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“Be astounded at the innovation of the modern circus at Circus Now! Three nights of over 50 artists pushing the boundaries of the art.” New York Magazine

Think you know circus? Think again.

This January, for three spectacular nights, New York audiences are invited to re-imagine their perceptions of a timeless art, as the world's most innovative and inspired companies take the stage for Circus Now: International Contemporary Circus Exposure 2016.

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

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Whore of Babylon by Nadère arts vivants. Photo by Marc-André Goulet.

 

Thursday January 14
 

Acrobatic Conundrum | USA

Founded in 2012, Acrobatic Conundrum, based in Seattle, is dedicated to creating performance experiences that engage and amaze audiences. Conundrum shows feature moments of absurd and intimate humanity, and are dedicated to a vision of human courage, connection, and collaboration. The company has performed in various venues around the Pacific Northwest, headlined the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, was a featured performer at the Vancouver CircusFest, and hosted the THREE HIGH Circus Series in Seattle.

  

Company Oktobre | France

A winner at the prestigious Jeunes Talents Cirque/Circus Next Awards in 2013, Oktobre features three of France's top young circus-theatre talents, combining their trapeze, acrobatic and magic talents in a surreal circus-theater drama. It can be seen as a circus show with outrageous characters in a world of dark fantasy, where the notions of time and logic are absent or as a sharp look at human behavior.

 

Friday January 15
 

AndréaNE Leclerc/Nadère Arts Vivants | Canada

Nadère arts vivants focuses on deconstructing movement, using the body of the circus performer to create performances free from the diktats of the spectacular. For its latest show, co-produced by Republique Theater in Copenhagen and La Chapelle in Montreal, Nadère collaborated with the Tiger Lillies to create a moving flesh painting reinterpreting the Book of Revelation. The Whore of Babylon, mother of prostitutes and all abomination in the world, guides the viewer to the depolarization and acceptance of pleasure and perversion as integral parts of humanity.

 

Barely Methodical Troupe | England

Barely Methodical Troupe, founded in London in 2013, features three graduates from the U.K.’s National Centre for Circus Arts, all winners of the inaugural Circus Maximux competition. The acrobats fuse Hand-to-Hand and Cyr Wheel with a through line of creative dynamic movement. Bromance celebrates all things “blokey” through a series of heroic, risk-taking physical feats. With an inventive mix of flawlessly-timed acrobatics, shoulder-high balances and a jaw-dropping routine inside a spinning metal wheel, the trio explores male companionship and its limits.

 

Company Water on Mars | Sweden

Water on Mars features three young jugglers who studied at Stockholm’s Dance and Circus University. Their tricks are as physical as break dance and as stylized as Japanese pop art. The trio brings a performance full of dynamic airborne images: 100 rings are thrown, backflips are landed, feet are twisted, water is flipped, 21 balls are juggled and 15 clubs spin around the 3 bodies while an electro beat keeps the rhythm.

 

Saturday January 16
 

Aloft Circus Arts | USA

Aloft Circus Arts, based in Chicago, is a collection of earth-bound aerial and circus artists, expressing themselves without regard to gravity. Aloft reveals more than just the splendor and danger inherent in the circus arts; they construct accessible, purposeful stories, drawn from the juxtaposition of artistic, emotional and physical extremes. The results are acts and full-length productions that are powerful, dangerous, hilarious and passionate; where spectacle lies not in special effects or elaborate sets, but in the intensity, beauty and captivating nature of the human body entwined in circa.

 

Barely Methodical Troupe | England

Barely Methodical Troupe, founded in London in 2013, features three graduates from the U.K.’s National Centre for Circus Arts, all winners of the inaugural Circus Maximux competition. The acrobats fuse Hand-to-Hand and Cyr Wheel with a through line of creative dynamic movement. Bromance celebrates all things “blokey” through a series of heroic, risk-taking physical feats. With an inventive mix of flawlessly-timed acrobatics, shoulder-high balances and a jaw-dropping routine inside a spinning metal wheel, the trio explores male companionship and its limits.

 

Company Water on Mars | Sweden

Water on Mars features three young jugglers who studied at Stockholm’s Dance and Circus University. Their tricks are as physical as break dance and as stylized as Japanese pop art. The trio brings a performance full of dynamic airborne images: 100 rings are thrown, backflips are landed, feet are twisted, water is flipped, 21 balls are juggled and 15 clubs spin around the 3 bodies while an electro beat keeps the rhythm.

 

Emcee Sxip Shirey | New York

A New York-based composer, circus performer and storyteller, Sxip Shirey tours internationally as composer and music director of the circus and physical arts show LIMBO and has toured with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and the Daredevil Opera Company, and has composed music for Crash Test Dummies produced by Anti-Gravity at the New Victory Theater. Shirey performed with his JaNk! Band, accompanying circus, dancers and variety acts for Madonna at her 57th birthday party.

 

Please note that Circus Now is recommended for mature audiences ONLY.


 

Legendary Costume Designers

566 LaGuardia Place
December 22–January 18

Don't miss our Ringling Brothers exhibit!

NYU Skirball Center has partnered with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to present a circus-themed costume exhibit featuring Ringling Bros. circus costumes designed by: Gregg Barnes (Tony Award, Follies, The Drowsy Chaperone), Susan Hilferty (Tony Award, Wicked), and Eduardo Sicangco (Broadway Bares, The Harlem Nutcracker).

 


 

Beyond the Stage

January 15 | 5:30
 

Panel Discussion: Contemporary Circus Now

FREE to the public with RSVP (follow link above)

Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 909
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

NYU Skirball Center presents a panel discussion given by scholars and experts in the field of contemporary circus. Join us as they share their unique perspective on the importance and challenges of presenting contemporary circus today, the training and mental preparation that goes into this type of artistry, and current trends in the field of circus research.

Panelists: Alisan Funk (moderator), Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux, Charles R. Batson, Bryan D. Burnstein, Caitlan Maggs

 


 

Special Thanks to our Circus Now Partners

Aerial Arts NYC
Big Sky Works
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
SANCA
Trapeze School NYC

 


 

NEA      

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

NYU Skirball Center’s circus programming is made possible in part with the generous support of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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