Celebrating two decades of keeping American traditional circus alive, the legendary Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings its diverse roster of the world’s finest circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and variety talent to the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Since 1995, BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS co-founders Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson have traveled the world, bringing a unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus and sideshow spectacle to theaters, clubs, colleges, and festivals. An evening of jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, plate spinning, sword swallowing, brain twisters and other risk-taking feats set to live music, combine to create an interactive evening of fun for the entire family.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus harkens back to the heyday of the traditional American Circus touring the country by caravan while offering its own artistic twist. It’s earthy, gritty and celebrates the sideshow’s odd novelty acts in an engaging and participatory way that you don’t find in other types of circus.
The New York Times said the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret is, “old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists,” while TIME OUT NY exclaimed that, “this troupe of circus artists will remind your family what the circus is really about.” Come one, come all and get your tickets now for the Cirkus!
Bindlestiff has brought the circus arts to every type of stage and audience imaginable, and some unmentionable. Its shows have ranged from family shows to musical parodies to burlesque Cirkus spectacles. Bindlestiff has been keeping the variety arts alive by performing and teaching in New York City, Columbia County, and beyond. Bindlestiff has performed on stages and festivals around the world including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall (NYC), Glastonbury (UK), Burning Man (NV), Ruigoord (NL), Bonnaroo (TN), and in the Caribbean Seas.