A world premiere by the esteemed string quartet, ETHEL. Created in partnership with The Ringling and Director Grant McDonald, Circus Wandering City is multi-media performance program inspired by the heroes behind the magic of the Big Top. The work combines stunning images and films from The Ringling’s legendary archives, intricate projection mapping, and original music composed by members of ETHEL. Together, they illuminate and reveal a larger-than-life performing culture of global traditions and origins, while celebrating the wonderment and excitement of one of America’s most iconographic popular culture experiences.
Composed and performed by the members of ETHEL, Circus: Wandering City features direction by Grant McDonald, projection design by John Narun, scenic design by Jason Ardizzone-West, costume design by Beth Goldenberg, lighting design by Oona Curley, sound design by Stowe Nelson. Produced by Jenney Shamash, Executive Producer Karen Jenkins.
This performance is part of The Ringling's New Stages contemporary performance series.
ETHEL: Circus - Wandering City is sponsored in part by Daniel Denton and Ramses Serrano, Leon and Marge Ellin, Dr. Susan Brainerd and Alan R. Quinby.
Photo credit: Erin Patrice O’Brien