At the center of every circus we find a 42ft ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. In 42ft – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, the theater show… the company dares us to leap into the circus ring. Here we experience the endurance of this evolving art form. In this production we are brought along on the adventure of a hapless wanderer who stumbles upon the circus and decides it is in his destiny to be in the ring.
Circus Bella offers a Modern Twist on One-Ring Circus…Overflowing with Heart and Soul. BANANAS is a bombastic ballyhoo and celebration of silliness. Directed by Abigail Munn, the 60-minute performance features the effervescent Circus Bella Company – a diverse and talented troupe of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and clowns — performing to the live music of Rob Reich and the six piece Circus Bella All-Star Band.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
For all ages, adaptable to fit audience
Contact: Jennifer Morris email@example.com
A thrilling spectacle offering a twist on traditional circus and the classic variety-show. This show features juggling, physical comedy, classic sideshow stunts like sword swallowing, audience participation, live original music, acrobatics, and (upon site inspection to determine feasibility) amazing aerial performances on trapeze, “silks”, or rope. A cast of world class artists will inspire with their mastery of multiple skills.
Enter the most unlikely setting for a circus, a factory. One where the workers are acrobats and the machines are circus props. A place where spectators will watch a contortionist perform on a turntable powered by unicyclists, they will be captivated by the trapeze artist flying high thanks to the spins of an acrobat inside a giant gear-like wheel and they will be stunned when the trampoline wall artists defy the laws of physics by walking on air. All the while they will be giggling at the antics of the comedic characters, impressed by the acro-dancing and enchanted by the story of laughter, love, flight and birdhouses.
Brave Space is a blanket fort, a hoopskirt, an impulsive congregation in the tiniest of tents. Inspired by the idea of creating community in trying times, it begins as a puddle of fabric and grows to encompass a world of wondrous circus. Intimate and low tech, the audience sits nose-to-nose with a female cast of bold acrobats to build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments. Deeply intimate, Brave Space requires 100% trust between the performers and the audience who physically construct the show and keep the artists aloft.
We are a theatrical tented circus. Our core show is in a tent that seats about 1,100 people, and has performed each June for the last 37 years in St. Louis. It’s a charming show — a mix of a children’s cartoon, and a world-class circus; a mix of traditional circus acts, modern and contemporary artists, brilliant comedians, and a fun-loving theatrical aesthetic. We’ve also partnered with symphonies, created shows on stage, and performed for private events.
Inspired by timeless classical ballets, Troupe Vertigo reimagines these beloved stories with a circus twist bringing these enchanting fables soaring to life. Fusing together, the circus arts along with classical dance, and contemporary theatre, these classical ballet archetypes become realized with whimsy, beauty, and delight. Cirque Ballet will take you on a jaw-dropping journey through the world of artistic movement where reality bends & expectations twist, as aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, and dancers embody the iconic stories from Swan Lake to Carmen and more.
The circus reimagined. A Cirque Mechanics original stage production presented in our brand new big top circus tent. An immersive experience that blends our mechanical contraptions with stortytelling and high flying acrobatic feats, all this in an intimate one ring environment where everyone is close to the action. Time Out New York wrote that “with its top notch acts and amazing aesthetics, Cirque Mechanics offers a spectacular ride for hipsters and pipsqueaks alike.” The addition of our innovative strolling pedal driven devices will deliver the fun to the far reaches of the big top grounds.
Featuring wild stunts, hilarious comedy, and mind blowing skills, ‘Desert Myth’ is an acrobatic odyssey. A sudden sand storm separates our nomads from their home. Follow our lost as they journey through the desert looking for the oasis. The Tourist, the Cacti, the Wanderer and the Sand Spirit are just some of the colorful characters you will meet along the way. An eclectic blend of multi-cultural folklore, this provocative tale speaks to a thirst for truth in dry land full of ‘misguides’.
Phillip Dusty Sadler has dreamed of having his own circus since the age of four. Now, his dream has come true with Dusty’s All Star Circus visiting more than 200 cities annually. Each time bringing the best and the newest performers. Wholesome family fun – Dusty’s All Star Circus features a variety of world-renowned artists. Dusty’s All Star Circus promises fun for the entire family; featuring an international all-star cast of the brightest, most talented circus stars. The Circus is complete with all the tasty circus treats at our concession stand including traditional favorites. This show aims to be a modern adaption of the classic American Circus in an intimate atmosphere. You and your children will experience the Circus up-close and personal! Dusty promises wholesome entertainment that will be enjoyed by all ages – fun for the entire family.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ Flatbed Follies is an outdoor mobile venue that brings the performing arts into the streets. Developed in response to COVID, Flatbed Follies instantly became a vehicle offering joy and wonder to a recovering world. Performances take place upon innovative parade float stages modified to present circus acts. There is even a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music.
Big Teeth Performance Collective
For all ages
Contact: Naomi Ullian, Jess Hill, Allison McDermott, and Violet Defiant Livingston firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodbye Party is an evening-length work of physical theater set in the offices of the going-out-of-business Earth the Planet, LLC. As the corporation collapses, the multi-species staff congregate for a final farewell to the planet they call their office. Despite the prospect of a dire future, the diverse departments of this sprawling organization have each coaxed a representative to offer a presentation on behalf of their phylogeny, so prepare yourselves for a night of acrobatics, dance, burlesque, and dark comedy as the workers reminisce and relish their millennia of employment at Earth the Planet, LLC.
With over 3000 shows throughout 16 countries, Hellzapoppin is the worlds largest touring rock ‘n’ roll Circus Sideshow. They’ve appeared in famous music videos and toured with some of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Ripleys Believe It Or Not will feature Hellzapoppin this summer in their brand new book, Level Up! There’s something for everyone in this show, with a mix of circus acts, death defying sideshow stunts, human curiosities and oddities, you won’t believe your eyes! Experience the excitement and thrills of Hellzapoppin, where the impossible becomes reality.
What’s it like to be caught between your head and your heart? To have your muscles work for you but your brain work against you? To talk over all of that with a pile of guts as big as you are? Come and explore these questions through the point of view of an acrobat with anxiety. This captivating 45-minute circus show will take you on a whimsical journey inside the human body, with featured performances in dog tricks, trapeze, juggling, and German wheel. Based on the poem “The Anatomy of Peace” by John Roedel, “It Takes Guts” shares what it’s like to be human via a combination of dynamic, high-level acrobatic skills with physical comedy, custom-produced music, and giant puppets.
The name of this contemporary circus, Minty Fresh Circus, is inspired by our Afrofuturistic Muse, abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Araminta Tubman (nicknamed Minty). Africans who were stolen, transported to the USA, and forced into chattel slavery have shapeshifted and recreated themselves over and over as a survival technique, thus becoming perpetually Fresh. Minty Fresh Circus, Conceived by Monique Martin, celebrates and investigates the power of American Black music as a healing, alchemical, and transformative force. This circus is an examination of African musical traditions and culture, of the transatlantic slave trade to the Americas, and the communication devices used amongst enslaved Africans. What does FREEDOM feel like if your only access to it is through your imagination?
Grab your garbage bags, pick up the recycling, and get ready to laugh and cheer as this repurposed circus turns trash into treasure! Originally produced in 2016 and following the overwhelming success of its 2022 revival, “One Man’s Trash” is back again in 2023 for its third national tour. With the limitless spirit and can-do attitude of the circus, this cast reclaims and reanimates all that’s left in trash cans and littered in the garage to create a junkyard adventure like none other. Featuring a variety of unique and daring circus acts, the show is a testament to the power of community and teamwork. Be it the pass of a juggling club or the leap of an acrobat, “One Man’s Trash” is ready to prove what we’re capable of–what we’re all capable of–together. Truly, our band of inventive acrobats, high-flying aerialists, and quirky clowns are just bursting to welcome you into their world! The dumpster doors are wide open– we can’t wait for you to jump in.
A Steampunk inspired acrobatic whirlwind where cycling is the escape from the technology obsessed society. We experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a zany bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes and repairs more than broken pieces. He creates wondrous machines that come to life and inspires the cyclist in all of us.
Since 1842, the Zoppé family has been entertaining families around the world giving their hearts to their audience. In a time where there is so much conflict and negativity, the circus is a place where you can find restoration in your faith in humanity. Where a tiny smile grows into roaring laughter, a single accomplishment has you on the edge of your seat, and beauty bristles your every emotion. It is a time to discover a re-birth. Return to where it started. To a time in Italy when life was hard, but our passion was strong. This great art presented in the way it was meant to be. The romantic allure of the small European Circus. So intimate, you can see the perspiration on the performer, feel the breeze as the ballerina on horseback gallops past you. Sit with your family and become entwined with ours as we step back in time.
Follow our RagTag group of threadbare, yarn-spinning characters as they explore a new patchwork world. You’ll be entwined with our group of mismatched artists as they stitch together a tapestry of talents. This show features high-flying, knot-tying, gravity defying aerialists, loopy jugglers, musicians that pull at your heart strings, and comedy that will leave you in stitches. Can these six ragamuffins find a common thread, or will they fall apart at the seams? Join us as we tell tales of support, fear, friendship, and the connections which inevitably interweave themselves in our lives.
REFLEX is a new show from the mind of master juggler and visual artist Jay Gilligan created in collaboration with Frodo Santini and Hideaway Circus. Based on a series of stories about gravity and stunning juggling sequences featuring Jay’s unique inventions, props, and robots, REFLEX is a one of kind theatrical experience. Discover secrets of a timeless craft, be mesmerized by visual music, and moved by the artistry of object manipulation..
Caroline Calouche & Co.
For all ages
75 minutes + 15-20 min intermission
Contact: Caroline Calouche email@example.com
From comedy to thrills, the circus artists and dancers will entertain you cabaret-style. Led by our Madame of Ceremonies Rachael Houdek. We have an exciting evening for you filled with gravity-defying aerial acts and tantalizing dance.
An eye-opening keynote-lecture show tailored to your audience. This production focuses on Greg’s journey from professional engineer to world renowned juggler. Science, Engineering & Art gracefully transitions between inspirational, real-world anecdotes and amazing, kinetic creations. Every moment of this lecture gives the audience perspective on how science and art unite. It illustrates the process of using the knowledge you have to pursue your passions.
You can experience our solar system through the eyes of a young and inquisitive girl named Stella. Caroline Calouche’s ‘Stargazer’ show features athletic, graceful and mesmerizing dance and circus artists that will take you on an incredible adventure through our Milky Way.
Stars Above is an outdoor family friendly circus show created by founders of Hideaway Circus, Josh & Lyndsay Aviner. Set to original music and reimagined cover songs, Stars Above is a modern take on the nostalgic small touring circuses from two hundred years ago. Featuring an all-star cast of circus performers and musicians, the show centers around a day in the life of a traveling family troupe while combining both classical and contemporary styles of circus. The all-ages production is performed outdoors, under the vast canopy of sky and stars, on a custom-built circular stage and aerial rig.
An intimate and immersive circus for audiences of all ages from the award-winning company Parallel Exit. Introducing the SUNSET CIRCUS: a family you’ve just met but you’ve known forever. Featuring circus artists from Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, and beyond, SUNSET CIRCUS features a sensational cast who will bring you laughter, awe, and perhaps a tear. This unique theatrical circus experience from Parallel Exit presents innovative acts interwoven by characters who would be home in your own backyard. SUNSET CIRCUS is perfect for audiences of all ages. Bring your date, your children, your grandparents – all are welcome. “They can get laughs simply by breathing.” – The New York Times
Three-time Drama Desk nominee Parallel Exit presents THE ARTIST WILL BE WITH YOU IN A MOMENT — an immersive audience experience featuring Joel Jeske in a solo comic performance as an artist, performer, and clown. A creative force who “can get laughs simply by breathing” (The New York Times), Jeske invites audiences to participate in a multimedia performance and visual art installation with himself as the character, creator, and subject. The production offers Jeske’s signature treatment of art, physical comedy, and audience interaction in a work that subversively asks us what we choose to value and why.
This pedal driven circus platform was initially designed for the festival world. Its large size and capacity to deliver aerial acts anyplace made it an instant hit. Because of this portability the Gantry can create truly memorable immersive experiences. While it is designed to roam it is a great focal piece in any event or festival space.
For all ages
30 or 50 min
Contact: Owen Leonard & Wesley Williams Owen@WOWCircus.com
It’s all hands on deck as we dive deep for adventure and plunge for fun under the high seas! WOW WATER CIRCUS throws anchor and sets sail on an unimaginable journey both above and below the surface! Discover maritime merriment above the briny big 35,000 gallon pool, where we explore the vast ocean in all of its beauty and mystery. Join our intrepid crew as we climb the rigging with aquatic mermaid aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway pirate clown set adrift center stage. This nautical production will be ship shape, so hold your breath and ride the wave as Wesley Williams and Owen Leonard present the **ALL NEW** WOW Water Circus!
Throwing all caution to the wind, the adrenaline-driven daredevils of Cirque Mechanics (42FT, 2019) are back with an all-new mechanical masterpiece: a 20-foot-tall windmill powered by sheer strength! Set on a rotating turntable, there’s practically nothing in Zephyr that won’t spin—including your head—as acrobats brazenly balance atop the windmill’s blades and fearlessly face the Wheel of Destiny. A turbine tug of war between man, nature and machine, Zephyr is a whirlwind of circus that’ll blow you away.
Over 180 years and covering seven generations, Zoppé is one of the last intimate, old-fashioned, family-operated, single-ring circuses still touring. The Zoppé family invites you into their home, The Big Top, to experience the true meaning of the circus: family. Our production reminds us of the beautiful fragility of life and encourages us to live in this moment. Guests will journey to an enchanted world far from our digital age — a world of acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, clowns, and plenty of audiences participation. Charming and compelling, Zoppé is an intimate, involving experience. In our 500-seat tent, no one is more than twenty feet from the ring.