FYI Vol. V , No. 3


Sarasota Circus heading to D.C.

Sarasota’s Circus Arts Conservatory is set to play the most prestigious venue in its 19-year history — at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in July of 2017. As a new partner with the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Conservatory’s new lot will be on “America’s front lawn,” and is expected to draw the attention of as many as one million actual and virtual visitors.

The D.C. engagement will be an integral part of the Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival, a celebration of national and world culture originated in 1967.

“This is such an incredible honor,” said Conservatory CEO Pedro Reis, co-founder in 1997 with aerialist wife Dolly Jacobs. “Folklife is not about performance but about how you become an artist, the full range of production, whether you’re on the trapeze or making the rigging or providing lighting and music. It’ll be highly interactive.”

Smithsonian spokesman James Mayer says the “circus arts program will reflect the incredible diversity of the people and the history of the United States. It’s an art form that’s practiced everywhere in our country. And we hope it’ll inspire multi-generational conversations about the history and the future of the circus arts.”

There will be no-admission-charge during Festival will run from June 29 through Independence Day and July 6-9. Although performances are scheduled, the emphasis will be on sharing techniques and demonstrations with visitors.

The Circus Arts Conservancy will share the Folklife Festival with other themes that have yet to be announced.



Sanctioned by the general assembly of the Internationaler Rhonradturn-Verband (IRV), the12th World Championships in Wheel Gymnastics will be held in Cincinnati, USA, June 20-25, 2016.The championships will be hosted by Circus Mojo from Ludlow, KY and the USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation based in Chicago, IL. This event will be held at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati and features athletes and teams from more than 25 nations around the world. “The IRV made a wise choice in sending the 2016 championships to the USA,”  said Paul Miller of Circus Mojo and Producer of the 2016 World Wheel Championships and Turnfest American Style. Team USA is coached by the eight-time World Wheel Champion Wolfgang Bientzle.  Miller sponsored Bientzle’s visa when he emigrated from Germany in 2004, bringing this dynamic international sport to the USA.  Information about USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation can be found at

Turnfest American Style

Circus Mojo will also be hosting a second major event this summer, occurring simultaneously with the Wheel Gymnastics Federation: Turnfest American Style during the week of the 2016 World Championships.

Turnfest is open to all ages and features a mixture of beginner to advanced workshops for Gym Wheel, Circus, Gymnastics, Dance, and Cyr Wheel, as well as optional private lessons and public performances in Greater Cincinnati. The advanced-level Cyr and Gymnastic Wheel community is invited to attend a series of specialized workshops and seminars taught by world-class clinicians, which will include World Champions, Olympians, and Cirque professionals from around the globe.

Turnfest participants receive full access to all World Championship competitions. The workshops are scheduled such that participants can enjoy both watching the competitions and participating in workshops.

For further information about Turnfest contact or Circus Mojo at