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ITHACA, N.Y. – Circus Culture, Ithaca’s very own circus school, will present “Thalassa: A Dive into the Deep,” a full length production based in an underwater world featuring aerial arts, clowning, contortion, and acrobatics. The show has been created and devised by the Circus Culture troupe, a group of teens and young adults dedicated to circus training, show devising and performance.

Thalassa, which means “the spirit of the sea,” introduces you to a cast of underwater characters who live in the various layers of the ocean floor. Among the beauty of the deep the show also reveals an underwater world polluted by the humans above and disturbed by the over harvesting of natural resources.

Circus artist Cora Williams shared her excitement about Thalassa. “Creating the show has been a unique experience because our troupe has made the show from scratch. All of the choreography and ideas were devised by the group – I’m excited to see where it leads,” she said.

Performances will occur at Circus Culture over two weekends: March 15-17 and March 22-24. Friday shows are at 7 p.m.; Saturday shows are at 2 p.m. and  7 p.m.; and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are extremely limited and buying in advance is highly recommended. Tickets are $15 for bleachers and accessible seating and $10 for standing room. Tickets can be purchased at The show is designed for audiences ages five and up.

Circus Culture’s mission is to provide circus education and opportunities to all in and around Ithaca. The organization invites individuals and groups to engage with circus as an art form and a life tool through classes, workshops, performances, parties, memberships, camps, and more.


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