Clowns and circuses have gotten a pretty bad rap in recent times, but if you’re asking us, the new hamburglar is creepier than any clown out there. That said, there is such a thing as a cool circus – one free of mistreated animals and rides of questionable safety – and it is Circus Bella. Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula-hoop, original clowning and more. The music is originally composed and directed by the highly acclaimed Rob Reich and draws from French Waltz, New Orleans Jazz, Klezmer and American Circus March. Their mission is to create a one-ring circus that uplifts diverse audiences, engages community, and challenges its artists, which is hard to hate on. Trying to give circuses an image makeover is no easy feat, so come check out their efforts to bring a homegrown circus back into the ring this weekend to see what they’re all about.
If You Go:
When: Saturday, July 25 from 2–3 p.m.
Where: Pickleweed Park
50 Canal Street, San Rafael
Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.