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Circelation 2004
Introduction by Dick McCaw

Welcome to Circelation’s second programme of workshops for professional circus artists.

As Director of the International Workshop Festival from 1993 – 2001, I have seen the benefit that such training programmes can bring to artists. Circelation will provide circus artists with a space in which they can reflect upon their own creative direction, to rethink their technique, to try out new ideas - without the pressure of a tight rehearsal schedule.

A workshop is a place for letting go of bad habits and acquiring new possibilities, a place to make discoveries and exercise creative choice. All of us at Circelation hope that this programme of workshops and talks will provide opportunities to recharge creative batteries and to forge new friendships and working partnerships.

My approach to this programme has been frankly interdisciplinary, indeed this seems the only appropriate approach when the very name ‘the circus arts’ implies a variety of different media and genres.

The aim of these workshops is to offer new ways of looking – to look again with an ‘astonished eye’ - at existing circus skills rather than learning new or perfecting existing ones. With this guiding idea in mind I have chosen workshop leaders from a variety of performance backgrounds - from physical theatre, visual theatre and dance theatre.

Circelation offers an Aladdin’s Cave of discoveries – we invite you to lift off the lid on eight different approaches to performance. Join us in Leeds for a week, a weekend, or the full fourteen days. It will be challenging, hard work, and incredible fun.

Dick McCaw
Artistic Programmer

Circelation 2004
Photo: Paul Floyd Blake
'A workshop is a place for letting go of bad habits and acquiring new possibilities, a place to make discoveries and exercise creative choice'
Dick McCaw
Course Director 2004

'It felt really rare, and different and distinctive to research and development. It was immensely valuable to turn it on its head and focus.'

Participant 2004