An astronomy-inspired circus performance that takes you on a journey through the cosmos. Exploring what it means to be alive and present in the age of science and how we are connected to the lives of stars.
May 26th, 2018 • 2 Showtimes
Show length: Approximately 1 hour
• 3 pm - Matinee Showing (Doors Open at 2:15pm)
- General - $20
- Kids - $10 (5 & Under Free)
- Group Rates Available Online
• 4:30 pm - FREE Public Lecture By Astronomer Stephanie Juneau
• 7 pm - Evening Showing (Doors Open at 6:15pm)
- General - $25
- Kids - $15 (5 & Under Free)
- Group Rates Available Online
Cirque Roots’ latest production, Exist, is an artistic venture to bridge the gap between art and science, in a way that integrates rather than isolates the two. Expect for your mind to be opened to the vast scales of our physical world beyond our little planet using media projections of the cosmos, dance, acrobatics, aerial, stilt dance, spoken word, original soundtrack and innovative circus props. Centered around Carl Sagan’s famous quote, “We are star stuff,” meaning that our bodies are composed of chemical elements that originated inside stars. There is vast cosmic recycling that happens in the evolution of the Universe, from star birth to star death. Our planet, our bodies, and everything that we own are here because of that process. Exist will explore the physical and emotional significance of what it means to be human in the Universe.
Question your perspective, your consciousness, and your place in the cosmos. This small piece of this universe that we are most familiar with: the Earth, our bodies, and everything we care about manifested extremely recently in the history of the universe. Modern humans evolved over the past 2-3 million years, while the universe has been evolving over the past 13.8 billion years. That cosmic blink of an eye of human evolution is only 0.02% of the age of the universe!
The cast consists of four circus artists and one storyteller, performing live spoken word. The story follows two separate timelines: (1) the lifecycle of stars from birth to death, and (2) the human connection to the universe following the discoveries of three notable women in astronomy.
Stephanie Cortes, Director, Co-Producer and Performer, has a Master’s in astronomy and is one of the founding members of Cirque Roots (a circus production company established in 2011). She also teaches Astronomy at Pima Community College and Exist utilizes her two career paths, blending her knowledge of the physical world with her passion for performance art. Exist was co-written by Stephanie Cortes and Natalie Brewster Nguyen, a Tucson-based performance artist and poet who will be the storyteller, narrating the show. The acting cast includes a diverse group of skilled player collaborating for this original Cirque Roots production. Including, Zoë Anderson (BA in Film and TV Production) will act as Co-Producer, Brittany Briley will collaborate as Choreographer, and Christoph Dribusch (Owner of Hulalab) is the designer and fabricator of the LED suits and props. Stephanie, Zoe, Brittany, and Christoph are Cirque Roots performance artists who will act as the four alien star beings. Original soundtrack by Tucson music producer Ian Browning akaParty Force.
This project is partially funded by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
'The Science of Consciousness' (‘TSC’) is the world’s largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious awareness, feelings and existence. These include how the brain produces consciousness, how consciousness can causally affect brain processes, the best empirical theories, do we have free will, evolution of life and consciousness, the origins of moral and aesthetic values, how to improve mental, physical and cognitive function, and whether consciousness can persist after bodily death, e.g. through ‘uploading’ to machines, or via mental processes tied to the structure of reality. These and other relevant questions are approached through many disciplines in science, philosophy, business, the arts and contemplative practices.
Cirque Roots will be performing throughout TSC leading up into their main performance and premier of their newest show Exist.
Exist is an astronomy-inspired circus performance that takes the audience on a journey through the cosmos exploring what it means to be alive and present in the “age of science.” The goal is to offer the audience a different perspective on their lives, their place in the Universe, and the vast time and distance scales in the cosmos. This will be achieved using media projections of the cosmos, dance choreography, spoken word, original soundtrack and innovative circus props. Our piece is centered around Carl Sagan’s famous quote, “We are star stuff,” meaning that our bodies are composed of chemical elements that originated inside stars. There is vast cosmic recycling that happens in the evolution of the Universe, from star birth to star death. Our planet, our
bodies, and everything that we own are here because of that process. We will explore the physical and emotional significance of what it means to be human in the Universe. Exist will utilize a portable projection screen, a short throw projector, and an original aerial apparatus as our main set design. The cast consists of four circus artists in custom LED suits (supplied by local company HulaLab) and one storyteller, performing live spoken word. The premier will be in February 2018.
Join us for UA's annual celebration of Earth Hour, March 25 from 8-10PM. Observe Earth Hour 2018 by taking the Pledge to Unplug and commit to turn off lights and unplug electronics before coming. The 5th & 100th person to sign the pledge will receive a prize!
FREE pizza from Papa John's, plus lots of sustainable fruits & veggies!
Performances by Amplified Acapella, Cirque Roots Fire Dancers, & many more!
Fun and fitness are on tap at the Kino Sports Complex event, which celebrates The Loop’s role in fostering healthy and sustainable living in Pima County.
Join us at the Kino Stadium North Complex and participate in a Stay Healthy Walk around Sam Lena Park for your chance to win a number of prizes ranging from an iPad to various gift certificates. While there, visit with a local organizations and vendors, enjoy live music from Empire High School’s steel drum band, and don’t miss the impressive acrobatic performances by Cirque Roots. You can also see local Crossfit gyms going head-to-head in a friendly competition and, if you're up to it, participate in a Zumba class onsite.
The event also will feature a formal dedication of the newly-completed Loop with Pima County officials, user groups and others. There will be plenty of activities for kids and food vendors onsite, so bring the whole family
Don't wait - buy your ticket today for The Very Big Show (of Support!) - a fundraising spectacular benefiting Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona on Saturday, March 3, 2018!
Join the fabulous Tempest DuJour at the historic Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson for a fast-paced, jam-packed, family-friendly evening of comedy, music, dance and more! The Very Big Show (of Support!) presented by The Feinman Family and Child & Family Resources will showcase some of Tucson's most celebrated performers while raising vital funds and awareness for Planned Parenthood's efforts to elect leaders who support sexual and reproductive health care access and rights for all.
Please visit www.TheVeryBigShow.com for the whole line up!
Please visit www.RialtoTheatre.com for tickets The Very Big Show (of Support!) today!
Hosting both prominent Internationally and Nationally touring names in the jam and electronic music scenes; Gem and Jam is not just a music festival. Workshops, dancers, visual performers, high-end art gallery installations coupled with cutting edge production and attention to every detail ensure for an over the top experience.
The 12th annual Gem and Jam Festival is held each year during the world-renowned Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase making this special weekend each year the perfect pairing in music and art for gem enthusiasts and festival goers of all kinds. While for many music remains the main attraction, the Gem and Jam Festival also features artists of all mediums including visual performers, live artists, arts and crafts along with workshops and lectures, food vendors and high-end art galleries. Over 55,000 people are expected to gather and visit Tucson, AZ from around the world during the 3 week Gem and Mineral Show which has motivated the organizers of the Gem and Jam Festival to provide a unique atmosphere- celebrating the art and ethos of the Gem and Mineral community along with entertainment and visual arts.
This will be Cirque Roots 5th year participating in performing and leading workshops throughout the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for our troupe, as always we'll have a few tricks up our sleeve!
Holiday Nights 2017
A Million Lights!
December 1 & 2 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
December 8 & 9 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
December 15 & 16 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Please note Guest Passes & American Horticultural Society Gardens Reciprocal Admission Privileges are not valid during special events.
Holiday Nights is fun for everyone! Stroll along paths garlanded with over a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the Gardens. Who can resist a sing-along or viewing the stars through a telescope? You’re sure to enjoy the many distinct performances located throughout the Gardens while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy tasty treats!
Not finished with your holiday shopping? Peruse the Museum gift shops where you are sure to find a unique gift for that special someone or purchase the gift of a membership to Tohono Chul.
Holiday Nights is a timeless tradition, for children, young couples, whole families, and everyone in between!
$12 for members | $16 for nonmembers | $3 for children 12 & under
2017 Entertainment Schedule:
- December 1 | Arizona Star Tours | Desert Melodies | Frey Hayes | Cirque Roots | Santa
- December 2 | Joe Bourne | Maderas Strings | Cirque Roots | Santa
- December 8 | Grupo Riken | Magic Mr.B | Tucson Jazz Institute | Cirque Roots | Santa
- December 9 | Rene Taylor | Mr. Nature’s Music Garden | Cirque Roots | Jovert Steel Drum Band | Santa
- December 15 | Gus Woodrow Duo | Gabriel Ayala | Cirque Roots | Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band | Santa
- December 16 | Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band | Cirque Roots | Harpist Rachel Kay Knight | Santa
Join Cirque Roots' at the Celtic Festival for a 30 minute fire show! We'll be bring our whole fire troupe for a fire performance including stilts, partner acro, swords, staffs, poi, rope darts, and hula hoops!
Visit the Celtic Festival website for a full schedule of events and tickets! Saturday ticket prices includes Cirque Roots' Fire Show.
Join us for a night of fun, food, entertainment and auctions at the 24th annual ZOOcson, presented by Casino Del Sol
We invite you to support Reid Park Zoo at this annual must-attend social event, featuring 30 of Tucson’s favorite restaurants.
First, graze on small-plate tastings throughout the Zoo while encountering small animals presented by Zoo staff. Then enjoy a specialty cocktail as you outbid your friends at the silent auction, which includes items ranging from power tools and vacation getaways to unique Zoo works of “art” created by Zoo residents. Later in the evening you can raise your paddle during a live auction featuring rare Zoo experiences
Reid Park Zoo's ZOOcson offers a wild night of unforgettable live music by Jovert and Eduardo Costa, and roaming entertainment by Cirque Roots. Best of all, ZOOcson proceeds support the Zoo’s education programs, conservation efforts and improvements for the animals and visitors. Let’s make ZOOcson 2017 our most successful event ever – buy your tickets now to support YOUR community Zoo.
- $125 Per Person
- $95 Per Zoo Member
For $10 more per person, sign up for VIP Admission to skip the check-in lines. We will also contact you for a credit card number to pre-register you for the auction (optional).
Tables of 8 and 4 available for sponsorship.
This is a 21 and over event. Tickets include food at all restaurant stations and 2 drink tickets.
To find out more information here.
Join TEDxTucson for an amazing evening with three speakers, one musical act, glass blowing, and great conversation. After our sold-out Conference, we hope this more intimate Salon will give you a chance to engage with the speakers and other participants and really explore the amazing ideas that come from the talks. PLUS, Cirque Roots will be offering a fire
CONNECT - INSPIRE - ENJOY
TEDxTucson Salons are smaller more intimate events exploring ideas worth spreading around a specific theme - this Salon will be on the theme of “Breathing Fire” bringing together 4 live speakers, 200 participants and our favorite prerecorded TED talks.
Let Cirque Roots inspire you with 45 minute performance of theatrical stilt dance and acrobatics Saturday, December 10th at Zuzi Theater. Spectrum, features an all-woman troupe of performers and is intended to build community and empower the audience with messages of positivity and hope.
One night only and tickets are limited! Grab your tickets today for one last show in Tucson before Spectrum takes their show on a second tour this Spring 2017! All ages welcome. Doors open at 7pm.
Plus, don't miss our Spectrum After Party for dancing and fun at Merci Gallery!
Friday April 15, 2016:
• Early Show - Show at 6:30pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
• Late Show - Show at 8:45pm (Doors at 8:15pm)
Saturday April 16, 2016
• Early Show - Show at 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
• Late Show - Show at 9:00pm (Doors at 8:30pm)
Tickets: $20 Each -- Purchase Here
Cirque Roots Studio - 901 N. 13th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705
“We are the light we see in others.” Spectrum is a heart-opening stilt performance piece that aims to build community and empower, with a universal message of positivity and hope.
Through modern stilt dance, partner acrobatics, and original choreography, Spectrum features an all female cast of performance artists. This performance piece was created through experimental stilt work and theatrics, with influences of ritual dance, acro yoga, and improvisational dance techniques.
Original soundtrack by Tucson music producer Jyshua Pcalyps and musician Vasanta Weiss on vocals and harmonium.
* Show length is 40 minutes.
** All Ages Welcome
- Early Show - Doors Open at 5:00p & Shows Start at 6:00pm
- Late Show - Doors Open at 7:30p & Show Starts at 8:30p
No Tickets Sold at the Door
- General Admission Ticket - $28 Regular Price
- Price includes 1 Sweet Treat and 1 Beverage
- VIP Ticket - $59 Regular Price
- Price includes 2 Tapas, 2 Beverages and VIP Table Seating
Enjoy an evening at the mad tea party filled with theatrics, circus, tea fare, and live music!
AOL is a satire based on the connection between online social media and the ridiculous world of Wonderland. The story is told through witty theatrics, high-flying stilt acrobatics, daring partner acrobatics, modern hoop dance, and video projection. Joining in on the fun are Mik & Scott, a live, roaming two-person band offering funky fresh sounds.
Show takes place outside. Heaters provided, but dress accordingly.
*All ages welcome, but subtle mature comedy...
Cirque Roots was nominated for a Lumie Arts & Business Award under the category Arts Organization Award!
Co-owners of Cirque Roots (Brittany Briley, Stephanie Cortes, and Zoë Anderson) will be attending the event in celebration of their 3+ years running a business together! To join the party get your ticket here.
The Lumies Awards Celebration is an evening of great food, music and company—including artists, industry and government leaders and those who love the arts. Join us at the Tucson Museum of Art Plaza in celebrating the amazing people, organizations and businesses that make Tucson a vibrant center of the arts!
At 7.00 PM, the emcee will take to the stage to honor this year’s Lumines Award Nominees and announce the Winners. In line with longstanding tradition, each winner will be presented with an iridescent award created by master glass artist Thomas Philabaum.
Dancing follows with cumbia music from Tucson's own fabulous
DJ Dirtyverbs Logan Phillips."