FYI, Vol. II, No. 5.




International Competition Announced for Dancers, Choreographers,

 Physical Theatre  and Contemporary Circus Performers

There are only a few spots available for international participant in this four week intensive lab experiment which will run from October 21 through November 19, 2013,  culminating in a final demonstration of a work-in-progress at the Russian Repertory Theatre.

Experienced performers from around the world with a strong background and versatile skills who seek  international network opportunities, new collaborators, and want to start new projects are invited to apply for inclusion.  Here they will “discover, create and exchange their boldest ideas for contemporary performance” with colleagues from Russia and other countries.

The working languages will be both English and Russian.  Russian Visa support and inexpensive accommodation will be organized for participants.  The nearest international airport  is Moscow’s  Domodedovo Airport.

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Cirque Mechanic Expanding

Cirque Mechanic’s latest stage work is The  Orchestra Project, the centerpiece of which  is the Gantry Bike.  The company  worked with its Music Director Michael Picton (composer of Boom Town and the last three Ringling productions) to create a show that has a wide selection of orchestra classics, and Steven Ragatz wrote a show has humor and  a simple thread to tie it all together. The show was very well received and the company is  now taking bookings for the 2014/2015 season. It is also in the planning stages of creating a version of this show for Arts Centers (without the orchestra) for next season.

The Orchestra Project premiered in April with the Grand Rapids Symphony to rave reviews from critics and audience members alike.  The Grand Rapid Press gave the show high marks, calling it “astonishing… hysterically funny…mesmerizing…” performed by “highly skilled and wholly original artists.”

 Cirque Mechanic has also formed a working relationship with Michael Cerbelli , an event planner. He is regarded as a kind of a guru in the event business and each year he showcases twenty-five of the hottest things in entertainment, among which was the company’s  Gantry Bike. It proved to be a very successful event for Cirque Mechanic. The room was loaded with over 2500 event buyers/entertainment producers, and the Gantry Bike was driven over the heads of many of them, making a startling impression.  As a result the company landed a summer contract for Boom Town at Knott’s Berry Farm for ten weeks. It is, of course, a stripped down version (only 25 minutes long) but it is a great fit for their western themed environment. Included in this version will be the tilt pole, handstand, Steve’ Rogatz’s rola bola, the  chandelier and the ore cart act.

The company has also signed with a fair agent to book  and route the Gantry Bike at fairs and festivals,  and the company already has over seventy-five  dates between  now and the end of the year.  A schedule will be posted on the company website in the coming weeks.

Last year was a tough one in the arts market but it forced Cirque Mechanic to look into new areas and invest if some showcases and new projects. It is starting to pay off and the outlook is rosy.

 Gantry Bike Makes Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List

Cirque Mechanics’s  Gantry Bike made a splash when it was revealed as part of Michael Cerbelli’s “Hot List” at The Special Event 2013 in Chicago, driving over a crowd of event professionals. Thanks to that exposure, the Gantry Bike has been in high demand for corporate and special events. It is headed back to Chicago next for a special event at the Fairmont Hotel for Navigant Consulting.




First International Collegiate Circus Fest a Hit

Circus Mojo of Ludlow, KY, recently played host to performers from Gamma Phi Circus from Illinois State University, Cirque du K from Kalamazoo College, and the Flight Club of Bloomington, as well as representatives from the Kiberian Social Circus from Narobi, Kenya, Mexico’s Callejero and the Hidung Merah Circus from Jukarta, Indonesia.

Cornell Freeney

One of the participants, Cornell Freeney, a former student of Circus Mojo’s founder Paul Miller and a new graduate of Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus was the first in his family to graduate from college.  He earned his degree in Elementary Education, while earning a living as a professional circus performer with Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Another of Miller’s students, Dan Roberts, has created a new social circus program,The Red Nose Foundation of Jukarata.  The visa for one of his students, Wawan, was sponsored by Circus Mojo.  He will be studying circus skills in  Ludlow this summer.

In this spirit of opportunity Miller has founded the Social Circus Foundation, Inc. a 501c3 charity that will raise funds to study the impact of social circus, offer scholarships to young people so they can participate in social circus programs, and cover the costs of coaches.

More info on any of these and other programs of Circus Mojo can be found by emailing