The mission of the Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center (CCIAC) is to promote, produce and present contemporary circus and other immersive arts; embracing the unique challenge of bridging the divide between this awe-inspiring art form and American audiences with generally less exposure to this world.
Founded in 2019 by Aaron Marquise, a graduate of Montréal's École Nationale de Cirque, The vision of the CCIAC is to transform Troy, NY into a US hub for contemporary circus by producing and presenting quality performances locally, nationally, and internationally. Through indoor and outdoor programming, the CCIAC strives to educate the community on the impact that circus can have as an art form.
The Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center’s mission is upheld by focusing on “The Three P’s”; Promote, Produce, & Present.
Through original online video content such as our weekly circus news series This Week in Circus or our mini-series Circus Hiatus, to special events organized around circus performances such as AnEvening at Cirque du Soleil: OVO, the CCIAC promotes the art form of circus as the art of the humanly possible.
By collaborating with artists and companies, the CCIAC aims to act as a lead producer on new work that can expand the art form of circus. This work can be seen in our creation residency, Artist First.
The Artist First program empowers and educates circus artists by placing them in the center of a show-creation experience that takes their creative concept to fruition. CCIAC collaborates with Artist First residents to build their skills for success in creative decision-making, design, budgeting, marketing, fundraising, production, and presentation. Each residency culminates with a fully produced, marketed and presented performance.
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To further opportunities for circus artists and companies from around the globe, the CCIAC presents and co-presents new and existing work from established companies from North America and Europe.
Aaron Marquise was born and raised in Round Lake, New York. He grew up performing at the former New York State Theatre Institute in Troy, NY, where he also spent his senior year of high school as an intern. Continuing a career in theater, Aaron went on to study Musical Theatre with a minor in Playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. After discovering the circus world, Aaron auditioned at the prestigious National Circus School in Montréal, Canada where he graduated in 2015. Since joining the circus world Aaron has had the opportunity to perform in Quebec, France, Switzerland, and Germany. In the fall of 2019, Aaron served as a Production Assistant to the Creative Team on the North American tour of Disney’s Frozen The Musical. Various directing credits include PB & J Café: Stuart Little, James and the Giant Peach, Jr., assistant director/circus consultant for Pippin and assistant director for Les Misérables all for the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors where he previously served as the Arts Education Manager. In 2019, Aaron founded the Contemporary Circus & Immersive Arts Center in Troy, NY where he currently serves as the Executive Director.
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The Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center is bringing circus to you! We are bringing the art of circus to our community with free and low cost circus programming. We are presenting high quality circus performances here in the Capital Region and across the country while we support artists in their quest to create new and exciting works.
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As a member of the CCIAC, you get exclusive access to behind-the-scenes events, exclusive performances, early ticket releases, CCIAC merchandise and members-only content. More importantly, you will be supporting the Capital Region’s hottest new performing arts non-profit!
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Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center (CCIAC) is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center (CCIAC) must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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