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Saturday, July 15 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cascade of Stars

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It is only fitting that the highlight of the 70th Anniversary of the IJA Festival is called the “Cascade” of Stars. Like a river flowing with juggling luminaries, this show will shine a light on the brightest stars in the juggling world. 

Starring special guests Gena Shvartsman Cristiani and Paul Ponce, along with a cast of thousands*.

 *Some claims may be exaggerated for theatrical purposes.

Gena Shvartsman was born in Russia on March 2, 1983, and immigrated to the United States in 1991. Her father, Eugene Shvartsman, taught her to juggle when she was almost six years old. Gena is a fourth generation circus performer.  Gena is our 2017 Award of Excellence Winner, has put together a special performance, and will be conducting a free workshop for the 70th Anniversary of the IJA Festival!

Paul Ponce's act has been a hit in practically any type of venue around the world, from New York to Tokyo, Melbourne to Monte Carlo, Berlin to Los Angeles. One success after another has led this 6th generation performer to a magnificent career starting at age 7, and leading him to perform at some of the most prestigious stages around the world. A high energy act loved by all and seen by millions around the globe.

Directed by Peter Davison.

Buy tickets at the Arts Iowa box office at 119 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, or online:


Saturday July 15, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paramount Theatre 123 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Attendees (33)