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.
“A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat”
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Written and Performed by
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.
Our friends at LAVA present A Goddessey, a feminist survival story that journeys through landscapes emotional and geologic carrying a transmuting traveler from a bleak and blurry patriarchal present into a rainbow colored feminist future with the help of ancestors geologic and otherwise. A Goddessey is the synthesis, culmination, and explosion of 15 years of earth-moving feminist acrobatic dance by LAVA.
Created and performed by Efe Alibo, Hilary Melcher Chapman, Molly Chanoff, Lex Garnett, Sarah Dey Hirshan, Sarah East Johnson, Lollo Romanski with special guest Ana Carolina
Conceived and Directed by Sarah East Johnson
Music by DJ Tikka Masala
Costumes by Claudia Brown
Lighting Design by Alison May
Additional music by Lee Free and Toshi Reagon
November 30 – December 10
Special Guests Magma, our junior company, on December 3 & 10
For tickets and more information: https://ci.ovationtix.com/14/production/981544
dedicated, professional artists like yourselves to lead workshops for youth of varying levels of skill attainment. You can choose whom you’d like to work with — beginner, advanced, intermediate, pre-professional, and adaptive. Let us know your ideas.
We are committed to creating a festival that provides something for everyone, regardless of age and skill level. We encourage creative workshop concepts that incorporate circus in any way, from stage makeup to choreography, from yoga to arts and crafts — in addition to traditional circus skills. Presenters will be welcome to distribute information and promotional materials about their other circus teaching and activities.
Space is limited, and there’s no time like the present!
The 8th annual NYC Unicycle Festival took place from Thursday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3, 2017: Four days of one-wheel action, and only one wet one.
Approximately 850 people took part in this year’s four-day festival, and over 2000 people witnessed unicycles in action around NYC.
Here’s a closer look at this year’s records:
The first ride of the festival featured 14 unicycle riders rolling from Battery Park to Central Park and through Times Square.
Brooklyn Unicycle Day featured 48 unicycle riders crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. 51 unicycle riders participated in the Brooklyn Unicycle Day ride from the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island.
More than 400 individuals attempted to ride a unicycle in the learn-to-ride area on Governors Island.
Along with the usual (unicycle basketball, demonstrations, workshops, games, piñatas…), this year’s festival included our first unicycle ultimate frisbee game, an artistic group unicycle workshop lead by Fred Johnson, and electric vs. manual unicycle matches in the sumo ring.