Our shows feature our students, instructors, and community members in everything from student showcases to full-on theatrical circus productions.
And there's more: check out about our ongoing Circus Center Cabaret series starring professional circus and variety performers.


December 10 & 11 | 2016

Postcard for Winter Showcase | Holiday Dash | Circus Center

Travel. No other element of the holiday season provides more frustration or more relief. Before you start your own journey this December, take a trip with the circus in HOLIDAY DASH! Featuring Circus Center’s advanced adult recreational students and pre-professional youth program trainees, this family-friendly show will unearth all the misery, comedy, and joy that comes with a last-minute trip home. So come along on a wild ride through crowded airports and chaotic shopping malls, with an array of colorful acrobats, aerialists, flying trapeze artists, trampolinists and more. It’s a melting pot of frazzled perpetual motion – it’s a HOLIDAY DASH!


April 30, May 1, 6 & 7 | 2016

Poster for Circus Oddity | A Bowie Tribute by Youth Circus | Circus Center

She is about to wake up to a world of celestial characters and extraterrestrial feats, but is it just a Moonage Daydream?

The San Francisco Youth Circus, the city's preeminent, award-winning ensemble of young circus artists, will dazzle you with acrobatics, aerial acts, contortion, juggling, and more. Set to essential Bowie tunes like "Heroes," "Life on Mars," and "Starman," this show will thrill audiences of all ages.



December 12 & 13 | 2015

Poster for Snowglobe | Winter Holiday Performance | Circus Center

Join Yeti, an adorably abominable snowman, on his journey through SnowGlobe, a winter wonderland full of circus fun! Featuring Circus Center's advanced adult recreational students and pre-professional youth program trainees, this family-friendly show will capture the imagination of children and adults alike with its circus magic. Come along as Yeti makes friends, tests his balance, and finds his own special talents in an enchanted world of flying trapeze artists, hoop divers, contortionists, acrobats and aerialists.

Click here to see images from the show!



May 27, 28, 29 & 30 | 2015

Poster for Guilty As Sin | Circus Performance | Circus Center

Abandon all hope ye who enter here! Join us as we descend through nine rings of hellish circus, and discover a modern twist inspired by Dante’s Inferno. A devilishly layered, interactive performance exploring concepts of incarceration and the mythos of judgment.

Come witness the sinful journey of two clownish pilgrims as they encounter demonic acrobats, seductively alluring aerialists, and tortured jugglers. Surrender your soul to this intense artistic collaboration as Circus Center presents GUILTY AS SIN.



December 13 & 14 | 2014

Poster for Sleigh Bells | Winter Gala Circus Performance | Circus Center

This annual show celebrates the holidays with performances by Circus Center students, faculty, and community members. This year, you'll be treated to amazing acts: Chinese pole, tissu, straps, hoop, rope, swinging trapeze, static trapeze, flying trapeze, and more!

We also have spectacular group acts from our youth performers and from Acrosanct, Master Lu Yi's new acrobatics troupe. Plus, there's a rumor that we will have a visitor from the North Pole! We request a $20 suggested donation for each seat you reserve. All proceeds benefit Circus Center's mission of bringing the joy of circus to anyone, regardless of their background or ability to pay.

We achieve this mission in two main ways:

Scholarships for children from underserved communities. Circus Center offers young people both top-quality, pre-professional-style training in the circus arts and a fun, recreational circus day camp. Each year, we offer thousands of dollars in need-based financial aid, opening the world of circus to low-income kids and their families.

Free outreach performances. We take the joy of circus to the people! Our instructors, students, and youth program trainees perform for free many times a year at local schools, festivals, fairs, and community events.


March 23 to April 1 | 2017

The Supers | Clown Show | Circus Center | San Francisco

Under cover of darkness, a boatload of refugees lands on our shores... and discovers an astonishing secret.THE SUPERS is a human cartoon adventure story, a tragicomic tilt-a-whirl of physical comedy, music and mime.


May 7 | 2016

Poster for Lift Off | Student Showcase | Circus Center



May 2, 3, 8 & 9 | 2015

Poster for Circtopia | Youth Circus Performance | Circus Center

Presented by Circus Center's Youth Circus.

In a world of sameness, one person dares to be unique. CIRCTOPIA explores the themes of conformity and difference through a whirlwind of acrobatic and aerial arts. This thrilling circus is created and performed by Circus Center's Youth Circus. The Youth Circus is a troupe of local youth that trains circus arts at a pre-professional level.



November 16 | 2014

Poster for El circo nocturno | Annual Benefit Performance | Circus Center

The 3rd annual Give Kids a Flying Chance production is November 16th at Circus Center and will include a carnival midway with games, light refreshments and mini silent auction and a circus show including two flying trapeze acts, acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and more. Part of an annual benefit for the Tamarindo Foundation Inc It will be a night of high-flying fun, that you will not want to miss!



July 19 & 20 | 2014

Poster for Cabaret Metamorphoses | Performance | Circus Center

An amalgam of circus, physical theatre, and live music, Cabaret Metamorphoses takes New Circus into the realm of storytelling, blending the sensory poetry of circus arts with the narrative power of the spoken word. Adapted from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the show tells the story of Arachne, the weaver of Greco-Roman myth whose tapestries spoke truth to power.

The Cabaret Metamorphoses team is an incredible amalgam itself, flying in from all over the country to collaborate on this rare production of story-telling circus. The team includes aerial choreographer Janette Fertig (director of Apparatus Dance Theatre in Portland, Maine), Chinese composer Sheng Ge, internationally renowned San Francisco-based mime Noe Zavala, and dramaturg Jamie Weisbach of Chicago. The cast is local, featuring a wonderful array of multi-disciplinary circus-theatre artists whose performance skills encompass a wide range of forms: circus arts, acting, singing, musicianship, dance, classical and contemporary mime, grand guignol, side show, and burlesque.






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