Circus owns its first home

2017-06-27 06:00

The Zip Zap circus academy now has new premises in Salt River.

The two founders of the academy, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, will officially open their permanent premises in September.

The academy will move from its current venue in Founders Garden at Artscape in the foreshore to Salt River where it is believed that a greater capacity will be accommodated, allowing growing outreach and youth programmes.

However, they say the dome in the foreshore will continue to be used for performances, to conduct workshops, and to train professional performers. It will also available for hire for corporate functions.

Van Rensburg says: “We have long dreamed of having a permanent home and our dream is finally becoming a reality. This is a great message for our young performers as we always tell them: ‘Dare to dream.’ And now they will see how our dream is coming true.”

The designer of the building, Y Tsai of Tsai designs studio, says: “The 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.”

The Zip Zap circus academy now has new premises in Salt River.

The two founders of the academy, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, will officially open their permanent premises in September.

The academy will move from its current venue in Founders Garden at Artscape in the foreshore to Salt River where it is believed that a greater capacity will be accommodated, allowing growing outreach and youth programmes.

However, they say the dome in the foreshore will continue to be used for performances, to conduct workshops, and to train professional performers. It will also available for hire for corporate functions.

Van Rensburg says: “We have long dreamed of having a permanent home and our dream is finally becoming a reality. This is a great message for our young performers as we always tell them: ‘Dare to dream.’ And now they will see how our dream is coming true.”

The designer of the building, Y Tsai of Tsai designs studio, says: “The 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.”

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