The Quiet Circus ran for 36 weeks over 15 months, from September 2016 through November 2017 at the Washington Avenue Pier, created by Headlong. Audiences and participants alike were invited to engage in a single, ongoing arc of events along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.
The Quiet Circus was initiated by David Brick and Maiko Matsushima. The structure and nature of this project was shaped by their collaboration with art and social practice curator Mary Jane Jacob, who helped imagine an ongoing work of art in which public participation and trans-disciplinary creative practices are open to all, even as the work itself grows and refines throughout its lifecycle. Mark Lord has been a collaborating dramaturg on the practices of this project since 2012. Harry Philbrick and Philadelphia Contemporary collaborated on creating the River Charrette program. Ishmael Houston Jones is an advisor and Eiko Oake is a friendly agitator.
Major support for The Quiet Circus was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The William Penn Foundation, and The Wyncote Foundation; and through generous development residencies at The Yard and the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency at Dance Place. Primary research for The Quiet Circus began with David Brick’s 2012 Japan-US Friendship Commission Artist Fellowship.