Zip Zap Circus In South Africa Expands With A Custom-Built Circus Academy - CircusTalk

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Zip Zap Circus In South Africa Expands With A Custom-Built Circus Academy

After a quarter-century of promoting circus and performance arts in structurally challenging environments, Zip Zap Circus is about to open their first permanent home in Salt River, on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
Over the last 25 years, co-founders, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève have raised and lead their Zip Zap Circus troupe from strength to strength. They have worked through and overcome many challenges over the years; the greatest of these has been the endless search for adequate venues to teach circus skills to eager South African youth. From under-equipped schools in Langa, to abandoned warehouses, no challenge has been too great to thwart the passion firmly lodged in the co-founders hearts – to use circus arts and performance as tools for social transformation, youth empowerment, and community enrichment. “The new, vibrantly painted academy captures circus magic in its structure, the centrally-located performance stage projects a theatrical atmosphere, and the variety of rooms and spaces create the possibility for different learning experiences” says Y Tsai of Tsai Design Studio, who tailor designed the building sp...
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