The team for a new outdoor, participatory project in the West Midlands, If Only I Could…, are seeking an experienced and confident circus artist with strong knowledge of ground-based skills. The selected artist will be part of the creative team, and will be comfortable working with community participants to support their training ahead of performances (so teaching experience is an advantage).
If Only I Could…, which is being developed in Birmingham, will be 'a visually striking piece of circus theatre with a strong but simple narrative of self-discovery, played out through circus acts. Just as the circus performer seemingly achieves the impossible, a young girl embarks on a journey, encountering the weird and wonderful, which equips her with everything she needs to be literally flying high!'
The project is led by artists Kim Charnock and Joe Fearn, and produced by Pippa Frith and Thomas Wildish, and will have five community performers alongside three professional artists. Performances are planned to preview as part of Birmingham Hippodrome’s Six Summer Saturdays and Sandwell Arts Festival during August 2012, with further discussions about additional performances still taking place.
The project will be primarily developed throughout July and August (see the more info link for a timetable), with a fixed fee offered of £2500 inclusive of all expenses. This will best suit an artist based in the midlands, as there is no accommodation budget available.
For further information on the project and how to apply see here [PDF]. Deadline is 1 June 2012 at 5pm. (And note that while the project is dependent on receipt of funding, that funding will be confirmed in early June, ahead of any conversations with potential artists.)