A touring outdoor show for the Mela sector in partnership with Nutkhut
Check out our photo albums from our busiest summer yet!
A show created with Richer View Media for IM Group, which took place in the O2 Arena in May 2016.
We are looking for an ambitious, resourceful and strategic arts professional to join us to help deliver the project.
We have been awarded major funding for our integrated circus company Extraordinary Bodies in partnership with Diverse City.
Read our programme of all the exciting circus, activities & games for the whole family!
Looking for volunteers to help run Children's arts activities at Bristol Harbour Festival 2016
Looking for an exceptional individual to join our team as Company & Projects Manager
Looking for volunteers to help out with our Circus & Street Theatre Stage & Children's Area
Got the skills to be an assistant stage manager?
17th & 18th September 2016, Castle Park, Bristol
Our Umbrellas flew off to Egypt to be part of the Spring Festival
Looking for a spectacular show for your corporate event?
An explosive new urban circus show from Cirque Bijou
Cirque Bijou went to Qatar to help create a beautiful opening ceremony!
Looking for shows and acts for Cirque Bijou's stage at Bristol Harbour Festival 2016
Co-artistic director Claire Hodgson receives MBE in New Year's honours list.
Want to know more about Kitchen Circus Project?
We created a show for Minecon 2015, the annual Minecraft Convention!
A fun and unique festive show from Cirque Bijou
Take your event to daring and dazzling heights!
Join our team! We are offering a paid Arts Administrator Internship
Did you find us at Caravanserai? Or spot us in the Carnival parades?
Our video mapping receives recognition
The ultimate daredevil stunt...
BBC publicity causing debate at Extraordinary Bodies HQ...
Pop-up performances and interactive umbrella installations at Shambala 2015
Circus & Street Theatre Stage and Children's Area at Bristol Harbour Festival 2015
A stunning new show from Cirque Bijou as seen on The John Bishop Show
A weekend of circus, street theatre and family fun in the city
We are the intro performance on this primetime TV show.
Watch the first instalment of our documentary about Extraordinary Bodies
We are looking for volunteers to help out with Bristol Harbour Festival on Sat 18th & Sun 19th July
Cirque Bijou launch new Bristol business park
Watch a new video commissioned by Southwark Council
Cirque Bijou present 40th Anniversary of the republic of Malta
Cirque Bijou are looking to recruit an Arts and Finance Administrator
Kitchen Circus Project is seeking to commission 3 participatory artists
Watch a teaser film for the Weighting 2015/2016 Tour by Extraordinary Bodies
Watch a film of Cirque Bijou spectacle 'Bridging The Gap' for the opening ceremony of Bristol Green Capital 2015
Auditions for exceptional disabled and diverse musicians
Auditions for exceptional disabled performers Sunday 8th and Monday 9th February 2015
Cirque Bijou present high wire spectacle and opening ceremony for Bristol European Green Capital 2015
Malta celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the republic with Cirque Bijou
We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Participation Producer to lead on all aspects of the community choir participation programme and support other aspects of Weighting engagement activity.
Extraordinary Bodies secures ACE funding to develop 'Weighting' ahead of UK tour
Watch our new film of our touring street show Source
Extraordinary Bodies wins £100,000 for exciting new projects
Our funding bid was a success!
Our new street show comes to the end of it's 2014 tour
Telling the Source story
Celebrate with Cirque Bijou
Watch a video of Cirqe Bijou at this summer's international Girl Guiding event, Arden 2014
Watch the short documentary here...
A brand new show by Cirque Bijou
Flips, tricks and good vibrations at the Bristol Slack Jam
It's Project 3Sixty once again, and this time we are bringing our urban circus show to Bradford!
Maverick Slacklines present Slack Jam and free slackline workshops in Castle Park 19&20 July
Make some Pom-pom planets to contribute to our Galaxy at Bristol Harbour Festival
ACE are supporting us to produce the Childrens Area and the Circus Stage
We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our core team as Development Manager
New website signposts opportunities in performing arts for young people who are disabled
We've been working on our water curtain - here's a video from recent work at Alton Towers
Help us to make sure the show goes on!
Billy's reflections on 3 days at La Breche, Cherbourg during Extraordinary Bodies conference
A short documentary details the pilot of Kitchen Circus Project, in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre
We launched SS Great Britain's new venture Go Aloft last week with some serious stunts...
We're inviting 8 Brownies into a show with Wookey Hole Circus School as part of the Big Brownie Birthday celebrations this July
Seeking comperes, stage and street performances, as well as work that's specifically made for children.
The pilot of our new low tech performance project in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre - 27 February
Bijou shows - a small and beautiful aerial performance
We provided projections for a publicity stunt for Bristol Hippodrome last weekend
Opportunity for 6 circus / street artists for new London-based touring show in summer 2014
Seeking circus and digital artists to create new intimate performance on the streets of Bristol
A beautiful flock of birds to accompany pop starlet Katy Perry
A spectacular new show in development
Two young aerialists chase their performance dream, ending up on our stage at Bristol Harbour Festival...
Extraordinary Bodies' first show premiered in Exeter on 22 September - watch it here.
Our Vintage Rockabilly Cabaret has been showcased in Event Magazine
1st Show: 22 September - Unexpected Exeter
Animating a beautiful new festival area with quirky circus, and joining in the parade
Kate's special fx training continued last weekend...
Billy has spent the last week working with The Remix
A colourful new worldwide TV commercial, Cirque Bijou-style.
Company Manager Kate remakes our popular show Fuse for Circus in the City event
Big audiences, big props and big ideas - Cirque Bijou in 3 different countries this weekend
A birthday party that's out of this world
One year on and some interesting reports emerge...
A week and a half to go - a Friday afternoon run-through
Billy is directing the Circus Space 3rd year ensemble show, see it at Jackson's Lane, 3-6 July
Send us your photos of Charles, the Lightbulb, the Gas Pump and the Banker for a chance to win
Charles the robot, a flying lightbulb and a water-spurting petrol pump on tour with MUSE this summer
The tour starts next week, and all will be revealed...
Bold, joyous, radical. A professional integrated circus company from Cirque Bijou and Diverse City
A new film details the momentum built by Battle for the Winds, celebrating the Olympic Sailing in Weymouth in summer 2012
Papillon, an atmospheric combination of opera and aerial - our new collaboration with Young Guns
Mercedes Benz enjoyed stunning cirque performances at their celebration at Lindley Hall - new pictures
Evaluation informs the future of our developing project.
Cirque Bijou like to mix things up. From stunning artistic creations for rock concerts to seamlessly produced large scale shows in community recreation grounds, we seek out the new, unusual and surprising, drawing on the thousands of relationships we have built across the live entertainment, theatre and production industries since 1999. To this breadth of experience and formidable network we add passion, creativity and sky-high production values.
Howie is our in-house video wizard, creating live-mixed backdrops, beautiful digital accompaniments to our live shows and his speciality 3D video mapping which he projects straight onto our sets. He's good with websites, tech talk and stuff like that, and throws a mean yoyo too.
Flo brings design skills and a creative eye to assist her with sharing our news far and wide. When not in marketing land she is getting stuck in to projects and whizzing off to gigs adding a smile and meticulous production management.
Geraldine is a listener, a watcher and a constructive critic. She has been working with Cirque Bijou since 2006 and is responsible for steering the company in the right direction and making sure that the Cirque Bijou message is communicated far and wide.
A former political consultant, press officer and PR director, Billy ran away to the circus to perform flying trapeze, co-founding Cirque Bijou in 1999. Billy has developed CPD programmes for young artists, created shows in big tops, on beaches and off buildings and launched some of the largest retail developments in the UK.
An honorary member of the Cirque Bijou team, Tom is always on hand to get stuck in and be generally fantastic. Whether it's managing teams of artists and crew, helping rig highwires, driving vans, running around with LED Umbrellas, or dressing up as a frog, Tom is there cracking on with a smile like the good egg he is.
Thea is our shining new Arts & Finance Intern. Supporting the Company Manager with scrupulous pre-production logistics and keeping a close eye on numbers, Thea has taken to the role like a duck to water, keeping the office ticking over beautifully. When not in Bijou land she is singing, dancing and teaching piano!
As our Company Manager, Kate is responsible for co-ordinating everything that goes on behind the scenes - Kate is a one woman database of everything Cirque Bijou, and a whizz at planning, organising and problem solving in our changeable and sometimes chaotic world!
Julian obtained a degree in three dimensional design before travelling the world with a successful one man street show. Somewhere along the way he developed an unhealthy fascination of fire, pyrotechnics and circus. Julian is now co-director of Cirque Bijou.
It really was everything we hoped it might be and more. Vision and then the practical delivery of that vision to the highest of standards and integrity is always at the heart of your work!
—Jeremy James, Creative Producer, Gravity Fields
A great show – very impressive and entertaining – it really was the centrepiece of the celebrations.
—Rosemary Richards, Festival Director, Gravity Fields
A uniquely choreographed, musically and artistically directed participatory celebration - combining wit, warmth and a welcome that was oh so winning!
—Tish Francis - Co-Director, The Story Museum
Cirque Bijou consistently deliver above and beyond our expectations, on time and bang on budget.
—Shaun Barnett, Quantum Special Effects, partner for Katy Perry on the X Factor
An evening of superb heart-in-mouth acrobatics: a real narrative, some strong characters, and plenty of both beauty and humour. This show deserves a bigger, national audience.
—Steve Wright, Venue
You were all brilliant - pulled one of our biggest crowds this summer.
—Caterina Loriggio, National Theatre
Had a young crowd gasping and roaring for more! What a great way to engage them and make sure they stayed engaged for the future. Lovely stuff!
—Richard Crowe, London 2012 Creative Programmer, South West
Project 360 has really set the standard for future arts & cultural activities we will be offering to children & young people within Telford, it has truly inspired not only the young people but also parents, families and teachers. A great success!
—Judy McFall, Cultural Development Officer, Telford and Wrekin Council
It's the best thing I've seen in a theatre ever.
—Rory, 11, audience, Project 3Sixty
You fulfilled and surpassed both briefs and were, as always, creative, professional, and flexible. Great job.
—Richard Joy, Managing Director, Full Circle
Spectacular show celebrates opening of shopping centre - 'A great day in city's history'.
—Front page headline of Leicester Mercury
Thanks so much for such rockin’ shows. Great energy and fantastic response. Respect.
—Angus MacKechnie, Producer, Watch This Space Festival at the National Theatre
Wonderful to have you in the square – the atmosphere was just stunning and so fitting for the closing Olympic weekend.
—James Pidgeon, Assistant, Watch This Space Festival at the National Theatre
“It was astounding and not because it was a disabled company, but just because it was world class theatre done exceptionally with absolute heart and joy.”
—Audience Member, Fleetwood, July 2015
Extraordinary Bodies will be a game-changer for circus in this country and we are delighted to support it. It’s a direct legacy of the amazing culture and ceremonies created for London 2012. We’re very pleased that a long term programme that will make exciting work of scale and develop talent of disabled and non-disabled circus artists at a national level is launched while we’re enjoying Rio 2016. It’s a timely reminder of how the drive for success in sport is an inspiration for culture too. It puts the creative case for diversity front and centre of great art – exactly where it should be.
—Alison Clark, Ambition for Excellence, Arts Council England
I think it is very much a new way of presenting a (circus) project and it is very interesting that it is developed with the actual community as a focus.
—Nick Green, Arts Council South West
It worked well, the strength of it lay in involving the audience in a participatory way. And the back stories which were developed with the residents were well conceived.
—Audience member, pilot project
Cirque Bijou created and coordinated one of the most stunning opening night events that I have had the pleasure to work on. Billy and Julian are true professionals and innovative artists who deliver extraordinary events.
—Peter Conway - Creative Producer, 2009 Colston Hall Opening Celebration
Billy and Julian...You were open minded and prepared to change - a rare thing. You made DiverseCity in all our quirkiness part of your gang. I hope you like my assessment of you as brilliant, open minded and decent.
—Claire Hodgson, Chief Executive, DiverseCity (Breathe)
An unbelievable scene. So beautiful - what an ending to a great show.
—Nigel Hinds, London 2012 Festival
I really must congratulate you on your props, it's rare that props turn up that work and everyone loves...
—Chris Vaughn, TPO, Production Manager - Muse tour 2013
A truly entertaining, awe-inspiring spectacle! Cirque Bijou brought ArtsDepot alive and it is something audiences will remember for a long time.
—Kerry Andrews, Head of programming, ArtsDepot
Tens of thousands of people watched an amazing array of world class acts on the Cirque Bijou stage, providing one of the highlights of the 2011 Harbour Festival.
—Phillippa Haynes, Head of Arts and Culture, Bristol City Council
Life in Bristol-based circus kings Cirque Bijou is colourful, challenging, spectacular and often faintly surreal - but rarely is it dull.
—Steve Wright, Venue Magazine, 10th anniversary feature
We're proud to have you in the city.
—Key Arts Providers for Bristol City Council
It was a wonderful idea - it makes you think, if people can do that, then nothing is impossible.
The launch kick started our campaign and raised the profile of Bristol as a Green Capital across the world. Cirque Bijou's team was great - creative, dedicated and highly professional throughout the life of the project.
—Zoe Sear, Marketing and Communications Director, Bristol 2015
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0117 902 9730 or email
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Please give us a call on
0117 902 9730 or email
We'd love to hear from you.