Ringside by Ellie Dubois.

Ringside. A woman on a trapeze. The vision of every glamorous woman you’ve ever seen suspended high up in the big top, performing for the crowd. But here, this is not circus as we usually know it. Here, she is up close and her intimate aerial performance is for an audience of one: you. There’s no hiding the bruises, or the strapping on her legs. There are tiny beads of sweat on her body and no sequins.

Ringside is a performance unlike any circus you’ve seen before; intensely personal and thought-provoking.

‘This is one of those “artesian well” pieces: the more you reflect on it, the more it delves deeper into the realms of female empowerment, vulnerability, intimacy and control.’ The Herald ✭✭✭✭

‘Impeccable.’ Fest Magazine ✭✭✭✭

‘Delicate yet robust, Ringside manages to hold a lot within its brief ten minutes. It’s also an intriguing subversion of form, innovating contemporary circus – known for its large-scale tricks and displays of virtuosity – in an unlikely direction.’ Exeunt ✭✭✭✭

‘It’s an intense, personal performance full of beautiful imagery and thought-provoking moments.’ TV Bomb ✭✭✭✭

Ringside, c’est juste une femme sur un trapèze. Ça pourrait évoque le glamour de l’acrobate qui se suspend dans les airs au milieu de la foule, mais Ringside décide de montrer autre chose. L’artiste est toute proche, et ne joue son numéro que pour une seule personne : vous ! Ici, pas question de cacher les bleus et les marques sur les jambes. Les sequins font place aux perles de sueur sur le corps de l’artiste.

Ringside, c’est un spectacle de cirque comme vous n’en avez jamais vu : intensément intime, et captivant.



From the partners

  • ‘As one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies, celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we feel that we have an important role to play within the UK sector in inspiring, nurturing and facilitating the creation and circulation of great circus. NoFit State has always encouraged and supported the development of new talents at home and to now take fresh and exciting UK work into the world to international platforms is a seriously exciting prospect.’


    Tom Rack, Artistic Director NoFit State Circus
  • ‘Spotlight UK Circus is an excellent new opportunity for UK based circus artists to improve their financial resilience and develop professionally by performing their work overseas on new platforms. Crying Out Loud has been forging international partnerships for 14 years and is delighted to join forces with NoFit State and are hugely grateful to Arts Council England who initiated the International Showcasing fund.’

    Rachel Clare, Artistic Director Crying Out Loud
  • ‘Thanks to this collaboration between CIRCa, NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud, British circus will be present at the 30th edition of the CIRCa festival du cirque actuel, which showcases the upcoming circus trends every year in Auch. For the past 10 years, there has been an exceptional renewal of the art form in Europe. We are proud to present the best contemporary artists, those who speak the universal language of contemporary circus, whose work is not defined by borders.’

    Marc Fouilland, CIRCa Director
  • ‘Subcase is an annual showcase of contemporary circus presenting mostly Nordic work. It’s a perfect opportunity to rub shoulders in a more personal and intimate way with international presenters and Nordic circus artists, in order to find new markets and co-producers as well as to exchange knowledge and experiences. The attending presenters are mostly from Europe, US and Canada but also some from Asia and South America.’

    Kiki Muukkonen, Artistic Programming Director Subcase

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