Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
There is the circus as many of us think of it: Garish clowns that terrify as many children as they amuse, sad elephants plodding along wearing tiny hats, mangy caged lions shuddering at whip cracks. But then, then there are the circus arts. This is where the true tradition and magic of the circus lives, with acrobats, jugglers, and other supremely talented physical performers. And lucky for us, the circus arts are a primary part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring everything from international acrobatic troupes to the opportunity to try your own hand at the trapeze at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. It's like all the best of the circus, with no sad elephants in sight.