FYI, Vol. III, No. 2

 

 

Auditions Set In Los Angeles

Cirque Mechanics is partnering with Cirque School LA in an effort to find talent for several of its upcoming projects.  Auditions will be held from noon until 4:30pm on Sunday March 30 at the school’s facility at 5640 ½ Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.  Cirque Mechanics invites performers to send a message expressing their interest along with a resume, and  web or youtube link to auditions@ciquemechanics.com.

 Talent Scouts out Searching

During the month of May Cirque du Soleil’s talent scouts will be at the European Women’s Artistic Gymnastic Championships and the European Mens’ Artistic Gymnastic Championships, both in in Sofia, Bulgaria as well as the Canadian Gymnastic Championships in Ottawa, Quebec.    To get on CDS’s  list to receive its periodic casting newsletter go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/jobs.   In April  the company will be auditioning singers in Las Vegas.  A link to an application is in the current newsletter.

 Salute to Russian  Circus Cut by American TV

American audiences of the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were disappointed by NBC-TV’s editing of the closing ceremonies.  The portions eliminated from the television coverage included an elaborate tribute to the Russian circus, featuring hundreds of circus performers.  The circus has always enjoyed enormous popularity in Russia and before it the Soviet Union, so omitting it ignored a significant part of Russia’s cultural heritage, and robbed audiences of seeing some of the best circus artists in the world.

 Parade to be Staged Once More

The Great Circus Parade is being revived this summer in the Ringling brothers’ hometown, Baraboo, WI, only now it is being called the Big Top Parade.  Its Grand Marshall will be TV and Broadway star Tom Wopat, who recently played Frank Butler in a revival of Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway, for which he was honored with a Tony Award nomination.  The parade is set to step off down Baraboo’s main north-south artery on July 26.  It will help celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Ringling brothers’ founding of the circus that made them and their hometown famous.  On the evening before the parade Wopat will perform a concert at the Al Ringling Theatre.

 College Circus Festival Repeats

The 2nd annual International College Circus Festival will be held May 16-18 at the Ludlow Theatre in Ludlow, KY, across the bridge from Cincinnati, Ohio.  It is being sponsored by Circus Mojo the brainchild of Paul Miller. The festival will include performances by visiting troupes, workshops and job opportunities.  Those already slated to participate include Gamma Phi Circus from Illinois State University,  OCircus! From Oberlin College, and Cirque du K from Kalamazoo.   Individual artists will also appear and present workshops.  These include Duo Rose from the New England Center for Circus Arts and international performers from the Congo and Mexico.  For more information contact Nena Woo at nena.circusmojo@gmail.com

 Another Significant Name Change

The UK’s Circus Space is changing its name as well as its role in developing circus artists.  Henceforth it will be known as The National Centre for Circus Arts, designating its expanded role in supporting the wider circus sector in the UK and creating opportunities for circus to be seen and for people to participate in training at all levels.  American Tim Roberts is the Director of Higher Education as the school marks its 25th anniversary.  The new website is www.nationalcircus.org.uk.  Roberts can be contacted at tim@circusspace.co.uk.

 Cirque du Soleil Looks South of the Border (ours not theirs)

Having been thwarted in its efforts to gain a foothold in New York City, Cirque du Soleil has turned its attention southward, to Mexico specifically, where a new theater is being constructed for the company on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  A private developer is building the 600-seat, stand-alone theatre located about ten miles south of the Cancun airport.  The novelty here, besides the location, is that the new venture will combine dinner service along with the unique brand of entertainment for which Cirque du Soleil is known around the world.