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 email@example.com 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.
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
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
Check out this delightful profile in The New Yorker of the legendary Hovey Burgess, Bindlestiff’s beloved board chair, upon his retirement from teaching circus arts at NYU.
Happenstance Theater will be performing BrouHaHa at Theater for the New City in the East Village from January 4th -21st!
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.
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.
Check out our friend Adam Gertsacov and his Acme Miniature Flea Circus featured in Smithsonian Magazine! (You may recall Adam from our run at the Palace of Variety on 42nd Street some years ago…) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/modern-day-flea-circuses-180967355/
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.