KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WATE) – There are so many different ways that people cope with trauma. Whether it be talking, moving, or performing, everyone has their own way.

WEBS Circus is bringing those performances to the Old City Performing Arts Center. It’s all happening on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14 at 8 p.m. With sensitive subjects like sexual violence, WEBS translates that hurt and coping into performances.

Lissa McLeod, the director of the WEBS Circus explains the deeper meaning behind the performance.

“WEBS is a show that gives survivors a place to feel connected and able to take a breath and consider the road to healing,” McLeod said.

It’s also a show that gives others a glimpse into what it is like to survive sexualized violence, hopefully creating more empathy and awareness.

“We want to create a world where sexualized violence doesn’t exist. One World Circus has created and produced this show. We are a Knoxville-based circus company that is a project of Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio,” McLeod said.

The group believes that not only can circus be entertaining and awe-inspiring, it can also articulate visions of a world that is seemingly impossible.

“If we can defy gravity, even for a small time, then perhaps we can imagine a different world,” McLeod said.

You can find more information on Webs Circus and how to get tickets on their website.