Learning to Listen, or How to Make a Fire

A worldwide contemporary circus debut

Learning to Listen, or: How to Make a Fire is a co-production of Circumference and Cube Circus directed by Cohdi Harrell with support from Circus Now and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

The group are honored to be selected to come to Lake Placid and spend six weeks creating a new show. We are at the mid-point of this creation residency and our premier is set for March 31st. The progress we have made is astounding and we are humbled and inspired by what has been created thus far.

This project has grown out of years of collaboration in the Chicago circus community. We began as 5 friends working as directors and collaborators with one another, performing with Chicago's Midnight Circus and Aloft and going on, after years of board games and pot lucks, to perform all over the world with Cirque Eloize, 7 Fingers, Cirque Mechanics, GOP, Lookingglass Theatre, Cavalia, Chamäleon and Ockham's Razor. We have performed all across Asia, Europe, North America and Australia, on Letterman, the BBC and at the Olympics.

Now, with this amazing opportunity, we have the chance to create a touring show for US audiences together. We encourage people to follow the creation process on social media and on the LPCA's website, and look forward to debuting this new piece here in Lake Placid.


Adam Kuchler is a unique comic performer who combines skills in juggling, mime, magic and manipulation to create original acts that fit perfectly in circus, variety and theater.  His charming character warms the hearts of the audience, and his wit keeps them laughing.

Aislinn Mulligan is a circus artist and theatre maker. She studied at Northwestern University and with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. She has worked all over the world on a variety of theatre, circus, film, fashion, dance and photography projects. In 2014, she co-founded Circumference, a performance collective making circus theatre with a social conscience and is currently Co-Artistic Director.

Brian P Dailey plays with traditional juggling objects and party dollar store toys. He approaches each new act or routine with a different set of rules, research and practice. The result is a wide range of absurd, heartfelt and surreal contemporary circus. With a background in performance and conceptual art, "Brian P Dailey is one of the most interesting jugglers in the US."

Rachel Karabenick is a circus artist with a strong background in modern dance and ballet. She has worked as a solo and ensemble aerialist in a variety of circus companies and has spent the last 4 years touring across North America. She is currently based in Chicago and is a co-founder of Cube Circus.

Javen Ulambayar began his circus training at “Circus Juventas”, MN. He has worked for and collaborated with circus and theatre companies in Chicago. Recently, after teaching full time as head coach at the Actors Gymnasium, he went on tour with Lookingglass theatre company for the production of  "Moby Dick”.

Cohdi Harrell (Director) is a New Mexico born acrobatic performance artist. A primarily self-taught trapeze artist and an un-trained dancer, his unique approach to acrobatics and performance-making comes from over 12 years of research through improvisation and studying with select coaches internationally. His work has been hailed as “vital to the evolution of contemporary circus in America.”

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The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

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