Hupdate’s Raison D’Etre

Hominus Brasilis at Physical Fest 2016 Photo courtesy of Physical Fest

For years now, the hupdate has been happening in my living room and my car on the way to circus training and rehearsals.
“Have you seen Water on Mars? Well, that is Wes Peden.”


“Did you see that trailer for Airport? Its hysterical!”  “I love it! But is it circus? Its kind of dance, isn’t it?”

“Gypsy Snider, the one who directed the circus in Pippin? She was in the Pickle Family Circus.”

And on it goes. In our family we trade information, philosophies, names, history, show critiques and expound on what we love about the circus, forever schooling each other on the topic and bonding as a result. So we asked ourselves, why not bring that mix of news, developments, chatter and links to everyone? Seemed like a plan. Still,  I was writing about circus long before Hupdate existed on the internet. So in case you want to go in to the backlogs, here are some links to my previous reviews and interviews.

Hupdate is the place to go for news about contemporary circus happenings around the globe. It is also the place to read reviews about performances and interviews with artists, directors and others involved in the expanding contemporary circus movement.

Hupdate welcomes guest writers, critics and bloggers. To pitch your idea, contact the editor at kimATkimzynDOTcom

Besides editing Hupdate, I am the editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as editor for Third Coast Review, and a former staff writer for Gapers Block, where I write about arts and culture with a focus on circus and theate

Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par- Review of Montreal Completement Cirque Festival 2015

Vive La Difference

Circus Promoters Professional Development Blog

Inside Ephemeral Architectures with Gandini Juggling

Viva Circus in Vegas! Marketing Yourself in a Big Town

Telling Stories with Body & Buildings; A Circus Tour of Melbourne with Emma Serjeant

Festivals & Residencies—How, Why & Where to Get Your Work Out There

Its Big in Japan—an Interview with Impresario Mikio Oshima on the Changing Face of Circus in Japan

Sign on the Dotted Line—the Importance of Contracts in Circus and How to Understand Them

Secrets of a Circus Casting Director-an Interview with Krista Monson

Free Yourself—Living as an Independent Circus Artist

Circus Diaries

‘Opèra Pour Sèche-Cheveux’, by Blizzard Concept

‘Transit’, by Flip FabriQue

No Man’s Land by Collectif and Then…

Circus Talk Feature Article

Silent Clown Unplugged:A Sneak Peek at Barry Lubin’s Memoirs

Other circus interviews & reviews

Interview with Cirque du Soleil’s Director Michel Laprise

Interview with Circa Director Yaron Lifschitz

Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter Melds Circus with Theater

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk Lands in Chicago

Stacey Comes Home: We Interview an Artist from Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk

Heels Over Head—a Physical Variety Show & a Refreshing Spectacle

Four Ways to Prep for Physical Festival

Cirque Italia Blends Old World Charm with High Tech Glitz

Physical Fest-Interview with the Creators

Cirque de la Symphonie

Interview with Jim Lasko of Redmoon on Great Chicago Fire Festival

Acrobatica Infiniti Nerd Circus; Interview with Director Tana Karo

Talking with Koji Kraft of Circus Xtreme

Ascend—Actors Gymnasium Circus Training Program Showcase

Circus Film Premiered in Chicago Forges Bonds Between Peoples