I'm sitting in the office at the Trenton Circus Squad's amazing space in Trenton, NJ. Tomorrow we will welcome 400 circus educators, youth, and their parents to the American Youth Circus Festival here in NJ. I've been working since April as the Program Director for this festival, curating the 130 workshops that will happen over the next 4 days. I am stoked to be a part of AYCO and to help build a stronger infrastructure for American kids in circus via this organization. As volunteers begin to trickle in, I am sitting here reflecting on the summer of 2017. For me, it's been full of circus and my circus family, and I am SO grateful for that. Here are a few things that happened in the last couple months:
I had the honor of attending the Rope Meeting and spent a week learning and playing with 100 other rope artists from all over the world in beautiful Barcelona. It was rejuvenating and inspiring. I am grateful for my global family!
I also had the pleasure of working with these amazing humans at our Fly Circus Space Summer Camp. I feel like it is such a gift to be able to teach children circus. I can't tell you how great it feels to see them make connections within themselves and with each other, and to see them using their bodies in pursuit of wonder, becoming physically literate, and finding joy and creativity in that is one of the most wonderful things about my work. It's why I always say, "I believe in circus. "
I'm also thrilled that we got some recognition in a wonderful article in the Gambit. Since I came to New Orleans in 2013, I've been working to build a circus community here. I can say now that we ARE here and we're growing! It's nice to have some recognition in the midst of all the financial instability, crushing admin work, and overwhelming communication demands that come with having my own studio. I'm declaring 2018 "The Year of the Show". I am ready to make some work, and I have a project or two in the pipeline. I'm excited to show people what this practice of circus can really look like when we get onstage. I'm ready to tell some new stories. I hope you'll come see.
I don't blog too often, but thanks for reading. Send me an email if you'd like to connect, meet, talk, train, make art, or share ideas.