Bindlestiff First of May Award

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is now accepting submissions for Bindlestiff First of May Award – $500 to $1,000 development grant for full-length variety arts production

Previous recipients include Clown Baggage by Matt Wilson, Unmasked, created and directed by Lady Aye and Mistress B and Solomon the Perplexer, created and written by Tanya Solomon and directed by Corn Mo, Justin Weber’s Yo-Yo and prop manipulation production, and Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy.

Submissions are now open to solo artists or troupes wishing to apply for this year’s award. For submission details, visit

Old Hats

We love Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s collaborative work!

created and performed by BILL IRWIN and DAVID SHINER
music and lyrics and featuring SHAINA TAUB
directed by TINA LANDAU
After an extended, sold out run in 2013, the extraordinary clowns Bill Irwin (Sesame Street’s Mr. Noodle) and David Shiner (Cirque du Soleil) are back, in the Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Old Hats. Now featuring songstress and comic foil Shaina Taub, hailed as “young Judy Garland meets grown-up Lisa Simpson,”Old Hats combines songs, slapstick and general silliness for an unforgettable and hysterical outing.

NOW PLAYING! Extended Through April 3.
Tickets/Info (more…)

Aloft Circus Arts at CN:ICE this Saturday!

Our Chicago friends Aloft Circus Arts are presenting “Dinner of our Discontent” at CN:ICE at Skirball this Saturday, January 16th, alongside international circus companies Water on Mars (Sweden) and Barely Methodical Troupe (UK). Hosted by Sxip Shirey, tickets here:




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.


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.

For more info

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 9.05.41 PM

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.
* * * * *
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.

For more info