Circus stars fly high

One of the artists from Circolombia, coming to Showzam! in Blackpool, February 2015
One of the artists from Circolombia, coming to Showzam! in Blackpool, February 2015
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South American street children will be among the stars of this year’s Showzam! festival next month.

Circolombia is one of the headline acts for the five-day festival, as the circus company makes its UK debut in the resort.

The Columbian circus company will take to the ring in Blackpool Tower Circus from Saturday, February 14 to Wednesday, February 18, with performances daily at 2.30pm.

Formed by members of Columbia’s National School of Circo Para Todos (Circus For All), the company’s members all have challenging backgrounds, growing up as vulnerable and at-risk children.

Michael Trainor, artistic director of arts body Left Coast, the organisation commissioned to programme this year’s Showzam!, said: “We are really excited about Circolombia as they bring a whole new dimension to Showzam!

“Circus is often seen as a very traditional performance but this year’s Showzam! Circus is completely different to anything we’ve had in the past and is a rare opportunity for Blackpool and North West audiences.

“These South American performers are outstanding and combine high energy urban street dance with breath-taking stunts alongside live vocals and an original soundtrack, so this really will be circus like you’ve never seen before.

“When you couple that with the fact Circolombia is filled with performers who previously led very vulnerable lives but who have now become international stars, I am delighted we are able to showcase this in Blackpool.”

Circolombia is billed as “offering a unique artistic experience with genuine Latin inspiration,” and brings a team of highly-skilled and powerful performers with an impressive skillset and the fearless grit to perform terrifying live stunts.

Inspired by Columbia’s diverse communities the show features 14 of the most talented performers from across the country and includes major stars of international circus who have been on an incredible journey to join this amazing company, telling what is described as ‘a freestyle portrait of a society where dance and music are an escape from everyday life’.

The show is performed as a narrative of life on the streets and is based on the experiences of the young cast infused with acrobatics.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “The performance of Circolombia at Showzam! is a UK premiere and a real coup for Blackpool.

“It promises to be some of the most dazzling, dynamic and exciting performances we’ve seen in Blackpool for many years so it really is not one to miss.”

* Circolombia, Blackpool Tower Circus, February 14 to 18. Tickets cost £8 adults, £4 children and £20 for family of four, from www.showzam.co.uk, VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre or (01253) 478222.