Previous Rounds

Round 1: The Point, Eastleigh

About: The Point Eastleigh is a regional powerhouse for contemporary dance, theatre and combined arts.

When: October 2015

Winner: Milton Lopes was awarded our first round of Lab:time² to support the next stage of development of Elephant.

Artist Interview on Tumblr

Creation Space - Milton Lopes at The Point Eastleigh

Follow Milton on Twitter @Milton1000Lopes

Round 2: Déda, Derby

About: Déda is the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, acting as a local, regional and national resource for dance artists and the wider arts community.

When: January 2016

Winner: Round 2 of Lab:time² was awarded to Nikki & JD to create a show that they plan to premiere at the 2016 Resolution festival in London and then tour around the UK. They explored the synergies between acrobalance, hand-to-hand, physicality and dance.

Watch film of Nikki and JD at Déda

Déda Artists

Déda Announces Circus Residency

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Round 3: Invisible Circus, Bristol

About: Based in the UK since 2002, Invisible Circus draws much from its decade of travelling as a street performance troupe in the 90s.

When: March 2016

Winner: Pablo Meneu has been awarded our third round of Lab:time² for a residency at Invisible Circus.

Pablo will be further developing his work Stage 2.0. The piece started as an experimental project on a new aerial structure consisting of a suspended square platform able to tilt in all four directions. It takes inspiration from J.G. Ballard’s final novel Millennium People and will explore its themes of social order, revolution, protest and political engagement. Stage 2.0 will incorporate circus, movement, spoken word and theatre.

Stage 2.0 has previously been developed with Lab:time funding and through a period of R&D at The Albany, Deptford. It was also presented at our Canvas showcase in May 2015.

Watch Lab:time R&D footage

Canvas Showcase of Stage 2.0

Watch The Albany R&D footage

Read our blog post about the project

Round 4: Jacksons Lane, London

About: Jacksons Lane is a multi-arts venue in Highgate North London. Housed in a striking red-bricked gothic church conversion, is officially the UK’s leading venue for the support and presentation of contemporary circus.

When: August 2016

Winner: Round 4 at Jacksons Lane has been awarded to digital artist Mark Morreau and handbalancer Natalie Reckert. Their fascination with the unseen workings of the performer’s body, minute movements of limbs, and mental processes of circus performance will be explored for a future performance combining live performance, digital technology and video projection. 

Watch Mark's video "up close and very slow"

Read our blog announcement

Round 5: Full Cirqle, Edinburgh

About: Full Cirqle is a centre for circus arts in Edinburgh. As the centre is currently closed and seeking a new home, the residency itself was hosted at Dance Base, Edinburgh.

When: December 2016

Winner: José Triguero and Christopher Patfield were awarded the residency to further develop Project Gibbon, a piece which they begun to develop as part of Lab:time in May 2016. The piece brings together contact dance with juggling/object manipulation to explore the theme of male relationships.

Round 6: Pontio, Bangor

About: Pontio is a brand new Arts and Innovation Centre that is part of Bangor University. It is set in the heart of the city of Bangor, a stone’s throw from Snowdonia in North West Wales.

When: January 2017

Winner: Pablo Meneu of Circumference was awarded the residency at Pontio to develop ‘Chaotic Pendulum.’ The apparatus incorporates a double pendulum which allows for unusual patterns of movement that aren’t achievable with traditional swinging apparatus.

Pablo had first tested the concept at the National Centre for Circus Arts as part of Lab:time in late 2015.

Follow @Circumferenceuk on Twitter.

Round 7: The Broadway, Barking

About: The Broadway is a cultural hub at the heart of Barking and Dagenham providing a unique mix of performance based art, participation and popular entertainment. The venue is home to a growing community of inspiring and challenging artists as well as devoted audiences and participants that reflect the rich diversity of East London.

When: May – June 2017

Winner: Living Room Circus. Living Room Circus is ‘an experimental circus company, creating and performing intimate and immersive shows.’ They hope to research and develop ideas for their new show The Penguin And I and to devise material for their ‘circus sofa,’ a bespoke set-piece/apparatus .

Follow Living Room Circus on Twitter and Instagram.