Save the date for Zip Zap Circus School’s latest show, Emaceleni Sideways. For two days only, on Friday, 11 March 2016 and Saturday, 12 March 2016, Zip Zap’s instructors who are part of the Dare to Dream programme, will showcase their incredible talent. The show is presented by Zip Zap, a Non-Profit Organisation, in partnership with the National Arts Council. [Photos by Joan Ward. High resolution images available on request]

“This is a not to be missed experience where the audience will have an insider’s view into what goes on at Zip Zap,” says Brent van Rensburg, co-founder of Zip Zap Circus School. “The inspiration for Emaceleni Sideways is the daily life of the performers, Zip Zap instructors who are part of the Dare to Dream programme which provides full time professional insertion and vocational training.”

Emaceleni Sideways is a behind-the-scenes look into circus life. “The lights, for example will be operated on stage, instead of backstage as usual. The backstage will be visible to the audience. The show has been conceptualised by Iesu Escalante, Zip Zap vocational training programme Dare to Dream co-ordinator and the instructors so it’s a combination of their collective artistic expression with their choice of lighting, music and costume,” adds van Rensburg.

Some of the acts in Emaceleni Sideways include hand-to-hand acrobatics, Chinese pole, cyr wheel, diabolo, rope, acrobatics and dance.

Show times

Friday 11 March 2016 – 19.00

Saturday 12 March 2016 – 15.00 and 19.00


Zip Zap Dome, Founders Garden, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town

All tickets cost R100 and can be purchased online here or at the door.

To make tax deductible donations to Zip Zap visit the website or contact 021 421 8622. You can also donate online: Find Zip Zap on Facebook

About Zip Zap Circus School

Zip Zap Circus is a not for profit social school that was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps children to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisation, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognised across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.