Celebration of American Circus

January 5, 2016
Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center

Part ceremony, part performance, the Celebration of American Circus will honor four artists and organizations that have revolutionized the circus arts landscape in America, while spotlighting the thriving state of the circus arts across the nation. This year’s honorees include Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts Chairman of the Board Hovey Burgess.

Tickets:  http://circusnow.org/celebrate2016/

Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday Gala, September 8, 2015

A Night of Circus, Sideshow and Burlesque

Hovey Burgess (juggling legend, circus historian, NYU professore, chairman of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus board of directors…) is celebrating his 75th Birthday by creating a show that he wants to see. Join him for a night of entertainment on September 8, 2015 at Dixon Place.

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2015 Bindlestiff First of May Award Recipients

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is excited to announce the winners
of the Bindlestiff First of May Award!

This year’s recipients are

Yo-yo artist Justin Weber
Dandy Darkly‘s Trigger Happy!

We look forward to seeing to work they create.
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The First of May Award is an annual grant awarded in support of the development of new full-length variety arts productions in New York City.

Third Coast Cabaret at the 2015 CCCF

Join the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at this years Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, as they host the Third Coast Cabaret! This late night cabaret features circus artists from across the globe and across the spectrum of circus and variety skills, merging the new with the old — the traditional with the contemporary. Two completely different lineups of world-class aerialists, jugglers, physical comedians, acrobats, and novelty acts will be presented on Friday and Saturday. The Bindlestiffs are the glue, adding their own twisted spin on circus tradition. Composer and musician Peter Bufano adds live, original music to the mix.BIND0313ms-022lr

The 2nd Annual Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival

June 13 and 14, 2015

in Beebe Hill State Forest (in the Columbia County town of Austerlitz)

For two days this June, the single track trails of Beebe Hill Forest in Austerlitz, NY will be filled with unicycle riders.

Off-road one-wheel enthusiasts will be gathering for the second annual Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival, to ride the spectacular and scenic trails of New York State.

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Club Helsinki

Join us, won’t you? The Bindlestiff’s are back for just two more shows of the 2015 season at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY!

Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from “America’s Got Talent” next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show.

Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC’s best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff’s unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Unlike Bindlestiff’s family fare at local venues like Bard’s Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff’s Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on March 29.) In keeping with Bindlestiff’s clubby NYC roots, the audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the show. Audience members attending in costume will receive a discounted admission.


Tickets can be purchased at Club Helsinki’s Website

Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth!

March 22nd — 4:00pm

Coney Island USA – Sideshows by the Seashore

See the circus stars of tomorrow take the stage today!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Playful Productions present a special showcase for young variety performers, ranging from amateurs to world-class professionals. Juvenile jugglers, diminutive dancers, adolescent acrobats and a host of other moppets and mummers present a full show of vernal vaudeville. Acts range from debuting amateurs to world-class champion performers. All the acts are under the age of 21, but audiences of all ages will love this special show.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 youth (under 21).

– See more at: http://www.coneyisland.com/event/bindlestiffcavalcade32215#sthash.oL4Lk50t.dpuf

Perform at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents the Third Coast Circus Cabaret at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. An evening of curated circus and variety performances designed to thrill and amuse, engage and arouse.

We are now accepting act submissions for the shows.

We are looking for diversity, innovation, great character and individuality, technical skill, and a roller coaster ride of true variety over the course of the 90 minute show. We lean toward acts that are 3-10 minutes in length. A small honorarium will be offered to participating acts. Submission deadline is March 16. Selection of participating artists will be announced by March 30.


Help organize the Cirkus

Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization, seeks an office manager.

This is a part time position, one to two days a week. Familiarity with Quickbooks and Filemaker Pro are necessary. Bindlestiff office is run on Mac format.

This is a new position within the Bindlestiff organization, the responsibilities and scope of this position will evolve in an organic creation process.

Eventually much of the work can be done remotely, but in the beginning, work will take place in Bindlestiff’s Hudson, NY location.  This is a residentially-based office.

To apply, email resumé to cirkus@bindlestiff.org.

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Bindlestiff First of May Award

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is now accepting submissions for First of May Award – $500 and $1000 development grants for full-length variety arts production in New York City.

Bindlestiff is pleased to announce the fifth annual First of May Award, which will grant $500-$1000 to variety artists and/or group of variety artists to support their development of an original full-length production.

Bindlestiff First of May Award

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