Kaveh Rahnama (Artistic Director)

Kaveh has been performing and devising circus theatre work for the last 15 years. He has been an associate artist of Jacksons Lane since 2009 and is also an associate artist at Stratford Circus.

In 2007, Kaveh graduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts and co-founded So & So Circus. With So & So, he created two hugely successful devised touring shows, The Hot Dots (2009/10/11) and Backgammon for beginners (2012/13).

His devising and touring work also includes Little Red (performer/deviser), Life on wheels (associate director, 2015), Lab Rat (Director, 2015), The Party (performer/deviser 2014/15), Rapunzel (UK tour 2014/15), The Fairy Queen (UK and European tour 2010) and Box of Frogs (UK tour 2011/12). 

He has worked with Mimbre on acrobatic choreography and teaching their youth groups, Ockhams Razor on the initial stages of their current touring show Tipping Point, with Molly Orange as acrobatic choreographer for Little Wonder as well as many other engagements as acrobatic coach and outside eye.

His main interests are working with circus and visual arts to create narrative-based theatre and he is a regular teacher at the National Centre for Circus Arts (formerly Circus Space) and at Jacksons Lane's in-house circus workshops and as part of their outreach programme (JL Circus).

His work has been described as having, ‘an ambitious, unique, physical language’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian), as, ‘a step forward for UK circus’ (Sideshow Magazine), ’Outstanding’ (The Observer), and ‘poignant and moving’ (The Stage). The Hot Dots was described as, ‘One of the best productions I have seen’ (The Spectacle) and his most recent work, Lab Rat, was described as, ‘a darkly humorous, well crafted piece ...the strongest show of the [FIRSTS] festival’ (Animations online).