Circus picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Circus picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Super Sunday / credit: Petter Hellman

Including shows from Gravity and Other Myths, Circa, Casus and more

From acrobats and aerialists to clowns and contortionists, contemporary circus is fast becoming one of the most popular genres at the Fringe. Here are some of our top picks for this year…

Backbone
Australian company Gravity and Other Myths and creators of popular hit A Simple Space returns to the Fringe with a new show that pushes the performers to the limits of their physical strength.
Backbone, Underbelly, Bristo Square, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 5pm.

The Black Blues Brothers
Impressive tumbles, lifts and acrobatics from this energetic African foursome, whose every move is accompanied by a soulful back catalogue of tunes.
The Black Blues Brothers, Thu 1–Sun 25 Aug, 4.30pm.

Circa: Humans
The wonderful Circa returns to the Fringe with its 2017 hit Humans. Expect the Australian company's usual mix of powerful lifts, intelligent staging and emotional connection.
Circa: Humans, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Fri 2–Sat 24 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 7pm.

Le Coup
Company 2, the sparky company behind Cantina and Scotch and Soda, presents its circus/variety twist on a fight night in one of Australia's infamous travelling 'Boxing Tents'.
Le Coup, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sat 3–Sat 24 Aug (not 12, 19), 6pm.

Circus picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Circa: Humans / credit: Sarah Walker

DNA
Having wowed us with Knee Deep, Driftwood and You & I, Australian company Casus take us on a personal journey into the heart of their own stories.
DNA, Assembly George Square Gardens, Thu 1–Sun 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 3.15pm.

Filament
Los Angeles-based company Short Round Productions take inspiration from 1980s films for their passionate mix of acrobatics and feel-good music.
Filament, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sat 3–Sat 24 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 5pm.

La Galerie
A gallery devoid of colour is slowly filled with vibrant hues, amid live music and acrobatics, in this athletic new show from Canadian company Machine de Cirque.
La Galerie, Thu 1–Sat 25 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 6pm.

Knot
Created by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé, in collaboration with Lost Dog's Ben Duke, Knot uses hand-to-hand circus skills to tell a story of love and commitment.
Knot, Assembly Roxy, Wed 31 Jul–Sat 25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 2.45pm.

Circus picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

La Galerie

Kombini
In the absence of a decent theatrical booking, two clowns reluctantly accept a job at a child's birthday party, in this thoughtful show from Canada's Les Foutoukours.
Kombini, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sat 3–Sat 24 Aug (not 13, 20), 2pm.

My Land
One of the biggest hits of 2018 makes a welcome return. Fusing incredible skill with dramatic staging, this beautiful Hungarian show featuring Ukrainian acrobats takes circus in a new direction.
My Land, Assembly Rooms, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 7.30pm.

Ockham's Razor: This Time
After the superb Tipping Point in 2016, Ockham's Razor is back at the Fringe with This Time, a new aerial show featuring performers aged 13–60.
Ockham's Razor: This Time, Saint Stephens Theatre, Thu 1–Sun 25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 3pm.

Raven
Acrobatic skills and storytelling combine in this show from Berlin's Still Hungry company, exploring preconceptions about working mothers and female circus artists.
Raven, Assembly Roxy, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 7, 13, 20), 5.50pm.

Cirque Berserk
If you've never seen the thrilling motorcycle act 'Globe of Death' (from between your fingers), then now's your chance as this 2018 Fringe hit returns. Expect knife throwing, foot juggling and trad skills that can't fail to impress.
Cirque Berserk, Pleasance at EICC, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 21), various times.

Circus picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

My Land

Rouge
Acrobatics, foot and fire juggling, hand balancing, aerial and a whole lot of sexed-up decadence are on the menu in this 'circus show for adults' from Australia.
Rouge, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sat 3–Sat 24 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), various times.

Staged
Three performers balance on an aerial platform, the taut wires threatening their balance with each twist and turn, in this surprising new show from Circumference.
Staged, ZOO Southside, Tue 13–Sat 25 Aug, 7pm.

Super Sunday
Finnish circus troupe Race Horse Company climb onboard the 'wheel of death' and teeterboard to create human catapults, in this acrobatic show laced with black humour.
Super Sunday, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Fri 2–Sat 24 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 9pm.

Tarot
Feathers of Daedalus Circus deliver a live audience tarot reading, then go wherever the cards take them in this mix of circus, live music and improvisation.
Tarot, Assembly Rooms, Thu 1–Sat 24 Aug (not 8, 19), 11.10pm.

YUCK Circus
This multiple award-winning, all-female Australian troupe faces discomfort head on, using humour to entertain us and acrobatic skills to wow us.
YUCK Circus, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sat 3–Sat 24 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 4pm.

This Time

  • 4 stars

Circus theatre company Ockham's Razor stages a show about time, age and the stories we tell ourselves, performed by a cast ranging in ages from 13 to 60.

The Black Blues Brothers

  • 4 stars

Circo e Dintorni The circus show that everyone is talking about! Joining the energy of Africa with a rhythm and blues sound, five unleashed acrobats perform their comedy tribute to cult movie, The Blues Brothers. In an elegant American bar, the chairs, tables and surroundings become props for new feats of acrobatic…

Rouge

Highwire Entertainment Circus for grown ups: a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and twisted burlesque. Weeklies winner Best Circus Adelaide Fringe 2018 and Fringeworld 2019. 'Welcome to a circus for the new age… Brilliant performances covered with rhythm and attitude with a certain aura…

Staged

  • 4 stars

Circumference Employing stunning aerial acrobatics in a calculated game of chance, Staged features three performers hanging in the abyss on a platform, which swings, tips and balances as they move. A breathtaking test of their physical limits in a world of increasing uncertainty, Staged is 'not the usual circus…

Kombini

  • 3 stars

Underbelly and Les Foutoukours Montreal's distinguished circus company present a show for teenagers and adults alike. Exasperated of waiting for the biggest international theatre to call, two clowns decide to accept the unthinkable contract… a children's birthday party! Join the duo for world-class juggling and…

La Galerie

One white room. Four white walls. Eight fiery circus performers. Machine de Cirque’s UK debut is a gallery like no other - step in and experience incredible skill and artistry – leaving the space only once completely transformed.After the international success of its namesake show, Quebec’s world-class performers will…

Backbone

  • 4 stars

Underbelly and Gravity & Other Myths A high-octane spree of physical virtuosity, Backbone tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective. Staged with a deceptively DIY aesthetic and dispensing of trickery and distraction, this is circus that goes straight for the jugular and leaves no…

Super Sunday

Underbelly and Race Horse Company Race Horse Company's massive international success Super Sunday is colourful, vivid and perky and was born out of the possibility of implementing the company's wildest dreams and bringing them onstage. Super Sunday is an entertaining rollercoaster ride with a boneheaded approach and…

YUCK Circus

  • 4 stars

Underbelly and YUCK Circus Winner: Top-tier Fringe World Martin Sims Award 2019. Winner: Adelaide Tour-Ready Award 2019. Winner: Best Circus Fringe World Weekly 2019. Sugar, spice, and apparently "nice". With our bloody good sense of humour, we're going to rip into the uncomfortable using high-flying acrobatics, absurd…

DNA

  • 4 stars

Casus Circus and Cluster Arts Casus Circus bring you their biggest show yet! An enthralling ballet of acrobatics from the team that brought you Knee Deep, Driftwood and You & I. Through the language of physical theatre the acrobats take us through their own stories – one is crushed by a constant need for control…

Raven

  • 4 stars

Chamäleon Productions in association with Aurora Nova In this thrilling and humorous blend of circus and theatre, Berlin's all-female collective Still Hungry honestly confronts the challenges of modern motherhood. Made with creative support from award-winning director Bryony Kimmings, this contemporary circus piece…

Circa: Humans

Underbelly and Circa Five-star Fringe favourites Circa (Closer, Beyond, Wunderkammer) return after their 2017 blockbuster season. This is thrillingly fearless, boundary-pushing circus at its best. Ten acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human, and how our bodies, our connections, and our…

My Land

Recirquel by Bence Vági The List's top rated show of 2018, My Land, explores humanity's roots – the eternal inheritance of humankind and earth under the guidance of Artistic Director Bence Vági. Seven of Ukraine's most talented circus artists present a vision of light and shadow fusing ancient tradition with…

Filament

Underbelly and Short Round Productions Bursting onto the scene with passion, emotion and talent, Los Angeles' Short Round Productions presents Filament. Amazing circus skills collide with a story inspired by your favourite 80s teen movies to create 'a welcome change from the formula adhered to by many other circus…

Tarot

  • 3 stars

The Feathers of Daedalus Circus The Feathers conjure up a night of circus, music, improvisation and divination. Live audience tarot and clairvoyant readings guide our performers in this unpredictable tale, where all is possible, and everything unexpected. When the first card is turned our journey begins. Will the fool…

Le Coup

Underbelly and Company 2 Company 2 brought you the smash hit Cantina followed by Scotch and Soda, and now they're back with their latest and greatest work Le Coup. Place yourself in the world's last travelling boxing tent for some hard-hitting acrobatics and aerial feats where you have nothing to lose and everything to…

Knot

  • 4 stars

Nikki & JD / Jacksons Lane Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé. These talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice: how can we be honest with ourselves without…

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