Since 2012, Circomundo, the Association of Dutch youth circuses and the Culture Fund of BNG Bank together present the BNG Bank Circus Award. For the past couple of years this award has been given to the most outstanding graduation act of either the circus training programme Codarts Circus Arts Rotterdam or Fontys Academy for Circus and Performance Art Tilburg.
The jury have seen and judged all of the graduation acts of both study programmes and have decided to nominate four of them. These nominees distinguish themselves by an original and innovative approach to the discipline and excellent technical command. They were given the opportunity to further develop their act over the summer months.
The four nominees were, in no particular order:
Cal Courtney, juggling (ACaPA Tilburg)
Julian Vogel, diabolo (ACaPA Tilburg)
Knot on Hands (Britt Timmermans, Tijs Bastiaens, Mario Kunzi), acrobatics (Codarts Circus Arts)
Erin Skye, aerial straps (Codarts Circus Arts)
On Sunday 20 October, the nominees performed their acts during the Festival Circolo event at Theater de Nieuwe Vorst in Tilburg. Following these performances, the final winner was chosen and presented with a cheque for €5000.
Brace for Impact, according to the jury report, is ‘a technically very strong act with surprising acrobatic ideas and has the potential of being developed into a full-scale show’. The jury was quite impressed by the development of the group since their graduation in June and thinks it is quite an achievement ‘that the three acrobats come across as being of equal merit despite having quite different personalities’.
The jury consisted of:
Rosa Boon (director of TENT circus theatre productions)
Petra Eikelenboom (dramaturge)
Lennie Visser (theatrical director at Boost Producties)
Marc Eysink Smeets (director of Festival Circolo board member at Circomundo)