Thursday 13th December – Circus and print making workshop

As part of the city’s Circus 250 celebrations, our friends, the Norwich-based circus company Lost in Translation, hosted a day of circus skills and traditional print making.  40 children spent the day at LiT’s Oak Circus Centre base on Coslany Street.  Matt led heritage sessions on juggling, trapeze and trampoline before leading workshops in these disciplines with LiT founder Annabel.  Norwich-based print collective Print to the People led sessions on traditional printing as children created fantastical circus personas for themselves and prepared these for print from traditional carved wooden printing letter blocks.  Enjoy the gallery.

 

Wednesday 11th July – circus performance day arrives

Y6’s big day has arrived.  They have been developing their circus skills since January through weekly sessions with LiT tutors, then finalising plans for their performance with Casus Circus over the past three weeks.  Today they met at 8.45am at the Big Top in Chapelfield Gardens for the performance.  The morning was taken up with a technical rehearsal (lights, music, stage positioning), full run through, and final rehearsals for individual and team routines.  Children from Lakenham and The Steiner School were also on the bill.  At 1.30pm, the performance started with the children performing to an audience of well over 300.  It was a superb performance and a wonderful showcase of their hard work this year.  Speaking to the children backstage after the show their thoughts were clear:  we want to do that again, now!

Thanks to families for their support, and to the inspirational tutors from Lost in Translation Circus and Casus Circus.  If you are inspired to see more circus then please click here for a programme of the circus performances taking place this weekend as part of the Circus 250 Festival of Circus.  Click here for the article from the EDP.

Below are four galleries covering the day.  Please scroll down.  Enjoy

Morning warm-up

Technical rehearsal

Backstage

Performance

Tuesday 10th July – final preparations for the circus performance

Casus delivered their last session with Y6 ahead of tomorrow’s big schools showcase in Chapelfield Gardens.  Although some of the children were on their high school transition, which had an impact on some of the paired routines, the skill level of the children was very impressive, and there was a very purposeful and happy atmosphere in each of the groups.  Can’t wait for tomorrow.

Thursday 28th June – second session with Casus

Working intensively over consecutive days is important as it helps the children develop their ‘physical memory’, embedding the routines so they become second nature.  The peer showcase at the end of the second session showed how far they had come in just two days.  Not only are they increasingly skillful and coordinated, but they are also clearly enjoying themselves!

Thursday 28th June – parade rehearsal

Today Sistema led our first full parade rehearsal for the big weekend.  For many of the children it was the first time they have done anything like this. Parading while singing / dancing / animating puppets / juggling is no mean feat!  It was hot work, but it was great to get a sense of how it will work on the day.  Sistema will be back next Thursday morning for a follow-up rehearsal ahead of the big event.

Wednesday 27th June – LiT hand over to Casus in the run up to circus festival

Having worked with the children since January, the time has come for LiT to hand over to renowned Australian circus company Casus to get the children’s routines ready for the circus showcase on 11th July.  Three tutors from Casus – Vince, Loki and Jesse – will be working  intensively with Y6 over the next week as they refine the routines.

Saturday 23rd June – Circus 250 Mas Camp

A huge thanks to everyone who came along this morning to help get the costumes finished for the parade.  Our task was huge:  to complete the 90 ruffs and hats that’ll be worn by the children on the parade, and we did it!  A big thank you also goes to Kirsteen, our costume artist, who had prepared all the materials needed and coordinated the work this morning.  On Thursday the participating children and staff will be having their first rehearsal.  It will be the first time all the elements will have been brought together.  I’ll be sending out a letter this week with all the details needed for the big day.  Enjoy the gallery.

Thursday 24th May – costume making for Circus 250

Costume artist Kirsteen joined us today to lead four workshops for Circus 250.  45 children from Y3 and 5 worked with her across the day to print patterns and shapes onto red and black t-shirts. These will form part of the circus clown-themed costumes the children will wear on the parade.  We will be holding a family Mas Camp on Saturday 23rd June where all those involved – children, teachers, family and friends – will come together to finish the costumes.  This really will be a case of the more the merrier. Please put the date in your diary.  Enjoy the gallery.