Best circus shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016
Featuring Circa at Underbelly and Gandini Juggling at Assembly Roxy
This article is from 2016.
**UPDATE 18 Aug 2016**
The Fringe is well underway now and the reviews have been rolling in. Some shows from our preview turned out to be the hits they were expected to be, some shows not so much. The best place for you to find recommendations is at our Circus Reviews page, which lists all the shows we've rated so far to help you navigate the programme and enjoy the best the Festival has to offer.
There's no shortage of modern circus at the Fringe these days, but whose flips and tricks should you head for? We round up some of the best circus acts travelling to Edinburgh this August, including last year's hit Ockham Razor and Britain's own Silver Lining.
Gandini Juggling: Water on Mars
The talented team behind Smashed and 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures return with a new show made in collaboration with Plastic Boom. Three jugglers keep their hands busy with all manner of items, and even manage to throw in a few backflips.
Assembly Roxy, 3–14 Aug, 5.30pm
Ockham's Razor: Tipping Point
Easily one of the best circus companies at last year's Fringe, Ockham's Razor follow up the sensational Arc and Every Action with this brand new show, making playful and poetic use of 5m metal poles.
C scala, St Stephen's Church, Stockbridge, 3–25 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 3pm
Closer by Circa
One of the finest exponents of contemporary circus on the scene today, Australian company Circa return to the Fringe with last year's up-close-and-personal show – some of which you'll need to watch through your fingers.
Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug (not 10, 16, 23), 6.55pm
Joli Vyann: Imbalance
Mixing atmospheric dance, circus and a bit of social commentary, Joli Vyann explores our increasing obsession with technology, as a couple struggle to connect off-line.
Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug (not 10, 15), 7.30pm
Head First Acrobats wave goodbye to Melbourne head to the Fringe with their blend of circus skills and slapstick, in which three bumbling scientists attempt to create the elixir of life.
Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug (not 15), 10pm
Silver Lining & Jackson's Lane: Throwback
In a genre dominated by Australian and Canadian talent, British contemporary circus company Silver Lining is climbing the ranks. Here they fuse acrobatics, aerial work and a whole lot of fun to explore our nostalgia for things past.
Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug (not 15), 4.30pm
A Simple Space
Back at the Fringe for the third time, Australian company Gravity and Other Myths keep it simple set-wise, with acrobatic tricks that are anything but.
Underbelly, George Square, 4–25 Aug (not 10, 17, 22), 3.15pm
Casus Circus, the Australian company behind the hugely popular Knee Deep, are back with a brand new show, taking a close look at our need for human contact.
Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–28 August (not 10, 15, 22), 3.30pm
Attrape Moi ('Catch Me')
Hailing from Quebec, Flip Fabrique is a group of circus school pals who toured with Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize, before starting their own company. Expect high flying acrobatics, aerial work and lots of fun.
Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug (not 10, 15, 22), 6pm