Over 4,000 people attended shows in the AGC Circus Tent. 5000 spectators lined Main and Broadway to watch the first Circus Parade marched down Main Street in over 100 years. Minny, the Elephant, led the Parade. We reproduced a real Midway with jugglers, contortionists and a Flea Circus. Patrons and the media met at an historic recreation of The Clown Bar, Cirque d’Hiver’s classic bar in Paris, France. It was presented in Casa del Sol’s side bar, Manna. We presented an Art Exhibition of Circus Paintings and Posters displayed in Riverspace’s lobby. We want to especially thank the Nyack Historical Society and Nyack Library for offering archival posters of Oom the Omnipotent, Nyack’s colorful and historic character. Oom was no stranger to media…too bad he wasn’t handling media for Amazing Grace Circus!
One of the most amazing parts of the Extravaganza was the film documentary that resulted: ‘Runaway Circus’, filmed/directed/edited by Angela Snow.
Struggling against talent, motivation, and adolescent insecurities, the 12 teenagers in the Amazing Grace Troupe test the saying “run away to the circus” to discover an irresistibly rich history, culture, and their own voice. Behind the tent in the scorching sun and humidity, the teenagers learn the extreme physical skill and dedication required to put on a show. After the nerves and butterflies, they will experience for the first time what the other performers know: that shinning moment in the ring. Overcoming every hurdle imaginable, from all different backgrounds, ages, and cultures, Circus performers unite under a little big top to capture the imagination of young and old.
We created history with six generations of circus performers participating in this two-and-a-half week event. Over 4,000 circus-goers entered the tent in Memorial Park Nyack, NY.
We are very devoted to the growing industry of circus arts education. A driving force in this market is the American Youth Circus Organization.
Click here to see AGC! Youth Troupe in action at the Sarasota, FL, AYCO Festival in 2011. It was a blast!
Circus4Youth, the youth circus division of Circus Fans Association of America, is one of AGC!s greatest allies. Jim Cole is the man behind the curtain of Circus4Youth! He is Mr. Advocate for All Things Circus. He single-handedly promotes all youth circuses in America and does a darn fine job of it.
Check out the offical Circus4Youth video that AGC!’s Deborah Grosmark created for Circus4Youth. Deb got her professional start at AGC! Her many fine pictures say it all.
Circus-in-the-Park Extravaganza: http://www.amazingcircusinthepark.com/Center_Ring.html