What Social Distancing Means for Social Circuses in the Time of Coronavirus

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What Social Distancing Means for Social Circuses in the Time of Coronavirus

“Circus has always been about joy, triumph and laughter through strength, flexibility and balance,” says Circus Harmony’s Artistic/Executive Director Jessica Hentoff.
 “We’ve always taught our students to be compassionate, creative and resilient,” she adds from St. Louis, Missouri, noting that now is when the spirit of the circus is really needed. Nevertheless, Circus Harmony has shuttered their doors for the time being and turned to creative measures to keep their members engaged, “Even though we are a circus school, we are not really risk takers!” says Hentoff about Circus Harmony’s complete closure.  Even though we are a circus school, we are not really risk takers! As part of the social circus series, CircusTalk contacted leaders in the field to see how the educational performance art relying on physicality and human connection, which has “social” in the name during a time of social distancing, is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic....
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Karin McKie

Karin McKie is a writer, SAG-AFTRA actor, educator, publicist and activist. She teaches students and professionals about storytelling, public relations, theater and stage combat, critical reading and comparative literature. Raised in the DC area and currently in Chicago, Karin has studied in London and the Bay Area, spent the millennium in Buenos Aires, performed in Amsterdam, Scotland, and around the Americas, and was a China/Taiwan scholar. She has a BS in Theater and Communications, an MFA in Creative Writing, and is a yogini, cyclist, weight lifter, and sometimes barefoot tennis player.