A Sellam Circus performer. Circus acts at College of the Atlantic on April 15 will be followed by a chance to talk with members of the staff of the Sellam Circus School about their special summer day camps. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Sellam Circus coming to town

BAR HARBOR — Contortion, hand-balancing acts, performances on trapeze and stories about life up in the air will be presented by circus artists of all ages from Biddeford’s Sellam Circus School in “The Ring: An Evening of Circus,” at College of the Atlantic’s Thomas S. Gates Community Center on Saturday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

A circus variety show with a twist, ‘The Ring’ features circus artists of all ages and stories about life up in the air. From the trapeze and lyra, to contortion and hand balance, each performance draws the audience further into the ring, the sacred space at the center of the circus. With intermittent stories from life on the road, ‘The Ring’ is a lighthearted and candid exploration of the soul of the circus.

The 90-minute show, including intermission, aims to delight children and adults alike. A post-performance mix-and-mingle will give the audience a chance to talk to performers about what it’s really like to study circus arts and hear about the Sellam Circus School’s Maine Coast Summer Circus Arts day camp program.

The performance costs $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Sellam is a new circus school in Biddeford, co-founded by Sellam El Ouahabi and College of the Atlantic alumna Amity Stoddard ’96. The school is founded on the belief that “the circus belongs to everyone,” Stoddard said.

Sellam is slated to offer recreational, after-school classes in circus arts, as well as a semester-based, competitive-entry Professional Circus Arts Training program. If all goes well with their current planning efforts, El Ouahabi and Stoddard hope to open the doors of the school’s permanent location in Biddeford in September of this year. Meanwhile, they are excited for their Maine Coast Summer Circus Arts day camp programs, starting with a two-week stay at The Vinalhaven School. Several more locations along the Maine coast and islands, including Bar Harbor, are in the works.


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