NoFit State Marks 30th Anniversary With New Archive Exhibition & Community Performances Across Cardiff In December
NoFit State Circus has announced the public opening of a brand new archive exhibition at the company’s Four Elms building in Cardiff from Saturday 12 – Monday 23 December to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Over the past year, a team of enthusiastic volunteers have delved into the company archives, uncovering thousands of props, costumes, photographs, articles and even video and sound recordings from the last three decades.
The team has transformed the company’s brilliantly chaotic history into a public exhibition (named Circus Stories) and interactive e-archive, which will be launched on the same weekend as Journeys, a two-day event in the city centre featuring free workshops and installations alongside shows by NoFit State’s Cardiff community performers.
The weekend marks a new era for NoFit State as it moves out of the old Welsh National Opera building at John Street, where it housed its first trapeze rig in 1992 while training for ‘Splott Cinderella’ (a community show that later gave birth to Splott State Opera).
The circus company will move its excellent community and education programme to Cardiff Central Sports and Community Centre on Ocean Way and will restart classes from Monday 4 January.
Project manager and company co-founder Ali Williams says, “Although NoFit State is an international company these days, not many people know or remember that it all started with five unemployed people juggling during a recession in the 1980’s.”
“The archive is a great opportunity to take people on that incredible journey and we’re looking forward to recreating some of the old routines from past performances such as Barricade, Tabù, and Labyrinth.”