CircusFest celebrates the future of circus: daring and diverse, punky and poetic.
From the spectacular to the intimate, the festival showcases the point where circus collides with theatre, dance, live art, film and even virtual reality.
Always innovating and evolving, circus has come a long way since its beginnings. 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the invention of modern circus, by entertainment entrepreneur Philip Astley. His show was a hit, and a new art form was created.
Founded in 2009, CircusFest is London’s biennial international festival of contemporary circus taking place at the Roundhouse and partner venues across London.
The Bekkrell Effect
The Bekkrell Effect is an exhilarating visual feast combining the power of punk with risk and flare.
Five performers hurtle around the stage, things fall apart, atoms decay and relationships break up – below the surface is chaos, yet with enough distance everything can be beautiful.
Part riot-grrrl pop song, part circus spectacle The Bekkrell Effect is and both comic and revealing.
Inspired by physicist Henri Becquerel’s discovery of radioactivity, French company Groupe Bekkrell have created an unstable universe of perpetual movement where matter decays and bonds disintegrate.
Powered by the strength of its performers, The Bekkrell Effect swings between acrobatics and poetry, falling and flying, in a performance as energetic as a nuclear reaction.
This UK premiere is a unique chance to experience the richness of European circus.