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Circus Spire & CK4 Auditions
Materials Due: June 1, 2016
Audition: June 18, 2016 – 4:30pm-7pm

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by kineticarts


We are Seeking Serious Circus Students for Positions Open in

Circus Spire Youth Troupe & Circus Kids 4 Performance (CK4) Youth Troupe: 2016-2017 Season

Audition Date: Sat, June 18, 2016
Time: 4:30 Check-in/Warm-up; 5pm Start (Approx 2 hours)

Audition Materials Due: June 1, 2016

Click HERE for more information and to download our audition packet.

In Both Programs We are Looking for
Students with Skills in the Following Areas:


Dance/Aerial Arts

Clowning/Drama/Theatre Arts

For questions or more information:
Please Contact Carrie Kretzer, Company Manager

CK4 (Top), Spire (Below)
Images by Shoot That Klown

Starring the CK4 Performance Youth Troupe
May 14 – 22, 2016

Posted on January 16th, 2016 by kineticarts

Tickets on Sale Now!

Starring the CK4 Performance Youth Troupe

May 14 – 22, 2016
Saturdays 7pm & Sundays 2pm
Appropriate for All Ages
Limited Circus Floor & Chair Seating Available*

*FLOOR SEATING: Seating is on our foam circus floor. Recommended for Kids and Nimble Adults.
CHAIR SEATING: Chair Seating on our risers. Recommended for Adults and Elders.

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Presented by Antic in a Drain
(as Artist in Residence at Kinetic Arts Center)
April 22 – May 1, 2016

Posted on January 14th, 2016 by kineticarts

Ross Amelia Monkey Show Blue TentPrepare to be overwhelmed to flabbergastion as you see incredible feats of dexterity, sophistication and objectification unlike anything you’ve seen from our primate ancestors before. This isn’t your run of the mill animal show here, folks — no sir, you are in for something special! Behold the brilliance of Maitresse Magnificent and Charles the Chimp as they enslave your sympathy in a frivolous display of crowd pleasing entertainments and skills including Chinese pole, hoop diving and audience interaction. Then let them captivate you with taboo acts of subjugation!

After making audiences go bananas at the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe Festivals in Canada, receiving a four-star review from Global News and the inaugural Artistic Risk Award in Vancouver, The Greatest Monkey Show On Earth swings home to San Francisco. Don’t miss out as Ross Travis, San Francisco based, international performing Chinese pole acrobat and bouffon, pairs up with Chelsey award-winning comedienne Amelia Van Brunt, (recently seen in Fou Fou Ha’s smash hit WHOA-MAN), as they go ape and fling this critically acclaimed show to the next limb.

Where: Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

When: 4/22 @ 8:00pm     4/29 @ 8:00pm
4/23 @ 8:00pm     4/30 @ 8:00pm
4/24 @ 3:00pm     5/1 @ 3:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20  -
Seating is general admission with seats on the floor and in chairs.

Audience Rating: Recommended for Adult Audiences, Graphic Violence


More info:

Please note that seating is general admission. There is plenty of free parking in our lot or on the street. Box Office opens 1/2 before performance start time. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this production, there will be no late seating and will start on time. Kinetic Arts Center is located at 785 7Th St., close to the 14th Street exit from U.S. 980.

Circus Spire Youth Troupe’s Annual Show
Cirqular Logic, Feb 27 – Mar 20

Posted on January 13th, 2016 by kineticarts



CIRQULAR LOGIC: Breathtaking Circus Acts Performed in a Circle of a Defined Ring or Circus.

February 27 – March 20, 2016
Saturdays:  4pm & 8pm (Feb 27 no 4pm show)
Sundays:  1pm & 5pm (Feb 28 no 5pm show)

CIRQULAR LOGIC: breathtaking circus acts performed in a circle of a defined ring or circus with the usual beautiful aerial acts, bouncy juggling, tricky clowns and stunning acrobats you expect to see by Kinetic Arts Center’s Circus Spire
Youth Troupe.

Now in our eighth season, CIRQULAR LOGIC is unmatched circus skills, unique European-based performance style and high on the ‘WOW’ meter.  Circus Spire just keeps getting better and better each year!  Circus Spire and Kinetic Arts Center are at the center of the exciting and dramatic contemporary circus movement in the East Bay.  CIRQULAR LOGIC is Circus Spire’s new circus production from the creative production team at Kinetic Arts Center.  Circus Spire Youth Troupe is a year-long pre-professional circus arts training program at Kinetic Arts Center now in its eighth year of training and production.

Discounted Ticket Prices on Brown Paper Tickets:
Chair Seating – $25
Floor Seating – $15
Sit on the foam floor close to the ring curb for a unique view of the performance.

VIP Chair Seats Available:  $40 Reserved FRONT ROW Seating and $5 Concession Bucks

All shows are family-friendly. There is plenty of free parking in our lot or on the street.

ALL SHOWS START ON TIME! Lobby opens 1/2 hour before each performance start time. Kinetic Arts Center is located at 785 7th St, Oakland, CA, close to the 14th Street exit from U.S. 980.

Photo by Shoot That Klown

Perfect Gifts For Everyone!

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by kineticarts

It’s Always the Season for Circus!

Share the gift of circus with everyone regardless of the time of year. Please contact us either by phone or visit us at the front desk for purchases or more information.

Circus Starter Package!
Any 3 Classes for $50
Visit us or Call 510.444.4800
Available for NEW Clients or Clients that have been away for 6months or more.

Circo Club Memberships
Individual & Family
$99/$179 Annually
Call us for more info on how you can SAVE more year round!

Members Only Season Packages
Best Value! Twenty Classes at our deepest discount!
New Season Begins Jan 1st!

Kinetic Arts Center T-Shirts
Great for working out or general wearing around town
$20-25/each, Various Sizes Available

Kinetic Arts Center Duffel Bag
Great for workout clothes and for transporting your rigging gear too!

“Salvaged” Succulent Plant Arrangements
In honor of our recent show – SALVAGE. Great for the special person that needs a pick me up with out the responsibility of keeping a more labor intensive house plant alive. Locally harvested plants in vintage, salvaged, or up-cycled “pots”.
$15-25/each, Various Sizes Available

Apothecary Room Sprays by TheHerbalEye
Oakland Made and Oh so Lovely Room Freshening Sprays
$20/each – Available in Mood Lifting, English Countryside and Winter Spire Scents.

Too many options? Can’t make up your mind?
We also offer Gift Certificates and Class Credits!
Call us to even pay by phone!

Keep checking back as we post more items!

America’s Got Talent
at Kinetic Arts Center
Wed, Feb 17, 1:30-3pm

Posted on January 10th, 2016 by kineticarts

America’s Got Talent at Kinetic Arts Center
Wed, Feb 17, 1:30-3pm


Greetings Circus and Performing Artists of the Bay Area:

America’s Got Talent is coming to the Oakland to preview talent for their 11th Season competition. Their casting producer is coming to Kinetic Arts Center to meet with our region’s most skilled and polished performers who may be interested in auditioning for the show this season. In order for acts to audition, performers need a 90 second video routine and they are coming here to shoot the videos for you! Think of it as an audition coming to you. Ground and aerial acts are invited to attend.

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 1:30-3pm
Location: Kinetic Arts Center – 785 7th Street Oakland, CA 94601

What you need to do to participate:
1. Contact me at to book. YOU MUST BOOK to attend!
2. Be prepared with a 90 second long act. This can be your current act edited down or something entirely new. MUST be polished!
3. Arrive early on the day of the audition to warm up and be ready.
4. Bring your music on an ipod, ipad or CD
5. Optional – bring a resume, contact, head shot or whatever you’d like to leave with the producers.

Audition Space Specs:
-Rigging: We have a 24foot ceiling for aerial acts – you can hang your own apparatus on our fly away rigging system or use our rope, tissue, single point trapeze, or lyra. We also have static trapeze rigged at various heights. If you need any rigging outside of this contact to see if we can make it work.
- Floor: Foam circus floor. Not sprung like gymnastic floor.
- Parking: Free off-street parking
- Location: 1 mile from West Oakland Bart and near 880fwy

SHARE THIS! Please feel free to pass on this invitation to those that may be interested.
We wish you the best of luck!

Jennifer Wong
Director of Operations
Kinetic Arts Center
785 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-4800

SALVAGE comes to Kinetic Arts Center
Closes Dec 20 – Don’t Miss it!

Posted on November 1st, 2015 by kineticarts

For More Information –

This show is rated PG-13 for adult humor and staged fight scenes.

Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.

Members Performance Class
Fall Showcase – Creatures of Flight
Dec 12, 1pm & 4pm

Posted on October 31st, 2015 by kineticarts

Dear Parents & Performers,
Thanks so much for joining us for our Fall 2015 Members Performance Classes! Your students are working feverishly on their acts in their classes and we thank your family for your dedication to their circus training this season. December will be here before we know it – please plug the following dates into your calendar!


Friday, December 11th, 4-6p Tech Rehearsal

Saturday, December 12th, 11:30am Call Time


Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 1pm & 4pm

Tickets are on sale now:

Please confirm your child’s attendance so that we are sure to include them in the program! Fill out this form to confirm your child’s participation.
TWO performances are scheduled on Saturday, 12/12/15. Yes, your child will be performing in both shows. You are invited, but not expected, to attend both shows. This is to accommodate the sizable audience we expect to cheer your aspiring circus performers. We will keep your children on site for the entire period and will make sure they are fed and have ample down time between performances. It will be like a day of Circo Camp–only better!
Costumes: Please have your child wear black tights & a black leotard *UNLESS* you receive different instructions from your child’s instructor.
Two Snacks: Please send your performer with two heavy, healthy snacks and a water bottle on the day of performance.

Email Michelle Post ( with any questions!

Oct Circo Salon, Adult Student Showcase
Oct 17th, 8pm

Posted on August 25th, 2015 by kineticarts

Adult Student Showcase Sat, Oct 17, 2015
Performer Call Time 5:30pm

Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm

@Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street Oakland, CA 94607

Come enjoy an evening of Circus! Watch our adult circus students and some of their coaches show what they have been working on over the summer. This will be a fun evening and we invite a warm audience!

Tickets are $10 at the door. Space is limited.
All seating is general admission (floor and chairs available).

Sat Oct 17, 2015
Doors open at 7:30pm
Show at 8pm

Tell your friends! Share the love!

You may also contact for more details.

Family Festival Fun 2015 – Come Visit!
Summer Festivals are Here!

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by kineticarts

It’s Summer Festival Season! We are pleased to report Kinetic Arts Center and the Circus Spire Youth Troupe will bring circus fun to our favorite local Oakland Summer Festivals again this year! See dates below and bring out the whole family for a day in the sun.

Sat, July 4th, 2015 – Circus Spire at Jack London Square’s – July 4th Festival of Family Fun, 11am-4pm. Our Circus Spire Youth Troupers will be at Oakland’s Jack London Square for the day doing circus demos and face painting. Come Visit! This is Free event for the whole family. More info can be found here.

Sun, July 5th, 2015 – Kinetic Arts Center & Circus Spire Youth Troupe at Temescal Street Fair, 12pm-6pm. Find us located at the intersection of 49th and Telegraph. We will have our aerial rig posed and ready for multiple shows throughout the day! Free fun for the whole family!

Sat & Sun, Aug 1 &2, 2015 – Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival – More info coming soon!

Sun, Oct 11, 2015 – Out & About Rockridge – More info coming soon!