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Tracing the Origins of the Freak Show with Dr. Matt DiCintio
Podcast

Tracing the Origins of the Freak Show with Dr. Matt DiCintio

Theatre History Podcast #69

by Michael Lueger
22 October 2018
Clowning While Female: A Conversation at the Brick Theater in New York City—Sunday 9 September 2018
Video

Clowning While Female: A Conversation at the Brick Theater in New York City—Sunday 9 September 2018

After the Big Top
Podcast

After the Big Top

CarlosAlexis Cruz on the Evolution of Modern Circus

by Michael Lueger
27 June 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Tracing the Origins of the Freak Show with Dr. Matt DiCintio
Podcast

Tracing the Origins of the Freak Show with Dr. Matt DiCintio

Theatre History Podcast #69

22 October 2018

In this week's Theatre History Podcast, Matt DiCintio on the origins of the freak show and its lasting influence on our perceptions of disability, race, and physical difference. 

After the Big Top
Podcast

After the Big Top

CarlosAlexis Cruz on the Evolution of Modern Circus

27 June 2018

How has the circus changed from its earliest origins to today? CarlosAlexis Cruz joins us to explain how acrobatics and storytelling have come to replace the big top and the three-ring circus.

Coney Island’s Fantastical History
Essay

Coney Island’s Fantastical History

What Love Never Dies Leaves Out

1 April 2018

Kitty Drexel writes about the failure of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies to accurately represent the performers with disabilities that made New York City's Coney Island famous.

Theatre History Podcast #51
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #51

Death-Defying Acts with Amy Meyer

5 December 2017

Amy Meyer joins us to talk about acrobatic accidents in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as what they tell us about our appetite for risky entertainment.

Anywhere and Everywhere
Essay

Anywhere and Everywhere

Orientalism in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

3 August 2016

Matt DiCintio explores the orientalism in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Circus Arts with Heart
Essay

Circus Arts with Heart

HerSelf Rises (And We Are Lifted)

27 October 2015

Steele Campbell on HerSelf Rising by Girls on Trapeze at Sideshow Fringe Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

Aerial Dancing with Karen A. Fuhrman
Essay

Aerial Dancing with Karen A. Fuhrman

30 April 2015

The author explores theatre and aerial dancing through the work of Karen A. Fuhrman's company, Grounded Aerial. 

Playing with Fire
Essay

Playing with Fire

A Conversation on the Art of Fire Performance

1 October 2014

Circus artists Ember Flynne and Michael "Mooch" Mucciolo discuss their work as professional fire performers in Boston, and shed some light on what it takes to succeed in the business.

An Interview with 7 Fingers’ Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll
Essay

An Interview with 7 Fingers’ Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll

28 September 2014

P. Carl interviews 7 Fingers' Gypsy Snider and Shana Carrol.

Photo from Winter Pageant.
Winter Pageant at Redmoon
Essay

Winter Pageant at Redmoon

23 January 2014

Dani Snyder-Young writes about Winter Pageant, a collaborative spectacle piece created by the (now closedRedmoom in Chicago.

Clowning While Female: A Conversation at the Brick Theater in New York City—Sunday 9 September 2018
Video

Clowning While Female: A Conversation at the Brick Theater in New York City—Sunday 9 September 2018

Clowns Ex Machina (Kendall Cornell, Artistic Director) presented the panel Clowning While Female: A Conversation as part of the Brick Theater’s New York Clown Theatre on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 9 September at 12:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 2:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:00 p.m. EDT (New York).

Performance of The Tempest: An Aerial Tale at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas—Friday 13 May 2016
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Performance of The Tempest: An Aerial Tale at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas—Friday 13 May 2016

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented The Tempest: An Aerial Tale, a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic by Lorella Loftus, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at HowlRound.TV on Friday 13 May at 6 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 8 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York). Use Twitter hashtag #howlround and direct comments @VORTEXonManor.

Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas—Sunday 20 December 2015
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Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas—Sunday 20 December 2015

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (SWEET!) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on at Sunday 20 December at 4 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 6 p.m. CST (Austin) / 7 p.m. EST (New York). Use Twitter hashtag #howlround and direct comments @VORTEXonManor.

Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas—Sunday 21 December 2014
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Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas—Sunday 21 December 2014

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented a performance of Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)  livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 21 December at 4 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 6 p.m. CST (Austin) / 7 p.m. EST (New York). 

Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at The VORTEX in Austin—Friday 3 January 2014
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Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) at The VORTEX in Austin—Friday 3 January 2014

The VORTEX presented Circus Chickendog's The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 3 January 2014 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco)/ 6 p.m. CST (Austin)/ 7 p.m. EST (New York). Use Twitter hashtag #howlround & direct comments @VORTEXonManor.