Scene Africa celebrates African contributions to world culture through protagonist short stories intertwined with original music, dance routines and physical theatre. The ultimate South African experience presented by the producers of the five and four-star Fringe show of I am Rhythm, Sowhereto Africa and Cell Block Soweto returning to the festival city with an eight-piece ensemble directed by Morgan Njobo.
This is the story of how circus can connect people. Cirk La Putyka and Kyiv Municipal Academy of Variety and Circus Art collaborate on this breath-taking show about freedom, friendship and borders. They are Gen Z. They are connected by age and social networks. But these performers have something more in common – they were brought together in March 2022, a few days after the Ukrainians experienced the outbreak of war and could no longer safely continue their training in Kyiv. Overcoming language challenges and finding strength in each other, they found a new way of communicating to express their youthful hopes for the future. Accompanied by enchanting music, with incredible circus talent and mesmerising dance, they display resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. *12% of Ticket Income will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.*
Circus Abyssinia: Tulu
Inspired by the true tale of an Ethiopian icon, Derartu Tulu, this unmissable showcase of superhuman strength blends breathtaking contortion, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and mesmerising fire juggling with a rocking, exuberant soundtrack. Circus Abyssinia made their UK debut at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and featured on the Royal Variety Performance in the same year. After touring internationally, including a sell-out run in New York, they are thrilled to return with their greatly anticipated new show. *reviews for ‘Ethiopian Dreams'
Circa: Humans 2.0
Ten bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment and then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap, and are caught, as physical limits are pushed to their extreme. Can we ever find a perfect balance or is adapting to constant change the only way forward? A tightly woven choreography of bodies, pulsing with music, Humans 2.0 is intimate, primal, and deeply engaged with the challenge of being human. Humans 2.0 is commissioned by The Mondavi Center, UC Davis Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Humans 2.0 is supported by the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.
An irresistibly colourful, loud, and fun show for all the family by Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies and Guinness World Record Holders. With thrillingly spectacular circus skills, physical comedy, theatrical storytelling, and slapstick, Hotel Paradiso sees the staff family tackle the scheming Banker as he tries to possess the Hotel Paradiso. Full of hijinks and impeccable clowning, Lost in Translation will treat audiences to heart-stopping aerial, stunning floor acrobatics, and extraordinary juggling.
Havana Street Party
Los Datway street dance, Mas Con Menos percussion, and Kufesa contemporary ballet will blow you away with an urban dance explosion. Expect traditional rumba, sexy salsa and hot Latin hits from the likes of Camila Cabello, Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Cimafunk. Sexy, spectacular, unmissable. Created by five-time Fringe First-winning director Toby Gough (Havana Rumba, Havana after Dark).
Starting as a puddle of fabric on the floor, it grows to encompass a wondrous world of circus. Intimate and low tech, the audience sits nose-to-nose with an all-female cast of bold physical artists to build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments.
Cirque Alfonse: Animal
In this re-invented agricultural world, the farm is turned upside down! Yet again, the Cirque Alfonse clan has favoured its multidisciplinary approach where circus, song, dance and theatre all come together, driven by original live music ... an irresistible mix of trad and soul that the troupe calls ‘agricultural funk! A production for young and old alike, ANIMAL is the farm gone haywire!
Stage dive into the mosh pit for a night of live music, glittering glam rock, phenomenal acrobatics, breath-taking aerials and spectacular heart-stopping sideshow. Combining music and circus, bringing to life an incredible body of work that spanned over 50 years, with an aesthetic that inspired generations.