Circus as Art. Circus as Entertainment.

One of the recurring topics at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival in June was circus as its own art.  There is a movement to have circus classified as its own art form for funding applications, and to bring circus to university programs as its own course of study.  I fully support the expansion of circus…

Safety in Circus

As circus rises to the mainstream, gracing all manner of venue from backyard birthdays to the grandest of stages, it is easy to lose sight of one of the core reasons that what we do is so interesting:  risk.  Do you remember the first time you saw a contortionist bend her back flat in half?…

The Importance of Good Staging

When planning a special event and incorporating either ambient or featured entertainment, staging is a vital component of your event’s success.  Without proper lighting, audio, timing, and spacing, even the best circus acts will make less of an impact on your guests. Put yourself in a guest’s shoes.  Maybe you’ve never been at an event…

Introducting La Maison Aurora

Every art form struggles with the gap between commercial and fine art.  Radio hits versus local indie music.  Music video back up dance versus concert dance.  Art for wall decor versus the art of museums and galleries.  The only form I have found that builds its economic foundation on both commercial and fine art is fashion.  A…