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The State of Play: an old school Circus Convention for the new generation

Friday 13 – Monday 16 April 2018

An opportunity for circus artists, enthusiasts, performers, and makers to come together – to share and exchange skills, take part in a curated programme of master classes in circus techniques new and old, and experience different approaches to making and directing circus.

With sessions and workshops lead by Desperate Men, Spymonkey, NoFit State, Firenza Guidi, The New Vic Theatre, Mimbre, Milton Lopes, The Gandinis, Professor Vanessa and other special guests. There will also be rigging workshops, skills shares, open training sessions and the traditional renegade show.

Together, let’s celebrate the last 250 years of circus and inspire each other for the next.


The State of the Art: a radical Circus Conference 
17 – 18 April 2018

A two-day radical circus conference; explorations, interrogations, provocations and conversations for makers and thinkers. Designed through consultation within the sector, this event has been shaped for and by the people who make circus in the UK today.

This is a conference aimed at producers, presenters, artists and circus fans. Let’s discuss the next 250 years of circus together, without the establishment’s agenda, and foster creative debate amongst ourselves.

The State of the Art will include open space discussions, debates and inspirational TED style talks.  Confirmed speakers include: Ali Williams, Gerry Cottle, Firenza Guidi, Ken Fanning, Orit Azaz, The Flying Seagull Project, Professor Vanessa, John Fox, Jaine Lumsden, Kate Kavanagh.

What makes quality?
Circus is a way of life.
Where are we going and how do we get there?
How can circus respond to challenges we face in today’s society?
Dramaturgy in Circus
And whatever you want to bring to it.


13-18 Apr Circus Convention & Conference: The State of the Art, Newcastle-under-Lyme