Circus in Denmark
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Last updated : 11. July 2020
Denmark is a kingdom in north-western Europe, the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. Denmark comprises of the Jutland peninsula as well as numerous islands in the Baltic and North seas. The principal islands, lying between Jutland and Sweden, are Zealand and Funen. Near the North American mainland, between the North Atlantic and the Arctic oceans, is the island of Greenland, home of Santa Claus and an integral part of the Danish monarchy. Greenland is internally self-governing. Excluding Greenland, Denmark has an area of 42,370 sq km (16,360 sq mi). The population of Denmark is aprox. 5,500,000. The capital and largest city is Copenhagen, on the island of Zealand, with a metropolitan area population of aprox. 1,400,000. Other major cities, with their estimated populations, include Aarhus (275,000), Odense (180,000) and Aalborg (160,000).
The circus season in Denmark usually begins in March and April and ends in August or September. Some circuses are also active with indoor performances in the winter season, including in the autumn holidays, up to Christmas and in the winter holidays.
In 2019 there were 5 circuses on tour in Denmark: one large: Arena, two medium-sized; Baldoni and Trapez, and two small: Arli and Mascot. In addition there were the comedian Søren Østergaard's two circuses: Zirkus Nemo for adults (a combination of a circus and a comedy show) and Zirkus Barnly for children. The small Danish Circus Krone was not on tour in 2019.
All the circuses mentioned, including Krone, had planned to be on the road in 2020, most of them with opening days in March. But the corona epidemic has meant that Circus Arena, Zirkus Barnly, Circus Krone, Circus Mascot, Zirkus Nemo and Circus Trapez have cancelled season 2020. Circus Arli and Circus Baldoni will open the season in June.
Some youth organisation produces circus-performances with kids as performers, using names as circus Tvaers, circus Flik-Flak and circus Arcus.
A number of foreign contemporary circuses are frequent visitors to Denmark. Canadian Cirque du Soleil visited Copenhagen July/August 2001 and has later been back in Denmark with arena-versions of some of their shows.
Some German family circuses have some seasons tried their luck in Denmark without attracting much audience. However, present Danish rules regarding e.g. technical documentation for tent construction and security will make it very costly for foreign tent circuses to visit Denmark. The present rules are due to a tent collapse in 2013.
Since 1991 The Copenhagen Circus Building has only occasionally been used for the purpose for which it was built in 1886. Swedish owned Walllmans Nöjen took over the Circus Building in January 2003. Since the building has undergone a modernization. The old stables now function as restaurant kitchen and banqueting rooms respectively, while the elephant hallway has been turned into the artists’ wardrobe. Wallmans use the building for dinner shows with singers, dancers and a few artists.
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