Thursday, 28 November 2013

Behind the scenes - Production of our new Christmas Circus Shows

The Incandescence team has been a hive of activity this month, producing three new Circus Shows  which will be touring to the Midlands over the Christmas period.

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the work involved in creating and producing innovative and exciting new circus productions.

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The process starts with receiving a Brief from the client of the circus shows they wish to commission for this year’s Christmas period.

The team works closely with the client on their vision, budget, and the venue’s technical specifications for each proposed show. The Incandescence production team then starts to create new and exciting concepts for each show.

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The team looks at each show and what artist skill base is needed, then the most suitable performers are cast into each show by the Artistic director.

Music is then produced for each show working  alongside  the artistic director, wardrobe and prop department, who create fabulous characters and costumes that the performers will weave their magic into.

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All of these production elements are run alongside each other, to create a seamless process that brings each show to life - giving it continuity and a lot of creative thought and time.

The process requires a crossover of all production areas giving massive attention to detail and thought into all areas of the new show.

Incandescence Circus Training

The artists then arrive for rehearsals at the Incandescence training space. This is where the magic happens and you start seeing all areas of the production being brought together as the team works on every detail to create amazing new circus productions.

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The music and choreography is created, characters are brought to life, make up is designed for each element of the show, costumes are fitted, music is re-edited, rigging is finalised, show technical’s are set and – finally - the vans are backed.

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It’s a tiring but enjoyable process and the team are now ready to start the journey to the Midlands where we will be rigging, teching, and finally performing our three new productions.

A big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard in this production process, and I will see you in the Midlands for the opening of our fantastic shows! For a sneak peak of the behind the scenes in fantastic images please visit our Facebook page. Thanks Satya

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Halloween Masked Ball - Carnival of the Damned Circus Tent

What a crazy Halloween weekend our leading circus show team spent recently on the Camel Farm in the deepest, darkest depths of Cornwall, as part of the UK’s biggest Halloween Masked Ball. Halloween Masked Ball

We presented one of the 12 amazing themed areas at this year’s Ball. The aptly named ‘Carnival of the Damned’ a dark circus tent, with interactive site specific performance.

Carnival of the Dmned Circus Tent

The event can only be described as a mini ‘Glastonbury’ festival, with all the mud and general craziness that goes with it, trying to host an outdoor event in the UK with its unpredictable weather.

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Hats off to the Masked Ball team for managing to pull off a large outdoor event despite one of the worst storms in 25 years raging around the festival site, too. Amazing work!

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Despite factors beyond the teams control (primarily the weather) they were seriously challenged to keep the event going. However, they did this with integrity and a smile on their faces - as the planet hurled all Hell at them! Well done, Kelvin and team.

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With the classic British stiff upper lip and being soaking wet, the Masked Ball team battled on to deliver an epic Halloween event, which we were proud to be part of.

Our circus tent, the Carnival of the Damned, was packed all night, with people enjoying the fantastical twisted circus world we had created.

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The guests were immersed within an interactive performance environment. The fabulous Hong Kong Ping Pong and Mongolian Disco Show provided fantastic tunes throughout the night, which was accompanied by our live musicians and circus performances.

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Despite the appalling weather conditions the intrepid party-goers that made it to the Ball seemed to have a fantastic time, and didn’t let the stormy weather around them dampen their spirits.

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The next day proved to be one of the most difficult circus show take-downs and load-outs ever experienced, with our vehicles being swapped in the mud.

However, there was a surprise guest appearance during the night from the camels that inhabit Camel Farm that put a big smile on our faces!.

Camels Coming out to Play

A massive well done to the Masked Ball team for all their superhuman efforts, and a big thank you to everyone who made our circus show tent a massive success.

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If you’d like to check out the Carnival of the Damned tent in black and white images, please visit our Facebook Page.

Also check out the amazing Kevern Photography  who documented the event and has supplied us with fabulous imagery.

To see other Incandescence dark circus shows, please visit our website.

Thanks Satya x

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Carnival of the Damned– The build of a Dark Circus Show

Incandescence is excited to be presenting a site specific performance tent ‘Carnival of the Damned’ at this year’s Halloween Masked Ball. Enter if you dare into our freakish world of the cursed and twisted, the travelling Dark Circus  a Carnival of the Dead.


Step into our fantastical world and journey into our lavishly decorated tent that has a Tim Burton twist. Hosted by our dark carnie characters, expect the unexpected with Zombie stilt-dancing girls, bearded ladies, twisted dark clowns and fabulous circus freak shows.

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Roll up, Roll up, and dance the night away with the Carnival of the Damned!


In the darkest depths of Cornwall a mass of activity is happening, as a team of creative people start to build one of the largest Halloween events in the UK. The Camel Farm on the Lizard will host this ghoulish mini-festival.


The event comprises of 12 themed venues amongst which the Morgue, the Ghost ship, Death’s Disco and a giant UFO that has just landed on the farm next to a kooky fairground.


These venues will host some of the top music acts in the UK such as Leftfield, Orbital and Sister Bliss.

Here’s a sneak peak at what we’ve been busy designing and building - guests will enter our tent through a giant clown’s head that leads through a twisted woodland entrance popping up into the main tent.


Here they’ll be transported into a fantastical dark world of the travelling carnival. With amazing bespoke themed 3D d├ęcor, animated by 20 circus performers, immersing the guests into the Carnival of the Damned.


To see the behind the scenes build in images, please visit our Facebook page. A massive thanks to everyone involved in the build especially to Julia Kerrison for all of her amazing painting skills and as always Shaun Smyth for his fantastic carpentry.

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We look forward to seeing you all at the Halloween Masked ball and hope you enjoy the ‘Carnival of the damned’.

For more information on our site specific or bespoke performances, please visit our website.

Thank you Satya x