“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 comedy/varietè shows featuring a rapid succession of acts showcasing comedy alongside awe-inspiring physical and mental dexterity, with poignant moments of strength and delicate beauty to make audiences laugh, wonder, shake their heads in disbelief and truly appreciate how live entertainment can exhilarate and bring real joy. A live show band propels each performance. Varietè has its roots in the Music Halls of 19th century England, cabaret in Europe and vaudeville in America. Because of the talented artists currently working in this genre, it is still fresh, exciting and tremendous fun for the audience.”
The Amazing Circus 1-dersTRIcycle
Brighter Than Diamonds
with Special Guests Splinter Dance & The Georgetown Orbits!
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 for good reason. Not only does this show support SANCA’s vital programs, it’s an outstanding production showcasing some of of our most talented performers. If you didn’t get a ticket this year, be sure to tune into our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for a live feed of the show, featuring pictures, clips, and interviews with the performers and audience.
All three youth performance troupes take direction from their director, David Crellin.
Coach Mary practicing her LED Hoop routine for the packed north annex!
The Cicus 1-ders, our youngest performers, worked hard all day fine tuning their performance with the dedication and discipline of performers much older.
Coach Milla putting finishing touches on costumes
Director David Crellin and MC Kevin Joyce discussing cues while Cirrus perfects their table routine.
There’s a simmering excitement around SANCA lately that’s greater than the usual magic you feel when you walk into the building. The entire gym feels more alive- children running from annex to annex, parents and volunteers crouched in corners sewing costumes, coaches, directors and administrators bustling all around us. It’s not just that it’s been more busy at SANCA, it’s that Leap with a Twist is approaching us fast, and everywhere you can feel the creative energy that is manifested when a community comes together around a common cause- to produce an original and inspired stage show.
SANCA’s annual fundraising gala, Up with a Twist (re-named Leap with a Twist since it falls on Leap Day in 2016), is a mere three weeks away. This is SANCA’s 7th year producing this show, and it’s become a highly anticipated and integral part of the SANCA community. Not only is Twist the largest show of the year, the fundraising at the gala supports SANCA’s Circus Arts Program for Youth, which makes the benefits of circus arts available to all families, independent of their ability to pay. Considering this mission to make circus arts more accessible, the theme of the show this year feels particularly apt- Creating a World Inspired by Circus. The show explores the question, “What would the world look without circus?” and what’s more, “What would our community look like without SANCA?” In many ways, the artistic direction of the show is an answer to these questions.
David Crellin, also known as Armitage Shanks, The Carney Preacher, has been directing Up with a Twist for the last six years and is working with young performers he’s seen advance through all three youth performance troupes, from the Circus-1ders to Magnificent 7 and on to Cirrus Circus. Here, David speaks to the both the concept behind this year’s show and how it explores a world created by circus:
I had the privilege of observing David in rehearsal with all three troupes featured in Leap with a Twist for their first stumble through rehearsal. With a total of 39 children ranging from ages 5-18, David worked with the young performers for hours choreographing their opening scenes and fine tuning their upcoming performances. It’s truly amazing to see the show come together, not only for the visually stunning art direction, but for the level of commitment and discipline required from everyone involved to bring the show to life.
Please stay tuned to the SANCA blog for more upcoming features on the creation of this year’s Leap with a Twist!
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 and internationally renowned circus performers 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, juggling, and more!
Including performances by:
• Artists from SANCA’s Youth Performance Troupes:
and the Amazing Circus 1-ders
• Duo Straight Up – duo Chinese pole
• Tom Hanna & Kristen Petersen — duo trapeze
• IMPulse Circus Collective — juggling
• Marta Brown & Arne Bystrom – hand to hand
• Zora Blade – slack line
• Jasmine Manuel — tight wire
• Jeramie Hardi & Zach Homberg – Double Bounce (acro-trampoline)
• Sydney Petersen – aerial fabric
• Rachel Randall, Alyssa Hellrung, Sara Haverkamp, Megan Strawn, Kristen Petersen — A Little Sassy Something
And many more talented artists!
May 15th – 17th, 2015
Friday 7pm; Saturday 3pm or 7pm; Sunday 3pm