Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

3 nights. 6 countries. 9 companies. Over 50 artists. All pushing the boundaries of circus as an art.

Think you know circus? Think again.

This January, for three unprecedented nights, New York audiences are invited to reimagine their perceptions of a timeless art, as nine of the world's most innovative and inspired companies take the stage for Circus Now: International Contemporary Circus Exposure 2015 at Drama Desk Award winner NYU Skirball Center.

Intelligent, innovative, and daring -- nine world-class companies from six countries will present excerpts of their boundary-pushing work. 

Join us in this celebration of contemporary circus --don’t miss the opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind event.

Honeybuns, a highly physical, interactive artist who is billed as “the world’s greatest mime”, will emcee all three days of the Festival.

Want to experience the full range of contemporary circus and save?
Purchase a festival pass which includes entry for all three nights (January 8-10) for only $99!


Thursday January 8

Compagnie NuUa | FINLAND

Winners of the prestigious Circus Next award in Europe, Compagnie Nuua create a juggling form where the body works together with the objects as a tool for manipulation and expression, developing an original and poetic common language. U.S. PREMIERE


Parallel Exit | USA

A physical theatre company in New York City, the goal of Parallel Exit is to create performance and educational programs that honor and forward the history of the variety arts and embrace a twenty-first century sensibility.


Ockham's Razor | UK

Equal parts action and emotion, Ockham’s Razor, stars of the European scene, create original pieces of "aerial theater," with stories based on the vulnerability, trust, and reliance forged between people in flight. U.S. PREMIERE


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Friday January 9

Girls on Trapeze | USA

Comprised of eight female trapezists, Girls on Trapeze creates original, compelling aerial work, including HerSelf Rising, an examination of the roles that women play in life and the grace that it takes to find one’s true self.


Krin Haglund | CANADA + USA

A multidisciplinary circus artist, Haglund was an original cast member of Cirque Eloize, and has also performed with Cirque du Soleil, Riksteatret National Theater of Norway.




A stark, brute take on acrobatic relationships, Knee Deep, the company’s first show, was an international sensation, playing in more than thirty countries.   



Saturday January 10

Ilona Jäntti | FINLAND

An aerial rope artist who blends video and intense live physicality, she has collaborated with Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Opera House, The Place, and Darwin Centre at National History Museum in the UK.



The Ricochet Project | USA

Weaving delicate metaphor with jaw dropping spectacle, Ricochet's unique brand of poetic, visceral aerial and acrobatic work has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "visionary" and "a whole new language and potential for emotion."



Cirkus Cirkör | SWEDEN

Based in Stockholm, Cirkus Cirkor emerged more than 15 years ago as a force of circus resurgence, and has since become Sweden’s biggest and most renowned circus company, having played to over 1.2 million spectators around the world.


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Dean Evans | Chicago

A regular at Second City, Evans, the CN:ICE emcee and "the World’s Greatest Mime", manages to blend the fantastical with the hyperreal to leave audiences charmed and changed.


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Presented in association with Circus Now, a non-profit organization supporting the evolution of the circus arts in America. (

Performance on 1/10 may contain nudity.