ABOUT CIRCUS BELLA
Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegant demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor with slapstick antics. Our circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula hoop, original clowning, and more. The music is originally composed and directed by the highly-acclaimed Rob Reich and draws from French Waltz, New Orleans Jazz, Klezmer, and American Circus March. Audiences are bedazzled, uplifted, and enveloped in the celebration of the heart of circus—community, joy, and achieving the impossible. Our mission is to create a one-ring circus that inspires diverse audiences, engages community, and challenges its artists. We put homegrown circus back into the ring, creating productions that are accessible, festive, and inspiring.
In the past nine years, Circus Bella’s Circus in the Parks project has given over 80 free performances in 16 locations, reaching an audience of over 35,000.
Founded in 2008 by Abigail Munn and David Hunt, Circus Bella brings the magic of the single ring to audiences of all ages. In 2009, Circus Bella initiated its Circus In the Parks series and debuted its acclaimed first full production, DOINK! This show reached an audience of 3,500 in nine performances and two youth workshops, all free to the public, in Oakland and San Francisco. From 2013 to 2016 Circus Bella received a commission by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival to cover production costs for its most recent touring shows, SHINE! and HERE WE GO! In 2017 Circus Bella was invited to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival where it presented its production, "Bay City Rhapsody" to thousands of festival goes on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Now in its 10th year, Circus Bella continues to expand its geographic profile, roster of community partners, and number of performances thereby widening the company’s recognition throughout the Bay Area. Circus Bella is proud to once again be receiving an Artists commission from the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.. Throughout the year, Bella remains very active and is sought after for many events and special productions. For the past several years, it has performed in the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Family Series, Full Belly Farms (Yolo County) Hoes Down Festival, and Friends with Joe DiMaggio’s Halloween Extravaganza in North Beach (SF). In the winter of 2012-2013, the company was brought in to perform a 10-week production at Huis Ten Bosch near Nagasaki, Japan. These activities expanded Circus Bella’s visibility to a global level while supporting its financial capacity to continue producing full-scale productions.