Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages…are you ready for a virtual circus?
That’s what the Circus Arts Conservatory will bring to audiences—its first ever virtual presentation—this Sunday, May 31, with One World Circus.
The performance, scheduled to be streamed live at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, welcomes a global cast from Brazil, Hungary, France, the Netherlands, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and, of course, Sarasota. All of the circus artists are donating their performances to present One World Circus, benefiting CAC youth programs through funds raised.
CAC founders Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis and fifth-generation circus artist and Cirque du Soleil coach Miguel Vargas have worked together to select the cast, which performs in various disciplines. “This show captures the spirit and humanity of the circus arts, creating a connection between the artists and audiences that will be felt no matter where or how you are watching it,” says Reis.
Fun facts: The CAC is using Cisco Webex technology to connect the artists, covering over 22,957 miles across three continents and four countries, using 10 engineers and 15 computers to deliver the event from five time zones with up to a nine-hour time difference.
The show’s lineup includes ringmaster Joseph Bauer Jr., hosting live from the Sailor Circus Arena in Sarasota; aerial straps act Duo Transcend, in Salt Lake City; Juggling Tango act Emily and Menno Van Dyke, in Rotterdam; motorcycle daredevils Circo Portugal Globe of Death Riders, in Brazil; aerialist Olga Coronas, in Sarasota; hand-to-hand acrobats The Kolev Sisters, in Budapest; plate spinning comic David Burlet, in Paris; and Deadly Games, in Las Vegas, featuring knife thrower Alfredo and aerialist Aleksandra.
To access the streaming video, sign up for free as a VIP at circusarts.org/oneworldcircus. Bring your own popcorn.