The Women & Circus initiative is a group of women who hope to further facilitate what circus does as an art form and a practice: build community, encourage personal growth, provide a language for self-expression and inspire creativity.
We will provide a hub for professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts to discuss and explore the ways that women engage with circus, and how the art form is enhanced by their contributions. These stories will provide a behind the scenes look at circus, and circus relative to other art forms and professions.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Over the next year we will publish interviews from a diverse group of outstanding women who each offer a unique story. You can expect to see perspectives from women who are involved in circus professionally or recreationally as performers, directors, producers, riggers and more.
We also plan on establishing a network of people and organizations who have a particular interest in this topic and who would like to be involved in our future projects. If you have an idea, or would be interested in partnering or getting involved, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last month we recapped Jen Crane of CirquePhysio's blog posts related to the shoulder. We went through the basic outline of the muscle groups and their function, the circus lats - how to assess their flexibility and ... Read More
Last month, we interviewed Michele Frances, aerialist and PT, based in Austin, TX. She provided a video tutorial on hip anatomy and shared her perspective on aerial training as a coach and physical therapist. When ... Read More
Michele Frances is a multi-award winning professional aerial coach & performer, Physical Therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor, and strength training specialist. She has been coaching and performing aerial arts for over 12 years and currently resides ... Read More
The state of Canada’s Indigenous communities, which make up vastly diverse peoples across the country, represent some of the most tragic and devastating parts of Canadian history. The government of Canada was responsible for the ... Read More
Managing safety, egos and space. With the rapid growth in the recreational circus sector, studios must be competitive and find their niche while students navigate their loyalties, and teachers and performers establish relationships and find ... Read More
Women & Circus sat down with Nathalie Hébert, booking agent for Cirque le Roux, Gynoïdes, and The Ricochet Project, to talk about what it is like to be a circus arts administrator and her perspective ... Read More
This is the first in a three part series on fem40fitness.com about Lisa’s journey as an extremely fit woman over 40, diagnosed with breast cancer. My name’s Lisa and I’m about 3 months out from ... Read More
Women & Circus sat down to interview long time CN supporter Patti Miller at Aerial Animals, about what it’s like to manufacture equipment for circus arts. After five years of sailing around the world, Patti ... Read More
Does contemporary circus have the potential to nurture and rightfully represent ourselves onstage: Our bodies, sexual preferences, identities and communities? Will it be effective in breaking down gender divides and heteronormativity in ways that create ... Read More
Marie-Andrée Robitaille began her circus education in 1995 at the École de Danse de Québec and went on to graduate from the National Circus School in Montréal, Canada. She toured the world with the Swedish ... Read More
Women’s Circus began in 1991 as a community arts project dedicated to using circus to work with survivors of violence in Melbourne, Australia. It has since expanded to include circus training, performance and outreach programs ... Read More
Women & Circus interviewed Suzanne Kenney for the fourth article in our series, 'Entrepreneurs of Circus'. School: Pendulum Aerial Arts Location: Portland, Oregon Director: Suzanne Kenney Status: Not for Profit Students: 100 Women & Circus: ... Read More
Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion share the spotlight for our third feature in the Women & Circus series 'Entrepreneurs of Circus'. School: New England Centre for Circus Arts (NECCA) Location: Brattleboro, VT Director: Serenity Smith Forchion (Executive ... Read More
Krin Haglund is a keen multi-disciplinary artist—at home on the stage as a soloist; in the company of big-names like Cirque Éloize, 7 doigts de la main, and the infamous Soleil; or traveling an alternative ... Read More
Shayna Swanson is our second feature in the Women & Circus series 'Entrepreneurs of Circus'. Name: Shayna Swanson School: Aloft Loft Type of business: S-corp Number of students: 250 Location: Chicago, IL Women & Circus: ... Read More
School: Cirque School LA Location: Los Angeles, CA Director: Aloysia Gavre Status: For-Profit Students: Approximately 600 per month Women & Circus: What do you think has contributed to the success of your circus school? Aloysia ... Read More
The Circus According to Cecil is a new documentary which follows ringmaster and clown Cecil MacKinnon as she directs a performance with Circus Flora and the St.Louis Symphony Orchestra. Through Cecil’s experienced eyes, much is revealed ... Read More
Dr. Janet Davis, circus society expert and associate professor in the Department of American Studies at University of Texas Austin, chronicles the historical significance of the female big top performer as a durable champion of ... Read More
For our inaugural interview, Women & Circus sat down with Stacy Clark, Talent Scout for Cirque du Soleil, to talk about her career, her experiences in circus, and how she sees the art form evolving ... Read More