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www.chicagocircusfest.com Workshops, full-length contemporary circus shows and late-night cabaret style performance
The mission of the festival is two-fold: to educate the American circus artist by bringing them to the level required for competition internationally and to elevate the perception of and promote the artistic view of circus performance in America.
Since its inception, American circus has been viewed as clowns with big shoes, glittery show girl costumes and elephants. In stark contrast, the contemporary circus, already well established and respected in Europe, Canada and other parts of the world since the 1970's, is a mix of circus skill, theater, dance and music. It provokes emotion and feeling rather than focusing solely on technical skill.
Just like every other industry has an annual convention to improve upon the skills and knowledge of its participants, we hope the CCCF will encourage American artists to explore what the world of circus is in other countries and develop a deeper artistic process. By attending professional development workshops and seminars, the level of professionalism, skills and business understanding will help the artist to compete in the global marketplace.
Based out of the beautiful and historic Athenaeum Theatre in the middle of Lakeview, the festival will fill 3 theaters with shows, workshops and community outreach, featuring nationally renowned, definition-defying artists from around the US and abroad.
The CCCF believes that we can encourage an appreciation of all arts through the discovery of contemporary circus. This will ultimately lead audiences and artists to search out and support a greater variety of arts, be it classical or modern art, dance, music, theater, or cinema.
From solo clown shows to large scale ensemble based spectacle, from the intimate to the outrageous, the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival will open eyes and blow the doors off the idea that the circus is a big-top, big budget extravaganza.
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