“Charm City Movement Arts is so proud to be able to help advance circus as an art form through this heartfelt production,” said CCMA Founder Erica Saben. “Audiences will be taken on a thought provoking journey that will stay with them for years to come. Circus has evolved into something more than flashy tricks and sparkly costumes. This production will help advance the understanding that circus is a unique and important element of the theatrical world.”
The 60 minute performance will showcase the entertaining and contemporary style of circus developed in Paris, France, that uses juggling, wire-walking, puppetry and acrobatics to tell a compelling story. A Little Man is bored under his apple tree and decides to take a trip to the Moon. Along the way, he meets The Mover of the Cosmos, The Gemini Twins, Icarus and more.
Performers will include Salih Mohammed (formerly of Cirque Dreams and Mother Africa Circus), Sarah Olmstead Thomas (Bread and Puppet Theatre), Hannah Yellak (Philadelphia School of Circus Arts), Amy and Kelly (CCMA’
Charme is directed by Elena Day, a highly acclaimed movement theater performer, teacher and director. She is most well known as the creator of Cirque du Soleil's signature character, The Green Bird. She is also a seasoned performer with thousands of shows under her belt. She also has a background in Lecoq-based physical theater, improvisation, modern dance and yoga. Her work as a director, coach and consultant has taken her around the world, and given her the opportunity to work with the best in the worlds of theatrical clowning, circus and street arts. For more information, visit .www.elenaday.com.
Cirque Du Charme is free and open to the public as part of the 32nd Artscape. This performance represents CCMA’s first-ever full length production, and the first time CCMA will appear at Artscape.
ABOUT CHARM CITY MOVEMENT ARTS
Charm City Movement Arts is an independent circus school that provides professional instruction for students of all ages from Baltimore and beyond. Classes and performances work to strengthen and increase interest in the circus as an art form. Seasoned faculty lead a curriculum that includes ballet, burlesque, creative movement, Chinese acrobatics, juggling, physical conditioning, tap, tightwire, tumbling, yoga and youth circus. CCMA is one of the few schools in the United States, and the only facility in Maryland, that offers year-round ongoing instruction in tightwire. In addition to session classes, CCMA also offers performances, private lessons, intro workshops, corporate team building exercises and party space. High-profile performances by CCMA faculty have included the Nik Wallenda Highwire Walk across Niagara Falls and Inner Harbor, TEDx Midatlantic, Highlandtown Farmers’
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