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"While the South Bay exhales with superlatives after another glorious Cirque du Soleil run, not too many CdS fans know San Jose has its own version, Cirque San Jose. The troupe performs similar feats of cruelty-free magic and whimsy... as well as at local events and halftime shows. High-wire acts, fast-track tumbling (as seen in Cirque du Soleil's Alegria), high overhead ropes, contortionists, hand balancing, juggling, ball walking and trapeze are all part of the show. The troupe... consists of local and international circus professionals and amateurs. 'We're San Jose's first theatrical circus,' brags artistic director Cheryl Taylor. "Our vision is to develop good production and good performers. We have guest performers from Moscow Circus, Ringling Brothers and Chinese circuses. We have pros and amateurs growing together and people from many different cultures, languages, backgrounds. It feels like a mini-United Nations'."

- Metro "Best of Santa Clara Valley"

Past Productions

Cirque San Jose has been part of Cirque du Magique for five years, collaborating with Majinga the Magician and Fontain's MUSE

Cirque San Jose at Children's Carnival

Saturday at 10 AM - 2 PM, 6164 Bollinger Rd, San Jose

Orchard Farm's Children Carnival takes place in the Rite Aid Garden area (right next to Cirque San Jose's class location at CPAA), and Cirque San Jose kids will be doing demos. Find out about our ongoing classes, as well as upcoming Summer Camp opportunities! 
Proceeds go to Children's Miracle Network.


​Summer All-Star Show

Friday, August 5 at 2:30 PM, CPAA Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Rd, San Jose

Summer Camp students pull out all the stops for the Summer All-Star Circus show! 
More details TBA!



Cirque San Jose Productions

Our shows and events



Cirque San Jose at Spring Festival Silicon Valley

8th Annual Spring Festival Silicon Valley & CPAA 25th Anniversary - the best show in town to celebrate the Lunar New Year! The 8th Annual SFSV is a feast of arts! This year Cirque San Jose will be opening the multi-cultural Global Spring Festival, with festive music and dance of China, India, America, Tajikistan, Dai, Tibet, and Korea, to entertain audiences of all ages. 

The legacy of Spring Festival can be traced back 10,000 years, to when the Chinese tribesmen settled down to grow crops. Spring was regarded as the right season to plan for a bumper harvest. Now in the 21st Century, one-quarter of humanity is celebrating the spring to hope for a better future. Presenting vibrant works from diverse art organizations and famous artists from China, Global Spring Festival truly celebrates one of the oldest world legacies as well as America's diversity and inclusiveness that make our country great and strong.

Cirque San Jose Purim Festival
 

Join Congregation Shir Hadash in activities for all ages: Midway games, Super Slide, bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, cake walk, crafts, and human hamster ball races!  Enjoy live entertainment by professional DJ Jordan River Productions, and circus art demonstrations by students at Cirque San Jose, while noshing on Men's club BBQ, beer and wine bar, Rachael's Outrageous Desserts, and traditional festival treats.

Hawaii Exchange Program

Cheryl Taylor of Cirque San Jose travels to the Big Island of Hawaii in March for a circus skills exchange and Teacher Training at Hawaii's Cirque 'Ohana and Hiccup Circus!

Student Winter Show 

December 18th, 2014 Thursday 6:30-7:30. 
Our Cirque San Jose students show off what they've been learning at the winter recital!


Cirque San Jose at 7th Annual Spring Festival Silicon Valley

March 1, 2015
San Jose Center for Performing Arts, 255 S Almaden Blvd, San Jose

7th Annual Spring Festival Silicon Valley (SFSV) takes place during the Lunar New Year celebration season in 2015. For thousands of years, the Lunar New Year has been the most important festival celebrated by 1/4 of the world population, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and now Americans as well.  The SFSV Gala will take place on March 1, 2015 at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts Center, the biggest theater in the South Bay. The program included amazing acts from CPAA's resident Acrobatic/Circus troupe directed by Cheryl Taylor

Moon Festival

September 28, 11am-3pm
CPAA Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San Jose, CA, United States

Moon Festival/China Day festivities include an outdoor fair, an indoor Variety Show, and Martial Arts & Painting Competitions.  Cirque San Jose students will be performing in ongoing demonstrations. 


Cirque du Magique 5! 

Saturday, August 9 at 7 PM
​CPAA Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San Jose, CA, United States 

CPAA and Cheryl Taylor Productions presents Cirque du Magique 5!  This year's new Cirque du Magique show features amazing aerial acts, incredible illusions, awesome acrobatics,bewitching balancing, and more of the most talented circus stunts, as directed by Cheryl Taylor. Witness the biggest and most elaborate production of magic and circus you will ever see--beyond your expectations.  This show is great for all ages!

International star Majinga the Magician will delight you with a world of illusion and comedy, along with Magic Genii and the Alluring Alela, and the Cirque San Jose performance troupe! 


Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.  VIP tickets are $35 (advance sale only) and include premium seating, and access to the VIP after party.  Meet the performers and director while sipping champagne and enjoying light refreshments!  All proceeds from the ticket sales go to support Susan Ellenberg for School Board.  Seats are limited at this venue so get your tickets early!


Asian fusion fine dining and a pizza parlour are next door, so come early for dinner and have a great night out for the whole family!

​This evening is not to be missed! 
Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30. Buy tickets here!


Circus Camp Sessions 1,2, 3, & 4 Shows

CPAA Arts Center


Our Summer Camp students will put on a show that has to be seen to be believed! With full costumes, makeup, stage sets and props, these kids will wow you with what they've learned.  To learn more about summer camp and to register your child, see our Summer Camp page




Cirque San Jose at Kids Carnival

​May 24, 2014, 11 AM - 2 PM

​Rite Aid Garden Center, 6164 Bollinger Rd, San Jose, CA

All circus kids are invited to join us as we demonstrate our circus skills, perform a few acts, and show off our tricks, at the Orchard Farm Kids Carnival. 

The Carnival runs from 10 AM to 3 PM, and we will be out performing from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Carnival is a benefit for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.


Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House

May 24, 2014

Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Cirque San Jose joins Montage Dance Productions to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. 


Ronald McDonald House at Stanford provides housing and a nurturing environment for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are not able to receive specialized treatment at their local hospital.  These families travel to the Bay Area from throughout the United States and even other countries so their child can receive medical care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford makes it possible for young patients and their families to be together during a time when they need one another the most. Please visit the House website www.ronaldhouse.net to learn more about this wonderful organization. 


Tickets include appetizers, drinks and wine for 21+. For more information, click here


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Circus Meet-up Fun Days in the Park

April 26, April 27, and May 4, 2-6 pm

Free Circus Performances by Cirque San Jose students and staff, with demonstrations and hands-on experiences for anyone who attends! Let your kids try out juggling, acrobatics, and balance, under the supervision and coaching of our professional staff! Three days - different performers and different props - come to one day or come to all! 
April 26 - Blossom Hill Park; April 27 - Cupertino Memorial Park; and May 4 - Campbell Park. Each day is 2-6pm.
Bring a picnic and enjoy shared snacks as well. Bring your friends and try out some new skills although you may just want to run off to join the circus

Chinese New Year Spring Faire and Open House

Saturday, February 22, 12:30-4 pm, and Sunday, February 23, 1-4 pm

CPAA Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San Jose, CA, United States


Celebrating the new home of Cirque San Jose at the CPAA Arts Center in San Jose. Our coaches, instructors and students showed off their circus arts skills for all to see, as part of the Chinese New Year Spring Faire and Open House

Photos from the event are on our Facebook page - here