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COATED – Hartford 1944 Circus Fire Project

July 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm




Charter Oak Cultural Center commemorates the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944 with a special performance by Open Ring Circus.

$40 – Circus Hero! Includes VIP seating and a donation to One Ring
$25 – General Admission
$20 – Seniors (65+) and students
No one turned away due to lack of funds

About this Event

Open Ring Circus is a collective of contemporary circus artists led by Connecticut born artist Jack Kavanagh. In honor of the fire’s 75th anniversary, Open Ring created a 90 min show which combines circus acrobatics, theater, dance and original sound design. With support from the Connecticut Art’s Council, the collective has focused the past 9 months on researching the event and creating a show that holds space for the fire that echoes throughout Hartford’s history. This winter, Open Ring spent time exploring archives of the 1944 fire at the Hartford History Center and the Connecticut Historical Society. They also interviewed survivors and community members deeply affected by the fire. This research has helped them navigate this tragic event and pay respect to this disaster that heavily affected the Hartford and American circus communities. “Coated” weaves an

immersive story which memorializes the past and prompts discussion of the future. From the classic traveling tent shows to the ripple effect of the event’s historical legacy, Open Ring invites you into a story made of sawdust, paraffin wax, smoke and stampedes. Into a tale of the undercurrent of fragility and potential that permeates everyday existence.

Get your tickets HERE.

Open Ring Circus will be offering a free all levels circus and juggle jam.

July 12th, 11am- 1pm at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.

Come say hi and learn a trick or two!



July 12, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Charter Oak Cultural Center

21 Charter Oak Avenue




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