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Circus Raj

Rajasthan is home to the elite street circus performers from this fascinating region’s legendary entertainment communities, who combine their amazing skills –  with optional live musical support from the World famous Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band-  in performing breathtaking acts of courage and bravery.

The cast of aerialists, acrobats, musicians, slack-rope walkers, giant puppets characters and the eye-watering displays by their fakir, present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise.

Their spectacular, awe-inspiring and unique shows toured Europe extensively all through the summers of 2015 – 2019, touring for CIRCUS250 in 2018 as D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus . Now, the revitalised Circus Raj return to touring with an exciting and thrilling new show, designed to capture the hearts and mind of audiences of all ages at festivals, melas, community events and carnivals.

Their past tours have taken them to :-

Melas in Glasgow, Southampton, Edinburgh, Belfast, Bradford, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Loughborough, Gem Masala, Norwich, Southend, Chelmsford and Leicester.

Numerous UK festivals including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Bestival, Lunar, Festival of the Sky Cleethorpes, Imagine Watford, Richmond upon Thames, Readipop, Rhythm Tree IOW, Geronimo, Harwich, Middlewich FAB, Big Feastival, Halifax Piece Hall, Oxford’s Alice Day, Greenwich, Our World Our Island, Devises International, Holmfirth, Victorious Portsmouth, BOING Canterbury, Whitley Bay and Milton Keynes.

Arts centres and theatres including mac in Birmingham, The Lowry in Salford, Lyme Regis and Bridport;

European festivals – Sziget in Hungary, Earigail in Ireland and SKIrcus, Stoppenden Verden and Forde in Norway.

SHORT VERSION.

Rajasthan’s elite street circus, presenting the best of India’s performers from the legendary entertainment communities. Featuring Iran, the incredible gravity-defying acrobat and Govinda, the fakir with his jaw-dropping skills, both of whom can be seen in Disney’s live-action remake of “Dumbo” – released in 2019.

ADDITIONAL TEXT.

The cast of aerialists, acrobats, musicians, slack-rope walkers, dancers and puppeteers and the eye-watering displays by their fakir, present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise.

Their spectacular, awe-inspiring and unique shows toured Europe extensively all through the summers of 2015 – 2019, touring for CIRCUS250 in 2018 as D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus . Now, the revitalised Circus Raj return to touring with an exciting and thrilling new show, designed to capture the hearts and mind of audiences of all ages at festivals, melas, community events and carnivals.

Their past tours have taken them to :-

Melas in Glasgow, Southampton, Edinburgh, Belfast, Bradford, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Loughborough, Gem Masala, Norwich, Southend, Chelmsford and Leicester.

Numerous UK festivals including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Bestival, Lunar, Festival of the Sky Cleethorpes, Imagine Watford, Richmond upon Thames, Readipop, Rhythm Tree IOW, Geronimo, Harwich, Middlewich FAB, Big Feastival, Halifax Piece Hall, Oxford’s Alice Day, Greenwich, Our World Our Island, Devises International, Holmfirth, Victorious Portsmouth, BOING Canterbury, Whitley Bay and Milton Keynes.

Arts centres and theatres including mac in Birmingham, The Lowry in Salford, Lyme Regis and Bridport;

European festivals – Sziget in Hungary, Earigail in Ireland and SKIrcus, Stoppenden Verden and Forde in Norway.

CIRCUS RAJ Technical Conditions

Team:

8 people, 6 artists, Director and driver.

Hotel:

Not normally required if within reasonable distance of Bradford but otherwise basic shared rooms for 2 females and 6 males.   

Catering:

Hot and cold drinks and light Indian meal if available.

Backstage:

One room with a mirror, chairs and  table.

Production

A stage manager should be available.

Stewards should be positioned to ensure the audience remains outside of the performance and backstage areas, which should be roped or coned off.

Sound : only required if show is for a large audience. One vocal and one instrument microphone on stands for the musicians and if possible ambient microphones at the front of the performance area to pick up the vocals of the other performers. For workshops one vocal mic is helpful.

Lighting. Not required for daytime outdoor shows. If required, lighting must be as natural and discrete as possible. Basic Lighting rig with 2 colour wash + open white orchestra wash and Full Moving light rig to follow the artists on the rope and pick up them in light. Cyclorama (if available), Backlight and Sidelight.

Installation:

Approx 60 minutes is needed prior to performance to set up the stage, décor  and props and about 25 minutes to dismantle after the show. The stage set can remain in place in between shows as long as the location is safe from interference from the public.

The artists also need about 30 minutes to put on make-up and dress in costumes.

Stage plan :

  • Outdoor

Width: 19m max

Depth: 11m, max 7m’s in front and 4 m’s at back max

Height : 8m clearance above ground or open sky

A flat, even, grass or earth surface is the most suitable as metal crowbars will be driven into the ground in order to anchor the backdrop and the slack rope, both of  which are supported by pairs of poles. The site should be roped or fenced off or stewarded if left standing unattended for any length of time.

A 3m long bamboo pole will be erected vertically supported in a wooden framework.

Confirmation from a qualified member of the event staff will be required guaranteeing that there are no underground services that could be damaged from driving the metal crowbars into the ground.

In the absence of soft ground substantial cubic metre containers of ballast or water will need to be supplied to secure the straps onto and crash mating will also need to supplied in the performance beneath and in front of the slack-rope.

The artists will supply loose carpets to sit and perform on.

  • Indoor, only after consultation with Access All Areas.

Same dimensions with the lighting ramp and projectors fixed at least three metres above the rope to allow space for the artists walking on it.

The stage area must be of wood or similar, seamless and splinter free.

Two rings fixed into the stage or into two stands of cement must be available to tighten the rope and support the artists.

The bamboo poles and stakes will be covered with synthetic rubber at their  extremities.

LAYOUT

  audience

………………………………………..

         O bamboo pole

                    ground performance area

                                                                                                                      space for musician

         Pair of cross poles to support slackrope

S–5m–X———9m——–X–5m–S

 Space behind slack rope for materials, props and for performers.

 S = metal stake driven into ground to anchor slack rope.

                                                X = pair of bamboo cross poles to support the rope.

NOTE, all dimensions can be reduced if space is limited on site. For indoors locations suitable anchors points must be available if the slack rope is to be used in the performance.

Enquiries :

Please contact Graham Breakwell, Access All Areas, 01743 235384 or 07850 734182.  email accessallareas@btinternet.com  

Circus Raj 2019, Glastonbury Festival
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Circus Raj at Bestival ,UK
Circus Raj at Rhythm Tree Festival, Isle of Wight
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