FYI Vol. II, No. 1

 

NEW FEATURE TO BE INCLUDED IN COMING MONTE CARLO FESTIVAL

The  International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo is an event which every year transforms the Principality of Monaco into the global capital of circus arts. For its 37th edition there will be several events added to the schedule.  The Open Door Show, inside the big top, will be free and  open to all, affording audiences a chance to get a better understanding of how a wild cat act works. The trainer Kid Bauer, who will be presenting 2 acts at the Festival with his 11 animals (lions, lionesses and tigers), will explain step by step his training technique with each animal. One after another the wild cats will come into the ring to work first separately and then all together.  This is the kind of education exhibit that can be helpful in convincing the public that the animals are not abused during their training.

SEVEN FINGER COMPANY TO GET NEW HOME   

The Quebec government has provided a grant of $9m (Canadian) for the renovation of the old Eckers Brewery building into a creation center for the Montreal based circus company, among whose members are Americans Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll, both originally from San Francisco and the Pickle Circus.

 

 

UNICYCLISTS PEDAL ACROSS THE FLORIDA KEYS

On December 9, 2012, two New York unicycle riders became the first individuals to cross the Florida Keys on one-wheel. A sculptor and a clown helped Sculpture Key West kick off its season in an unusual way; Robert Hickman and Keith Nelson of New York pedaled the distance of the Florida Keys Highway on unicycles.

The unicycle tour began Tuesday, December 4, 2012, when Hickman and Nelson rolled off in Key Largo at Mile Marker 106.5 and ended at 4:30 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Mile Marker 0. During the six days, Hickman and Nelson pedaled over 130 miles and crossed 55 bridges. Events took place along the way to celebrate the tour, visit local establishments, and promote Sculpture Key West, cycling the Overseas Highway, and Arts in the Florida Keys.

In 2009 the duo embarked on a journey to cross each of the 2078 bridges in New York City and the pair has been making weekly treks to cross each of them.

 

 

BINDLESTIFFS TO HOST OPEN STAGE VARIETY SHOW

The Bindlestiffs will stage a series of events featuring variety artists of all types.  On each Monday night beginning January 7, 2013 and continuing throughout the year with the exception of February and August. Audiences are invited to come to Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., NYC) for a night of variety that will include much more than a simple song and dance. Bindlestiffs Open Stage Variety Show is a non stop variety show experience that may include The Heavy Metal Magician, Kung Fu juggling, trained rats, clown bands, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, stripping clowns, living cartoons, physical comedy, a cougar contortionist, emerging burlesque starlets, and more. Hosted by Keith “Bindlestiff” Nelson, the show celebrates works in progress, emerging artists, and professionals trying something new, this night promises many surprises. Suggested donation is $10.  Performances start at 7:30 p.m.  If you would like to be on the stage, email keith@bindlestiff.org. Write ‘Open Variety’ in the subject line!

Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. prides itself on being the heir to New York’s outstanding traditions of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and burlesque. BFVA presented its first Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret in 1995 in Brooklyn, New York. In fourteen years, that weekly variety show has grown into a year-round public showcase for variety artists: musicians, comedians, actors, clowns, dancers, novelty acts, circus performers, and sideshow acts. Over 400 artists have been a part of Bindlestiff’s fifteen years of theatrical spectacles. In 2002, Bindlestiff, in association with chashama, opened the Palace of Variety and Free Museum of Times Square, where we presented nearly 300 shows featuring over two hundred different variety acts. Bindlestiff continues to tour the nation exposing the public to the traditions of live entertainment at street festivals, in theaters, and in clubs. Besides its public performances, Bindlestiff has a growing commitment to providing education and enrichment programs to support variety arts.

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A BUSY SPRING IS AHEAD FOR CIRCUS ATTRACTIONS IN NEW YORK CITY

A new show called the Bill Irwin and David Shiner Project will be at the Pershing Sq. Theatre in Signature Center W. 42nd St.  Feb 12 to March 24.  Bello Mania will be at the New Victory Theatre, March 15 to 28.  Le Grand Co. will take over the same venue, April 8-15. Meanwhile Ringling will be at the new Barclay Center in Brooklyn, March 20 thru April 1, and Cirque du Soleil’s Totemwill be at CitiField   (home of the baseball Mets)   March 14 thru April 7.  As the home baseball season begins shortly thereafter an extension of the run seems unlikely.

 

BARD CENTER ADDS NEW PROGRAM

On January 10th, 2013, the Bard Graduate Center will present Herman Ootics, the Clown: History, Culture, and Clowning, featuring a talk by David Carlyon, historian and former Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. In this lecture, David Carlyon will dig into those faith-based clichés to examine how clown and culture influence each other. For more information and to register for the program, visit http://resources-bgc.bard.edu/e-vites/hermanootics2.html.
This program is in support of Bard’s current exhibition, Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010, which runs through February 3rd at its Manhattan gallery. The exhibition features many wonderful photographs, ephemera, and artifacts that explore the development of the American circus in New York City.