Circus Comes to Harlem

Circus Comes to Harlem

cpf logoToday, Tues., Aug. 19th marks the first of a three-day celebration of the modern circus, with artists from around the globe in attendance at Marcus Garvey Park.

Acrobats, aerialists and jugglers grace the Harlem park’s stage, introducing the New York City youth to contemporary circus, which incorporates physical theater, dance and acrobatics.

Dubbed the SummerStage Kids International Contemporary Circus Festival, the event is presented on behalf of SummerStage Kids, a program of the New York City Parks Foundation.

SummerStage Kids will premiere its first-ever circus commissioned work with Circles, a distinctive piece inspired by the poet Rumi and created in part with the innovative Loki Circus Theater company.

Circles, a piece that explores the nature of evolving relationships, was created in part with the Loki Circus Theater and famed beat box and hip-hop artist Akim Funk Buddha.


Also performing is Canadian circus troupe THROW2CATCH, presenting gravity-defying acrobatic and juggling skills in a specially designed show for outdoor venues.

Families in attendance look to enjoy an evening under the stars while experiencing world-class performers on stage as well as strolling performers from Circus to Go by the Big Apple Circus.

Children will also be able to take part in an interactive puppet making workshop by City Parks Foundation’s own Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater.

The SummerStage Kids Circus Festival will be at Marcus Garvey Park from Tues., Aug. 19th to Thurs., Aug. 21st, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Marcus Garvey Park is located at 18 Mt. Morris Park West, near 124th Street.

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