The #CircusVoices development scheme is an initiative to build a culture of critical discourse around circus arts, inspired by the Unpack The Arts programme, but focused on introducing critical vocabularies to the circus industry, rather than circus languages to existing arts journalists.
The first residency took place in 2016 during Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 2017 a curated group of artists were brought together to continue the discussions.
The first set of written reviews comes after three days of immersion in the festival:
Curtain Twitchen, by Aaron Twitchen
Attached, by Tiger Theatre/Lost In Translation
Ethiopian Dreams, by Circus Abyssinia
The second set of reviews come after a further three days of shows, discussions and critical exercises:
Sigma, by Gandini Juggling (x2)
Paris De Nuit, by Recirquel (x2)
All Genius All Idiot, by Svalbard
Natalie Verhaegen also kept a fascinating blog of her experiences exploring critical response practise here: https://circusreviews.wordpress.com
For further documentation of activity over the week, including live video responses and discussion topics, see the Storify below…