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Circelation says goodbye

After 10 years of supporting the professional development of British Circus artists through Circelation, we have decided it's time for us to stop.

During this time we have run 23 week long courses, 12 weekend tasters, hosted more than 200 circus artists developed 30 emerging directors and programmed 35 leading cross art form directors/artists from the UK and around the world to lead laboratories. Our recent successful programme of associate directors' residencies, between 2007-2009, led to 3 further master classes, 2 new pieces of work, 3 conversation events and has inspired similar initiatives across other sectors and in professional contemporary circus development across the world. We have seen many of the artists that have come through Circelation go on to use the experience to move forward with confidence, creating new collaborations with each other and with some of the laboratory leaders. It has exceeded our hopes and expectations as we have seen the programme inspire, encourage, motivate, advocate, connect and ultimately provide a refreshed creativity.

It has been a privilege to work with so many talented British artists, and we are proud to have played our part in the growth of this dynamic sector. We are especially delighted to have initiated & engaged the wider performing arts sector in dialogues on circus arts, and have made some dynamic new partnerships between artists and venues. We hope that this will continue to build, as further artistic development will be reliant on strong foundations and the creation of diverse partnerships.

We would also like to give huge thanks to our funders, including: Arts Council England, our main funder without whom the programme could not have happened. Also Barings, Esmee Fairbairn & Jerwood who all played their role in supporting this development of this initiative and contributed to the ongoing development of the Circus Arts sector. A combination of our own other work commitments and a confidence that the sector is now well served by similar initiatives - CAST in Bristol, Creative Exchanges at Circus Space, Jeunes Talent UK via Crying Out Loud and of course the work of all the UK circus schools and some of the leading companies - makes us feel that we have achieved what we had set out to do and that it is now time for us to close the company.

We will of course retain our personal commitment to the work and hope to stay in touch with you.

Please amend your address books as this email will shortly be closing. You can continue to contact us both on our mobiles (Leila 07970 173774 and Chenine 07970 494831) but in future you should use the following email addresses:

Leila Jancovich:
Chenine Bhathena:
(until December 2009)

Circelation was a professional development programme for circus artists/performers and directors looking to develop and improve their skills and knowledge in the creation of new and innovative collaborative work.

The most recent Circelation Workshop was held in May 2009 in Yorkshire. Full details can be found here...

Recent events also included three week-long Circelation Laboratory Programmes in March/April 2008 in St Albans, Liverpool and Sheffield and 'Conversations' in Liverpool in March 2008 (for Liverpool 08) and Leeds in June 2008.

There are still photos of the 2006 programme available - please contact us to make an order. Photographs of our 2008 programme by Paul Floyd Blake can now be viewed here...


Circelation 2006
Photo: Carlos Fuman
'A whole week of learning, challenging and fun! What a fantastic opportunity!'
Participant 2006

'a brilliant idea, programmes like this will really make the future of circus theatre happen'

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