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Announcing… the Downside-Up Circus

Dear Anyone who stills follows the Criss Cross Circus,

Recently Tara, Molly, and Lindsay of Criss Cross, along with a few others, have regrouped as the Downside-Up Circus.  We are already planning what we hope will be the first of many tours.  Our summer 2010 tour will be on a smaller scale, with half the troupe size and limited to one state, but it will be just as epic.

How could we top a vegetable oil powered school bus in sustainability and adventurousness, we asked ourselves?  We’ll travel by bicycle!  That’s right, bicycle, in the fine northwestern state of Washington.

You can find out all about our tour, INTERROBANG, and all about Downside-Up on our new website,

Love and Cir-kisses,




It’s been one year since The Criss Cross Circus set out from Hampshire College to travel the nation, leaving smiles and greasestains in our wake. The summer 2008 tour sure was a crazy, grueling, exciting, and ultimately rewarding adventure!

The troupe is now scattered far and wide, pursuing college degrees and other ambitions. Yes, we do have more footage of the tour, and yes, we do plan to edit it eventually into a short documentary to inspire and forewarn others…

It’s also likely that one day (next summer, perhaps?) some of the original troupe will regroup under a new appelation but with the same spirit of intrepidness, creativity, and conviction, and embark on another experiment in living the dream. Until then, prepare for the Circapocalypse!

p.s. the audio got taken off the teaser trailer we had on youtube, but now you can watch the full version again, audio and all, over at vimeo!

the Criss Cross Circus trailer from Circus Folk Unite! on Vimeo.

A post-apocalyptic landscape is the backdrop for the Criss Cross Circus summer 2008 tour. These 11 Hampshire College students have driven from east to west in a colorful, rusted old school bus that runs on used vegetable oil. While the setting is tragic, it is with the humor and magic of circus that we hope to entertain and educate audiences across America.

Post-Tour Geo-mapping fun

Ever wonder exactly where we performed and stopped and visited along the tour? Now you can find out, on the Criss Cross google map extravaganza! Including where we performed, places we got grease, people we stayed with, and a few other interesting tidbits – all very exact, down to the precise street location (to the best of my memory, and my memory’s pretty good since I was the one who spent the most time consulting Google maps while we were on tour).

View the Map here!