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Circus Choreography

Blacks Club - 67 Dean St, London, W1D 4QH

In 2016 the acclaimed director and choreographer Struan Leslie created a brilliant live circus performance version based around Benjamin Britten's song cycle Illuminations, a setting of part of the poems by Arthur Rimbaud commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival. Circus is now recognised as an important art form with a long and distinguished history. Combining dance, gymnastics, high wire acrobatics, slapstick and mime, it offers a wide range of pleasures to audiences and connects with a much wider audience than other art forms. As well as being a popular entertainment circus has also been recognised for the way in which it also excels as a high art form, and combines with some of the greatest of 20th and 21st century art. It is a protean art form with many layers, well-suited to embodying the human and creative pulse of the arts in a digital age.

Struan Leslie is one of the UK’s leading circus directors and has been creating movement-based theatre and performance for more than 30 years in over 300 productions as well as teaching and training at the highest level. This includes plays from ancient, early modern and contemporary periods, circus, oratorios, operas as well as his own devised productions and dance works. He was the founding Head of Movement at The Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008-2013, creating movement and choreography and supporting on over 100 productions. His work is characterised by a ‘trans-disciplinary’ and collaborative approach. Struan will be talking in particular about the Illuminations opera and circus show which he presented at the Maltings in Snape, a show that perhaps better than any other embodies the dynamic cross-arts approach to arts commissioning being championed by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation.

How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Tuesday 26th June at Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH. The talk itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and should last about an hour.

Space at the event is strictly limited. RSVP in advance to to reserve a place, indicating whether or not you are a Member of Blacks.

These will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

The event will cost £10 per person on the door, payable to R&V either by cheque or in cash.