Happy World Circus Day!

Happy World Circus Day from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus! This year, circuses around the globe are celebrating the 250th anniversary of modern circus. Bindlestiff is proud to be part of this tradition, and we’re glad to see growing recognition for our art form and its beauty, skill, and social role. This photo by Maike Schulz was taken at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival last summer, when circus was honored on the National Mall.

Bindlestiff’s next show is coming up at The Cutting Room in NYC, May 23-27!
RSVP for more details and ticket info:
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret at the Cutting Room, NYC

 

Happy Social Circus Day!

 

Happy Social Circus Day! Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is proud to be creating positivesocial change through our youth circus programs. Participating in circus has been proven to improve social and emotional skills in young people. Circus is a non-competitive activity that promotes healthy self-respect, cooperation with others, creative and positive self-expression, and safe, supported risk taking. In the circus community we are working diligently to empower young people to embrace the circus arts as a part of their lives. #socialcircusday2018

Certificate Program in Therapeutic Clowning at George Brown College, Canada

 
SPREAD THE WORD: Certificate Program in Therapeutic Clowning at George Brown College, Canada
 
We are eager to invite a wide range of ages and diverse cultural backgrounds in order to reflect our beautiful multicultural Canada.
 
Contact: Helen Donnelly

Artistic Director, Foo Productions

Parallel Exit presents The FINAL REEL

Show alert! Our friends in Parallel Exit have a brand new show, and our own Adam Kuchler is performing in it! The FINAL REEL will be at the Voorhees Theater at City Tech College in downtown Brooklyn from March 22-24.

Parallel Exit’s newest show THE FINAL REEL is inspired by the iconic films Sherlock Jr and The purple Rose of Cairo. An eccentric historian discovers the holy grail of silent films – the final reel of a forgotten classic thought to be lost to history. As he presents the film for the first time in a hundred years, his bumbling assistant accidentally steps into the movie and falls in love with the heroine. The two-love birds step back into the modern world and the heroine is left to make a fateful decision.

Così fan tutte brings circus and sideshow to the Metropolitan Opera

It’s a great thing to see circus & sideshow incorporated into “high art” performance forms like opera. Some of our esteemed friends and colleagues are featured in The Metropolitan Opera‘s new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

We’re also pleased to share a special ticket promotion offer with friends and family of Bindlestiff: 15% off tickets to Così fan tutte from March 20 to April 19 with promo code COSI15.

Tix & info: metopera.org/S…/2017-18-Season/cosi-fan-tutte-mozart-tickets).

“The quartet of young lovers and two cunning tricksters at the heart of the Così fan tutte story share the Met stage with sword swallowers, fire eaters, and a live boa constrictor. Set in a carnival fairground inspired by 1950s Coney Island, Phelim McDermott’s imaginative vision of Mozart’s opera features Broadway star Kelli O’Hara as Despina, and explores love, temptation, betrayal, and reconciliation amid the spectacle of the sideshow.”

 

Dody DiSanto – Performance Gym: building the poetic body

Performance Gym: building the poetic body
 
March 27 – May 1   
6 sessions 
Tuesday Nights 7-10pm
Instructor: Dody DiSanto
Tuition: $275   Deposit: $75 due with Registration
 
Sharpen your tools for expanding the relationship between text, movement, substance, form, play and complicity.
This course aims to promote a greater understanding of potential embodiment and playfulness by harnessing both active observation and experience in connection with performance.
Expressiveness involves: sense experience, empirical observation and living perception.
 
Engaging the behavior of substances and objects as source-material, we will give body and movement to them, toward dynamic interpretation. Through recognition, these rhythms, spaces, forces and static objects can all be set in play. Here we are working with something Lecoq expressed as “the universal poetic sense, or the essence of life”.
 
All manner of concoction, messiness, increase, breakdown, consternation, digging, breakthrough, examination and assembly, to be expected!
 
This approach supports the notion that theater is to be invented
 
This course is open to individuals of all levels.
 

OTHER CLASSES IN 2018:

 
6-Day Summer Intensives
 
Clown……… May 21 – 26    
Neutral Mask……… June 4 – 9
Passions & Tragic Space……… July 23 – 28 (Celebration Barn in Maine)
Fall Classes
Comprehensive 1……. Sept 18 – Dec 4
Clown Weekend……… Nov 4 & 5
 
 
Please visit: www.thisisthecenter.com for REGISTRATION and SIGN UP and for a full listing of classes with descriptions.

The Museum of Interesting Things presents Secret Speakeasy – Suffragette City

 

Secret Speakeasy

 

Sunday Mar 18th 2017
6pm – 10pm all ages, 21 to drink

Theme is Suffragette City!

The Museum of Interesting Things
takes over a Soho loft for a special
Suffragette themed party for the Museum.
16mm short movie fest & party!
Drinks (cash bar), free food & snacks,
music & beautiful visuals!

Info here:  http://www.secretspeakeasy.com/

Bindlestiff First of May Award Now Accepting Submissions!

 

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is now accepting submissions for the Bindlestiff First of May Award – a $500 to $1,000 development grant for full-length variety arts productions.

For nearly 25 years, Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. has been enriching New York City’s variety arts culture by producing and presenting unparalleled circus, sideshow and variety arts performances.

Bindlestiff is pleased to announce the seventh annual Bindlestiff First of May Award, which will grant $500 to $1,000 to a variety artist and/or group of variety artists to support their development of an original full-length production.

Previous recipient productions include Clown Baggage, created by Matt Wilson; Unmasked, created and directed by The Lady Aye and Kenwyn Dapo; Solomon the Perplexer, created and written by Tanya Solomon and directed by Corn Mo; Wacky of Wallabazoo, created by Justin Weber; Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy; TruDee’s “Dances for Lovers” by Deborah Lohse; Kyle Driggs’ ENSO; Bennett Santora’s Seasons; Adam Kuchler‘s Cupcake Show; and Angelo Iodice’s Bronx cowboy memoir.

Submissions are now open to solo artists or troupes wishing to apply for this year’s award.

Submission guidelines:

1. Proposals must include:
• one-page project description
• links to videos of past work (up to 3)
• resumé and/or bios of participating artists

2. Proposed productions must be at least 40 minutes in length.

3. Productions may be either solo or troupe-based projects. If submitting as a solo artist, applicant must be a NYC resident. If submitting as a troupe, at least 50% of troupe members must be NYC residents.

By submitting a proposal, applicants acknowledge that if the award is granted, 1) development of the proposed production must begin prior to June 30, 2018; 2) a progress report is due by December 31, 2018; and (3) at least one public performance of the production must be presented in New York City before May 1, 2019 (a work in progress performance and/or segment of complete production is acceptable). If these requirements are not met, the award must be returned.

Deadline: Submissions must be received before midnight on April 1, 2018.

Proposals should be submitted via email to firstofmay@bindlestiff.org.

Submissions will be evaluated based on artistic merit, unique perspective, and variety arts relevance.

The selected grantee(s) will be announced on May 1, 2018.