Continued Professional Development

4-day Master Class 3rd to 6th February 2014

It was with much sadness that we learned that leading French Circus Director Christophe Huysman who was due to deliverer our  4-day Master Class  ‘Directing and Authoring your Work’. in February 2014 at the Lyric Theatre in Bridport had to withdraw unexpectedly. As yet little known in the UK, M Huysman is highly regarded Actor, Author and Director of contemporary circus in France and has worked extensively in theatre, cinema and television.  He founded Les Hommes penchés in 1995.

Christophe had been directing the highly prestigious graduate show ‘Tetrakai’at CNAC; the show premiered at La Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris in January.

But every cloud has a silver lining and we were delighted when at the eleventh hour Angela Laurier agreed to stand in for Christophe and support the 8 UK artists to develop and share their practice. Thank you Angela!

A significant development that have been a spin-off from this workshop include a new piece by Nikki McCretton (workshop participant and owner of (The Lyric Theatre) and Angela Laurier 'Dirty Ballerina' which is now in development with support from other PASS partners including Crying Out Loud and La Breche.  In addition, Contemporary Circus Director Sarah Fielding, another of the participants was able to use the workshop to develop some of her ideas for her show 'Under the Dark Moon' which is now re-touring.


Throughout 2013 we have been running a Go See programme enabling 12 UK emerging artists to attend new circus shows and festivals in the UK and in France.  Between them they have been able to see 65 shows all with opportunities that have enabled them to develop their own practice, performance and chances to gain ideas for presentation and pitching skills.  It enabled young artists to see what works and what doesn’t and, most importantly within this project, how a series of tricks can be transformed into a show with a coherent narrative.

The very positive feedback from the artists who participated in this element of the project has convinced us of the value of this type of activity which we will seek to do more of  in the future.

Special thanks go to Theatre Bristol, for helping Activate Performing Arts with the development of the CPD Workshop and identification of artists who would benefit most from the Go See opportunities