Sunday, August 11, 2019

News from the New York Post

Hudson knows Stephanie Monseu as the co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and a tireless instructor of circus arts at the Hudson Youth Center. In fact today, the participants from the tenth annual Summer Cirkus Camp presented a free show for the community that included juggling, tumbling, human pyramids, aerial arts, wire walking, and more.

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For a circus performer, there's a world beyond Hudson. Last fall, Monseu, a.k.a. Ringmistress Philomena, became the ringmaster of the Big Apple Circus for its forty-first season--a truly awesome achievement.

Photo: Washington Post
But circus life can be uncertain. Earlier this summer, the Big Apple Circus canceled a tour that was to run from June to the beginning of January 2020 just five days before it was set to begin. Low ticket sales were given as the reason for the cancellation. Yesterday, the New York Post reported that Monseu and two other performers are suing the Big Apple Circus over the cancellation and consequent loss of work: "Big Apple Circus won't pay clowns after canceled tour: suit." According to the Post report: "The circus has allegedly refused to pay the entertainers, who said they are each due $200,000 for being forced to miss 20 weeks worth of work."

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