2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of modern circus and Norwich has been selected as one of the Six Cities of Circus. These Six Cities of Circus – Bristol, Blackpool, Norwich & Great Yarmouth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, London, and Belfast & Derry will host an array of spectacular events, festivals and performances.
To mark the beginning of celebrations the Circus250 logo, designed by Sir Peter Blake, was projected onto Norwich Castle and landmarks across the Six Cities of Circus including the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. Our students will be taking part in The Lord Mayor’s Celebrations with displays of acrobatics and our Lost in Translation team will later be unveiling their new show Famished this year.
Our Lost in Translation tutor and performer Natasha Rushbrooke headed to London to perform at a glittering Circus250 launch party at the Natural History Museum. She performed a breath-taking hand balancing act “Handstands for Hope“ beneath the skeleton of a blue whale, named Hope, five metres in the air as part of the joint birthday celebrations with the Creative Industries Federation. We couldn’t be more proud of her and excited for the year to come!
Image: Christian Purefoy
This month has seen the launch of our new Crowdfunder campaign to help The Oak become Norfolk’s hub for circus. We are raising vital funds to pay for new equipment, rigging and insulation to keep our beautiful Grade 1 listed space warm. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will make a positive impact on our space and local community. Simply donate what you can or make a pledge and be rewarded. Our amazing pledge rewards include classes and courses at The Oak, one-to-one tutorials, performances, wedding packages and even tickets to see a performance from our fantastic team of tutors; Lost in Translation Circus.
If you’re looking for something energetic and challenging to keep your kids busy in the half-term holiday then our Youth Circus is exactly what you need. Sessions run daily, 10am to 2pm, from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October – for ages from 6 to 16. More details here
We’ve also got a selection of one-off Taster classes for adults (age 12+ with parental consent) including a new class in Dance Trapeze and regular favourites such as Aerial Silks and Aerial Hoop – all for just £12.50 per class.
So the summer is nearly over, but don’t get too downhearted because and our autumn classes begin again on 4 September, and that’s sure to put a spring in your step! We’ve got lots of classes in aerial disciplines, including silks, hoop, rope and trapeze – as well as a general introductory class for absolute beginners. There’s also an introductory acrobatics class, partner acrobatics, juggling and handstands – but not at the same time – and lots more.
On Saturdays youth circus is back with sessions for kids and young people aged 6 to 18, as well as a gentle class for younger children and parents together. So take a look at our classes page where you’re sure to find something that’s just right for you.
Lost in Translation Circus are producing a show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and our very own Massi Rossetti is also one of the two performers in it.
Attached by Tiger Circus is a fast-paced energetic, thoroughly entertaining and funny circus show for all the family. Two brilliantly skilful performers, one lithe, small and mischievous, the other giant, clumsy and warm-hearted, are hopelessly connected to each other. When one falls, the other one flies and both make use of extensive quantities of velcro. As with any relationship there is an air of competitiveness as well as collaboration as they strive to out perform each other and win approval.
Performers Manu Tiger from Sweden (Tiger Circus) and Italian Massimilliano Rossetti (Lost in Translation Circus) are both experienced masters of multiple circus skills. Expect expert juggling, spectacular teeterboard and high-flying thrills alongside brilliant laugh-out-loud comic timing and gentle audience participation, leading to a stunning finale.
Attached has toured extensively around Europe and the USA to deafening audience and critical acclaim. This is its first appearance at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is at the Underbelly from 3 to 27 August – full details here.
See the trailer below.
We’re delighted to be working with The National Centre for Circus Arts on their Lab:Time programme for innovation and experimentation in the Circus Arts, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Through Lab:time individual artists and companies are able to secure research and development time.This is usually in their own Creation Studio at the National Centre for Circus Arts, but we’re offering a residency here in Norwich.
Together with Lost in Translation Circus we are looking to build a relationship with an artist or company who are interested in the crossover between dance, theatre and circus. We’re 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, and are keen to support work that utilises bigger disciplines that may struggle to find the height or technical support in other spaces.
We’re 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, or 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.
For more information and details of how to apply visit the National Centre for Circus Arts website
On Friday 7 July, as part of the Lord Mayors celebrations, resident company Lost in Translation Circus will take over Norwich City Hall for a performance of Cirque Bordello. Performers will abseil down the walls and swing across the balconies as the building becomes a backdrop for this exciting and very funny new show for all the family.
Can Madame and the staff of Hotel Bordello defeat their arch enemy the dastardly Banker, who is conniving and scheming to repossess the hotel so he can sell it and make lots of money? Watch the cast of 6 highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers tell the story of how the tenants battle to save their home and livelihood through circus skills, physical comedy and theatre.
Cirque Bordello also features a specially written musical score by renowned composer and multi instrumentalist Roger Eno. Deeper social themes emerge but with thrills, gasps, laughs and drama there’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy.
The free show starts at 8.45pm and last for 40-50 minutes.
Read more about it here.