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Second Serious Circus Symposium 2018 (images from 2017)

HOLD THE DATES! The Second Symposium is happening (no more date changes!)

September 8th/9th 2018

Jacksons Lane, London. N6 5AA

Sept 3rd to 7th 2018, Serious Circus and Jacksons Lane are offering space to think, debate, workshop, explore, plan, argue, whatever your will, at Jackson lane.  To apply for this free resource, send a brief description of what you want to do and what you need (e.g. a small space to hold a discussion between several people and connections to those interested in sustainable practice in Street Theatre… OR the Theatre space for a day to experiment with the power to shock and inspire audiences towards action, etc.) email

With other preceding activities dependent on a successful funding bid (decision to be made mid August), such as commissions, 

engagement projects and a project for Kids on The Green



The first SCS was held THURSDAY 28th SEPT 2017  at Circomedia BRISTOL 

Read below for information on the 2017 programme

The Symposium was self-funded (apart from a contribution as a Creative Climate Leadership Dissemination Event).  It was made possible via funds raised running the performers’ workshop on 29th Sept and ticket sales.  This paid for speakers’ and performers’ expenses and hire of the venue.  Circomedia donated the space for a nominal fee, as support for the venture.

For Circus, Physical Theatre and Dance practitioners who are interested in live performance that not only deals with serious issues, but aspires to activism.  For artists, performers, directors, producers, funders and journalists, dancers, trapeze artists, clowns, events managers, teachers, coaches, to come together and discuss practice, approaches, opportunities and challenges.  To share experience of maintaining integrity and develop a community of support and momentum for moving forwards.

  • Speakers – 10 minute talks with time for questions – focus on what is possible.
  • Performances – short excerpts and mini pieces.
  • Discussion – short open space styled session and action learning sets to promote listening and exchanges.
  • Talks – a few slightly longer talks in the afternoon.
  • Soap box session where people will have 60 seconds to flag up a personal project.
  • Working Party – Looking at sustainable practice in Circus, with guidance from a bit of research.
  • Closing stocktake towards future events or collaborations, with action planning.

The programme is being continually developed and guests will be announced leading up to the event.


With a few speakers we will consider how to learn from the Green Circus pioneers in order to affect Contemporary Circus practice and policy:

Andy Hope – Croissant Neuf – Andy created a solar powered circus from scratch and has been a pioneer of green ideas and technologies in outdoor performance and production for 30 years.

Teo Greenstreet – One of the co-founders of Circus Space ,Teo was responsible for developing the extraordinary site that is now National Centre of Circus Arts.  He was one of the first Clore Fellows and now leads organisation change focused around sustainability, clients including Centre Director at Greentop and Development Director at Curious School of Puppetry.

Other speakers
Andrea Carr – Designer

Make Design Matter.  Can design for performance add to the conversation around current issues?

Mish Weaver – Circus Director

Do Artists have a responsibility to desire and promote change for the good?

and performance by Charles Brockbank from Stumble’s current project ‘Can of Worms’.

Ali Williams with Paul Evans – Circus Producer – Social Circus  – Talking  about her experience with social and community circus, and current project  ‘As a Tiger in the jungle.’  Paul (Crashmat Collective) works on issues around Gender and travelled to Nepal to work with Circus Kathmandu and recently Palestine to direct circus there.

Performance input:

Laura Murphy – Aerialist and Phd Fellow

using academia to create radical  performance , including live performance from her recent performance ‘Contra’ – interrogates social, historical and personal occupations of the female body

Trapeze performance by recent Circomedia graduate Tilly Lee-Kronick from ‘Ripe’

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