On November 25 and 26, Constella premiered a new version of Sideshows in three packed, exhilarating, extraordinarily successful performances at Sadler's Wells' Lilian Baylis Studio.
In February 2018, Constella will partner up with Hadlow College to deliver a masterclass based around Sideshows, involving 80 students from various disciplines. Over the course of a week, students will create their own productions inspired by Sideshows, mentored by Constella artists.
Sideshows takes the format of an unhinged circus show, with the Ringmaster (conductor) presenting acts which quickly spiral out of control to hilarious effect. The music, which is provided by an ensemble of clowns, explores the boundaries between jazz and contemporary classical music employing extended jazz harmony, limping grooves and wild improvisation. Some acts are sung whilst others are danced, warping the fundamentals of classical ballet technique to bring the freakish characters to life.