Psychological Art Circus (2004-06)

Devised by the Company

Psychological Art Circus began in 2004 on a 2-year eponymous process reflecting its time-based dramaturgy, the "Private Theatre" Case History of Fräulein Anna O. An evolving repertoire of acts were devised by an interdisciplinary 8-nation troupe for a diversity of site, situation and context in London, Europe, and South America.

Human Document (2009-11)

Devised by the Company

Based upon Olive Pixley's Spiritual Journey, Human Document was extensively road-tested under several working titles in London and Iberia before premièring in 2009 at the Underground Theatre Festival in Arad. The show notably went on to play the New Circus Festival in Zagreb and headline a UK tour including sold out shows at Wilton's Music Hall and Stratford Circus.

Illusions of Reference (2012)

Devised by the Company

Performed in and for the Olympian year of 'London 2012', Illusions of Reference was the culmination of Obus, a project the result of being solicited by Arts Council England to repurpose a retiring Routemaster bus. A hybrid work of spectacle and one-to-one saw the external double-decker illuminated by a psychedelic sceneography of live animation for an aerial take on the origin myth of the Oracle at Delphi, while onboard became the vehicle for a private audience with the visual riddle of our Pythoness.

Psychological Art Circus, Human Document & Illusions of Reference posters: Harald Smykla; Human Document UK tour management and Illusions of Reference production: Irini-Mirena Papadimitriou; Illusions of Reference event management: Lucy O'Regan(au), marketing: Francesca Brooks

All shows had support-in-kind by way of rehearsal space at Area 10 Project Space Peckham. Human Document had a Freedm Studio R&D residency at Roundhouse in 2008 and Arts Council England supported its 2010/11 UK tour. Illusions of Reference was project-funded by Arts Council England and received site hire support-in-kind from Southwark Council

A Brief History
The first Psychological Art Circus troupe came together while developing their own work at the former Area 10 Project Space in Peckham (London, uk). The company was incorporated in 2004 by Myles Stawman with Lina Jungergård and Christelle Lafille alongside co-founding members Harald Smykla, Andrea Meneses Guerrero, Edgar de Oliveira, Dagmara Bilon and Marta Angelozzi. Aside from the creation and international touring of original work through its 8 years of existence, the company acted as producer to core troupe members and associate artists for the showcasing of their own work. Grants were secured from Arts Council England to enable six new performance commissions under the umbrella of the company's 'Obus' research , and fund two programmes of Homo Ludens Cabaret by the Sawmill Collective . PAC also coordinated programming for The Sawmill, its rehearsal and training base at Area 10. Events organized there to try out new versions of its own shows would often also became a platform for the work of others, usually in the early stages of their performance career. Psychological Art Circus developed an educative role, giving workshops internationally to accompany its touring shows and latterly administrating for the regular provision of aerial tuition to the BA Physical Theatre course at East 15 Acting School.

Many Thanks
Emily Druiff, Adrian Fisher, Luna Rojas Montenegro, Anila Ladwa, Dani d'Emilia, Dimitri Launder, Łukasz Gargala, Yoshi Imamura, Alon Ramage, Jon Roome, Suzy Adderley, Beth Elliott, paula roush, KISSS, Kevin Leahy, Louise Venn, Scènes de Cirque, Exploding Cinema, L'Imprimerie, Circle Community, Sunčica Remenar, Autonomni Kulturni Centar Attack, Vlaamse Mime Federatie, Muro de Espuma, Guerrilla Zoo, Mad Chicks, Bermondsey Artists Group, Amanda Rodgers, Index Arts, Violaine Bailleul, Jorge Delgado, Animasur, Lucia Marques, Jorge Rocha, Cultural Centre of Lagos, Chapel Project, Collision, Victoria Frolova, Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Arad, Ivan Kralj, Mala Performerska Scena, Clifftown Theatre, Adrian Berry, Frances Mayhew, Rae Boswell, Paula Van Hagen, Tania Wilmer, Spyro Kotsaftis, Manuel Vason, Madalena Pinto, Boom Festival, Jaime Valtierra, Loz Buzzard, Virginia Fernandez de Gamboa, Antigone Mavridou, Geneva Foster Gluck, Chelsey Johannsen, Meline Danielewicz, Astra Beck, Dagmara Bilon, Christelle Lafille, Maia Sambonet, Ossian Jungergård, Krystian Godlewski, Kamil Piotr Adamus, Magdalena Tuka, Sandro Spanu, Ágnes Czérna, Janeina, Shantalle, Chiara, Leila Jones, Lucy Bramley, Old Lambeth Fire Station, John Carroll at La Gare, Marigny le Cahouët, every helpful venue technician along our way, and all the wonderful volunteers for our own events. Special thanks to Linda Dobell, Area 10, Pim Conradi

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"Their mixture of superb theatre, special effects and how-do-they-do-that acrobatics is spellbinding. " - Londonist 


"[I] could not fail to be impressed by the gradual unfolding of drama and tension, the seemingly casual insertion of incredible circus skills" - BBC Collective 


"Self-reflexive and bizarre, seemingly unconcerned with the regular aesthetic effects of aerial work" - Sideshow