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Circus Now returns to NYU Skirball following two sold-out seasons, with three programs of boundary-pushing contemporary circus featuring the world’s most innovative and inspired companies.

friday | march 3 
 

only child aerial theatre: Asylum | USA

ASYLUM, a theatre piece performed largely in the air, examines the forgotten lives of 6 patients and employees in a state mental institution that was shuttered in the 1970s. The story is told using aerial acrobatics, live music, projection, and shadow work and features a song composed for this production by Grammy nominee Sophie B. Hawkins.

  

boom circus | italy/us

BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the public, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. Family friendly, indoor/outdoor.

 

saturday | march 4
 

 

racehorse company: Disco 3000 | finland

Their physical and raw contemporary circus performances are based on aesthetics of chaos, humour and surprise. A Jeunes Talentes Cirque Europe laureate 2010 and Best Performance winner 2013 at the International Theatre and Street Arts Festival in Valladolid Spain, Race Horse Company approaches circus without questioning, leaving philosophy to the spectators. Their upcoming work 'Disco 3000' looks at the superstar culture of modern performance art and laughs at the phenomenon through acrobatic clownery. The irreverent and dark-hued performance is infused with black humor and thrills the audience with razor sharp circus skills.

 

Almanac: Leaps of faith | USA

Philadelphia’s genre-defying Almanac Dance Circus Theatre presents Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes an absurd and intimate tapestry of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, and the kinds of people that devote their lives to becoming acrobats. Four hobbyists find each other alone in a world of weirdos, and push themselves to be “exceptional in every moment.” As they purify themselves and adopt an all-white uniform, their trusty sofa becomes a portal for exploration and they set out on the high-seas to leave the world of fast-food and normal people behind. But all is not as they imagined it would be, and the audience is left contemplating what we do when we find ourselves lost at sea.

 

 

Sunday | march 5 
 

nacho flores: tesseract | france

After 10 years of work on the tight wire, Nacho Flores turns fully towards balancing on wooden cubes, a new technique devised by Nacho after three years of intensive research. A circus technique hitherto unknown, that makes us enjoy its visual quality, while maintaining the audience in maximum tension with the impossible balancing. The show takes us into a world where both the objects and the actor have to constantly fight with gravity. A real attack on Newton. If Newton had seen the show it would have taken him 10 more years to arrive at his theory (unless a cube would have fallen on his head). Tesseract gives a sense to the purest meaning of circus arts: to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Presented in association with the Tilt Kids Festival, a production of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

 

racehorse company: disco 3000 | finland

Their physical and raw contemporary circus performances are based on aesthetics of chaos, humour and surprise. A Jeunes Talentes Cirque Europe laureate 2010 and Best Performance winner 2013 at the International Theatre and Street Arts Festival in Valladolid Spain, Race Horse Company approaches circus without questioning, leaving philosophy to the spectators. Their upcoming work 'Disco 3000' looks at the superstar culture of modern performance art and laughs at the phenomenon through acrobatic clownery. The irreverent and dark-hued performance is infused with black humor and thrills the audience with razor sharp circus skills.

 

Evening performances may contain adult themes. The performance on March 5th at 2 p.m. is a family-friendly performance. 

 

Beyond the Stage

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FRIDAY | March 3 | 6:30 PM

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Pre-Show Panel Discussion

Join us for Global Models of Circus Training and Funding: a discussion of the various circus training methods and funding models from two countries, Finland and France. Both countries have a long history of artistic innovation and support of circus. The panel will share aspects of the infrastructure and government/cultural assistance that has helped circus thrive. These models may offer learning opportunities for the audience as circus continues to evolve and gain momentum among youth in the United States.

Panelists: Hélène Métailié - La Grainerie and Lotta Nevalainen - CircusInfo Finland in conversation with Moderator: Adam Woolley, Circus Now Managing Director.

This event will take place in the lower lobby.

SUNDAY | March 5 | 1 PM

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Pre-Show Lobby Activity

Join us before the show in the lobby to learn new circus tricks with Brooklyn Beanstalk! Try your hand at juggling scarves or balancing feathers and you'll even have a chance to learn some new circus words in all of the different languages represented at the Circus Now Festival.

 

CIRCUS NOW IS made possible in part with support from Con Edison for family educational and enrichment programming, from the ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE AND THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF FINLAND IN NEW YORK.

   

THANK YOU TO NYU SKIRBALL'S 2017 CIRCUS PARTNERS

     

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