A circus show about holding on and letting go.

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Contemporary circus performers Magnus Bjøru and Manu Tiger take flight in this thrilling, new, experimental indoor show. Magmanus explore new techniques, constructions, and the laws of gravity.

ATTACHED is a show that will stick with you – it premiered in April 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden and since then it has traveled all over the world. The artists have performed in 21 countries and on three continents; Europe, Africa and Asia, and in all different kinds of venues (theatres, traditional circus tents, in the streets, at festivals and more).

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A domino effect, or chain reaction is the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events. ATTACHED can be seen as a sort of human domino effect where one person’s actions directly effects the other. These two artists are hopelessly connected – when one falls, the other flies! Their separate actions create a single rhythm, and the audience shares the responsibility for what happens next, uniting total strangers in a unique experience. Everything and everyone are attached in this circus performance – and there is no escape!

Artist’s Website: Magmanus
Magmanus Company is a Swedish circus company founded in 2009 by the Franco-Norwegian duo Manu Tiger and Magnus Bjøru. “Our vision of the company is to spread happiness and inspire our audience to follow their dreams. We know this is a very big challenge to accomplish by performing artists, but we believe it´s important to set our goals high. We think the combination of impressive circus skills, humor and the intensive interaction with the audience on stage is a very good toolbox to deliver the message we believe in.” – Magmanus

“The contrast of our physical appearance ‘the tall and the small’ emphasizes the different nature of our personalities, which we found actually complement each other both on the professional and personal level. It has created a very strong bond between us, and it gives us the possibility to play with this contrast to express our visions. Our big difference turned out to be our best strength.” – Magmanus

Interview: Circus Duo Magmanus on their Gravity-Defying Show ATTACHED (StageBuddy)

Review: ATTACHED by Magmanus (The Circus Diaries)
“The theme that runs through each element of the show is that of contact.  The human contact between the performers and the audience as we assist in the onstage demonstrations. The contact between bodies as they fly and fall away from each other. The contact between surfaces that creates splendid rhythms of sound and visuals.” -November 23, 2014

Article: The Psychology of Performance in Sport and Other Domains by Kate F. Hays
Abstract: This chapter addresses the psychology of performance in domains including sports, the performing arts, business/executive coaching, and high-risk professions. Performance psychology and sport psychology are described as interrelated fields. At the same time, with its long history of research as well as practice, sport psychology holds a particular, privileged position within the broader field of performance psychology.

Article: Performance Psychology in the Performing Arts by Sanna M. Nordin-Bates
Abstract: In this chapter, a wide range of performance psychology–related topics are considered in relation to the performing arts. Existing research with musicians, dancers and, to a smaller extent, actors is reviewed and contrasted with sport research within a tripartite structure.

Panel Discussion September 24th, 6:30-8:00pm
Extreme Performance: The Psychology of Circus
FREE to the public with RSVP
Co-presented by NYU Psychology Department

The Circus: thrilling, dangerous, extreme, challenging. What drives someone to be a circus performer? How do circus athletes stay in the zone during high pressure situations? Are the juggler, aerialist, and acrobat extreme risk-takers? And what makes an audience keep coming back for more?

NYU Skirball Center, in collaboration with the NYU Psychology Department, presents a panel discussion given by scholars and experts in the fields of psychology and the performing arts. Join us as they share their perspectives and insights into the world of performance and sports psychology and learn how they help extreme performers stay on top of their game.

Ted Coons (Moderator): Professor of Psychology, NYU
Andrea Jones-Rooy: Circus performer and Assistant Professor of Global China Studies at NYU
Shane Murphy: Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University and former Head of Sport Psychology for the United States Olympic Committee
Linda Hamilton: Clinical Performance Psychologist and Wellness Consultant to New York City Ballet
Jean François Ménard: Mental Performance Specialist at Kambio Perofrmance, Consultant & Speaker, and former Cirque du Soleil Performance Psychologist

Post-Show Discussion Friday, September 25th
Join us directly after the performance for a post-show discussion and Q&A with artists from ATTACHED.

TheaterMania Block Party to Kick Off National Arts in Education Week!

You wouldn’t believe how into theatre kids get.

On Sunday September 13th, NYU Skirball participated in the annual TheaterMania Block Party as part of the larger Third Avenue Street Fair. In case you missed it, this year TheaterMania had a ton of amazing performances and a lot of the arts organizations that participated gave out some fantastic prizes, like tickets to Broadway shows, T-shirts, and other gifts. The theme was “Carnival of Theatre” and NYU Skirball went all out!

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NYU Skirball student staff members Nicole D’Alessio and Ashley Miskoff showing of some of the activities in the Skirball booth.

Across the street, a very tall man in a feathered pirate costume played the accordion. Musical theatre casts sang on a platform-stage. And kids and their families flocked to NYU Skirball’s table for a chance to win prizes in our game of chance. We set up a hula-hoop and bean bag toss competition for those brave enough to participate.


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Everyone who stopped by had a blast and even won some Skirball prizes like this awesome Frisbee!

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Our kid-friendly theatrics are not only present during street fairs—NYU Skirball offers a host of events that entertain children and adults alike, year round, during our Big Red Chair Family Series.

Enthralling interpretations of classic books like Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon are sure to excite your family. Before each performance there is lobby activity planned with families in mind. All are invited to participate in our educational and creative projects an hour before the show to get a sneak peak into some of the themes that appear in the performance.

Our Big Red Chair Family Series is even suitable for the youngest of audience members!


By the end of the day, even NYC’s finest were excited about theatre…and not too shabby at the hula-hoop competition.


Thanks to all the folks who were a part of our party at the TheaterMania Block Party this weekend–shout out to all our winners!