WHAT DOES THE AWARD ENTAIL?

The Award is designed to celebrate and encourage new circus talent which has emerged through professional training in Bristol.

 A panel of industry experts, all experienced performers, teachers, directors or choreographers will view the submissions and produce a shortlist of seven acts which will be invited to perform at a showcase evening at Circomedia in Bristol on 10th November 2018. A second panel will choose the winner on the evening.

The showcase is a public event and the audience will include invited guests from the circus industry: agents, festival programmers, directors, funders and producers.  It will be a unique opportunity for performers to be seen by the people who can help develop their career.

The winner will be announced on the night. In the spirit of encouragement, celebration and collaboration, all shortlisted acts will also receive support to further progress their performance skills.

As the winner of the Award you will receive:

  • a cash prize and your name included on The Richard Award Trophy 
  • an opportunity to showcase work to producers, programmers and festival bookers
  • mentoring (business, creative or personal development) from experienced professionals (names to be announced)

As a shortlisted participant you will receive

  • mentoring (business, creative or personal development) from experienced professionals (names to be announced)
  • an opportunity to showcase work to producers, programmers and festival bookers

In addition, all shortlisted showreels will be posted on this web site and used as promotional material for the Awards (also available for the Circus 250 evening at Bristol Museum in October 2018).

SHORTLISTING CRITERIA

We are looking for creative talent in any aspect of the circus arts and for a combination of acts that would make a fabulous evening’s programme at the showcase.

Example disciplines, include but are not limited to:

  • Aerial
  • Acrobatic 
  • Equilibristics
  • Manipulation
  • Clown/Theatre/movement/performance
  • The Unusualist (defies categorisation!)
  • We want to encourage new performers in the early stages of their career
  • We would expect to see technical competence, creative input and strong performances
  • All work needs to be suitable for a family audience

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants can be nominated or can nominate themselves by submitting a short video clip of a performance (max 5 minutes) It can be a solo performance or a group act.

  • Deadline for submission is midnight on 7th August 2018
  • Submit a video of your work, no more than five minutes long  
  • Please title your work The Richard Award and your name or group name

TIMELINE

  • Tuesday 3rd July  – Submission opens
  • Tuesday 7th August  – Submission closes at 23.59 BST
  • 8th August – 7th September – Submission review and Panel Deliberation 
  • 8th September – Notifications and invitations sent to shortlist.  On confirmation of attendance to the showcase, the shortlisted acts will be announced mid September. 
  • 25th October – Showreel of shortlisted artists to be shown at Circus 250 Night at the Museum in Bristol
  • 9th November – Tech run (shortlisted artists required to attend)
  • 10th November – The Richard Award Evening.  The overall winner will be decided and announced at the end of the evening.
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