Our story so far
We are Annabel and Massimiliano, the founders of The Oak Circus Centre. During the last year and half we opened our new circus training facility and creation space in a beautiful Grade1 listed church in the heart of Norwich, UK. We are very excited for this new adventure and the fact that our touring company Lost in Translation Circus (LiT Circus) finally has a home where we can create new shows, provide circus education and build a community.
Above: LiT Circus performing at a community cabaret at The Oak.
We aim to make The Oak Circus Centre a training and creation facility for Norwich and the East of England, with its links to international partnership through our existing network of fellow circus performers, companies and productions. Our ambition is to make The Oak a hub for circus in the UK, where high quality classes, services and artist residencies create a true sense of circus community. Our aim is to provide a space where people can learn the ancient art of the Circus for fun and/or professionally.
We believe in the power of circus to improve and enhance people’s lives. Our priorities are to provide education, training and development opportunities for people to participate in circus skills at a variety of levels: from absolute beginner to professional. We already have an incredible impact on our local community of students; creating new working positions for performers through the educational program and our shows. Having a space allows them to train, perfect their practice, and share skills with other professionals. We are raising the number of people experiencing circus in an active way by coming to classes, but also as an audience coming to our shows and events.
Above: Youth Circus class
For this dream to come true we need 4 magic elements: planning, heart, hard work and funding. We’ve already got the first three covered, but it’s the latter we need some help with!
To be able to go onward and upward with the project, we need £10,600. We already provide high skill and quality education, development, and performances. However, the space itself needs to match the high quality we already provide. For this reason, we need new vital equipment such as aerial trapezes, mini trampolines, and juggling and manipulation material. Next to this, our nice church also needs a very nice insulation to make sure we don’t freeze during the winter.
Please help us to make our vision a reality so we can continue to really make a difference!
Here's a breakdown of where your donations will go:
Take a look at what we get up to!
Above: Outreach project with Wensum Junior School
Above: Performance from Glasgow's Aerial Edge (visiting artist) as part of our second annual convention
Above: Double's Aerial class
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