A photo of a group of people wearing white and black masks and hodling lightbulbs.

Breaking Circus


Breaking Circus is a contemporary circus arts production company based in Halifax, NS, Canada. We develop, produce, promote and present contemporary circus arts performances for live and digital audiences. We work with local and professional circus artists from diverse backgrounds to develop original content for our in-house productions and for external clients. Our studio is located in the heart of north end Halifax. Our mission is to create innovative, contemporary circus works that inspire meaningful dialogue while being socially responsible and endeavouring to work closely with community to mutual benefit. The company's co-directors, Dawn Shepherd and Ryan Gray, were educated at L’École national de cirque de Montréal, QC and returned to the East Coast in 2014 to build a contemporary circus arts production company. Alongside contemporary circus production, Breaking Circus also offers services and support in aerial rigging, circus instruction, community outreach, studio/venue rental, and project consultation and development.

Reflection (2021) Photo Credit: Stoo Metz Photography