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The circus is coming to Summerstage next week for a free three-day celebration of juggling, hip-hop, aerial events, theater and dance events that inspire the senses and invigorate the circus performer in us all. The free Summerstage events are a great way for families to come together and experience the circus in nearby Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan(In the amphitheatre) at West 122nd Street and Mount Morris Park West.

Added a statement by SummerStage Kids International Contemporary Circus Festival, August 19-21introduces New York City youth to contemporary circus, a growing genre that incorporates physical theater, dance and acrobatics. As part of this unique event the international festival will premiere at SummerStage Kids' premiere of its first ever circus commissioned work, "Circles," a distinctive piece inspired by the celebrated poet Rumi and created in part with the innovative Loki Circus Theater company. “Families enjoy a fantastic evening under the stars where they can experience world class performers on stage as well as strolling performers from Circus to Go by the Big Apple Circus,” added the spokesperson. Examiner spoke exclusively to Monique Martin, Director of Circus and Family Programming who shed light on what this unique family circus event is all about. Here is what we learned. “Amazing International companies and companies in the states are featured. The event spotlights athleticism and hip-hop bands and can hold 3,000 circus-goers at the amphitheatre,” added Ms. Martin. She suggests that families arrive an hour or so in advance of an event so that they can get a good seat. Circus performers have assembled from Seattle, San Francisco, Montreal, and Brooklyn, New York.

Here’s what you will see at the event:
Tuesday, August 19 and Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:
THROW2CATCH - Loki Circus Theater - Puppets To Go Circus To Go by Big Apple Circus * and Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler. Families will experience SummerStage Kids premiere of its first ever circus commissioned work, “Circles” a piece that explores the nature of evolving relationships and was created in part with the innovative Loki Circus Theater and famed beat box
and Hip-Hop artist, Akim Funk Buddha. Canada’s globally recognized circus troupe, THROW2CATCH, wows audiences with their gravity defying acrobatic and juggling skills in a specially designed show for outdoor venues. Children take part in an interactive puppet making workshop by City Parks Foundation’s own Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater.Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Disney helped support The 2014 International Contemporary Circus Festival series is part of SummerStage Kids.

About City Parks Foundation
Founded in 1989, City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF’s programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more details, please visit:www.cityparksfoundation.org
About Disney
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified
international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored Disney tradition. Through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteering, Disney helps to brighten the lives of kids and families in need and strengthen communities around the world. In 2013, the Company donated nearly $370 million in cash, in-kind support and products, and Disney VoluntEARS gave over 667,000 hours of service. For more about what other web sites have to say about this unique event visit www.hot105fm.com/ events to learn more. Adds www.circusnow.org: “The New York International Contemporary Circus Festival brings North American circus, along with one international piece, to Marcus Garvey Park for three days of free, outdoor shows. The second edition of the festival will take place this summer from the 19th through the 21st of August.”

Adds Monique Martin to ww.circusnow.org: “The City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. We program music, theatre, dance, family programs and now circus, not only in our flagship festival in Central Park, which runs from June through August—we orbit around the city in all five boroughs.” Staten Island arts fans, this family-friendly event is a great way to celebrate summer in New York City. The event is free and open to the public. Come rain or shine. This is one event, you will not want to miss! At Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan(In the amphitheatre)
W. 122nd Street & Mount Morris Park West from August 19 to 21. Staten Island circus fans, what are you waiting for? The show must go on rain or shine! You cannot beat the cost of admission.

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