Thursday, March 22, 2012

Seattle-area friends- Spring and Summer Break Camps now open for enrollment at Teatro Zinzanni!

My family lives just a few blocks from Teatro Zinzanni, and we walk past frequently and enjoy the colorful exterior and fun signs advertising the show.  It looks like a lot of fun to attend a show there. And now Teatro Zinzanni is more than just something to sit and watch- your child can enroll in a spring or summer camp there! Read on for details:
Camp ZinZanni Now Enrolling
13 Weeks of Circus Day Camps for Children Ages 4-17
Offered Spring and Summer Breaks 2012
Held in Teatro ZinZanni’s Magical Spiegeltent

Seattle, WA –Teatro ZinZanni’s ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts (ZICA), has announced dates for Camp ZinZanni 2012 ( Under the red velvet roof of Teatro ZinZanni’s antique spiegeltent, Seattle-area students ages 4-17 can learn the basics of circus arts through a series of workshops with some of the world’s greatest cirque artists and stage technicians. 

“The success of the previous years’ camps proved to us that Seattle is hungry for a comprehensive educational circus experience,” said Markus Kunz, Managing Director. “This year we will expand our offerings to include opportunities for younger children to participate and for returning students to further explore the performance and theatrical aspects prevalent in today’s modern circuses.”

Camp ZinZanni will host 13 weeks of camp this spring and summer ranging from introductory “Clown School Mini Camp” for 4-7 year olds that includes basics in balance, movement and clowning to Acrobalance which includes aerial arts, object balancing and clowning. Also included in 2012’s lineup are new collaborations with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Public Theater, Seattle Children’s Theatre and Pacific Science Center.

This year, campers will work with a number of inspiring instructors including stars of Teatro ZinZanni’s Hail Caesar!Frank Ferrante and aerialist Dreya Weber, 5th generation circus sensation Charly Castor, Teatro ZinZanni and Cirque du Soleil veteran aerialist Andrew Adams, Russian gentleman juggler Sergey Krutikov, international circus stars Duo Madrona, Seattle magician Nate Jester and improv comic Guy Sidora.

“It’s one thing to teach a kid to juggle but it’s a deeper, richer experience to teach a child how to create and perform in character,” concluded Kunz. “Under the tutelage of our artists, campers will learn skills that will instill them with confidence throughout their lives.”

Funding for the ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts is provided by individual contributions and grants. In November 2008, Teatro ZinZanni was one of nine recipients of the prestigious Wallace Excellence Award, a four-year grant given by The Wallace Foundation. The Wallace Excellence Awards are a primary way that Wallace works with exemplary arts organizations in selected cities to develop and test effective ways to build audiences and enhance participation in the arts. To achieve broad impact, Wallace also commissions relevant research and shares useful practices and lessons among grantees and with the broader field.

2012 Camp ZinZanni Schedule:
Clown Camp
Ages: 9-17  |  Dates: April 16-20
Run away and join the circus during this week of clowning, acrobatics, juggling and more! Lead by a team of Teatro ZinZanni teachers and performers you will have an opportunity to explore your inner clown, study classic routines and build skills that will make your friends and family laugh!

"The Imaginary Invalid" By Moliere
Ages: Grades 3-5  |  Dates: April 16-20
Partner with Seattle Public Theatre
Classic comedy along with master classes from world-famous professional circus performers. The week culminates in a final performance for family and friends.

ABC's Of Abracadabra
Ages: 5-8  |  Dates: June 25-29
In the ABC's of Abracadabra, young campers learn the basic of clowning with a focus on slapstick, juggling and magic. The week includes circus-related arts and crafts with clown makeup and costume!

Clown School Mini Camp – A.M. & P.M. Sessions
Ages: 4-6  |  Dates: July 2, 3, 5 & 6 (no camp July 4th)
For the littlest clown! This half-day camp experience introduces circus techniques with an emphasis on the five senses, movement, hand/eye coordination and balance. Also included are circus-related arts and crafts, clown makeup and costume. This is a half-day camp!

Ages: 9-17  |  Dates: July 9-13
Keep those objects up in the air! Campers learn the basics of juggling, object manipulation and clowning. Throughout the course of a week, young jugglers will be throwing everything from scarves (very safe) to balls (still very safe) to rings (less safe) to knives (just kidding).

Junior Jugglers
Ages: 5-8  |  Dates: July 16-20
The perfect camp for new jugglers! This week will give campers the basics of object manipulation starting with scarves, juggling balls, yoyos, ribbons and hats. Also included are circus-related arts and crafts, clown makeup and costume.

Ages: 9-17  |  Dates: July 23-27 or August 6-10
A combination of acrobatics and balance give campers the foundation for gravity defying acts. Object balance is emphasized along with an introduction to the aerial arts. This week is sure to thrill!

Junior Clown Camp
Ages: 5-8  |  Dates: July 30 - August 3
This is the place to send that class clown and family ham! Let them focus all that energy into great clown routines, basic slapstick, hand/eye coordination and body awareness. Also included are circus-related arts and crafts, clown makeup and costume.

Circus Science
Ages: Grades 2-4  |  Dates: August 13-17
Partner camp with Pacific Science Center
Science is everywhere at the circus! At Teatro ZinZanni you take the center ring and apply the science of the circus to clowning, magic and balancing skills. At Pacific Science Center test physics as you master your center of gravity and experiment with inertia, motion, momentum and balance. Find out about physiology and your muscles' flexibility as you attempt incredible circus feats. Campers split the day at Pacific Science Center and Teatro ZinZanni.

Comedy Camp: Slapstick & Clowning
Ages: Grades 3-4 & 5-6  |  Dates: August 20-24
Partner camp with Seattle Children's Theatre
Join us for a week of serious comedy. From Charlie Chaplin to John Cleese and Lucille Ball, great physical comedians have also been great actors who created unforgettable characters and then put them in impossibly difficult situations. A teaching artist from Teatro ZinZanni will teach you the moves, and an acting teacher from Seattle Children's Theatre will help you discover and integrate the characters, relationships, objectives and setting of the scene.

Shakespeare Circus Presents "A Winter's Tale"
Ages: 9-17  |  Dates: August 27-31
Partner Camp with Seattle Shakespeare Company
What do Sicilia, Bohemia and the world of cirque have in common? Spend an intensive week with the artists and instructors of Teatro ZinZanni and Seattle Shakespeare Company to find out. Apply your acting and circus skills to the text of the greatest playwright of the English language.

About ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts (ZICA):
The educational outreach program of Teatro ZinZanni, ZICA is dedicated to the preservation, development and enhancement of ancient and contemporary circus arts, including Juggling, Clowning, Magic, and Acrobatics with an emphasis on all aspects of performance and production. 
Cost per camper ranges from $230 to $350 per session. For enrollment information, please visit www.campzinzanni.orgA limited number of Camp ZinZanni scholarships are available. For more information, visit

About Teatro ZinZanni:
Teatro ZinZanni was originally launched in Seattle by Norm Langill and One Reel in 1998. Originally intended for a short run during the holiday season, the initial production enjoyed 14-sold out months leading to a permanent show in Seattle and expansion into San Francisco. After 13 successful years, One Reel launched Teatro ZinZanni as an independent arts organization in 2011. Since its opening, Teatro ZinZanni has been delighting audiences with its swirling stream of performance, music, and comedy presented in the elegance and intimate comfort of an antique Belgian spiegeltent or mirror tent. Best known for regular evening three-hour performances that blend cirque, comedy, and cabaret served up with a five-course gourmet meal, Teatro ZinZanni performance opportunities now include: a two-and-a-half-hour Midday Matinee, special late night experiences, unique programming for children and Camp ZinZanni, an education program for kids ages 4 - 17. Since 2011, Teatro Zinzanni has been an independent, non-profit arts organization.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post- just passing on some information that I received!