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ARLINGTON CIRCUS

Contemporary circus to perform in Arlington next week
Former Arlington woman co-founded troupCourtesy photo.
Left, Lindsay Culbert-Olds, and Kia-Melinda Eastman have started their own contemporary circus, FAQ Circus, will perform in Arlington next Monday and Tuesday.
From: wickedlocal.com
By Eileen Kennedy
Wicked Local Arlington
Aug 16, 2013
Arlington, Mass. —Two women who fell in love with the flying trapeze as youngsters recently started their own circus troupe, and will be performing here next week at the Arlington Center for the Arts.
Resident Lindsay Culbert-Olds, who graduated from Arlington High School, and her trapeze partner, Kia-Melinda Eastman, a graduate of Waltham High School, have formed the FAQ Circus in Montreal as they finished up circus college this spring, with a mission of bringing modern circus performances to the United States.
 In contemporary circuses there are usually no animals, although clowns and trapeze artists are the stars of the show.
"What I love about the circus is how much of an art form it is," said Culbert-Olds from the road, as the troupe performed in Philadelphia. "Contemporary circus is a combination of dance and theater – it really is performance art."
They both fell in love with the circus at very young ages – for Culbert-Olds, she was 8 when she saw an episode of the television show "Zoom," which featured circus performers, and for Eastman it was at age 7, when she learned about trapeze work during gymnastics.
The two women bonded as young girls touring with Circus Smirkus, a youth circus of kids aged 10 to 18 that tours throughout New England. They became trapeze partners.
Culbert-Olds and Eastman both went on to college following Circus Smirkus and high school graduations, and continued to head toward home every weekend so they could continue trapeze training. Eventually, they decided not to return to their respective colleges because they recognized their hearts were with the circus.
Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/news/x853702023/Contemporary-circus-to-perform-in-Arlington-next-week#ixzz2cDtvRoh7
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