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About Circelation

Circelation was established in 2000 by Chenine Bhathena and Leila Jancovich to provide professional development for circus performers and directors.

The first Circelation programme was a pilot project in Sheffield in 2000, supported by Yorkshire Arts and the Barings Foundation, with workshops led by Katherine Hunter (Theatre de Complicite), Gail Kelly (Legs on the Wall), Philip Mckenzie (Man Act) and Ron Bunzl (Cloud Chamber).

Feedback from the participants was so positive that further pilots projects in London, Bristol and Sheffield were run in 2001 with support from Yorkshire Arts and the Gulbenkien Foundation.

IIn February 2002, Circelation was cited in the Arts Council of England Strategy Report on Circus in England as a notable professional development programme, complimenting the work of Circus Space (London) and Circomedia (Bristol). The report recommended support for initiatives which show:

• commitment to nurturing circus practice at every level
• commitment to expertise in the art form
• commitment to high profile strategic circus projects
• increased investment and prioritisation of circus arts

In 2004 Circelation started a three-year programme with funding from The Arts Council of England, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Jerwood Charitable Trust.

Circelation 2004 was devised with Dick McCaw around the theme of 'space', with tutors including Rose English, Mladen Materic, Cal McCrystal and Avner Eisenberg.

Circelation 2005, devised by Chenine Bhathena, explored the theme 'risk', with more great tutors such as John Wright, Deborah Batten, Steve Tiplady, Terry O'Connor and Liam Steel.

Circelation 2006, with the theme 'what's the story', will explored narrative and storytelling with tutors including Nigel Charnock, Sue Broadway, Lucy Bailey, Lee Simpson, Fern Smith, The People Show and poet Lemn Sissay.

Circelation 2007/8 - a new Associate Circus Directors Award was launched in January 2007 in association with Contact Theatre, Manchester, York Theatre Royal and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich. This programme will run through 2007/08.

A new Circelation Laboratory Programme will take place in March/April 2008 working across the regions where the Associate Directors are based and developed closely with these directors. Full details and booking information are available here.

Professional development is an integral part of an artist’s creative life and we do hope that you will use this as a springboard to seek out further courses and opportunities.

If you would like to know more, please contact us and we will keep you posted with updates on the programme and how to apply. We also welcome any ideas, suggestions or comments that will help to ensure ensure that we are delivering the best programme for your ongoing artistic development.

Circelation 2006
Photo: Paul Floyd Blake
'A great opportunity to meet and work with great performers and workshop leaders. This course has inspired and opened up other levels and processes of performing and devising professional development and having fun/playing is necessary to feed the creative process'
Participant 2006