Nothing is more iconic than traditional circus costumes, but much has changed since the heyday of the classical circus. By rejecting this colourful and glamorous heritage, contemporary costume design has undergone a major evolution, passing from neutral colours to plain clothes or even training gear as it makes a sharp break from glittering sequins and […]
Louis Vanhaverbeke’s work is rebellious, low-fi, hands on, personal and at the same time politically motivated. On stage he navigates with ease between a plethora of objects, self-built installations and self-composed music. From time to time we also see him pop up in the programme of a circus festival. CircusMagazine spoke with him about craft, objects and […]
Summer is approaching and with it high season for the circus festivals. Circus programmers spend the entire year putting together the menu for their festival. They’re the ones who decide which performances you’ll be served up. A dream-job or a minefield peppered with artists’ egos and disappointed festival-goers? We put it to two prominent members of the species: Martine […]
In 1768 a certain Philip Astley, ex-cavalry officer of the British army, walked out into a meadow on the outskirts of London, took a length of rope and laid out a circle. In that arena he began performing equestrian numbers and shortly thereafter employed a bunch of clowns and acrobats to spice up the event. It was the beginning of circus as we know it, according to history and Wikipedia. One of the editors of CircusMagazine has written an ode to the relativity of written history and our urge to celebrate things.
They are just out of school and already with both feet (or rather eight feet) on the ground in the professional world. Josse De Broeck, Petra Steindl, Hendrik Van Maele and Felix Zech graduated as an acro-quartet from the Fontys Academy of Circus and Performance Art in Tilburg (NL), have taken on the name ‘Familiar […]
In the last edition of CircusMagazine, an open letter written by the circus commission to Sven Gatz, the Flemish minister of culture was published. Now, spurred on by that letter, the Flemish circus artists themselves have taken up the pen. The result is a strong, positive and binding manifesto.
A surreal artform in a surreal region A little quote from www.flanders.be: ‘Flanders is the northern federated state of Belgium with Brussels as its capital. It is the gateway to Europe and is located less than 500 km from the major European capitals. It shares its own capital with the EU, NATO and numerous other […]
Through its activities and projects Circuscentrum aims to turn Flanders into a flourishing circus region, with wide cultural support and the best possible development opportunities. Circuscentrum is the official link between the Government of Flanders and the circus sector. Contact Circuscentrum (Flemish Centre for Circus Arts) Dok Noord 4F 001 9000 Ghent – Belgium T […]
Circuscentrum does a lot. Really. We are a knowledge centre, we offer educational programmes, we support artistic creation, we publish CircusMagazine, we protect and promote the circus heritage, we are internationally active, we organise a festival and a convention, and we represent the circus sector for the Flemish authorities. Here’s a selection of some of […]