Cirque Bijou is one of the UK’s most experienced creators of outdoor spectacle, circus and street theatre for the commercial and public sectors. The Company, set up in 1999, is led by its founding artistic directors, Billy Alwen and Julian Bracey. The artistic directors are backed up by a core team of admin and production staff and supported by regular freelance production managers, choreographers, designers, aerial riggers, stage managers and technicians. This flexible structure allows the company to deal with a number of large projects at any one time, and to work quickly to tight deadlines, on budget and for a wide range of clients, public and commercial.
It is unique in the UK of being able to switch effortlessly between delivery of artistic creations for international rock concerts, national and international events for commercial producers, and theatre shows, arts festivals and community projects – a breadth of experience that gives the company its unique edge.
In recent years the artistic directors and their teams have created experiential marketing touring and site specific shows for clients like BP, Samsung, Jack Morton Worldwide, Renault and Saab, combining multidisciplinary arts forms and working to tight deadlines and complicated briefs.
The Company also creates work that brings together large communities to celebrate local culture and history like the Brunel 200 project in Swindon. Community based projects also include work with carnival artists to create new Notting Hill style carnival processions, and with large numbers of young people through Arts Council England funded projects like Step UP and Project3Sixty.