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Circus Arts Educator – Circus Spire/Circus Gilly 2020-21 (Part-Time)

Kinetic Arts Center is looking for a Circus Arts Educator to join our Circus Spire/Circus Gilly instructional team! Our season will open on September 14, 2020 with small group/pod-based instruction in our spacious facility (physical distancing is absolutely essential!). 

Circus Spire (13 – 18 years old) is a pre-professional, multi-disciplinary circus youth troupe committed to excellence in circus arts training and performance. Performance opportunities include a multi-week, full-length production, individual act development, local off-site festivals and events, on-site special events (i.e., birthday parties), showcases/cabarets.

Circus Gilly (9 – 13 years old) is a performance program for the circus student who is ready for the challenge of more rigorous training. The primary aim of the program is to elevate circus skills to circus art by incorporating character and mood into performances. 

We seek educators with experience in professional performance who are able to teach multi-disciplinary circus skills in the categories listed below. Candidates with an understanding of multiple areas of theatrical production are highly encouraged to apply!

  • Aerial
  • Hand Balancing
  • Tumbling/Acrobatics
  • Partner Acrobatics (when safe to do so)
  • Juggling
  • Physical Theatre
  • Dance
  • Performance

Pods of up to eight students will be meeting two or three times per week (with a slow ramp up in training hours as the season progresses). The focus at the top of the season will be on conditioning in order to get our performers back into aerial and acrobatics shape following our COVID-related pause.

Please submit your CV and letter of interest to Abigail Baird, Youth Curriculum Manager, via email at abigail@kineticartscenter.com. If you know someone who would be a good fit for this position, please share this opportunity with them!

Kinetic Arts Center cares about your physical and mental health. We have created a comprehensive risk mitigation plan and have adjusted our practices and policies to do everything possible to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Cleaning protocols, physical distancing, and the wearing of masks while in the facility will be strictly observed and operations will be in accordance with local and state directives. If you have any specific questions about our in-facility practices, please contact us. 

Circus Spire & Circus Gilly Auditions Go Virtual!

Circus Spire and Circus Gilly Auditions for our 2020-21 Season will be different than all of the auditions we’ve had before. Due to COVID-19, the Kinetic Arts Center facility is closed to all in-person instruction and training. This means no in-person auditions.

But, the show must go on!

An Atypical Audition for an Atypical Time
Kinetic Arts Center and other training facilities have been closed for months due to COVID-19. We are very aware that this has made it difficult to train and develop your circus skills and that you may not be as strong nor as flexible as you might otherwise be heading into this audition.

As with everything at KAC, safety is our top priority – even with virtual auditions. Please work within your current ability to avoid injury.

You can find additional information about our Circus Spire and Circus Gilly programs and auditions here!

Circus At Home!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for LIVE Streaming Circus via Zoom! These virtual classes have been discontinued as we turn all of our effort toward a Fall 2020 return to in-person instruction in the Kinetic Arts Center facility in Oakland.

Please check in often for updates!

FAQs: COVID-19 & Kinetic Arts Center

Kinetic Arts Center thrives on giggles. However, COVID-19 is no laughing matter. We have temporarily closed our facility in compliance with shelter-in-place directives and in alignment with the surrounding school districts.

We have received some excellent questions from clients curious about what happens next for Kinetic Arts Center. Find the answers below!

Q: How long will the Kinetic Arts Center facility be closed?
Kinetic Arts Center will be closed until our local and state health officials indicate that it is safe to reopen. We are keeping up with the news and will post updates on our website and social accounts with updates. While we very much look forward to having everyone back and training at Kinetic Arts Center, SAFETY has always been our first, second and third priority!

Q: Will you offer virtual classes until you are able to reopen the facility?
YES! You can find more information about how to book virtual private and semi-private lessons with Kinetic Arts Center instructors here. We will also announce updates about LIVE Streaming classes as soon as we have them!

Q: What happens to the class package I have on my account?
Your classes will be ready to be used just as soon as we reopen! Please contact us to extend the expiration date on your existing package(s). Alternatively, we can convert your existing class package(s) into a credit on account that you can use toward future programming – including our LIVE Streaming classes.

Q: Summer’s coming. What’s happening with summer camp?
As of April 8, 2020, we are planning to run our Circus Arts and Sky High Aerials summer camps as originally scheduled. In the event Kinetic Arts Center must cancel sessions due to COVID-19, we will notify affected clients as soon as possible. You may choose to retain any amount paid as a credit on account to be used for any future programming (no expiration) or you may request a refund.

If you have a question that was not addressed above, please email info@kineticartscenter.com with your inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

We’re Temporarily Closed Due To COVID-19.

We hope this announcement finds you healthy and calm as we all navigate this evolving situation with COVID-19. We are heartened to see so many people working in unison to protect the most vulnerable among us and we are eager to join in the effort to flatten the curve.

Kinetic Arts Center has temporarily suspended all in-person classes, private lessons, and performances in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Curious about how COVID-19 is affecting Kinetic Arts Center or what it means for your account? Find our COVID-19 related FAQs here!

All credits and packages that you have on account will remain there until we reopen. Please remember to check in with us after classes resume to extend your package expiration dates.

Until we see you again, we encourage our community members to support all small businesses by purchasing gift certificates for future use. This is going to be a really tough time for a lot of your favorite local shops, restaurants, and service providers so any support you can offer will go a long way to ensuring their survival beyond COVID-19.

Please keep an eye on your email inbox, on our website, and on Facebook and Instagram for updates. If you have any closure related questions, please email us at info@kineticartscenter.com .

Summer 2020

Kinetic Arts Center’s Circus Arts and Sky High Aerials Summer Camps are led by experts in both circus and fun! Our camps feature an extended lunch period with dedicated fine arts instruction and an outdoor summer annex where our budding circus artists juggle and hula-hoop en plein air. Campers walk tall on STILTS, get a lift by building impressive (human) pyramids, and climb ever higher in their aerial classes. Such great heights, indeed! 

Kinetic Arts Center Summer Camps run every week throughout the summer! Our week-long camps run Monday through Friday from 9 am-4 pm. Drop off as early as 8:45 am at no additional charge! Extended care is available from 4-6 pm with prior reservation. The Friday of each session closes with a camp showcase at 3 pm. DON’T FORGET YOUR CAMERA!
Fees for this year’s camps are the same as Summer 2019! Save an additional $50 with our early bird discount if you register by March 31!
Weekly Camp Fee: $445 with the early bird discount until March 31, 2020 / $495 from April 1, 2020

Click here to see our full Summer 2020 camp schedule!

CURATED: A Not-So-Still-Life Circus 2020

*Closing weekend performances (March 13 – 15, 2020) have been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.*

February 22 – March 15, 2020
For Advanced Tickets (with tiered pricing), visit: https://curated.brownpapertickets.com

Kinetic Arts Center’s pre-professional performers, CIRCUS SPIRE, take you to the museum with their custom blend of circus, physical theater, aerial excellence, in 2020’s CURATEDA Not-So-Still Life Circus!

Who gets to make art? Who gets to see art? Who decides which art is important? In this museum, the answer to all three is EVERYONE!

Visit a world of fantastical art with Kinetic Arts Center’s Circus Spire in CURATED: A Not-So-Still-Life Circus. In this museum, the works of art spring to life and delight audiences with their aerial skills, acrobatics, juggling, and physical theater. You are invited to walk into their world of expression, performance, art, history, and above all, circus. Families are welcomed to watch this one-of-a-kind museum come to life! Featuring Circus Spire in a performance conceived and directed by Abigail Baird.

Circus Spire is Kinetic Arts Center’s signature pre-professional circus arts training program. Now in its 11th season, CURATED is the latest installment in our ever-popular annual spring performances featuring our Circus Spire performers.

For tickets & information, visit https://curated.brownpapertickets.com

Seeking Pre-Professional and Professional Circus Artists for Circus Injury Study

Stephanie Greenspan of Circus Injury Research is looking for Pre-professional (6+ hours training/week & 2+ shows/year) and Professional circus artists ages 13 and up for a research study about injuries in circus artists. We hope to learn more about what injuries occur with different types of circus training and how often in order to work towards better strategies for preventing injuries and keeping circus artists healthy.

The commitment for participation in the study is one year and includes the following:

  • Completing a medical and training history form.
  • An initial screening: 1-hour physical therapy exam of posture, strength, flexibility, joint motion, and balance.
  • Completing an online log of your circus training each week for one year (If you complete the study we will offer you a summary of this information & a $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you).
  • A 20-30 minute physical therapy exam for any circus-related injuries that occur over the year.

For more info go to circusresearch.org/research or contact Stephanie Greenspan PT, DPT, OCS, NCS at sgreenspan@samuelmerritt.edu.

Circus Movement & Injury Research

Instagram: @circus_research

Facebook: @circusresearch

KAC Artist In Residence Presents Miss American Dream Show!

January 24 – February 2, 2020
To purchase tickets, visit
https://missamericandreamshow.bpt.me

WARNING: Miss American Dream Show contains references to racism, gun violence, and sexual situations. Audience discretion is advised.
Blanca Fiberton is The Miss American Dream Show. Taxes, infomercials,
and snacks. Everything America loves, Fiberton serves it up with satire and physical comedy. Remember when television was educational after school? Start to learn again with Miss American Dream. You won’t even want to tune out for the ads!

Written and performed by Sierra Camille, The Miss American Dream show was birthed in a San Francisco basement and has traveled up and down the west coast for the past year. This is the show that completes Sierra’s Artist in Residence program at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, CA and the show is once again hot off the press!

When: Friday, January 24 to Sunday, February 2, 2020

Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 4pm and 8pm
Sundays: 3pm

Talkbacks will be held with the cast after each Friday and Saturday performance.

Ticket Prices:  $20 in Advance, $25 at the door
To purchase tickets, visit https://missamericandreamshow.bpt.me