Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. The 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, lifted up, and join in the celebration of the heart of circus: community, joy, and achieving the impossible. Our mission is to create a one-ring circus that uplifts 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 eight 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. Since 2013, Circus Bella received a commission by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival to cover production costs for it’s most recent touring shows, SHINE! and HERE WE GO! Now in its 7th 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. In the past six years, Circus Bella’s Circus in the Parks project has given over 60 free performances in 16 locations, reaching an audience of over 25,000. Throughout the year, Circus Bella remains very active, and is sought after for many events and special productions. For the past several years, it has performed with the SF Chamber Orchestra for their Family Series, Full Belly Farms (Yolo County) for their annual 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 widened Circus Bella’s visibility on a global level while supporting its financial capacity to continue producing full-scale productions. Circus Bella continues to operate as a 501(c)3 project with fiscal sponsorship under San Francisco-based Independent Arts and Media.
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Our outdoor show, adaptable for the stage, comes complete with a 32’ ring tarp and ring curb, back drop, sound system and rigging. When appropriate and able, we expand our company with other performing artists. Our productions can be adapted to short 20 – 30 minute or full-length, 60-90 minute shows. Perfect for fairs, festivals, and fundraisers. We can also provide individual and ensemble performers for special events! We invite you to contact us to learn more. We strongly believe in working closely with our hosts in a partnership to create beautiful events that will impress upon memories for years to come. Let us work with you to bring dreams to reality.