Archive for February, 2014

Vancouver Loves Circus!

Posted on 02/21/2014 at 5:13pm

Author: Haley Smith
Photos: Michele Roger & CircusWest

This past Saturday evening, I Love Circus Cabaret kicked off CircusWest’s 30th Anniversary by celebrating the fantastic circus community and Vancouver’s best emerging circus talent and professionals. Those who attended were treated to a spectacular show unlike anything Vancouver has ever seen before. Gathering under one roof, various companies and circus artist came together to celebrate the best way they know how – by showcasing individual and collaborative talents of those who live and breathe Circus! The PNE Garden Auditorium is usually found with students practicing tumbling, aerials, unicycling and just about anything else under the dome – but I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing what is usually used for practice turned into an intimate proscenium stage setting. Upon entering the cabaret styled event, the audience was welcomed with cascading fabric backdrop and projection that proudly proclaimed I heart Circus. Photo Credit: Michele Roger Starting a little after 9pm, the event was introduced and moderated by Chris Murdoch, a CircusWest coach and a terrific showman. He gave a brief introduction to the event, touching on the highlight of the evening – multiple acts and companies were performing and ready to put on a spectacular show unlike anyone had ever seen before!

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Murdoch called the evening a “smashing success” as he proudly told the audience that they (the organizers) would have been happy if they got only 100 or so people…but they didn’t expect such a stupendous turnout, stating “way to break the doors down guys!” (as I looked around from my seat, and saw a crowd of at least triple that number!)Photo Credit: Michele Roger and CircusWest   Not only did the evening start off on a fun light-hearted note with some “clowning around,” it became clear that this event was one I will remember for quite some time. There were hoop acts, aerial silk/hoop artists, juggling with hoops, balls, and batons, an astonishing hand to hand act, beautiful and enthralling contact acrobatics and a handstand contortionist – even a brave gold booty short wearing performer stepping inside a balloon – the crowd favourite of the evening by far. Certainly the finest variety of acts I have ever seen, I am left speechless by what the performers could do to wow and impress the audience. ILC Collage500x375 It was a treat and thrill to witness the coming together of many different types of circus acts under one roof – and with so many talented people it is clear that CircusWest’s 30th Anniversary will be the best year yet for them.

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Don’t miss CircusWest at their next main event – their Annual Show called Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour, from May 1st to 4th. Featuring performers from the CirKids program, this 90 minute spectacular follows a young boy who searches for an is inspired by colourful worlds of circus and ultimately finds his true colours.

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Circuswest would like to thank the generosity of the following sponsors: the PNE, Georgia Straight, Breakfast Television, The Beat 94.5, and Ugo & Joe’s. Many thanks to all of the volunteers and organizations that helped make this event possible.

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Check out our other 30th Anniversary Events and our Facebook Page for more event photos!

Circus fun at the Richmond Children’s Arts Festival

Posted on 02/06/2014 at 1:37pm

 

Celebrate BC Family Day with CircusWest! On Monday February 10, CircusWest will perform Wonderland Circus as part of the festivities at the Richmond Children’s Arts Festival. Join us for a delightful day of activities and fun during British Columbia’s newest holiday!

CircusWest’s performance of Wonderland Circus during Family Day is a featured event for our 30th Anniversary. Similar to last year’s May Show*, Wonderland Circus chronicles Alice’s journey as the Mad Hatter draws her through the looking glass and into a wacky circus Wonderland where up is down and back is front. This show is not to be missed!

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Since its inauguration last year as British Columbia’s first Family Day, the day is planned to be packed with fun at this year’s Richmond Children’s Arts Festival. With many activities catering to the young and the young at heart, don’t miss the chance to celebrate with CircusWest on a special day for families!

Tickets to Wonderland Circus are $7 per person, and your ticket includes a Festival wristband, admission for access to Imagination Stations, Imagination Performances, swimming, and skating!

Performances of Wonderland Circus are at 11:00am and 1:30pm, at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more info go to: CAF 2014

We hope to see all of your smiling faces there!

*Please note that Wonderland Circus is a similar, but different show to A Circus in Wonderland performed by CircusWest in May 2013 and the pictures featured here are from last year’s show.