Circus. In a Field – The UK Circus Gathering.
HIGH LEVEL CIRCUS TRAINING FOR ALL CIRCUS ENTHUSIASTS
Master Classes, Shows, Act Mentoring, Specialist Skills, Conversations and Collaborations
A programme of circus events – come to one or several
Partner Acrobatics intensive
Intensive Circus Training
Act mentoring, direction and devising stream
Public Circus Festival Performance programme
Summer Circus day school for beginners
Our 2019 dates are confirmed
Weekend – Friday May 24 – Monday May 27
Festival Day – Monday May 27th
Full Week – Friday May 24th – Thursday May 30th
Set amongst the Big Tops, outdoor rigs and custom built circus barn of our superb private property site in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, the event attracts performers, trainers and participants from all across the world. The remote location provides everything you need to focus on training, or to enjoy the performances from our international artists.
The event has two streams
1. High Level training programme
2. Festival Performance Day
The Performance Festival
At our performance festival we present some of the finest modern circus from around the world. Three stylish, contemporary, award winning circus companies present their shows in the remote yet intimate surrounds of our site.
Our programme will cater to all ages..
This festival of circus training is a total immersion in circus, unlike any other in the UK. It gives you the chance to eat, sleep, live circus, surrounded by others who are all doing the same. We keep student to teacher rations low and with up to 40 workshops each day offer diversity and depth. Our trainers come from right across the world.
Every night features a different circus production – cabarets, international ensemble shows, variety and entertainment. It is the largest programme of contemporary circus in Northumberland.
Stayed tuned for announcements via our twitter feed and follow the Facebook page
IS THE TRAINING FOR YOU?
Circus. In a Field! Training programme is aimed at serious circus enthusiasts. Young and old, professional and amateur – we welcome all who want to seriously train circus. The focussed circus training event for those keen on developing skills and working hard. Dedicated youth are welcome in the weeklong and weekend trainings, under 16s must have a chaperone, any non-participating children must also have a non-participating chaperone. The event is not aimed at complete beginners.
ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD
Workshops include aerial disciplines such as static & swinging trapeze, silks, corde lisse, hoop, cloudswing; spanish web, acrobatics disciplines such as partner acrobatics, hand balance, hand to hand, tumbling, teeterboard, head balancing, korean cradle; equilibristics such as slackline, tight wire, slack rope, rola bola, walking globe, unicycling; Manipulation disciplines whips and western arts, hoop, fire skills, advanced juggling, diabolo and devil stick; Performance topics such as clowning, theatre, improvisation, mass games and loads more. Beginners, intermediate and master class level tuition will be provided.
There will be nightly shows, talks, fire space, campfire and more.
Link to a downloadable googlemap is here.
Use the map to see public transport, offsite accommodation in nearby B+B’s and cottages, driving directions, etc.
Googlemap/Smartphone reference is 55.332190, -1.670865
PARKING & TRANSPORT
There is ample on site parking for all visitors. The site located 40 minutes from Newcastle and only 4 miles from Alnmouth Train Station, on the East Coast mainline. Lift share options can be arranged via this facebook group. Car campers cannot remove cars during the week, they must remain stationary.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
The venue is a private site that for the majority of the year is farmland. You will need to prepare yourself for outdoor camping and bring everything that you need for camping conditions. No there is no wifi. It’s an early summer event, so expect warm weather, cold weather, wet weather and windy weather, most days Average High 18C, average low 11C. 2015-17 events were sunny everyday. Days are mild, nights are chilly, rain is wet, grass gets muddy.
Check out the festival album!
Full 2019 details will be announced soon
Friday 24th – Acrobatic Intensive lead by Forma Fortis
Arrivals from midday
1800-1830 – Warming Up
1830-1930 – Workshop 1
1930-1945 – Short Break
1945-2045 – Workshop 2
2100 – DINNER TIME
Saturday 25th – Acrobatic Intensive lead by Forma Fortis
1000-1030 – Warming Up
1030-1130 – Workshop 3
11:30 – 11:45 Short Break
11:45 – 12:45 Workshop 4
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 15:45 Workshop 5
15:45 – 16:00 Short Break
16:00 – 17:00 Workshop 6
17:00 – 17:15 Short Break
17:15 – 18:15 Workshop 7
20:00 – Big Top Show – resident teachers, artists and participants – cabaret in The Magpie
Sunday 26th – Acrobatic Intensive lead by Forma Fortis
10:30 – 11:00 Warming up
11:00 – 12:00 Workshop 8
12:00 – 12:15 Short Break
12:15 – 13:15 Workshop 9
13:15 – 14:45 Lunch Break
14:45 – 15:45 Workshop 10
16:00 Good-bye, tears,…
1900 Dinner for fullweek long participants
Monday 27th – Circus Festival in a Day
1200 – Gates open for Beginners Training programme
14:30 – Entertainment programme commences
In between show times there will be live music, workshops and tomfoolery on site plus our restaurant, bar and cafe will be serving food and drinks.
Our full programme will be announced in March 2019 and is hoped to include shows from Fauna Circus, Let’s Circus and and International All Star Circus Cabaret
Tuesday 28th – Circus Intensive Training
Training from 9am – regular daily schedule until 11pm
Wednesday 29th – Circus Intensive Training
Training from 9am – regular daily schedule
Thursday 30th – Circus Intensive Training
Unscheduled morning training
Followed by ‘The Pull Down’ – a non optional master class in putting the tent back in the bag. Big Top edition.
Daily schedule – Tuesday to Friday
9:00 – Warm up
9:30 – Big Morning session (choice of many workshops)
11:00 – Late morning session (choice of many workshops)
12:30 – Lunch
2:00 – Early afternoon session (choice of many workshops)
3:30 – Late Afternoon Session (choice of many workshops)
5:00 – Upside Down time – handstands for everyone
5:30 – Open training
7:00 – Evening Meal
8:00 – Circus Conversation – different topics each night
9:00 – Big Show in a small tent
10:00 – Late night fun in the Circus Bar
11:00 – Quiet
Each session will have a large number of workshops for participants to choose from, with group sizes to be kept low. You choose the training programme that suits you.
Alex and Marion Lenz (Germany)
Partner acrobatics, handstands, strength training and family acrobatics
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
For more than 25 years Marion and Alexander Lenz aka “forma fortis” have performed and taught acrobatics.
Marion began her acrobatic career as a gymnast and Alexander as an olympic weightlifter. In 1992 they started doing acrobatics together in Munich. They founded the acrobatic group “forma fortis” and performed internationally – mostly as duo, but also many times as trio or in collaboration with jugglers, dancers, singers, aerial artists…
One of their specialities is adagio acrobatic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbGFz9vhS4w; (Adagio Trio)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6f9wRgQIu0 (Adagio Duo)
For over six years Marion and Alex´ sons Leon and Kilian are joining in the teaching and they perform together as Family Forma Fortis.
or if you have more time (with an amazing audience in the background)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeS9KbN2VHs&t=250s (“Harry Potter”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEoSw5TH5vs (“Pirates of the Hebridean”)
In parallel to their performing activities they started teaching in the 90’s at the Dutch acrobatic festival and later they built up and taught for 13 years an acrobatic group of 50 students at the University of Regensburg. In that respect they also organized 12 international acrobatic festivals, with typically more than 1000 visitors for the festival show. In September 2012 they moved with their three children to Durham, UK, and now run the UK’s most in demand training residentials. “Forma fortis” teach partner acrobatics on all levels, starting from standing in hands, handstand skills, hand-to-hand- and counter balance- tricks in different variations.
To achieve successful teaching they use their lifelong experience in getting technique perfect and teach the physical basics by strengthening, stretching and conditioning. But first of all they live and show the fun of this fascinating circus art.
Our workshops are suitable for anyone with an active acro practice (at least once a week for the last 12 months). It is not suitable for absolute beginners. As a multi-levels event, students will receive catered instruction to their skill level, whenever possible.
We are going to focus on learning and improving hand-to-hand, but we will also teach acrobalance in all variations with the base lying on the floor as well as on a standing base, how to get in to a trick, how to get out in different variations and how to spot.
We will offer duo as well as trio tricks and we won´t forget about acro fun part 🙂
Fauna Circus (tbc)
Fauna are a multi-discipline acrobatics and contemporary circus company combining high level acrobatics and physical theatre with live music. The company is made up of six world class performers from around the globe; five acrobats who met at the world’s leading circus school, Sweden’s DOCH, and an award winning live musician.
The company formed in 2016 when offered a British Arts Council grant to develop and present part of a show at the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts. From there, the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival was an opportunity to develop a full length show, where the show received 5 star reviews, a Best Circus and Physical Theatre award, and the Emerging Artist award. Further creation followed with multiple residencies in Sweden, Germany, and the Czech Republic, before showcasing the finished piece at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane award for Best Circus. Since then Fauna have toured the UK, Europe and South America whilst the individual artists have continued to develop as exceptional world-class artists.
Fauna company will be confirmed in March 2019.
One of the UK’s finest juggling performers and trainers – high level juggling, manipulation, balance and music.
Whips, Knife throwing, ‘Street Performance 101’
The Full International Let’s Circus show team will be resident trainers and mentors at Circus in a Field 2019. The company have showcased New Circus right across the world, from small scale street theatre to full touring tented circus. Combining highly skilled technique with comedy and genuine audience connection, Let’s Circus specialise in audience connection. The 2019 team pack decades of experience and cover a wide set of specialisms. Specific trainers and course content will be announced shortly.
These are our first trainer announcements only, with many more to come!
Festival in a Day (2017 video)
On Bank Holiday Monday May 27th we present an astonishing line-up to the public. With outdoor shows, company shows and cabarets, our circus programme will be like none other in Northumberland.
Event opens 1200 for our beginners Circus school, entertainment begins at 1430 – shows until late night!
Don’t miss the early bird prices @ £15, only available pre-event, £20 later
Ticket price is ALL INCLUSIVE. We look after you so that you can focus on CIRCUS!
Tickets available NOW (get in quick for earlybird prices)
High Level Training
Weekend Acrobat intensive ticket – early bird/fullprice – £185/£205
Arrive Friday 24th, Leave Monday 27th by midday. Three days of acrobalance intensive with Forma Fortis and others. Meals Friday dinner to Sunday Lunch. Show Saturday. DOES NOT INCLUDE MONDAY FESTIVAL TICKET
Weekend Acrobat intensive & Festival tickets – early bird/fullprice – £230/£250
Arrive Friday 24th, Leave Monday 28th by 10am. Three days of acrobalance intensive with Forma Fortis and others. Meals Friday dinner to Monday. Show Saturday.
Acrobatic Intensive & Full Week Training & Festival tickets – early bird/fullprice – £270/£320
Arrive Friday 24th, Leave Thursday 30th by 1pm. Three days of acrobalance intensive with Forma Fortis and others, Festival Day + Weekdays training. Meals Friday dinner to Thursday breakfast.
DAY tickets for Circus Intensive Training (£55) Tuesday and Wednesday.
Day tickets include meals (only when booked in advance via the website), the evening performance and have the option of camping as required. Sign up for workshops opens at 8am each morning
Festival Circus School day tickets
Monday May 27th
£35/day. Non residential day school
Advance price – £15 per person or £50 for 4
Door Price £20/£65 for 4
Monday May 27th – 1200-2300
Join us onsite for a myriad of circus marvels as our artists present indoor and outdoor shows shows in the air, on the ground and under the Big Tops. Artists from five continents performing cutting edge contemporary circus in close-up and intimate surrounds. In between shows there is food and drink available at the bar, plus live music and entertainment.
To reserve for your group or family, please contact us: 07802 405462.
The circus intensive is limited to 80 people and the event will sell out. Book early to avoid dissappointment. Avoid booking fees by paying via cheque/direct bank transfer.
You can be involved as a voluntary crew member, teacher, trainer or artist for the event. We operate on a time exchange basis. You can register interest by filling in the form and make sure to follow our facebook notifications for all updates.
In 2019 we require the following non-teaching roles:
- Sound, Light & venue technicians
- Carpentry and Site Dressing
- Advance date promotion (flying and postering in surrounding location)
- General Build Crew – Tue 21st onwards
- General Pack crew – Thursday 30th onwards
- Administration during event (Front of House, Box Office, etc)
- Kitchen, cafe and bar staff
- Online Manager – tickets, web and social
If volunteering is of interest to you, we need you to fill out your details below. Give us a call if you want to find out about how you could best fit.
VOLUNTEER PLACES ARE NOW OPEN
All training participants, artists, teachers and volunteers are required to fill out their registration details. This form will help us give you the best experience possible.