Welsh circus company NoFit State Circus

Drum up a Circus – Film Premiere | Video of the Week

Introducing Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best new art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. This week we’re looking at Drum up a Circus from NoFit State, Circus Zambia and Ingoma Nshya.

Today’s video of the week comes from leading Welsh circus company NoFit State Circus who are releasing a collaborative film with Zambian company Circus Zambia and female-led Rwandan drumming group Ingoma Nshya. The short film – premiering on on Friday 20th August at 1pm BST / 2pm CAT – offers an exploration of daily life, the challenges thrown up by the pandemic and reflection on the gendered aspects of daily living. 

Gift Chansa, Artistic Director of Circus Zambia – a youthful social circus company working with young people from vulnerable backgrounds in and around the township of Lusaka – said: “It’s been an amazing journey. A shared experience throughout the creative process of this film, while facing the global pandemic. A great opportunity for all three organizations to reflect, laugh, show and learn from the exploration. A beautiful way to share our own narratives while challenging the status quo on gender roles.”

While Alison Woods, Executive Director of NoFit State Circus, commented: “I am so proud that we were able to continue this collaboration and deliver an amazing project, even if not in the form that any of us had originally imagined. Hopefully one day we will be able to come together to create the live show that we originally intended. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this short film.”

Odile Gakire Katese, leader of Ingoma Nshya – the first-ever female Rwandan drumming group – added: “Juggling with the drum sticks is as magical as I dreamt it! From now on, our drum sticks will keep flying…”

You can watch the live premiere of Drum Up a Circus at 1pm BST.

Click for more information on NoFit State, Circus Zambia and Ingoma Nshya.