Catalyst by Island Circus Space April 2 & 3 2016 in Victoria BC

Catalyst by Island Circus Space April 2 & 3 2016 in Victoria BC.

Jake West of Island Circus Space is a man with a mission and a vision—to bring a professional-level circus school and performing community to Victoria BC.

Since arriving in Victoria, he’s gathered a group of high-level circus performers, among them graduates of l’École Nationale de Cirque and former Cirque de Soleil members, with the express goal of creating this school.

Their first performance, Catalyst, takes place April 2nd and 3rd at the Metro Studio.

Island Circus Space Catalyst April 2016

“Catalyst is circus history being made in Victoria; it’s an entrepreneurial show that will spark interest and help to create a circus scene here” asserts West.

Feature artists will perform aerials, acrobatics, hand to hand (balancing), juggling, comedy, live music, magic and dance (with the Victoria Academy of Ballet).  Local tech-arts company Limbic Media will dazzle with interactive technology (and West was giving no hints during our interview).

In establishing Island Circus School, these circus professionals hope to attract not only the adult market—which is often fitness oriented—but also the kids recreational market.

“This is the cutting edge of where fitness is going—it includes creativity, collaboration and communication. There is something for everybody in circus.  As well, social circus includes working with people who have physical and mental disabilities” says West.

Four schools in Vancouver currently use the École Nationale du Cirque process of teacher accreditation; at the cusp of their careers, these emerging professionals need practicum hours—an opportunity that West is keen to exploit.

Island Circus Space is proud to present its first production:

April 2/3 at the Metro Theater. 
There are 2 shows a day:Saturday: 4 and 8 pm. Sunday: 4 and 6:30 pm.
$30 for adults, $20 for children under 12.
Tickets are available through Ticket Rocket, online; in person #2-1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard) Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm
Closed Sunday/Monday; or by phone (250) 590-6291

With this show we hope to kick off a circus community and build an infrastructure in Victoria, BC, Canada.

We have an exceptionally talented cast on this project. These artists are a cultural asset to this city in moving circus forward to match its well-known Canadian circus identity in the rest of the world.

This show is a symbol of circus history being made in Victoria and we need your help.

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