FYI Vol. III, No 1


Circus Directors Stages Ceremonies at Winter Olympics

Sebastien Soldevila and Shana Carroll of Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers) were responsible for the conception and design of parts of the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics.  Daniele Finzi Pasca, who directed Corteo for Cirque du Soleil and Rain and Nebula for Cirque Eloize is responsible, along with his associates Julie Hamelin Finzi (previously a producer of Cirque Eloize) and Hugo Gargiulo, scenic designer, for the opening ceremony of the ParaOlympics (March 7) and closing ceremonies at the Junior Olympics (February 23) held in Sochi, Russia.


NECCA Expanding

The New England Center for Circus Arts is about to embark on a giant expansion program.  It has already purchased a three acre site in downtown Brattleboro, VT, where they intend to build a new facility, the plans for which are currently being finalized.  All this was initiated thanks to a single donor.  If anyone is interested in helping make the plans a reality they should contact Elsie Smith, who with her twin sister Serenity, founded the Center,  Her email address is


AYCO On the Move

The American Youth Circus Organization is helping to found a new organization The American Circus Educators Association (ACE).  This extension of AYCO is obviously intended for circus educators rather than students and young people.

In another area of circus education the organization’s Circus Arts Safety Program certifies qualified circus arts training spaces, teacher training programs and teachers, based on verifiable compliance with AYCO’s guidelines through a process of communication and evaluation.  The program’s mission is to establish specific guidelines that will help promote, encourage and foster better safety and risk management practices.


Chicago Stages Contemporary Circus Festival

Shayna Swanson of Aloft Circus Arts and Matt Roben in association with Circus Now organized and presented a festival featuring nine circus acts, scholars and producers representative of “the wide world of contemporary circus,” including two from Quebec, Canada, and one from Finland.  Although the festival attracted no public funding sources, sponsorship of many circus companies has insured that it would at least break even.  Response from the Chicago press was positive.


 Feld Entertainment Readying Latest Arena Production

Teasers for this show based on the characters of Marvel Comics can be seen at

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Oakland’s Kinetic Arts Center to Present Circus Spire Youth New Production

The Circus Spire Youth Troupe has for the past five years produced circus performances “blending highly developed characters, thought-provoking story and traditionally trained circus performances.”  The troupe is made up of students 8-18 years of age, trained by highly experienced circus and theatre professionals.  “Aerial, acrobatics, clowning and contortions” are staples of the troupe.  Their latest production CircoMorph:The Primordial Circus opens a three week run March 8, 2014 in Oakland, CA’s downtown Kinetic Arts Center. Performances are given Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.  It has been conceived and is being directed by Jaron A. Hollander.


Another Youth Circus Preparing to Tour Europe

Circus Mojo has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the 9th annual circus exchange with its sister circus CircArtive Pimparello in Stuttgart, Germany.  Circus Mojo will be bringing a group of its teens for a three week tour of Germany.

In addition Circus Mojo founder Paul Miller was invited to make a presentation at the “Culture has an Impact Celebration” seminar of effective circus projects as well as offering medical clowning workshops in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland.


Getting Ready to Fly

St. Louis’ Circus Harmony will be opening its Flying Trapeze Center this April at Union Station.  As usual support from circus fans will help make this a reality more quickly.  More information on this and Circus Harmony’s other projects can be found at its website