Best circus shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017
Barely Methodical Troupe: Kin
Highlights include China Goes Pop, Cirkopolis and Sigma
The past few years has seen a huge leap in the number of circus companies visiting the Fringe, with many of them displaying the same impressive set of skills. From acrobatics to diabolo, juggling to hand balancing – it's what they do with it that counts. We've been watching their progress over recent years – and looking out for talented new arrivals – so here's our top picks of contemporary circus troupes heading to Edinburgh this August …
Acéléré by Circolombia
Acrobatic excellence all the way from Bogotá, Colombia, performed by a 13-strong troupe which last impressed Fringe audiences with its 2011 show, Urban.
Acéléré, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Mon 7–Sat 26 Aug
All Genius All Idiot
Svalbard Company have been touring this show – a mash-up of circus, music and dance – for a couple of years now, and this Fringe run comes in association with festival favourites Aurora Nova. It's a unique, energetic and by turns laugh-out-loud funny offering from four talented performers, offering a wry dissection of masculinity.
All Genius All Idiot, Assembly Roxy, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug
China Goes Pop
Chinese acrobatic expertise meets western music and design in this fun mix of acrobatics, circus skills and dance, set to a feel-good pop soundtrack.
China Goes Pop, Assembly Hall, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug
Australia's Circa has risen to the top of the circus tree in recent years, with each show taking this exciting, talented company in a different direction. We can't wait to see what they do this year.
Circa: Humans, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Fri 4–Sat 26 Aug
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
Arriving on the juggling scene as teenage sensations in the 1990s, Ethiopian duo Bibi and Bichu have gone on to perform around the world. Here they're joined by a team of acrobats for this semi-autobiographical tale of two brothers.
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sat 5–Sat 26 Aug
Inspired by Fritz Lang's 1920s's film, Metropolis, Quebec's Cirque Éloize finds a way to have fun in a grey world, with world-class acrobatics, juggling, Cyr wheel and more.
Cirkopolis, Pleasance at EICC, Fri 4–Mon 28 Aug
Award-winners at this year's Adelaide Fringe, Swedish circus troupe Fauna mixes contemporary circus with live music to explore primitive behaviour.
Fauna, Assembly Roxy, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug
A big hit with its previous Fringe show, Bromance, England's Barely Methodical Troupe returns with another batch of acrobatic trickery, mixed with dance, parkour and b-boying.
Kin, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sat 5–Sat 26 Aug
Paris de Nuit
Budapest's Recirquel Company take us back to 1930s Paris, with aerial work, acrobatics, juggling and more, all served up in a decadent, cabaret-style package.
Paris de Nuit, Assembly George Square Gardens, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug
The Ping-Pong Ball Effect
The first Fringe outing for St Petersburg youth circus Upsala, who dare to mix the unpredictability of the ping-pong ball with their acrobatics, clowning and live music.
The Ping-Pong Ball Effect, Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug
Quality and excellence go hand in hand with the name Gandini Juggling, so expect to be suitably impressed by the company's latest show, which fuses Indian classical dance style Bharatanatyam with juggling and percussion.
Sigma, Assembly Hall, Thu 3–Mon 28 Aug
Canada's Flip FabriQue impressed the crowds with last year's Fringe show, Attrape Moi (Catch Me), so hopes are high Transit will feature more dynamic diablo, juggling, trampoline and acrobatic action.
Transit, Assembly Hall, Thu 3–Mon 28 Aug