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Circelation 2005
Introduction from Chenine Bhathena

Since first watching Ra-Ra Zoo’s Stop Laughing This is Serious in 1989, I have been fascinated with contemporary circus theatre. Ever since, I have immersed myself in the world of British contemporary circus and continue to work with (and see) some of the most exciting artists creating work in the UK.

The sense of risk in circus is omni-present, in fact it is what most audiences would say they love about the work - the danger element, the wow factor. What interests me for this year’s programme is how British artists can use this sense of risk in actually thinking about and creating new work. Challenging perceptions of creativity and throwing out all the normal guidelines, these laboratories are all about experimentation, play and inspiration.

I have invited some of the most uniquely talented, ground breaking artists from across the world. There are tutors from Australia, Europe and of course the UK. They have all made their mark on the world of performance by presenting some of the most challenging, inspirational and in some cases anarchic work, which has changed the face of performance in recent years.

I do hope that this programme will inspire you to get involved in these laboratories, and that you will find any way you can of participating. The opportunities to work with leading artists from the world of contemporary theatre are few and far between, so grab this with both hands.

We hope that although intensive and hard work, the opportunity to play, share and network with other UK artists as well as to work with leading names in the live arts sector will give you the necessary desire to come along and be part of this exciting programme. I will be in Leeds for the full two weeks and look forward to sharing this space with you.

Chenine Bhathena
Artistic Programmer

Circelation 2005
Photo: Paul Floyd Blake
'The opportunities to work with leading artists from the world of contemporary theatre are few and far between, so grab this with both hands'
Chenine Bhathena