The Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center in Troy, NY

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The Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center in Troy, NY: An Example of Emerging Scenes for the Circus Arts in the US

What do an architect, a financial lawyer, an actor, a proprietor of a historic-home-turned-B&B, a professor of French and performance studies, a school leader, and a project manager for a painting company, all based in and around Troy, NY, proudly boast of creating together? Even as the answer may surprise many in an America, where contemporary circus arts do not yet enjoy broad public awareness or acclaim, this group from widely varying professions found ourselves – along with a few other community leaders — drawn to create an organization to promote, produce, and present contemporary circus and other immersive arts.  As founding members of the board of directors of the non-profit CCIAC (our newly-formed Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center), we each had seen various locally produced shows, many of them directed by Aaron Marquise, a Troy-based graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal (ENC). We happily recognize that it wasMarquise’s work and leadership that pulled this diverse group together, and, now, Marquise serves as the CCIAC’s executive director as we find ways to give to the circus arts increased presence in our area and beyond. 
A scene from Roadkill with Cooper Stanton On September 27, 2019...
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Charles Batson

Circus academic! Co-convener of the Circus and Its Others research project and involved with the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research. Co-edited, with Louis Patrick Leroux, Cirque Global: Quebec's Expanding Circus Boundaries (McGill-Queens Univ Press, 2016). Research also involves queer, dance, and performance studies.