published Thursday 26 October, 2017Spotlight UK Circus, led by NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud and funded by the Arts Council England International Showcasing fund, has announced the 4 UK circus companies that will present their work at Festival OFF dAvignon in July 2018. Companies selected to present fulllength works at Festival OFF dAvignon are:
Pirates of the CarabinaFlownOckhams RazorTipping PointNikki & JDKnotTumble CircusUnsuitable
Spotlight UK Circus aims to raise the profile of UK contemporary circus on the international scene, increase the capacity and ability of UK companies to promote themselves and tour internationally, and develop and support a new network of touring contemporary circus companies.
Festival audiences will have the chance to see exciting British creations and the selected artists will be able to meet potential international partners and benefit from bespoke mentoring and support from either NoFit State Circus or Crying Out Loud. Presenting work in a new context will also provide a chance for artists to challenge their own practice with a positive impact on artistic content and development.
Spotlight UK Circus comes at a time when British contemporary circus is at a critical stage of development. Over the past 30 years the art form has embedded itself in our cultural life and in the past decade there has been a huge surge in the quantity and quality of work produced in the UK. There is now a body of companies primed to make the next step into the international touring arena.