Circus Abyssina: Ethiopian Dreams

Abyssina is a term that refers to the ancient Ethiopian kingdom. Their show is being presented in the New Victory Theater in Manhattan. In February The New Vic will be showing, “A Simple Space,” a show of acrobats using no props or riggings. The Ethiopian circus includes many acrobats, foot juggling with rug spinning, a Reisly act, aerial acts, a …

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Dreams, the Florida based production company, is sending their perennial favorite, “Holidaze,” on the road again. The cast of thirty multi-national artists splash the stage with color for the two hour show. Splendid costumes, sparkling sets, and high level skills keep the audience delighted. Included in this parade of skits, songs, and routines are a toss juggler, a rola …

Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus features not one but three jugglers this year. The Circus is in town (New York, at Lincoln Center) until  January 27th. Then it’ll play The National Harbor in Maryland from February 14th until March 24th. They begin with a colorful Company intro, where all the performers fill the circus ring and do one or two tricks …

New York – Sexy juggling: Biting the Big Apple

Why do people come to New York? For the culture. For the excitement. For work. To make your dreams come true. For the juggling. All the right reasons. Did someone say ‘juggling’? Let’s look at two recent ongoing shows that feature jugglers. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus “Cabaret” at The Cutting Room, and “Burlesque Night” at the Slipper Room. Bindlestiff Family Circus …

“Volta” a Cirque du Soleil production

Volta is the latest touring show by Cirque du Soleil. It is the next logical step in the evolution of new circus, so much so that the word ‘circus’ itself is almost obsolete. Further and further in the past are the animal acts, the sawdust, the clowns, the ringmaster, and the legendary acts, wire walkers, flyers, and sharpshooters. Now it’s …

Andy Sapora plays the Met

Which gig is the most significant gig? A successful one-man show on Broadway? A movie first stunt roll with residuals? An ongoing stage performer with a long-term theater run like The Flying Karamazov Brothers? Or a premier player in a significant Metropolitan Opera production in New York? Andy Sapora has done them all except for the first two. The IJA …

Interview with Gamal Garcia

Gamal Garcia of the “Tunizianis” circus family is the featured juggler in this year’s Big Apple Circus – 40th Anniversary show. He combines traditional fast – paced South American style showmanship with elements of developing juggling sensibilities to create an entertaining solid showcase with original ingredients. (see full play by play description in the Big Apple Circus review). eJuggle – You …

Big Apple Circus- 40th Anniversary Edition

 This year’s edition of BAC includes a featured toss juggler (Gamal Garcia Tuniziani), a rola bola artist (Jan Damm), and a Risley act (The Anastasini Brothers), so there is plenty of juggling for everyone. Other acts include flying trapeze (Flying Tunizianis Troupe), high-wire (The Wallendas), trained horses and dogs (Jenny Vidbel), clowns (Grandma [Barry Lubin] and Mr. Joel Jeske), contortion …

The IJA 70th Festival, 2017, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids is a pleasant little town in Iowa with a convention center and a river. The weather was friendly and the jugglers experienced little or no hostility from the natives. The town is centrally located on the US map, three hours by car from Chicago, four hours from Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis, so yes, far from anything …