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CIRQUE ÉLOIZE EXPLORES THE ART OF CREATIVITY IN THEIR UPCOMING SHOW CIRKOPOLIS     

CIRQUE ÉLOIZE EXPLORES THE ART OF CREATIVITY IN THEIR UPCOMING SHOW CIRKOPOLIS Twelve acrobats and performers live in the imposing factory-city Cirkopolis, where giant gears and dark portals symbolise a mechanism that crushes individuality. As they rebel against the monotony they challenge the limits of their world with bursts of colour and creativity. Acrobatics, inventive stage design, an original musical score and video projections help to tell their story. With a show that explores the art of creativity, Wales Millennium Centre looks at the impact it has had over the last ten years and the benefits of being creative.


Since the Centre opened in 2004, over 200,000 people have taken part in either an education or community event i.e. workshops, talks or performances. One of the Centre’s sponsors, Admiral has found that creativity and participating in the arts inspires their staff.

As part of their sponsorship, Admiral works with the Centre to find creative ways of engaging with staff members to motivate them in their workplace. They are given the opportunity to see shows at the Centre as well as extra’s such as backstage tours and workshops. For Cirkopolis, Admiral staff members will get the chance to see the show as well as a rehearsal and a Q&A with Cirque Éloize’s tour director.

Last summer the Centre offered Admiral staff members a singing workshop with the chorus of Cape Town Opera who were visiting with a production of Showboat. The workshop took place on a boat on the River Taff: Video: Showboat Workshop . A participant of the workshop said: “[It was] breathtakingly outstanding and a once in a lifetime experience.” Another said “I really enjoyed the workshop, it gave me an insight into a new culture and broadened my outlook. I felt I was an ambassador for Admiral and felt proud I worked for them.”

Another benefit of the sponsorship is offering Admiral Staff the opportunity to perform at the Centre. A number of staff members staff members have had the chance to perform individually or with their act at the Centre, as well as the Admiral Inspire Choir. The choir is made up of staff from the Admiral offices in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea who regularly perform on the Glanfa Stage at the Centre.

By being part of the choir:
• 100% said they enjoy the sessions.
• 100% said they feel energised and more positive after the session
• 85% advised they feel they transfer this energy and positivity into their work after the session

A member of the choir said: "Since being in the choir my overall performance has improved greatly and I am achieving better scores each month.". Another said "I’m already getting compliments from my Managers on how well I’m performing. Learning the new songs & singing the old ones fills me with a sense of warmth, and it has allowed me become a lot more focused on retaining new information from training sessions in work."

The choir demonstrates how participating in the arts can help staff members build confidence, motivation and performance. Best of all, members regularly attend rehearsals, even on their days off.

Wales Millennium Centre asks: What do you do to be creative? It could be seeing a show, singing, dancing, painting or taking pictures. Share your stories via @theCentre #Cirkopolis.
Cirque Éloize: Cirkopolis is at Wales Millennium Centre from 8 – 11 April 2015. Tickets £18 - £26.50. Age Guidance: 8+. For more information visit www.wmc.org.uk or contact the ticket office on 02920 636464.
 
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