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Circadium School of Contemporary Circus

June 3 at 7:00pm + June 4 at 3pm

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June 3 at 7:00pm

June 4 at 3:00pm

2023 Hand to Hand Circus Festival

90 minutes



What if today is the last day before it all disappears?

The day before you leave me, the last moment I can tell you how much it has all meant to me… 

There are times when time feels infinite and there are times when we know something is ending.

How do we maneuver our expectations, our desires, our hopes in the impermanence of life and the promise of death?

How do we survive the mundane when what we feel is an explosion of rage and fear and starvation for more?

What happens when suddenly you realize, what if today is my last day? What will I do? What will I say?

This show explores human relationships in the midst of an emergency using circus as an expression of our ultimate desires, our deepest secrets and our complicated feelings. Meeting a young group of friends, sharing a common home and trying to make the best of the time they have left… will they have time to say it all? Will they have time for a last song? A last kiss? A last “I’m sorry?”

WHAT IF? is a celebration of our humanity and our ability to feel powerful and powerless all at once.


$20 general
$15 students/25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS
Member discounts available

About Circadium

Circadium is the first higher-education program for circus in the United States.  Operating since 2017 in West Mt. Airy, the school has so far granted 21 Diplomas of Circus Arts to students from all over the country.  As a 501(c)3 organization, Circadium is committed to the growth and development of contemporary circus, while building sustainable careers for emerging circus artists.

About the Artists

Emmanuelle Delpech: Artistc Director

Emmanuelle Delpech is a theater artist: actor, director and teacher. In France, Emmanuelle was classically trained at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Dramatique de la Ville de Paris and then studied physical theater at l’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.  She went back to school in Philadelphia and earned an MFA from Temple University in Directing. In 2021, Emmanuelle graduated once more from the Jacques Lecoq school, earning her 3rd pedagogical year, which makes her a certified Lecoq teacher.

Catherine Doveland

Swinging on monkey bars wasn’t enough of a challenge for Catherine, so she decided to try flying on a trapeze instead. She took her first trapeze class in 2006 at Circus Juventas, and will be flying high long after graduation from Circadium.

Bliss Button-Hale

Bliss Button-Hale is a multi-disciplinary artist from Tennessee. She focuses on physical storytelling and quilted soundscapes, which tend to include her original spoken word pieces. She’s deeply passionate about filmmaking, writing, activism, and her Southern roots. Bliss’ future plans include creative directing for both screen and stage, and continually finding meaningful ways to weave her own experiences with the experiences of others, to produce work that can connect with audiences to create positive social change.

Anthony Spatola

Anthony Spatola is a multi-disciplinary circus artist from Arizona. His main disciplines are Chinese pole and partner acrobatics. After mastering the ability to flip on just about any floor, Anthony has started to explore over the last two years, just what else he was capable of flipping off of. After some trial and error he’s found Chinese pole and partner acrobatics as two viable options.

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