In 2015, Kinetic Arts Productions open its first professional production featuring an ensemble cast of circus performers making their home here in the Bay Area. SALVAGE was the beginning of a new direction of contemporary circus productions - combining live theatre, circus skills, and professionally trained performers and designers in a full-legnth theatre show. We performed at our home base, Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland and now four years later we bring you our world premier circus show BEYOND THE RING (2019).
In early 2015 we held an Indiegogo campaign to fund our first circus show SALVAGE. The seed money raised from this campaign is still being used in 2019 and has passed through INVERSION to CIRCUS VERITAS and now used to support BEYOND THE RING. See the original list of donors here.
Nov 14, 2017
CIRCUS VERITAS Featuring the Sacred Order of the Burning Pants
"Kinetic Arts Center . . . while the location doesn’t necessarily scream Cirque du Soleil, it’s the home of consistently impressive and elaborate circus performances." Click here for more.
INVERSION: Circus Disobedience (Nov 2016)
(Oct 2017) Kinetic Arts Center is proud to announce that INVERSION: Circus Disobedience!, the Fall 2016 professional performance by Kinetic Arts Productions, has earned FIVE nominations from the Theatre Bay Area Awards for its yearly ceremony celebrating Bay Area theater.
Outstanding Costume Design- Erika Malboeuf
Outstanding Ensemble of a Play
Outstanding Direction of a Play- Jaron Hollander
Outstanding Production of a Play
Outstanding World Premiere Play
FROM KQED'S THE DO LIST
By John Wilkins, DECEMBER 1, 2016
"The show starts with a full cast dance number and when the performers stand before us, you realize that artistic director Jaron Hollander’s notion of the circus is much closer to theater than is Cirque du Soleil’s." Click here for more.
By Cy Musikar, NOVEMBER 3, 2016
"Nov. 4–Dec 18: The Kinetic Arts Center is a little circus school in West Oakland, close to the West Oakland BART station, and for the second year in a row — like a scrappy little Cirque du Soleil — they’re putting on a show." Click here for more.
- Chloe Veltman, KQED Senior Arts Editor, NOVEMBER 14, 2016
"Unlike many other physical circus companies whose main aim is to inspire audiences with feats of physical derring-do — whether that be teetering about on a high-wire or juggling flaming clubs — Oakland’s Kinetic Arts is interested in creating circus that tickles the intellect as much as it inspires awe. Following their 2015 eco-themed show Salvage, the politically-minded circus arts troupe presents a new show about civil disobedience and social justice. The company employs an array of circus skills in this effort, including static trapeze, aerial ropes and tissue (also known as silks), contortion, aerial pole, and acrobatics."
Kinetic Arts Productions INVERSION runs Nov 5 - Dec 18, 2016, Performers (L to R) TT Robson, Erin $hreader, Photo Credit: ShootThatKlown.com (Eric Gillet)
Kinetic Arts Productions Performer Ross Travis, Oakland Photo Credit: ShootThatKlown.com (Eric Gillet)
Kinetic Arts Productions INVERSION runs Nov 5 - Dec 18, 2016, Performers (Top - Bottom) TT Robson, Julie Rogers, Lillian Ferreira, Photo Credit: ShootThatKlown.com (Eric Gillet)
Here is what was said about SALVAGE (2015)
"It’s a mixture of humor and some really deep introspective questions."
Phoenix Paz - Guest Artist on Sights & Sounds Sights and Sounds on KALW Weekly: 12/10/15
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KALW.ORG|BY CHRIS HAMBRICK
"Despite that rather dark premise, and the show’s inventively dirty costumes and destroyed-world set, Salvage is an uplifting show — a testament to resilience of the human spirit, and especially, to the jaw-dropping abilities of the human body, displayed here by eight extraordinarily talented performers."
Mark Rudio, A BEAST IN A JUNGLE, December 5, 2015
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FROM KQED'S THE DO LIST -
"Yet in their dramatic, new production, Circus Beyond the Ring and the Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland seek to defy the art form’s usual focus on the flighty and fancy-free, opting instead to present visions of survivors on the precipice of calamity, fighting to prevent themselves from tumbling into the abyss."
- Chloe Veltman, KQED The Do List, Nov 9, 2015
Cy Musikar: "And I’m shouting it out for ‘Salvage’ — a little punk circus show at Kinetic Arts in West Oakland with exceptional acrobatics and clowning that runs throughDec 20."
KQED's The Do List, Nov 19, 2015
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