Opportunities 2018



Cie Maleta who performed at the first 5X5 programme in Tralee two years ago

Cie Maleta who performed at the first 5X5 programme in Tralee two years ago


5X5! Have you got some new numbers you’ve been busy dreaming up? Time to share them with the world & bring them out into the light! 5X5 is a brilliant opportunity to share 5 minutes of new work in front of a kind & passionate audience at the National Circus festival of Ireland this November. 5 artists or companies will be given the stage for 5 minutes with the aim of providing a platform for the development of new, innovative work in the varied & wondrous world of contemporary circus performance.

Now in its third year, NCFI are delighted to bring 5X5 to our 2018 edition as well as working with ISACS on the support and development of artists with new work. To apply simply email info@circusfestival.ie outlining your piece & any technical requirements.




Tumbling Masterclass : Thursday November 8th 

A pre-circus festival masterclass aimed at professionals and semi-professionals.

Twisted, Sideways, Solo, Acro.
For Intermediate-Advanced movers/Acrobats
In this 3 hour class for slightly more experienced dancers/movers/acrobats; We’ll have an in depth look at a number of rarer, eclectic shapes& some specific drills to get you spinning on your hands. Lots of low to the ground tricks that require precise coordination & timing, as well as bigger, more dynamic things. Moves that are a little different to traditional acrobatics. We’ll also look at ways of linking movements & changing direction within.Prerequisites – 6 press ups, good forwards rolls, cartwheels, and handstandsDate: 8th November 2018 
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 
Price: €20SIGN UP AT: https://goo.gl/forms/WIqwezEab5e6j8Rm1After the workshop the Acro & Aerial hall is open to NCFI festival pass holders for a jam all evening!


Teacher: Nat Whittingham (UK)
Nat Whittingham is a Circus Artist, Acrobat and teacher. Originally trained as a trampoline gymnast, he started out with Nofit State Circus at the age of 18 & toured internationally with their show Bianco. From 2014 he studied at L’ESAC in Brussels, specialising in Teeterboard, before heading to France and starting work with Compagnie Bivouac on their outdoor touring show ‘A Corps Perdu’. Following this he started to train & develop more solo acrobatics, fusing traditional gymnastics, contemporary floorwork and acrobatic research. Over the last two years he has been teaching this internationally (with his partner) under the name Moving Through Acrobatics. He has also worked extensively in the UK, with companies such as Upswing Aerial, Dot Comedy, and Pirates of the Carabina. He also Teaches with Fourth Monkey theatre Company and 2 Faced Dance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMhbn5zA3Cw&t=37sInstagram: @natwhittingham

Circus Dramaturgy: Friday November 9th 

NCFI are massively and extremely pleased to bring this workshop to Ireland for the first time.
Circus Dramaturgy workshop with living legend Adrián Schvarzstein.

Learn from a true master & polish your creative diamonds!

Adrian Schvarzstein is a world-renowned clown, actor, circus & theatre director. From his home base in Barcelona he tours the world with his street theatre, circus, physical comedy and opera creations. Adrian founded & continues to be director of the multi-award winning company Kamchatka who wow’ed our audiences in 2016. Truly a master of our lifetime, this is a whopper opportunity to learn how to bring more oomph to your work. The workshops is suited to inexperienced and experienced performers. In it, he will work with your ideas and create magic!

Awarded Best Director by Zirkoloka in 2010, see adrianschvarzstein.com for more.

Friday, November 9th, all day, KDYS, Denny Street.

Limited number of places available for weekend pass holders, don’t miss this opportunity! Places filling fast!

Email info@circusfestival.ie to reserve your place now!