Social Enterprising Circus Skills
Many circus organisations across the globe provide a valuable social platform for communities to learn, grow and share experiences. Circus skills workshops are used to help disadvantaged youths, educate and improve communities and encourages creativity and individual development. Social enterprising circus provides long-term stability, which brings social and economic developments and inspires young people, as well as providing an educational and psychological support network for communities. The term social circus uses circus arts as a tool for social justice or social good. Circus skills are used to support marginalised, vulnerable people or those at social or personal risk. Circus skills workshops enable learners to develop many personal qualities and physical skills including coordination, concentration, confidence, self-esteem, spatial awareness, self-discipline, as well as important life skills including teamwork, perseverance, positive risk taking. Through this process of learning, at risk youths/ people’s vision and capabilities can be transformed. Circus acts can often have messages and have symbolic meanings and enable people to express their emotions/ feelings about the society or world they live in. Tightrope walking could mean escaping from conflict or drama or finding equilibrium in an unstable world. Acrobatic tricks may reflect an impossible goal being achieved or group acro/ juggling work meaning building trust in others. Here at Circus Antics we personally work with many community organisations and vulnerable groups across the UK, we also have experience of providing circus workshops for people of all ages and abilities. Our team of circus instructors are highly skilled and creative, and love to provide fun, engaging circus skills workshops for everyone. If you have an event or community group and are interested in booking one of our circus workshop packages please do get in touch.
The History of Fire Performers
Ever wonder where fire shows all started? Different tribes from all over the world have practiced fire rituals or fire dances as far back as the 13th century CE, where the Aztecs tribe from Mexico dedicated their practices to the god of fire (called Xiuhtecuhti). The Balinese still perform their Angel Fire Dance and Fire Dance (called Sanghyang) in ancient rituals where thought to ward off witches at the time of an epidemic. As part of the spring festivals in the desert in India the tribes Siddha Jats also perform fire dances. The dances are accompanied by music and drums and dance styles vary from men dancing on hot fire coals, women balancing flaming pots on their heads. In New Zealand, the Maori started using a ball and string soaked in fuel, and perform rituals spinning them while alight. This was where the ‘Poi’ originated. Fire shows and fire rituals are still practiced today for tourists in many countries around the world and fire performance has been developed at there are many different new skills and tricks that are practiced purely for entertainment purposes. The manipulation of fire objects is now very popular in the modern world and there are many different objects tricks and skills which create mesmerising visual effects. The term fire performer is a well-known term for someone skilled in the art of fire acts. So, what are the all these modern fire toys/ skills?Poi or Fire Snake/ Rope - A pair short chains with handles and ball of wick on the end or long plaited length of wick on the chain. Staff – A metal pole roughly 1-2 metres long and balls of wick on each end. Can be used as a paid or even three to juggle with. Dragon Staff – A metal pole around 2 m long with each end having of 3-4 wicks positioned in a wheel. They are usually rolled on the body also known as contact spinning. Fire hoop – A hoop with fire approx. 10 wick spokes around the outside. Fire Fan – A metal fan shaped object usually with 5 or more fire spokes at the ends. Fire umbrella – an umbrella fire prop with wick on the ends. Fire Devil Stick – A small still roughly 50cms in length with wicks on both ends. Fire Club or Fire Baton – These are like juggling clubs but with wick on the ends, and also used for fire club spinning or fire juggling. Fire sword –Usually specially made for fire or can use an actual sword modified with long wick along the blade. Palm torches – Small fire torches held in the palm of the hand. Fire whip – Lengths of braided wick, the whip can be cracked to create large trails of fire. All performances using fire is dangerous and carries risks and it is always recommended that precautions be taken. All our fire performers have specialist Fire Insurance, Public Liability Insurance. Risk-assessments are also provided for every event. Please contact us for further technical requirements. Our fire performers are specialists and have performed fire for over 25 years and are happy to offer specific fire performances to suit all types of events. Our fire performers have a unique theatrical flare for creating mesmerising and high-impact fire shows. Choose from smaller shows using 1 or 2 performers or large group finale fire shows using pyrotechnics perfect for bonfire night celebrations and corporate events. Our fire performers can also be booked for more meet and greet or ambient background fire performances, which can be a perfect atmospheric backdrop to enhance any event. We offer bespoke wedding finale fire shows which are performed to love themed music, which includes a combination of fire acts and a flaming fire heart sculpture. The fire heart is used to create a picture to frame the happy couple to remember their special day. Get in touch with us if you would like a quote or further information. Here are a few links to our online fire videos: The Dangerettes All girl Fire Troop Fire Shows Reviews:“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your fire show at our wedding on Friday. Thank you very much, it was fantastic”“The performers were all amazing - fire juggling, fire eating, acrobats and stilt walkers and everyone at the party agreed that they made the night even more special. Thank you all for making Livvy's party a really memorable evening”.
Online Circus Workshop Activities
Good news we have launched a Circus Antics You Tube channel from our home in Bristol!. Here you will find online circus prop making lessons and useful circus workshop and juggling tips and other circus workshop activities to do at home with children of all ages. We are also being creative and making new circus costumes for our Stilt Walkabout characters and developing some fantastic ideas for new circus shows, circus workshops and circus entertainment, so watch this space! Click on our YouTube link here To keep up do date on all things circus and watch our progress, you can also head over to our Circus Antics Facebook, Instagram pages. Please leave a comment, like and share the pages with friends and family or anyone who loves all things circus! This helps support our Circus business, which will be back in full operation in the future. Facebook Link: HereInstagram Link: Here If you would like to book any circus performers for Autumn or Christmas 2020 or 2021 we have some spectacular acts to choose from including; Fire Performers, Circus Workshops, Stilt Walkers, Hula Hoop Acts, Aerialists, Acrobats, Balloon Modellers, Bubbleologists Street Performers and Jugglers. The pictures were taken from a few of previous performance’s: 1920’s Peaky Blinders charity event in Shepton Mallet, where we performed Stilt Walking flapper girl, Circus Workshops and Juggling actsA School Ball circus themed event in London with the Cirque da Purr performing Vintage Candy Girls stilt walking.Chinese New Year celebration Bristol event with our Asian Themed Stilt Walkers Just to update you on how the global pandemic has affected us; the UK government has banned all events and non-essential travel due to the Covid-19/ Corona Virus threat, which means all our bookings until June/July 2020 have been postponed until later in the year. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. "Wishing everyone a Happy Easter from our ‘not so’ Little Bo Peep Stilt Walker! We are usually busy this time of year performing our Easter themed acts and circus workshops over the Easter holidays, alas not the case this year.. Hopefully in a few months we can get back to having fun and performing again. We hope everyone is staying well and safe at home, see you all later in the year!"
Spring and Summer 2020 Fun..
We are taking bookings for Spring and Summer 2020 events. We have a variety fabulous acts to choose from including: Fire Performers, Circus Workshops, Stilt Walkers, Hula Hoop, Jugglers, Aerialists, Acrobats, Balloon Modellers, Bubbleologists and Street Performers. Circus Antics are adept at choosing the right entertainment to suit all types of events. Whether it’s a wedding, a private or children’s party, school event, a community fete, outdoor festivals or a corporate event, then look no further. We have amazing circus acts guaranteed to wow your guests and create a fun and exciting atmosphere. We offer entertainment to suit all themes and special occasions. Our circus workshops are a popular option for summer events, and children’s parties, where people of all ages can have fun with circus skills. Circus workshops are great for learning and ideal for school activity days. Our stilt walkers are eye-catching, interactive and great for all types of events and come in many themes (we have butterfly’s, cake ladies, carnival, nautical). Stilt Walkers are great for and photos with guests! Our fire performers are perfect entertainment for special occasions including weddings, private parties. We have fire shows and fire heart or name sculptures to add an extra special wow to your event.