NoFit State's Epic 30th Year
NoFit State Circus celebrates the end of a ground-breaking anniversary year, filled with exciting company firsts and astounding achievements. In 2016, NoFit State performed 170 times to 70,475 people.
Thatcher-era Cardiff, 1986. Five friends join a juggling club. A decision that would change the landscape of contemporary circus over the next three decades. 30 years on; having built a unique community and identity around them through circus, NoFit State is celebrating one of its busiest and most successful years to date.
The company made two remarkable international premieres in New York and Hong Kong with its large-scale show BIANCO, before capping the year – and the 5-year production life of the show - with a grand 62-show finale at London’s Southbank Centre, ending on 22 January 2017.
In May, NoFit State revealed BLOCK, a new outdoor collaboration with dance company Motionhouse, which performed a huge 74-show tour across the UK and Europe, making its way to theatres, international festivals, castles, seaside towns, and housing estates throughout the Summer.
Staying closer to home, NoFit State’s award-winning partnership with United Welsh delivered circus workshops to vulnerable groups in care homes and to youngsters in Wales most deprived wards. The company worked with local communities in Bangor alongside Pontio’s BLAS project to create a spectacular one-off show, Mae Yna Le, directed by Firenza Guidi.
The company bid a fond farewell to two of its biggest forces. First, with the departure of cofounder Ali Williams who has taken on exciting new projects abroad; the other, with the announcement that BIANCO will be coming to an end, having reached 199,000 people, performed 464 times, and garnered critical acclaim from international press including The New York Times, The Guardian and The Times.
Finally in December, the company teamed up with creative producers Crying Out Loud to announce Spotlight UK Circus, a new International Showcasing initiative funded by Arts Council England. The project will showcase the best of contemporary circus create in the UK in three major European festivals in 2017 and 2018.
The company’s 2016 highlights can be explored in this interactive blog: http://nofitstate.org/2016-what-a-year