BRATTLEBORO -- This weekend, the New England Center for Circus Arts opens the doors to its Cotton Mill studios for its quarterly Circus Workshop Weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Special this weekend is a one-time showing of the "World Circus" documentary by Angela Snow.

"World Circus" follows five top circus acts from around the world to the elite Monte Carlo Circus Festival. The film shows the trials and tribulations as these top acrobatic artists vie for awards and contracts with celebrities and royalty in attendance. The film includes interviews with circus notables including the founder of the Big Apple Circus, owner of Ringling Bros., and artistic director at Cirque du Soleil. This beautifully filmed documentary reveals the behind-the-scenes life, history, and culture of circus on an international scale and captures the dramatic stories that unfold in the lives of remarkable people. The showing will be at the NECCA studios on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation. There will be a question-and-answer session with Brattleboro-born filmmaker, Angela Snow following the showing.

This weekend, there will be more than 30 workshops for all levels in Chinese pole, aerial fabric, contortion, hand balancing, partner acrobatics, trapeze, parkour and more. Guest instructors include Kari Podgarski (rope), Jonathan Deull (rigging workshop) and Joanna Keseberg Welch (flexibility/injury prevention).


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The New England Center for Circus Arts is also a specialist in teacher training for circus instructors and will offer a 13-hour Teacher Training workshop over the weekend. To register and view full workshop listings, visit www.necenterforcircusarts.org or call 802-254-9780.