Benefit for SPARK! Circus with The Incredible Kid : Sunday, November 18th

SPARK! is a benefit for Spark! Circus www.sparkcircus.org

A charity day of WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCE, and DANCE at The Refuge! www.refugepdx.com

LEARN about CIRCUS ARTS and PERFORMANCE DANCE from some of Portland’s TOP PERFORMERS!

BE ASTOUNDED by CHOREOGRAPHED FLOW and DANCE ROUTINES throughout the night!

DANCE and GET DOWN WITH YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP REFUGEE CHILDREN IN THAILAND!

$10-15 Donation at the door

100% OF PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY!!!!!!

ALL AGES!!!

Music by:

Wil Kinky (5:00-6:00)
Ate 21 (6:00-7:00)
Sporeganic (7:00-8:00)
The Incredible Kid (8:00-9:00)
Mr. Wu (9:00-10:00)
Afro Qben (10:00-CLOSE)

Workshops by:
Erika Belfiore – Yoga (3:00-4:00)
Erika Ryn – Bellydance (4:00-5:00)
Morgan Goldberg and Scott Maxwell – Acrobatics and Tumbling (4:00-5:00)
Joe Good – Poi (5:00-6:00)
Jay Peace – Juggling (5:00-6:00)
Fawn Destiny Grepo and Ginger Day- Hula Hooping (6:00-7:00)
Spades and Rif – Staff Spinning (6:00-7:00)
Kristi Solfire – Womp Stomp (7:00-8:00)

Performances by:
Spades
Ginger Day
Joe Good
Jay Peace
Raychel Leeanne Durbin
Jolene Dickerson
Joesai Carr
Scott Maxwell
Fawn Destiny Grepo
Dawn Laderer
Jeff Zucker
Kristi Solfire
Rachel C.
Leo ziegler
Cypris of Exuro
Jill Schofield
Gretchen Dances

SPARK! is a benefit for Spark! Circus www.sparkcircus.org

Who are we?
We are a group of volunteer circus performers working with refugee children along the Thai Burmese border. We teach playshops, perform spectacular fire and light shows, and donate toys, tools and art supplies to children in orphanages, clinics and schools.
These kids have no papers, no rights, and their parents are working long hours in lousy jobs. Play is the last thing on the agenda.
So every year, more than 20 of us spend 6 weeks, doing day-long playshops and performances for the kids and their communities. Then in the evenings we bust it out with amazing fireshow circus performances.
We pay our own way. We pay our own food and accommodation. We even raise funds in our own communities to donate to communal costs. We work hard, travel on local buses and sometimes sleep rough.
But we need you! Your help can make this a really successful circus tour. And more so, you can give some child somewhere a glimmer of hope, joy and outright amazement!

What are we raising funds for?
We buy tools for teaching workshops or make them ourselves out of irrigation pipe, bamboo. (1500 hula hoops, 300 juggling ball sets, 100 stilts, 100 staffs, etc)
At each school we visit we donate circus toys and art supplies
We have to pay for transportation and gas in local trucks to get us to and from the camps.
With any remaining funds we support the local community in their basic needs. Sometimes we help with teacher salaries, or contribute to food programs, buy stuff like blankets and medicines. For example, last year we bought food and supplies for a camp that had been devastated by fire.

Where are we going?
Over 200,000 refugees line the borders of Thailand and Burma, held in refugee camps that can barely manage to provide for basic necessities. Many of these are children who have been traumatized by the ongoing war waged by the illegal Burmese military dictatorship against the region’s hill-tribes. Despite the changes that are happening in Burma, conditions are still abysmal. And while there are NGOs providing basic services, children need more. Children need hope, joy and play.

Why this project?
Play is a basic human right, and through it we learn so much about ourselves – not just the physical coordination and skills, about about the space around us, our creative imagination, lightness, laughter, joy, delight… And not just while the circus is in town – our long term objective is to build the childrens’ confidence, cooperation, mental and manual skill levels, and creativity through play.

How you can help us
You can help us by donating something to be part of this great work, and by sharing this campaign with all your friends by email or social networks.

Refuge Pdx
116 se yamhill, Portland, Oregon 97215


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Date/Time
Date(s) -   Sunday, November 18th
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location
Refuge

Address
116 SE Yamhill St.
Portland
OR

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