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Circus Circus Circus 2019

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Certain Blacks – Circus Circus Circus

Certain Blacks is an arts development organisation formed to support the growth of diverse artists. The organisation presents performance, live art, music and theatre and the creative voice of our diverse society. Our philosophy is to provide performance opportunities for new, emerging and established artists of the highest quality. The organisation aims to challenge the norms of performance and what is seen as diverse. Certain Blacks presents art from the margins into the mainstream.

Certain Blacks has presented three festivals of diverse arts, My Vote Day Count, Arts Ensemble and Harlem that have supported many artists including Lady Vendredi, Franko B, Byron Wallen, Crying in the Wilderness, Shabnam Shabazi, Lyrix Organix, Addictive TV and Fancy Chance. The festivals have included commissions of new works from artists and past events have attractive truly diverse audiences to new music, theatre and live arts performance.

Circus Circus Circus will continue this series by developing new work from circus, live arts performer’s, musicians, theatre, dance, music and spoken word. The festival aims to take place at innovative venues across London and will present high quality new, diverse work to audiences across the region. The festival will partner with Vicki Amedume of Upswing, to curate a programme of new work from the margins to the mainstream with the festival presenting a programme of new circus for first time.

As part of Circus Circus Circus, Certain Blacks are looking for creative circus artists to join us at 101 Creation Centre to develop new work for the final festival in 2019. This residency is for two weeks from October 22nd and the final work produced will be shown at the Circus Circus Circus festival in 2019. The project is looking for diverse circus artists and artists from other areas such as video artists and performers that want to work with circus.

The residency will include talks from performance makers, live artists and theatre directors. These will include live artist Brian Lobel, Jamel Harwood and Paul Morris (Crying in the Wilderness). They will talk about their creative process, diversity and performance. The residency will be facilitated and led by Vicki Amedume of Upswing, with support from Layla Rosa and £1,000 is available for each participant as a fee/ expenses. Travel, accommodation and food will be provided.

Process: The residency will take place over a two week stay at 101Creation Centre. 101 Creation Centre is set on the old RAF Greenham Common which was the site of a US airbase and was the focus of the Greenham Common women’s peace camp during the 1980’s.

Week one will include morning discussions with artists about the creative process with afternoons spent developing work, with informal sharing’s. Week two will be focused on developing the work and ideas that arose from the first week further.

– To explore and share processes within the art forms of circus, live art, music and theatre
– to make new work for Circus Circus Circus festival and to have fun.
Certain Blacks was formed to support the work of diverse artist and the residency therefore aims to support this creative process and the artists taking part.


To apply: To apply please provide the following to Applications will close at 12pm on Friday 14 September.
– A CV (max 2 pages)
-A brief description (max 300 words) of a project that you would be interested in developing during the residency.

– An outline of a project (max 300 words) that you have been directly involved in creating and the main things you learned in making it.
-A link to a website and/or documentation of previous works (max 2 films, 6 photographs)

You can also submit a video application if preferred. This should be placed on a platform such as YouTube and a link sent to us. Files submissions will not be accepted. Please include passwords for such submissions.


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Certain Blacks Harlem Festival 7 – 10 September 2017 featured Artists

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