Now is the time to celebrate circus! This year marks the first annual International Circus Awards, organized by Aaron Marquise and sponsored by theContemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center. Think of the Awards as a community-exclusive Oscars; committee voters will watch submissions to decide on the brightest and the boldest shows, companies, and artists. The voting committee of the ICA will recognize excellence in circus with 10 awards such as Outstanding Emerging Company, Outstanding Digital Production, Outstanding Achievement in Circography, and a Community Impact Award to name a few.
Be Part of Circus History & Join In the Vote!
One of the things that make the International Circus Awards special is that you have a say! The Audience Choice Award is chosen by the general public, and though the deadline for submitting your show has passed, we can’t encourage you enough to make your voice heard by voting and to spread the word to circus fans everywhere. Voting closes August 30th.
If you’re interested in looking up the contestants and their acts, we have created a special ICA page with access to the nominees and their trailers here via our database.
When you are ready to vote you can cast your vote here.
This year, our very own chief editor Kim Campbell will be a part of the voting committee along with other industry professionals from around the world. Additionally, CircusTalk will present a special industry award known as the Critics’ Choice Award.
The CircusTalk Critics’ Choice Award is awarded to recognize circus that has a special impact and social relevance in today’s arts environment. Through social commentary, expression or influence, the winning circus show is lauded for its applicability to current themes, issues or trends of import in the arts world and the culture of its origin. In addition to its social relevance, when deciding upon the honorees for this award, consideration was given to the quality of artistic elements such as originality, technique, artistic delivery, and audience engagement.We’re honored to hand out the award this year and excited to see all the incoming talent.
The first-ever ICA winners will be announced October 2nd in a pre-recorded digital ceremony featuring special guests and nominee highlights. More details to come on that but mark your calendars to join us there!
You can view the full voting committee here.