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Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, London

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£21.35 - £64.05

A symposium dedicated to socially engaged physical performance. 

Bringing together UK circus professionals, dancers, physical performance producers, social change activists and innovators from different backgrounds and fields to discuss “serious circus”.  Questioning the role of Performance and Contemporary Circus (the UKs most rapidly developing art form) - beyond marketable entertainment or touring shows to venues, working towards better engagement, more ethical choices, more sustainability and radical action

Despite the use of the word CIRCUS this event is relevant to anyone who is interested in performance that centres around the body - THEATRE, PHYSICAL THEATRE, DANCE, LIVE ART, OUTDOORS ARTS, STREET THEATRE - or activism.  The body is the expressive tool - radical action is the intended outcome.

What are the responsabilities of the main schools and companies towards their staff, students and artists?

How can performance work be accountable? 

How can we increase the value and diversity of our practice? 

How can circus work/dance reach diverse audiences with deeper social engagement?

Can physical performance promote change for good?

With a wide range of artforms and perspectives we will collaboratively explore these questions. In the two days of the symposium, through conversation, workshops, open space, planning groups, speakers and performances, participants will express needs and seek resolutions on how to develop creative, engaging and socially-aware practice symbiotically. 

Speakers are being engaged as the symposium planning develops and in response to attendees needs - as ticket sales build and funds are raised.  By buying a ticket you are literally enabling the event to grow.  If you can't make it to the event you could buy a ticket for someone else to attend.  If you are flying abroad you could carbon offset a donation towards a bursary to enable others to travel to the event.

The evening of Friday 15th (7.30pm) Jacksons Lane will also host a public show - Night of Serious Circus - presenting a surreal, existential, heartfelt, angry, frustrated array of physical performance that touches on important themes.

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Jacksons Lane Arts Centre

Archway Road


N6 5AA

This event has been curated and conceived by Mish Weaver.  Assistant producer is Nicole A'Court Stuart. 

We would like to acknowledge the support of the First Serious Circus Symposium Cohort, The Invisible Circus and Adrian Berry at Jacksons Lane for his unfliching support and generosity. 

The Serious Circus Symposium is supported by Arts Council England. 

Jacksons Lane is accessible on the ground floor and the Theatre. We are keeping our activities to these accessible areas of the building. However, if for any reason activity moves into an inaccessible area, it will be made accessible via a virtual link up with the ground floor or Theatre. 

There will be a virtual link up system in place for the whole weekend to enable us to invite speakers from outside the venue or country, and to be able to share the event easily in real time.

Can I just come to one day?

Absolutely, there are tickets for just the Friday, just the Saturday and just the public show, or whole packages for the whole event. Tickets for the public 'Night of Serious Circus' show are available from the Jacksons Lane Box office or from this page as part of a full two day symposium ticket.

Who is speaking?

The programme is still in the process of being created but we have provisional speakers on Ethical fundraising, Ethical ticketing, Communicating Climate Change, The Artist/Fool as provocateur, Self-care, creating new communities, social circus, youth circus...  The programme will develop over the coming months and ticket sales will directly impact on our ability to engage speakers.

I can't make it but i'd like to support, how can I do this?

Firstly please share the event and ticket page on social media and join the virtual link up on the day so that you can participate wherever you are. In addition to that, the wizards at tickets ignite have made donations possible without a ticket purchase - so if you would like to support the event financially please do! Your contribution will be used in the same way as the ticket sales, developing the event and paying artists/speakers fees. 



Started in 2007 Stumble is all about making live circus performance and film, and currently is working mostly on trying to advance communication around Climate Psychology (how Climate Change is affecting our mental health). Loads more information about Stumble on the website.