Cirque Roots brings “Exist” circus show to Glendale Friday and Saturday

A Cirque Roots "Exist" show poster. [Submitted photo]

Join Cirque Roots as they bring “Exist,” a free two-day circus show, to downtown Glendale this weekend.

The hour-long show will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater in Murphy Park, at 58th and Glendale avenues. On Friday, an “Exist” show preview, gallery reception and live performance will run 5-7 p.m.

Before the Saturday show will be three free public lectures and workshops at Glendale’s Velma Teague Branch Library in Murphy Park and an astronomy art gallery.

The Tucson-based Cirque Roots Productions & Studio is a grassroots artist collective that was founded in 2011 with a vision to inspire the community to create and play through movement and dance.

About the show

“Exist” is an artistic venture that integrates art and science. Projections, acrobatics, stilt dance, poetry, narrative, original music and innovative circus props build a truly multimedia experience of the cosmos. Carl Sagan’s famous quote, “We are star stuff,” is the seed of Exist. It implies that we are composed of chemical elements that originated inside stars. Our planet, our bodies, and everything that we love and cherish are here because of the life cycle of stars. Exist explores the physical and emotional significance of what it means to be human in the universe.


Friday, April 19:

5-7 p.m. – EXIST Show Preview, Gallery Reception and Live Performance

Saturday, April 20th

  • 1 pm – 4:30 pm – FREE Public Lectures + Workshops (Velma Teague Library)
    • 1 – 2pm – Understanding the Atomic World:  An Introduction to Spectroscopy
    • 2:15 – 3:15pm – From our Sun to the Stars, a Beginners Guide to “Exist”
    • 3:30 – 4:30pm – Life of Stars
  • 6 pm – 9 pm – Astronomy Art Gallery
  • 7 pm Showtime – EXIST: Messengers of the Cosmos (60 Minute Show)

The event is funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts and Cultural Initiative. See website for more details about scheduled events.

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