ABOUT CIRCUS BELLA

Founded in 2008 by San Francisco natives Abigail Munn and David Hunt, Circus Bella brings the magic of the single-ring circus to people of all ages through thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegant demonstrations of grace, and outrageous humor. Showcases include static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula hoop, original clowning, and more - all performed to original music composed and directed by the highly-acclaimed Rob Reich. Circus Bella is proud to revive the tradition of the homegrown circus through productions that are accessible, festive, and fun!

Circus Bella’s mission is to create performances that inspire diverse audiences, engage the community, and challenge artists. Over the past ten years, Circus Bella’s Circus in the Parks project has offered over 100 performances to more than 45,000 people in 18 locations. The company is thrilled to offer its first winter showcase, Kaleidoscope, beginning November 2018.

History

In 2009, the company initiated its Circus in the Parks series and debuted its acclaimed first full production, DOINK! This show reached an audience of 3,500 through nine free performances and two youth workshops across Oakland and San Francisco. In the winter of 2012-2013, Circus Bella was brought in to perform a 10-week production at Huis Ten Bosch near Nagasaki, Japan. From 2013 to 2016, the circus was commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival to produce the touring shows SHINE! and HERE WE GO! In 2017, Circus Bella was invited to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., where it presented its production "Bay City Rhapsody" to thousands of festival goers on the National Mall.

Now in its 11th year, Circus Bella continues to expand its geographic profile, roster of community partners, and number of performances, which has widened the company’s recognition throughout the Bay Area.

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