Cirque Bijou creates and produces bold, visually arresting, highly physical circus. Through collaboration with exceptional and diverse talent, and the use of multiple art forms, Cirque Bijou comments on and challenges contemporary culture, and inspires a sense of inclusion and shared meaningful experience.
Working outdoors or indoors, Cirque Bijou values high production levels, new and emerging talent, new disciplines and art form crossovers. The company wants to make sure that its work is accessible to everyone, and that a diverse audience is reflected by the diverse cast.
Cirque Bijou has partnered with Diverse City to create the collaborative company Extraodinary Bodies. Extraordinary Bodies is a professional integrated circus company, made up of performers of every age and every type of body, including circus artists, musicians and dancers.
A production by Extraordinary Bodies (Cirque Bijou partnered with Diverse City).
Weighting is a mid to large scale outdoor show with a community participation project alongside. The cast includes nine extraordinary performers who take to the air in a joyful exploration of equilibrium and balance, of departures, journeys, and of risk-taking and transformation.
With live music performed by band, cast and community choir, and set on a unique flying 'bridge' structure, Weighting is joyous, radical and bold.
From theatre shows to grand spectacles, Project 3Sixty is a fusion of urban expression, creative technology and the fearless skill of youth. On a set of raised towers animated with 3D video mapping, an energetic and explosive performance plays out, featuring the best of UK circus, breakdance, urban sports and beatbox/live music. Appealing to a young and diverse audience, the show is part street theatre, part circus and part music gig.
Cirque Bijou offer workshops and ways to get involved with their shows as well as support and advice for other artists.
Extraordinary Bodies' show Weighting creates a massed, integrated local choir of community singers and signers to form the show's finale.
Project 3Sixty offers workshops and masterclasses in urban arts, as well as extreme sports demos.
Cirque Bijou also create bespoke performance with specially created participation programmes alongside, and are particularly interested in working with young people, emerging artists and disabled artists.
"Cirque Bijou are working at the forefront of developing outdoor and circus practice in the UK"
Arts Council England
"In the midst of Olympic summer, I sit in a packed, screaming theatre square watching the show. To me as a programmer, it looks smart and slick and professional; to the youthful audience it feels edgy, current and dynamic. The projection mapping looks great and is very well-delivered, the young artists project themselves as engaging characters and confident performers throughout, and the overall package is a credit to the diverse repertoire of Cirque Bijou."
Angus MacKechnie, Producer, Watch This Space Festival at the National Theatre
"I saw your show today and was completely bowled over. It was visually compelling, alive and full of emotion. The performers were incredible and the music was so hauntingly beautiful it brought me to tears"
Audience member, Weighting at Unexpected 2013
Billy Alwen and Julian Bracey