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Lost In The Trees: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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A New Season For The BSO

Friday, September 24, 2010
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Live Jazz Concerts

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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The Circus Is Coming To Town

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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Follow the legendary Big Apple Circus on an unforgettable journey from the big top to the “back lot,” where nail-biting drama unfolds both high in the air and down on the ground. Circus goes behind the scenes to explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address. It reveals the sights, sounds and stories of the circus’s fascinating cultural legacy in amazing breadth and scope. From the training and rehearsals to the bravery and the intensity of life—and work—in the circus, the cameras capture it all. Please note: May not be appropriate for young viewers.

Wed, 11/3, 11/10 and 11/17 at 9pm on WGBH 2 (View more schedules)
 

Over the course of six dramatic hours, the documentary follows the legendary Big Apple Circus on an unforgettable journey from the big top to the “back lot,” where nail-biting drama unfolds both high in the air and down on the ground and the real heart of the circus beats. CIRCUS goes behind the scenes to explore a distinctive world with its own rules and lingo and no fixed address. It reveals the sights, sounds and stories of the circus’ fascinating cultural legacy in unprecedented breadth and scope as viewers escape into a place of passion, excitement, perseverance and even heartache. From the training and rehearsals to the bravery and the intensity of life — and work — in the circus, the cameras capture it all. Grab a front-row seat as members of the Big Apple family experience life-changing moments.


"First of May" / "One Ring Family"

Wednesday, Nov 3 at 9pm on WGBH 2

Welcome to Walden, New York, where the 150 performers and crew members of the legendary Big Apple Circus gather from around the world to put together the new show for their annual 350-performance tour. As sets are built, costumes designed and fitted, acts rehearsed and refined, meet the members of the Big Apple family, including the veteran clown who plays the circus' most enduring and beloved character, and the slightly neurotic novice whose clowning covers a painful past. Then, feel the tension mount as rivalries and romances blossom and the circus' first dress rehearsal approaches.
 


"Change On!" / "Survival of the Fittest"

Wednesday, Nov 10 at 9pm on WGBH 2

Traveling by trailer caravan, the circus arrives in Virginia and pitches the tent for its first tour stop. On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and there's a mad scramble to rework the show. Then, the circus must squeeze into a tiny lot at New York's Lincoln Center with the entire Big Apple Circus -- tent, trailers, performers, crew and animals. It's the holiday season and shows are packed, but snow and ice are collecting on the big top and the hoses that run water to the trailers are frozen solid.


"Born to Be Circus" / "Down the Road"

Wednesday, Nov 17 at 9pm on WGBH 2

Big Apple's founder and its newly installed artistic director embark on their annual trip to the renowned Monte Carlo circus festival -- a kind of international circus family reunion -- to scout fresh talent. Back in the U.S., the performers and the crew put on two shows a day and travel from Georgia to New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York. Then, emotions run high as the circus season winds down. Many members of the cast and crew won't be going back to Big Apple next season -- some are heading to Europe; others are still trying to figure out what's next. As the trailers pull out of the lot and the tent comes down for the last time, we join in the time-honored circus farewell: not "goodbye," but "see you down the road."

Live from the Lowell Folk Festival 7/24/10

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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