This program will take place virtually via Zoom. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each program. Tickets are limited, but only 1 ticket is required for each household, for regardless of how many in your household will participate.
In a series of virtual presentations by Circus and Cultural Historians whose research has brought them to The Ringling, learn about the experiences, contributions, and documentation of women in the circus and allied arts.
April 6, 10:30 am | Women as stars in the circus but not in Wikipedia? | Kristin Lee Buy Tickets
Wikipedia is a great place to start to get an initial overview of a topic, but the rules around who is “notable” enough to have an entry in the online encyclopedia means that women are often not included, including some of our favorite circus stars. We will look at some of the women who worked in the circus who aren’t included in Wikipedia and how we, as circus historians and enthusiasts, can help bring the contributions of these women to the circus to a wider audience.
April 20, 10:30 am | "Circus Women Model Wives": Performing Domesticity At The Circus | Kat Vecchio Buy Tickets
There was little a circus press agent couldn’t craft into a good story, even laundry. Join writer and filmmaker Kat duPont Vecchio to learn how and why circus women’s daily domestic tasks occasionally became the subject of newspaper articles and circus press photos.
April 29, 10:30 am | Glitz, Glamour, and Grit: Exploring the History of Female Aerial Circus Costume | Jenny Leigh Du Puis Buy Tickets
This presentation will explore the costumes of female aerialists from the late 1800s to the present day. From aesthetics to functional considerations for movement, these garments require special attention to detail and are designed to complement the performance. From corsets and crinolines to leotards and Lycra, aerial costumes have evolved considerably while maintaining the glamour and prestige of the performance. Join circus costume designer and researcher Jenny Leigh Du Puis for a tour through the wardrobe of female aerialists past and present.
May 6, 10:30 am | Lavinia Warren, the "Fairy Wedding" and the Birth of Celebrity Culture | Betsy Golden Kellem Buy Tickets
Lavinia Warren, a Massachusetts schoolteacher who as an adult stood shy of three feet tall, was one of America’s first bona fide celebrities. With the wit and the fire to stand up to media, showmen and dignitaries alike, she became “Mrs. Tom Thumb” but was wildly famous in her own right; traveled the world; and died a Countess. She was in many ways part of how mass media created the celebrity machine.
May 20, 10:30 am | The Stories We Tell: Presenting Tattooed Ladies to the Audience | Amelia Osterud Buy Tickets
Join author Amelia Klem Osterud to learn about the stories behind the stories that tattooed ladies told to the world. From stories of capture and torture to tales of true love, these stories were often what remained behind after the performer was gone, coloring what was understood about these women by modern audiences.
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