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Curated and Hosted by Zak McAllister

Thursday, June 3

2021 Hand to Hand Circus Festival

60 minutes


Circadium School of Contemporary CircusMap

Wheelchair Accessible

In this special circus edition of scratch night, jugglers, acrobats, and aerial artists impress with physical feats and incredible skills as they push the boundaries of what circus is and what it can say. Expect tenderness and virtuosity, the absurd and the extraordinary as emerging and established artists and companies share works-in-progress in a rapidly-evolving art form. Curated and hosted by Zak McAllister, the evening will feature six short performances, offering an inside look at the future of contemporary circus. Join us as we celebrate risk-taking cross-pollination of circus with other modes of performance at Test Flights 2021.

Performers to be announced this spring! 

Guest seating will be distanced from other parties in the performance space.

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.


Thursday, June 3 at 7pm



About The Host

Zak McAllister is a performing artist based in Philadelphia and is a 2-time gold medalist in The World Championships of Juggling. He has also appeared as part of Wired Magazine’s “Almost Impossible” series as well as “Sports Science With John Brenkus” on ESPN. Zak is first and foremost known for his innovation within the realm of moving visual shapes. With over 10 years of experience, he has created a wide array of never-before-seen unique shapes and manipulations.

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