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Cambodia and Laos: Hidden Gems in Angkor Wat and Luang Prabang

David Code | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
David Code

"Until I learned English, I felt like a deaf person--surrounded by all these foreigners I couldn't understand," she told me. I knew Christmas in...

A Long-awaited Victory for Circus Elephants

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.13.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The industrial exploitation of wild animals across a suite of different forms of intensive captivity is heart-breaking and cruel. But with the conviction of an ever-growing legion of compassionate citizens, change is coming.

Breaking News: Retirement to Come Sooner for Ringling's Beleaguered Elephants

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.11.2016 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Performing elephants are typically struck to instill fear in them, in order to control them. It's time to finally end the era of wild animal acts in circuses, and the accelerated timeline for Ringling's retirement of its elephant acts is a hopeful sign.

From The Dumpster Back To The Big Top

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The first thing anyone ever notices about Jenny Vidbel is her smile. It's the purest smile I've ever seen. It emanates from a soul steeped in genuine gratitude, abundant joy and love for her craft.

Circus or Cirque: The Wonder Thrives on

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Circus (or cirque) thrives on living art for audiences of every age and conceivable walk of life, be it under the big top, the theatrical stage or the many sumptuous arenas that host The Greatest Show On Earth.

Artist Joe Coleman Paints Serial Killers And Celebrities

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.23.2015 | Arts

When artist Joe Coleman lost his mother, he honored her legacy with what he referred to in an interview as a "pretty intense funeral ritual."  T...

After Twenty Years Of Being Chained, This Circus Cat Is Finally Free

The Dodo | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.21.2015 | Green

An elderly mountain lion who spent his life chained to the back of a truck has finally gotten a taste of freedom.  ...

Mountain Lion Freed From Illegal Circus After 20 Years In Chains

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.20.2015 | Good News

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Without Elephants and Trapezes, Circa Turns Circus Into an Art Form

Michael Levin | Posted 11.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

Circa is a circus that pushes the boundaries of the art form. In a dozen years, the Australia-based company has performed in 33 countries on six cont...

Stage Door: Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Big Apple Circus, now at Lincoln Center, is an artistic wonder. The acts are eye-popping, beautifully executed and thematic. This year, Joel Jeske has created and Mark Lonergan, artistic director of Parallel Exit, directed "The Grand Tour" with panache.

All The World's a Stage

John M. Eger | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

With apologies to Shakespeare, it seems that public art has taken on a new dimension. Music and theater festivals, opera without walls and the second three-day WOW Festival, for Without Walls, held earlier this month by the acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse in California has raised the bar.

Being The First

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was young and so very green, but I knew this was an enormous opportunity. However, it came with something a lot weightier -- history. Holst, himself a former Ringmaster, informed me that if I were to accept the position I would be the first black American in what was then the 129-year history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to preside as Ringmaster.

Astoria Characters: The Ghosts Guide

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.22.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Just when you think you've heard everything odd about Astoria, Marie Carter starts telling stories.

The Little Circus Dancer Who Could

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was naïve upon leaving The Greatest Show On Earth® in 2004. I thought I could simply walk into any audition and acquire the role. After all, I had the talent, right? Right, I did. But so did many others.

Speculation & Circus: A Conversation with Erika Swyler

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Erika Swyler's debut novel, The Book of Speculation, tells the story of a family haunted by their mother's past. As Simon learns more about his mother's life both inside and outside of the circus, he comes to view his family gifted with ability to hold their breath like sea creatures and see the past and future through the tarot to be both incredibly susceptible to death in the water and lacking insight into their own conditions.

Tips for Balancing Relationships When You Join the Celiac Circus

Celia Kaye | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

If you have celiac disease, you may have friends, family, or a significant other who is hesitant about eating gluten-containing foods in front of you....

Wisdom from the Circus High Wire: 91-Years-Young & Still Flying High

Mel Sellick | Posted 07.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mel Sellick

The first time my Aunt Rusty ever stepped onto a high wire was in front of thousands of people at Madison Square Garden. As she climbed up the wrong...

From Homelessness to Cirque du Soleil

Joe Putignano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Putignano

I had been struggling with heroin addiction for nine years and tried everything to get clean. I was barely keeping a job and frequently going to twelve-step meetings, but I could not stop using heroin because every time I did, I would end up with terrible physical withdrawal.

Love at First Flight: The Story of Ammed and Estefani Tuniziani

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Of all the many trapeze artists I've had the pleasure to present, not a single one ever considered such a career in flight as a plan B or something to hold them over until their real dream kicked in. The trapeze is either for you or it is not.

Matt Sheehan

Cirque Du Soleil Enters China With Big Bet On Rising Middle Class

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

SHANGHAI -- Cirque du Soleil is coming to China, and the Canadian performance troupe will kick things off with its adaptation of one of the highest-gr...

Elephant Escapes From Circus, Kills Man In Germany

AP | Posted 06.13.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A German man taking his regular morning stroll was killed by an elephant who had escaped from a nearby circus, police said Saturday. ...

A Little Person's Antidote to Bullying

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Imagine there's nowhere you can go where you are not the curiosity that tempts roving eyes and odd glances. Imagine that your very presence evokes a profile in the imagination of others, which instinctively limits who and what you are.

The Circus Wonder Woman

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Adrielle Alves had a secret. A secret she'd been clinging to since joining Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey approximately four years earlier. Initially, she was hired to perform alongside the featured flying trapeze ensemble.

Acrobatic Conundrum's "The Language of Chance" Opens Two Weeks of Amazing, Intimate Circus at 12th Avenue Arts

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Last night, Acrobatic Conundrum performed its show The Language of Chance to open a two-week series of circus events at Seattle's 12th Avenue Arts, and the show was spectacular.

Circus Cat Freed From A Life In Chains

The Dodo | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green

A sad, emaciated puma who spent his life chained to the open back of a car — the only home he'd ever known — is finally free....