Cirque come to town for local drama pupils

With Cirque Eloize in town with their fantastic show Cirkopolis, dance and drama students from two local schools had the opportunity to come to Birmingham Hippodrome and learn some circus tricks from the (ring)masters themselves!

26 girls aged between 12 and 14 from Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath and Swanshurst School in Kings Heath descended upon the main stage to work with three performers from Cirque Eloize; Jonathan Julien, Frédéric Lemieux-Cormier and Joris de Jong. They spent the morning split into three groups learning various different circus disciplines from how to juggle and throw the diablo; to creating a human pyramid!

At the end of the morning the Year 9 drama pupils from Baverstock Academy welcomed visitors from property group JLL who have developed an on-going relationship with the school thanks to their Performance Partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome.  JLL’s Phil Farrell and Vicky Beach were able to see first-hand how rewarding the workshop had been for the pupils, who were oozing with confidence when they met-up on the main stage.

This workshop provided a unique opportunity for students from both schools to have the chance to work alongside professionals from Cirque Eloize and experience their skills first-hand. Birmingham Hippodrome have worked with Swanhurst school in the past and the girls will be using inspiration and techniques gathered in the workshop to create their own work as part of our DanceQuest project.

The exciting day at the theatre continued for the Baverstock girls, with an afternoon workshop with the Hippodrome’s Creative Learning team focussing on voice projection and characterisation techniques, followed by the unique chance to watch the Show Call, which offered them a fascinating insight into the company’s preparation before curtain up. They finished the day off by watching the evening performance of Cirkopolis thanks to JLL who generously sponsored Baverstock’s show tickets.

Ian Cornock, Lead Director Midlands Region of JLL said “I’m delighted that as a result of our relationship with Birmingham Hippodrome through our Performance Partnership, that we have been able to offer an enhanced experience at the theatre for a group of pupils at Baverstock Academy. We look forward to creating other future opportunities as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility commitment.”

Birmingham Hippodrome’s Development team encourages local businesses to make enquiries about how they can support an inner-city school and offer similar enrichment activities for young people, many of whom would not normally have the opportunity to experience live theatre.  Contact Corporate Development Manager Judith Greenburgh on  0121 689 3082 or  email for further details.

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