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Jan Damm balances on boards and tubes.
BRATTLEBORO- New England Center for Circus Arts’ seventh annual Circus Spectacular slated for March 4 to 5 at the Latchis Theater, will have Paul Binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus, as this year’s celebrity ringmaster.

Binder’s career is vast and varied. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from Dartmouth College and embarked on a career that ran the gamut from floor manager for Julia Child’s “The French Chef,” to several years as associate producer of “Jeopardy” and later as talent coordinator of the Merv Griffin Show. He then went on to train in circus arts with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and eventually left to travel through Europe from London to Istanbul, supporting himself as a street juggler.

After a tour with the legendary Annie Fratellini and the renowned Nouveau Cirque de Paris, Binder returned to New York with a dream to create an American circus that focused on theatrical excellence and artistic intimacy. The Big Apple Circus was born in 1977 as a not-for-profit theatrical organization. He’s received numerous awards and accolades including being inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame and Circus Ring of Fame.

Binder’s celebrity, along with NECCA’s international reputation, guarantees one of the most exciting circus spectaculars ever. Renowned artists from around the world from Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Mechanics, Celebrity Cruise Lines productions, and Circus Bella will join Binder on stage. Audiences will marvel at some of today’s most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers, all of whom have donated their performances to bring laughter and awe to the Latchis stage for two shows only.

Funds raised will support NECCA’s “Circus in the Neighborhood,” which offers diverse custom programming ranging from afterschool programs to specialized instruction for special needs youth, workshops for cancer survivors to off-site performances in area group homes and rehabilitation centers.

There will be two shows only on March 4, at 7:30 pm, and March 5, at 1 pm, at the Latchis Theater. Tickets are on sale now at Tickets range from $15 to $50. For more information call (802) 254-9780.
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