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Performing Arts

October 2, 2014

Darcy DuRuz and her all-women circus are up to some powerful magic. They’ve had a heady mix of enchantment and empowerment bubbling for some time, and plan to unleash the magic of Girl Circus’ Witches at the Wildish Theater Oct. 4-5.

Girl Circus is a thoughtful blend of professional circus arts performers and novice apprentices. The circus was born in 2001 when DuRuz noticed a lack of female performers at the Oregon Country Fair (OCF). 

March 21, 2013

If you didn’t catch Cirque Du Soleil when they came through town last year, there’s no need to fret. Local promoter Fusion Friendly is presenting the next best thing at Cozmic on Saturday: Cirque Du Eugene! For the third year running, this amalgamated variety show — which features various carnival-esque gymnastic acts performed by Bounce Gymnastics — will take the stage and boggle some minds.

October 24, 2012

One of the biggest stars of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam cannot fold into a pretzel while dangling from a silken rope or pivot through hoops while defying gravity. The star is rather inflexible, actually. The Quidam cast and crew affectionately calls him “Télé,” but in more formal circles, he is known as téléphérique. Télé is a 120-feet-long aluminum arch system, and he allows his fellow performers to take flight. “It’s just stunning,” says Quidam’s Assistant Artistic Director Georgia Stephenson.

March 7, 2012

In Eugene we don’t have to wait for the circus to come to town; it’s already here. A sensational family-oriented and acrobatic show (a la Cirque du Soleil) has sprung up in our backyard, and it’s about to take off.  

Kaleidoscope: Cirque-Curious, a full-blown circus extravaganza is the brainchild of a performer/producer/choreographer who goes by the name Francia. “Trapeze, rope, fabric, floor routines, acro-balance, contortion, hooping, stilts, even some juggling, it’s all in there,” Francia says.