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Aloft Circus Arts is holding auditions for a few new company members. Founded in 2005 with our first show “Rolling Blackouts”, Aloft is one of the top contemporary circus companies in the US, performing nationally and internationally with full length shows and individual acts. Our cabaret show, El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, has been performing monthly to sold-out, super fun crowds in Chicago for 4 years and travels to corporate events, fringe festivals and theaters. We’ve performed custom shows and entertainment from exotic North Dakota to China. We specialize in building shows through a collaborative process, telling stories that weave in circus acts in ways that further the narrative in smart and natural ways. Aloft believes artistry and daring don’t need to be mutually exclusive. Aloft is a company that values professionalism and attitude just as much as talent and creativity, so divas and drama-lovers need not apply.

The ideal company member will have the following qualifications:

Two high-quality, professional, fully developed acts--preferably a ground and aerial act
An act or skill that is unique and interesting
tumbling, dance, group and partner acro to an intermediate or advanced level
Walk-around performance skills
splits on 3 sides and bridges with shoulders over or past hands
easy to work with--a sparkling personality
has own equipment and rigging skills
great teaching ability and experience
2 or more years of professional experience

Aloft company members are compensated very competitively for gigs and teaching. We can provide a good salary to those willing to teach several classes/week and we are happy to offer classes in any specialty you want to teach. Gigs are well paid on top of teaching and artists are not required to teach classes, though we do encourage it. We believe in compensating artists for their hard work and providing an environment to create and thrive. Company members get to train in the beautiful Aloft Loft, a 9000 sq ft space, with 30 ft ceilings in the center of Chicago. We have the ability to rig and create almost anything you can imagine. Our monthly show El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, allows company members to try out new acts while getting paid for it and receive high quality photos and video of your work. Aloft is flexible and understanding in most instances when you have to take work or travel out of town.

Aloft is particularly interested in artists with contortion, hand balancing, duo acts, physical comedy, manipulation, or other unique ground acts, though we are interested in seeing all high-skill artists in any discipline.

Auditions will be held in Chicago on Jan 2-3. Artists who are called back will present their acts at El Circo Cheapo Cabaret on Jan 5 so we can see you in front of an audience. To be considered for an audition please submit the following:

One photo of each act you can present
A headshot of your lovely face
An unedited video of your two best acts
A video montage of your additional skills
Your CV
Your Bio
Tell us why you are interested in working for Aloft

Submit all this good stuff to by Wednesday, November 28. Those chosen for an audition will be notified by Monday, December 3.

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