Rob Mermin founder of the renowned Circus Smirkus
“Circles of Sawdust”
Monday March 26 7:30pm
A Special Lecture And Film Event
Free to the public - Donations acceptedThe Moisture Festival's continuing mission is to educate our audiences and the general public about the history and experience of circus, vaudeville, burlesque and variete' performing. We are excited and pleased to announce this special lecture and rare film event during our 2012 festival featuring Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin.
"Humorous, engaging, eye-opening insight to a culture of legend we spectators know very little about. An evening that shouldn't be missed" - Cultural History Center of Rhode Island
Rob Mermin is an award-winning performer, with Copenhagen’s Gold Clown, Russia’s Best Director Prize, and the Governor’s Award of Excellence, Vermont’s highest honor in the arts. Mermin trained with the renowned mimes Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, and is also a former Dean of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
He ran off to join the circus as a teen in the late 60’s. During the next forty years his circus adventures took him clowning with tent shows in Wales, mule wrangling in Lapland with Sweden’s Circus Scott, riding with the Magyars in the Hungarian State Cirkusz, three years with the famous Benneweis Circus Building in Copenhagen, and entertaining royalty in the circus palaces of Europe and Russia.
In 1987, he founded Circus Smirkus, which The Boston Globe called “one of New England’s most treasured cultural and educational resources.”