FYI Vol. I, No. 7


Big E Circus Lineup Announced

The Big E, which will run in Springfield, Mass from Sept. 14 to Sept. 30 has announced the line up of acts that will be featured in its Super Circus.  Ty McFarlan will serve as ringmaster and Mark Gindick will play Grandma.  Duo A & A  is the hand balancing act I saw Anton Makuhim and Adam Vazquez perform at Bello’s show at the Beau Rivage, and the Marinoffs will present their sensation aerial act.  David Rosaire’s Perky Pekes will represent the animal contingent, while the Big E Thrill Riders, an act apparently created specifically for this show will work in the “Sphere of Fear.”  Another act, new to us, Dany Daniels & Edina will also appear.

In addition to the circus’ three performances a day at 1, 4, and 7 pm. The Stars of the Peking Acrobats will appear on the outdoor stage at 11a.m., 1, and 6:30 pm.   Both these performances and the circus are free with your ticket of admission to the Big E grounds.

In addition the Circus Museum, another free attraction, houses a miniature circus that includes a replica of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 1946 performance.


Big Apple Circus to Present Legendarium, A Journey into Circus Past

For its 35th season the Big Apple Circus will take a nostalgic look back at the historic thrills once produced under the big top.

Helping to create new memories will be the Acrobuffos, a slapstick comedy team,  skier Andrey Mantchev, the bicycling Dalian Acrobatic Troupe, Daniel Cyr, the man who invented the Cyr wheel, aerial artists Desire of Flight, fabric artist Ekaterina Stepanova, contortionist Elayne Kramer, the juggling of Emily and Menno van Dyke, the acrobatic troupe Quinterion, slack wire artist Zhang Fan, and the Big Apple’s favorite animal presenter Jenny Vidbel.  John Kennedy Kane, known to his many fans as Eggroll, will be the ringmaster.

The show is being directed by West Hyler and Matt Willaims (the Circus Smirkus choreographer).  The much honored Broadway scenic designer John Beatty, will design the set, and Mirena Rada will return as costume designer.


From Olympic Competition to Cirque du Soleil

Many Olympians are choosing to extend their performance careers by joining Cirque du Soleil, which has been enthusiastically recruiting  gymnasts, swimmers, and divers for many years. But for coaching or modeling there are few other  employment opportunities for these world-class athletes.  There are currently fifty ex-Olympians appearing in several Cirque shows, most going to the aquatic show O.  The many years of training and the ingrained work ethic of Olympic athletes makes them excellent performers.  The company is not, however, looking to recruit Michael Phelps, because he would most likely be difficult to assimilate into an ensemble production.

 Traces  Continues Its Success

Traces, the show created by the 7 Fingers company will close its New York City run, after more than a year of full houses, far longer than anyone anticipated.  The show was originally slated to run just ten weeks.  Now, with the imprimatur of its New York success, the show will undertake another world tour through twelve European cities, returning to the United States in the spring of 2013 with engagements in Dallas, Los Angeles, Tampa and Morgantown, W.Va.


 A New Circus School  Opens in Innsbrook, Mo.

News comes from Katherine Nevidonski that she and her husband Sasha have taken Innsbrook Stables as partners and will be offering instruction in “Natural Horsemanship,” as well as many circus disciplines, including aerial silks, vaulting on horseback, tumbling and juggling.  We will be pursing this story for the next issue of Spectacle.


Monte Carlo Expands Its Circus Activities

This past summer the big top used for the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival was the site of a circus cabaret.  Following a four course meal and champagne cocktails, guests were treated to a performance by several artists popular along the European variety circuit.  These included juggler Kris Kremo and his wife Elena Larkina, the hula hoop artist, pick pocket artist Charlie Borra, the comedians Galina & Sonny, and the comic risley act of the Castors.   The production was accompanied by a full orchestra.


This is Definitely the Year of the Dragon

 A new spectacle titled How to Train Your Dragon will be playing East coast arenas this fall.  It will feature 23 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet.  Viking warriors and world-class circvus artists and acrobats will perform against a state-of-the-art wall-to-floor immersive projection measuring more tdhan20,00 square feet.    The show was created by DreamWorks Animation, producers of the Academy Award nominated film of the same name, and the masterminds behind the global phenomenon Walking with Dinosaurs.