Exploring Inner and Outer Spaces at Mirabilia 2022

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Exploring Inner and Outer Spaces at Mirabilia 2022

Every year in Italy, the Mirabilia festival provides a place—or several different types of them—where bold, inventive circus and theatre art can flourish. From Cuneo, Stacy Clark reviews some of the brightest shows in the 2022 festival roster with a careful eye for the unique staging that helps them shine.
First launched in 2008 by the cultural association IdeAgorà, the Mirabilia International Circus & Performing Arts Festival is a kaleidoscope of circus arts, theater, and performing, visual, and figurative art as well as music. The festival also supports training, networking, and exchange among artists and professionals. This year’s festival, Strange Beasts from Outer Space, was led by Artistic Director Fabrizio Gavosto and billed itself as “an edition of Mirabilia that speaks of us, of man, through his relationship with nature, with the wild.” Cuneo is a gorgeous city in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy where 14th and 15th-century architecture, sprawling piazzas, and gelato reign supreme. And while I may have benefited from the gelato, the festival did an extraordinary job of weaving live arts into the fabric of the city itself. And so, here are ...
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Stacy Clark

A former gymnast and professional circus performer, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus around the world on stage, at festivals and on screen. Stacy is co-founder of Creative Athletic Performance, a consulting service specializing in casting, coaching and creation. She also teaches career development and act development to the next generation of circus artists training at San Diego Circus Center. Until 2020, Stacy was the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, leading a team of international talent scouts and advisors. Stacy's journey at Cirque du Soleil began in 2007 when she joined the Casting department as a Talent Scout, recruiting athletes and circus artists for the company’s shows worldwide. In 2011 she became Acrobatic Coach on Amaluna, touring North America. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and a Leadership diploma from Concordia University. She is a certified yoga teacher, nutrition coach, NASM performance enhancement specialist and CrossFit level 1 and CrossFit Kids trainer. “I believe in safe, open learning environments, and cultivating a sense of agency in students, athletes and artists. Excellence in human performance begins with being an excellent human.”