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Sunday, January 5, 2014
CHICAGO CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS FESTIVAL HEADED TO TOWN
by: Hedy Weiss
January 3, 2014
The circus is coming to town in ways you might never have imagined. And along with the acrobatics, contortions, clowning and derring-do of both local and international artists, there will be a veritable big top of discussions, seminars, workshops, panels and parties.
It is all part of the 2014 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, running Jan. 6-12. The first event of its kind in this country, the Festival is presenting a wide array of performances ranging from grand-scale to intimate cabaret style, all produced either on the Athenaeum Theatre mainstage and in its black box spaces at 2936 N. Southport, or at the new Links Hall space at 3111 N. Western.
Co-produced and curated by Chicago-based circus artists Shayna Swanson and Matt Roben, the Festival also has joined forces with Circus Now, a national organization devoted to supporting “the evolution of the circus arts in the United States,” to present a four-hour seminar, Speaking Circus Chicago, to be held Jan. 7. Featuring circus artists, scholars and producers, and designed primarily for presenters and journalists, it also is open to the public. (For information about the free seminar visit http://circusnow.org/.)