NECCA presents circus shows over two weekends in Putney

PUTNEY — The professional track students of the New England Center for Circus Arts hark back to the 1930s for the inspiration for their graduation showcase performance, “Gathered Safely In: Exceptional Circus, Exceptional Athletes,” slated for Landmark College's Greenhoe Theater, 1 River Rd. S., later this month.

The theatrical circus show follows the behind-the-scenes lives of 16 circus performers in the 1930s as they prepare for another night of their big top production, “The Bonne Chance Show.” These players go through their own rituals and emotional experiences after arriving in Brattleboro and preparing to perform.

Although each has his or her unique experience and story to tell, they gather together as one family to raise the tent and perform their opening act.

Underpinning the show is exceptional circus artistry on trapeze, aerial fabric, partner acrobatics, hand-balancing, and contortion.

Shows are scheduled:

• Friday, May 11 at 3 p.m., and at a 7 p.m. benefit for the United Way of Windham County.

• Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m.

• Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, May 18 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

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