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Local Circus School Soars To New Heights

Air Temple Arts, a Woodbridge based circus school is set to premiere its professional show Reverie In Black And White – A Midnight Circus Affair on February 12th Featuring 18 performers and skills ranging from aerial silks to juggling, contortion, acrobatics and hat manipulation, it’s a spectacle not to be missed. This show is a collaboration between Air Temple Arts, Connecticut’s premiere circus school, and Cirqularity, a new performance troupe. This show is directed by Air Temple owner Stacey Kigner, and features both Air Temple students and professional performers from greater New England. This is Kigner’s third foray into contemporary circus and as her solo-directing debut. Her previous works include Special Relativity and Missed Connections, both of which debuted in New Haven.

This fall Kigner and Air Temple Arts were featured on the national PBS show Start Up, which spotlights unique and promising small businesses across the country. Kigner was also recognized by Business New Haven as one of 2015’s ‘Rising Stars’.

Preparation for the show has taken place at Air Temple Arts’ new studio space in Woodbridge, which it moved to in December after nearly a year of searching for the perfect space. Air Temple was formerly housed in the old Robby Len building in New Haven.

For her previous productions, Kigner turned to crowd-funding, and ran successful campaigns on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, but this time she’s flying solo. ‘It was time,’ says Kigner, ‘For my previous two shows we needed to crowd-fund—we just couldn’t do it otherwise and we didn’t know if circus could be successful in New Haven. After Special Relativity I knew that people would turn out and I had a bit of a nest egg saved up. That was a major goal with the crowd-funding—getting an investment so that I could produce shows without turning to my community in the future.’

Reverie in Black and White follows a traditional trajectory for circus shows about circus—a young woman stumbles into a magical circus and hi-jinx ensue. ‘I wanted to keep it simple, plot-wise’ Kigner says. Her last show featured a dense, time-travelling plot, including scientific tangents on phenomena like time dilation.

‘Of the twelve students in the cast this is the first time on a professional stage for almost all of them, so I wanted to make their introduction to professional performing as painless as possible. There’s definitely a beauty in the simplicity of the plot—this show is going to be an insane amount of fun.’

Reverie in Black and White will run at the ECA Arts Hall in New Haven with two show times: February 12th and 13th both at 8:00 pm. The show is 90 minutes with intermission and is appropriate for children over 4. Tickets are available at www.airtemple.com/reverie or can be purchased in person at Air Temple Arts.

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