Performance Storytellers

A new kind of circus is emerging and Oberlin students and alumni have become a part of it. Referred to as Circus Arts, it is a contemporary theatrical style of circus performing, sans animals and magic tricks. It combines traditional circus elements—acrobatics and aerial acts—with storytelling, theater, and performance art.

One such troupe is the Seattle-based Acrobatic Conundrum, founded by Terry Crane ’03 (left), who along with member, Erica Rubenstein ’08, were instrumental in shepherding Oberlin’s student circus community. Several alumni have worked with Crane in Conundrum, which has toured several shows and performed in festivals across the country.

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Photograph by AJ Rogers