This weekend, kids and adults alike are invited to a colorful celebration of Iroquois Amphitheater’s 80th birthday. CirqueLouis, a local circus theater troupe, will be performing a full-length show titled “Happy Birthday” at the venue on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21.
CirqueLouis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhanced circus arts training and bringing forth contemporary circus theater, according to its mission statement.
Because of its 501c3 status, co-founder Abbie Springer tells Insider CirqueLouis has the unique ability to have outreach programs. All of the revenue from performances goes to performers and also to the two other branches — the Unicycle Project and Social Circus.
Springer says the troupe has an ongoing partnership with Iroquois Amphitheater, so they were excited to help celebrate the anniversary.
Since the founding three years ago, CirqueLouis has given two major performances, one at Iroquois and another at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Originally, Springer says performing at the Kentucky Center was a five-year goal, but they were able to accomplish it within the first year.
Springer says most of the company’s core group had been performing years before CirqueLouis was created. She started her journey at UofL with co-founder LynLey Elliot, where they cheered together and did partner stunting. For 20 years, Springer and Elliot have continued to practice acrobatics.
CirqueLouis has remained a Louisville-based troupe, which Springer says is the goal. She explains that all the performers are still based in the city.
“We just have our Louisville roots,” Springer says.
Performances of “Happy Birthday” start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21. Tickets are available online or at the box officer for $16 for adults, $10 for children and students (ages 3-17 or with valid student ID) and free for children 2 and under.