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Crying Out Loud

Crying Out Loud is a cross-artform promoter, specialising in producing and promoting work for young audiences. It works with a number of mainstream venues across London. Our funding supports its artistic programme.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £210,000
  • 2013-2014: £214,830
  • 2014-2015: £220,416

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Cantina

A twist on the 1930’s wrings out the darker passions and tensions that lie within that era’s entertainment. Australian production Cantina takes the gaily enjoyable 1930s aesthetic familiar to cabaret and repeatedly twists it, wringing out the darker passions and tensions that lie within the era’s decadent entertainments. A woman delicately tiptoes on the open mouths of champagne bottles, then walks with less care (as well as stiletto heels) over the body of a naked man. We see a re-enactment of an old ‘toss the girl’ routine, partner dances turned sour, and sudden fights between lovers (or worse) – the jolly ragtime mood bleeding out into a low, heavy atmosphere of threat. The film ends with one of the standout solos from the show – blind corde lisse performed high on a black rope by the extraordinary Mozes. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Petit Mal by Race Horse Company (fuller version)

Combining the skills of a breakdancer, a cage fighter, and an ex-gymnast (and chef), Race Horse Company attack circus with a sullen punk-rock attitude. Their show Petit Mal, set amid the wreckage of a tire-yard / junk-pile / ended world, cuts their bruised, all-in physical style with a surreal edge: as the walls of reality come down, multiple Elvises propagate through the stage-world and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police meet Joy Division (probably for the first time). Sat here among the giant tyres of their set, looked down on by the spry likeness of Scrooge McDuck (long story...), Petri Tuominen, Rauli Kosonen and Kalle Lehto talk about finding a sense of hope within a world of ruin, the impulse to laugh in the face of disaster, and the moments when gravity falls away – only to return with a crash. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Petit Petit Mal by Race Horse Company (a taster)

Featuring hyper-aggressive Chinese pole, rough and tumble fights on the ground and in the air, Swiss ball trampoline, resplendent golden trousers, improvised teeterboard, and even a small but gratifying amount of nudity, this short film releases an invigorating blast of the wild energies contained in Race Horse Company’s Petit Mal. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Les Place des Anges by Les Studios de Cirque

On 2nd September 2012, French company Les Studios de Cirque invaded Piccadilly Circus to perform an extraordinary aerial spectacle after sunset. Les Place des Anges closed Piccadilly Circus Circus, a unique and unforgettable experience brought to you by Crying Out Loud on behalf of the Mayor of London and the London 2012 Festival. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

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Piccadilly Circus Circus

Appearing unannounced in the centre of London on 2nd September 2012, Piccadilly Circus Circus was a one-day event that saw more than two hundred circus artists perform among the pendant flags and iconic landmark buildings of Piccadilly. The main streets around Piccadilly Circus were pedestrianised for only the second time since VE day in 1945, to welcome a programme of live circus events including a grande finale from Les Studios de Cirque Brought to you by the Mayor of London and the London 2012 Festival. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Manifestly Phia by Phia Ménard

The transgender artist and juggler Phia Ménard talks about the meaning of transformation and erosion in her work, about piecing together the puzzle of each performance, about putting herself in danger, and about the power of the circus artist to bring their audience in to a closer relationship with death. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Rouge

A stark and simple production drawing on memories of the Khmer Rouge regime, Rouge is the creation of Phare Ponleu Selpak, an art school operating in Battambang but originally formed on the Thai border in 1986 as a refugee camp. Working through an escalating tension between the actions of the group and the individual, Rouge takes a measured approach in asking its audience to reflect on the conflict between personal and collective will, the militarisation of teenage youth, and the unvoiced expression of physical coercion. To create the show the school collaborated for three years with the French group Compagnie UBI, and here UBI's artistic director (Sarosti Nay) and producer (Sophie Jadin) illuminate the process of working with eight of PPS' young acrobats – members of a generation for whom Pol Pot's regime is only half-known or half-believed. Sometimes abstract, sometimes brutally direct, Phare Ponleu Selpak's work remembers the Khmer Rouge regime. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Epicycle

Epicycle, a vast, dirty ring of steel studded with valve wheels and junk controls along its edge, is the work of the French group CirkVOST. Ludovic des Cognets’ photographs follow the piece from rehearsal to performance in London’s Waterloo Place where men and women appear to climb the rungs of the circle before lowering ropes and trapezes to make their flights. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Undisclosed

The photographer Bertil Nilsson talks about his book Undisclosed, a collection of black and white stills of circus artists pictured naked as they work on their skills. Nilsson spent five years travelling Europe and North America to photograph his subjects in their natural element, capturing them at work in training spaces and studios and affording us a glimpse of the sheer physicality that lies behind each circus performance. Yet while much is revealed, more is hidden: for all that they lay the circus artist bare, Nilsson's photographs retain an enigmatic energy, the compositions expressive and empty, the actions of each subject frozen within a flowing silence Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Signature Prop

In the Ockham's Razor trilogy Arc, Memento Mori and Every Action... each episode builds an aerial choreography, and a narrative, around a different piece of custom equipment – in Arc a suspended raft made from a grid of scaffolding, inhabited by the survivors of a wreck; in Memento Mori a rigid metal portrait frame through which Death dances a young woman to her grave; in Every Action... a length of rope run over two pulleys to create a game of counterbalance and tenuous trust. Here the company talk about their approach in making the trilogy, about the sweat and the work of circus, about the stories they find in exploring newly created pieces of aerial equipment, and about the debt they owe to the historic insight of a fourteenth century logician. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Circus in the Medina

Everyone in the Medina knows the Hammich family. From the oldest grandfather to the smallest granddaughter, the Hammichs are famous acrobats, trained from a young age in skills that have been preserved through seven generations. Members of the family used to tour the world, performing acts in the great traditional circuses, but in 2003 their lives took an unexpected turn when they met the French circus director Aurélien Bory and resolved to collaborate on a new work. Combining their vernacular style of acrobatics with Bory's exact vision for space, scale and transformation they made their first full-length show, Taoub. Here we visit them at their home in Tangier, a shrine to the family's wide-ranging achievements, and hear how Taoub was made, as well as how later work Chouf Ouchouf was inspired by the bustle, the colour, the rooftops and markets, the dangerous alleys, the swarming cats, and the incredible everyday stories of the Medina – the city's bustling old quarter. Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Flying High

Going by the numbers, Bristol is our circus city: you'll find more circus artists there, relative to population, than in any other UK town. Much of the activity revolves around Circomedia, a professional circus school, but spend some time looking and you'll also uncover the Invisible Circus, a collective of creative squatters staging immense, interactive shows across the building and grounds of an abandoned fire and police station. Monica Connell's vivid photos open up this half-hidden world, drawing us into scenes of performance and pageantry; of Gothic darkness and Victorian decay; of fire and chaos and long, full, memorable nights. Circus Posts is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Smashed - Gandini Juggling

They'd already created work inspired by Merce Cunningham, Mozart, Steve Reich and Jean-Paul Sartre when, a year after the death of the great choreographer Pina Bausch, Gandini Juggling made Smashed. Weaving the gestural choreography of Bausch's Kontakthof with the intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling, Smashed simultaneously evokes great pleasure and small disquiet as it lightly disrupts the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language. Here we see it in 2010, playing outside the National Theatre in one of its first ever performances, the core Gandini company supplemented by an international cast that includes the Finnish deadpan Sakari Männistö (seen determinedly upsetting his fellow performers with a rolled-up newspaper), the airily wry Kim Huynh (seen manipulated by many hands as though a life-size puppet), and the extremely tall and lugubrious Malte Steinmetz (seen looking extremely tall and lugubrious, throughout). In other works, the Gandinis have moved their language further toward a darker understanding of the mechanics of human relations. In Smashed, they teeter on the edge, balanced between the pleasingly subversive and the faintly unacceptable in an extended moment of comic poise. Service and power, culture and chaos, the throw and the drop, and, of course, apples and china... Circus Posts is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

British Eccentricity!

A site specific promenade performance created especially for Cirque Jules Verne from an original idea by Rachel Clare and Elodie Peltier. For two nights in May 2014, British Eccentricity revolutionised French perceptions of the English through a two nights of extraordinary contemporary circus. High priestess of circus wonders, Marisa Carnesky invited audience members to journey through the tarot pack. A live art-rock band accompanied this extraordinary montage of live art, symbolism and performance. Invisible Circus created a world where illuminations flicker and flying dancers showed the audience through the walls of the historic Cirque Jules Verne. Artist Robin Whitmore captured and caricatured audience members, whilst Jake Rodrigues one man band entertained the crowds outside the venue. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

L'après-midi d'un Foehn - Version 1 by Company Non Nova

A ballet master magically transforms ordinary plastic bags into an enchanting troupe of prima ballerinas. Sit on the stage and watch as these heavenly dancers are borne aloft to perform to the beautiful music of Debussy. Presented by Crying Out Loud and touring the UK in October 2014 http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Flown by Pirates of the Carabina Vox Pop

Flown - a captivating night at the circus packed with thrills, extraordinary feats, laughs and fantastic live music. This stunning troupe of acrobats, aerialists, daredevil stuntmen and musicians put on a jaw-dropping spectacle for you. But there's a problem; no one is prepared and mishaps, disasters and disagreements threaten to wreck the show. A flying aerialist is still ironing her dress, a cranky diva gets tangled in the rigging, and is that one of the stuntmen dangling from the lighting bar? Catastrophe is just one wrong move away! FLOWN is confidently choreographed chaos as the performers fly, fling, spin and swing across the set in perfect time. It's big, beautiful and bonkers, an experience for everyone to treasure. 'Skin-tinglingly good.' Time Out★★★★ 'Exquisite moments of beauty...brilliantly athletic.' The Guardian '...delivered with immense skill and generosity of spirit.' The Times★★★★ 'Leaving with a smile on your face is the only option.'The Scotsman✮✮✮✮ http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Capilotractées by Sanja Kosonen and Elice Abonce Muhonen

The UK premiere was at the Roundhouse as part of CircusFest 2014 Enchanted by the beauty of weightlessness and the dream of flying, Finnish artists Sanja and Elice have revived the old and forgotten circus art of hair hanging. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon Video: Mark Morreau

What Is Circus?

On the border between theatre and dance, between tradition and invention, we find something new – contemporary circus – a borderless, hybrid artform. The contemporary circus has everything old: flying, falling, grace, risk, sweat and injury and beauty and moments of absolute fear. It has the realness of life meeting death, the seconds when time runs slow, and it still has, often, if not always, the devil's virtuosity. Most of all, it has the quality of what you least expect. Evoking the unique characteristics of an artform that combines elements of theatre and dance in the crucible of its own intensive training, this short film opens the Circus Post project by tracing an abstract map for the road ahead. What is contemporary circus? How can an artist speak without words? Where did this artform – experimental, open to collaboration, changing constantly – even come from? Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years. http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Flown by Pirates of the Carabina

Get ready for a captivating night at the circus packed with thrills, extraordinary feats, laughs and fantastic live music. Our stunning troupe of acrobats, aerialists, daredevil stuntmen and musicians are going to put on a jaw-dropping spectacle for you. But there's a problem; no one is prepared and mishaps, disasters and disagreements threaten to wreck the show. Catastrophe is just one wrong move away! FLOWN is confidently choreographed chaos as the performers fly, fling, spin and swing across the set in perfect time. It's big, beautiful and bonkers, an experience for everyone to treasure. 'Leaving with a smile on your face is the only option.' The Scotsman✮✮✮✮ TOTAL THEATRE AWARD WINNER 2013 Video Production by Mark Morreau http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

The Dream Engine at Piccadilly Circus Circus

Using music, lighting and location, the Heliosphere creates the illusion of flying. Spiralling and spinning and seemingly weightless, an acrobat suspended beneath a helium balloon explores the uncharted space between street level and rooftops. The Dream Engine was created in 1995 to dream up the extraordinary and bring it to life. Their work is unique, they always work with music and audiences experience it by looking up into the air. Piccadilly Circus Circus was conceived and created by Crying Out Loud. Artistic Directors Rachel Clare and Aletta Collins Video Production by Mark Morreau http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Panoply at Piccadilly Circus Circus

Panoply met at London's Circus Space, now the National Centre for Circus Arts. They performed ThreeSix5Four, a brand new routine, on a Chinese pole panning down Regents Street as part of Piccadilly Circus Circus. Conceived and created by Crying Out Loud, Artistic Directors Rachel Clare and Aletta Collins Video Production Mark Morreau http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Acrojou at Piccadilly Circus Circus

Acrojou was formed in 2006 by Artistic Directors Jeni Barnard and Barney White. So far they have created six original shows, toured work to nine countries and performed to nearly 60,000 people. The Wheel House is a rolling theatre and acrobatics show in which the characters discover new worlds, fall asleep and wake up all in the wheel, all whilst constantly travelling. It formed part of Piccadilly Circus Circus. On 2nd September 2012 central London was transformed into a live circus. Over the course of one incredible afternoon Piccadilly Circus became a pedestrianised playground hosting 143 performances of 48 different acts by 33 companies across 15 spaces with 247 performers! Conceived and created by Crying Out Loud, Artistic Directors Rachel Clare and Aletta Collins Video Production by Mark Morreau http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

La Coupole at Piccadilly Circus Circus

One of Europe's most extraordinary acts. A stunning duet of high wire that takes the performers' skills to the limit. There isn't a safety net in site! http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

CirkVOST at Piccadilly Circus Circus

CirkVOST was created in 2007 by 5 artists who were committed to communal living, cultural itinerancy and inspired by the challenge of creating new high flying artistic adventures. Epicycle features swinging trapeze, standing and swinging catchers playing on and around an astounding circular, metal structure, and draws inspiration from the world of the comic book. Each character, or cyclonaut, occupies a different part of the circle, their movement, interaction, rhythm and performance creating a spectacular, gravity-defying aerial dance. 2nd September 2012, central London was transformed into a live circus. Over the course of one incredible afternoon Piccadilly Circus became a pedestrianised playground hosting 143 performances of 48 different acts by 33 companies across 15 spaces, with 247 performers! Conceived and created by Crying Out Loud, Artistic Directors Rachel Clare and Aletta Collins Video Production by Mark Morreau http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

Collectif AOC at Piccadilly Circus Circus

Created in 2000, Collectif AOC was the initiative of six circus artists fresh out of the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) and one administrator. The company was formed because the artists had a stong complicity, a common vocabulary and an overflowing vitality. Since its inception Collectif AOC has become known for its creativity and electrical energy in performance. 2nd September 2012, central London was transformed into a live circus. Over the course of one incredible afternoon Piccadilly Circus became a pedestrianised playground hosting 143 performances of 48 different acts by 33 companies across 15 spaces, with 247 performers! Conceived and created by Crying Out Loud, Artistic Directors Rachel Clare and Aletta Collins Video Production by Mark Morreau http://www.cryingoutloud.org http://instagram.com/crying_out http://www.twitter.com/cryingout_loud http://www.facebook.com/cryingoutloudlondon

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