By Ole Simonsen
8 tented circuses toured
Furthermore there was a number of small
shows touring more or less regularly: Circus
Panik, Circus Petit, Circus Julius & Co., Circus Bella Donna, Circus
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 had musicians from
Circus Arena has its winter quarter near
Slagelse 57 miles west of
Arena presented an indoor circus in some cities in
The summer season
opened on March 26 at the Bellahoj lot in
The performance ran for 2 hours 15 minutes and was accompanied by a 4-piece band. Circus owner Benny Berdino acted as ringmater and presented the following performers:
Robert Berousek - ladder balancing
Suzanne Berdino (daughter to circus owner Benny Berdino) - liberty horses
Bonbon - clown
Duo Camadi - high wire
Kasten Berdino (married to Suzanne Berdino and thus son in law to Benny Berdino) - camels
Diorio - globe of death
Argentinean Devils - gaucho dancers
3 Rivelinos - musical clowns
Stephanie, Charmaine and Suzanne Berdino - high school (Stephanie and Charmaine are daughters of Suzanne and Karsten)
Elena Panova - trapeze
Sonny Frankello - African elephants
Black Warrior (also called Rodogials) - African tumblers
Performance was nice but not sensational. My favourite acts were Sonny Frankellos elephants and the Rodogial tumblers. However most of the audience seems to prefer Duo Camadis high wire act and the stunt men from Dioris in their Globe of Death.
Closing day for the 2002 tented performance was September 15 in Soro, close to the shows winter quarter in Slagelse.
Kim and Miller Benneweis who had worked for Circus Arena the last 4-5 seasons was not with Arena in 2002. Only comment from Arena was that the two brothers did not want to tour with Arena in 2002. Kim Benneweis worked in 2002 as Supt. Canvas for Swedish Circus Scott. According to Kim his brother Miller Benneweis has stopped his career with circuses.
As previous years
circus owner Benny Berdino had connections with a show in
From 15 June to 11 August Benny Berdino
produced a short circus performance in "BonBon-land" - an amusement park 40
miles south-west of
Tiny Circus Arli opened its 32nd season on 6
April in Flong, near
Circus owner Soren Arli presented a nice performance called Party in
Anna & Katharina - hoola hoop
Merlin (alias Martin Arli, son of circus owner Soren Arli) - magician
Mario & Kalin - jugglers
Duo Arli (Martin and Bettina Arli, circus owner Soren Arli's son and daughter in love) - knife throwing
Alexander Arli (son of Martin and Bettina Arli) - melange act (juggling, handstand, acrobatic, tap-dancing)
The Moskova sisters - tight wire
Bettina Arli - trapeze
Martino & Co (Martin and Alexander Arli) - clowns
4 Moskowi -rola rola
Anna & Katharina alias The Moskova sisters are members of the 4 Moskovi. The last two members are Mario & Kalin.
Circus Arli toured
Benneweis' winter quarter is in
Dronningmolle 30 miles north of
From opening day until late September Circus
For some years Diana Benneweis has as a number of other circuses used English Laci Endresz as "director". However his efforts with Benneweis in 2002 were not to successfully and Diana had to made a number of changes shortly after the opening in April. The performance ran for 2 hours 20 minutes and was accompanied by a 4-piece band.
Welcome by circus owner Diana Benneweis on horseback.
Diana Rhodin - liberty horses
Marina Osinskaya - high wire
Willer Nicolodi - ventriloquist
Yelena Larkina - hoola hoop
Tony Alexis - clowns
Duo Kalade - comical act in vertical rope with a dog as intruder
Diana Rhodin - two African elephants
Duo Passion - tissue
Seven Priz - comical teaterboard act
Tony Alexis family -clowns
Kris Kremo - juggler
My favourite performers were Kris Kremo (for many years a star performer) and Willer Nicolodi both of them presenting world class acts. Also Yelena Larkina and Duo Kalade presented nice acts. Yelena who is married to Kris Krema had to stop performing before the end of the season due to pregnancy.
As previous years there was no ringmaster.
Tuffi one of Diana Rhodin's African elephants died in 2 July due to a disease of the stomach. Tuffi was 22 years old. Diana Rhodin is daughter of the late Trolle Rhodin who for several years worked as artist agent for Ringling-Barnum. Until 1998 Diana performed at the Swedish Circus Brazil Jack which until then was owned by Diana and her brothers Carlos and Trolle Rhodin Jr. Today Trolle Rhodin Jr. is the sole owner of Circus Brazil Jack. Diana Rhodin has performed with Tuffi and its pal Micky since 1985 where both elephants were babies. For the remaining part of the season Micky was the only elephant performing at Circus Benneweis.
In August 2002
Diana Benneweis published her memoirs called "Alting har sin pris" ("There
is a price at everything"). From the book you can see that Diana's life has been no
bed of roses. The book almost became a best seller in
Sadly enough this fine building was not used for circus performances in 2002.
The City of
Circus Charlie was established in 1988 by Einar Trie. For the 2002 season Circus Charlie used a 4 pole tent seating 400 people. Amongst the performers in 2002 were Daria with performing cats, artist from Scandi Balti Circus School, the clown Charlie (alias Einar Trie), Pawel & Darija on roller-skates, Tatjana Saiko in an arial act and the jugglers Tania , Steff and 3 Baltic Girls .
Season opened in 18 April in
In the beginning of the year Isabella Enochs husband the clown Eddy Sosman passed away after a short illness leaving Isabella (amongst friends called Bella) alone with her two sons Edward and David. Isabella is the second daughter of Haddy and Solveig Enoch the owners of Circus Dannebrog.
It was Haddy Enoch's 26th season as owner of Circus Dannebrog. Performing artists at this year's performance were:
Bernhard Casselly (Bernhard Kasselowsky) - the elephant Rambo and camels
Isabella Enoch - comical trapeze act
Gavin Stevens - parrots and cats
Katja Enoch - step dancing
Miss Silva - foot juggling
The Bogatyrov family - dog act
Leonora - contortion
Marianis - clowns
Stefan Kubic & Co - juggling and (under the name Moisseva Troupe) Russian bar
The Haddies jr.jr.- Bike act performed by Dennie, Jimmy, Isabella, Katja, Edward and David Enoch
Haddy Enoch or Rachid Nouri - liberty horses
Haddy Enoch's daughter Agnete Louise Enoch acted as ringmistress.
The 2002-performance was nice. My favourite acts were Isabella Enoch assisted by on of the Mariani clowns in her comical trapeze act, the Mariani Clowns, Gavin Stevens cats and Haddies jr.jr.
The performance took place in the ring and at a stage. Maybe inspired by German Circus Krona.
Opening day was on 21 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 20 minutes and was accompanied by taped music. The tent was from 1998 - 32 meter (104 feet) in diameter with 4 king poles and 8 quarter poles and with chairs on all seats.
The season started in
Under the name Circus Kenny Haddy Enoch produced an indoor
performance during the school childrens autumn holidays in October 2002 in a shopping mall
Jess and Marianne
Deleuran own tiny circus Mascot with a seating capacity of 149. It was the shows 9th
season. The performance run for 1 hour 50 minutes and was accompanied by taped music. Opening day was on 4 April. The season closed on 1
October. In July Circus Mascot was free attracting in Sommerland Sjaelland an
amusement park at
Miss Odmaa - contortion
Don Carlos - clown
Marianne Deleuran - dog act
Trio Dvorak - ladder balancing
Jess Deleuran - liberty ponies
Daniel Deleuran - rola rola
Miss Alice - foot juggling
Andreas Deluran and Sven O - goat act
Both Miss Alice and Miss Odmaa were members of Trio Dvorak
Ringmaster was circus owner Jess Deleuran
My favourite act from the performance was Trio Dvorak, Miss Alice and Miss Odmaa. And 12-years old Daniel Deleuran presented a nice rola rola act.
In February and October Circus Mascot presented indoor performances in shopping malls.
Opening day for
tiny Circus Krone (no connection with the large German show!) was on 14 April in Haarup,
Season closed on 20 September.
Circus Krone used
their own 2-pole tent during a visit in
René Marvin Moenster used the name the Circus-theatre from 1998 to 2001. In 2002 he changed the name to Circus Baldoni. As for the 2001 season Rene Moenster used a rather old 4-pole tent, 24 meter (79 feet) in diameter, with a seating capacity of 500. The performance ran for 1½ hour.
Opening day was on 23 April and the season closed at 29 September.
Performers in 2002 were magician and ventriloquist René Marvin, the clown Emma Swenninger, the circus princess Anne Gerd Sindballe, The Baltic jugglers, 6 years old hula hop acrobat Ernita from Latvia, The skipping Waiters, the acrobat Katharina (also called Katja) from Russia and the comical cascadeurs The 4 Beach Boys. Anne Gerd Sindballe left the show after a couple of months.
A number of small shows performed at shopping
malls or toured
As previous years Benny Schumann (grandson of the late clown Charlie Rivel) presented several one-man-shows.
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 2002 festival was held 5 - 18 August. Benny Schumann awarded The World Artist and Clown Award to 78 years old Alfredo Rastelli and the Golden Nose to Cube Triu.
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen presented as always some fine acts as free attractions. During the season we saw The Seguras (Spain) (Partner equlibristic), Roger & André (Sweden) (Unicycling/Cycling), Mr. KAI (Switzerland) (Ceiling Walker), Monastyrsky (Russia) (Magical transformation), Claudius (Tempo-juggler), Curatola Bros. (Italy) (Hand voltige), Les Sandros (Rola Rola Balance) and Les Rados (Tempo jugglers).
In May 2002 the late circus owner Regnar Thierry's widow Ebba Thierry passed away 86 years of age. She was trained as sandwich maker but shifted to the artist business when she met Regnar. Assisted by Ebba and her brother Ejner Holmberg Regnar Thierry established the small Danish Circus Krone (no connection with the large German show) in 1939. In 1983 ownership passed on to Regnar's and Ebba's daughter Irene Thierry. Irene is still in charge of Circus Krone assisted by her husband Jan Allan, her sons Frank and Mark and her brother Richard.
Also in May 2002 Kjeld Jorgensen who for a number of years were press agent for several Danish circuses passed away 77 year of age. Kjeld worked for Circus Royal 1951-55, Circus Belli 1956-57, Circus Arena 1959-66 and Circus Arli 1973-75.
And also in May the composer Ole Hoyer who for a number of years was musical director with Circus Schumann in the Copenhagen Circus Building passed away 74 years old. Benny Schumann tells that Ole Hoyer was a gifted arranger of music for the Schumann family's speciality: horses. Ole Hoyer furthermore composed the music used by Benny when he under the artist name Rec Benny for some years toured as a juggler.
On 8 October Danish magician Jorgen Samson passed away. Jorgen Samson was born on 30 October 1926. He was well known for conjuring up an enormous number of flowers during his act, which was presented in a most charming way.
Jens Preben Tersgov also known as the magician Tergovas died on 29 December 2002. Jens Preben Tersgov was born in Hoeng in 1930. As a young man he won the first price at a competition arranged by the Danish Magicians. Many Danes will remember him from the years 1974 to 1984 when he under the name Tergovas & co. presented magician acts in Circus Arena assisted by circus owner Benny Berdinos wife Hanne Berdino and daughter Suzanne Berdino. From 1963 to 1966 Jens Preben worked with German Circus Barum which in these days was owned by Eli Benneweis. From 1968 he worked as manager with Circus Benneweis. Later he moved to circus Arena where he as mentioned besides being manager presented his magician act. In 1985 he returned to Circus Benneweis however not as a performer. 5 year later he retired. Besides being a performer Jens Preben Tersgov was a collector his collections contains more than 4,000 posters.
Circus in Denmark
Together with my youngest son Lars I established in August 2000 a homepage called "Circus in Denmark". The what's on section and the news section of the page are updated weekly. The address is www.circus-dk.dk. Since the opening we have had more than 28,000 hits.
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