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Friday, May 24, 2013

Finalists revealed for first UK circus competition
from thestage.co,uk
By: Nicola Merrifield
May 23, 2013
The UK’s first circus competition, Circus Maximus, has announced its finalists, which will include hula hoop dancer Sylvia Pavone, aerial contortionist Ben Brown, and ‘cloud swing’ double act Francesca Hyde and Lucie N’Duhirahe.

Also competing for the prize is trapeze artist Tom Ball and duo Louis Gift and Beren D’Amico, who perform a hand to hand balancing act.

Run by Underbelly Productions and training centre Circus Space, the competition will see its winner awarded a cash prize of £5,000 and the chance to develop a new show with the two organisations.

Competition finals will take place as a show, directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s head of movement Struan Leslie, from May 28 to June 1 at Underbelly’s purple cow tent in London as part of this year’s Udderbelly Festival at Southbank.

The audience and a panel of judges, which includes The Stage’s circus writer Liz Arratoon, will decide upon the winner, which will be revealed on June 1.

Stephen Makin, producer for Underbelly Productions, said: “We are staggered by the sheer quality of the acts who have taken part in Circus Maximus. The line up of finalists is very much the creme de la creme of what the audiences of the heats were given to choose from. There is some very, very stiff competition there and we have what promises to be a breathtaking show and a tense and thrilling final.”


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