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The Circus Space

The Circus Space is one of the top circus schools in Europe, offering the UK's only degree-level education in circus arts. The building houses a creation space, and the organisation offers professional development opportunities for aspiring and established performers. The Circus Space also delivers participatory and leisure activities including the London Youth Circus, and a varied performance programme including regular cabaret nights. Our funding supports core costs, as well as the youth circus and the professional development programme for emerging professional artists.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £339,897
  • 2013-2014: £347,715
  • 2014-2015: £356,755

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Inside the National Centre for Circus Arts

This year we were awarded national status and became the 'National Centre for Circus Arts'. To celebrate we made this video of our beautiful building and the amazing people that train here. Spread the word with #NationalCircus Find out more at http://nationalcircus.org.uk/ About us 2014 marks our 25th year - during that time we have trained over 50,000 people in circus arts. Our Further and Higher Education programmes range from a BTEC qualification (in conjunction with Hackney Community College) to a Postgraduate Certificate and a BA (Hons) Degree in Circus Arts. We are an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama alongside 7 other prestigious institutions that are leaders in performing arts training. Our graduates work around the world with companies like Cirque du Soleil and Les 7 Doigts de la Main. At home we have worked with some of the UK's most reputable companies including the RSC, Roundhouse, ENO, the V&A and the National Theatre. The programmes of small to mid-scale venues such as Stratford Circus and Jackson's Lane feature circus arts regularly. Many of the performers in these productions are our graduates and professional members. We have played a significant role in major public events from the millennium celebrations at the Dome to the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies in 2012. We support the development of youth circus nationally, with companies from around the country taking part in the National Youth Circus Event each year. As the National Centre for Circus Arts we are also taking a leading role in supporting the wider circus sector in the UK, creating opportunities for circus to be seen and for people to participate in training at all levels. http://nationalcircus.org.uk/ Filming and editing by the Roundhouse Music - Janelle Monae 'Tightrope'

Hōp - highlights

Circus Arts BA Hons and Postgraduate Ensemble, July 2014 Directed by Struan Leslie at the London Wonderground Find out more about Higher Education in Circus Arts: http://nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming by Mark Morreau - http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

London Youth Circus show - highlights - July 2014

'Not to Scale' Directed by James Doyle-Roberts Find out more about the National Centre for Circus Arts youth programme at: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/youth Filming and editing by the Roundhouse

Kate McWilliam - Chinese Pole

BA Hons Degree Devised Piece 2010 Find out more about our Circus Arts BA Hons Degree: http://nationalcircus.org.uk/degree

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Charlotte Dawson - Aerial Straps

Charlotte Dawson - 'Straight to the point' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Charlotte perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Gaia Santuccio - aerial theatre (rope)

Gaia Santuccio - tANGLEd Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Gaia perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Circus Arts BA Hons and Postgraduate Devised Pieces 2014

'Everyday Everyday' highlights, Music: Various Production, Zoller (Dan Lyons remix) See these students perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Kipat Kahumbu - Chinese Pole

Kipat Kahumbu - 'These hands used to paint' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Kipat perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Tom Gaskin - Juggling

Tom Gaskin - 'Watch' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Tom perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Angeliki Nikolakaki - Aerial Straps

Angeliki Nikolakaki - 'Raindance' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Angeliki perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/ Editing by Angeliki Nikolakaki

Hauk Pattison - Chinese Pole

Hauk Pattison - 'Aren't we all...' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Hauk perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Mike Corr - Acrobatic Juggling

Mike Corr - Cucumber Hundreds Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Mike perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Remy Archer - Aerial Straps

Remy Archer - 'Plato's cave' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Remy perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Michael Standen - Hand balance

Michael Standen - 'Unrequited' Music - Lykke Li, 'Unrequited Love' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Michael perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Eva - Elena Casotto - Tightwire

Eva - Elena Casotto - 'Now or never' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Eva-Elena perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Joana Dias - Aerial Hoop

Joana Dias - 'Graciette' Music - James Blake, 'Digital Lion' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Joana perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

National Centre for Circus Arts - 25th anniversary gala

On Thursday 15 May 2014, we held a gala to celebrate our 25th birthday and raise funds to support the next generation of circus artists. The performance was directed by Struan Leslie, the evening compered by Ida Barr (otherwise known as Christopher Green), Harry Dalmeny was the auctioneer and the night ended with a DJ set by Jarvis Cocker. Thank you to everyone who was there and helped us raise over £100,000 from fundraising on the night and donations. This money will help us to grow our youth circus programme, provide much needed bursaries for low income students and work with recent graduates to build successful and long-lasting careers in the performing arts. Find out more about supporting the National Centre for Circus Arts at: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/support

Charlie Wheeller - Cyr Wheel

Charlie Wheeller - 'Son' - "Exploring waiting and pacing for news of a loved one." Music - Son Lux, 'Stand' Performed as part of the National Centre for Circus Arts BA Hons devised pieces 2014, 'Everyday Everyday'. See Charlie perform in our BA ensemble show, 'Hōp' at the London Wonderground 14 - 16 July 2014: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/Hop Find out more about our Circus Arts Higher Education programme: http://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree Filming and editing by Mark Morreau: http://www.morreaux.co.uk/

Circus Arts Degree FAQs - what if I have an injury or pre-existing medical condition?

"What if I have an injury or pre-existing medical condition?" Answered by National Centre for Circus Arts Physiotherapist Karen Sheriff. Find out more about the Circus Arts Degree at http://nationalcircus.org.uk/degree

National Youth Circus Event 2014

On 21 - 23 February 2014 youth circus organisations from across the country met at the soon-to-be National Centre for Circus Arts. Find out more about the event at http://nationalyouthcircusevent.tumblr.com/ Film by Guy Gotto/ Roundhouse

Circus Arts Degree FAQs - What if I can't make the Open Day?

"What if I can't make the Open Day?" Answered by programme administrator Lydia Wilding-Smith. Find out more about the Circus Arts Degree at http://nationalcircus.org.uk/degree

Circus Arts Degree FAQs - do you provide student accommodation?

"Do you provide student accommodation?" Answered by programme administrator Lydia Wilding-Smith. Find out more about the Circus Arts Degree at http://nationalcircus.org.uk/degree

Circus Arts Degree Graduate Craig Reid

'Incredible hula boy' Craig graduated from our BA Hons Degree in 2008. He's been at our Circus Arts Degree Open Day today to talk to prospective students about life after the course.

Circus Arts Degree graduate Kat Would

Kat is at our Circus Arts Degree Open Day today to talk to prospective students about life after the course - including contracts in Singapore and working in Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles - Love.

Circus Arts Degree FAQs - Can I apply directly for the BA Hons or Postgraduate courses?

"Can I apply directly for the BA Hons or Postgraduate courses?" Answered by head of Academic Administration, Nancy Cranham.

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