Welcome to 2021! Whether you see this as a fresh new year, or just another day to try your best and make things happen in a crazy world, we’ve got your back with impactful circus events and opportunities.
- The diverse and family-friendly cast of of Omnium: A Bold New Circus is performing virtually throughout the month. Performers include aerialist Jen Bricker-Bauer, ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson, and animal trainer Jenny Vidbel. Get timed tickets at this link. If you are unable to donate, you can fill out their complimentary ticket request form.
- Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will present the Best of Season 2, a video montage of their greatest virtual moments from the second season of their open stage variety show, at at 8 p.m. EST. Want to perform in Season 3, which starts on January 25? Fill out their act submission form at this link.
- You don’t want to miss the Battle Night Grand Championship, part of the virtual Club Congress festival and starting at 8:30 p.m. EST. This is the best-of-the-best showdown featuring jugglers from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, El Salvador and the U.S. Tune in by finding the Zoom link on the Battle Night Facebook page, or visit the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel.
- Daydream of Circus, a collection of juggling, cyr wheel, waacking and spinning plates, is one of the most cinematic circus productions created to date. Artists include Wes Peden (Sweden/USA), Ricardo S. Mendes (Portugal), Kouta Ohashi (Japan) and Bogie (Taiwan), as well as Hong Kong natives Patrick Pun, Lee Way Ne, Zara Asa and Ng Ping Nam. Watch this jam-packed 55-minute show at this link.
Friday through Sunday (1/8-10)
- Turbo Fest Online presents the fun and adventure of the annual Quebec juggling festival in virtual form — workshops, contests and a show spectacular on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST. Check out the schedule at the Facebook event page.
- Club tech and flow expert Jeremiah Johnston will be teaching a free Sequencing Class, with any donations benefiting Club Congress the following weekend. Start building smooth and dynamic club routines with advice from a master manipulator. Visit the Facebook event page for the Zoom link. This class runs from 10 p.m.-Midnight EST.
- Rock out with your flow and juggling props during the Sunset & Chill Winter Wonder Jam from 8-10 p.m. DJs Shaft XXL and Luxe’n’Bass will keep you moving, spinning and shaking from home. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
- Club Congress 2021 will be hosting a stellar virtual line-up of workshops, performances, panels and community enlightenment. RSVP at the Facebook event page for tons of free education and entertainment from the California crew.
- If you’re in an independent contractor (pretty much any circus artist right now), estimated quarterly tax payments are due next Friday (1/15). Need help? Check out Circus Hustle’s Crash Course in Circus Taxes and consider supporting more of Nina’s content, which includes very recent updates about the federal relief package, on Patreon.
- In the Dark Circus Arts has resumed classes at Mobtown Ballroom in Baltimore, with offerings in fabric, lyra, strappy loops, conditioning and more. See their full slate of classes at this link and register on the Mobtown Ballroom website. All classes practice Covid safety measures, including a limit of one student per apparatus.
- Apply to circus school using the amazing resources provided by Connecting Circus Students Around the World (CSAW). Visit this link for an application master sheet, as well as information about CSAW’s Ambassador Initiative, which pairs prospective circus students with current student liaisons at circus schools around the world.
- Joe’s Movement Emporium is focusing on health and wellness in their upcoming virtual programming, from tips on plant care to yoga to self-care. Visit their website to see their schedule of events to support your mind and body in trying times.
- Did you miss some folks on your nice list, or simply decide to avoid overtaxing the postal service in 2020? We’ve made it easy to find fabulous books, apparel, photography and more in our Circus Gift Guide, which will remain up throughout the year for birthdays, holidays and self-imposed celebration days. Are we missing your creations on this list? Message us at firstname.lastname@example.org.