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Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival

Presented by PNC Arts Alive


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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FringeArts and Circadium School of Contemporary Circus present a new, multi-day festival of contemporary circus art. Featuring performances on the FringeArts stage and outside in the Haas Biergarten, Hand to Hand brings remarkable levels of artistry and ability together into one thrilling weekend of events, perfect for the whole family. Performances include aerials, acrobatics, juggling, and everything in between.

The internationally renowned, Montreal-based Barcode Circus Company will headline a daring line up of some of the region’s most boundary-pushing contemporary circus artists and up-and-coming innovators. The festival also includes free admission performances and an afternoon of family-friendly, outdoor workshops from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.

2018 Hand to Hand Line Up

Headliner: Barcode Circus Company

Alexandra Royer on the aerial hoop

May 31-June 1 at 8pm
June 2 at 2pm
$10 general admission

Four internationally renowned circus artists (Alexandra Royer, Eve Bigel, Tristan Nielsen and Eric Bates) create an intimate and poetic show that marries a high level of circus skill and movement quality with playfulness and wonder to celebrate and question how our memories and relationships define our identities. Think “stunning acrobatics and jaw-dropping circus from your quirky yet relatable neighbors.”

Barcode Circus Company members have won multiple awards in each of their respective circus disciplines—Russian bar, hand to hand, cigar box juggling and aerial hoop—and are now eager to prove themselves in their company’s first original production. A home-brewed blend of flips, dance, and poetic imagery resulting in a celebration of life and all of its beautiful tangles.

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Circadium: Innovations

Circadium performers on the aerial ladder

Tue, May 29 at 8pm
$10 general admission

Circadium is the country’s only diploma-granting college for circus, and it’s based right here in Philadelphia. Their first class of students have just completed year 1, and they are coming to FringeArts to show us what they’ve learned.  Expect an evening of extraordinary physical talent, theatrical explorations, and a glimpse into the future of American contemporary circus.  

Circus Midway

Sat, June 2 from 11am-2pm

If you’ve ever wanted a up-close and personal look at the arts of the circus, this is your chance!  Teachers and performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will be outside FringeArts in the Haas Biergarten, offering workshops and demonstrations of juggling, aerials, wirewalking and acrobatics. Free and fun for all ages and abilities!  

Test Flights

Sun, June 3 at 7pm

Circus scratch night! Come out to see works-in-progress from the region’s most skilled and expressive jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists. Join us as we celebrate risk-taking, the cross-pollination of circus with other art forms, and new sources of inspiration.   

Presented by

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. In its ninth year,PNC Arts Alive challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. A very prestigious grant, only twenty arts organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region are selected.

“Through PNC Arts Alive, we continue to help invigorate local arts organizations while bringing new and exciting programs to our community,” said Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. “The creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the local arts community is evident in the programs that will be introduced, while enabling new visitors and residents alike to experience a diverse range of exhibits and performances.”