Acrobatic Conundrum Awarded CityArtists Project Grant

Acrobatic Conundrum Awarded CityArtists Project Grant

Acrobatic Conundrum is pleased to announce that we are a recipient of the Office of Arts & Culture and the Seattle Arts Commission CityArtists Projects Grant!

Wow. That's a mouthful. 

And it's great news!

It means that with the generous support of the city of Seattle, Acrobatic Conundrum will develop a new project in 2017, to be presented in Seattle in 2017.

Hooray for more circus! More love! More courage! More art!

 

 
 
Photo by Eric Gillet
Pictured: Xochitl Sosa

 

 

 


 

Ty gets tricky.

Ty gets tricky.

A video sneak peak at Ty's hoop training (and a super sneak peak, some might call it a leak, into AC's fall season!)

Seeking Part-time Marketing Director

Seeking Part-time Marketing Director

AC is looking for a part-time Marketing Director. Are you experienced in marketing and publicity? Excited about the growth of contemporary circus? Well then, we just might be looking for you! 

Livestream tonight at 8:30pm PST

Tune in tonight (Thursday) to AC's FB page to watch Terry's new Cyr Wheel act live on the stage of the Flynn Creek Circus. 

Gender in Circus

Gender in Circus

Why aren't there more women on circus stages? Some thoughts about gender in circus from Managing Director, Susie Williams. 

Got Chautauqua? Carey touring Washington State with NOTC this summer

Got Chautauqua? Carey touring Washington State with NOTC this summer

Do your summer travel plans find you in the far flung reaches of the magnificent State of Washington? If so, Conundrum company member Carey Cramer invites you to join her and experience the comraderie and revelry of The New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC), America’s only traveling Chautauqua. This year NOTC joins forces with Washington State Parks for a July and August tour of seven state parks and nearby communities.

Inspiration, Entertainment, Education and Lots of Fun

Chautauquas were based on the idea that learning continued throughout life. The Chautauqua Movement began in 1874, bringing a mix of education and entertainment to communities throughout the nation. When a Chautauqua came to town, all normal activity stopped as citizens dedicated a week of their lives to learn, be entertained and join with their community.

“The idea of the Chautauqua-Parks partnership is to renew ties and to foster goodwill between the towns and their local state parks,” said Paul Magid, founding member of the NOTC and The Flying Karamazov Brothers. “Chautauquas and Washington Parks share common goals: to promote community through education and experience by being a catalyst for cultural and creative exchange surrounded by the beauty of nature."

Each Chautauqua takes place over several days, with events occurring one day in the nearby town and another day in the state park. It includes entertaining and educational workshops in parks and towns, a community potluck in each state park, live music, speakers and a grand parade—community participation encouraged—through the town. The Chautauqua comes to a close with a family-friendly finale featuring Broadway stars, a big band, aerialists, comedians, jugglers and more. 

"At our Chautauqua you can learn to tap dance, play the ukulele, improve your confidence in clowning, and even fold the nearly unfoldable fitted sheet! The workshops are an amazing combination of fun learning and opportunities for depth and life changing conversation," says Carey Cramer. "The final show is the most fun performance I've ever been a part of. It's an amazing culmination of the entire stay and the most successful ones have everyone up and dancing at the end. It's not just a show - it's an experience not to be missed!"

Carey would love to see the familiar faces of Conundrum friends and fans. For more information on tour dates and locations visit NOTC

At right: The gregarious Carey Cramer during last year's Alaska tour with NOTC (Photo: Stephen O'Bent); Washington State Parks poster

 

A little (very tall) sparkle to brighten your day

A little (very tall) sparkle to brighten your day

In the interest of brightening your day, we present you Ty Vennewitz, the charmingest charmer that ever charmed. 

Ty's towering height and disarming smile recently charmed audiences in Las Vegas where he performed with Canadian circus company Cirque Eloize. Ty, along with 23 other highly-trained and incredibly talented clowns, acrobats, and dancers, performed for an audience of nearly 10,000 at Grand Arena at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. 

That's 10,000 people who have a little more sparkle in their lives than they did before. (Hooray for sparkle spreading!) It's the largest audience Ty has ever performed for. And oh, they did not just see sparkle from far away . . . oh no. Ty, dressed in a black top hat, white tails and a red feather, sparkled that audience up close and personal in pre-show interactions. 

If you ask him, and you can, those interpersonal moments are one of the reasons Ty is drawn to the art of clowning. Even in a crowd of 10,000 (in Vegas!), circus offers moments of real, intimate human connection.

That's nice to remember.

Thanks for spreading your sparkle, Ty!

Ty Vennewitz (center with top hat) and fellow performers with Cirque Eloize at June 2016 special event at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.  (Image: Renald Laurin)

More connection. More courage. Straight to your inbox.

More connection. More courage. Straight to your inbox.

Photo by WittyPixel Photography

Photo by WittyPixel Photography

Through live performance and collaboration, Acrobatic Conundrum seeks to contribute to a more courageous and connected world. To continue that effort offstage, we offer this blog. 

This blog is a space for us to share our thoughts, efforts, failures, risks, jokes, lives and art with you. And you can share too. There's room for comments. We want to connect with you!  And on that note . . .

Introducing email subscriptions to our blog! #modern

Have each blog post hand delivered by 0s and 1s straight to your inbox. We will still send out quarterly newsletters to our email list (which you can sign up for here.) The blog is an additional way for us to communicate more intimately and more immediately.

 

Sign up now to join the conversation. 
More talking. More love. More courage. More art. 

 

 

 

It takes artists to make art. It also takes:

It takes artists to make art. It also takes:

A view of Managing Director Susie Williams' desk.

A view of Managing Director Susie Williams' desk.

 

1. post it notes (stocking stuffer)
2. coffee (Cafe du Monde)
3. sparkling water (Sodastream)
4. notebooks (found, salvaged and gifted)
5. music (Tegan & Sara)
6. lists (and lists of lists)
7. a postcard of a shark with your name on it (as gifted by director Daniel Kramer)
8. a postcard from the Bolshoi ("Sweetie, your next gig! love, Dad" ~2003)
9. an obsessive love of art (unshakeable)
 

Catch Retro Verso on Tour This Summer with Flynn Creek Circus

Catch Retro Verso on Tour This Summer with Flynn Creek Circus

Conundrum Artistic Director Terry Crane and Company Member Erica Rubinstein, two halves of the charming and talented partner acrobatics duo Retro Verso, embark on a summer tour full of fun, adventure and jaw-dropping acrobatic and hand to hand feats with Flynn Creek Circus.

Friends from the road.

Friends from the road.

Photo by Wittypixel Featuring: (top) Xochitl Sosa and (below) Ellie Rossi

Photo by Wittypixel
Featuring: (top) Xochitl Sosa and (below) Ellie Rossi

Part of the mission of Love & Gravity, our newest work, is to connect with community. Touring the show is as much about growing our relationship with the circus community as it is about sharing our work with audiences. 

On each stop of the tour, we invited different artists to join us on stage. We also worked with several different directors/overseers/advisors/crafters/imaginers/curators/instigators in the creation of the work. This is a list of the people we were lucky enough to create, play and perform with:

Performers: Alex Allan, Alexis Hedrick, Althea Young, Anna Thomas-Henry, Ellie Rossi, Leah Jones, Maureen Frieder and Molly Graves.

Collaborators:  Elizabeth Klob, Janet McAlpin, Jaron Hollander, Jenn Cohen and Nicki Miller.

Superpals: Chris Rossi, Mary Rossi, Velibor Peric.

A note from Artistic Director Terry Crane

Photo by WittyPixel. Ty Vennewitz, Xochitl Sosa, Terry Crane (on rope), Scotty Dont (standing), Carey Cramer, Erica Rubinstein.

Photo by WittyPixel. Ty Vennewitz, Xochitl Sosa, Terry Crane (on rope), Scotty Dont (standing), Carey Cramer, Erica Rubinstein.

Does a show grow to fit it’s name or is it more like an idea just waiting to take on life?

The last 10 weeks have been an honor and joy; creating, relentlessly rehearsing, and performing LOVE & GRAVITY. We wanted a show that would represent us; this company, and the community we belong to. I’m grateful to our audiences, everyone who met us in the aisles after the show and urged us on, to all our artistic collaborators, my amazing administrative team Susie Williams & Julie Briselden, the guest artists, and the cast.

We made something that I like. After 10 weeks of togetherness, 7 one-week residencies at my favorite 7 different circus schools, 20-odd rope battles, I’m still very curious where we go next.