Ballyhoo, Vol. I, No. 6.



Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paulo dos Santos. Photo by Maike Schulz

 Editor’s Fanfare:

In the past historians wishing to research circus history have had to travel long distances to a handful of widely spaced centers  across America, some of them in remote sections of the country.  The internet and good management on the part of these museums and libraries have changed all that.


The circus world got a boost from Nik Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls and is also eyeing a collaboration that may bring the contemporary circus to Broadway.


Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paulo dos  Santos make an unusual team, but their close relationship and spontaneity have enhanced Ringling’s Blue Unit show Dragons. They talk about working together and provide some hints as to the future.

Jeannot Painchaud is the co-founder of Cirque Éloize, one of Canada’s most creative and successful contemporary circus companies.  He talks about the creative process of its latest production Id and the company’s next which has yet to be titled.

The Passing Spectacle:

Cirque du Soleil’s latest tented, touring production AmaLũna.








The annual productions of the Canadian National Circus School






Kelly Miller Circus









Apassionata, the European horse show