For Lashes.

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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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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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Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Date: 27 June - 2 July

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival. Founded in 1996, GDIF 2017 featured over 300 performances by dozens of national and international companies with more than 100,000 people attending shows in a range of public spaces in Royal Greenwich and East London. It is the flagship annual event produced by FESTIVAL.ORG, one of the UK’s most ambitious and prolific outdoor arts organisations which also produces the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival and manages the Global Streets network amongst other projects.

See circus at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival:

Undaunted - The Bullzini Family
Date: 22 June 2018
Marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act – which gave some women in the UK the vote for the first time – the UK’s only female high wire walker performs a high-wire walk on a free-standing scaffold positioned between the iconic twin domes of the Old Royal Naval College.
Paying tribute to the courage of all those who campaigned for equality over many decades, this spectacular feat acknowledges the fragility of the status quo and serves as a rallying call to the generations of women still to come.

dip - Max Calaf Sevé
Date: 22 – 24 June2018
Combining highly skilled trampoline acrobatics and live brass, electronic and percussion music; a creation for all ages. Expect light-hearted, breath-taking, air-twists and funky tunes with a good dose of humour.

La Belle Escabelle - Doble Mandoble
Date: 23 - 24 June 2018
This delightfully silly performance by twin brothers Luis and Miguel Córdoba demonstrates the surprising number of ludicrous things a human can do with stepladders. This circus show, winner of the ‘Most Gobsmacking Moment’ at BE Festival in 2013, is full of humour and great fun for the whole family. Not to be tried at home!

Belly of the Whale - Ockham’s Razor
Date: Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June 2018
Circus meets sculpture in the first outdoor show created by critically acclaimed company Ockham’s Razor, winners of the Total Theatre Award for Circus at Edinburgh Festival in 2016. The performers ride a giant semi-circular see-saw of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a rocking cradle, or a tunnel to a slide.

PLOCK! – Grensgeval
Date: 23 - 24 June 2018
Camiel splashes, throws, drips and pours paint onto a canvas in his attempt to create a painting in the style of Jackson Pollock. This colourful, acrobatic performance appeals to all the senses. Overalls provided for those in the front row!

RoboPole - UliK Robotik
Date: 23 - 24 June 2018
RoboPole, a dramatic duet between a man and a robot, is a powerful, visual performance that has to be seen to be believed. Watch on in awe as performer Martin Riedel climbs up, hangs off and slides down a rotating, moving robotic pole.

Gibbon - Gandini Juggling
Date: 30 June 2018
This high-energy performance celebrates self-awareness and human behaviour, with a sense of humour and a hint of absurdity, through the spectacular medium of choreographed juggling. Surreal and playful, this production mixes different styles of dance with juggling; an absolute delight for audiences of all ages.

This Is Not For You - Graeae Theatre Company
Date: 30 June - 1 July 2018
Graeae Theatre Company’s epic outdoor production pays moving tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans and their fight for respect and remembrance. Told with heft, beauty and wry humour, both on the ground and off it, the production has audio description and sign language as integral parts of the production.

This Is Not For You is part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Graeae, with the National Centre for Circus Arts, has trained 25 disabled veterans in aerial performance especially for the piece, which is directed by Jenny Sealey.

‘You go past the Cenotaph and the crowd clap you. It’s quite moving. We were waving to the crowd, and this little boy said: “This is not for you survivors. This is for the dead.” It made me feel guilty.’ – A veteran describing his experiences on Remembrance Sunday.

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Underbelly Festival - London Southbank

Dates: 6 April – 12 August

We've been on the Southbank for 10 years this summer and we're celebrating with our biggest programme yet, jam-packed with explosive live entertainment.

Open from April until the end of September, Underbelly Festival Southbank brings the best in live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment to the heart of London. We've got an amazing line-up of shows in an amazing city-centre, pop-up festival world. You can enjoy international street food, after work drinks in one of London's largest outdoor bars and a true festival atmosphere on the banks of the Thames.

Our shows are short (usually only an hour long), sharp and very sweet. And the vast majority of tickets are under £20 making Underbelly Festival your affordable entertainment destination in London this summer.

Come celebrate our 10th birthday, and do summer on Southbank bigger and better!

Opening Gala - 6 April 2018

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams - 6 April - 20 May 2018

Circolombia - 24 May - 14 July 2018

The Very Circusy Caterpillar - 19 May - 1 June 2018

SOAP - 3 May - 17 June 2018

Elixir - 12 - 23 June 2018

Circa’s Peepshow - 27 June - 18 August 2018

Metta’s Little Mermaid - The Circus Sensation - 24 July- 12 August 2018

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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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