Circus performers work to entertain a live audience. They work for traditional touring circuses, at festivals and outdoor events. Increasingly circus performers are involved in staged musical performances in theatres and other arts venues.
There is also increasing demand from corporate and commercial entertainment theme parks. Cruise ships and resident shows in hotels and cabaret venues may also require circus performers.
Performers may be specialists in one single area. Meanwhile, other circus performers combine skills to create their act, working as solo artists or as part of an ensemble. Circus acts include:
- Aerial performers on trapezes and high wires, Corde Lisse, Tissu, circeaux swinging and static, bungee and general swing out and harness work
- Acrobats and tumblers in ensemble groups, double acro balance acts and solo contortion.
- Break dancing, free running, skateboarding and BMX
- Dancers and actors
- Jugglers and object manipulation
- Stilt walkers
- Clowns and mime artists.