Our Troup Manifesto
Composed of superhuman circus performers from around the globe, Emergency Circus administers inspirational circus shows and workshops to the hospitalized, the homeless, the imprisoned, & the under-circused everywhere.
This non-profit seeks to inspire, entertain, and enliven humanity in peril. Through spectacle, performance and the power of the human spirit, the Emergency Circus are out to achieve the seemingly impossible. To replace fear and grief with laughter and joy, if only for a little while.
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The Emergency Circus Returns from Puerto Rico!
On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the US island of Puerto Rico. Months later, citizens remain without power, clean water, and shelter. Recovery efforts from the US government have been minimal compared to other disasters of similar magnitude in the US. The New York Times reports, "Public health officials warn that Puerto Rico is teetering on the edge of a full fledged mental health crisis." Even as access to necessities like electricity and clean water slowly return to the island, the trauma remains.
This is why, Between December 30th and January 27th, the Emergency Circus delivered inspirational circus shows and workshops to hospitals, schools, orphanages, community centers, skate parks, abandoned parking lots, and all sorts of venues throughout the island. Three circus artists, Clay Mazing, Robin Lara, and Karla mi Lugo, traveled to Puerto Rico to join Puerto Rican artists, Arturo Gaskins, Chicle, Payaso Crespin, Palblo Del Hierro, and many others. Together this team combined their incredible skills and over flowing empathy to build community and destroy depression.
Artist Karla mi Lugo remains in Puerto Rico, her birth place, and continues to grow upon the connections made through this tour, adding the community in rebuilding it's artistic endeavors.
“We all laugh in the same language.”
Clay Mazing | Founder
Beginning as a division of Patch Adams' Gesundheit Institute in 2012, The non-profit Emergency Circus is currently umbrellaed under our new fiscal sponsor Many Mouths, One Stomach. MMOS has been incredibly supportive throughout this year.
Between the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 the EC has visited Hurricane victims in Houston and Puerto Rico as well as people forced from thier homes by the recent fires in California.
On the horizon we plan to visit Mexico, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and return to Syrian refugees in Jordan and the middle east. If you have a proposal for where the Emergency Circus should travel next, don't hesitate to contact us.