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Circus City 2019

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Circus City 2019


Circus City - the UK’s biggest festival of contemporary circus - returns to Bristol from October 17 to November 2 with an ambitious, events-for-all, programme combining music, film, dance, and spoken word with an array of international circus skills.

Event Highlights:
View the full line up here

October 17  - 18
Femmes of Colour in Hive City Legacy
Artists from diverse backgrounds tell Intersecting stories exploring experiences with race, sexuality and mental health using a wide range of performance styles including beatboxing, aerial acrobatics, spoken word and dance. Age guidance: 14+.
Circomedia - St. Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

October 17 - 19
Jäntti & Venna (Finland) in Ballantine Scale (World Premiere)
Innovative aerial acrobatics by Illona Jäntti are accompanied by a dream-like musical score by Aino Venna in a billowing, all-encompassing and atmospheric white tent. Age guidance: 8+           
Unit 15 - Premier Business Park, Sussex Street BS2 0RA

October 18 - 19
Laura Murphy in Contra (Regional premiere)​​​​​
A one-woman show combining rope skills, stand-up, dance, nudity and frank discussion of sex by the genre-defying Bristol-based performance artist and Circus Next Laureate Laura Murphy
Arnolfini - 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA. Age guidance: 16

October 19
18:00 & 21:00 
Sarah Houbolt  (Australia) in Koo Koo the Bird Girl  (UK premiere)
Australian Paralympian and disability advocate Sarah Houbolt pays a one-woman circus tribute to actor Minnie Woolsley and the character she played in the long-banned 1932 film Freaks. Age guidance: 12+
The Wardrobe Theatre - 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

October 24 and 25
Ockham's Razor in This Time
A circus show about time, age and how we are strong in different ways at different times in our lives performed by a cast ranging in age from 13 to 60 years old. Age guidance: 8+
Unit 15 - Premiere Business Park, Sussex Street BS2 0RA              

October 25 and 26
Company Menteuses (Belgium) in A Nos Fantomes (To Our Ghosts) (UK premiere)
Aerial theatre story-telling about a woman who has given up on the dreams she once had but is then confronted by another version of herself. Age guidance: 6+
Circomedia - St. Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

October 26th
Various artists - Circus Shorts
A showcase of new circus theatre works being developed by a range of talented Bristol-based performers Full line-up to be announced later.
Unit 15 - Premier Businss Park, Sussex Street BS2 0RA

October 28 and 29
12:00, 14:30 & 16:30/11:00, 13:30 & 15:30
Can't Sit Still in Plink & Boo (Children’s show)
An interactive circus adventure for young children featuring acrobatics and music and set in the topsy-turvy world of Plink and Boo. Age guidance: Aimed at under 5s but all ages welcome
Emersons Green Village Hall - Emerson Way, Emersons Green BS16 7AP

October 29 and 30
11:00, 14:00
Little Lavrak in Reach (Family friendly show also suitable for audiences with hearing loss)
A circus adventure about best friends on a quest to reach the biscuits on the highest shelf.  Especially suitable for under 11s, families and those who are deaf or hearing-impaired. With free cookies!
Circomedia, St. Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

October 31st
Various artists: Volt
Circomedia's circus scratch night - VOLT - returns to offer a platform for emerging circus artists in the South West to test out and develop works in progress.
Circomedia,  St. Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

October 31 to November 2nd
20:00 + a  matinee on Nov  @ 14:00
Barely Methodical Troupe in Bromance (UK Premiere)
An internationally award-winning circus show using acrobatics, b-boying, Cyr wheel and more to explore masculine camaraderie and what it's like to be a male today. Age guidance: 8+.
1532 Theatre, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Rd, Bristol BS8 1SJ

November 1st
Broken Box Collective in Outside the Club (World Premiere)
Highly skilled juggling and manipulation and slick choreography reflect the comedy and pain of personal and national political difference.  Age guidance: all.
Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW

November 1 and 2nd
Company Rafale (Belgium) in Sanctuaire Sauvage
Live sound and bodies in motion create an immersive, acoustic, experience,  inspired by the lives and stories of people who are blind.   Age guidance: 7+
Unit 15. Premier Business Park, Sussex Street BS2 0RA

November 2nd
Sneaky and Raptor in A Different Beast (UK Premiere)
A show incorporating dance, Chinese pole, acrobatics and live music to tell the story of four eccentric characters striving to survive in a bleak and decaying world.  Age guidance: 12
Circomedia - St. Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Circus City gratefully acknowledges funding from Arts Council England.

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