Nature’s Secret Circus is a community circus film project, using the natural environment on Achill Island to inspire circus movement and creative responses by children. There are beguiling patterns, intriguing shapes, extraordinary contours woven through nature–the wind whipping the long grass in circles, the arch of a branch over a stream, the balancing of two mighty rocks on top of each other. The circus is full of patterns too–the rings drawn by the hula hoop, a tumbler’s backflip, one acrobat balancing on another’s shoulder.
How can we create circus shapes inspired by the natural world about us? How can we draw these natural patterns, not with pens, but with our bodies, so other people can see them too?
For Cruinniú na nÓg, we will select children from local schools to participate in this programme, which features the following elements:
- 25-minute film, ‘Nature’s Secret Circus’, with two circus performers and six local children.
- 10-minute captioned workshop film, ‘Your Secret Circus’, to accompany main film, demonstrating how to make simple landscape-inspired acrobatic shapes outdoors.
- Downloadable pdf resource pointing to the patterns, shapes, and contours to look out for in the landscape.
The three resources will be available on our Facebook page @Circus250 and www.circus250.org, and will be available throughout Cruinniú weekend.