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by Heidi Nelson TIP # 3: Keep it in the familyStaying in touchwith your family and your own goals is key. With such a busy and peripatetic lifestyle, circus families have adapted a range of ways to stay close. While some parents send their children to boarding schools to stay in one place for their schooling, others prefer to raise their children on the road with homeschooling or hired tutors. With friends coming and going…

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by Heidi Nelson TIP # 2: Hit the Road, Jack!Circuses have home bases in cities like Montreal, New York, or San Francisco, but performers only spend a fraction of their time there. Touring is a vital part of circus shows and has made it the popular and iconic form of entertainment that it is today. In larger circuses like Big Apple or Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, each season’s show is comprised of many…

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by Heidi Nelson TIP # 1: Get ready for HARD WORK! Though they wear glamorous costumes and perform magical and often death-defying acts, circus performers are some of the most down to earth and hardest working people you could meet. Whether perfecting the flying trapeze, a slapstick clown act, or a trained animal routine, circus performers expend tons of energy during rehearsals and performances. Not only acrobats, but also clowns must be in excellent shape…

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Composer Michael Friedman (In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, among others) was kind enough to sit down with us and share his insight on his work with the Civilians, his favorite musical and his musings on superhero powers. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

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This month marks ArtsEmerson’s first presentation of circus arts with PSY by Les 7 doigts de la main — one of the latest (and one of the saaviest) incarnations of circus troupes. Building on the grand tradition of death-defying acrobatics and theatrical clowning, Les 7 doigts also bring contemporary aesthetics into their work, exploring a theme (phobias and disorders) that explores the human psyche in the modern world and crafting a thrilling show, as much…

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