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The Untold Story Of Europe’s First Black Female Circus Star

2018 MARKED the 250th anniversary of the circus. In celebration, an exhibition which highlights diversity and complexity within the circus wasco-curated by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, chair of Early Film and Popular Entertainment in the University of Shefield’s School of English and one of the world’s leading circus historians. The exhibition, Circus! Show of [...]

By |2019-09-29T10:54:38-05:00September 29th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on The Untold Story Of Europe’s First Black Female Circus Star

John Ringling estates in Sarasota is now for sale

The Schueler House, one of the original estates owned by renown circus king John Ringling, is now on the market in Sarasota for $1,945,000. Located at 76 S. Washington, the home was built in 1925 and is just one of the original three designed by famed architect Dwight James Baum and built by Owen Burns [...]

By |2019-09-29T10:49:55-05:00September 29th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on John Ringling estates in Sarasota is now for sale

Sarasota High and Circus Arts Conservatory partner for magnet program

Sarasota’s long-running history with circus arts will soon expand into the classrooms of Sarasota High School. In partnership with Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota High will bring a magnet, or student-choice program, to Sarasota County students, following Sarasota County School Board’s approval Tuesday. The original Sailor Circus grew out of an extension of courses [...]

By |2019-09-03T13:52:43-05:00September 3rd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Sarasota High and Circus Arts Conservatory partner for magnet program

Guy Laliberté’s Plan To Create Another Entertainment Phenomenon

Guy Laliberté stands on a dock at the old port of Montreal and surveys the skyline. This is the city of a hundred steeples, as well as the 20-story La Grande Roue de Montréal Ferris wheel and the 90-year-old Jacques Cartier Bridge, its cantilevers a bright aqua blue. Up above is Mount Royal, [...]

By |2019-08-28T06:43:15-05:00August 28th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Guy Laliberté’s Plan To Create Another Entertainment Phenomenon

AYCO/ACE Board of Directors announces our new Executive Director

Dear Community, It is with great joy and excitement for the future, that the AYCO/ACE Board of Directors announces our new Executive Director! The past year of searching, interviewing, listening, and brainstorming, has led us to the best person for this job. We are thrilled to announce that Tara Jacob is our new [...]

By |2019-08-28T06:37:37-05:00August 28th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on AYCO/ACE Board of Directors announces our new Executive Director

Edinburgh may lose £20m US circus project over Brexit fears

The Edinburgh festival fringe is facing the loss of a $25m (£20m) five-year investment by a big US circus company owing to uncertainties over Brexit. Spiegelworld, one of Las Vegas’s biggest variety producers, is staging an extravaganza in Edinburgh this week before transferring back home to a purpose-built theatre in September. Its Atomic Saloon Show, [...]

By |2019-08-07T07:24:12-05:00August 7th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Edinburgh may lose £20m US circus project over Brexit fears

Big top magic

HANOVER, N.H. — For a few fleeting moments, they are just kids again. No clown noses. No pancake makeup. No stilts or silly pratfalls. No calliope music. And no enraptured audience to please. Just kids with athletic bodies under a hot July sun, splashing in the Connecticut River and having the time of [...]

By |2019-08-05T07:47:17-05:00August 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Big top magic

Two Peru natives keep circus tradition alive playing, building rare instruments

PERU – When Jacob Minns was 12 years old, his piano teacher took him to the Peru Circus City Festival for a special excursion to try his hand on a one-of-a-kind steam calliope. Minns sat down at the miniature keyboard, played a song called “Oh! Dem Golden Slippers” – and was hooked. “I [...]

By |2019-07-22T02:23:52-05:00July 22nd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Two Peru natives keep circus tradition alive playing, building rare instruments

Minnesota History: Recalling St. Peter’s circus couple with elephant at grave

Something quirky caught William Pedersen's eye as he pedaled past Greenhill Cemetery during a bike ride along Sunrise Drive in his hometown of St. Peter, Minn. "I thought it was a strange sight, especially in a cemetery," Pedersen said in an e-mail. "It was a replica of an elephant, apparently set in as [...]

By |2019-07-22T02:17:55-05:00July 22nd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Minnesota History: Recalling St. Peter’s circus couple with elephant at grave

In First For Berklee, Students Join The Circus (Sort Of) To Make Music Fit For Clowns

Circuses are visual extravaganzas, often featuring jugglers, high-flying acrobats and wacky clowns. But there’s another dramatic element in the big top experience, and it's usually one that goes unseen: the music. To make this art more visible, a Berklee College of Music professor recently pulled back the curtain on one of his own [...]

By |2019-07-22T02:12:19-05:00July 22nd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on In First For Berklee, Students Join The Circus (Sort Of) To Make Music Fit For Clowns