Circus acts have become much more popular than in previous years and when the Fringe comes to town, so do many leading circus acts from around the world. Circus covers everything from acrobatic troupes to magicians to out of this world balance and juggling acts. There are many acts who come back year on year but there are also newcomers to look out for and here are just a few you should consider if you want to enjoy something a little different at the Fringe this year.
China Goes Pop
See some of China’s most talented acrobats in a strange fusion of Chinese acrobatics and western music. The fun mix of recognisable tunes and huge feats of acrobatic talent make this a fun and feel-good circus experience. Enjoy China Goes Pop at the Assembly Hall from 3rd to 27th August.
All Genius All Idiot
Mixing together circus, music and dance, Svalbard Company have been touring their All Genius All Idiot show for a number of years. Unique, packed with energy and funny as well as awe-inspiring, All Genius All Idiot shows off the talents of just four performers and it can be enjoyed at Assembly Roxy from 2nd August until 27th August.
Cirkopolis is a show put together by Cirque Eloise all the way from Quebec. The show is inspired by the Fritz Lang film Metropolis and has a classic circus feel with juggling, Cyr wheel and classic acrobatics. You can enjoy Cirkopolis at Pleasance at EICC from 4th until 28th August.
The Ping-Pong Ball Effect
At The Fringe for the first time, The Ping-Pong Ball Effect is brought to Edinburgh by the St Petersburg youth circus Upsala. Their clever show mixes up the unpredictability of the ping pong ball with traditional clowning, acrobatics and bold, live music. The Ping-Pong Ball Effect is on at Pleasance Courtyard from 2nd until 28th August.
There are many other circus shows organised throughout the Edinburgh Fringe, each bringing a flavour of their own culture and style to the proceedings.