circusSPARK Event Descriptions 2016

Thursday, September 15th

SPARK afterDARK Pre-Show and Cocktail Hour

Thursday 9.15.16

Kings Barcade, 9 PM to 10 PM

Enjoy some live entertainment from One Tribe and an adult beverage at Kings with the circusSPARK and poetrySPARK crew. Expect erotic balloon animals, rope tying antics, and pole performances to set the tone. This is a great time to socialize before the main show begins; it also ensures your entry to the main event– we typically sell out! Suggested donation $10. Get a VIP seat for $25.

circusSPARK and poetrySPARK present: SPARK afterDARK Burlesque and Erotic Poetry

Thursday 9.15.16

Kings Barcade, 10 PM to 12 AM

Presenting our 7th annual collaborative show between circusSPARK and poetrySPARK– a mash up of sultry poetry, tantalizing circus talents, a few sexy clowns, and much, much more! Burlesque and erotic poetry like you’ve never seen it before!

SPARK afterDARK Dance Party

Thursday  9.15.16

Kings Barcade, 12 AM to 1 AM

Still have energy after the show? Stick around for a dance party, circus-style to cap off the evening.

 

Friday, September 16th

Jungle Circus Cat Walk (circusSPARK Fashion Show)

Friday  9.16.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 7 PM to 7:45 PM

Our models walked straight out of the jungle and onto the runway– you’ve never seen anything like this before! Enjoy the creative jungle vision of local circus designers as our models bring those images to life. Experience the Jungle’s beautiful flora and fauna through Birds of Paradise, Wild Beasts of the Jungle, Jungle Flora, Gems of the Jungle, and Gods of the Jungle.

circusSPARK Friday Night Performer Showcase

Friday  9.16.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 8 PM to 9:15 PM

A true showcase of local Triangle-based circus talent, prepare to be amazed by a dazzling of jungle-themed acrobatics, juggling, object manipulation, aerial arts, dancing, and more! Great for the whole family, this event is a SPARKcon favorite!

 

Fire Conclave Pre-Show Drumming by One Tribe and Raleigh Drum Circle

Friday  9.16.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 9:30 PM to 9:45 PM

Feel the rhythm of the drums and get hyped for our last show of Friday night.

Fire Conclave: Jungle Book Style

Friday  9.16.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 10 PM to 11 PM

circusSPARK will turn Fayetteville street into a tribal conclave of music, dance and fire! A collaboration between One Tribe, The Raleigh Drum Circle, and the local fire spinning community.

 

Saturday, September 17th

Aerial Demonstrations/Lessons (by Cirque De Vol Productions)

Saturday 9.17.16

Grassy Area of City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 11 AM to 5 PM

Does your child love to hang upside down? Love to monkey around? The aerial silks are a fun fabric apparatus that kids of all ages can climb and wrap themselves in.  Cirque de Vol Productions will be providing demos on the silks throughout the afternoon that include instruction of simple and playful poses in the safety of a low to the ground aerial nest.

**Ages 5+ are very welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Parkour Coaching (by Enso Movement)

Saturday 9.17.16

Grassy Area of City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 11 AM to 3 PM

Test your strength, balance, and coordination by learning parkour with Enso Movement! Parkour coaches will teach you how to maneuver through obstacles with jumping and vaulting! No experience is necessary for you to learn how to navigate your body up, over, under, and through obstacles.

Open Play Hoop Jam w/ The Raleigh Drum Circle

Saturday 9.17.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 3 PM to 5 PM

Get ready to move to the beat of the drum and spin your hula hoop at our 7th annual circusSPARK hoop jam! Come learn the basics or explore new tricks! Enjoy an afternoon moving those hips and spinning your hoop. Bring your own hoop or borrow one of ours. A great family event, we’ll provide hoops of all sizes. Open to children of all ages :)

Birds of Paradise Aerial Show

Saturday 9.17.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 5 PM to 6 PM

Dancers and acrobats flying high above the city street!  These beautiful birds of paradise will transform our urban jungle into a colorful circus stage.  All ages are welcome to enjoy this diverse showcase of local aerial artists performing on silks, trapeze, lyra, and rope.

 

Urban Jungle Parkour Stunt Show

Saturday 9.17.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM

Sure to impress, this jam-style showcase presents bodies in motion! Be entertained as local parkour performers engage in agile feats of running, climbing, jumping, flipping, rolling, and vaulting!

Birds of Paradise Aerial Show

Saturday 9.17.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 7 PM to 8 PM

Dancers and acrobats flying high above the city street!  These beautiful birds of paradise will transform our urban jungle into a colorful circus stage.  All ages are welcome to enjoy this diverse showcase of local aerial artists performing on silks, trapeze, lyra, and rope.

 

Circus Side Show

Saturday 9.17.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 8:15 PM to 8:45 PM

According to Wikipedia, “mainstream media often explain fanciful methods of performing [sideshow] acts, but the real secret was usually that there is no secret, you just do it. Such acts include fire eating, sword swallowing, knife throwing, body piercing, lying on a bed of nails, walking up a ladder of sharp swords, and more.”

Prince of the Jungle: A Fire Theatre Tribute to Prince

Saturday 9.17.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 9 PM to 10 PM

“Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today, To get through this thing called life…”

…and celebrate the life of Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor, who is considered one of the greatest musical innovators of our time and is known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range.

 

circusSPARK Dance Party!

Saturday 9.17.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 10 PM to 11 PM

Get ready to get down! DJ 40oz is hosting the biggest dance party Raleigh has ever seen on Fayetteville street.  All ages are welcome.  All dance moves are encouraged.

 

Sunday, September 18th

Prana Flow Yoga in the Street!

Sunday 9.18.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 10 AM to 11 AM

Start your morning off right, connecting breath and movement through this intelligent, creative vinyasa with a little circus flair. Flow with your breath, feel the juiciness of the body and the delight in the morning sunlight! All are welcome; bring your yoga mat!

Ecstatic Dance

Sunday 9.18.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 11 AM to 12 PM

Ecstatic Dance is a judgement free space for free-form movement /dance inspired by music. This is the dance you dance when nobody is watching! Come allow your body to move freely without judgment or concern for the “grace” or beauty of the dance. No dance experience or partner is necessary. This is a perfect outlet for those who think they “can’t dance” and for experienced dancers alike.

 

Flow Circus Street Busking

Sunday 9.18.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 12 PM to 1 PM

Enjoy an impromptu street performance (also known as busking) by Paul Miller from Flow Circus and others from the circusSPARK community.  These acts will need lots audience participation so bring your friends!

Open Play Circus Jam

Sunday 9.18.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 1 PM to 3 PM

Join circusSPARK for a free-flowing circus jam on Sunday! Bring your favorite circus tool or borrow one of ours. Be prepared for juggling, hooping, poi, hat manipulation, and other circus props. Share your skills or learn something new. Embrace the creative flow!

Flash Mob Banana Dance Parade

Sunday 9.18.16

City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, 1 PM to 1:30 PM

Everyone’s invited to go B-A-N-A-N-A-S as we descend upon the streets of SPARKcon, flashmob style! Meet at the circus bus in your brightest yellow outfit and bring your dancing shoes! We’ll practice easy choreography, follow the leader style, and then parade through the streets, spreading banana cheer to all SPARKcon attendees. Remember, bananas have to stay with the bunch– all inflatable bananas must be returned to circusSPARK.

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