Black Rabbit Indoor Arts Festival's circus acts

Circus of the Revolution is one of a kind

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Poster by Corey Isenor via Circus of the Revolution Facebook page
  • Poster by Corey Isenor via Circus of the Revolution Facebook page

Some people believe that black is all colours at once. The folks behind the Black Rabbit Indoor Arts Festival certainly do, and this week they are hard at work, shedding light on the vibrancy hidden within the darkness of winter.

Founded in 2011 as a fundraising initiative for the White Rabbit Open Air Arts Festival (a weeklong, collaborative arts residency that takes place on 70 acres of sunny oceanfront property in Upper Economy every August), Black Rabbit brings together roughly 50 volunteers to create a week's worth of performance, art installation and barbeque in HRM, with the aim of raising programming funds for its sister organization whilst engaging the public.

The culmination of a week's worth of activity is a spectacle known as the Circus Of The Revolution, a "one of a kind show" that's "unique, gentle, chaotic and entertaining" according to organizer and performer Brian Riley (Saturday, Feb 15, 9pm, Sunday, Feb 16, 4pm, Bus Stop Theatre). Those in attendance can expect a loosely scripted series of performances involving plenty of spinning, dancing, magical animals and a mysterious subterranean art installation called The Labyrinth. Riley explains that each year the circus "aims to articulate our understanding of the world through spectacle and playfulness."

After the high demand for last year's magnum opus, the Circus Of The Normal, the rabbits have kindly doubled your opportunity for enlightenment. "Last year, we had to turn people away at the door. This year, we've added a Sunday afternoon show, which will hopefully make it more accessible to families and kids," says Riley.

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