Circus Bella has come a long way from its first performance, crashing an event in San Francisco’s Dolores Park to give a renegade show on a nonexistent budget.
Back in 2008, Abigail Munn and David Hunt had been hired to assemble a small circus cast for a private event at Bella Vineyards, and they wanted to offer something to the public after all that work. Their generosity turned into a career opportunity when Linda Lucero, the keen-eyed artistic director of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, happened to see the unscheduled show and, duly impressed, booked the new company for the festival.
From the beginning Circus Bella distinguished itself with a beguiling combination of traditional circus acts, community engagement and superb live music under the direction of accordionist/composer Rob Reich. Over the past decade, the troupe has become part of the Bay Area’s summer landscape, with free performances at parks around the region.
But now Circus Bella is taking a leap into the big time with its most ambitious undertaking ever, an expanded winter production under the big top surrounded by spectacular views of the Bay. Presented in partnership with the Treasure Island Development Authority and Mersea restaurant, Circus Bella’s “Kaleidoscope” runs Nov. 30 though Jan. 6…
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