What Is Circus?
The contemporary circus has everything old: flying, falling, grace, risk, sweat, injury and beauty as well as moments of absolute fear. It has the realness of life meeting death, the seconds when time runs slow, and it still has, often, if not always, the devil’s virtuosity. Most of all, it has the quality of what you least expect.
Evoking the unique characteristics of an artform that combines elements of theatre and dance in the crucible of its own intensive training, this short film explains the Circus Postcards project by tracing an abstract map for the road ahead. What is contemporary circus?
Over the next few weeks Crying Out Loud will curate a series of documentary films and showcases, which cast down the stereotypes of old and reveal the new: a hybrid, borderless artform: contemporary circus.
ABOUT CIRCUS POST
Watch all the films here.
Circus Post is a series of short films contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years, as it has moved away from traditional big tops, and into theatres, and back again, in Europe, the UK and beyond.
Listen to untold stories and watch unseen performances, which challenge the conventional view of circus as animal and clown shows. Understand the new direction of circus, the skills it requires and the direction of its growth.
You can find out more about Crying Out Loud, the creators of Circus Post, here.