April 29 - May 13 | 2017
CIRCUS FRACAS is the story of two opposing teams of young circus artists on their way to battle for top honors at the National Circus Arts Festival. Along the way they encounter unexpected adversity and learn that, despite their differences, pulling together and working in unison is an opportunity just as golden as winning a medal. CIRCUS FRACAS is a theatrical presentation developed and presented by the San Francisco Youth Circus, the city's preeminent, award-winning ensemble of 20 pre-professional circus artists. Prepare to be dazzled by acrobatics, hoop diving, juggling, contortion, trapeze, tissu, and more!
December 10 & 11 | 2016
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
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
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.
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GUILTY AS SIN | A CIRCUS IN NINE RINGS
May 27, 28, 29 & 30 | 2015
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.
SLEIGH BELLS | A WINTER GALA
December 13 & 14 | 2014
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.
CIRCUS CENTER CABARET | COME HITHER ZOMBIE
The freaks come out at Circus Center! This month's Cabaret features all the ghoulish mirth and haunting magic of the Halloween season. While you enjoy a drink from our Cabaret Bar, watch as spiderwomen, zombies, and burlesque temptresses perform dazzling circus acts in our uniquely intimate venue. The music of Kelli Crump and the Roger Glenn Trio will keep the atmosphere hot enough for all you devils and demons.