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Our support for contemporary circus artists and companies has been an essential part of our work for more than a decade.
Regardless of whether you are just starting out in the industry, or have years of experience, Jacksons Lane offers a range of support to individuals, groups and companies to have them to achieve their vision.
The theatre at Jacksons Lane, home to several residences throughout the year
Accessing space in which to create new work is the biggest challenge for most circus artists, both established and emerging. Through utilising our theatre, with its specially adapted rigging facilities and it’s seven metre height, we are able to support most circus disciplines, particularly aerial work. Through our additional five studio spaces we can offer more support for ground-based disciplines and dance/circus hybrid work.
Our short- and long-form residency programmes Hangwire and Transmission offer space to develop new work in our theatre with public and industry sharing, whilst our annual Postcards Festival gives artists the chance to curate work, perform new shorts and gain exposure through the UK's only Pay-What-You-Can circus and cabaret festival.
Through our many national and international partnerships, we offer residencies in addition to our own space, with networking and showcasing opportunities. These have taken place across the UK and internationally at such venues as The Black-E (Liverpool), The Point (Eastleigh), Seachange Arts (Norfolk) and Subcase (Stockholm). We are also a partner for Resolution at The Place, presenting two circus companies each year in their annual contemporary dance festival.
Jacksons Lane has shown that supporting artists and developing audiences goes hand-in-hand. The impact can be felt across Europe
Verena Cornwall, Circus Development Agency / Circus Next
We work with many global countries to offer performances and residencies at Jacksons Lane. In recent times this has seen companies such as: Plexus Polaire (France/Norway), Gabriela Muñoz (Mexico) and Fauna (Australia) performing at Jacksons Lane in the London International Mime Festival; the Palestinian Circus School and Ilona Jäntti (Finland) during CircusFest 2018; and a specially commissioned 2016 showcase, Pinta/Wiredo, for new Finnish work in partnership with Sirkus Info and the Etusivu - The Finnish Institute.
Mentoring and fundraising
We offer time with our skilled team in many areas such as technical, marketing, fundraising and grant-application writing, to ensure they have a well-rounded view of the sector and the circus industry.
From time to time Jacksons Lane offers commissions, both for longer runs such as Gandini Juggling’s META, and also for our annual circus and cabaret event Postcards Festival, when we welcome guest programmers and curators.
Jacksons Lane on Tour
Jacksons Lane has supported over 100 touring productions since in the last decade, including work such as Circumference's Staged, Nikki & JD's Knot, Hanna Moisala, of Lumo Company's Lola and Wiredo, and Alula Cyr's Hyena. In 2015/16 we embarked on our first-ever national larger-scale tour, across 15 UK cities as part of Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, with Lost in Translation’s The Hogwallops. We have also taken our previous associate artists Silver Lining to a big top at The Roundhouse, to the Underbelly Circus Hub for Edinburgh Fringe 2016, and to large festivals such as Shambala, Tralee and Greenbelt.
Here are some of the other ways that we have supported artists in the past:
- Outside eye / dramaturgy
- Previews and scratch performances
- International exposure
- Graduate / Early career support
- Technical and marketing support and advice
- Presentation of work including premiers and previews
- Festival showcases and performances, including the London International Mime Festival
- Producing and co-producing
- Associate Artists (in 2021 - Lost in Translation, Nikki & JD, Jessica Andrade)
Read an interview with Jacksons Lane’s Artistic Director Adrian Berry about our support for circus here.