30. 11. 2014, Aktuality Cirqueonu

Cirkus a hudba – workshop v Anglii

 Hledáme ještě jednoho účastníka na workshop zaměřený na propojení hudby a cirkusu pořádaný naším anglickým partnerem Circus Central z Newcastle v rámci Partnerství Leonardo ENCI.


Data: 10. – 14. března 2015, cestovní dny 9. a 15. března


Jazyk workshopu je angličtina.


Cirqueon hradí účast na workshopu, dopravu a příspěvek na stravu účastníků.


Popis workshopu v angličtině:


Circ, Cirq, CirqueMusic! Everybody is talking about CirqueMusic!

Circus Central will host an experimental workshop for musicians & circus artists and

teachers wishing to find techniques to integrate live music into circus. It will be useful

for those who want to explore ways for circus music to move beyond accompaniment of circus acts.

It will include techniques useful for youth circus teachers, the workshop will include session with young performers from the local troupe Five Ring Circus and improvisation sessions with aerialists in ‘Hang and Jam’ sessions. The course will be an active learning experience.

Participants should attend the full course. It is aimed at Music or Circus Teachers, Circus Artists and/or Musicians wishing to transition into teaching, or who wish to seek experimental and playful methods for crossing over between Circus and Music.

The course will end with a showcase of simple acts/exercises developed by people during the course.




Our CirqueMusic Tutors:


James Keay (UK) from Gifford’s Circus Band (Music Director and Pianist)

David Insua-Cao (Peru) from Gifford’s Circus Band (Percussionist/Drumer)




David studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and has performed with many different ensembles and groups including various orchestras/ensembles of the RNCM, The Juilliard School ensemble (USA), salsa groups Café con leche and the Diaspora Collective, Backbeat Percussion Quartet, art-pop band Everything Everything, Opera de Bauge (France), Katy Carr and the Aviators and most recently with Giffords Circus where he has just finished his fourth season. He has always been keen to pass on his skills and knowledge of percussion,through workshops and teaching.

James is a pianist who is now MD and Composer for Giffords Circus. Having trained at King’s College

Cambridge he performs around the UK and Europe specialising in the accompaniment of silent films, lately at the London Short Film Festival and the Branchage Festival. He has played in several London-based bands, including Gertie and Her Gaiety, Felix Hagan and the Family, Dott Reed.


Circus Central is a circus school for children, young people and adults.

We are looking forward to hosting this workshop.


James & David will have instruments to share but please do bring yours too,

the more unusual the better!


They have performed over 800 shows with the circus, and each performance and production has to appeal fresh and new. Music is essential to this. Live music should be an integral part of any circus production, shaping the emotional content and excitement of the show in harmony with the performers and direction.

These workshops will demonstrate and recreate the various effects of music in the circus ring. You will explore using music within the context of an act; how different musical accompaniments can change the character of the visual spectacle, and contextualise an act within thelarger scale of a show. Also, you will discover technical and formal approaches of how to produce practical working scores to seamlessly accompany performances that often vary greatly from one night to the next.

The workshops will also be a great opportunity to work alongside the real heroes of slapstick- Buster, Harold, Charlie, Laurel and Hardy. Dave and James have a real passion for silent films and so they would like to give the opportunity for you to accompany some short film classics. It doesn’t matter what your musical ability may be, with a few short music lessons, and lots of homemade sound effects you will soon be bringing these comic geniuses back to life!

There will be body percussion workshops, opportunities to try a wide variety of different instruments, and many music games which can be used in class situations or which can become pieces in their own right.

These workshops are aimed at both circus artistes and musicians, who will be encouraged to collaborate on various projects during the workshops. The sessions will culminate in a cabaret to showcase all the new work from this week.


Zájemci o účast na workshopu, pošlete prosím do středy 17. prosince CV a krátký motivační dopis na e-mail barbora@cirqueon.cz