Our Support

We back circus artists throughout their careers

Our support for contemporary circus artists and companies has been an essential part of our work for more than a decade.

Jacksons Lane offers support to any artist who requires it, regardless of whether they’re just starting out in the industry, or have years of experience under their belt.

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 6.5-metre-high rigging facilities, 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 create 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.

Internationalism

We work with many global countries to offer performances and residencies at Jacksons Lane. In recent times we have showcased work from France, Norway, Mexico, Palestine and many others. We also regularly collaborate with Scandinavian companies, and have worked in partnership with the Finnish Institute many times.

Jacksons Lane on Tour

Jacksons Lane has supported over 100 touring productions in the last decade, including work such as Circumference’s Staged, Nikki & JD’s Knot, 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.

Other Work

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)