Inspiring Shows

  • SANCA Staff Show: Summer on the Cirque Riviera - Fun in the sun and good times to be had for all at Summer on the Cirque Riviera! Take a stroll through the Mercado del Mar. Catch some rays poolside with buff babes and saucy sailors, but beware of pool sharks! Or just relax and beat the heat with a glass of wine, or perhaps…

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  • Spring Festival of Flight: Candyland! - SANCA School of Flight Presents the Spring Festival of Flight: Candyland! June 2nd Open House: 5:30pm Youth Flying Trapeze Show: 7:30pm Adult Flying Trapeze Show: 9:00pm June 3rd Open House: 2:00pm Youth Flying Trapeze Show: 3:00pm Open House: 6:00pm Adult Flying Trapeze Show: 7:00pm The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) welcomes you…

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  • In Somnia – Professional Preparatory Program final show - Where do we drift off to when we sleep? Leave the waking world with SANCA’s Professional Preparatory Program graduates as they entwine themselves in a dreamscape of aerials, acrobatics, handbalancing, dance, Chinese pole, and contortion. Fall into our circus dream and lose yourself in what you find there. Sponsored in part by: Seattle Office of…

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  • SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase - 4 Unique Circus Variety Shows! Every year SANCA presents a showcase of unique circus performances featuring students, alumni, staff, and friends. For one weekend only, we hold four shows, each featuring a different line up of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus performers alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers. The SASS shows are the capstone…

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  • Witches & Wizards: the Fall Festival of Flight - The SANCA School of Flight is welcoming Fall with the Festival of Flight: Wtiches and Wizards! The Open House and Flying Trapeze Shows are a celebration for the whole community. First time flyers are encouraged to try flying on the trapeze during our Open House and to stay for the Flying Trapeze Shows that feature…

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  • How to Adult: SANCA Staff Show - What does it mean to become an adult? When does this happen, and why are some people so ahead of the curve? For many growing people, becoming an adult coincides with leaving college, or moving out of the parents’ house into one’s own rented apartment. Suddenly, you have insane amounts of freedom and responsibility! Is…

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  • The Other Side of the Unknown: Professional Preparatory Program Final Demonstrations - Fantasy, reality, nightmares and visions all twist together in the thresholds of consciousness where the lucid dreams of circus artists defy their prescribed destinies. Featuring aerial silk, juggling, dance trapeze, lyra, hand balancing, rope, dance and floor acrobatics. Reserve your seat using Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2550579 Donations welcomed at the door.
  • SASS: SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase! - Celebrate spring at the SCHOOL OF ACROBATICS & NEW CIRCUS ARTS’ Annual Spring Showcase–SASS! Tickets on sale now at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510253 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 FOUR super exciting circus shows, each featuring a different line…

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  • Artists-in-Residence: Acrobatic Conundrum present “Love & Gravity” - April 8-10, Broadway Performance Hall In this new, thrillingly beautiful work, Acrobatic Conundrum transports audiences to a captivating world seemingly free of the bounds of physics, but not free of the capricious struggle for human connection. Fluent in the language of acrobatics, this cast risks all on a quest to tell honest accounts from an…

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  • Moisture Festival Benefit Show - April 3rd, 3pm “This show will be a special benefit show for SANCA, featuring guest appearances from SANCA artists and staff.  Net proceeds from this show will go towards SANCA’s programs recognized nationally as a leader in youth circus arts education, safety, and instructor training. The Moisture Festival presents its 13th year of high energy…

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  • It’s Almost Here! - After many weeks of work, we’re just a day away from Up with a Twist! Saturday was one of the last rehearsals before the show. Friends, family, staff and performers all came together to eat, rehearse and make last minute preparations for the big day. This year’s Up with a Twist is sold out, and…

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  • Cirrus Circus presents “Hotel” - HOTEL is the tale of a once-grand institution that has fallen on hard times. A thick layer of dust covers the concierge desk and the rooms sit unoccupied. When two unsuspecting guests arrive to stay the night, little do they know, they are in for a wild ride. With portraits that swing out of their…

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  • SANCAthon: it’s back, and bigger and better than ever! - Thank You to everyone who made SANCAthon a success! Here’s the annotated Catch-athon video by Kristen Petersen SANCAthon is a super fun community celebration! We’ve got exciting plans for this year’s SANCAthon and you don’t want to miss it! Four hours of excitement including: · Catchathon! · The Buskers’ Challenge! · Team Events! · Circus…

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  • Flight of the Living Dead! - The SANCA School of Flight is welcoming Fall with the Festival of Flight: Flight of the Living Dead! The Open House and Flying Trapeze Shows are a celebration for the whole community. First time flyers are encouraged to try flying on the trapeze during our Open House and to stay for the Flying Trapeze Shows…

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  • The Improbable Return of the Amazing Scotty Walsh! - With a magician, anything is possible, including reappearing at SANCA just in time for the school’s annual Staff Show – The Circus Animal: A Nature Documentary. SANCA is delighted to welcome back Scotty Walsh – one of our earliest circus students and coaches. Scotty is visiting SANCA from Cork, Ireland during the month of August,…

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  • The Circus Animal: a Nature Documentary (Staff Show) - Come see the never-before-revealed mysteries of the circus kingdom! Learn about the mysterious behaviors of the ring reptile, the night time aerial adventures of the spider, and the secret desires of the flamingo in this new mock-documentary show. Visit the wilds of SANCA and witness the strange and wonderful mannerisms of circus creatures in this…

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  • SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase – SASS! - SANCA invites you to join us for SASS – SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase, May 15-17, 2015. Every year SANCA presents a showcase of unique circus and variety performances featuring students, alumni, staff, and friends of SANCA. For one weekend only in May, we hold four shows, each featuring a different line up of spectacular local…

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  • Festival of Flight! - Festival of Flight! May 2 & 3 Spring Fly Show & Open House   Join us in the SANCA School of Flight flying trapeze tent for the Festival of Flight: Open House and Spring Fly show Extravaganza! From 1-3pm each day we welcome flyers ages 4 and up to bring a non-perishable food item to…

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  • IMPulse Circus Collective presents Figments - IMPulse Circus Collective, a Seattle-based circus troupe founded in 2013, will debut a new contemporary circus show as a part of the Moisture Festival. Shows will be at Broadway Performance Hall in Capitol Hill on April 10-12. This exciting, acrobatic show is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Figments transports the audience into a world…

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  • Acrobatic Conundrum presents “The Language of Chance” - Acrobatic Conundrum presents “The Language of Chance” January 30 – February 8 For all dates and times and ticket link please visit http://sancaseattle.org/calendar/ or languageofchance.brownpapertickets.com Acrobatic Conundrum premieres “the Language of Chance”: two takes on contemporary circus, one extraordinary evening of new works. Since its debut in 2012 Acrobatic Conundrum has taken artistic risks to…

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  • Wasting Away - Wasting away tells the exciting and bizarre story of an idyllic small town that is slowly overrun by their accumulation of garbage. Seemingly oblivious to their predicament the town carries on with its joyous and acrobatic daily routine until the problem becomes too big to ignore. Full of humour and heart, this show presents an…

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  • SANCA’s Summer Circus Festival opens August 15th - SANCA’s Summer Circus Festival opens August 15th by Maia LeDoux — last modified Sep 04, 2014 10:44 PM History Join us for our first Summer Circus Festival, August 15-24, 2014, including the SANCA Staff Show, “Everyday Miracles” and SANCA Goes Late Nite Variety Shows, curated and directed by David Crellin aka Armitage Shanks. SANCA’s staff…

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  • SANCA’s Summer Circus Festival - SANCA is honored to present our talented staff in their own show. Everyday Miracles, transforms everyday actions through the beauty of circus, elevating the mundane into the marvelous.  Circus artists are superheroes performing these little miracles every day, affecting other people, spreading mystery and joy. Artists performing in the SANCA Staff Show include: Rachel Randall…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • SASS! – SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase - Chase those wet winter blues away 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…

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  • Feast of the Senseless - Cirrus Circus: Feast of the Senseless Fall 2010. The tale begins with the opening of a restaurant. L’assiette Vide has all the elements necessary for a fine dining establishment – great location, excellent ambience, highly skilled staff, a fancy French name. Only one thing seems to be missing: the chef! How long can the maitre…

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  • KCRQ – Alternative Frequency (SANCA Staff Show) - The staff of the SCHOOL OF ACROBATICS & NEW CIRCUS ARTS (SANCA) cordially invites you to join us for the annual staff show, KCRQ — Alternative Frequency. SANCA boasts an immensely talented staff of circus and performing artists, several of whom are local or international performers. Each year, for one weekend only, they devise a…

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  • Just Add Water - This June seven young professional circus artists converge in Seattle for a month-long collaborative project at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Georgetown.  For three weeks, the individual artists will commingle their diverse talents, tastes and ideas to create an original contemporary circus production, Just Add Water. Drawing from their personal…

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  • SASS! — The SANCA Annual Spring Showcase - The SCHOOL OF ACROBATICS & NEW CIRCUS ARTS (SANCA) cordially invites you to join us for SASS! — The SANCA Annual Spring Showcase. Three shows only! May 22 & 23, 2010 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22nd 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22nd 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23rd Every year SANCA presents a showcase of unique, circus-variety…

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  • Up in the Air: A Juggler’s Tale of Circus and Invention - Cirrus Circus: Up in the Air: A Juggler’s Tale of Circus and Invention. This tale follows the journey of a young juggler who moves to a small town, only to find it divided by a rivalry. He throws caution (and juggling clubs) to the wind in order to bring the town back together in a…

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  • 2009 SANCA Annual Spring Showcase (SASS) - Two unique, circus-variety shows featuring the spectacular SANCA Youth Company, the amazing Circus 1-ders, incredible SANCA instructors and fabulous friends of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Matinee: *Amazing Circus 1-ders! *Youth Company Member Lyla *Crystal Dawn *Rachel Randall *Youth Company Member Zora *The Amazing Arne *Tightwire Darlings *Arne and Zora Evening: *Hulahoopapalooza…

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  • Grab a front rug seat at Moisture Festival - By DOREE ARMSTRONG, SPECIAL TO THE P-I Published 10:00 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2009 Sally Pepper is one of several aerialists performing at this year’s Moisture Festival. Most of the performances are family-friendly, but there is a series of late-night burlesque shows for the 21-and-older crowd. The festival’s producer said there is a live band at…

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  • Emma in Wonderland - Emma loses herself in a circus wonderland. Help Emma discover her way back home in this family-friendly circus show, presented by SANCA’s Youth Performance Company [now named Cirrus Circus]. Follow her on this adventure as she meets outlandish rolling globe walkers, whimsical fairies, lively gypsies and other inhabitants in this magical world. Performed at the…

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  • Emma in Wonderland - The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts’ Youth Performance Company presents: Emma in Wonderland Emma loses herself in a circus wonderland. Follow her on this adventure as she meets outlandish rolling globe walkers, whimsical fairies, lively gypsies and other characters in this magical world. Help Emma discover the way back home in this family-friendly…

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  • Pirates of the Carabiners - Pirate themed circus show brought to you by the Death-Defeying Do-Gooders, the SANCA staff. Our send off performance with Terry Crane saying, “See you later” to our instructor and friend as he heads off to ENC (École nationale de cirque) Performances by: Terry Crane Crystal Campbell Rachel Randall Jonathan Rose Kendra Greaves (San Francisco Circus…

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  • Pirates of the Carabiners - A pirate-themed circus show brought to you by the Death-Defying Do-Gooders, the SANCA staff. Our send off performance for Terry Crane as we say “See you later” to our instructor and friend. Performances by: Terry Crane Crystal Campbell Rachel Randall Jonathan Rose Kendra Greaves (San Francisco Circus Center) Erica Rubinstein & Marta Brown Nickolai Pirak…

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  • SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase (SASS) - Two unique variety shows featuring the Youth Company, instructors and friends of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Matinee: Founders Chuck & Jo – Acrobalance Circus 1-ders! Trapeze & Tumbling Arne – Club Juggling Youth Company member: Lyla – Tissu Youth Company members: Jasmine & Emma – Tightwire Russell & Heather – Double…

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  • SASS – SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase - Two unique variety shows featuring the Youth Company, instructors and friends of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. May 31, 2008 Rainier Valley Cultural Center 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA Matinee: Founders Chuck & Jo – Acrobalance Circus I-ders! Trapeze & Tumbling Arne – Club Juggling Lyla – Tissu Jasmine & Emma…

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  • Grand Adventures in Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe - Seattle’s Premier Circus School’s Youth Performance Company performs a classic tale “Grand Adventures in Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe” where toys come the life. Come watch as Teddy Bears walk on a ball, a toy train is powered by unicycles, Tin Solders Juggler and so much more. Performed at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
  • Grand Adventures in Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe - Seattle’s Premier Circus School’s Youth Performance Company (now named Cirrus Circus) performs a classic tale “Grand Adventures in Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe” where toys come the life. Come watch as Teddy Bears walk on a ball, a toy train is powered by unicycles, Tin Solders Juggler and so much more. Quietly tucked away in a sleepy…

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  • Snow Day - Snow Day was the first original production by the Youth Performance Company (now Cirrus Circus). It was the first performance to benefit SANCA, but the troupe didn’t have a budget for costumes so they wore their winter clothes and gear.  
  • Mick’s Whoa Show - The Whoa Show was a kick off show that Terri Sullivan, Chuck, Jo, Tara, and of course the whole SANCA family graciously put together to help Mick Holsbeke go to ENC (École nationale de cirque). Friends from all over the Northwest were invited to perform. The SANCApators did the music and David Godsey hosted it.…

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  • Circo Vivo 2006 - The second annual Circo Vivo, a springtime SANCA circus variety show, was performed in the gym on panel mats on the tumbl-trak. The original youth performance troupe, then called Youth Performance Company (YCo), had been recently formed and this was their debut show.
  • SANCA’s first show: Circo Vivo - SANCA’s show history begins with Circo Vivo, a variety benefit show. Performers included Crystal Campbell, Chuck & Jo, Ben Wendel & Rachel Nehmer (as Curly Burly, now Duo Madrona), Scotty Walsh, Sally Pepper, Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia, and a select group of SANCA students. Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.