FYI Vol. I, No. 5



A New Set Back for Nik Wallenda and His Walk Across the Falls

After lengthy negotiations with Canadian officials Nik Wallends finally won approval for a walk across Niagara Falls.  He is already at the Falls practicing, but a new difficulty has arisen that more or less, Nik concedes, takes away the entire point of his daring walk.    The ABC-TV Network which is planning to do a three-hour prime time special on the event has now insisted that Nik wear a safety device or tether.  They obviously don’t want to participate in televising a disaster.  “It’s disheartening,” Nik told the New York Times.  “I wanted to do it without anything.  To me, it just  personally takes away from it.”

A new set of negotiations are now underway with his lawyers pleading his case, but Nik admits, “If ABC pulls, they’re my biggest financial supporter in this.”  Without them he would not be able to do it.

ABC-TV’s Jeffrey W. Schneider,” has said “We are going to take every precaution to make this an exciting and thrilling event that families can feel very comfortable watching with their kids.”


Cirque Dreams Goes South of the Border

Palace Resorts, the company that sets the standard in luxurious, all-inclusive resort accommodations, has announced an unprecented partnership with Cirque Dreams to offer a limited engagement of that company’s production Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy this summer at the prestigious Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resprt in Cancun, Mexico.  The show will run at the resort from June 19 through August 5, 2012.  Guests who book for five nights at the resort will receive two complimentary tickets to performances which will be presented under a giant, air-conditioned tent being set up exclusively for this production.   Palace Resorts guests staying at its nearby hotels will be able to purchase tickets and receive priority transportation to and from the Moon Palace.

In conjunction witha stay in Cancun, the hotel’s “Connection Zone” will ofer Cirque Dreams-themed activities as part of their regular programs for kids, amounting to an immersive Cirque Dreams experience.

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy has the distinction of being the only show of its kind to appear on Broadway, as opposed to Radio City Music Hall, where Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana is set to resume its summer residency in early June.



Writers Chosen to Pen New Ringling Brothers Film

David Stem and David Weiss, the writing team behind last year’s film The Smurfs have been tapped to write the film tentatively titled The Ringling Brothers for Paramount Pictures.

Plot details are being kept secret, but the studio says the project is being conceived as a family adventure in the spirit of Night at the Museum and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so don’t look for a historically accurate documentary.  The movie’s story will be set in the present day.

The kid-friendly writing team have credits that range from Rugrats TV Show to Shrek 2 to Daddy Day Camp.


Lu Yi Ready For Another Dip in the Pool

After having worked with the Olympic synchronized swimming team of China, Lu Yi of San Francisco’s Circus Center has now been invited to help coach the Japaneze team.   Acrobatic skills are obviosuly useful in a variety of endeavors, and Lu Yi is an acknowledged  master teacher.



Boulder Juggling Festival Ready for Crowds

The Boulder Juggling Festival will run the weekend of June 15-17 at the Boulder Circus Center.  The Festival will be taking over the entire center with workshops, games, props, public shows and “tons of jam time.”

This year’s special guests are Matt Hall and Luke Wilson.  Wilson will be offering a masterclass workshop.

Economically priced at $15 for the weekend and $5 for a day, the organizers are expecting big crowds, and offer a variety of accommodtions including a kitchen.  The center has its own kitchen, so you can cook and eat on site to save time and money.


Coming in June Issue:

Reviews of the graduation shows of the Canadian National Circus School, Amaluna, the new touring show of Cirque du Soleil, Appassionata, the European horse opera extravaganza, and an interview with Ringling’s Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paulo Dos Santos, all with lots of photos.