Students from three local youth circus schools, The Circus Project, Teardrop Circus and Hightop Circus, will perform a 'curtain raiser' that will open Circolombia's uplifting circus-concert Acelere during the venue"s Christmas programme.
In a series of workshops
run by Brighton & Hove charity The Circus Project
, members of Circolombia worked with groups of children and young people, aged between 10 and 18 years old, to create two short routines.
Learning new skills such as acrobatics, dance and choreography to complement the aerial techniques that the schools teach, the students will showcase what they have learnt to a live audience each night.
Vicki McManus, Artistic Director of The Circus Project, commented:
"It's been fantastic to bring circus students together from different schools to work on this amazing show.
"When companies like Circolombia come in to teach, the students can see what's possible with the skills that they're learning, it"s really inspiring and builds their confidence.
"They can't wait to get on stage after all the time they haven't had the chance to."
Audience members at each show will have the opportunity to donate to The Circus Project, to support its vital work in the local community.
Based at Hangleton Community Centre
, they provide high quality circus classes and workshops for people of all ages, with the aim of fostering young talent, creating work for local artists and using circus as a tool for helping people who are experiencing personal difficulties.
Student Edie, aged 11, said:
"I've never done a performance this big, performing at Brighton Dome is a really big deal and I'm really excited to perform in front of that many people."
Circolombia - Acelere at Brighton Dome from 17th to 27th December 2021. Book online: brightondome.org - Tel: 01273 709709.