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Kezar Pavilion
755 Stanyan St. San Francisco, CA 94117
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“The AYCO Festival offers a glimpse into the future of Circus…. For anyone who doubts the validity and significance of the youth circus movement in America…the 2005 AYCO Festival will be a real eye opener.” — Spectacle Magazine

Circus Center plays host to the third biennial American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) Festival, with more than 300 performers and educators from across the country gathering to attend skills workshops, share knowledge, and engage in an open exchange about circus and related arts. On Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, Kezar Pavilion will explode with talent as circus stars of the future, guided by circus stars of the past, entertain audiences at two public performances.

“The American Youth Circus Festival performance is a unique opportunity for Bay Area residents to experience the best that youth circus in America has to offer,” says Orlene Gentile, AYCO President and co-director of the 2005 AYCO Festival, with Circus Center’s Peggy Ford. “At the Festival performance the audience feels the heart of youth circus and experiences the magic of the circus of tomorrow.”

The AYCO Festival culminates with two gala performance evenings featuring the talents of the best youth circus performers from throughout the U.S., representing such esteemed programs as Sailor Circus of Sarasota, Florida; Vermont’s Circus Smirkus; Oakland’s Prescott Circus Theater; and the San Francisco Circus. The show is titled “Pass It On!” in keeping with this year’s Festival theme— Passing it on: Exploring the past, informing the present, empowering the future. Youth performers from the American Youth

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