Circus Around & About touring Dorset this summer
A PILOT project to bring the circus to rural communities will be touring Dorset this summer.
Circus Around & About is a touring pilot project aimed at delivering high quality, small-scale, family-friendly circus to rural communities in Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset from July to September 2021.
Funded by Arts Council England, the project is carried out through a partnership between Take Art, based in Somerset, and Crying Out Loud, based in London; events in Dorset will be presented by Artsreach, the traveling counties arts charity.
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Rachel Clare, artistic director of Crying Out Loud, said: “This pilot project is bringing more circus to more people across the South West. Crying Out Loud is very happy to collaborate with Take Art and the Rural Touring programs to further develop the network, reaching new communities that have never experienced contemporary circus in this way before.
Following the impact of Covid-19 on community life, Circus Around & About offers a varied selection of outdoor circus acts. Each open-air event will feature two shows from extraordinary national and international tour companies.
In Dorset, Artsreach is delighted to present five performances over the summer, which will take place in Yetminster, Broadmayne, Halstock, Blandford and Litton Cheney. Touring companies on Dorset’s doubles programs include trapeze artist Tilly Lee-Kronick, Hip Hop acrobatic duo Simple Cypher, and award-winning acrobats and musicians Pirates of the Carabina.
Ralph Lister, Executive Director of Take Art, said: “On behalf of the South West Rural Touring Agencies, I am delighted to develop a circus tour project with Crying Out Loud. For some time now, I have felt that these two worlds have a lot to offer and this pilot gives us the opportunity to reach an audience eager to reconnect with the performing arts.
For more information and to book tickets visit: www.artsreach.co.uk