The Dubai Expo was an event so inspiring, so over-the-top and so extraordinary it is hard to put into words. It was a world’s fair that represented 192 countries across the globe, featured food and entertainment from a multitude of cultures and inspired creative thinking to build a better future for the world and all its inhabitants. At every turn, visitors could find massive interactive art exhibits or a live performance of music, dance, theater or art. It felt as if every architect, artist and designer involved in the planning was given the prompt to “imagine the unimaginable,” and then handed the resources to make that thing a reality. Guests were then invited from around the world to walk among this dream world and marvel at the limits of possibility. Imagine Epcot meets Las Vegas meets … well, Dubai!
The expansive footprint of the Expo featured three petals that blossomed off the central Al Wasl Dome (a sight all by itself). Each petal represented a different district with a distinct theme: Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. The 43,000 square foot USA Pavilion was housed in the Opportunity District. Visitors entering the USA Pavilion were invited to step aboard a moving walkway that looped through the Pavilion’s main exhibit — a collection of videos, screens and imagery all about America. The exhibit deposited visitors in a carpeted, theater-style space with comfortable yet nontraditional bench seating beneath a spherical screen. The sphere, accompanied by a network of LED light rods, presented an eight-minute presentation that touched on the latest scientific achievements and how these can lead to the biggest and boldest ideas ever imagined by American minds. Visitors then exited through the courtyard and into the looming shadow of a 140-foot-tall replica of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket, the likes of which have been launching Americans to the outskirts of space in recent months. It was in this courtyard, on the Citi Rocket Stage, that Arkansas Circus Arts represented the best in American entertainment.
The all-female circus team performing at the Expo put on a show that included hula hooping, aerial acrobatics, contortion, acro-yoga, stilt walkers and more. In addition to the on-stage circus show, Arkansas Circus Arts wowed crowds with stilt walkers and roaming performers in a parade celebrating USA’s National Day at the Expo. The USA Pavilion team, in partnership with Global Ties U.S., did an excellent job to represent talent from each of the 50 states. When it came time to celebrate the talent in Arkansas, Arkansas Circus Arts was the obvious choice for jaw-dropping entertainment. And drop jaws they did! Each of the five performers who made up the team were Arkansas natives, and each brought her own exceptional talent to the crowds of Dubai. Team members included Rachel Owen (Little Rock), Katie Wilson (Conway), Mary Biton (Little Rock) and Natalie Wise (White Hall). Performing right alongside her team was Camille Rule, founder and co-owner of Arkansas Circus Arts, which is based in North Little Rock.
When they’re not entertaining the masses halfway across the world, Arkansas Circus Arts is entertaining audiences across the Natural State. You can also check out their comprehensive schedule of circus classes for adults and youth here. Contact [email protected] for booking inquiries.