Anima by Joli Vyann

Anima

Joli Vyann return to Circomedia following two sell-out previous shows. Their latest work Anima, explores the delicate connection between two people breathing an emotional upheaval.

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Circus Shows

We are the leading circus provider in the South West and attracts the very best contemporary circus from across the globe.

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Theatre in Bristol

Theatre Shows

Our unique venue allows us to show exceptional theatre in many different ways. Our season is always full of some of the finest theatre and physical theatre from across the UK and beyond.

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Family Show

Family Shows

We believe theatre and circus is for everyone and so always try to include exceptional family shows to reflect this in our show programme.

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The Enormous Room

Dance Shows

We champion excellence in dance and performance and we are one of the main venues in Bristol offering a diverse range of contemporary dance and performance.

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Hoop

Classes

With over 24 weekly classes we have something for everyone. They cover a range of aerial and acrobatic disciplines and are designed to cater for all levels and are based at both our St Paul’s and Kingswood campuses.

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Youth Circus

Circomedia’s Youth Circus in Bristol offers children aged 4 – 17 the chance to enter the extraordinary world of contemporary circus and physical theatre. Our groups cater for all different ages and abilities and you don’t have to have previous experience.

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Weddings Bristol

Weddings

Weddings at Circomedia. Thinking of a unique and beautiful space for your wedding then think of us. Not only will you celebrate your wedding in a beautiful and historic setting, your wedding will also be tailored to your style, taste and desire. We will entertain you with exquisite circus acts, have a fully stocked bar, …

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Privacy Policy

Circomedia is committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold on you. We use your personal data to provide our services to you. In particular, we will use the information we hold about you to: Provide educational and support services to our students and staff Provide commercial activities to …

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Prospectus 2019/2020

If you want to study circus with physical theatre and develop as a new kind of circus performer then look no further than Circomedia and our full-time courses delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University and Weston College. Based in the vibrant city of Bristol, famous for its thriving performance industry and links to the …

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Accessibility at Circomedia

Accessibility

Accessibility at Circomedia Circomedia is committed to ensuring our events are accessible and we strive to ensure that your visit is made as easy and enjoyable as possible. Please get in touch to discuss about any access requirements you may have so that we can readily provide any assistance you need. Wheelchair access We have …

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Teachers

Bim Mason Education and Artistic Director Co-founder of Circomedia, Bim has been a professional performer and director since 1978. He’s worked with the pioneering circus-theatre groups Kaboodle and Mummer & Dada. Bim’s devised work has won three Fringe First Awards at Edinburgh: Talking Pictures (1989), and Rejects Revenge (1995 and 1997). As well as a …

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Apply now

To apply for a place on the Vocational Course beginning September 2019, please complete the form below If you have any questions, email admissions@circomedia.com We will contact you by email no later than one week after your submission to confirm we have received your application. If you do not hear back within that time please …

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Video Auditions

Payment: There is a non-refundable audition fee of £30 (£60 for those who attend audition). Payment of the audition fee must be made by your submission date in order for us to consider your application. You are now able to pay via our website, just like you can when booking tickets to our shows. Please …

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Testing Ground

 Testing Ground

Testing Ground is a chance for dancers and choreographers to show you some new ideas. Each dance artist or company will present a short extract of a show they are currently working on.

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MA How to Apply

To apply for the MA you need to go directly through Bath Spa University. Apply now The course lasts for 12 months and fees are £6995. Student loans of up to £10,000 are available. We can only accept students onto the MA from within the EU. If you have any questions about applying for the MA, …

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BTEC How to apply

To apply for a place on the BTEC course beginning September 2019, please complete the form below. If you have any questions, email ben@circomedia.com We will contact you by email no later than one week after your submission to confirm we have received your application. If you do not hear back within that time please …

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Circus 250

Circus 250

In 2018 we celebrated 250 years of modern circus.  As part of this celebration we were awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to research in to Bristol’s own circus heritage.  Working with members of our youth circus, students from Orchard School and a group of volunteer researchers we uncovered Bristol’s own longstanding history ofcircus.   Supported by our partners; Myers-Insole Local …

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MA Apply now

Apply to join the MA To apply for the MA in Directing Circus you need to go directly through Bath Spa University. Apply now The course lasts for 12 months and fees are £6600. Student loans of up to £10,000 are available. At this stage we can only accept students on the MA from within the EU. …

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BA Apply now

Apply now for the BA in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre In order to apply for the BA, you need to have 240 credits from a UK university in a relevant subject – be that circus, performing arts or theatre. If the first stage of your application is successful, you will then be invited to …

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FDA APPLY NOW

Apply to join our FDA To apply for our Foundation Degree, you need to go through UCAS and use the course code W900. Our Institution code is B20, campus code H. Your application will then be sent to our partners Bath Spa University who will forward it on to us. The UCAS deadline has passed …

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Youth Circus Bristol

Youth Circus Ages 4+

All the stars of the circus had to start somewhere, and our youngest students begin their circus training by learning the basics.

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Vouchers

Circomedia offers vouchers that can be used for any of our weekly adult/youth classes or our professional circus, dance and theatre shows. We offer over 20 regular circus classes for adults and children, as well as tasters and one-off sessions. Our classes cover disciplines including static trapeze, aerial hoop, rope, silks, flying trapeze and acrobatics. …

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Youth Circus Portland Square

Youth Circus Ages 9+

Classes for circus performers graduating up from our younger classes, or swinging from the trapeze for the first time.

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Youth Circus Ages 12+

Advanced Youth Circus classes for our developing circus stars, and a brand new group for older children who are complete beginners to circus.

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Static Trapeze

The elegant and intense skill of static trapeze is a great introduction to the world of aerial circus, and a high-level performance discipline in its own right.

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Doubles Trapeze | Portland Square | Sundays

In this class you will learn the basics of Duo Trapeze. Newcomers will build strong foundations and a firm knowledge to apply to more advanced moves later on. Those with some experience already will tighten up basic skills, and then look at further challenging and dynamic tricks. Just because it’s doubles, it does NOT mean that you have to already have a doubles partner.

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Complete Beginners’ Mixed Aerial | Portland Square | Sunday

This is a class for those who wish to learn the very basics before moving into a beginner’s improvers class, or for those who want to recap the basics again. Ideal for those who may not be used to physical classes, or want to build the confidence to start with a ‘beginners’ group.

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Intermediate Silks | Kingswood | Wednesdays

This class is ideal for those who are looking to advance their skills in a more challenging environment. If you have done a few beginner courses and are comfortable with footlocks (in the air) then this class is for you. You will work on sequences in and out of footlocks and hiplocks. Class-size is limited to eight participants and classes last 90 minutes.

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Beginners’ Silks | Kingswood | Wednesdays

Silks are a visually stunning discipline and an excellent way to develop aerial skills across the board. This class is ideal for building confidence in the air. Some experience in static trapeze or another aerial discipline would be an advantage but is not a necessity. All welcome.

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Beginners’ Silks | Portland Square | Mondays

Silks are a visually stunning discipline and an excellent way to develop aerial skills across the board. This class is ideal for building confidence in the air. Some experience in static trapeze or another aerial discipline would be an advantage, but is not a necessity. All welcome.

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Improvers’ Flying Trapeze | Portland Square | Saturdays

These sessions will give improver aerialists and trapeze artists the opportunity to develop their skill and technique on the Grand Volant. If you have some experience in an aerial discipline, this course will allow you to push your skill level on the Flying Trapeze.

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Flying Trapeze Half-Day | Portland Square | Sundays

Adults flying trapeze class, all abilities welcome. For complete first-time flyers, beginners and those with previous experience of flying trapeze. This is a fantastic opportunity to have-a-go on our full- sized rig, led by professional Circomedia staff, maximum eight people per session.

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Intermediate Rope and Silks | Portland Square | Mondays

Ideal for aerialists with some experience and recommended for rope and silks practitioners at Intermediate level and above.
Lyn will help you refine your technique, create new repertoire and begin to experiment creatively in your discipline. This is an intimate class in the beautiful St Pauls Church.

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Beginners’ Rope and Silks | Portland Square | Sundays

Silks are a visually stunning discipline and an excellent way to develop aerial skills across the board and build your confidence in the air. Aerial rope, known as ‘Corde Lisse’, combines the dramatic poses of acrobatics with gymnastic ‘drops’ and movement in the air.

This class, which gives you the opportunity to try both disciplines, is ideal for beginners. Some experience in an aerial or physical discipline would be an advantage but is not a necessity. All welcome.

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Intermediate Hoop | Kingswood | Mondays

Aerial Hoop is a fantastic way into the world of aerial circus and a high-level performance discipline in its own right. If you already have some experience of hoop, or have completed some Beginners Hoop blocks, this class will help take your skill to the next level.

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Beginners’ Hoop | Kingswood | Mondays

Aerial Hoop is a fantastic way into the world of aerial circus and a high-level performance discipline in its own right. This class is ideal for beginners, or those with some experience in another aerial discipline.

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Aerial Hoop

Interacting with a hoop in the air offers all sorts of opportunities for beautiful and elegant performance, as well as strengthening your core.

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Beginners’ and Improvers’ Trapeze | Portland Square | Sundays

Beginners’ and improvers’ trapeze is a mixed ability class allowing students to build on the basics of trapeze and progress to more advanced skills and moves. This class is suitable for beginners, but also caters for students with more experience in trapeze. Location St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ Price £10.50 per 1.5-hour …

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Complete Beginners’ Trapeze | Kingswood | Mondays

Static Trapeze is both a fantastic way in to the world of aerial circus and a high-level performance discipline in its own right. This class offers a great starting point for anyone interested in exploring the form. Teacher Sarah is from a gymnastic background, and ensures that her students have a clear understanding about what is keeping them safe, and what looks good in the air.

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Adult Classes

Whether you’re an aficionado of the trapeze or have never graduated beyond a roly-poly, our circus classes accommodate all levels of expertise. From complete beginners taking their first tentative steps into aerial, to those of you who long ago mastered the ropes, our excellent teachers will help you discover and develop a passion for circus skills.

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Circus Taster

Rope and Silks

These visually stunning disciplines are both excellent ways to develop your aerial ability and build your confidence in the air.

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Flying Trapeze

A chance to discover the most dramatic aerial circus skill on the only full-sized indoor rig in England, and one of only two in the UK.

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Acrobatics

Versatile classes offering the chance to improve your balance, fitness, body-control, and acrobatic technique in a playful and supportive setting.

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Silks

A visually stunning discipline that combines elegance and grace with core strength, allowing you to improve your aerial skills and confidence.

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Mixed Aerial

An opportunity to discover trapeze, ropes, silks, and hoop, mixed aerial is a brilliant introduction to aerial circus and a chance to find your aerial calling.

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Doubles Trapeze

A chance to learn the basics of doubles trapeze, building strong foundations in order to progress to more challenging and dynamic tricks.

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Drop-In Sessions

Self-led sessions giving you a chance to develop your own skills and push your own practice forward, with tutors on-hand to support and guide.

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