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City Circ

  • Date: 7 September 2009
  • Artform: Theatre
  • Area: London

City Circ assembled an exciting new five-month season of theatre and contemporary circus that took place across London between April and August 2009.

Produced by performance arts company Crying Out Loud in collaboration with theatre venues and arts centres across the capital, City Circ showcased an ambitious new circus where traditional skills collide with theatre, storytelling, opera, digital technologies, live music and dance.

Nineteen different shows took place across 13 London boroughs. The season kicked off with Tabu, a new show from NoFit State Circus at the Roundhouse. Premieres included Hang On, a new show from aerial artists Ockham's Razor and Theatre Rites at the Lyric Hammersmith and the English National Opera’s L'Amour De Loin at the English National Opera, while Australia’s Tom Tom Crew took their acrobatic display to the Southbank Centre.

There were opportunities for learning, too, through City Circ’s workshop programme and chances for young people to join in youth circus activity with Albert and Friends at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Many venues also distributed free tickets as part of the Arts Council’s Under 26s scheme, A Night Less Ordinary.

Crying Out Loud manage the City Circ network as part of their regular funding from the Arts Council, which was £75,930 this year. An additional £15,000 has also been granted to Crying Out Loud to support the programming and marketing of the season.

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