FYI Vol. VIII, No. 3


Changes in Titles at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art

Following the retirement of Deborah Walk at the Ringling museum’s circus collection, Jennifer Lemmer Posey has been named the new Tibbals Curator of Circus.  This is a position that continues to be endowed by Howard Tibbals.  Jennifer confesses that when she first came to the Ringling 17 years ago she didn’t know anything about the circus.  Now she is absolutely in love with her job and more importantly perhaps, the circus as well.  In another promotion Heidi Connor has been names chief archivist.


Tribute Planned for Rob Torres

Photographer Jim Moore has started a GoFundMe campaign to create a tribute book to the late, great clown Rob Torres who left us far to soon, even as his international career was at its peak.  The link is


Composer to Study Contemporary Circus Music

Peter Bufano, assistant professor in the Film Scoring Department of Berklee College of Music, who is a composer and performer of circus music, most recently the Big Apple Circus and for many years The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, has been awarded the 2018 Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship.  The fellowship supports Berklee faculty members in designing creative and innovative approaches to fostering student engagement and learning that transcends traditional boundaries, take risks and explores ideas in new ways.  Bufano’s project is two-fold.  First he will conduct research to explore the musical needs of modern circuses and document how circus composers and musicians are adapting to changes in the art form.  The second part of his project will be to lead an intensive creative residency at a circus school or theatre equipped to accommodate the creative work of a small group of circus artists and musicians. The aim is to create new, original scores for circus artists.


World Circus Day Set for April 20.

The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, under the honorary Presidency of H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie is looking forward to celebrating the 10th World Circus Day our biggest common feast, with hopefully the highest number of participants and activities ever.

The third Saturday of April became in the last decade an emblematic day to celebrate circus arts. On that very date and around it everybody related to circus arts organizes colorful and enjoyable events to promote our performing art form and to let the audience look behind the curtains and enlarge their knowledge about the marvel of circus.

Aerial Dance Show in Boulder

Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance will present its latest show Uplift April 26-28 at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, CO.

Performance and choreography by Frequent Flyers’ Professional Company members Megan Cattau, Angela Delsanter, Angela Folz, Sarah Harrison, Danielle Hendricks, Mimi Ke, Jessie Loisel, Valerie Morris, Maya Muenzer, Alysha Perrin, and artistic director, Nancy Smith.


A Change in Leadership at AYCO to Come

The American Youth Circus Organization and the American Circus Educators are looking for a new executive director to take on the leadership role in the circus community. The position offers a rare opportunity to provide a fresh vision for the organization and face new challenges while ensuring the pursuit of its mission of quality service to its members. Whoever is chosen will be the fourth to take on the leadership position in AYCO/ACE.