July 29 thru August 14, 2011
Grimm – 2011 Summer Show Summary
Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Snow White, The Frog Prince, Little Redcap, Rapunzel: these fairy tales have been told and retold millions of times, in millions of different ways, but it was Jacob and Wilhelm, a.k.a. the Brothers Grimm, who were collectors of folklore in the early 1800s. These brothers and their painstaking preservation of the stories in their authentic form, were the inspiration for our 2011 production of Grimm. Circus was a natural home to the wonderments that fill these charmed stories, the center ring being the perfect stage for these sorts of tales: Spanish Webs and Silks became a frightening forest, a High Wire provided a path to an isolated tower, a contortion act became an inescapable candy trap, and a Pas de Deux act whisked a maiden in distress away from her tormentors. Audiences enjoyed our fanciful look back at these stories’ roots, where witches wielded dangerous powers, courage and beauty took on greed and danger, and enchantments awaited at every turn.
Like the hugely popular Canadian company Cirque du Soleil, Circus Juventas is a departure from the three ring/animal acts fare of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Instead, the school brings together a melange of traditional circus arts from around the world, accented with dance, drama, acrobatics, music and fantastic set design. The result is pure spectacle… My 5-year-old and I took in this year’s summer production, “Grimm,” a few days ago; it was my son’s first circus and my first time seeing Circus Juventas. I’d heard these folks put on a good show, but we were still both gobsmacked by the experience…