• CircusFest

    Circolombia, Urban

    The UK's biggest (and, actually, only) festival dedicated to indoor contemporary circus, the CircusFest, formerly Circus Front, is a five-week biennial season of work at London's Roundhouse. The venue has a mega space and a studio space, and the festival accordingly programmes intimate work alongside 360 degree immensities. The roundhouse itself is steelier and darker than its European counterparts, and able to accommodate standing shows – an adapted version of NoFit State's Immortal came to the venue for the first Circus Front, and in 2010 Mutoid Waste Co. and an A-team of cabaret and burlesque performers took over the space for the immersive spectacle / iniquitous club night Trash City, with mixed responses.

    To tie in with the live performance at the 2010 CircusFest there was a programme of talks (entertaining monster Gerry Cottle and Vanessa Toulmin, the director of the National Fairground Archive, among them) plus a series of circus-related films at the BFI.

    Amid prestigious companies like France's Compagnie XY and Australia's Acrobat, Circolombia's boisterous and hard-edged Urban was the big hit of the 2010 edition.

  • Events Archive

    Professor Vanessa’s Wondershow
    23/04/2012 to 29/04/2012
    The Roundhouse
    Gandini Juggling, Cløwns and Queens | Photo: Jean Christophe Bordier
    27/03/2014 to 29/03/2014
    Shoreditch Town Hall
    Cirque Mandingue, Foté Foré
    02/04/2012 to 04/04/2012
    The Roundhouse
    La Meute | Photo: Ben Hopper
    04/04/2014 to 06/04/2014
    The Roundhouse
    So & So Circus Theatre, Backgammon for Beginners
    18/04/2012 to 21/04/2012
    Jacksons Lane
    Sisters, Clockwork | Photo: Petter Hellman
    Graeae and Circo Crescer e Viver, Belonging
    15/04/2014 to 19/04/2014
    The Roundhouse
    John Paul Zaccarini | Photo: Mark Morreau
    The Roundhouse
    Silver Lining | Photo: Mike Corr
    09/04/2014 to 12/04/2014
    The Roundhouse
    Il Pixel Rosso: The Great Spavaldos
    28/03/2012 to 29/04/2012
    The Roundhouse


  • Magazine

    By John Ellingsworth on 24 May 2012 in Reviews

    Roshan definitely came to England from Iran. We can be sure he settled in London, we know he liked to play backgammon, and the 70s are a safe bracket in which to place his arrival. Everything else, though, is uncertain.

    By John Ellingsworth on 10 May 2012 in Reviews

    Linge Sale is no larger than its two performers, Alice Roma and Damiano Fumagalli. It's avowedly and deliberately small – stripped of artifice by its own relaxed easiness. The idea of character or performance will sometimes emerge, yet soon collapses back into the strong onstage relationship of two people who seem, simply, happy to be there.

    By John Ellingsworth on 9 November 2011 in Reviews

    At a first encounter, the characters of Box of Frogs all feel like they’re about ten years-old. Kaveh Rahnama talks constantly and inconsequentially about his mania for collecting circus-themed toys and knick-knacks, shouting with delight when Amazon finally deliver his King Tusk elephant and enthusing how this proud and mighty creature is (brilliantly) equipped with a foot strop to secure its plastic rider — an innovation without precedent in the history of toy manufacture.

    By John Ellingsworth on 19 May 2010 in Reviews

    There's a certain kind of artist for whom their life is their work—meaning not just that they dedicate themselves full-time to their art-making, but that what they present on stage, or in books or on canvas, is, or feels, very close to the way they must conduct themselves from day to day.

    By John Ellingsworth on 20 April 2010 in Reviews

    Le Grand C might be disruptive to your normal breathing. Working with pitching (one of the oldest acrobatic disciplines, where groups of bases toss flyers to each other's waiting arms), Compagnie XY ensnare their audience in a constant action of tension and release.