Photo courtesy of A Different Spin A Different Spin weaves a fiery web.
May 31, 2013
SLEEPY HOLLOW — Two events inspired by circuses of old will take place Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, at two Historic Hudson Valley sites.
A band of fire jugglers will light up Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow during A Night on Fire, Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. Expanded this year to four performances over two evenings, A Night on Fire debuted last year to a sold out crowd.
Performed by the juggling and comedy troupe A Different Spin, “A Night on Fire” will feature stunts and family friendly humor and is ideal for audiences of all ages. Performances take place at 8:15 and 10 p.m.
This one-hour performance is a fully choreographed, live display of fire arts featuring four flame-wielding, fire-eating performers twisting and turning, juggling and dancing, spinning and sword fighting. The vaudeville-meets-funk sounds of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band kicks off the show.
Though it is a separate ticketed performance, “A Night on Fire” is a complement to Animals & Acrobats, which takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.
Featuring a variety of performers and animal conservation groups, Animals & Acrobats evokes an early-American traveling circus. An ambassador wolf, stilt-dancers, soaring acrobats, gargantuan puppets, and the chance to hone your circus skills are some of the event’s highlights.
In America’s early days, fire jugglers, tumbling acrobats, rope walkers, magicians — indeed, clever characters of all sorts — used to travel the countryside as a ragged band of entertainers, setting up shop at various locales.