Circus in the Woods: A Wonder to Behold!

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Looking for something magical to do this May? I have just the thing that will get you outside, connecting with the creativity of youngsters, in a family-friendly and COVID-cautious environment: the Circus in the Woods. 

Sundays in May at various outdoor locations, The Flying Gravity Circus will be performing, showcasing the hard work and skills of youth who have trained in the performing arts. There will be wire walkers, jugglers, acrobats and contortionists, hula hoops, aerialists, whimsical characters, and more! This will all be set amongst the natural landscape at four serene locations. 

Circus in the Woods is performed by the Flying Gravity Circus Advanced Troupers, known as the Blue Troupe. These teens, in grades 8-12, have been training hard in circus arts — some since they were very young. While they select and train in solo or duo acts, they are also fluent across the core circus skills: juggling, balance, acrobatics, clowning, and aerials. Troupers collaborated with the directors in the creation of Circus in the Woods.” – Flying Gravity Circus

When & Where

Circus in the Woods at The Harris Center

May 9, 2021
Harris Center for Conservation Education
83 Kings Highway, Hancock, NH 03449
Tickets: Eventbrite

Circus in the Woods at Beaver Brook

May 16, 2021
Beaver Brook Association
117 Ridge Road, Hollis, NH 03049
Tickets: Eventbrite

Circus in the Woods at Hooper Institute

May 23, 2021
Walpole Hooper Institute
165 Prospect Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608
Tickets: Eventbrite

Circus in the Woods at Andres Institute of Art

May 30, 2021
Andres Institute of Art
98 Route 13, Brookline, NH 03033
Tickets: Eventbrite

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Event Details

  • Reservations are required and are specific to your chosen show time!
  • Each performance lasts approximately 45 minutes, including walking time between acts.
  • Dress for the weather. (Spring insects are likely to enjoy the show too!)
  • Masks are required by everyone for the safety of all.
  • Restrooms: Portable, wheelchair-accessible toilets are available, and indoor facilities can be opened on request.
  • Access for Persons with Disabilities: Please note that Circus in the Woods involves unpaved, grassy, or woodland terrain. Please contact the Andres Institute directly at 603-673-7441 for information regarding disability access needs.
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The Flying Gravity Circus (FGC)

The Flying Gravity Circus (FGC) is New Hampshire’s premier Youth Circus company, a nonprofit arts and education organization based in Wilton. FGC’s mission is to promote positive youth development, artistic expression, and physical fitness through the learning, teaching, and performing of circus arts. FGC is a proud founding member of the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and the American Circus Educators Association (ACE).

In non-COVID times, FGC’s Youth Troupes performed locally at festivals and produced venues as well as in farther-flung spaces around New England. With COIVD, they had to get even more creative! FGC Executive Director Jackie Davis reflected on how it is possible to bring the joys of circus to children and families to communities in fun and safe ways:

We are grateful to the Bessie Foundation for their generous support as we have had to reinvent ourselves in a post-pandemic world. Circus is an adaptable artform. The devil is in the details and in the work you put in.”

And work they did, creatively developing a format that would work in multiple outdoor spaces and venues in various New Hampshire communities. Circus in the Woods is co-directed by FGC’s artistic director/head coach, Jon Roitman, and special artist-in-residence, Rachel Schiffer. Jon is a founding member of FGC, a graduate of the École Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, and has toured the world with circus companies. Rachel was a trouper with Circus Smirkus for 10 years and has performed in France, Germany, the UK, and Switzerland.

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Get to the Circus!

This series of events are simply awesome. What a great way to have these youngsters showcase their passions and drive, while entertaining and inspiring others. Besides it being a natural solution for the new pandemic-maneuvering age we find ourselves in, but also the outdoor setting makes this feel timeless. The focus will be on the performers rather than the lights, stage, sound system. It feels incredibly freeing and wholesome.

So get outside this May and get to the circus!


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