Announcing the winners of Bindlestiff’s 2018 First of May Award!! Since our first award in 2012, decision-making has gotten tougher and tougher. 14 artists, among NYC’s best and brightest, submitted proposals for consideration this year.
In 2018, four prizes, totaling $3,000, were awarded. Matt Roper and Ekaterina Sknarina with “The Mr. Matt and Miss Ekaterina Show” and Shane Miclon with “The Preconceived Notions of Dr. Pellucida” will each receive $1,000. Paris Sirap with as-yet-untitled comedy juggling show, and Christopher Scheer with “(n)Gender” will each receive $500. In addition to this financial award, Bindlestiff offers First of May awardees benefits such as promotional support, production mentorship, and access to NYC’s Materials for the Arts to secure free props and supplies.
The 2018 First of May Award jury panel included former First of May Award recipients Adam Kuchler, Deborah Lohse, and Justin Weber; Playful Productions founder and circus producer Viveca Gardiner; entertainment booker and Bindlestiff Board of Directors member Michael Bongar; entertainment booker, marketing expert and Bindlestiff Advisory Board member Tina Bongar; Big Apple Circus co-founder and Bindlestiff Board of Directors member Paul Binder; and Bindlestiff co-founder Keith Nelson.
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus salutes the jury panel members and all 14 applicants for their work in the circus and variety community, and in NYC’s cultural life.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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! 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
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.
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.
“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.”
OTHER CLASSES IN 2018:
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/