Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Shayna is the co-producer of the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

Shayna Swanson is the co-producer of the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

It has become very clear to most of us within the circus industry that we are severely lacking in circus festivals here in the U.S., but Shayna Swanson & Matt Roben aim to change that. The two are co-producing a unique circus arts festival based in Chicago called the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival or CCCF.

In the dead of winter, acrobats, directors, and master teachers will pull their snow boots over their tights to bring Chicago the type of circus festival that the United States has been woefully lacking. It will be 4 days of workshops, 3 days of full-length contemporary circus shows, and 2 late-night cabaret style performances, with the intent of creating a new and educated audience for circus in America. From solo clown shows to large scale ensemble-based spectacles, 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.

CCCF“I believe that we create our own markets and economies and destinies and dreams. It’s the Economics of Diving in Head First”, explains co-founder, Shayna Swanson. “Featuring seven national and international circus companies, presenting full length shows, cabarets, workshops and more, the mission of this new festival is two-fold: to elevate the perception and promote the artistic view of circus performance in America and to inspire growth and development of budding new American circus artists and directors towards international levels of artistry and creation”.

The contemporary circus is already well established and respected in Europe, Canada and other parts of the world since the 1970′s. It is a mix of circus skill, theater, dance and music. The CCCF  believes that it can encourage an appreciation of all arts through the discovery of contemporary circus. This will ultimately lead audiences to search out and support a greater variety of arts; be it classical/modern art, dance, music, theater or cinema.​​

To fund the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, they’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise at least $20,000. The rest will be made up through other fundraisers, sponsorships, and ticket sales. You can make a tax-deductible donation to this project through Indiegogo from now until November 8th. Even if you can’t make it to the festival, just donating $10 helps, too. If you’d like to spread the word, post this link to your Facebook page and tell people about the event! You can also “LIKE” their Facebook page: Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. Let’s help make this festival a reality! ■