Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation supports Bindlestiff Family Cirkus!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ Columbia County youth programs, including Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School at the Hudson Department of Youth, the Hudson Juggling Club, and Bindlestiff’s Summer Cirkus August intensive, have received support in the amount of $2,500 from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Hudson Schools Arts & Humanities Endowment Fund.

This means that, as always, youth from the Hudson City School district have free access to high quality out-of-school time programming. Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School uses skills like juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, partner acrobatics, prop manipulation and physical comedy to help youth to become stronger learners, community members, and leaders by encouraging them to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves physically, and work inventively with others. Our projected outcomes are aligned with Social Circus theory, as recognized by the American Youth Circus Organization, which proposes application of instructional and cooperative techniques from the world of circus arts to help accelerate desired outcomes in youth development, therapeutic or community development settings.

The community is invited to “Winter Cirkus” at 4 pm on Monday, January 22, 2018 as students from Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School program at Hudson Department of Youth show their individual skills and group creativity. This free show will feature group acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and more surprises from the Big Top- as well as showcasing participants’ commitment, goal setting, and collaborative achievements. Students will also present a pre-show for  the professional cast of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ matinee performance at Helsinki Hudson on March 18, 2018. For more information about youth circus opportunities, email stephanie@bindlestiff.org or call 518-828-7470.

Bindlestiff’s Columbia County partners include: The City of Hudson Department of Youth, Hudson Hall, Hudson City School District’s Afterschool Program, Operation Unite, the Morris Memorial, and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Hudson Out of School Time Collaborative. Our funders also include The Galvan Community Foundation, The Stewart’s Foundation, The Rhinestrom Hill Community Foundation, and the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation.

Force Majeure Vaudeville – Lady Weirdo Edition

They’re as strange as they want to be, they’ll never apologize for it, and they’ll be on the Cobra Club stage next Thursday, Jan. 25., for the annual Ladyweirdo edition of Force Majeure Vaudeville.

To be shamelessly bizarre is one of the last taboos for female-identified performers. And the vaudeville stage, with its novelty performers in rapid-fire sequence, is a place where the bizarre flourishes.

It’s going down Thurs. Jan. 25 at The Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave. in Bushwick (one block from the Jefferson L stop), 8:30 door, 9 pm show. This one is likely to sell out, so advance tix are recommended: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3224097

FEM APPEAL – scifi, horror, and pop culture “nerdlesque”
CRIMSON KITTY – female-female drag
AMAZING AMY – contorting senior citizen
MISTRESS B – erotic balloon sculpture
MISS SATURN – hula-hooping clown
EMOTIONS – “mutation”-style BrukUp dance
BETSY PROPANE – sideshow starlet
TANYA SOLOMON – magician and MC

Come out to support vaudeville and weird women!
More info at www.facebook.com/events/1879846302318895

Cirkus After School visits the Big Apple Cirkus!

Thanks to Big Apple Circus for giving the VIP treatment to our Cirkus After School students from Hudson, NY! Back in December, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brought 11 students and 3 adult chaperones to attend a matinee show at the Big Top in NYC’s Lincoln Center. After our group got a “backstage” tour, Ringmaster Ty McFarlan came out to chat and answer questions, as did star clown Mr. Joel, acrobat and juggler Jan Damm, and wirewalker and acrobat Ariele Ebacher.

Big Apple Circus‘s NYC run ends tomorrow, Jan 7! Go see their splendid show: https://www.bigapplecircus.com

Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After school program activities are sponsored, in part, by: The Galvan Foundation, The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The Stewart’s Foundation, The City of Hudson Department of Youth, and private donors in the community. Thank you from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Kids!!

Preparing a juggling creation? Apply for “Projects in progress!” in Paris!

Preparing a juggling creation? Apply for “Projects in progress!” 
ARTCENA and Maison des Jonglages, Scène conventionnée organize “Projects in Progress!” – a presentation of ongoing juggling creation projects to professionals and programmers (managers of festivals, venues, producers) on April the 13th, in the frame of Festival Rencontre des Jonglages (Paris, France).
To apply, fill in the form below and submit before February 21.
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  ARTCENA — Centre national 
des arts du cirque, de la rue et du théâtre
www.artcena.fr
68, rue de la Folie Méricourt
75011 Paris 
contact@artcena.fr
 

Happenstance Theater presents BrouHaHa January 4-21

Happenstance Theater will be performing BrouHaHa at Theater for the New City in the East Village from January 4th -21st!

It’s their New York City debut and they’re are so eager for New York to see it. 
 
SHOW:
BrouHaHa is an existential, clown-esque escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like Fellini’s La Strada and Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. Happenstance Theater’s troupe of eccentrics walks the precipice at the end of the world. Their play lights up the darkness like a firecracker. This show appeals to audiences of any age. Video Trailer HERE. Mini-Documentary about the making of the show HERE.
 
WHEN:  January 4-21 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm with an additional performance on Monday, January 15 at 8pm
 
WHERE:  Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets)

TICKETS:  $25 General Admission  $15 Students/Seniors
ONLINE: https://www.happenstancetheater.com/brouhaha
BOX OFFICE:  212-868-4444

Introduction to Pochinko Clown Workshop

NYC clowns and performers take note! Philly-based theatre artist and clowning teacher Donna Oblongata is offering a 4-day Pochinko clown workshop in NYC in January at The Woods Cooperative. This work is almost never taught in the U.S.

Donna says: “The course will be four days of intensive exploration and play based in the Pochinko clown pedagogy. The clown style I work and teach in was created by Richard Pochinko, a Canadian clown visionary who developed a way of teaching and exploring clown that emphasizes the performer’s own creativity and imagination as the source of inspiration. It’s very physical work, but there are no specific demands made on the body, so it’s as physically flexible and rigorous as you are. Funny things happen, but there is never a drive or mandate to ‘be funny.’ Honesty, impulsiveness, and working from the heart and body are all we’re aiming for.” For more info or to register, email DonnaOblongata@gmail.com.

Photos from the 2017 NYC Regional AYCO Circus Festival!

Some moments from the 2017 NYC Regional AYCO Circus Festival! Produced by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus for the American Youth Circus Organization, this day-long event gave NYC kids a chance to try trapeze, juggling, clowning, acrobatics, and other circus skills. Thanks to everyone who taught and learned with us! You’re all circus superstars.

 

 

A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat

“A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat”
Buy Live Sea Monkeys or Become a Magician?

Written and Performed by
Bobby Torkova
Directed by Gene Santarelli

An autobiographical solo show from Award Winning Magician Bobby Torkova, about a little boy who stutters and dreams of becoming a magician.

While this is not your traditional magic show, it does feature magic performances to illustrate the story

November 13th & 15th – 7:00pm

Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios
244 W. 54th St.
(Broadway & 8th Ave)
New York, N.Y.

Tickets $10

 

Reservations: ANDReserve@aol.com

www.torkova.com

torkova@torkova.com