Round 9: The Oak Circus Centre, Norwich

The Award

Deadline: 5pm on Monday, 13 November, 2017

How to apply.

£5,750

Residency at Oak Circus Centre for 10-14 days in January or February 2018 (exact dates to be agreed with the successful candidate after the application process).

The Oak Circus Centre, Norwich

The Oak Circus Centre is a vibrant new circus training space in the east of England. Home to Lost in Translation Circus, The Oak works to improve the range and quality of circus arts in the east, particularly in Norwich and Norfolk. Artists and education are at the heart of The Oak’s work, with training and development opportunities for a wide range of levels and ages, from children, to adult enthusiasts and emerging artists, to leisure activities.  They have started to work with national and international circus performers providing space for training or rehearsals, advice and mentoring, technical support such as rigging, performance opportunities with Lost In Translation Circus as well as facilitating the delivery of education work across the region. At the heart of their ethos is the importance of building community and artistic quality in tandem, providing facilities, opportunities and support to people enthusiastic about circus and the performing arts across all levels.

Based in Norwich, Norfolk, at the Beautiful St. Michael Coslany Church, The Oak Circus Centre provides a stunning setting with 4 different bays, facilitating acrobatics, a wide range of aerial, trampoline, and a small wooden floor, which can accommodate some Cyr or wheel work. The space can also be used for performances and events for up to 200 people.

Since opening the Oak Circus Centre in 2016, Lost In Translation Circus have been steadily building a loyal community of class participants and audience. A key feature of their success so far has been the development of a vibrant and diverse educational programme and the creation of accessible and open events for the local community.

They are now looking to begin working more closely with professional circus artists and companies to explore new relationships and future opportunities at the Oak, with Lost in Translation Circus and with other venues in the Eastern region.

The Oak Circus Centre and the Lost in Translation Circus are looking to build a relationship with an artist or company who are interested in the crossover between dance, theatre and circus. They are interested in working closely with an artist/company who is in the process of making and developing a new work for a theatre or big top setting. They are also keen to support work that utilises bigger disciplines that may struggle to find the height or technical support in other spaces. They would be particularly keen to work with companies or artists that would be interested in engaging with the local community in some way – either through classes, exchanges, showings, or participation in events at the Oak. They would also be interested in a training exchange between the company and Lost in Translation Circus, depending on timing.

This residency is suitable to most circus disciplines including trampoline, Russian bar, teeterboard, swinging aerial, as well as floor acrobatics, manipulation/equilibristics and movement. There may be some disciplines that are only able to be supported in a limited way, such as those that require a large, flat wooden floor space (e.g. German wheel), or ones that require very strong anchor points or ballast, such as tightwire.

More information

For any queries about this award please contact labtime@nationalcircus.org.uk or call Ben on 020 7613 8241. The Oak Circus Centre are also happy to have informal conversations or give tours to prospective applicants. Please contact theoak@litcircus.com.

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