• Glastonbury Festival Announces Circus and Theatre Commissions

    26 March 2014 Funding & Industry
    Glastonbury Festival

    Following an open call for proposals issued late last year, Glastonbury Festival has announced five commissions for new work to be shown in the festival's Theatre and Circus Fields this summer – two of them circus projects.

    Leo and Yam will create a new large-scale circus show 'inspired by alien forms and raw humanity' by directing four performers that have recently come through their professional development course.

    Arron Sparks – who's currently working with his company Circus Geeks on the show Beta Testing – will make a ground-based show about how ideas spread and change around the world 'by examining the past and present of yo-yos and those who are obsessed by them'.

    Glastonbury Festival runs 25-29 June 2014. Companies to have previously received support from the Glastonbury commissions include Circle Ascent (with Lift) and Pirates of the Carabina (with Flown). For this year commissions have also been awarded to Dot Comedy, Joe Rush (Mutoid Waste), and a collective of artists based in Penryn, Cornwall.