FYI Vol. II, No. 2



It now appears that equestrian star Sylvia Zerbini is one of the casualties of the fiasco created by the failure of the would-be equestrian extravaganza called Valitar when it folded shortly after opening in San Diego this past month.  Zerbini had been featured in several editions of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, as well as Barnum’s Kaleioscape.  She was also a favorite at the Big E produced by Wayne McCary.  According to a report filed  by Peter Rowe of the San Diego Union Tribune, Zerbini, who had most recently been under a long-term contract with another horse opera Cavalia, was hired after the producers Mark and Tatyana Remley fired the original director Erik Martonovich for refused to make Tatyana the star of the show.  Upon Martonovich’s departure Zerbini was hired to rewrite the show, find replacements for the artists who left along with Matonovich, and rehearse the show in the two months that remained before its scheduled premiere.  There are no details on Zerbini’s current whereabouts or the fate of her horses, in the midst of the legal and financial debacle which resulted from the show’s closing.




The latest attraction to find its way into New York is the musical Pippin, which will begin previews March 23 at the Music Box Theater on West 45th St.  What makes this revival of interest to circus fans is that it is being directed by Diane Paulus, the director of Cirque du Soleil’s current show Amaluna as well as previous Broadway revivals of Hair and Porgy and Bess.  More significantly her collaborator on this project is American Gypsy Snider, one of the founders of the Canadian circus company 7 Fingers.  Snider’s parents were the founders of The Pickle Family Circus.

Previously announced performances taking place in March include a new production Old Hats, created by Bill Irwin and David Shiner, which will be at the Pershing Square Theatre, in Signature Center, W. 42nd St., New York City from Feb. 12,to March 24.  Bello Mania will be at the New Victory Theatre, further up 42nd St., just off Times Square, March 15 to March 28.  Le Grande will take over the same venue in April from 8-15.  Meanwhile Ringling will be over in Brooklyn at the Barclay Center (replacing the Garden dates) from March 20 to April 1, and Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Totem will have its New York premiere March 14, running through April 7.  The show will be at CitiField in Queens, home of the baseball Mets.  Meanwhile the Big Apple Circus will in nearby Bridgewater, New Jersey, February 28 thru March 17.



Independent filmmaker Angela Snow, whose film World Circus has been shown to several different groups of circus professionals and fans has announced that the film will be shown at the Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona on Feb. 27, 2013.  “If you noticed” she says, “the film did not screen at Sundance. Considering the acceptance rate was only 1.4% of submissions (harder than getting into Harvard, which has a 5.9% acceptance rate), with over 12,000 films submitted, I feel no regret. I’ll save conquering Sundance for another film. I have since submitted to 11 other top festivals. The amazing thing is, Sedona International Film Festival was the first to announce their films. The first answer, the first yes. The film has been viewed privately within the circus community to a wonderful response, with showings in Sarasota, Monte Carlo, and San Diego. Recently, I realized that this past December (2012) marked 3 years that this film has been in production. Three years…that’s IT! I can’t believe it. Planning, filming, and editing, it feels like it has been 10 years.”  It should also be noted that Spectacle has been chronically the adventure of filmmakers from the very beginning.