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Circadium School of Contemporary Circus

May 30, 2020

2021 Hand to Hand Circus Festival

75 minutes



Wheelchair Accessible

Circadium is the first higher-education program for circus artists in the United States.  Heliopause is an original contemporary circus creation directed by Molly Saudek, in collaboration with the 2021 graduating class of Circadium.  These students, who will be receiving their Diplomas of Circus Arts at the end of the show’s run, are the next generation of American circus…

In astronomy, the heliopause is the point out beyond termination shock that marks the edge of the heliosphere, the end of our Sun’s reach, and the moment where the pressure of the solar winds and the pressure of the interstellar medium come into balance.

Heliopause is a show about where we end and the other(s) begin(s). 

How we define our sense of self in relation to those around us and what we see when we observe ourself through another’s eyes.  

How we can find empowerment in anonymity, comfort in isolation.

How we eschew, embrace, or confront reflection born of isolation.  How that reflection is shared or not through our various forms of virtual contact, and then further, into real life contact. 

At what point do we turn our inward reflection outward?  

In Heliopause, we explore the various faces of self, self-engagement, self-reflection and where that self encounters community.

Performers include: Domonique Bobian, Liam Bradley, Kira DiPietrantonio, Madeline Falley, Kevin Flanagan, Liam Halstead, Zackary Herzig, Sierra Rhoades Nicholls, and Maya Zuckerman.

The 2021 Hand to Hand Circus Festival will be held in-person this June, and FringeArts and our partners will be following all local and state health and safety guidelines.

What you can expect:

  • Masks will be required for all patrons over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, at Hand to Hand events. FringeArts will have additional masks available for any guests who need one.
  • FringeArts will have hand sanitizer available to all patrons. Public restrooms will be available as well.
  • We will be encouraging social distancing during outdoor events, and seating outdoors should be spaced out from other parties. Indoors at FringeArts, seats will be pre-set according to your party size, so please reserve tickets for the number of people you expect to sit with.
  • If you are feeling unwell or come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 within 2 weeks prior to Hand to Hand, please stay home.


Friday, June 4 at 5:30pm & 8pm

Saturday, June 5 at 5:30pm & 8pm

Sunday, June 6 at 4pm & 6:30pm


$15 general
$2 FringeACCESS
Member Discounts Available

About Circadium

Circadium is a non-profit vocational college, with the mission of cultivating, inspiring, and innovating contemporary circus performance in America. Their 3-year full-time curriculum includes classes in Acrobatics, Aerials, Object Manipulation, Physical Theatre, Movement, along with supplementary work in Marketing, Production, Prop-Building, and Circus History.  A strong emphasis is placed on creation and entrepreneurship. They are a member of the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools. 


About Molly Saudek

Born in Vermont, USA, Molly Saudek entered the world of circus at 11, as part of the first generation of Circus Smirkus, where under the clown Rob Mermin, she studied circus arts in particular and adventure in general; learned acrobatics, rigging, dowsing and miming, and studied trapeze under Guennady Totokov.

In 1994, she entered L’Ecole Nationale de Cirque of Montreal, specializing in dance and acrobatics for the tightwire.   After touring with Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, she created a solo number which was first presented at the festival Cirque de Demain in 1998, where she received the silver medal as well as the distinction of being the only woman to perform the back salto on tightwire in the festival’s history.

Since then, she has performed with circus companies as varied as Moscow’s Nikulin Circus, Cirque Éloize, Big Apple Circus, Circus Monti, Circus Roncalli, Circus Sarasota, Circo Price, Cirque Romanes, the Budapest Circus, as well as in varieties around the world, particularly the Tigerpalast, where she has appeared regularly since 1998.  She has received medals for her solo at the Moscow and Budapest festivals and has performed in close to 40 countries. 

Long recognized as the foremost female tightwire-dancer of her generation, Molly has been an influential performer in the contemporary circus world for over 20 years.  She is one of the 7-member troupe performing “Fil Sous la Neige,” the acclaimed all-wire show by the French company Les Colporteurs.  She has performed as an interpretive artist for Cirkus Cirkör, L’Opera de Montpellier, Cirque Plume and Cie Rasposo. She is an accomplished circus choreographer who frequently collaborates with other theater, dance and circus performers.

Molly is a frequently invited guest teacher and speaker at professional circus schools in France, Scandinavia and Canada and often acts as an “outside eye” for younger performers.  In 2018, she travelled to Cambodia to assist in the artistic direction of L’Or Blanc (White Gold) by Phare Circus in Siem Reap.

In 2017, Molly completed a Master of Arts in New Performative Practices at the University of the Arts in Stockholm, re-visiting her own wire practice through the lens of practice-based research.

Currently, she can be found on the wire in Méandres, a short-form duo created in 2018 with the Chinese-pole artist Sandrine Juglair for Les Colporteurs’ new structure l’Etoile-Mat.  She is also creating the choreography for their latest full-length show, Coeurs Sauvages, premiering in 2022.

Since 2018, Molly serves on the Artistic Jury of the European circus platform, CircusNext.

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