• Breakdance

    A style of street dance combing style, musicality, aggression, power and eccentricity. Not a core circus skill as such, breakdance has nonetheless been influential on circus performance, and particularly on the disciplines of floor acrobatics and Chinese pole.

    While breakers and circus artists have long trained together and shared skills, recently festivals and venues and other institutions have woken up to the artistic possibilities (and, more cynically, the audience development possibilities) of combining circus and breakdance (and oftentimes parkour as well), matchmaking groups for short-term collaborations.

    a.k.a.: Breaking, Street Dance, B-boying

  • Magazine

    By John Ellingsworth on 15 May 2010 in Reviews

    By the end the stage floor is torn up, the Chinese pole has been felled, feathers and tyres are everywhere. The set is a wreck, but then it always was...

    By John Ellingsworth on 21 June 2009 in Reviews

    A double review of two recent productions that combine aspects of hip-hop (music or dance) with circus performance: Tom Tom Crew at the Udderbelly, and Avant Garde Dance (with Gemma Palomar and Telma Pinto)'s The Silver Tree, part of the Paradise Gardens festival.

    By John Ellingsworth on 13 June 2009 in Reviews

    Stilt-walking has always been the most lavishly costumed circus discipline—a lot of times the pleasure is in seeing the bespoke detailing and the ways in which the weaknesses of stilts (the need to cover up the legs, the jerky movement) have become strengths of the design (cloven hooves for pegs, insectile limbs, giant stilt robots, etcetera).