this week in Circus is another bright spot in a series of new circus media and productions popping up online as circus makers find new outlets for their creativity. What motivated Aaron Marquise (series creator) to begin the series and who is his audience? The reality is that the CCIAC (Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center) had our first year of programming lined up and we were very excited. We were presenting a young company at a local Boys and Girls Club for free to the students there in April, we had a month-long artist residency in place through our Artist First Program for June, and a return of our free Circus in the Park series in September. Of course, things changed quickly with COVID-19 both our April and June problems were canceled and September is still up in the air. But I’m a creative, I ...
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Aaron Marquise was born and raised in Round Lake, New York. He grew up performing at the former New York State Theatre Institute in Troy, NY, where he also spent his senior year of high school as an intern. Continuing a career in theater, Aaron went on to study Musical Theatre with a minor in Playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. After discovering the circus world, Aaron auditioned at the prestigious National Circus School in Montréal, Canada where he graduated in 2015. Since joining the circus world, Aaron has had the opportunity to perform in Quebec, France, Switzerland, and Germany. In 2019, Aaron founded the Contemporary Circus & Immersive Arts Center in Troy, NY where he currently serves as the Executive Director. In the fall of 2019, Aaron served as a Production Assistant to the Creative Team on the national tour of Disney’s Frozen. Various directing credits include PB & J Café: Stuart Little, James and the Giant Peach, Jr., assistant director/circus consultant for Pippin and assistant director for Les Misérables all for the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors. He is currently the Arts Education Manager at the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors and theREP.