Hercinia Arts

Catch this playful and imaginative blend of circus and art!

Hercinia Arts Collective is a multi-disciplinary company whose aim is to blur the boundaries between traditional performance and visual art forms and bring people into art. Founded by Natalie Parkinson (acrobat, dancer) and Emily Hughes (aerialist, actor) in 2009, they create dynamic physical performances that engage with an audience through story, complexity of theme and human spectacle.

Since inception of the company, their unique performances have been showcased throughout Canada from street festivals to art events to dance showcases, and everything in between. Over the years, their focus has been particularly on outdoor performances, as a means to bring their art to a broader public who might not otherwise have access to artistic performances through conventional means. As circus, theatre and dance artists, their main investigation in performance is to use circus as a language through which to explore themes, characters or to tell stories.

Bendy Em


Catch Bendy Em daily!
From August 2-5 on Sparks Street, Ottawa

August 2nd


1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM • Ontario Stage

August 3rd


11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM • Canada Stage

August 4th


12:00 PM • Hot 89.9 Stage
2:30 PM, 6:30 PM, 8:30 PM • Ontario Stage

August 5th


12:00 PM • Hot 89.9 Stage
3:30 PM • Ontario Stage