FAQ Circus Collective at the Arlington Center for the Arts

The Boston Globe has these photos of the FAQ Circus collectives show at the Arlington Center for the Arts

I was at this show, these kids are AMAZING!

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Circus World selects clown (a real one) as new leader

The Capital News (Wis) is running this story about Circus World selecting Scott O’Donnell as its new president and CEO.

With all thats been going on with CWM, lets hope Scott will be able to help get things on the right track.

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Curtain Raisers: A Future for Circus in the Balance

The Wall Street Journal is running this story about the Big Apple Circus’s new show and gender rolls within the world of circus.

Interesting stuff.

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Ringling Brothers circus get record fine for animal treatment

(Reuters) – The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has agreed to pay a record $270,000 fine to settle charges it violated federal animal welfare laws.

Feld Entertainment Inc of Vienna, Virginia, did not admit wrongdoing or violating U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations in settling the dispute over handling of performing animals, it said in a statement Monday.

“We look forward to working with the USDA in a cooperative and transparent manner that meets our shared goal of ensuring that our animals are healthy and receive the highest quality care,” Kenneth Feld, chief executive of Feld Entertainment, said in the statement.

The USDA said the $270,000 fine was the biggest assessed under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

Feld also agreed to set up a compliance officer’s position on its staff by the end of February 2012. Employees who work with animals also must undergo AWA compliance training, the USDA said in a statement.

In one incident logged by USDA inspectors, Banko, a 35-year-old female Asian elephant, was required to perform in July in Los Angeles despite pain from probable sand colic.

A circus veterinarian said Banko had seemed comfortable enough to perform and that to separate her from the group would have been more distressing to her, the report said.

USDA inspectors reported in 2008 that wheelbarrows used to carry meat to tigers also were used to transport waste. Inspections also turned up allegations of worn pens and feeding areas, poor medical record-keeping, improper fencing and failure to control elephants.

The allegations followed complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about abuse of elephants and tigers at the circus, including physical punishment.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Jerry Norton and Bill Trott)

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For Russian Performers, Trapeze Skills May Be Ticket to Landing U.S. Residency

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Former circus performer is still flying high at 60

The Star is running this story about 60 year old Marsha Kennington, and her life as a circus performer and teacher.

More proof that those who are young at heart can do anything!

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Christchurch: CircoArts Programme cancelled for 2012

Friday, 22 July 2011, 2:34 pm
Press Release: Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Christchurch: CircoArts Programme cancelled for 2012

CPIT announced today that its CircoArts programme – the Bachelor of Performing Arts (Circus Arts and Physical Theatre) will not be delivered in 2012.

The specialist facilities that have housed the programme for the last 15 years have been severely affected by the Christchurch earthquakes, and their future remains uncertain.

The programme has not been delivered on the Christchurch campus since the February 22 earthquake, and as a result nine students were accepted into the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne in April to complete their second year of study. The first and third year students were deferred study for the year.

“This is hopefully just an interim measure,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries, Dr. Jane Gregg.

“We will be working hard on a plan to ensure that Circo Arts has a home at CPIT, and that we can continue to provide the rich training ground that Circo Arts has proven to be. The programme is pivotal to this specialist area of performance in NZ.”

Dr.Gregg says CPIT hopes to be able to offer the programme in 2013, depending on the assessment of damage to its current specialist facilities, and the plans that emerge from that assessment. An announcement will be made on this as soon as these plans are known.

The programme is well known internationally as a trainer of circus performers, with graduates going on to perform in NZ and further afield with companies like Cirque de Soleil and Circus Oz.

“We hope that current and potential students at Circo Arts are able to engage with trainers and facilities where they are situated, and look forward to welcoming them back to CPIT when we have re-established our teaching facilities” said Dr.Gregg.

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Clowns crying for circus school

The days of clowning around in Christchurch are over.

The city’s internationally renowned circus school has pulled the plug on its training programme because the ongoing earthquakes have damaged its specialist facilities.

The CircoArts programme, run by the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, has been training circus performers for 15 years, but its future is in doubt.

The programme had only just started for the year when the February 22 quake struck, closing the facilities and forcing the students to either defer study or transfer to Melbourne’s National Institute of Circus Arts.

Now, polytech officials have announced the programme will not be delivered in 2012.

Creative industries faculty dean Dr Jane Gregg said the polytechnic hoped to be able to offer the programme in 2013, but that would depend on what assessors found when they examined the extent of the damage.

“We will be working hard on a plan to ensure that CircoArts has a home with us, and that we can continue to provide the rich training ground that CircoArts has.

“The programme is pivotal to this specialist area of performance in New Zealand.”

The CircoArts programme is well-known internationally for training circus performers, with graduates going on to perform in New Zealand and further afield with companies like Cirque du Soleil and Circus Oz.

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Today’s playgrounds may be too safe, critics warn

The New York Times is running this story about psychologists Dr. Sandseter and Leif Kennair of the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, and their warnings about risk and what kids are not learning on the playground.

Looks like many of the same things we teach kids in circus.

 

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Running away to the Circus

Business World is running this story looking at what it takes to put on Varekai

Interesting look behind the curtain.

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