OK, so the world didn't end and Deltron Event II didn't come out and I didn't write my long-planned fanfic Star Wars novel where Chewbacca time-travels back to the Mesoamerican era to be worshipped as the god Chewzabeccabaccacotal. All round what a clawing disappointment & immense yawning achievement-void 2012 was.

But 2013! The year of cyberpunk before they thought twice and pushed the amoral megacorp future back to 2020, shortly the auspicious year of the metal snake, and, perhaps -- just perhaps, & if only unofficially -- the Year of Circus.

The artform starts strong, as it does every year, with the London International Mime Festival. I interviewed the directors Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan last month about the line-up for 2013, so you can get what you need to know about the circus productions there. I didn't put it in the article, but we also talked quite a bit about The Cardinals, which comes highly recommended. Stan's Cafe are such an interesting and curious and wide-ranging and righteous company & I'm really looking forward to seeing what they make of a two-hour evangelical Catholic puppet show (where the puppets have gone missing).

Outside of the UK, there's a new festival called Cirque en Corps which is tied to Marseille's year as a European capital of culture. A couple of the big new shows are there -- Cirkus Cirkör's Knitting Peace, Cirk La Putyka's Risk -- as well as some smaller-scale pieces (among them Cirque Inextremiste's Extrémités, a funny and exhausting show where two men taunt a third in a wheelchair by repeatedly robbing him of mobility, the whole thing played out in a bleak deserted yard filled with gas cannisters).

Sideshow's got some extensive plans for 2013, but for now one small piece of housekeeping: there's an extra section in the newsletter below for Funding / Residency Deadlines. This is a new thing! You can find full listings for these here. They'll be expanded over time.

All best,

& HNY,



Subcase, the annual circus fair organised and hosted by Subtopia at its pristine Stockholm facility, has announced the programme for its 2013 edition, taking place 13-15 February and showcasing 8 full-length performances, 9 works-in-progress, and 7 pitch presentations.

Jobs + Opportunities

Deadline: 04/01/2013
Mayfest and Theatre Bristol are currently inviting applications for a commission to create a new work. The work will be performed at Mayfest 2013 at a non-theatre-based location (outdoors or indoors) somewhere in Bristol.
Deadline: 07/01/2013
Mimbre are currently looking for acrobats, gymnasts and/or dancers who are passionate about learning acrobatics / pair acrobatics to join a new professional development programme designed not as a full-time training programme but as a set of ongoing opportunities that can fit alongside other training or commitments.
Deadline: 11/01/2013
BE Festival (Birmingham European Festival), an annual showcase of short-format work held principally in the AE Harris Factory is inviting applications for its 2013 edition (2-7 July).
Deadline: 20/01/2013
In 2013 Mirabilia, a festival based in the small town of Fossano in Northern Italy, will open a fringe programme alongside its main selection. The festival is currently inviting applications from companies interested in joining the fringe.
Deadline: 22/01/2013
Co-produced by Ausform and Circomedia and held at Circomedia's St Paul's Church, VOLT is a new regular circus scratch night for early stage work. Applications are currently sought from circus artists interested in presenting at the first edition, which will be held 9 February 2013 and feature five short pieces.
Deadline: 31/01/2013
For the third year running Spoffin, an annual festival of street arts and site-specific performance held in the city of Amersfoort, is offering a residency to support a young theatre artist/company in the process of finishing a new project created for a public space or specific site.
Deadline: 02/02/2013
Stoff, aka Stockholm Fringe Fest, has issued an open call for artists whose work 'challenges and questions conventional artistic forms' to take part in the next edition of the festival (21-24 August 2013).

Funding / Residency Deadlines

Deadline: 4 January 2013

Run by Circus Space, Lab:time is a programme to support early-stage work and R&D through free space and micro-grants (of up to £600) in four separate strands: Space:time (use of the Circus Space Creation Studio), Team:time (funds to bring new collaborators into a research process), Tech:time (funds for the purchase or development of new equipment), and High:time (funds to pay for a rigger to support R&D). Applicants can mix and match and apply for a single strand, or to combinations, or to all four.

Deadline: 25 January 2013, Deadline: 28 June 2013, Deadline: 1 November 2013

The Wellcome Trust is a (huge) charitable foundation that supports biomedical research and the medical humanities. As well as supporting all branches of academic research, the Trust has an ongoing grant programme to support artistic projects that integrate 'biomedical scientific input' (with this often taking the form of an artist/group working on a project with the collaboration of one or more scientific advisors).

Deadline: 31 January 2013

The Roberto Cimetta Fund awards travel grants to artists and cultural managers who wish to travel in order to develop contemporary artistic cooperation projects in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and in particular throughout the Arab world.



Ockham's Razor, Arc | Photo: Nik Mackey
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
Cirque du Soleil, Kooza | Photo: Schipul
05/01/2013 to 06/01/2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
Cirque du Soleil, Kooza | Photo: Schipul
08/01/2013 to 15/01/2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
Cirque du Soleil, Kooza | Photo: Schipul
16/01/2013 to 20/01/2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
Cirque du Soleil, Kooza | Photo: Schipul
22/01/2013 to 27/01/2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
Cirque du Soleil, Kooza | Photo: Schipul
30/01/2013 to 03/02/2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
Simone Riccio, Nothing Moves If I Don't Push It | Photo: Ben Hopper
18/01/2013 to 20/01/2013
Jacksons Lane, London
My!Laika, Popcorn Machine | Photo: MONA
12/01/2013 to 15/01/2013
Purcell Room , London
Compagnie 111 / Aurélien Bory, Plan B | Photo: Aglaé Bory
18/01/2013 to 20/01/2013
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Zimmermann & de Perrot, Hans Was Heiri | Photo: Mario Del Curto
23/01/2013 to 26/01/2013
The Barbican, London
Ockham's Razor, Not Until We Are Lost
10/01/2013 to 12/01/2013
Platform Theatre, London
Gandini Juggling, Smashed
24/01/2013 to 26/01/2013
Linbury Studio Theatre, London


Cirque Inextremiste, Extrêmités | Photo: Jean Pierre Etournet
24/01/2013 to 24/02/2013
Atempo Circ, Atempo
24/01/2013 to 03/02/2013
La Seyne-sur-Mer
Banquina at the 30th Cirque de Demain
24/01/2013 to 27/01/2013
MPTA/Mathurin Bolze, Du Goudron Et Des Plumes | photo Christophe Raynaud de Lage
12/01/2013 to 27/01/2013
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