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Circus Historical Society Announces Winner of Thayer Prize

Circus Historical Society Announces Winner of Thayer Prize The Circus Historical Society has announced that Chris Berry has won the 2020 Stuart Thayer Prize. The Thayer Prize is named for renowned circus historian Stuart Thayer whose writings on circus history inspired generations of follow on advocates. This year’s prize was awarded for Berry’s article “Greatest [...]

By |2020-05-28T07:11:17-04:00May 24th, 2020|2020|0 Comments

The show won’t go on: COVID concerns cancel Peru circus for the first time in 61 years

PERU – For the first time ever, there won’t be a circus in the self-proclaimed Circus Capital of the World. The Peru Amateur Circus late Wednesday made the decision to call off performances this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, marking the first time the youth circus has been canceled in its 61-year [...]

By |2020-05-09T06:05:13-04:00May 9th, 2020|2020|0 Comments

2020 summer shows at Circus World, Big Top Parade cancelled due to COVID-19

Two of Baraboo’s signature summer draws, live shows at Circus World Museum and the Big Top Parade, have been canceled this year in response to ongoing coronavirus concerns. Museum Director Scott O’Donnell said it’s the first time in more than 60 years that the Water Street grounds won’t feature acrobats, clowns, exotic animals and [...]

By |2020-05-05T04:53:29-04:00May 5th, 2020|2020|0 Comments

The Circus and the Pandemic of 1918

The Circus and the Pandemic of 1918 “One hardly knows where to commence, so many have been the happenings and so unusual the season that it will go down in circus history as the most eventful and surprising….” - Fletcher Smith, The New York Clipper, December 25, 1918 In the summer of 1918 the [...]

By |2020-04-30T06:19:02-04:00April 30th, 2020|2020, Chris Berry|Comments Off on The Circus and the Pandemic of 1918

Trapeze artists soar through crisis

Escondido — As millions of Americans retreat into seclusion under the COVID-19 closures, aerial artists Jeremy and Harmony Chute are sequestered in their own private circus. Each day, their backyard becomes an impromptu aerial act, with circus performers from around the country. The couple lead a flying trapeze troupe for a Japanese circus, [...]

By |2020-04-09T05:02:32-04:00April 9th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Trapeze artists soar through crisis

Montreal Completement cirque festival cancelled

MONTREAL -- Like most of the other festivals that typically take place at the beginning of the summer in Montreal, TOHU announced Tuesday that it is cancelling Montreal Complètement cirque, the circus festival which was set to be held from July 2 to 12. TOHU’s director-general and head of programming Stéphane Lavoie said [...]

By |2020-04-09T04:55:09-04:00April 9th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Montreal Completement cirque festival cancelled

Showbiz & The Spanish Flu: Lessons from Last Century’s Pandemic

The entertainment world is in a spiral, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cirque du Soleil has temporarily laid off 95% of its staff worldwide – some 4,679 people who worked for the 44 shows around the globe (Cole, 2020). Feld Entertainment, the parent company of the former Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has also [...]

By |2020-04-06T06:39:46-04:00April 6th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Showbiz & The Spanish Flu: Lessons from Last Century’s Pandemic

HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque

Dear All, Unprecedented situation requires unprecedented actions. COVID-19 has shaken the World and our life suddenly has changed from one week to another. Due to the pandemic all cultural events are cancelled; circuses had to close or postpone the opening of their season. Schools, universities, museums and public places are shut down too [...]

By |2020-03-28T21:40:12-04:00March 28th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque

Cirque du Soleil explores options including bankruptcy

(Reuters) - Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is exploring debt restructuring options that include a potential bankruptcy filing, after it was forced to cancel shows because of the coronavirus outbreak, people familiar with the matter said. The famed Montreal-based circus company, largely known for its regular shows in Las Vegas venues, had to [...]

By |2020-03-28T21:33:56-04:00March 28th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Cirque du Soleil explores options including bankruptcy