Photos from the 2017 NYC Regional AYCO Circus Festival!

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

“A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat”
Buy Live Sea Monkeys or Become a Magician?

Written and Performed by
Bobby Torkova
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.

Tickets $10



LAVA presents A Goddessy

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
Tickets $15
Special Guests Magma, our junior company, on December 3 & 10

For tickets and more information:

Seeking Youth Circus Workshop Leaders!

Photo by Alex Huang

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus produces the American Youth Circus Organization’s yearly NYC Regional Festival, this year on November 18 at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City. We’re looking for

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!

8th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival A Success!

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.

ETHEL performs “Circus: Wandering City” at Hudson Hall

Our friends ETHEL, the contemporary string quartet, performs “Circus: Wandering City” at Hudson Hall on Sept 15-17.

Live crowd sounds from a Bindlestiff show are woven into the soundscape of this amazing audio and visual journey. 


ETHEL | CIRCUS – WANDERING CITY | September 15, 16 & 17

Happy Birthday Hovey Burgess!!

Today, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Board Chair Hovey Burgess celebrates his 77th Birthday!!


We honor Hovey’s contributions to the circus community through a lifetime of performing, teaching, research and support of the arts of circus, vaudeville, variety, clowning, and burlesque. Happy birthday, Hovey!

First of May Award Winner Kyle Driggs

First of May Award winner Kyle Driggs and partner Andrea Murillo rehearse new work with director Mark Lonergan (Parallel Exit; Big Apple Circus) in residence at Arts on Site. The working title is “Same Picture, Different Poses”