Cirque des Voix® is Key Chorale’s dynamic collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory, performed under the Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park. Join us as we celebrate the next decade of Cirque des Voix®! Experience this unique fusion of the circus and musical arts in a performance unlike any other. See world-class circus artists combined with the 100+ voices of Key Chorale and the musical mastery of the 40-piece Cirque Orchestra in our biggest and boldest production yet.
At Cirque des Voix® 2017, Key Chorale performed the world premiere of a piece commissioned from Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo specifically for an act with Dolly Jacobs, NEA fellow, co-founder of the Circus Arts Conservatory, and world-class aerialist. The 12-minute suite for chorus and orchestra was performed with Dolly both in Sarasota and in Washington, D.C., and is a featured track on Key Chorale’s album, “Arise – Choral Music of Ola Gjeilo.”
In the summer of 2017, Key Chorale and the Circus Arts Conservatory had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take Cirque des Voix® to the national stage, as they performed on the National Mall to sell-out audiences as invited guests of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, featuring the circus arts. The performance was singled out by the Washington Post as one of the top five events to see at the festival.