What’s a “contemporary circus”?
Think performance art by aerialists, acrobats and off-beat clowns with far more fashion flare than the Bozos of old.
Here’s a clip of “The Way Out” by the well-named Acrobatic Conundrum, one of many acts in the Chicago Contemporary Circus festival that runs through the 12th of January.
Less a story with a beginning, middle and end, this was more of a moving Steampunk jewel.
Each ensemble member is a star in their own right.
Successive performance vignettes perk you like a hard sell pitch line – “Wait, there’s more”.
According to the show organizers, “This contemporary genre of circus tends to focus more attention on the overall aesthetic impact, on character and story development, and on the use of new media, design, and original music, to convey thematic or narrative content provoking emotional engagement.”
REMAINING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Attrape-Moi by Flip FabriQue Athenaeum Theatre: FRI, 1/10/14 @ 4pm SAT, 1/11/14 @ 8pm, & SUN, 1/12/14 @ 5pm
The Way Out by The Acrobatic Conundrum Athenaeum Theatre SAT, 1/11/14 @ 5pm
Smoke and Mirrors* by Ricochet Muualla/Elsewhere by Ilona Jäntti’ Athenaeum Theatre SUN, 1/12/14 @ 8pm
El Circo Cheapo Cabaret* by Aloft Circus Arts Athenaeum SAT 1/11/14 @ 11pm
Honeybuns* by Dean Evans Athenaeum’s Black Box Theatre SAT 1/11/14 @ 9:30pm, & SUN 1/12/14 @ 6:30pm
Running in Corduroy by Brian P. Dailey Athenaeum’s Black Box Theatre SAT 1/11/14 @ 6:30pm, & SUN 1/12/14 @9:30pm
American Youth Circus Organization Showcase** Athenaeum Theatre SUN 1/12/14 @ 1pm
LOCATION & OTHER INFORMATION
ATHENAEUM THEATRE, performances will be held in both their main stage and black box (studio 3) theatres. The theater is located at 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 / 773-935-6875
LINKS HALL is located in Constellation (the former site of the Viaduct Theater) at 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 / 773.281.0824
For more information visit the festival website.
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Photos courtesy of Chicago Contemporary Circus