AbouT the project
In October 2016, Potluck Arts launch its inaugural season with ¡CIRCUS SITES!, in partnership with Downtown Springdale Alliance. This series featured ticketed performances, Lunch with a Circus Artist events and circus skills workshops in surprising locations in downtown Springdale, ¡Circus Sites! brought the art form of Contemporary Circus to Northwest Arkansas offering thrilling aesthetically sophisticated entertainment to enthrall arts newcomers, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs, together.
¡Circus Sites! presented electrifying performances by world-celebrated acrobats and tight rope dancers in unexpected places in downtown Springdale. The project was designed to activate unique and surprising locations that will expand Northwest Arkansas’ concept of where the arts can be experienced. ¡Circus Sites! invited families from across Northwest Arkansas’ cultural sectors to experience this sensational, daring and exhilarating art form in uncommon places performed by artists from Australia and Switzerland.
Dates: October 13-23, 2016
Location: Luther George Park Springdale, AR
Series: ¡CIRCUS SITES!
Partnerships: Downtown Springdale Alliance, Springdale Parks and Recreation
Support: Walton Family Foundation, Endeavor Foundation
About The PerformanceImagine a charming theatrical performance that pays homage to the long history of circus traditions—through the skill of a single artist.
Created in 2007 by the internationally celebrated artist David Dimitri, Circus Man has been presented by established performing arts festivals and venues around the globe. The artist sets the scene for an immersive theatrical experience by way of a miniature circus-inspired “small top” (capacity 200). The tent offers the audience an extraordinary up close experience that harkens back to the spirit of a bygone time while showcasing the world’s fasted growing art form, Contemporary Circus. This expanding world phenomenon is a hybrid art combining theater, dance, storytelling, brilliant visual effects and extreme physicality with a variety of circus skills.
Acclaimed Swiss circus artist David Dimitri will pitch his own tent and perform a breathtaking one-man show featuring an innovative combination of acrobatics, music and dance, including everything from a human cannon ball to a climactic high-wire act. Dimitri is internationally renowned for his unique virtuoso style of tight wire dancing celebrated at circuses, arts festivals and concert halls throughout the world