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Serious Circus Symposium

THURSDAY 28th SEPT 2017  symposium ticket low wage £20/ waged £30  BRISTOL  Please book in advance rather than just turn up.  Door price will be £25/£35 cash only.

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

A symposium* (28th Sept) for those interested in activism** and the making, selling, producing, critiquing, teaching of physical performance.

(*a meeting to discuss a particular subject...)
(**using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change...)
Followed by a one day workshop (29th Sept) for physical performers… NOW FULLY  BOOKED

Symposium – St Paul’s Church, Bristol – Thursday 28th September 2017 Book via Eventbrite

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’

Day Two Performers Workshop – Kingswood Foundation, Bristol.  As at 8th Sept there are 2 places available due to drop out.  29th September 2017  Book by emailing

12 places only.  A one day workshop for physical performers run by Mish Weaver, looking at devising from research and with activism as the aim.  The workshop will be energetic, skills based, using improvisation, exercises, discussion and text to stimulate and empower radical thinking in Circus and other forms of physical performance.

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