Circus Sampler Photo: Ash

Circus Sampler

28 – 29 Jul & 04 – 05 Aug 2018
The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

Celebrating 250 years since Philip Astley pioneered circus in London in 1768, Somerset House and Somerset House-based creative producers Crying Out Loud present two summer weekends of distinctive contemporary circus, hip hop dance and music. 

On the first weekend, new work Union Black fuses the signature fast-paced footwork and physical floor work of experimental hip hop collective Far From The Norm, with the strength and skill of an international group of circus artists on Chinese Pole and tightwire.

Trailblazers Gandini Juggling will perform a special commission, Cascade, within the rise and fall of the 55 water jets in the fountain courtyard over the second weekend.  30 jugglers will send balls - large and small - flying and weave mesmerising patterns in the air to the rousing sound of brass music played by Circa Tsuica, a band of French musical acrobats.