The Exploded Circus by Mimbre.

The Exploded Circus invites audiences into a moment frozen in time.  The remnants of a circus have been caught mid-air following an explosion; circus ring, sequins and fairground horses are all suspended above the ground. Six performers emerge from the debris to deal with the chaos, find order and re-build. Throughout their journey which features acrobatics, aerial work and juggling, risk becomes habitual and trust a necessity.

The concept for The Exploded Circus was developed during residencies at Cherbourg’s creation centre, La Brèche and the 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, Newbury. The creative team features Lina Johansson, Mimbre’s joint Artistic Director; Loren Elstein, an award-winning production designer who has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre, London; and the composer Qinta, an experimental music-maker and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with Bat for Lashes, Patrick Wolf and Scanner.

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

©NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud