Circomedia are hosting a Circus Open Space, facilitated by Improbable on the same model as their productive and snappy Devoted and Disgruntled sessions, for anyone with a stake in the current and future state of UK circus.
In her introduction to the event, Improbable Associate Director and aerialist of note Matilda Leyser lays out a few questions and issues and points of discussion – how to balance the populist impulses and reputation of circus with innovative work, how to find spaces to perform and train, how to work with the rest of theatre and what not to give away in doing so – but the point of Open Space is that the business of the day is established by whoever comes to the room. You talk about what you're interested in, and if you're not interested in one group's discussion you move freely to another. Or you don't talk at all.
The Open Space, titled What Are We Doing About Circus In The UK?, takes place 11am – 6pm on 2 April 2011 at Circomedia's St Paul's Church, in Portland Square, Bristol. It costs £16 to attend, or £10 concession, which includes a buffet lunch. To book call Colston Hall Box Office on 0117 922 3686.
The event is part of Look Back and Beyond, a celebration of Fool Time's 25th anniversary.