Full Spectrum

Take a break from fall doldrums and treat yourself to a splash of early spring with this high-energy, acrobatic show. Follow the characters of Cirrus Circus as they each discover their own distinctive personality, evolving from a monochrome daily drab to a prismatic burst of colors.

Cirrus Circus (formerly the Youth Performance Company) is one of the most accomplished circus troupes in the region, and is in demand at many of Seattle’s popular festivals and events, including Moisture Festival, Seattle Center’s Winterfest, the Georgetown Carnival, and more. Cirrus Circus has been invited to perform in 2014 at the London International Youth Circus Festival in England, and InselCircus in Sylt, Germany.

Full Spectrum includes all-new original acts on the triple trapeze and the trampoline, as well as aerial contortion, acrobatic unicycle, juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics, and much more. This show also features guest performances by SANCA’s younger performing ensembles, the Amazing Circus 1-ders and the Magnificent 7.

Full Spectrum is created and devised by the members of Cirrus Circus, with additional choreography by Rachel Randall of RandAll Dance.
Erica Rubinstein, Cirrus Circus Managing Director
Kari J. Hunter, Cirrus Circus Assistant Director

IMPulse

A slap. A scream. A kiss. We are standing at the edge of the precipice.

Artists in residence & staff of SANCA present a contemporary circus show exploring the Imp of the Perverse, a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.

Arne Bystrom
Zora Blade
Emma Curtiss
Gabe Corey
Jasmine Manuel
Reed Nakayama
With original score and live music by Caleb Corey.

Show dates: Fridays and Saturdays 7pm, Sundays at 6pm
Oct. 11 – 13 and  Oct. 18 – 20

SANCA is proud to be presenting these talented artists. As all SANCA shows, this is a family friendly production while being a bit edgier and intense than the typical SANCA show.

Falling Upward

Set against the backdrop of The Great Depression, Falling Upward is a celebration of the endurance and the creativity of the human spirit. The show is a tribute to the challenges and triumphs of everyday people as well as to iconic artists and works of the 1930s.

This exciting collaboration showcases an amazing variety of traditional and modern circus arts, including acrobatics, tight-wire walking, juggling, Chinese pole, hand balancing, aerial acts, and more.

Come see some of your favorite SANCA coaches perform in this all-new show! Performances include Arne Bystrom and Zora Blade performing a hand-to-hand acrobalance duet; Duncan Davenport with amazing trick roping; Nick Lowery defying gravity on the Chinese Pole; and many more.

Directors: Vivian Tam and Nickolai Pirak
Choreographer: Rachel Randall
Technical Director: Amanda Zwar

SASS – SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase

Celebrate spring at SASS! — SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase!

Each May SANCA presents a showcase of unique, circus and variety performances with students, alumni, staff, and friends of SANCA. For one weekend only, you can see four super exciting circus shows, each featuring a different line up of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus artists alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers.

With festive musical accompaniment by Doc Sprinsock & the SANCApators, audiences will be treated to daring displays of acrobatics, high-flying aerials, rolling globe ensembles, contortion, juggling, and more!

Show Line-ups (subject to change)

Saturday 2:00
Duo Rendezvous: Risley
Magnificent 7: Tightwire Solo
Youth Performance Company: Duo Juggling
Vivian Tam: Aerial Fabric
Youth Performance Company: Clowning
Naami & Heath: Aerial Trapeze Duo
Duncan Davenport: Trick Roping
Youth Performance Company: Acro Duo
Orville & Tanya: Duo Acrobalance
Magnificent 7: Group Rolling Globe
Willow Foster: Aerial Fabric
Youth Performance Company: Aerial Hoop Solo
Amazing Circus 1-Ders: Group Acro/Tumbling

Saturday 7:00
Group Chinese Pole
Duo Rendezvous: Risley
Swan Lake Remix
Jasmine Manuel: Tightwire
Youth Performance Company: Juggling Duo
Jonathan Rose: Aerial Rope
Arne and Zora: Hand to Hand
Youth Performance Company:  Aerial Fabric Solo
Magnificent 7: Group Acro/Dance
Amazing Circus 1-Ders: Plate Spinning
Charly McCreary: Aerial Hoop
Rachel Randall: Aerial Trapeze
Magnificent 7: Solo Ball Juggling
Leslie Rosen: Fire!

Sunday 2:00
Nicholas Lowery: Chinese Pole
Youth Performance Company: Aerial Fabric Solo
Tyler & Marta: Partner Acrobatics
Amazing Circus 1-Ders: Duo Aerial Fabric
Youth Performance Company: Juggling/Rola-Bola Solo
Magnificent 7: Group Bike
Amazing Circus 1-Ders: AcroVengers with Evil Orville
Chris Johnston & Zach Holmberg: Trampoline
Arne Bystrom: Juggling
Alyssa & Ellie: Aerial Trapeze Duo
Saffi Watson: Aerial Hoop
Zach Holmberg: Clowning
Chrissy Wai-Ching: Aerial Rope

Sunday 7:00
Amazing Circus 1-Ders: Aerial Ladder
Emma Curtiss: MegaLyra
Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia: Acrobatics
Swan Lake Remix
Jasmine Manuel: Tightwire
Jonathan Rose: Aerial Rope
Annika Wohlf: Aerial Fabric
Magnificent 7: Group Bike
Alyssa and Ellie: Aerial Trapeze Duo
Kari Hunter: Cloudswing
Duncan Davenport: Trick Roping
Arne & Zora: Hand to Hand

Cirque d’Espionnage

Cirrus Circus: Cirque d’Espionnage : Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts for the SANCA Youth Performance Company’s annual winter show, Cirque d’Espionnage. Have you ever wondered just exactly how spies, sneaks, and secret agents receive their special training? The incredible strength, balance, flexibility, and cunning required to become an agent of espionage will astound you!
Performed in the SANCA Theatre

Between Raindrops (SANCA Staff Show)

The staff of the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) invite you to join them for a look at city love in their annual show, “Between Raindrops: A Seattle Love Story”.

With gray skies and drizzling rain, where is love to be found in Seattle? The acrobatic vignettes of “Between Raindrops” will explore the depths of affection in our city, from the euphoria of rare sunny days to socially awkward first encounters, from blind dates over steaming cups of coffee, to secret crushes and broken hearts.  This is a story of people trying to find a connection in the Emerald City.

This exciting collaboration showcases an amazing variety of traditional and modern circus arts, including umbrella acrobatics, tight-wire walking, unicycle, Russian Bar, juggling, Chinese pole, hand balancing, aerial acts, and more.

Featuring performances by A Unicycle Built for Two (Wendy Allen & Nick Harden), the Russian Bar Hoppers (Marta Brown, Nick Harden & Erica Rubinstein), Andreas Fetz, Alyssa Hellrung, Nicholas Lowery, Jasmine Manuel, Arne & Carl Bystrom, Nickolai Pirak, and other SANCA Staff.

Director: Alyssa Hellrung
Choreographer: Rachel Randall
Technical Director: Amanda Zwar

Note: Select shows on Thursday, August 23rd and Friday August 31st are invitation-only events and require a special code to view and purchase tickets.

SASS! – SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase

Celebrate spring at the SCHOOL OF ACROBATICS & NEW CIRCUS ARTS’ (SANCA’s) Annual Spring Showcase–SASS!

Each May SANCA presents a showcase of unique, circus-variety performances with students, alumni, staff, and friends of SANCA. For one weekend only, you can see three super exciting circus shows, each featuring a different line up of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus artists alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers.

With festive musical accompaniment by Doc Sprinsock & the SANCApators, audiences will be treated to daring displays of acrobatics, high-flying aerials, rolling globe ensembles, contortion, juggling, and more!

The Saturday May 19th 3pm show includes: Graeme & Lori- Risley, Katalin – Slackline, Patty – Sling, Hazel – Solo Trapeze, Courtney – Tissu, Audrey – Tightwire, Circus 1-ders – Acro, Circus 1-ders – Beach Balls, Magnificent 7 – Rolling Globe, Aidan & Ian – Juggling, Emma & Sydney – Duo Acro, Nick & Wendy – Unicycle, Alyssa & Ellie – Duo Trap, Russian Bar Hoppers.

The Saturday May 19th 7-m show includes: Megan & Brandon – Duo Acro, Jonathan – Aerial Rope, Jasmine – Tightwire, Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia- Duo Acro, Zora – Handbalancing, Alyssa & Aidan & Steven  – Rolling Globe, Ben – Clown, Alyssa & Ellie – Duo Trapeze, Lyla – Aerial Tissu, Ellie & Ciona & Hannah – Acro Trio, Russian Bar Hoppers, Nick & Wendy – Unicycle, Graeme & Lori – Risley, Aria – Aerial Hoop.

The Sunday May 20th 3pm show includes:
Saffi – Contortion, Saffi & Margaret – Duo Hoop, Magnificent 7 – Mini Tramp, Reed – Chinese Pole, Emma – Tissu, Eloise & Emma – Tightwire, Anna – Juggling, Alyssa – Solo Trapeze, Caroline, Julaine, Ruby, & Rose – Triple Trapeze, Julaine – Globe, Nickolai – Juggling, Ruby & Caroline – Partner Acro, Hannah – Handbalancing, Sophia – All Trades

Living Bridges

Artists in Residence Circus Syzygy present Living Bridges

In an era when technology and information pervade our lives, we are hyper-connected, yet perhaps even our neighbors are utter strangers. Plugged-in, cast out, and searching for connection, Syzygy dives into the heart of this contemporary conundrum.
Six circus artists combine their sensational acrobatic art, uproarious physical humor and idiosyncratic dance-theater, set against a curious backdrop of objects both natural and man-made. The result is a whimsical world in which the domestic and wild spheres meet. In this universe, time is running out, inanimate objects take on life, and acrobats face mortal risk as, together, they bridge the distance between themselves and nature, technology, and of course, each other.
Circus Syzygy (SIZ-uh-jee) is a company of 6 artists who have dedicated themselves to the production of authentic and bold live performance; their goal is to create work that showcases virtuosic talent together with human frailty, folly and inanity. Company members include Mick Holsbeke, Duo Madrona, and Terry Crane.

Once Upon a Circus

Cirrus Circus Once Upon a Circus
Fall 2011
Once upon a time in the far-away land of Georgetown, a magical place called the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts was built. The SANCA Youth Performance Company invites you to this wonderland to enjoy their annual winter show, Once Upon a Circus. Everybody loves Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, but how well do we really remember these tales from our youth? In this show, the company reenacts their favorite bedtime stories, but they’re having a bit of difficulty remembering the details. Somehow, we have two Ugly Ducklings. Little Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood are siblings. A witch is faced with the challenge of luring a more sophisticated Hansel and Gretel into her candy cottage–they prefer organic, chemical-free, non-dairy, gluten-free, non-genetically modified apricot thumbprints.

Performed in the SANCA Theatre

Again, from the Top! (SANCA Staff Show)

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a circus show? Again, from the Top! is an insider’s look at the backstage shenanigans of a troupe on the edge as the cast and crew frantically prepare for the final dress rehearsal of Cirque N’importe Quoi. Artistic temperaments pique as the tyrannical director places impossible demands on the long-suffering stage manager and anyone else in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This exciting collaboration of circus artists includes performances by A Unicycle Built for Two (Wendy Allen & Nick Harden), the Russian Bar Hoppers (Marta Brown, Nick Harden & Erica Rubinstein), Zora Blade, Joselynn Engstrom (Dream Science Circus, Luni Bin Productions). Andreas Fetz, Alyssa Hellrung (AerLift, Moisture Festival, Circus of Dreams), Tara Jensen, Elizabeth Landsman, Nicholas Lowery (O!Circus), Jasmine Manuel, Nickolai Pirak, Kari Podgorski (Circus Contraption, Seattle Opera’s Pagliacci, Teatro ZinZanni), Rachel Randall, and Megan Strawn.

The show includes an amazing variety of traditional and modern circus arts, including tightwire, unicycle, Russian Bar, aerial arts, juggling, crazy office-chair acrobatics, and more.

Office-chair Ensemble Acrobatics choreographed by Rachel Randall (RandALL Dance Company). Live music and arrangements by Nicholas Lowery and Elizabeth Landsman.