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.