Features News Published 7 March 2012

CircusFest 2012

Jacksons Lane and artsdepot join the Roundhouse.

Julia Rank

For the first time since its inception, London’s CircusFest will be expanding beyond Camden’s Roundhouse. North London venues Jacksons Lane and artsdepot will also be hosting work during the five-week festival (March 28- April 29) that aims to present a selection of the finest British and international circus premieres, alongside new commissions. The festival involves a variety of works from “the weird and the whimsical, to high-energy displays of acrobatic prowess defying logic and gravity… CircusFest is a festival to amaze, astound and capture the imagination.”

Jacksons Lane will be hosting Stumble DanceCircus’s Box of Frogs (3-5 April), a “bipolar circus of extremes” that combines daring circus skills with film, live music and colour. The project has been commissioned by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad projected Unlimited. So & So Theatre present Backgammon for Beginners (18-21 April), about a suitcase, a complicated past and a love of backgammon. Based on the true story of an Iranian man in London in the 1970s, this funny and touching show features edge of seat acrobatics.

At artsdepot, Belgian company Compagnie Rasoterra  present Dirty Laundry (April 19th) directed by celebrated circus director Firenza Guidi, which explores the relationship between a couple using partner acrobatics and a trick bike. This is Compagnie Rasoterra’s UK debut.

The live performances will be accompanied by two photographic exhibitions at both venues, featuring images of young circus performers by Ben Hopper. The exhibition at artsdepot will run from March 28- April 29 and at Jacksons Lane from March 13- April 29.

Further information can be found on the Roundhouse website.

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Julia Rank

Julia is a Londoner who recently completed a MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College. Resolutely living in the past until further notice, Julia finds enjoyment in exploring art galleries and museums, dabbling in foreign languages, rummaging in second hand bookshops, and cats.

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