Circus performance tackles larger issues
BRATTLEBORO- The New England Center for Circus Arts is a leading education center supporting the development of circus as a performance art form.
On Friday, June 28, at 7:30 pm, NECCA’s Company in Residence participant One World Circus will present “Webs,” a circus confronting sexualized violence with humor, tragedy, and empathy.
“Webs” is about the experience of sexualized violence from street harassment to assault. The production explores the social underpinnings that normalize a broad range of violence against people identifying as women, the experience of being a victim of violence and the healing, justice, and change needed to end the violence, both on an individual level and a systemic one.
“Webs” comes to the area with the Knoxville, TN, company One World Circus that has been creating circus and street theater with and for children and adults for 20 years. One World Circus draws upon cross-cultural traditions of community carnival and celebration. Their work aims to affirm both the dignity of every person and the joy of existence, believing that art has the power to transform the world.
NECCA’s Company in Residence program is intended to support emerging American performance companies to create and refine productions with circus as their primary modality. With vital support from the National Endowment for the Arts, this program fosters the creation of new work or the revision of an existing work in a three-week residency that includes artistic and technical development with NECCA’s staff.
This show contains graphic discussion of sexualized violence but no actual depictions. The performance will include aerial and acrobatics expressing the conversation being brought forth by the ensemble company, and will include a post-show feedback session with the artists.
One show only, June 28, at 7:30 pm at the Winston Prouty Gymnasium at 60 Austine Drivet. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.necenterforcircusarts.org. For information call (802) 254-9780.