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Commissions

Jacksons Lane is committed to supporting artists make great work

We support hundreds of artists every year with studio time, technical support, marketing mentoring, dramaturgy, business planning and support in accessing Grants for the Arts awards. This approach is vital to the overall ecology of the sector, and has a value of hundreds of thousands of pounds every year. We facilitate residencies and act as supporters for artists when approaching the Arts Council about their work.

Occasionally we are also able to commission our supported artists to create something new.

Recent Commissions

Throwback by Silver Lining, commissioned by Jacksons Lane

Throwback by Silver Lining, commissioned by Jacksons Lane July 2015

Throwback by Silver Lining

We have been super-fans of British circus company Silver Lining since they were still students at National Centre for Circus Arts.

Over the years this support has grown and in 2015 Silver Lining were announced as Associate Artists at Jacksons Lane. Throwback was originally commissioned for summer 2015 to help commemorate Jacksons Lane's 40th birthday.

Throwback harnesses the power of collective memory: it is a love note to nostalgia and the things you can’t forget. With awe-inspiring aerial and acrobatic work, Silver Lining tell stories that are honest, emotional and absorbing. It is a fast-paced, feel-good explosion of physical skill and fun.

Original cast in July 2015: Tom Ball, Eric Bates, Isis Clegg-Vinell, Lydia Harper, Lj Marles, Niamh O'Reilly, Nathan Redwood Price.

Whether flinging each other across the stage like frisbees or pausing to reflect on their past, they are constantly engaging, seriously attractive and occasionally moving. Super.

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Throwback by Silver Lining, August 2016

Throwback by Silver Lining, August 2016

Life for Throwback after the commission

We loved Throwback so much and we knew it deserved a wider audience. With a couple of cast changes (guys, could you really not get out of those really prestigious tours with Cirque du Soleil or at the Southbank?!) and a couple of national partnerships (Underbelly and National Centre for Circus Arts), Throwback was ready to return. For a three week in in a 600 seat Spiegeltent at the Circus Hub at the Edinburgh Festival.

Jacksons Lane produced Throwback in Edinburgh between 3 - 22 August 2016, before delighting audiences at the Shambala Festival, the Greenbelt Festival, and returning triumphantly home to Jacksons Lane as part of the London International Mime Festival in February 2017.

Cast in 2016: Tom Ball, Craig Dagostino, Sammy Dinneen, Lj Marles, Niamh O'Reilly, Ulrike Storch.

meta by Gandini Juggling

To celebrate our 40th birthday we knew we wanted to commission one emerging company (Silver Lining) and one established company. We started thinking who, in an ideal world, if logistics and money were no barriers, would be our number one choice. Of course that choice would be Gandini Juggling: world-renowned, acclaimed beyond measure, globally touring. They have created work for Sydney Opera House, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, you name it. It wouldn't be possible for Jacksons Lane to commission a new piece of work from those geniuses at the Gandinis, surely?

We have never been so happy to be wrong.

A ballet dancer strikes a traditional pose in the foreground, while another performer seeks to smash furniture behind her with an axe

Gandini Juggling's meta, commissioned by Jacksons Lane

meta is a show about making shows. An elliptical reflection on entertainment.

In the 1990s the Gandinis made a series of experimental pieces with Choreographer Gill Clarke that were performed at Jacksons Lane. For this commission they revisited those pieces with 6 jugglers and 3 dancers, for a specially-commissioned show that features complex juggling, text, ballet dancing, hammers, nudity, tables and a comedy sketch.

The show is bursting with concepts and commentary about form, style and substance. They explore this dissection of things, about dwelling deeper into the anatomy of a show.

meta sees the Gandinis simultaneously looking back to the past and forward to the future.

Comic, and possibly erotic, the show is as risky as it is risqué

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