the Danish author and circus expert Jorgen Lorenzen
can celebrate his 60 years birthday. Jorgen Lorenzen is Bachelor of Divinity and worked as
vicar in Hvorslev-Gerning from 1970 to1976. Then he took at Master of Arts decree and have
since then been teaching at the RandersHigh
But Jorgen's hobby is circus. He has published a couple of books on this item and made a
film on clowns. It is named between tears and
laughter - a film on the circus clown. Jorgen is often used as lecture on circus
related topics. And he is a very frequent visitor to circuses in Denmark
and has many friends within the circus world.
Pete Robinson back to Benneweis. As in 2002 the
English keyboardplayer Pete Robinson will conduct the band at Circus Benneweis in 2003.And he will also be the arranger of the music. The
music for 2001 and 2002 was arranged Marcus
Jaichner who conducts the band at Swedish Circus
Scott. However Marcus Jaichner wants to modernise circus music and circus owner Diana Benneweis prefer the traditional type of
music. Marcus Jaichner calls the appointment of Pete Robinson as both arranger and
conductor an excellent choice for Bennewewis. Peter Robinson and his 3 musicians
(bas, drums and sax beside Pete himself on keyboard) did a fine job in 2002 although
Danish fans are missing the larger orchestras used by Danish circuses until the Danish
Musicians Union in 2001 prohibited use of circus musicians from Poland.
clown festival in Lyngby (suburb to Copenhagen).
The National classical clown festival is the official title of a festival to
be held at the Lyngby Culture Centre 22 and 23
Among the performers are Charlie & Binalto
from Circus 3, Circus Luna, Tonny Trifolikum from Circus Mongo, The Danish Clown Circus, Clown Don Carlos, Clown Pio, Clown
Tapé and Trio Pok. In connection with the
festival it is possible to see Danish circus historian Jorgen Lorenzen's film on clowns named between tears and laughter - a film on the circus
clown and to se an exhibition from the CopenhagenCircusMuseum
in Hvidovre. You can fin the full program under Whats on.
A former neighbour Karin have told me that her father Hjalmar Edvard Christian Petersen
(1912 1964) when he was young performed as a escape artist using the name Ranelli.
He performed in Denmark
and in Germany
and maybe even in other countries. Around 1940 he retired from the world of artist and
worked from then on as a master cabinetmaker. Karin has only one picture of her father as
an artist. Send me a mail if you have any information on Ranelli's
career as an escape artist.
Christmas Circus. The
small Circus Krone from Jutland
used their own 2-pole tent during their visit in Copenhagen
from 8 to 13 December. The presented in total 8 performances all sponsored by a local
furniture dealer. After Copenhagen Circus Krone will visit Korsor and Kolding
sponsored by a supermarket chain.
pickpocket artist Kenny Quinn and his partner
Joan are until 12
at the Star Club variety theatre in Kasel,
From 4 April to 5 November they will tour with Circus
Finlandia the largest circus in Finland.
The 27th Circus Festival in Monte
will take place from 16 to 23
in a brand new big top produced by Ferrari (not the carmaker) in Italy
at a price of 305,000 Euro. Among the performers at the 2003 festival are the Russian risley actKourbanov who toured with Danish Circus Arena in 2001, Maike and Jörg Probst with their farm animal
which they presented at Danish Circus Benneweis
in 2000, the female clown Marie-Therése from
Switzerland, an all-female flying trapeze act from Korea, Jasons Peters bears, and a teeterboard act
with an elephant from Annie Fratellinis
school in Paris.
Circus to Germany.
Circus will tour Germany
in the summer season 2003. Despite
the name American Circus isnt American
but owned by Italian Enis Togni. For several years Danish Circus Arena rented horses and elephants from
American Circus and had them presented by the brothers Kim and Miller Benneweis.
Marvin of Circus Baldoni/the Circus Theatre will
for the next four weeks tour with an indoor show called Circus Nissesjov in schools and kindergartens. The
performance runs for 45 minutes. The performers are René Marvin (magician and
ventriloquist), actress Sisse Sigumfelt and the
acrobats Sergej and Eugenia who toured with
Circus Baldoni during the summer season.
The International Clown Festival 2003 at Bakken
north of Copenhagen will take place from 7 to 17 August 2003 producer Benny Schumann tells.
Schumann and the performers at this years International Clown Festival at Bakken, Photo by
courtesy of Benny Schumann.
will in January next year give details on their 2003 performance called Giant Circus 2003.
Opening day will be in Copenhagen
sometime in March 2003 hopefully in a brand new big top. I have heard that sealion trainer
Ingo Stiebner will be among the performers.
Ingo toured with Circus Arena in 2000. He has spent the 2003 season with Circus Knie in Switzerland.
Nelly Jane Benneweis former ringmistress at
Danish Circus Benneweis was member of the jury at the European Youth Circus Festival in Wiesbaden
in the beginning of November 2003. The only Scandinavian participant in the Festival was
the contortionists Twisted Fantasy from Sweden.
Circus Scott prefers Nimes for Copenhagen. After
an performance in Helsingborg in Sweden 12 November circus owner Robert Bronett explained that the reason for
abolishing Copenhagen this year was an invitation to a four day visit in Nimes in the
southern part of France. As Circus Scott's ticket sale in Copenhagen
has been rather poor in 1999, 2000 and 2001 the invitation from France
was more tempting. - The performance in Helsingborg
was almost sold out. Amongst the performers was the silverclown winner from Monte
CarloFumagalli and arial artist Eva Garcia. For a Dane it was interesting to have
a chat with Kim Benneweis after the
performance. Kim has this year worked as Supt. Canvas with Circus Scott. Kim told me that
his brother Miller Benneweis had stopped his
career with circuses.
and Eva Garcia. (Photos: Micael Engström/Bronett Bros.)
Danish/Finnish clown duo Bonbon & Tiina is
again this year back with the Bergen Variety
Theatre in Norway.
Bonbon toured with Circus Arena in Denmark
this summer. Bonbon & Tiina may be best known for their famous Badminton Comedy Act.
The Badminton-Act is an outstanding number and for the time being probably the only
Badminton-Act in the circusworld.
and Tiina (with kind permission from Bonbon)
in 2001 the Danish comedy cascadeurs Steckel's
(Freddi Streckel and Line Vittrup) can be seen at Gala
Tours in France
in December. The duo toured with Circus Merano
has since January 1993 done registration of the artist and collector Olund Barly's large collection of circus
material. Today the registration has included 110,000 objects, mainly photographs but also
posters, costumes, stage props and programmes. The Greater Copenhagen County has paid the
cost of the registration. Manager of Project Barly is Susanne Torgard. Most of the work is done now
and the database - Danish Museum Index - holds the material of several thousand artists.
And thus the Greater Copenhagen County Council has decided to close Project Barly as of 31
Items from Olund Barly's collection can bee seen at the Copenhagen Circus Museum in Hvidovre. This fine
museum will continue to exist although they will miss the excellent assistance they over
the years have received from Susanne Torgard and her staff.
(Photo: Lise Kokholm)
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Benneweis in Sweden.
According to the Swedish circus magazine Cirkuläre Notiser no 4/2002 the former elephant
trainer Kim Benneweis has since June this year as General Superintendent been in charge of
technical matters in the Bronett Bros. organisation. Bronett Bros. is producing Circus Scott, the all female circus festival Cirkusprinsessan (the Circus Princess) and Circo Massimo (produced for Italian television).
For the time being Kim should be with Circus Scott as Supt. Canvas. When Kim worked for
the Benneweis family's own circus that he left in 1995 and for Circus Arena from 1997 to
2001 Kim was acting as superintendent in addition to being in charge of the elephants.
Circus Scott cancel its stand in Copenhagen?
The large Swedish Circus Scott visited Copenhagen
late autumn 1999, 2000 and 2001 with fine performances but did only attract a very limited
audience. Circus Scott was scheduled to visit Copenhagen
from 14 to 16
However is seems likely that the visit will be cancelled. Circus Scott will visit Malmo
(20 minutes by train from Copenhagen)
in the southern part of Sweden
from 6 to 10 November.
is assisting con amore at the CopenhagenCircusMuseum
has sent me these fine photos of some of the costumes you can see at the museum. You can
see more photos at my page with Facts about Danish circus collections
the winter season we a presenting several different performances, including a Christmas
show with acrobats from Latvia,
clowns and a magician," René Marvin Moenster
from Circus Baldoni and the Circus Theatre tells. Right now René is in Germany
looking for a new tent with a diameter of 25 meter for his 2003-season.
magician Jorgen Samson has passed away. Jorgen
Samson who was born on 30
passed away on 8
He was well known for conjuring up an enormous number of flowers during his act, which was
presented in a most charming way.
will find a photo of Circus Schumann in the Copenhagen Circus Building on the opening page to
this website. The photo is from Benny Schumann's archives and was taken in 1953. Among the
performers in 1953 were the famous clown Charlie
Rivel (father in law to circus owner Albert Schumann) assisted by the clowns Maiss and Mimille, Edith Crockers Teddy Bears, the outstanding
handstand acrobats Yong Sisters and Brothers and
Les Perchleys with Looping the Loop.
(Photo from Benny Schumann's archives)
New circus in Sweden. From SwedenToledoreports
that Pierre Wallberg alias the magician Valentino is planning to start his own circus in
2003. The name will be Circus Hellas. Pierre
Wallberg has ordered a tent from Germany
with a diameter of 20 meter. Stig Nilsson and Kettil Thordarsson will assist Pierre
Wallbergin the preparations for the new
posters on exhibition. Dansk Plakatmusum
has opened a fine exhibition of circus posters: the famous Polish Cyrk posters, old Danish
posters from Benneweis, Schumann, Belli,
and Dannebrog and from smaller circuses as Circus Hjaelpelos, Circus Tusindben, Circus Charlie, Cirkus Tvaers, Circus Himmelblaa etc. The exhibition can be seen
until 15 December.
of the posters on exhibition. The artist is the late Oscar Knudsen.
in Rold to be extended. On
11 October Circus owner Irene
from small Danish Circus
cut the first turf for the extension of the exhibition hall at the CircusMuseum
in Rold in Jutland.
The museum is situated next to the wooden circus building from 1913 used for many years
for training purposes by Circus
agreement regarding the CopenhagenCircusBuilding
30 September Hasse Wallman, CEO of Swedish
Wallman's Nöjen (Wallman's entertainment), signed the 10-year lease agreement with the
City of Copenhagen
regarding the CopenhagenCircusBuilding.
Wallman's is taking over the lease of the building from 1
Wallman's will primary use the building as a variety theatre and dancing restaurant. Apart
from a short visit in 1996 by German Circus Roncalli the building has not been used by
circuses since 1990. And now it will end up as a variety theatre - however with circus
artists among the performers.
of the CopenhagenCircusBuilding
taken one of the seasons when the famous clown Charlie Rivel performed with Circus
Schumann. Charlie Rivel's daughter Pauline was married to circus owner Albert Schumann.
(Photo from Benny Schumann's archives).
of season 2002. All tented circuses in Denmark
havde had their final stand for 2002. The last circus to close the 2002-season was tiny Circus Mascot with the closing day being 1 October
at Thise in the northern part of Jutland.
The first circus to open its doors (or rather its tent) to the public in 2002 was Circus Dannebrog, which had its opening day on 21
March in Vojens in the southern part of Jutland.
From an economical point of view 2002 can hardly be considered as a record-breaking
season. More exact information is hard to get from the circus owners.
Mascot had its final stand at 1
(photo taken earlier in the season)
has ordered a new tent from Italy
for season 2003. Arena will also acquire a new and better seating system for 2003. Circus
Arena had planned to get a new tent for season 2002 but the purchase was postponed one
year. The new tent will probably be a 4-pole tent. Arenas present tent (the largest in Denmark)
has 8 poles. However the number of poles says nothing about the size of the tent.
tent used by Circus Arenas in season 2002
her present tent with at diameter of 40 meter and seating capacity of 1,700 a bit to
large. It takes a crew of 22 workers to take the tent up and down. And in Denmark
most stands are one-day stands. She is looking for a smaller tent as the one used by
German Circus Roncalli with a diameter 36 meter and a seating capacity somewhere between
1,200 and 1,400. She is going to order such a tent for her Circus Benneweis. 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 2002. Diana Benneweis receives every week between 10 and 15 videos from artist. If
she is interested she asks where she can see the act live. For some years artist with
Circus Benneweis have only presented one act each - their top act. This will also be the
case in the coming season 2003. However this is clearly more expensive than asking each
troupe to do two acts and Benneweis might some day revert to that practice.
the winter season I will tour with my one man show Hey Clown with 10 to 15 performances
every month, ", tells Benny Schumann. Benny
is also making preparations for the International Clown Festival at Bakken in August 2003.
Schumann and the performers at this years International Clown Festival at Bakken, Photo by
courtesy of Benny Schumann.
trapeze artists Josephine Randrup and Rasmus Madsen have been re-engaged to perform in
their double trapeze in the
ABBA-musical Chess at the StockholmCircusBuilding
while Tommy Körberg and Helen Sjöholm are singing "You and I". The audience
likes the two talented Danes - they are getting much applause. Chess will continue at
least until spring 2003. Josephine and Rasmus are educated at AFUK circus school in Copenhagen
and at the MoscowCircusSchool.
The have performed with a number of new wave circuses.
connection with the Asiatic - European ASEM 4 meeting in Copenhagen
a number of artists, actors, musicians from Asia
will perform in Copenhagen
19 to 21 September 2002. Among the performers are 20 Chinese acrobats performing at tight
wire, with juggling, with acrobatics etc. They can been seen at Amagetorv in Copenhagen
21 September from
I mentioned on 7 August thanks to Anders Enevig
dean of Danish circus historians an old living wagon from Circus Benneweis has just been donated to the CircusMuseum
in Rold in Jutland.
For a number of years the wagon (still occupied by an old artist) has been placed on a lot
called Skibshusene in Odense.
But the old artist living in the wagon is now at an old folk home. The black and white
photo shows the wagon. Another old wagon builded in 1939-1940 also used by
"travelling families" has been donated to the OdenseMuseum.
The colour photo is from 21
when this wagon was transported to the OdenseMuseum.
Photos: Anders Enevig.
has told a Danish TV-station that Circus Benneweis' 2003 programme for the summer season
2003 is ready. But she did not want to give names of any of the performers. But elephant
and horse trainer Diana Rhodin who has toured
with Benneweis this season might very well be re-engaged. As the same time Diana proudly
told that Swiss Circus Knie, generally
considered at the finest in Europe,
this seasons has no less than 5 acts on the programme which in earlier seasons has been
with Benneweis in Denmark.
It is the juggler Serge Percelly, who toured
with Benneweis in 1984 and 1988. The trapeze star Sabu and wheel of death performers Alegria Brothers, who was with Benneweis in the CopenhagenCircusBuilding
in 1990 and at the tented show in 1992. The sealion trainer Ingo Stiebner, who performed at Benneweis in 1998.
And the breakdance troupe Enemy Squad who
enjoyed the Benneweis-audience in 2000.
a kingdom in northern part Europe,
the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. The tented circus season in Denmark,
runs from March to September. It is too cold to continue performances in tents in October
and November. (Well - Swedish Circus Scott does
not have its closing day until mid November - but it is pretty expensive to heat their
tent!). Among the Danish circuses Circus Arli
had its final stand for this season on 1 September. This year 143 performances were given
in 98 cities. Both Circus Arena and Circus Benneweis will close their season on 15
September. Circus Charlie will tour until 16
September. Circus Krone's will end their summer
season on 20 September. Circus Dannebrog will
have their final stand at 28 September. Circus
Baldoni will close their season on 29 September. Circus Mascots final 2002 stand is early October.
will present a winter circus in February 2003 in some sports centres etc.Also Circus
Krone and Circus Mascot is active during
the winter season with performance in shopping malls etc. René Marvin from Circus Baldoni in touring with
indoor performances during the winter season using the brand Cirkusteatret (The Circus Theatre). Also the Arli family is active during the winter season.
"Alting har sin pris" ("There is a price at everything") has almost
become a best-seller in Denmark
now printed in its third impression since it was published 3 weeks ago.
page of Diana Benneweis' book copied with permission from the publisher. (Photo: Sara
from Circus Baldoni is pretty satisfied with this season - he best season so far. As Diana
Benneweis and Benny Berdino he wants a new tent for season 2003. And he wants to sell the
old tent. Anyone interested in a 4-pool tent 26 meter in diameter?
to producer Benny Schumann the 7th
International Clown Festival at Bakken had more visitors than the previous clown
festivals and more visitors than any other performance at Bakken's Open Air Stage this
season. The festival ran from 5 to 18 August. A special feature in connection with the
festival was a small tented exhibition on clowns from the CopenhagenCircusMuseum.
tented clown exhibition at Bakken
wants a new tent and some new wagons for Circus Benneweis. Her present tent is from 1996.
Also Benny Berdino from Circus Arena has a new tent on his Christmas
presents list. His present tent is about 10 years old. He had hoped to get a new tent for
season 2002 but decided to de with a new stable tent. Circus Arena's present tent is an 8-pool tent
seating approximately 1,700 people.The
largest circus tent in Europe
seating 4,500 people is used by German Circus
Krone. The largest tent in the Nordic Countries belongs to Swedish Circus Scott whose
tent has a seating capacity of 2,400 people.
Circus Krone seats 4,500 people
gifted sealion trainer Ingo Stiebner toured
with Danish Circus Benneweis in 1998, with
Danish Circus Arena in 2000 and with Swedish Circus Maximum in 2001. In season 2002 he and his
sealions Ruby (female) and Cecil (male) is with Swiss Circus Knie. 2003 will se him back in Denmark
with Circus Arena. Ingo's mom Claire Harrison
and stepfather Peter Harrison presented for
many years a sealion act called Clarrison.
sealions Lola, Ruby and Cecil. Ingo Stiebner and his fiancé and assistant Jennie
Mikaelson. Photo: Johan Vinberg
sealion trainers Vicky and Hans Petersen can
this season be found at French Cirque Medrano.
the gala performance in connection with the 7th International Clown festival at
Bakken north of Copenhagen 78 years old Italian clown Alfredo Rastelli was presented with The World Artist and Clown Award. The price is a
painting of Austrian painter Adi Holzer.
Alfredo Rastelli started as clown in his father's troupe in an age of 7. Thus he has
almost performed as a clown for 70 years. And his intention is to continue as long at he
can make it. More than 1,000 people attended the gala performance.
Rastelli, Benny Schumann and Adi Holzer
Diana Benneweis has written her memoirs. Circus
owner Diana Benneweis (born 1947) of Circus Benneweis has assisted by Britta Bjerre
written a book (in Danish) on her life 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.
to Anders Enevig dean of Danish circus
historians a old Benneweis living wagon has just been donated to the CircusMuseum
in Rold in Jutland.
For a number of years the wagon (still occupied by an old artist) has been placed on a lot
called Skibshusene in Odense.
But the old artist living in the wagon is now at an old folks home. Another old wagon also
used by "travelling families" will be donated to the OdenseMuseum.
was opening day for the International Clown
Festival at Bakken north of Copenhagen.
Performing at the festival are the famous musical clowns Rastellis from Italy.
78 old Alfredo Rastelli will in connection with
a gala performance on 11 August receive The World Artist and Clown Award. Cube Triu presented a combination of clowning and
magic. The will be presented with the festival's second price The Golden Nose. Other
performers are Florin
with his clever dog Cato and Benny Schumann and his daughter Patricia with their Elvis/Dolly Parton
Rastelli & Co.
Florin & Cato
Cube Triu og
Benny Schumann i Rivel-dress
Owner Benny Berdino from Circus Arenas likes to call himself the singing
circus owner. (As a matter of fact during the circus performance he sings Circus Arena's
signature tune "Circus, Circus, come and see the circus/circus is in town
today"). Benny has just released a new CD called Life is a Party. One of the songs from the album Give me a kiss was tested for the Hit List in the
Danish Radio. However it was not rated (only 10 songs are rated).
Swedish circus Scott did open their 2002
season on 26 July in Gävle,
The season will end in Copenhagen
from 14 to 16
Among the performers in this years show are Georg Harrison with his dog act called Harrisons hot dogs, Gabi Dew presenting liberty horses, Alexander Sharkovs with a hand balancing act, the
Italian clown Fugmagalli (Gianni Huesca) who
won a silver clown in Monte Carlo in 2001, escape artist Merlinis with one of Houdini's tricks, The Goratjevs in flying trapeze and Lazlo Brothers acrobatic act. Cirkus Scott was
established in 1937.
of the main attractions at the International Clown Festival from 5 August to 18 August at
the amusement park Bakken 10 miles north of Copenhagen
is Alfredo, Oreste and Vittorio Rastellis of
the world famous Italian Rastellis clown troupe. Rastellis has through generations
developed their own original tragic-comical world class clown act. Benny Schumann producer of the festival says that
78 old Alfredo and his sons Oreste and Vittorio Rastellis are looking forward to their
visit to Copenhagen
and the International Clown Festival.
Rastelli was born in 1924 as son of Oreste Rastelli
who in the 1930's toured together with his wife Lina,
Brazilian Aristide Alyes Ferreira (often called
Mr. Chocolate) and the white face clown Antonio Poletto. They presented two acts: a
trampoline act called "Four Rastellis" (sometimes with 5 performers and then
called 5 Rastellis). As clowns the performed under the names "Chokolade Boys",
"Chocolate comp" or "Chocolate and Company."
first visit to Denmark
was in 1949, where he together with papa Oreste, Alves and Antonio performed at Circus
Schumann in the CopenhagenCircusBuilding.
Alfredo had a separate act presented as Alfredo the Italian music phenomena. Alfredo plays
22 instruments and can play at two trumpets at the same time. Rastellis was back in the CopenhagenCircusBuilding
in 1954. Rasteillis toured for several years with Holiday
on Ice. In2000 Alfredo Rastellis was awarded
the jury's special price at the Circus Festival
in Monte Carlo.
from Rastellis the performers at the clown festival will be Cube Trio, Florin
and Cato (clown and dog), Patricia Schumann
(Benny's daughter), Peter Bagger and Benny Schumann.
by Oscar Knudsen from 1949 mentioning Rastellis both as Chocolate-Boys and as 5 Rastellis.
Poster copied from the book Circus Posters by Anders Enevig (Borgen publisher Copenhagen
2001). The book has several other prints of posters by Oscar Knudsen and Erik Stockmarr.
The book has summary in English, German, French and Spanish and is thus also of interest
Damsgaard Nielsen is
writing on a book on the Danish Circus Arena.
Leif and circus owner Benny Berdino hopes to
have the book ready for publishing in connection with Circus Arenas opening day in 2003.
Circus Arena is for the time being the largest circus in Denmark.
Youth Circus Flik-Flak from Odense
has visited Iceland.
More that 8,000 spectators saw one of their 10 performances. Certainly not bad for a
circus with kids as performers!
July Circus Arena was visiting
Karrebaeksminde. The circus lot is placed on the small island Eno and unfortunately the
bridge from Zealand
to Eno could not bear the weight of the trucks with the elephants. Thus Sonny Frankello's
elephants has to walk across the bridge.
Frankello's elephants crossing the bridge to the circus lot at Karrebaeksminde. (Photo:
Christian Warrer/Circus Arena)
elephant passes away.Tuffi
one of Diana Rhodin's African elephants died in
2 July due to a disease of the stomach. Tuffi was 22 years old. This season Diana Rhodin
is touring Denmark
with Circus Benneweis presenting elephants and
liberty horses. In 2000 she toured Denmark
with the same acts with Circus Dannebrog.
Diana Rhodin is daugther 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, cf. photo. - Tuffi took part in the performance in
Circus Benneweis at the start of the 2002 season but had for at while been taken out due
to health problems. For the remaining part of the season Micky will be the only elephant
performing at Circus Benneweis.
Diana Rhodin with Tuffi and Micky in 1985
A lot of young talents. 21 talented young artists
from the acrobats class at the Academy
(sic!) ended their education by presenting a new wave performance called "Fucking
French Curtains 21 and 22 June. They performed on tight wire, in trapeze, with hand stand,
on slack wire, in silk, with juggling and as mine artists. 7 of the youngsters have been
admitted to international circus schools. The artist class at the Academy
is a one-year education.In connection with
the performance the Academy presented a new wave festival. Among the performers were some
of the most successful Danish new wave artist: Lars
Gregersen and Camilla Sarrazin (well, she
actually is from Chile) who for a while have toured Europe with the new wave group False
Majeure and Josephine Randrup and Rasmus Madsen. Josephine and Rasmus performed in
the spring in their double trapeze in the
ABBA-musical Chess at the StockholmCircusBuilding
while Tommy Körberg and Helen Sjöholm were singing "You and I".
to the newspaper Politiken Flemming Ostergaard CEO
of Parken Sport & Entertainment is very upset because Parken's lease of the CopenhagenCircusBuilding
was not prolonged. He has asked the Minister of Internal affairs to look into the matter.
The lease was granted to Swedish Wallmans Salonger
who offered at better rent than Parken.
several years Suzanne and Karsten Berdino (daughter
and son in law of Danish circus owner Benny Berdino of Circus Arena) has been in charge of
daily management of Swedish Circus Skratt.
However in this season Suzanne and Karsten is touring with Circus Arena in Denmark.
Their task in Circus Skratt has been taken over by Jacki
Steckel, assisted by Bent Solberg. Jacki
Steckel owned for 10 years together with his wife Ulla Spinoza Circus Stella Nova that toured in Finland
until 1993. Owner of Circus Skratt is a Swede, Bo Rönnberg, who
rents the circus, tent and all, from Benny Berdino.
and Jess Deleuran,
now touring for their 9th season as circus owners with their tiny Circus Mascot will celebrate their 12˝ years
anniversary (Danes are celebrating a 12˝ years anniversary almost as an 25 years
anniversary) when Circus Mascot in 15 June is visiting Skibby. Congratulations! In the
month of July you can meet Circus Mascot in Sommerland Sjaelland, an amusement park close
to Nykobing Sjaelland.
comedy Cascadeurs Lott & Leslie, who right
now is touring with the small Danish Circus Krone has
from 30 September to 7 December been engaged to a variety theatre performance at Rode Kro
Theatre in Copenhagen.
As in Krone the female partner will also perform with her limbo act under the name Yvonne Miree. Other performers will the foot
stout fellow. The
clown and multi-artist Benny Schumann have
bought a new ventriloquist's dummy named Guttermann ("a stout fellow"). The
photo shows Benny and his Guttermann. (Photo: Benny Schumann).
René Marvin (alias René Moenster) wasn't
too happy with Circus Baldoni's performance at
the beginning of the season in late April. He has now changed his performance - certainly
an improvement. "The audience like it, and so do we" claims René. The
non-animal performance is presented on at stage in a tent wit a seating capacity of 500.
29 May 2002
New Danish website on circuses. Circusfan Kenneth Severinsen has made a homepage presented
as "CIRKUS Skandinavia, A monthly circus internet magazine for CIRCUS FREAKS".
The address is www.cirkusskandinavia.dk. - Kenneth Severinsen has no connection
with the small Circus Skandinavia, which
from the late 1980's until 1995. Circus Skandinavia toured even for a short while in 2000.
in the CopenhagenCircusBuilding.
CEO for Wallman's Entertainment in Malmö (Sweden) and CEO for the coming Wallman's
Saloons in the Copenhagen Circus Building intent once in a while to present international
circus performances in the building. Wallman's is taking over the lease of the building
Wallman's will primary use the building as a variety theatre and dancing restaurant. In
addition to this they intent assisted by Eva
Schumann to open a small exhibition with items from the circuses which have used the
Wallman (owner of Wallman's Entertainment) in front of the CopenhagenCircusBuilding. Photo: Wallmans Nöjen.
tenant in the CopenhagenCircusBuilding.
to several newspapers the City of Copenhagen's committee of cultural affair decided at a
meeting on 23 May to give the lease from 1 January 2003 and 10 years ahead to Swedish
Wallman's Salonger who intent to rebuilt the building to a variety theatre and dancing
restaurant. The present leaseholder Parken Sport & Entertainment (closely connected with the professional soccer
team FCK) is said to be very disappointed.
Nobody considered using the building for a circus!
Hoyer has passed away. The
composer Ole Hoyer who for a number of years was musical director with Circus Schumann in the CopenhagenCircusBuilding
has 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.
August 2002 the Copenhagen International Theatre (KIT) will present 3 new-wave-circuses in
Circus Baobab is called a grand cocktail of
acrobatics, dance and music, where characters from West African comedies are revived in
energy, joy and dance. And explosion of senses for the entire family when the anarchy of
New Circus meets African folklore. The Belgium Clown Duo Okidok (Benoît Devos and Xavier Bouvier) are
called Clowns in new clothing. The duo OkidOK2 has reinterpreted the classic clown in a
poetic, hilarious and warm performance for the entire family that incorporates
Hobbit-country, circus and theatre.And James Thierrée and his Compagnie du Hanneton are
presented this way: They sing, dance, juggle, roll, fly, play the violin and... suddenly
transform into dragons before the very eyes of the audience. Naturally KIT introduces Copenhagen
to the son of Le Cirque Invisible the youngest bud on the Charlie Chaplin
20 May 2002
celebrated their 10 years anniversary on 20
The association is the organisation behind the CopenhagenCircusMuseum,
which opened last autumn.
of the Barly Association in front of the CopenhagenCircusMuseum
(Photo: Lise Kokholm)
who for a number of years were press secretary for several Danish circuses has 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.
Ebba Thierry has passed away. The late circus
owner Regnar Thierry's widow Ebba Thierry has 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
Thierry as magician in 1951.
you know that the elephant trainer Sonny Frankello who
this season is touring with Circus Arena started
his career at the age of 8 as a clown with a pony? He is the 6th generation
from a German artiste family working in the circus-business and the 4th
generation performing with elephants. At the age of 14 he performed for the first time
with an Indian elephant of his father's together with a little pony. A few years later, as
the elephant grew bigger, Sonny presented an act called "Tarzan and Sahib". With
this act he toured with Circus Dannebrog in
1981. In 1988, Sonny performed for the first time with two elephants at Circus Benneweis in the CopenhagenCircusBuilding.
Sonny is today presenting an excellent act with 4 African elephants treating the bulls in
a friendly and caring way.
magician Heinz Saxburger has written a book
called "Verden rundt med flagrende kjoleskoeder" (Around the world in a
fluttering frock coat). The publication will be celebrated in Circus Arena in Aarhus
on 22 May at 14.00.
before season opening one of the camels in Circus
Dannebrog foaled. And recently another of the camels got a foal. Bernhard "Casselly" Kaselowsky
presents the camels. Before re-establishing the Enoch family's circus Dannebrog in 1977
(the first Circus Dannebrog closed in 1928) circus owner Haddy Enoch and his wife Solvej performed all
with a fine bike act called The Haddies. The act was taken over by their son Dennie Enoch and his wife. The later years Dennie
and his son Jimmy Enoch have presented the act.
This year 4 other family members have joined the act: Isabella Enoch, Katja Enoch and Isabella's two sons 11 year old Edward and 9 year old David.
"Casselly" Kaselowsky with camels (Photo: Circus Dannebrog)
Danish arial acrobats in Chess. For the time
being you can see the ABBA-musical Chess at the StockholmCircusBuilding.
(The building is sadly enough not any longer used for circus purposes). Johan Vinberg of the SwedishCircusAcademy
has told me that the Danish trapeze artists Josephine
Randrup and Rasmus Madsen take part in the
performance. When Tommy Körberg and Helen Sjöholm sing "You and I" Josephine
and Rasmus is performing in their trapeze over the singers' heads. The stage manager Lars
Rudolfsson is also stage manager for Swedish New wave Circus Cirkör and former stage
manager for Swedish Circus Brazil Jack (The Trolle Rhodin family's circus). That's how
circus acrobats came into the performance.
Madsen and Josephine Randrup in their double trapeze act (Photo from the Nova Exit
As in 2001 the Danish Musicians Union has banned the use of polish circus musicians in
Danish circuses. This has however not created any jobs for Danish musicians. Circus Arena and Circus Benneweis has English musicians (4 piece
bands: organ, bass, drums and saxophone). Circus
Dannebrog , Circus Arli, Circus Baldoni and Circus
Mascot are using taped music. Tiny Circus Krone
has live music (plays by members of the owners family) backed up by taped music.
in most Danish circuses Circus Baldoni is using taped music
Accident in the Globe of Death. 25 April an
accident happened during Circus Arena's performance in Odense:
the 3 Dioris had a collision and the drivers
and their motorbikes fall to the bottom of the globe. One of the bikers Alfredo Silva was taken to the hospital.
Fortunately, he was not seriously hurt and was back in the performance the next day.
while ago Benny Schumann told me that he had
engaged the world famous Italian Rastellis clowns for the International Clown Festival at Bakken (north of Copenhagen)
in August. Apart from Rastellis the performers will be Cube Trio, Florin and Cato (clown and dog), Patricia Schumann (Benny's daughter), Peter Bagger and Benny Schumann.
festival will run from 5 to 18
discussions about a new lease-holder for the Copenhagen
Circus Building from 2003 and 10 years ahead continue.The City of Copenhagen
owns the building. Swedish Hasse Wallmann want
to use the building for "Las
shows" with dining, entertainment and dancing. The present leaseholder Parken Sport
& Entertainment (closely connected with
the professional soccer team FCK) want to run
the same business as the later years: to rent the building out to various form for
entertainment: musicals, comedians, sport games etc. A decision on new tenant is expected
before midsummer. Benny Schumann, son of the
late circusowner and horsetrainer Albert Schumann is sad to realise that is does not seem
like there will be any chances to see the building used for its true purpose: Circus.
the time the CopenhagenCircusBuilding
was used for its purpose. Drawing from opening night in 1886 when Circus Renz used the
building. (From Carl Muusman: Copenhagen's
Circuslife through 100 years).
a Danish news, but anyhow: Swedish magician Toledo has
told me that Swedish Circus Wictoria was
recently sold by the former owners magicians Birgit and Stig Mosshagento Aake
Skogh, former owner of a Swedish Carnival. Aake Skogh toured his own circus Aake Skogh
in 2000 and part of 2001 apparently without much success. He will from now on tour his
show under the well-established name Circus Wictoria.
and Robert Bronett,
owners of the all-female Swedish Circus Festival The
Circus Princess in Stockholm
and of the Swedish Circus Scott tells that The
Circus Princess will be transmitted in television in more than 70 countries. This year
35,000 spectators saw the show life. The brothers hope to increase this number to 100,000
by 2004 and plans at that time to tour the Circus Princess in other Nordic countries and
later in the rest of the world. - The Bronett Brothers touring show Circus Scott will open their 2002-season in Gävle
(north of the Swedish Capital Stockholm). Scott will end their tour in Copenhagen
from 14 to 17
12 April I mentioned some of the artist performing this season in the small Danish Circus
Charlie: Daria with performing dogs, the
acrobat Tatjana, artist from ScandiBaltiCircusSchooland
the clown Charlie. - Circus owner Einer Trie has told me that Daria is performing
with cats, not dogs. Other artist with Charlie are Pawel
& Darija on roller-skates, Tatjana Saiko
in an arial act and the jugglers Tania , Steff +
3 Baltic Girls .
has bought a new menagerie tent for the 2002 season. It was also their intention to get a
new big top. But it looks like the new big top not will be ready until the 2003-season
Arenas Menagerie tent (Photo Christian Warrer/Circus Arena)
previous years Circus Arena will produce a short circus performance for the Danish
amusement park BonBon-Land in Holme-Olstrup.
The clown Lars Larna will be ringmaster. Among
then performers are the clowns Dudda and Alexandra
and the comedian Mr. Chap. In additions there
will be acrobats and dromedaries.Daily performances at
3 and 5 p.m. from 15 June to 11 August.
the performers with Cirkuuz Baldoni in 2002 is
magician and ventriloquist René Marvin (owner
of Baldoni), 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 from Russia and the comical cascadeurs The 4 Beach Boys.
Marvin) with the lion Leo
has its opening day in Aalborg
on 18 April. Among the performers are Daria
with performing dogs, the acrobat Tatjana, artist from ScandiBaltiCircusSchooland the clown Charlie.
Circus Charlie (photo courtesy of Einar Trie/Circus
writes Freddi Steckel from the Danish comedy
duo Steckel's. Steckel's are this season
touring with Norwegian Circus Merano. "We
have now reached Bergen
and have toured for 1˝ month. Weather has been perfect - even sunshine the 8 days we
stayed in Bergen.
The largest newspaper in Bergen
was pleased with Merano's performance and had a picture of Steckel's in their review. You
can find it at my website. Merano is an well-organised organisation where everything works
perfect. We are enjoying the nice weather, the mountains and the inlets - incredibly
beautiful. " - You can find Steckel's homepage at www.steckels.dk
is the title of an exhibition to open on 6 May at the CopenhagenCircusMuseum.
Well known Danish magician Erik Truxa left
his props to The Barly Collection, Props, posters and photos from Truxa's and Barly's
collection will be on exhibition. - The photos are from the collections.
at Circus Mascots' 2002-performance are: 12
year old Daniel Deleuran (son of the
circusowners Jess and Marianne Deleuran) in a rola rola act. Miss Alice from the
presents an antipodian act (see photo). Miss Odmaa
is contortionist. Don Carlos is Mascots
clown. Trio Dvorak`s from Czech presents ladder
balancing. Marianne Deleuran presents her
poodles and Jess Deleuran his Shetland
ponies. Youngest member of the Deleuran-family is 4 year old Andreas performing with a small goat assisted by
the local "sherif" Svend O.
Alice, Andreas, his goat and Svend O (photo Peder Jensen/Circus Mascot)
Magic in the Circus Building is the title of a
gala performance Sunday 26th May to celebrate Leo Topp's 75th year birthday. Among
the performers are Soeren Oestergaard, Joachim Solberg, Per Pallesen, Michael Deutsch, Flemming Jensen and Soeren Pilmark.
Danish Artist Union has
appointed Nelly Jane Benneweis as member of
board for the CircusCity
in Hvidovre. The CopenhagenCircusMuseum
is placed in the CircusCity.
Furthermore The Danish Artist Union has donated DKK 70,000 to the CircusCity.
The amount has been used to buy an old circus tent.
I did mention that the horses and camels presented by Suzanne and Karsten Berdino in this years
performance in Circus Arena (owned by Suzanne's father Benny Berdino) was rented from
Herbert Bengtsson from the Swedish Circus Olympia. Martin
Arli from Circus Arli has corrected me. The camels is owned and trained by Herbert
Bengtsson. But the horses is owned and trained by Suzanne Berdino herself.
of Suzanne Berdino's palomino horses
the new stable tent. (Photo: Circus Arena / Christian Warrer )
have called their 2002 performance for Festival in
St Petersburg. Among the performers are Anna
& Katharina (hoola hoop), the Moskova
twins (tight wire), 4 Moskovi (rola rola)
and Kalin & Mario (jugglers). Both
Moskovas/Moskovi and Kalin & Mario toured with Arli in 1993. Furthermore Duo Arli (Martin Arli and his wife Bettina,
circusowner Soren Arli's son and daughter in love) will perform with knife throwing and Alexander Arli (grandson to Soren Arli) with a
number called "Work in Progress". In addition there will be funny clowns (I am
sure it will be Martin, Bettina and Alexander Arli), magicians, trapeze acrobats and
Berdino's 8n years old daughters Charmaine and Stephanie had
their début in the ring in Circus Arena today
riding high school together with their mother. Their father Karsten Berdino (circus owner
Benny Berdino's son in law) presented camels. Both horses and camels are rented from Herbert Bengtsson from the Swedish Circus Olympia.
webmaster Peder Jensen have told me that circus owner Jess Deleurans youngest son Andreas, 5 years old, will have his début in the
ring this year presenting a llama and a small goat. Season opening
for Circus Mascot is on 4 April.
their opening day on 21 March. The performers in this season's program are Bernhard Kasselowsky with the Casselly's elephants
and camels. Gavin Stevens presents parrots on
slack wire and house cats. Miss Silva is a
foot juggler (antipodian act). Bogatyrov's
presents 16 Russian dogs. 13 year old Leonora
is a contortionist. The 3 Mariani's from Portugal
are in charge of clowning. The Moisseeva-troupe
performs on Russian bar and as jugglers. Several members of the Enoch family are to be
seen: Isabella Enoch in tissue, Katja Enoch with magic, music and tap dancing, Dennie and Jimmy Enoch as the bike artist The
Haddies. Circus owner Haddy Enoch present
liberty horses. His eldest daughter Agnete Louise
Enoch is a previous years ringmistres. The performance
is backed by taped music.
opens the 2002 season on 19 April. Tivoli
is as always presenting some fine acrobats and other circus artistes on the Open Air
Stage. From 20 April to 9 June: The Seguras (Spain)
(Partner equlibristic) and Roger & André (Sweden)
(Unicycling/Cycling). From 10 June to 14 July: Mr. KAI (Switzerland)
(Ceiling Walker), Monastyrsky (Russia)
(Magical transformation) and Claudius (Tempo-juggler). From 15 July to 25 August: Mr. KAI
(Ceiling Walker), Curatola Bros. (Italy)
(Hand voltige) and Les Sandros (Rola Rola Balance). And from 26 August to season closening
on 22 September: Les Rados (Tempo juggler) and Les Sandros (Rola Rola Balance). Daily
performances except for Fridays.
From a performace at The Open Air Stage in Tivoli
the Swedish circus festival Circus Prinsessan
(the circus princess) Hungarian handstand acrobat Eva
Nereus won the price as Circus Princess of the World 2002. Other prices went to
Russian arial artists Maria Sergeevna Mamintchenko
and Oxana Yurjevna Veprintseva , to Russian Andreeva Maria Aleksandrovna and to Canadian Ganna Maximova.
a number of years I have every spring send a short review of the previous circus season in
to some friends in the English-speaking part of the world. Click here to read The circus year in review 2001 - Denmark.
Kim Benneweis as truck driver. Neither Kim Benneweis nor Miller Benneweis is touring with Circus Arena in
season 2002. The two brothers have toured with Arena the last 4-5 seasons presenting
elephants (Kim) and horses (Miller). According to the weekly magazine Se og Hoer Kim
Benneweis has decided at least for the time being to stop working in circuses because it
is to difficult for his and his wife Kirsten's 5 children to combine circus life with
school.Kim is now working as long distance
driver. His brother Miller has not yet found a job outside the circus world. - Until 1995
the two Benneweis brothers worked for Circus Benneweis, owned by their cousin Diana
Benneweis. The left Benneweis after season 1995 after some disagreements with Diana.
published its 2002 programme. Opening day will be on 4 April in Hillerod (25 miles north
Biasinis will present a comical dog act. Clown Chico and Tony Alexia & Family are in charge of
clowning. Diana Rhodin presents liberty horses
and African elephants. She toured with Circus Dannebrog in 2000. Duo Kalade perform in vertical rope. Duo Passion presents an arial act. Juggler Kris Kremo is known as an outstanding hat and
cigar box juggler. He performed at the outdoors-open stage in Copenhagen's
in 1992, 1993 and 1999. Marina Osinskaya performs
at high wire. Seven Priz presents a comical
teeterboard act. Willer Nicolodi is a
ventriloquist. And Yelena Larkina should be
an outstanding hula hop dancer.
pick-pocket artist Kenny Quinn and his partner
Joan who performed with circus Arena in 1999 will tour with Austrian Circus Elfi
Althoff-Jacobi in the coming season. In November 2002 the couple will perform at the
Star-Club in Kassel,
In 2003 they will tour with Finnish Circus Finlandia.
Stamps on the theme Circus. On 15
will release two stamps on the theme of "The Circus". These two stamps
constitute the 2002 Europe
issue. The motifs were found via a children's drawing competition organised by Post Denmark
in the nation's schools. The winning designs were chosen from among the approximately
12,000 entries. The stamps will be printed in offset.
Clown Festival in Svendborg (Isle of Funen). From
30 May to 2
a clown festival will for the fourth year in row be held in Svendborg. Apart from Danish
clown you can meet clowns from New
Polen and Belgum. The Danish Clown Association arranges the festival.
wave circus. In
a press release KIT (Copenhagen's
International Theatre) announce that they will present some brand new new wave circuses in
in July 2002. During the last 10 years KIT has presented a number of new wave circuses to
the audience in Copenhagen:
Le Cirque Invisible, Les Arts Sauts, Archaos, Zingaro, Circus Oz, Cirque O, Que-Cir-Que
and many others. The names of new wave shows to visit Copenhagen
in 2002 are not yet published.
has told me that he has engaged the musical clowns Alfredo,
Oreste and Vittorio Rastellis for The
International Clown Festival from 5 to 18
at Bakken north of Copenhagen.
Rastellis has through generations developed
their own original tragic-comical world class clown act. 78 old Alfredo and his sons
Oreste and Vittorio Rastellis are looking forward to their visit to Copenhagen
and the International Clown Festival. Presently Rastellis are performing witt Circus Krone
15 February I received the sad message that my friend for many years Al House, Oakland,
had passed away after a long fight against cancer. Al was former president of Circus Fans
Association and was for several years together with his wife Maxine visitor to the circus
festivals in Monte
I met Al and Maxine first time in Copenhagen
in 1971 and Al had been a truly great friend ever since.
have received a number of inquiries regarding Kim
and Miller Benneweis. The two brothers have toured with Arena the last 4-5 seasons,
presenting elephants (Kim) and horses (Miller). But they are not listed as performers for
Arenas 2002-performance. Only comment from Arena is that the two brothers did not want to
tour with Arena this season.
owners Rene Monster toured with his Cirkusteatret (The Circus Theatre) from 1998 to 2001.
In 2002 he will call his outfit Cirkuuz Baldoni. René
calls Cirkuuz Baldoni the newest and the only old-fashioned circus in Denmark.
Opening day will be on 23 April in Roskilde.
Before the end of season in late September Cirkuuz Baldoni will visit 122 cities in Denmark.
Danish Comedy Cascadeurs Steckel's (Freddi
Steckel andLine Vittrup) will from March to
September 2002 tour with the Norwegian Circus
has published its 2002 programme. Opening day will be on 26 March at Bellahoj in Copenhagen.
Argentinian Devils presents a gaucho-act. The
troupe was also with Arena in 1997. 3 young guys from The Diori Troupe perform in their Globe of Death. Duo Camades is tight wire performers. Sonny Frankello is in charge of the African
elephants. He was with Benneweis in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and before that some seasons with
circus Dannebrog. Ravelinos presents a
classical clown act. Elane Panova presents her
trapeze act. Black Warriors are tumblers from Kenya.
Robert Berousek speciality is ladder balancing.
He was last time with Arena in 1994. Bonbon and
Tiina are as last year fun-makers. Suzanne
Berdino (daughter of circus owner Benny Berdino) presents liberty horses, high school
and trained camels. - Neither Kim Benneweis
nor Miller Benneweis is listed on the
programme. Kim has been with Arena since 1997 and Miller since 1998.
XXVI International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo took
place from 17 to 24 January. A golden clown was granted toLOS QUIROS and THE
GUANGDONG TROUPE (Pas de deux Acrobats from China).
Silver clowns went to THE PYONG-YANG TROUPE
(Springboard/Russian-Swing Acrobatic/ Russian-Bar Acrobatic from D.P.R. of Korea),
PICASO JR. (Ping-Pong Ball/Plate Juggling from Spain).
The bronze clowns went to THE CIRNEANU PLATINIUM
TROUPE (Horizontal-Bar from Romania),
TRIO MUNOZ (Musical/Entrée Clowns from
Portugal/France/Colombia) and THE FLYING PAGES
(Flying Trapeze from USA).
Some of the winners have earlier visited Denmark.
The Guandong troupe performed in Copenhagen
in 1998. Picaso JR was with Swedish Circus Scott in 2001. And Trio Munos toured with
Circus Benneweis in 1988 and Circus Arena in 1995.
Danish Circus Krone (no connections to the
large German circus) will from 5 to 13 February present winter circus mainly for kids at
Gellerupscenen (The Gellerup Stage) close to Aarhus
Benny Schumann will from 11 to 16 February
perform with his Mini Circus at the West Zealand Shopping Mall in Slagelse. And circus Mascot will from 11 to 16 February perform
at shopping malls in Herning and Randers.
clown Benny Schumann with his ponies
what a Circus!
The discussions about a new lease-holder for the Copenhagen
Circus Building from 2003 and 5 or 10 years ahead continues.A majority in the City of Copenhagen's
committee of cultural affair was at a meeting in December in favour of giving the lease to
Swedish Wallman's Salonger who intent to rebuilt the building to a variety theatre. The
present leaseholder Parken Sport & Entertainment (closely connected with the professional soccer
team FCK) claimed that Wallman's offer did
not fulfil the requirements in the invitation to tender. Wallman's replied that Parken's
present lease was surprisingly cheap and in reality might be an unlawful support from the
City of Copenhagen
to the FCK soccer team. Wallman's offered a much higher rent and invited a number of
politicians from the Copenhagen
municipal council on a nice trip to Oslo
to se one of their show restaurants. On 24
council decided "to start on a fresh" and to send out a new invitation for offers
from possible leaseholders.
circus historian Jorgen Lorenzen's film on
clowns is now ready. It is named between tears and
laughter - a film on the circus clown. The film runs for 20 minutes. Jorgen hopes to
sell the film to the Danish Television. Amongst the clowns portrayed in the film is Josef Dubsky who retired after season 2000.
Josef Dubsky. The
photo in "civil" is from Jorgen Lorenzen's collection.
Producer Michael Frederiksen tells that the performers at his shows on 12 and 13
will be the dean of Danish Magicians Paul Arland,
Klaus Mulbjerg, Martin Brock, Hans Ulrik and Michael Frederiksen himself.
An enthusiastic audience saw the magician performance called Magic after Nine 3 October
2001 in Copenhagen.
The producer Danish magician Michael Frederiksen has decided to present a new show with
the same name 12 and 13 March 2002 at ABC in Copenhagen.
You can mail Michael Frederiksen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want further
lease-holder for the CopenhagenCircusBuilding.
majority in the City of Copenhagen's committee of cultural affair was at a meeting in
December in favour of giving the lease to Swedish Wallman's Salonger who intent to use the
building as a variety theatre. A decision was expected to be taken by the municipal
council on 17
But the item has been taken of the agenda and will now be discussed in the council on 24
special exhibition at the Copenhagen Circus Museum
of posters by Erik Stockmar and Oscar Knudsen has been prolonged until 19
The next special exhibition at the museum will be an exhibition on magical acts.
Eli Benneweis' Cabriolet 1939. Did you know that
the late circus owner Eli Benneweis was fond of large cars and that he once had a car
which former belonged to the late Danish king Frederik IX? King Frederik had received the
car as a gift from General Motors when he opened the World Fair in Chicago
in 1939. Some weeks ago a journalist asked me if I had a photo of the car. The photo
showed beyond is from the collection of the CopenhagenCircusMuseum.
6 January 2002
previous years Circus Arena will tour an indoor
circus in January and February. The show will visit 7 cities in Jutland.
Performers in the 2002 indoor circus will be The
Jindrich Four (jugglers), Lars Larna (clown
with balloons), Faltinnis (wild west act), Mister Chap (comedian), Ingo Stiebner (sea lions), Vary Balazs (BMX bike), Slinky (acrobat in tubes), dromedaries. - Name of
performers for Arena's summer season is not yet available. The summer season will open at
Bellahoj in Copenhagen
Circusspectacle fantastica, por favor! promises the artist group Yksi Kaksi when advertising their performance to
run from 11 January to 20 January at the address "Under Dybbolsbro",
Ingerslevgade 101-103 at
No entry charge. Performing artist are two girls from NovaExit: Arendse and Mille.
son of circus owners Jess and Marianne Deleuran from Circus Mascot, will in the coming season perform
with a rola-rola act. Edvart fom Duo Binka trained him during the 2001 season. Daniel is
12 years old.
Deleuran. Photo: Peder Jensen (Mascot's webmaster)
website had 9,413 hits in 2001. Hits through deep-links is not registered.
of the 2002 tented season for the largest of the Danish circuses Circus Arena will be in
on 26 March. Arena will stay in Copenhagen
until 21 April.