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Circus Sampler at Somerset House

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Celebrating 250 years since Philip Astley pioneered circus in London in 1768, Somerset House and Somerset House-based creative producers Crying Out Loud present two summer weekends of distinctive contemporary circus, hip hop dance and music. All performances will be free to see on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. On the first weekend, new work Union Black fuses the signature fast-paced footwork and physical floor work of experimental hip hop collective Far From The Norm, with the strength and skill of an international group of circus artists on Chinese Pole and tightwire. Trailblazers Gandini Juggling will perform a special commission, Cascade, within the rise and fall of the 55 water jets in the fountain courtyard over the second weekend. 30 jugglers will send balls - large and small - flying and weave mesmerising patterns in the air to the rousing sound of brass music played by Circa Tsuica, a band of French musical acrobats. With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Somerset House

The Strand
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
Public transport:
Tube: Temple/Covent Garden/Charing Cross/Embankment Mainline: Charing Cross/Waterloo/Blackfriars

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