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The Galway Community Circus team are very excited to announce the formation of a brand new Performance Troupe for our youth circus members. This programme will be a fun and challenging opportunity for any of our Tweenies or Senior members to expand their circus skills, learn new techniques, and develop as performing artists.

Starting in mid-September the programme will run for 12 weeks. There will be two classes per week on top of the normal tweenies/seniors classes. These classes will involve intensive training in physical theatre, introductions to dance and movement, and the specialisation of existing skills. The members of the programme will also take the lead in devising, creating and running the Galway Community Circus Christmas Show. The Christmas show will take place in December and feature the Tweenie and Senior classes.
It’s going to be an exciting and fun way to learn new skills and polish up existing ones. We can’t wait for it to begin!

Jess joins the Galway Community Circus

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We are thrilled to announce that Jessica O’Connor will be our new Youth Circus Co-Ordinator and circus teacher. What makes this an extra special appointment is that Jess is a past pupil of our Youth Circus!
To give you some background, Jess was a competitive gymnast who decided to celebrate completing her Leaving Cert. by spending two weeks studying circus in Bristol. The following autumn she moved to Galway to study film in GMIT, but it was too late… she was bitten by the circus bug and simply HAD to find somewhere to study circus arts. Luckily she found us here in Galway Community Circus and rapidly shot to a lead role in performances!
As a skilled aerialist she was able to learn a variety of skills with us and truly develop as a performer. This led her to London where she studied for two years with CircusSpace becoming an expert in swinging-trapeze with a list of high profile European performances under her belt.
We are both happy and proud to welcome her here to be our new co-ordinator and teacher and we are very excited to see how she shall mould, guide and help our younger members develop into skilled artists and young professionals.

Céad Míle Fáilte!


Morning Adult Aerial Classes

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For any adult aerialists who wish to practice but aren’t free on Thursday evening we are now offering early morning aerial classes for adults only. While the youngsters are at school we will have free run of the hall to train and practice while the sun is still out!
Starting on Tuesday November 5th the six-week class will meet every week  from 11am to 12.30pm for €80.
To find out more, or to register please email galwaycircus.bookings@ or call Gwen on 0873782645

Big Day Out- Dublin, Circa, Infinity and beyond…

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Last month we mentioned our plans to go on a Big Day Out to Dublin to see CIRCA: Wunderkammer as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.  Well, last Sunday 50 of us met up at Galway’s Ceant train station at stupid o’clock to hop on the train to Dublin.

After a merry trip we arrived in a surprisingly sunny Dublin where we learned to shout like Vikings and walked our way down to the co-op in Newmarket place for the monthly Dublin Flea Market. This hive of hipsters was more than happy to welcome the circus gang and we were more than happy to drink their coffee, munch their sandwiches and buy a ridiculous amount of letter-openers (?!).
After the flea we strolled over to the Gaiety theatre where Eims O’Reilly and her wonderful colleagues from the Dublin Theatre Festival upgraded our already discounted seats and we were able to just happily sit back and enjoy what was one of the most inspiring, jaw-dropping and hair-raising circus shows any of us have ever seen! The CIRCA gang blended comedy, acro, aerial, clowning and mind-blowing strength and conditioning to put on a tremendous display of power and style in a provocative and thoughtful way.
After the show we divided up into smaller groups and attacked the eateries of Dublin’s city centre! Chips were had and games were played. Reggae was listened to and famous people were met! The highlight for the senior group had to be meeting the cast and crew of CIRCA, totally by accident, and being able to thank them for putting on such an inspirational performance. Those of us who didn’t get to meet them aren’t the slightest bit jealous… not one bit!
The train ride home was an experience to say the least, with some people napping, others gently chatting and those of us who really should know better getting incredibly loud and competitive about parlour games!
Everyone had lots of fun and it wouldn’t have been possible without the kind support of Iarnrod Eireann’s “Journey’s on us” scheme and Eims O’Reilly of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Training in Baby and Family Circus

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What is Baby Circus? How can you do circus with babies? How to tutor it? Family Circus - whole family’s shared circus. What does it mean?
This two-day course will explore Baby and Family Circus from the circus teacher’s point of view.
We will look at circus through the eyes of babies and families – paying special attention to the ideology and health & safety aspects of Baby and Family Circus. We will also explore the concept of Family Circus - in particular the different ways a circus teacher can encourage families to enjoy doing circus together. Please bring flexible clothes, a water bottle and a baby doll with you.
Schedule: Sat 19.10 10am-4pm and Sun 20.10 11am-5pm 
Venue: Galway Community Circus, St Joseph's Community Centre, Ashe rd, Shantalla, Galway
Instructor: Kaisa Hietaniemi, director and instructor of social circus, Executive manager of Sirkustus, based in Lempaala, Finland
Kaisa has instructed circus since 2005. She has specialized to the applied circus. In other terms, to the possibilities of the circus with the different kind of groups that have special needs. Hietaniemi is a founder of the Sirkustus. In Sirkustus she instructs social circus to different kind of groups such as babies, youths, adults, families, seniors and people with special needs. The principle point is: “Circus belongs to everyone!” She also instructs professionals from the different kind of fields of profession to use a social circus as a method.
Cost of the two-day course €120 per person. Maximum ten people on the course. More info and bookings: galwaycircus@ or +353 85 1117224

Aerial Camps! Weekend and Mid-term

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We know that you guys just can’t get enough aerial acrobatics so we’re organising some extra special camps just for you!

•Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th of October
•11am -4pm
The weekend camp is an opportunity to take part in some intensive aerial training with Jess O'Connor. This course is for those with some experience (e.g. 2 6-week classes or more) as it will begin assuming knowledge of the basics. Over the course the students will learn aerial skills of trapeze, hoop, rope and fabric.
•Tuesday 29th - Thursday 31st of October
This camp is tailor-made for young people who want to polish up their aerial skills. It will be a three-day course in aerial training and conditioning. It will be a rewarding camp and ideal if you want to transition from a lower level to a higher one. Jess will teach the course with the assistance of our aerial tutors.
•Tuesday 29th - Thursday 31st of October
This three-day course will be a great way to specialise or intensify your aerial training and conditioning. Again, it will be better suited to those at an intermediate or advanced level as the basics will be assumed. It will be intense and rewarding and be a great chance to transition from a lower level to a higher one. Jess O'Connor will lead.
To book a place on either course emailGwen
It will be a strict first-come first-served policy.


Brand new GCC T-shirts and hoodies for sale!!!

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“C’est absolument superb!”
-Coco Chanel
-Jean Paul Gaultier
“They’re only bleedin’ MASSIVE!”
-Tommy Hillfiger
What is it that these fashion icons are raving about? You got it! It’s the dazzling new range of Galway Community Circus t-shirts and hoodies.  And now, dear reader, you can own the hottest garments in Galway city for only €10 for t-shirts or €20 for hoodies.
To secure one of these just call into the circus and ask for Alice (pictured above, pronounced AH-LEE-CHAY) and she can get you a fitted t-shirt in black, purple or red for only €10 or a wonderfully warm winter hoodie for a mere €20.
So whether you’re a teenager, a wee baby or a man-sized adult we have a size for you! Stand out from the crowd and show your support for the circus! Get them now, while stocks last!

The Horrifying Halloween Cabaret

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October must be the strangest month of the year. The night’s grow longer and evening’s twitch with spooks, goblins and ghouls!
To celebrate this most haunted time of the year we will be hosting our Horrifying Halloween Cabaret in the hall of St. Joseph’s!
On the night of October 23rd at the witching hour (7pm) our performance troupe, seniors and tweenies will be putting on the most devilish display of circus skills and arcane arts to bemuse and befuddle even the most rigorous scientific minds. Under the unbearable gaze of Jess O’Connor and with the assistance of the terrifying tutors this show is guaranteed to amuse and entertain and all for the most modest sum of €3!
But wait, there’s more! We will also have a super awesome sale of Halloween costumes! So if you’re planning on going trick or treating/helping the Halloween party why not save your money and spend it on some of the unspeakably awesome costumes that we will have on sale! All costumes will cost between €3 - €10 and an enormous 50% of each sale will go straight to the circus helping us to maintain our services and keep going through these dark wintry months!
Horrifying Halloween Cabaret
October 23rd 7pm €3
Featuring, sweets ‘n’ treats, bake sale and super awesome costume sale

The Gombeens and our Performance Troupe

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Last year we reported, in this most illustrious of organs, that Galway Community Circus had joined the National Association of Youth Drama. Joining the NAYD has opened many doors for the GCC and given us many new and exciting opportunities.
For example, in July we were able to spend a week at the Nation Festival of Youth Theatre (see last issue for a report) and this week the NAYD has made it possible for our newly formed Performance Troupe to study physical theatre with Jonathan Gunning from The Gombeens.
With funding secured from NAYD’s Youth Theatre support scheme we were able to book Jonathan to teach our young people about his important method of helping our community through theatre
Jonathan Gunning and Miquel Barceló are The Gombeens, two social clowns who spread the word, through laughter, of a more just society that calls out for participation and involvement. They work alongside the community developing workshops and performances to inspire the audience into expressing themselves whether that’s through social action, community involvement or engagement with the arts. A big thanks to Johnathan, Miquel (for letting him come!) and of course the NAYD for helping us run these classes

The National Circus Festival in Tralee

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The National Circus festival is one of the most exciting, emerging festivals in Ireland. The festival has lit up Tralee every November in an explosion of theatre, clown, aerial, fun, laughter, skill and absurdity.

The Tralee Circus Festival began in 2001 as a juggling convention.  It was a way for the diverse strands of a contemporary circus culture to meet, share ideas, fun and create an Irish expression for this exciting artform.  Over the years the Tralee Circus Festival has evolved to be Ireland’s annual contemporary circus festival.

At the heart of the festival is Circus Siamsa, a public variety show, held in Siamsa Tíre Theatre, is the national showcase for contemporary urban circus and features top national and international performers handpicked and hosted by The Fanzini Brothers. This year’s highlight is a crane performance 40m up in the air by respected Irish aerial dance company Fidget feet. Other highlights include new material from world champions and festival favorites Lords of Strut, Barcelona-based MuMusic bring us their wonderful music and circus show “Merci Bien,” and world-class juggling from Sweden’s Patrik Elmnert. ”Circus Sideshow,” a bespoke festival club, a weekend programme of circus arts workshops for children organised by the Galway Community Circus (that's us!!) and master-classes from visiting artists

There will also be an ISACS (IRISH STREET ARTS, CIRCUS AND SPECTACLE) BRAINSTORM on Friday 15th November at Siamsa Tire, Tralee. There will be a panel of Interesting speakers, (John Towsen, Audrey Keane, & Martina Canty) lively discussion and lots of opportunities for ‘Brainstorming’! All GCC members are welcome so please do come along

It’s going to be a wonderful weekend!

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Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway
+353 85 111 7224
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