LEXICON: NoFit State Circus

Lexicon by NoFit State Circus.

LEXICON, NoFit State’s new tented show directed by Firenza Guidi, will join the Spotlight UK Circus cohort to present at festival OFF d’Avignon in 2018.

NoFit State is one of the few contemporary circus companies that still travel and live the traditional circus lifestyle together in caravans. NoFit State was founded in the 1980s in Cardiff, Wales, by a group of friends who shared a similar vision for life and their role within society. Where circus is historically bonded by family ties, we are united by our work and our passion for the circus arts.

Lexicon is the coming together of the new and old languages of circus and the creation of a new voice for NoFit State.

As part of Circus250 (a UK-wide celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018), NoFit State and Firenza Guidi are creating LEXICON – a daring, seductive and utterly contemporary take on circus for a seated audience in the round. Drawing inspiration from circus history, heritage and traditions we are excavating underground memories and celebrating the past, present and future of circus.

‘NoFit State… exudes an enticingly musky scent of vagabond glamour’ The New York Times

‘Pioneers of contemporary circus’ The Telegraph

‘NoFit State maintains its reputation as a 21st-century descendent of true sweat and sawdust circus’ The Guardian

NoFit State est l’une des rares compagnies de cirque contemporaines à voyager et vivre ensemble en caravanes le style de vie traditionnel du cirque. NoFit State a été fondé dans les années 1980 à Cardiff, au Pays de Galles, par un groupe d’amis partageant une même vision de la vie et de leur rôle au sein de la société. Là où le cirque est historiquement lié par des liens familiaux, nous sommes unis par notre travail et notre passion pour les arts du cirque.

Lexicon est le rapprochement des languages de cirque anciens et contemporains et la création d’une nouvelle voix pour NoFit State.

Dans le cadre de Circus250 (célébration de 250 ans de cirque en 2018), NoFit State et Firenza Guidi créent LEXICON – un spectacle de cirque audacieux, séduisant, résolument contemporain et totalement circulaire. S’inspirant de l’histoire du cirque, de son patrimoine et de ses traditions, nous creusons les souterrains de la mémoire et célébrons le passé, le présent et l’avenir du cirque.

From the partners

  • ‘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
  • ‘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
  • ‘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
  • ‘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

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