We’re here to announce what might be our biggest initiative yet. It’s called: Circus Now: International Contemporary Circus Exposure 2015…or CN-ICE for short.

Next January 8-10, in conjunction with the American Performing Arts Presenters Conference, one of the world’s largest gatherings of arts professionals, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present “Circus Now: International Contemporary Circus Exposure 2015,” in partnership with Circus Now.

CN-ICE — a combination showcase and festival — will last three full nights, and include nine companies from the U.S. and abroad, each performing an excerpt of a full length work to an audience of international presenters (theater directors, producers, festival directors) and the New York City public.

The goals of the exposure are threefold: to offer exciting artists and companies the opportunity to perform in a beautiful Manhattan theater while developing relationships with presenters and other industry professionals; to offer New York audiences an opportunity to see some of the world’s finest circus artists and broaden the public perception – particularly in the United States – of what defines the term “circus”; and to promote circus as an art form worthy of a serious platform, attention and exposure.

The line-up will feature a diverse array of circus disciplines, geographical regions, and aesthetic approaches, highlighting the creativity of circus today; check it out HERE

Of particular note if you’re a circus company interested in touring internationally: we’ve arranged for a “Community Choice,” for a company from the community, selected by the community. After a very tight race, Girls on Trapeze, featuring eight female trapezists who examine how their personalities, habits, and tendencies were shaped by the women who came before them.

On the whole, we think CN-ICE is a big step forward for Circus Now as an organization, and hopefully for circus in America. The American Performing Arts Presenters Conference is North America’s largest annual gathering of arts presenters, and one of the most important internationally. Every year, over 3,600 presenters, artists, managers, agents, and emerging arts leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries convene in the city for five days of professional development, business deals and exciting performances. CN-ICE will mark the first time circus arts and artists have been represented on such a large scale.
crowdWe are also blessed to be engaging such an exciting partner. NYU Skirball, under the leadership of Executive Director Michael Harrington, is a dynamic downtown arts venue, with an 800-seat theater on Washington Square Park, and regular performances by artists of the highest international caliber.

Thanks to NYU Skirball’s willingness to support contemporary circus on a major skill, and to the skills and participation of the artists involved in the showcase, we expect CN-ICE to be another step in waking America up to the exciting state of circus today.