By Ole Simonsen
7 tented circuses toured
Furthermore there was a number of small shows touring more or less regularly: Circus Charlie, Circus Panik, Circus Petit, Circus Julius & Co., Circus Bella Donna, Circus Shanghai etc.
Some youth organisation produces "circus"-performances with kids as performers, using names as circus Tvaers, circus Flik-Flak, circus Regnbueborn, circus Gelatti, circus Candi, Circus Fup og Fidus, Circus Kanutski, Circus Kaephoj, Circus O'laiski and Circus Sjowtime
For many years
most Danish circuses has had musicians from
The Copenhagen Circus Museum became a reality in 2001.
The official opening ceremony was held on
The museum is
situated in a former military camp called Avedorelejren in
Hvidovre (suburb to
Circus owner Benny Berdino could in 2001 celebrate his 25-year anniversary as circus owner.
Circus Arena has its winter quarters near
Slagelse 57 miles west of
Arena presented an indoor circus in some cities in
The summer season
opened on March 27 at the Bellahoj lot in
The performance ran for 2 hours 5 minutes and was accompanied by a 4-piece band. The performance was spectacular with several excellent acts - I especially liked Kourbanovs, Konstantin Mouraview and Duo Dores. Circus owner Benny Berdino presented the performance:
Garcias - "space rocket"
Miller Benneweis - horses
Alexander and Duddar - clowns
Duo Dores - old time acrobats
Folco's dog show
Bonbon and Tiina - clowns
Palazovi troupe - teatherboard
Pablo Garcia - tight wire
Konstantin Mouraview - German wheel
Kourbanovs - foot jugglers
Kim Benneweis - 9 Indian elephants
Benny Berdino closed the performance by singing a song which several years ago was written and composed especially to Circus Arena: "Cirkus, cirkus, cirkus er i byen/kom nu alle fjern og naer" (Circus, circus, come and see the circus/circus is in town today). This song has for several years been used at the start or the end of Arena's performances.
Closing day for the 2001 tented performance was September 16 in Soro, close to the shows winter quarter in Slagelse.
As previous years
circus owner Benny Berdino had connections with a show in
From 23 June to 12 August Benny Berdino
presented a circus performance in "BonBon-land" - an amusement park 40 miles
Tiny Circus Arli opened its 31st season on 7
April in Flong, near
Circus owner Soren Arli presented the performance. Performers at the beginning of the season were Marie Jimènez (trapeze and tight wire walker), the Zolotukhini acrobats, Sergei (arial act), Mr. Slinky and several members of the Arli family: Alexander Arli as juggler, his mother Bettina Arli with doves, his father Martin Arli as magician and Alexander, Martin and Bettina as the clowns Martino & Co.
Marie Jiménez left the show in the middle of the season due to a sprained shoulder. Lott & Leslie (comedy cascadeurs) replaced her.
Circus Arli toured
Benneweis' winter quarters is in
Dronningmolle 30 miles north of
From opening day until late September Circus
Circus Benneweis' 2001 performance was an all-female show called Super Girls. The performance ran for 2 hours 10 minutes and was accompanied by a 5-piece band.
Circus owner Diana Benneweis opened the performance on horseback. Russian Trio Trukhini performed in swinging trapeze. Consuela Reyes did her antipodian act. Chinese Chy Mei Ling performed with handstand. Russian Antoschka was in charge of clowning. Russian Elena Kaminskya presented performing house cats. Female members of Italian Folco Family performed with elephants and horses (liberty and high school). The Ludmila Mussina Troup did jump robe and pyramid building acts. At the start of the season juggler Line Caroll was with the show. During the season another juggler, Russian Katarina Kokorina, replaced her.
I found the performance a bit weak (and the orchestra terrible!) at the beginning of the season. At the end of the season both the performance and the orchestra had improved!
My favourite acts were the Folco girls with their elephants, Katarina Kokorina, Consuela Reyes, Anatoschka and Trio Trukhini.
As in 2000 there was no ringmaster.
Sadly enough this fine building was not used for circus performances in 2001.
The City of
It was Haddy Enoch's 25th season as owner of Circus Dannebrog. Performing artists at this year's performance were:
The Lazar Troup
· Vicky - performing house cats, Vicky and her partner Zdenek furthermore presented dogs under the name Duo Victoria.
· The Luftman Clowns
· Skating Sayers - roller skate act. The male partner also performed in a wheel of death under the name The Sensational Salskys.
· Peter Salsky - magic act
· The two Novicovis - jugglers
· Bernhard Kaselowsky - elephant and 6 liberty horses.
· Isabella Enoch - swing trapeze
· The Haddies jr.jr. (Dennie and Jimmi Enoch, Haddy Enoch's son and grandson) presented the family's traditional bike act.
· Circus owner Haddy Enoch presented horses and ponies.
Haddy Enoch's daughter Agnete Louise Enoch acted as ringmistress. At performances her daughter Victoria Enoch performed in roman rings.
The performance took place in the ring and at a stage.
Opening day was on 29 March in Vojens. Vojens
is close to Circus Dannebrog's winter quarters in Toustrup Molle. Dannebrog advertise them
as "The national circus of
The performance run for 2 hours 25 minutes and was accompanied by taped music. The tent was from 1998 - 32 meter (104 feet) in diameter with 4 king pools and 8 quarter pools. 1022 seats all of them chairs.
The season started in
The 1999-performance were nice but not sensational. My favourite acts were Two Novicovis, Luftman's, Isabella Enoch and Hadies jr.jr. (cykel).
Jess and Marianne Deleuran own tiny circus Mascot with a seating capacity of 260. It was the shows 8th season. The performance run for 1 hour 50 minutes and was accompanied by a two piece band. Opening day was on 4 April. The season closed on 1 October. Performers were
· The Fredies- clowns and jugglers (under the name Nalecski),
· Duo Carlos (clowns),
· Duo Binka (rola-rola) and (under the name Halinas) ring perch. Furthermore the male partner did an acrobat act under the name Edwalie,
· Valerie (juggler),
· Miss Marianne (Deleuran) with dogs
· Daniel Deleuran, 11 years old, magic and balloons.
· Jess Deleuran acted as ringmaster and presented trained ponies.
My favourite act from the performance was Duo Binka - the female partner performed rola-rola on the back of her husband.
Opening day for
tiny Circus Krone (no connection with the large German show!) was on 15 April in Haarup,
Season closed on 22 September.
René Moenster toured with his Circus-theatre, established in 1998. As for the 2000 season Rene Moenster used a 4-pool tent, 24 meter (79 feet) in diameter, with a seating capacity of 500. The performance ran for 1½ hour.
But Lady Luck wasn't good to René Moenster. After the final stand on 16 September he could look back on a terrible season. Everything looked promising when the Circus Theatre opened its season on 2 April with the performance The Emperors New Cloths - the Circus Theatre's best performance ever. But problems soon turned up: bad weather, muddy lots, broken cars and worst of all: a very limited audience. And even if you present a fine show you can't continue if the public won't come. In August Rene Moenster decided to stop touring with the Circus Theatre in a tent after the close of season 2001. Thing became even worse after this decision was taken: his main character Lars Larna, playing the character of the emperor, had to quiet due to illness and later on another staff member left the show. The Circus-Theatre will continue to tour in the winter season with performances in kindergartens, shopping malls etc.
For the tented performance René will in season 2002 use another name: Circus Baldoni.
A number of small shows toured
Circus Charlie was active part of the season. Among other small shows - most of them with a limited number of performances - were Circus Panik, Circus Petit and Circus Julius & Co.
As previous years Benny Schumann (grandson of the late clown Charlie Rivel) presented several one-man-shows.
19 and 20 May Benny Schumann presented a very fine show
celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the City of
Benny Schumann has since 1996 been artistic director of The International Clown Festival - now a tradition, held every year in August at Dyrehavsbakken (Denmark's oldest amusement park, 10 miles north of Copenhagen). The year 2001 festival was held 6 - 12 August. Benny Schumann awarded The World Artist and Clown Award to Toto Chabri and the Golden Nose to Les Freres Taquins.
From 29 November
to 16 December a Danish New Wave group presented the performance Apropos in
Veniamin ("The Human Slinky"), Florin & Cato (Entrées/Comedy Dog), Diana & Iouri (Adagio on unicycle) and Serge Percelly (Tennis juggling).
Four foreign circuses - 3 of them new wave
circuses - visited
Late April Swedish new-wave circus Cirkör visited Albertslund (a suburb to
Canadian Cirque du Soleil visited
Swedish Circus Scott closed their 2001 season in
The performance ran for 1 hour 40
minutes. Seating capacity was 1.800 people. Ticket prices were from 230 - 285 DKK (almost
double price of a Danish circus!) Business in for Scott in
Le Cirque Invisible, a two-person circus-variety
with Victoria Chaplin and Jean Baptiste Thierrée visited
Albert Schumann. The world famous former circus
owner and horsetrainer Albert Schumann died on
magician Henri Alakazam passed away in August
2001, 66 years old. His real name was Henry Hermansen. For approximately 40 years he
Actor and magician Johan Thiersen passed away in April 2001, 80 years of age.
author Uno Myggan Ericson passed away in June
2001. Myggan was co founder of the
Together with my
youngest son Lars I established in August 2000 a homepage called "Circus in
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