Jacksons Lane is officially the UK's leading presenter and supporter of contemporary circus. We produce and tour work both in and from our own venue, as well as UK-wide and internationally. We are the sponsor of the Total Theatre Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and support up to ten shows a year there
A UK hub for circus-based performance
What is Contemporary Circus?
From its origins 250 years ago, contemporary circus uses both traditional and new techniques in the air and on the ground, to present skills, stories and narrative, often combining with other art forms such as music and dance.
It is essentially a theatrical medium, often performed in theatre spaces but also outside and in tents, using skills learned and acquired by dedicated performers that transcends from just ‘show’ to also ‘tell’. It can be dramatic, moving, funny and abstract, like any artform.
Contemporary Circus can be for both the young and older, and is extremely accessible due to much of the work being non-verbal. It is also the most thrilling, still-emerging artform in the world
These words, from our Artistic Director Adrian Berry, highlight the essence of contemporary circus. However, you must remember that contemporary circus is an artform that evades definition as it continuously evolves.
Contemporary circus uses both traditional and new techniques in the air and on the ground, to present skills, stories and narrative.
Adrian Berry, Artistic Director
London’s premier circus venue
Total Theatre Magazine