Older Circus news from Denmark 2018
29 April 2018
A queue in front of a circus is a sight, every circus friend and circus director love to see! The large German Zirkus Charles Knie was from 28 April to 1 May in Flensburg. For the afternoon performance on April 28th there were 1,000 spectators in the tent which seats 1,350 guests. When the afternoon show ended at 18:30 a lot of people stood in long queues to enter the evening performance at 19:30 for which there according to the director was sold around 1,000 tickets. On the picture to the left the author and circus connoisseur Jørgen Lorenzen, who visited circus together with 24 other Danish circus friends. The visit was arranged by Briano's circus tours.
Brian "Briano" Behrendt (back row to the left) and part of his group. In the middle of the group, Charles Knie director Sascha Melnjak. In front of him Agnete Louise Enoch is seen together with Heidi Messoudi (mother of the Messoudi brothers). Photo: Glenn Sthyr Jonassen
The visit, among other things, gave the group and the many other Danes who went to Flensburg the opportunity to see an act with lions and tigers. Something which has been banned in Denmark since 1963. But Danes are still allowed seeing such acts south of the border. The Danish ban was due to a few unfortunate episodes. Set through today's glasses the cages which circus lions and tigers had at that time was also quite small. Just as they cages the predators at that time had in zoos. Today, lions and tigers in circuses and zoos have much better conditions. The photo above shows the large outdoor cage in Zirkus Charles Knie.
27 April 2018
In Norway, politicians appreciate the circus! The foreword in Cirkus Arnardo's 2018 program is written by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who thanks circus for the efforts they make every year and for the joy they spread
27 April 2018
Circus Trapez 2018. Rud Kofoed has seen this year's performance, which he gives 4 out of 6 possible stars. He writes (my translation):
NATHALIE IS THE NEW YOUNG STAR IN CIRCUS TRAPEZ - Cousin and Cousin Party with great success in Circus Trapez with a young, energetic performance with many animals.
Nathalie Enoch. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Circus Trapez surprises and underscores its raison d’ètre with a close, animated, young and very entertaining performance. If you had somewhat shady expectations after last season's accidents with defection, problems with animal welfare activists and negative reviews you became ashamed when you saw the brand new performance in Vamdrup.
The 250th anniversary pervaded the performance which offered both elements of street circus, but also was also high up in the air and with nice animal acts.
The Circus Trapez Troup gives all that they have ... in good old-fashioned style to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Philip Astley's invention of circus. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Isabella and her spouse Bernard Kaselowsky started Circus Trapez on terms of the animals. Now it's also with some members of the family as backers: Isabella's youngest son, David Sosman, is a full-time artist after his university education and graduation from an Italian circus school. He is both a gifted ringmaster and an excellent juggler, better than we - and for that matter the Pope - have ever seen him before. His agile look is emphasized by the fact that he – hey presto! - has lost more than 25 kg in weight following a targeted diet.
David Sosman - Isabella Enoch's youngest son - has for two years been studying in Italy attending both an international high school and the recognized circus school Accademia d'Arte Circense. This is where he has been trained as juggler and created the entrée for which has won several awards around Europe. In parallel with the juggler career, he has taken a university degree in Political Science and History at The University of Glasgow and Sciences Po Paris. In the summer last year he graduated and was able to spend full time on the circus career. That's what he's doing now - with his juggling entrée which he has presented for amongst others the Pope in the Vatican, at a circus festival in China and Budapest, Cirque d'Hiver in Paris and several other circuses in France. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
David Sosman's "trick" with the two end pieces on his otherwise open juggling entrée is now so well-developed that it can have success in the international league - and has also have had it, including at the circus festival in Budapest.
The elegant David presents a new Enoch star in spe, namely his cousin, the foot juggler Nathalie Enoch, daughter of Katja Enoch and granddaughter of Circus Dannebrog's Solveig and Haddy Enoch. But she is also granddaughter of the German circus artist Willi Fröchte. In his time he handed over his foot jugling entrée to his son. He is Nathalie's father, and it's him who has trained his daughter up to what she can today - and it's not so bad. We will certainly see more to her in the future.
Nathalie Enoch's main act is her foot juggling entrée. This is primarily what she is trained for - and you can clearly see it. It's a beautiful and convincing entrée she has. While attending her secondary school education she has spent all the holidays and days off in circus. She is not just granddaughter of two circus families, but is so hooked by circus as a job as artist is on top of her 'job application' list. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
All the holidays and breaks she had during her youth education has been used for circus performance, so when she got her high-school certificate last summer she only had one wish for a job: Circus. In addition to her main entrée she presents goats, ride on back of Kaselowsky’s 37-year-old elephant Ramboline, dances and is almost during the entire performance in the ring as member of the Trapez Troupe. She is a pleasure to watch.
Portuguese Erica Chaves, 22, makes a beautiful aerial act in tissue. She is a flying, fresh mermaid.
Her big brother is almost also flying, but on a motorbike. Kevin Chaves, 35, is a skilled rola bola artist, but it is unusual that the performance takes place on a motor bike. It's smart, nice and compassionate in its dynamics.
Portuguese rola bola on motorcycle - Kevin Chaves has found a new way to present rola bola on. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Alt thanks to the Chaves family's father, Angelo Chaves. He does not retains himself in any way, but effectively fills up as a run-in clown with a broad-spectrum of gags that triggers lots of high five recognition from the audience.
The Portuguese run-in clown Angelo Chaves has both his son and daughter in the ring. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
From Finland comes another young coming star, the just 19-year-old Amanda Juliet Attwood, who finished at a Finnish circus school a year ago. She is a handstand acrobat who can take the breath away from most people with her talent for bending. There is a future for Amanda.
The Finnish handstand acrobat Amanda Juliet Attwood is only 19 but a clear talent. Amanda graduated from a circus school a year ago and has since been touring with the Finnish rock band Teflon Brothers and also performed her act during the London Fashion Week. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Mathilde Gormsen from Fredericia is David's singing co ringmistress - and she is very good at it. She was last year with Trapez in the second half of the season after Judy Glosted quit. She did it so well that she was booked for the entire 2018 season - again together with the house orchestra, the Tino Aeby Band, an animated and effective circus trio which can play anything from reef, rap and Charleston to New Orleans.
Circus director Bernhard Kaselowsky seems to experience his second youth together with Nathalie and Ramboline. But he also close the performance with his Frisian horses in an dressage dedicated to the 250-year-old jubilee Philip Astley for whom the horse was the most important ‘artists’ in the circus.
25 April 2018
Danish Circus Krone opens the season in Silkeborg on May 18th, Friday before Pentecost. The owner Frank Thierry writes (my translation): In the ring this year you will meet Lithuanian Kasparas Bujanauskas who we have managed to book for our small circus. He won Lithuania Got Talent in 2017 with his remarkable speedy juggling entrée.
Sofia Popi Speratti from France will present impressive handstand balance and hula hoop.
Of course, Irene Thierry and the clown Alando will also be found in the ring.
Come and see a strengthened Circus Krone when we start the season on May 18, 2018.
Click here to see Kasparas Bujanauskas entrée at the Lithuanian talent show.
24 April 2018
World Circus Day 2018. On 21 April, Danish Circus Friends Association celebrated for the 9th year in row the World Circus Day in collaboration with the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, and Circus Baldoni. There were a lot of happy children for circus fun in Circus Baldoni’s ring, an exciting lecture with Irene Thierry and a fun and entertaining performance, enjoyed by both children and adults, with Irene and her spouse the clown Allando (sometimes spelled Alando). As well as a successful gala performance in Circus Baldoni.
Many had found their way to the Auditorium, where Irene Thierry told about her life. All photos from the day: Ole Simonsen
The clown Allando captured the audience in the Fencing Hall. Click here to see more photos as well as video clips, shot by Per "Mr. Sputnik "Krogh Petersen.
Among the performers in Circus Baldoni was the magician Kim Kenneth, who after many successful seasons abroad has taken a season with his old friend René Mønster Baldoni
Kim Kenneth's famous signature trick in which he drives a motorcycle through the cage with his chained girlfriend Jessica
In Esbjerg the day was celebrated in collaboration between Danish Circus Friends Association and Circus Trapez. Saturday morning about 70 children and parents saw the animals being trained and were allowed to try their luck as artists in the ring. The gala performance at 15 was opened by the circus connoisseur Finn Stendevad from Danish Circus Friends Association telling a little about the association and circuses for 250 year.
24 April 2018
COMEDY MAGIC at CAFÉ VON HATTEN, CITY OF RANDERS, DENMARK.
Magic entertainers and stand-up comedians:
CHRISTIAN DE WILDE, silk magic
FREDERIK LUND, liquid magic
PETER ANDREAS LAURSEN, mindreading.
CHRISTIAN DE WILDE, the classic egg bag
EMIL ROSENDAL, Russian roulette, using stapling machines
JIMMI LAURIDSEN, stand up comedy talk
MORTENN CHRISTENSEN, juggling chewing gum /!/, knives and performing sword swallowing
All in all, an excellent combination of magic entertainment and comedy talk, and - maybe - a beginning of the revival of the entertainment from THE GOOD OLD DAYS - that certainly would be appreciated by large audiences!!
A little note: CHRISTIAN DE WILDE was elegantly dressed as a showman should always be - the rest of the crew would be well advised to adopt his good example!
RESPECT for the audience!!!
Danish author and circus connoisseur JØRGEN LORENZEN wrote the text, of which ZARRO ZARRO, Paris, formerly stage magician and now journalist, conceived the write up as per above.
21 April 2018
New chairman and new treasurer in Danish Circus Friends Association
Following the annual meeting in the Danish Circus Friends Association the Board of Directors elected a new chairman and a new treasurer:
New chairman is Kim Thanning Olsen, Slagelse. Kim has been the treasurer of the association since 2011.
New treasurer is Søren Kastoft, Ringkøbing.
To the left: Kim Thanning Olsen. To the right: Søren Kastoft
In connection with the annual meeting, Danish Circus Friends Association appointed the former artist, theatre director and local politician Charley Kaye as honorary member of the association. It was Charley Kaye's long-term prompter from the Red Inn Theatre Bente Puggaard-Müller, who on behalf of the Danish Circus Friends attached the small silver medal, which is the visible proof of the honorary membership, on Charley's chest.
20 April 2018
Zirkus Nemo 2018. Zirkus Nemo is a combination of a circus and a comedy show owned by Danish actor and comedian Soren Ostergaard. In the later year’s Zirkus Nemo have been very successful with their “circus for adults”-concept. Apart from the comedy part of the show, this year with Soren Ostergaard and Laura Kvist Poulsen, you will meet some very good artists in the show. I quote from a review by Rud Kofoed, who gave the performance 5 out of 6 possible stars (my translation):
One of Soren Ostergaard’s own comedy characters: the smash man with his new killer dog. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
In the midst of the presentation of all Soren Ostergaard’s creepy characters, we are rewarded with some of the artists best ever seen in Zirkus Nemo. We have said something like this 19 times earlier, but have to do it again, for the aesthetic and quality is that high that you hardly find it possible in a zirkus with room for slightly less than 600 visitors. It's a Nemo specialty to have such a high artistic level. And this alone is a good reason for visiting them, even if you don’t understand Soren Ostergaard’s Danish spoken sketches.
After seeing the Russian podge Konstantin Mouraviev rolling around in the ring and holding 4,000 visitors in the palm of his hand at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival, one would foresee that the act couldn’t be fit into a Nemo performance. But it is possible. The little 'Fat Man' Russians are exciting in his struggle to become fitness-trimmed with a waistline that most of us would not dare to dream about. Mouraviev's enthusiastic German wheel runs straight to the edge of the stage.
Konstantin Mouraviev has been in Denmark before, but never as present as here! Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Duo Solys proves that body and love can go up in a higher artistic whole. During a trip to New Caledonia, Cuban Hector Yzquierdo, in the midst of his complicated handstand act caught eye contact with a beautiful girl from the audience. He was struggling to concentrate, but managed to complete the performance.
When he after his act looked for the girl she was gone - until he left the lot. She waited at the exit. Shortly after, Tatanias left her family and her office job and became a world-renowned circus artist. Today, the couple is married and has got a lot of awards at festivals etc. I’ll bet! They are an acrobatic enjoyment.
Love makes strong. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Against all that 'slow' sensuality, Mario Berousek is the world's fastest juggler. He is double-listed in the Guinness record, but also at the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival, where he won the Bronze clown last year. Since 1756, his Czech circus family has allegedly lived as artists. Mario learned the speed juggling during his upbringing, where his father gave him four to five hours of instruction daily. There is only to say that it has worked. He's outstanding.
It's so fast that you cannot distinguish the clubs from each other. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The thought of meeting yet another beautiful young hopeful hula hoop artist may well give one a little tired feeling. That's how I felt when I heard about Geraldine Philadelphia. But I was wrong. I have rarely - if ever - seen a more fast-paced and perfect hula hoop act. It is so amazingly beautiful and perfect that you clearly recognizes her upbringing as the German 10th generation circus child - and juggler. The now 22-year-old Geraldine is by far the youngest artist in Nemo to date. She has developed her very own style that fully justifies it.
German Geraldine Philadelphia, 22, is the youngest artist ever in Zirkus Nemo. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Well, and so a bit of puppet theater, one could think. Error again! Well, the Cabaret Décadanse is a matter of taste, but it's true to virtue not for kids. It is a volcanic eruption of a sense bombardment with masks and big bands music - a kind of spiritual savage dance.
Behind Cabaret Décadanse is the Canadian couple André-Anne Leblanc and Colin Cyr Duhamel who literally make their wildly entertaining performance served with a cocktail of decadence, humor and sex appeal. It started as a street theater in Montreal in 1999. Well it's here. It is overwhelming.
Cabaret Décadanse is a special and impressive experience in the best Tina Turner style. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press. Click here to see more photos from the premiere show on 18 April.
16 April 2018
The small Swedish Circus Rhodin, who currently tours in Scania in the southern part of Sweden, has ponies, dogs and parrots in this year's performance. The parrots are presented by Benjamin and the dogs by Mr. Golfy, who Danes might remember from Danish Circus Krone 2012. Diana Rhodin calls her circus for "Sweden’s most cheerful cicus – circus as when grandfather was young” and writes that "Circus Rhodin this year celebrates 5 years in the small format."
13 April 2018
World Circus Day in Denmark and Sweden. Held on the third Saturday each April, World Circus Day is a special day to celebrate Circus Arts and Culture.
The 9th World Circus Day will be held on 21 April 2018.
This is the biggest common international feast of the circus communities around the Globe.
Celebration in Denmark
Organizers: Danish Circus Friends Association in cooperation with Circus Baldoni and the Circus Museum at Hvidovre, Copenhagen.
Free admission to the Circus Museum, circus fun in Circus Baldoni's ring (free admission), children show at 1 p.m. (free admission) and gala performance at 2 p.m. in Circus Baldoni (reduced ticket price)
21 April 2018 from 10 - 15
The Circus Museum at Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Hovedporten 6, Avedørelejren, Hvidovre. From central Copenhagen you can take Bus 1A to Avedørelejren right in front of the museum.
Organizer: Circus Trapez
The day will be celebrated with free training for children the morning of World Circus Day. The children who learned some circus skills, will be invited to perform as special guest in that afternoon’s show or in the performances Sunday. Before the performance Saturday at 15 there will be a lecture of the circus history by the circus connoisseur Finn Stenderup. Furthermore there will be competitions for circus tickets and merchandise. When?
21 April 2018 from 10 to 17
Gryden at Gl. Vardevej
Celebration in Sweden
Organizer: The Swedish Circus Academy
Open house at Circus Museum, show in small circus tent, lecture, magic, acrobatics and music!
21 April 2018 from 10.00 - 15.00
The Swedish Circus Museum, The Old School, Ingesträde (20 km north of Helsingborg)
Organizer: Circus Brazil Jack
We celebrate 250 of circus in Karlstad with a mini show open air show, open doors for looking the practice and listen about circus history ,lottery where you can win tickets for the shows in Karlstad
21 April 2018 - 22 April 2018 from 13:00 to18:00
Karlstad Norra Fältet
7 April 2018
The small Swedish Circus Rhodin is currently playing in Scania in the southern part of Sweden. They use once again the tents they bought from Danish Circus Arli a few years ago. Circus Rhodin is owned by Diana Rhodin. She is the sister of Trolle Rhodin JR. from Circus Brazil Jack. In 2000 she worked for Danish Cirkus Dannebrog and in 2002 for Danish Cirkus Benneweis presenting high school riding, liberty horses and her two elephants. Both her elephants died a few years ago, and there are therefore no elephants in the performances in Circus Rhodin. - Photo: Martin Lasson Berglund.
4 April 2018
Long live Circus Arli. The visitors to the season opening performance on April 1 at the Mill Hill in the Copenhagen suburb Floeng agreed to this statement after having seen another wonderful Arli performance. By the way this year’s performance is called "Long live the circus."
Circus Arli at the lot next to the Mill Hill. A playground has been established on the lot since last year, so it was not quite easy to make room for Circus Arli. Photos where nothing else is stated: Ole Simonsen
"Long live the circus" was just what Martin Arli was singing as he welcomed the audience after a short slide show about circuses for 250 years had been shown on the tent roof over the stage entrance.
It was biting cold on the premier day. When Alexander Arli welcomed me, he said he was looking forward to feeling his frozen fingers again. The cold fingers were probably the explanation for a few drops in the elegant and cheerful formation juggling entrée with The Arlinis, which opened the performance. Arlinis consists of Alexander Arli and his good friends Francesco Fratellini and Sarah Florees.
The Arlinis. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
It is the third season in row Francesco and his girlfriend are with Arli. Every year with brand new entrées. Circus owner Martin Arli has previously said that 2018 would be the last season for the couple at Arli as they wanted something new. However, when you see the charming couple and Francesco's excellent interaction with Alexander, it would be nice if the Arli family booked them again in 2019! Something Martin Arli has promised to consider.
The next act was a fine act in tissue with Jelena Vasiljeva from Latvia.
Cozy magic with Martin Arli is a “must” in an Arli performance. This year he conjured pigeons out of a saucepan, a painting and a changer bag. The pigeons were placed in a cage on a table. The cage was covered and thrown into the air. And then, both the cage and the pigeons were gone.
Martin and one of his pigeons. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Next, the ‘Snake charmer’ Francesco had a charming entrance with a dangerous ‘snake’.
It is not every year Circus Arli has animals in the performance. They demand high standards both of quality and of animal welfare. Both things are met with Vlad Olander’s elegant number with angora cats. One of the circus world's best acts with cats. He has performed in leading circus worldwide, most recently in the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione's tented circus. The Danes met him most recently in the Jimmy Enoch’s Winter Circus in 2014 and at Circus Benneweis in 2013. He was also with Benneweis in 2009. Swedish circus friends know him from Circus Maximum 2008 and Circus Brazil Jack 2011. He makes regularly made minor changes in his act and you can clearly feel the close relationship between Vlad and his 6 cats.
Vlad Olander and one of his cats. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Last year, we met Alexander and Francesco in a magnificent knockabout table act. This year we meet the in an equally wonderful act in Chinese pole. Normally these kinds of acts are elegant but gave. Alexander and Francesco have chosen to put a lot of comedy into the act, including elements from their knockabout acrobat entrée. Bravo!
Alexander and Francesco. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
There are many hula-hoop acts. Maybe too many. But Jelena from Latvia presented an elegant version where she with the rings spinning round her arms, legs and waist was hoisted up under the circus dome. So she's definitely not "just" another hula-hoop artist. Her act was the first act after the break.
Jelena Vasiljeva. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Then the charmer Francesco again entered the stage, this time with a baby carriage with a screaming baby. It was a lot of fun when the baby could also eat, burp and break a wind, Last but not least the baby - no, you have to visit Circus Arli to see what the baby did!.
Francesco with his pram. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
A good bird in a net is always nice. And so it is in Circus Arli with Sarah Florees in a fishing net. She made elegant acrobatics and ended up using the net as a vertical rope.
The bird Sarah Florees. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
"Do you want to see the clowns?" the elegant ringmistress Bettina Arli asked. And of course, both children and adults wanted to see clowns. This year's entrée was a wonderful mix of the shooting gag and the entrée with Martino and Alexander singing "Out in Charlottenlund ...". This year it was a ghost which disturbed them. Of course with Francesco under the sheet. The act ended with a music entrée. "Oh when the saints" should be renamed "Oh when the clowns" ...
The light is turned on
Dancing with a ghost. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The last act in the performance was a handstand act with the strongly build Sergei Populans, who used a kind of giant penny-farthing as trinky and proved that he was a skilled handstand acrobat.
Sergei Populans. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
In the final, Martino took of the make-up from his face and returned to be Martin before presenting the artists of the year who received well-deserved standing ovation for the wonderful performance. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Of course, Lotte Arli also entered the stage and was honored. In January she turned 80, and Martin and Bettina allowed her to retire. But only if she still take care of her job! Thus, we can still meet Lotte in ticket office. She had invited her half-brother Bille August (famous movie director) and his family to the circus. They looked certainly as they enjoyed the show.
Lotte, Martin and Bettina Arli in the finale. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Former Chairman of the Danish Circus Directors Association Benny Berdino, former director of Danish Circus Krone, Irene Thierry, and current chairman of the Danish Circus Directors Association, Cirkus Arli Director Martin Arli. There was enthusiasm when Irene during the banquet after the premiere presented Martin with Circus Krone’s award for his efforts for the Danish circuses. Very well deserved. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Click here to see a lot of Rud Kofoed's photos from the show.
2 April 2018
The shark in the bath. There was a mistake in my mention February 23th of the Swiss clown André Broger, whom I honored to have invented the entrée with the shark in the bathtub. John Cooper has sent me a link to a 1971 video clip with the Russian clown Andrej Nicolajew ("Nico"), who makes an almost similar entrée with a crocodile. At least 10 years before André had his debut as a clown. Click here to see Nico’s act.
1 April 2018
Photos from Circus Arena. Jacob Boas Leitisstein saw the show one of the Easter days and took a number of photos, which you can see by clicking here.
30 March 2018
The Clown and the Crown Prince – Circus Arena 2018. The performance is this year named The Clown and the Crown Prince – the search for the lost tear. Season opening took place at the Copenhagen circus lot ‘Bellahoj’ on 28 March.
The Clown and the Crown Prince aka the rapper Clemens and Patrick Berdino who also in the real life is crown Prince in Circus Arena. Together they have the task as ringmasters in this year’s performance.
Rud Kofoed saw the opening performance and writes (my translation)
”A man travels the world over in search of what he needs” 38 year old Clemens says. Good idea - and not as demanding as it sounds. It's just going to Circus Arena, because they offer a trip with Captain Clemens as debuting run-in clown in the midst of a stressful life, where nobody has time for taking a break!
Together with Patrick Berdino, 26, of course in the part as Crown Prince, to which he is born and raised, the adventure can start in all its fascination. The point is that we must learn to be ourselves - and be content with it.
Clemens trick is making Circus Arena’s logo clown which now for the 63rd season appears on posters and other printed matter, but never have said a beep, living. He does it very good with his steady expression which against Patrick's hearty fellow-attitude is a great mix for a host couple - formerly known as ringmasters.
Clemens with red nose. Photo: Ole Simonsen
Clemens has theater and scenic experience to face Patrick’s sawdust artist experience. They may not be the world's greatest actors, but they have the 'childlike' flair which means that you with pleasure want to join in.
"Give me an A. Give me a R. Give me an E. Give me a N. Give me an A. Shall we go. To A-re-na. Yes we shall. It’s 'Arenaday today,” Clemens raps surrounded by the 8 girls from the Bingo Troup. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Despite the earthly conclusion, the artistry begins with a moonwalk - with the Hungarian Lazlo Simet in a Neil Armstrong balance assisted by his two space women Fanni Cseh and Georgina Szotkó who also are ready for a bicycle ride in moonlight. The moon walkers come from this year's Monte-Carlo Circus Festival with several special prices in the bag for their silent stunts in the unsymmetrical spacecraft.
Laszlo Simet and his crew at their prop which Simet calls a Giant Semaphor. The act was first time presented by Koch Sisters in the 1940s, but was the forgotten until Laszlo a few years ago took it up. The 58-year-old Laszlo Simet is an old high wire and wheel of death artist. The Danes saw him the first time in 1998 at the Open Air Stage in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and the following year at Circus Benneweis. In 2001 and 2003 he was back in Tivoli. Many people remember when he on a motorbike drove on a wire from the top of the concert hall to the Open Air Stage, while his wife at that time Olga did acrobatics on a trapeze under the motorcycle. The motorcycle + video clips from the number can be seen at the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen. Laszlos's current crew is quite new in the act. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Also from the Monte-Carlo festival comes the Ukrainian Bingo Circus Theater, which this year got the jury's special award. In Arena they are sent back to the circus school - and they get the marks. The girls have such a surplus of breathtakingly energetic that at least this reviewer totally lost the breath. It's impressive what the girls can - both together and separately. And then they are as magnetic in the air as in the sawdust. For 22 years, the Bingo show has run for full blow - and there's a win every time!
The Bingo Troupe is a large troupe which sometimes is divided into smaller units. In 2014, one of the units performed in Circus Dannebrog. This year, eight of the group's female members will thrill the audience in Circus Arena. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Romanian Trio Angelis is sent out in Siberian cold to work themselves warm - and they did - with the woman at the center of the Russian bar on two men's shoulders. Twice, Mrs. Angelis failed in doing a triple summersault and landed on her back. Ouch, you said, but not the Mrs. Angelis. She tried once again and succeeded to thundering applause. As the Clemens adventure tells: When you find the heat itself, you can give it to others who freeze!
Trio Angelis. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The spotlight on the world trip we meet in Mexico's volcanoes with the juggler Juan Pablo Martinez, who is an explosion of joy of life and uses every part of the ring in his dynamic number where it gets both hats, clubs and ping-pong balls to the closest possible a juggler can come to an volcanic eruption. As written in the program: When the ground burns under your feet, you must have more than one ball in the air.
Juan Pablo Martinez ends his breathlessly entrée by juggling with hats while he is running between the seats in the seating. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
But most beautiful of all: The Crown Prince's fever hallucination: 24-year-old Charmaine Berdino. We have seen her in Circusland in Slagelse and, for that matter, at the Orion Theatre in Stockholm, but she belongs to the Arena ring! And that’s flat! She is one of Suzanne Berdino's triplets. When she enters the ring with her 'naked' wild horse and 'talks' to it, she gets almost ready for delivery of the lost tears the whole show is all about. Namely the tear of joy. It's poetry - and so humble that it's breathtaking - while others are talking about the World Cup in dressage.
Last year Charmaine presented her act in Circusland at Slagelse. Since then, she has trained further and her beautiful entrée works perfect in Arena's ring. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Charmaine had been injured during the morning exercise and was suffering from pain. But did anyone notice that? The undersigned did not. She's cool, the horse girl!
We also had a visit to the ‘Casualty department” (that’s the name of the entrée) with her brother Oliver Berdino, who together with his cousin the Crown Prince Patrick Berdino presented a breathlessly trampoline act.
The third family member in the ring is the ‘desert circus princess' Laura Berdino, becoming more beautiful and more beautiful with her eight white thoroughbreds Arabian horses, this year beautifully ‘dressed’ with harnesses bought from Circus Benneweis. The dressage is a bit “loose” and “springy” but it is probably a matter of few performances until the act works perfect.
Laura Berdino presented 8 splendid white Arabian horses. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
If you sees everything upside down you see everything clearer, it sounds from India's tree top. So does the Spanish Alexander Lichner. He makes a trapeze act with difficulty levels which can give breathlessness. It is not every day for everyone to be able to hang in his heels up high up under the circus dome. He is dazzlingly skilled and a clear top number in the show.
Alexander Lichner. The Spanish trapeze star was last year in Sweden at Circus Maximum. Fortunately, he uses safety lounge under his dangerous act. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Down in the ring we find the Czech Jan Navratil, 43, who celebrates summer in Tyrol as foot juggler. Agile and entertaining like the animal trainer the English Patrick Clarrison, who are used to well-prepared Hot Dogs with his funny, "crooked bastards"
Jan Navratil's signature trick with the ball to end in the basket. The Danes met him first time with this trick in 2006 at Charley Kaye’s Red Inn Theater at Amager. In 2009 he was with Circus Benneweis and last year in Circusland. The Navratil family was also with Circus Arena in 1992, but at that time Jan did no yet master the trick with the pole and the ball. - Those who have seen the act before knows that it's not a real accident when the pole overturns during the first attempt to get the ball to the top. Many artists use this kind of fake accident to make sure that the audience is aware of the severity of the act. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press.
Patrick Clarrison with his hot dogs. A number he has taken over from his father Pete Harrison. In 2013, he presented the act in Circus Benneweis using his Christian surname Harrrison. He has also several time been part of Benny Schumann's performances. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Arena's Italian House Clown Jimmy Folco, 47, is this season presented as a reporter who finds: Being a clown is not just fun. He has his manners, but also his successful entrées. This year, among other things, as the film photographer who directs selected volunteers from the audiences in bizarre roles. The female “volunteer” was probably his wife Claudia.
Jimmy Folco with the well-known western film routine with audience volunteers. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
It a matter of taste if you like Rudi Althoff as trainer, but it is a very nice act he presents this year with the African giants Jenny on 29, Lara and Djungla at 31. Elephants which are in top form, quick, sensitive, fast and very well-trimmed. Come on, don’t tell me that these animals are suffering! They are a pleasure to follow. All the forces used to ban animals in circus were probably better used to prevent poaching on the African savannah or battery hens the Jutland region.
The 3 Arena elephants, which a majority in the Danish Parliament now want to ban from the circus. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Click here to see more of Rud Kofoed's photos from the show.
28 March 2018
Diana Rhodin's small Swedish Circus Rhodin opens the season Easter in Bunkeflo, located in the Malmö area just south of the Øresund Bridge. There is dress rehearsal on Saturday 31 March at 13.00 and premiere Sunday, April 1 at 13.00 and 16.00. Earlier, years Diana Rhodin has used a tent that she bought by Circus Arli a few years ago. Most likely she will also use this tent in 2018,
27 March 2018
Circus Olympia 2018. Martin Lasson Berglund visited the opening performance in the Swedish Circus Olympia on March 24th. He writes (my translation):
On Saturday, the family Bengtsson opened a new circus season in a winter cold Oskarström.
This year's program is very varied and entertaining. Now Olympia is the circus in Sweden that has highest number of animals and circus friends need to take up the fight against all those people who affect municipalities and shops to stop supporting circuses with animals. Olympia has first-rate animal welfare with large pens, short haulage from circus lot to circus lot and good staff who care for the animals.
This year, Jessica Bengtsson presents an exotic tableau with camels, lamas and two Jersey oxen. All photos shot by Martin Lasson Berglund
A funny and pleasant act in the ring! Henrika Bengtsson's dogs are as happy as ever. They jumps around the ring charming the visitors
Niklas Bengtsson presents both Irish tinker horses and ponies in a new dressage and is the same time the performance’s ringmaster.
Natascha Jarz, her and Niklas’ son Simon and David Hammarberg, in front of the circus's alpaca and goats dressed in farmhouse clothes and using western music.
David also preset his bungee-trapeze act wearing a nice glittery suit. Unfortunately recorded music is used during his act.
Something else is Robert Cawley who presents a cool laser show which is a hit for the lager children in the audience. I think it's quite right to have such an act in a modern performance.
Martii and Liina from Finland present an exciting crossbow act and vertical rope act, two acts which works perfectly together. (Martii with crossbow and his spouse Liina in vertical rope).
Martti Peltonen with his crossbows
It's great to see musical clowns again and Rivilinos offers good clowning and nice music without needing to drag “volunteers” into the ring. Stauberti starts hanging in her hair and ends with her partner with a perch act which has been in Monte Carlo proving that it is a world class act.
Duo Staubeti from the Czech Republic has since 2015 consisted of Dimitr and his niece Nancy. The duo got a silver clown at this year's circus festival in Monte Carlo.
Of course there is live music and I hope the family Bengtsson also in the future continues to have a live band. This year, bandmaster is as for many years Valentin Smirnov and the five musicians do a good job during the performance.
26 March 2018
Prohibition on use of elephants in Danish circuses. The government, the Danish People's Party and the Social Democracy which together form a majority in the Danish Parliament entered into an agreement on 23 March that when put into the Danish legislation prohibits wild animals in circuses. Specifically, it's about elephants, sea lions and zebras, since all other wild animals have been banned from Danish circuses since 1963.
The ban is expected to come into force on 1 January 2019. But there will be a transitional period making it possible for the three elephants owned by Circus Arena to continue for a while. It is unclear whether there will be ceiling over the number of years they can continue. It is also uncertain whether a transitional arrangement will apply to Circus Trapez's elephant Ramboline. Already today, the law says that elephants must be kept in socially harmonious groups. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration may in exceptional cases grant exemptions from this requirement. Such exemption has been granted Circus Trapez regarding Ramoboline. However it is possible that after the forthcoming change in legislation such exemption cannot be granted any longer.
The liberal party’s animal welfare spokesman has indicated that a transitional arrangement will last for a maximum of 3 to 5 years. Circus Arena hopes that politicians will allow a longer transitional regime.
Circus Arena's 3 African Elephants Lara, Djungla and Jenny are the last act in this year's performance. Elephants, which a majority in the parliament now wants to get out of Danish circuses after a certain transitional period. It is unclear what fate the 3 elephants will have the day they not any longer are allowed to perform in Circus Arena.
Bernhard Kaselovsky's elephant Ramboline in Circus Trapez. Uncertain if season 2018 will be the last season Ramboline is allowed to appear in a Danish circus. And what fate she gets when she not any longer are allowed to perform in Circus Trapez.
Circus Benneweis stopped having elephants in the performances in 2014. The Swedish and Norwegian circuses skipped elephants some years ago. Thus, in Scandinavia, itmis only Cirkus Arena and Circus Trapez which has still have elephants in the performances.
Today there are less than 50 circus elephants left in Europe. They are aged from about 30 to about 60 as a result of a worldwide ban on trade in elephants in the 1990s, with the effect that circus and trainers could no longer buy young elephants. Circus Arena states that the elephant Jenny is 29 years old and Lara and Djungla 31 years old. Circus Trapez states that Bernhard Kaselowsky's elephant Ramboline is 35 years old. Thus, the 4 circus elephants in Denmark are among the youngest circus elephants in Europe.
The number of circus elephants drops year after year as elephants passes away or retire. Thus, elephants will be phased out of circuses even without legal intervention.
22 March 2018
Circus Baldoni 2018 - magical elegance. This year's performance, which premiered in Lyngby on March 20, is the most elegant performance which Cicus Baldoni until now has presented.
Circus Baldoni on the circus lot at Firskovvej in Lyngby. Photo: Ole Simonsen
Although the beautiful new Cannobio tent only has room for 70 more visitors than the old tent and only is 1½ meter more in diameter than the old tent it seems significantly larger because it does not like the old tent end up in a tip. The tent can seat 486 persons on 2 rows of ringside chairs and 5 rows of plastic bucket seats. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The main team in a Baldoni show is usually René Mønster Baldoni, his lion Leonardo (a ventriloquist’s doll) and Danilo the clown. This year, the illusionist Kim Kenneth has also joined the team and presents several great tricks, which he not before has presented in a Danish circus. Kim has also contributed to the staging the show and you can recognizes his fingerprints.
This year's performance is called Danish Dynamite, because there are more Danish star artists in the performance than in previous Baldoni performances. Of course the Lion Leonardo wore a Danish Dynamite Wiking Hat when he helped René Mønster Baldoni welcoming the audience.
René and Leonardo. Who loves children - with sauce and potatoes! Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
René then welcomed his old friend Kim Kenneth.
In their young days, they had a dream of becoming Denmark's answer to Siegfried & Roy, but only Kim got a successful career as magician.
Assisted by René, his girlfriend Jessica as well as the clowns Danilo and Eddie Kim juggled with cards and presented an illusion where Jessica and Leonardo were locked into a box, which was then opened as an accordion (see photo).
Danilo and Eddie with the box with Jessica and Leonardo
Then the house clown Danilo came on the stage and led everyone through Baldoni's welcome song "We shall be the best of friends, everyone come join us now."
Then there was a reunion with last year's Mombasa Boys. However, with a few adjustments: 2 of the 4 artists in the troupe were new. They did a funny act with a kind of formation juggling with hats.
Mombasa Boys. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
René and Leonardo then presented a mermaid: Maria Janacek in aerial hoop.
The mermaid Maria. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
A few years ago, the clown Danilo had great success with an entrée where he as "Little Danilo" mimed to a number of hit songs. This year he presented an updated version of this entrée with a potpourri with songs by Elvis, Michael Jackson and other celebrities.
Little Danilo. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
We have previously seen Eddie Janacek in Circus Baldoni with a fine rola bola act. In last year's school performances as well as in Baldoni’s Christmas circus in December we saw his 11-year-old son Karel, called Kaja, with rola bola. Now he present his act in the general for performance with a fine entrée where his father is presented as a world star and Karel comes in with a ghetto blaster and repeats his father's tricks, only in much greater severity. A nice way to present a good act.
Baldoni's wonderboy Kaja Janacek. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Then followed Kim Kenneth's main entrée in which he was assisted by Jessica and Maria Janacek (married to the clown and the mother of Kaja). Kim conjured Jessica up from a prop in fire. He spirit her away in a box and then conjured both Jessica and then Maria up of the box. With the assistance of an approx. 10-year-old boy from the audience Jessica was crushed in a box but ended up unharmed. The last trick in the entrée was his signature trick, where he on a motorbike drove through a cabinet that contained the chained Jessica. Fortunately, she turned up to be unharmed.
Kim Kenneth, Maria and Jessica. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The Dane in the fast lane - Kim Kenneth & co. Photo: Ole Simonsen
After the interval Danilo, with the assistance of the girlfriend Cindy and a volunteer from the audience had an entrée where the self-timer on a camera had its own life when they tried to take a selfie.
The teasing camera. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Then there was a reunion with Kim Kenneth's girlfriend Jessica Caveagna. But this time with her solo act: spectacular sword balance, where she ended up walking up on a ladder in fire - see photos.
Jessica on the ladder. Photos: Ole Simonsen
Now it was time for the Baldoni Clowns' main entrée: Cindy, Danilo and Eddie with the classic "Busy Bee, Give Me Honey". The older generation of Danes may remember the version which Circus Arena’s founder had with the clown Larno. Quite understandable the younger generation has not seen it as it is 42 years since Arne Berdino passed away. But the younger generation of circus friends knows the brothers Darix and Fumagalli's drunken version of the entrée. It has been this version which has inspired the Baldoni clowns. However, the bee Eddie does not like Fumagalli spit water in the face of the spectators who are closest to the ring (stage). Fine! It is not everyone who likes to have water in the face which has been in the mouth of another person.
Photos: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
After the clowns, Kim Kenneth came again on the stage. Now with a trick he never before has presented in a Danish circus: A small locked chest is placed on the stage. Kim turned his back to the audience and threw a (rubber) brick over his shoulder. The catcher should name a city where he wanted to see circus, what the tickets would cost and what means of transport he would use. Kim wrote all 3 things up on a flip chart and then asked the catcher to throw the brick to another spectator who should tell what he would buy in the kiosk and what the first act of the show should be. Also, these answers were written on the flip chart. Then Kim unlocked the chest. It turned out to contain a paper roll with the words he had written on the flip chart!
Kim offered after the show to sell the predictions of the coming week's lotto numbers!
His entrée ended when he together with Jessica presented a nice and original version of the trick magicians call the substitution trunk.
When you see Kim Kenneth's elegant entrées and with what charm and talent for misdirection he presents them it is easy to understand that he has been successful throughout Europe. Great that René Mønster Baldoni has persuaded Kim to take a season in Denmark and also allowed him to show other tricks than those he presented at Benneweis a few years ago. (Kim Kenneth was with Cicus Benneweis in 2009, 2010 and 2015)
After Kim, Mombasa Boys was back on the stage. This time with a handstand and hand to hand entrée.
Mombasa Boys. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Got talent popular is on TV. Thus, René asked if there was anyone in the audience who wanted to show their talents on the stage. An elderly gentleman volunteered and entered the stage after some discussion with his hysterical wife. The older generation remembers both Karl Kossmeyer and Calle Svensson, who started their entrées in that way. The old gentleman was like the two mentioned not a real circus visitor. It was the 68-year-old artist Freddi Steckel, who, with René Mønster Baldoni as a more or less volunteer partner, presented his comical knockabout table act. He proved that in a circus there is not just room for the young and pretty but also for the old and wise.
Freddi Steckel and René. Photos: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
This ended a very nice 2 hour long well-presented circus performance. The audience on Zealand and Lolland-Falster has something to look forward to when Baldoni visits around 100 cities in the next 5 months.
Click here to see Rud Kofoed review of the show with lots of photos.
17 March 2018
Zirkus Nemo's rubber man to present children's circus. In Aarhus Herald Tribune you could on March 16 read that Søren Østergaard, the owner of Zirkus Nemo, will visit Aarhus with a brand new children's circus. It will just visit two cities: Aarhus and Copenhagen. Østergaard will not be with the circus (he will be with Zirkus Nemo) but the contortionist Captain Frodo, who has been featured in some Nemo performances, will be responsible for the circus. The tent will be put up at the Officers Square next to Ridehuset in Aarhus in July and August. It will be a kind of summer vacation activity for children with a circus school where children can learn how to act and be active. There will also be a performance of 45-50 minutes, and the whole thing will take place twice a day, Søren Østergaard told Aarhus Herald Tribune.
Captain Frodo was with Zirkus Nemo in 2014 and 2016. The latter year he received The Danish Award's award for the best act of the year.
Captain Frodo at Nemo in 2016. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press.
16 March 2018
Circus Brazil Jack (Sweden) 2018. There was icily cold at the Mill Square in Malmö, when Circus Brazil Jack opened their season on March 15th. But the tent was very well heated and the atmosphere of the audience at the top when Trolle Rhodin III welcomed to this year's performance.
The season opening was at the same time a generational change, as Trolle Rhodin JR and Mrs. Carmen Lupasco Rhodin this year have handed over the responsibility for daily operation to their son, Trolle III. At the same time there was a change in concept as Trolle chose not to have animals in the performance this year. It's not because he thinks that animals in circus not are treated well but because he feels that audience’s interest in seeing animals in circus is reduced. He has probably also been a bit tired of the so called “animal friends” who in recent years has been standing outside the Swedish circuses and attempted to make the visitors believe that circus is maltreating their animals. The “animal friends” have usually rejected dialogue with persons of another opinion, just as they have rejected by self-esteem to see how the animals are treated.
This year “animal friends” could not be seen. Neither as pickets nor as circus visitors. They are only AGAINST animals in circuses, not IN FAVOUR of circuses without animals.
28-year-old circus director Trolle Rhodin welcomes the audience
The performance was opened by this year’s run-in clown Emiliano who comes from Argentina and never before has performed in Europe. Several of his run-ins were original, such as one with a "horse" and one with an invisible ball. He held the audience’s attention well and will probably get even better after he has learned the Swedish audience's reactions. From other clowns, I know that from country to country there is a big difference between the audience's reactions.
After Trolle’s welcome, two artists from Compania Havana entered the ring: Isabella and Aylin who, under the name of Duo Bella, did hair hanging i.e. an aerial act where they hang in their hair. Normally, these kinds of acts consist of the artist being raised in the hair and doing some juggling. But Duo Bella could do more than that: they made an exciting aerial act. For example, one headed down in a kind of aerial cradle and carried with her hair an aerial hoop in which the other made acrobatics in (see photo). In another trick, they hung "hair to hair", while the lady below rotating with high speed.
Then followed a comic juggler act with the Wolff brothers, who also were with Brazil Jack last year and who the Danes knows from Circus Arli. In this act big brother Richard constantly disturbed his little brother David, who is more than a head higher than his big brother!
After Emiliano’s reprice with a "horse" - or was it another animal? - Compania Havana came in the ring with their main number, where the 6 female acrobats did spectacular acrobatics in 2 Chinese poles.
Emiliano on horseback
Then David and Richard Wolff returned with a comic human cannonball entrée. Clearly inspired by one of the Danish Clown Bonbon's entrées.
Following this act followed a real human cannon ball: Italian Jody Bellucci who Trolle Rhodin discovered in a small Italian circus. From his cannon he is shot as a human cannonball over the ring and lands in an inflatable airbag at the audience entrance. An old fair act which has now found its way to Brazil Jack's ring. Children and adults among the audience cheered, although the preparation of the cannon took a long time in comparison with the few seconds the human cannon ball was in the air.
After the break, Anaisi and Norely from Companie Havana (probably the same as Isabella and Aylin) under the name of Duo Capricorn did an act aerial hoop.
Emiliano then had a run-in with a fictional ball which he throwed to and from spectators.
In a comic magic number, the Wolf brothers were assisted by David's wife.
David tries to hypnotize his wife, but it is Richard who is being hypnotized and collapse
You have to save the best thing to the last. And according to the audience’s reactions, the last two acts in the performance were the best of the year.
First Emiliano with the well-known camera routine.
"Oh no, not again", many circus freaks might think.
But Emiliano's version of the act is clearly one of the best versions of the act which I have seen. And when choosing volunteers he is working with tactfulness and accepted a “No”. Some other clowns could learn from that! I know people who never again will visit a circus after reluctantly being dragged in the ring by an insisting clown. Something every circus director should forbid his clowns to do.
The last act in the performance was a reunion with the marvelous diabolo juggler Pierre Marchand. He was last time in Brazil Jack in 2015 and last year at Arena in Denmark. His talent and charm are amazing and he "sells the act” better than any other diabolo juggler.
Did you miss animals in this year's performance? The answer must be a clear no: Trolle has proved he easily can produce a good show without animals. When a couple of minor errors are corrected - there is always a premiere nervousness and some of the artists did not arrive until the day before the premiere - this year's performance will be remembered as another fine Brazil Jack performance.
15 March 2018
Circus Arnardo (Norway) 2018. Circus Arnardo had as the first Scandinavian circus premiere on 10 March in Arendal.
There was snow at the lot when Cirkus Arnardo opened the season on March 10th. All photos: Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo.
Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo saw the performance and writes (my translation):
A number of fine artists this year with Duo Costache with perch and an aerial act where they hang in their teeth. Great artists whom we have seen at Merano and Brazil Jack.
Duo Costache. The Danes saw their perch act in Circus Arena in 2017.
An excellent Siberian Husky and Samoyed dogs act. Earlier seen at Brazil Jack and Benneweis.
The Saabel family's great dog act could be seen by Danes in Circus Benneweis in 2011 and in Circus Dannebrog in 2013. In Circus Arnardo, it was the young generation, the sisters Jennifer & Kelly Saabel, who presented the act.
Nandor Varadi has become even better since I last time saw him a few years back at Arnardo. An amazingly good artist.
Nandor Varadi. The Danes have met him in Danish Circus Krone in 2007 and at Circus Baldoni in 2008 and 2010. Already at that time he was good, but today he is even better.
The clown André binds the performance together with original reprices reprices and a few classic run-ins. Pleasant appearances, for the first time in Norway. Seen early at Scott.
The talented Swiss clown André. His only performance in Denmark was in Jimmy Enoch's Winter Circus last year in the Rosengaard Shopping Center.
The Are and Poulina Arnardo Family work with their illusions and include a new variant of Houdini's mysterious box with a blanket. Smooth and fast performed at the premiere.
The ponies had opening night nervousness and were presented by Yvonne Lübben. The nervousness is definitely over in a few days
The strongman Denis Ilchenko was last year in Sweden at Brazil Jack. This year, it is the Norwegians who can meet him
9 March 2018
Circus Olympia 2018. The Swedish Circus Olympia is Sweden's second largest circus. Season opening takes place in Oskarström, Saturday, March 24th at 15.
Ever since Herbert Bentgsson (1947-2014) established his circus in 1985, animal acts have been an important part of the performance. Always Circus Olympia's own animals: horses, camels, bulls, goats, alpacas and dogs. Animals which the Bengtsson family has trained to ensure that the animals are raised and trained under good conditions and are treated well and careful
In this year's performance, the siblings Jessica & Niklas Bengtsson present an exotic mix of camels, llamas and bulls and liberty dressage with horses and ponies. Their mother Henrika Bengtsson presents her playful dogs. Niklas spouse Natascha Jarz presents alpacas and goats, assisted by David Hammarberg.
The other performers are:
Robert Cawley - Laser show from England.
Nancy Stauberti – aerial acrobat from the Czech Republic, hanging in her hair.
Duo Stauberti – Perch acrobats from the Czech Republic. They received 2 special prizes at this year's circus festival in Monte Carlo.
Duo Stauberti. Photos from performance in the German Circus Krone in Munich March 2017
David Hammarberg - Aerobatics in the bungee-trapeze. He was last time with Olympia in 2015. In season 2016/17 Danes saw him at Wallmans in the Circus Building in Copenhagen.
Martti Peltonen – crossbow marksman from Finland. He was also with Olympia in 2014
Liina Aunola - Vertical rope. She was with Olympia in 2003 and 2014
The Rivolinos clowns. The Danes met them in Circus Arena in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 and the Swedes in Circus Maximum in 2000 and 2006. However, there may have been changes in the troupe. Another troupe from the Rivelino family, the Pedro Rivelono troupe, will spend season 2018 with the Norwegian Circus Agora. The Rivelino family is NOT the same as the famous Rivel family.
9 March 2018
Circus Agora 2018. Jan Ketil's circus, Norway's second largest, has season opening in Straume on March 14th.
The performers in this year's performance are presented as follows (my translation):
Jan Kjetil. Our beloved circus director is always ready to welcome the audience to Circus Agora, and this year, like any other year, he has surprises on the nap. Rejoice!
Bianca Renz. Hula hoop. Everyone knows the traditional hoop. This lady rocks a little more hoops than most people. Bianca Renz comes from one of the large circuses in Switzerland to Norway and Circus Agora. Hula hoop is grace, pace and grace at its best.
Tony Garcia. From Spain, Agora receives visits by the world-class high speed juggler Tony Garcia. He has impressed tens of thousands of people in some of Europe's largest and most renowned circus and has received honours after honours at festivals, among critics and from the audiences.
Brad Garcia. Comic trampoline. On the trampoline, Brad shows acrobatic masterpieces combined with a good dose of humour. He is shot in the air and returns ... with a lovely and comical twist.
Miss Sandra. The princess of the air. High under the dome, Sandra Quaiser from Germany takes us on tense turns in a chandelier and in tissue. Elegantly and graciously, she takes the breath of the audience with her risky twists. It is not without reason that she is referred to as the princess of the air.
Irena. Foot juggler. World-class balance art. The world is turned upside down for our young promising juggler, where she uses her legs instead of her hands to juggle. Her technical skills are probably second to none in the world in this exciting and demanding discipline. Only Irena knows how it's feasible!
The knockabout table acrobats Duo Lagroni. These two knockabout acrobats works with pace and humour, when they make jumps that gets the even the saddest of us to giggle and to pull on a big smile. You get in a good mood when seeing this act.
Sandra Quaiser with her ponies. Meet our four-legged charmers Felix and Alex, presented by Sandra Quaiser.
Los Rivelinos. Award winning clowns. Rivelino clowns are award winning clowns from Spain. With live music and a lot of humour, they create laughter and joy in our circus ring.
Pedro. Agora's funny run-in clown.
Peter Taylor's dog show. Peter's best friends are the dogs Leon, Sky, Sammy, Blue and Zorro. Peter is a postman and the dogs are his assistants. Whatever Peter is trying to do, the playful dogs interrupt him and show us who's really the boss. An act with a lot of humour and a lot of charm!
The Danes saw Peter Taylor's dog show in the performances which Benny Schumann presented during the winter holiday in Elsinore City Centre. However, Peter Taylor has more dogs in the Agora show than in Elsinore.
4 March 2018
Artist names at Circus Mascot. The 2 Polish artists, who participate in this year's performance, are Waldemar Solek and Pawel Dziki. They have two entrées: Trampoline and a comic acrobatics act.
3 March 2018
Bonbon & Co. in Munich. The ongoing artists in the German Circus Krone’s February program in the circus building in Munich were the clowns Bonbon & Co. The Danes know Danish Bonbon (Lasse Nørager) and his Finnish wife Tiina from several seasons, first in Circus Benneweis and later in Circus Arena. But since 2009, you have not seen them in a Danish circus.
Thus, it was a great pleasure to see them at Krone in Munich. And now the couple's children, Julia at 20 and Joakim of 18, have joined their parents. They have run-ins with papa Lasse and mother Tiina and a number of fine run-ins of their own.
It is said that a photo says more than a thousand words. Therefore, you can below see a number of photos from Bonbon’s, Tiina’s, Julia’s and Joakim's entrées.
A happy reunion with 5 x Bonbon - it's the real Bonbon in the middle
Of course, we saw Bonbon and Tiina with their signature act: the one with the badminton match. Bonbon has told me that actually he isn’t a good badminton player...
Julia has hit the head into the stomach of her younger brother Joakim
Julia and the big balloon
How to control a big sister...
Bonbon and the heavy suitcase which a child can move …
In Circus Krone’s February program, Danes also met some other old acquaintances: the juggler Michael Ferreri, even better than when we saw him in Circus Arena in 2015 (he has just got a bronze clown in Monte Carlo) and Duo Garcia with their rocket, known by Danes from Circus Arena 2001 and Circus Dannebrog 2008 and 2014.
3 March 2018
A small change in Circus Arena's program. Due to an injury, the Chinese slack wire acrobat Zang Fan has been forced to terminate his contract with Circus Arena. The Swedes saw his impressive act which is a bit similar to his countryman Cong Tians act in Circus Maximum 2014. The Danes knows Cong Tian from Circus Benneweis 2010 and the first part of the season 2015.
3 March 2018
Circus Brazil Jack 2018. Circus Brazil Jack is today the largest circus in Sweden. There is season opening the Mill Square in Malmö, Sweden on Thursday, March 15th. The performers are:
Diabolo juggler Pierre Marchand
The Argentine clown Emiliano
The human cannonball Jody Bellucci
The Wolf brothers with brand new routines
Compania Havana from Cuba. Their main act is 6 artists in Chinese Pole.
Duo Bella - acrobatics hanging in the hair
Duo Capricorn from Cuba in aerial hoop
The performance is child-friendly and this year without animal acts
Circus Brazil Jack at the Mill Square in Malmö. Photo from 2016
Circus Brazil Jack presents the artists as follows (my translation):
Pierre Marchand: From the world famous Lido in Paris comes our diabolo artist. The diabolo originates from China, where it is considered as the world's second oldest toy, next to the ball. Pierre already fell in love with the art of circus when he was 7 years old. The following year he began at Anna Fratellini's circus school in Paris. Ten years later, he graduated and afterwards had an outstanding career all around the world.
Pierre Marchand, who many consider as the world's best diabolo juggler, was also with Brazil Jack in 2015. Last year he toured Denmark with Circus Arena
Emiliano: In the circus world you value what we call generation artists. Our clown's family has been working in circuses for 4 generations. Born in Argentina but with the world as a workplace, he gained star status in South America's largest Circus Tihany with his innovative clown gags yet still respecting the classic tradition. Now for the first time in Europe, we welcome this merrymaker.
Jody Bellucci: On a trip in southern Italy, our director Trolle Rhodin met a family circus that caught his interest. The circus which was rather primitive had a human cannonball. The flight was limited by the modest size of the tent, but Trolle saw the potential of the act. He thought that in a tent of our size this number could have been a sensation. Now after mathematical calculations and corrections of material, this daredevil will fill the airspace over Brazil Jack’s ring...
Wolf Brothers: With a solid background in the circus culture, 4 generations back bursting from the Wolf family’s own great circus, our 2 comedians are back. What they do not master in classical circus disciplines is not worth mentioning. Juggling, acrobatics, tight wire and magic but the desire to make people laugh eventually took over and led to the two characters that we met last season. Now they are back with completely new routines ready to gym your laughing muscles.
Wolff Brothers was also at Circus Brazil Jack in 2017. But this year they have brand new entrées. The Danes know them from Circus Arli 2011 and 2014
Compania Havana: This year, Circus Brazil Jack has chosen to extend their hands across the Atlantic and invite a cultural exchange with the Cuban Acrobatics Companion Havana. In their main act all 6 artists participate in an act with so-called Chinese poles. An ancient Chinese art form which has got a much more modern look. The artists who are aged from 21 to 26 come from the world of gymnastics, but this collective was formed due to a desire to appear for an audience.
Duo Bella: Isabella and Aylin do not belong to those who have pain in their hair. Even this act is taken from the ancient Chinese artistic culture, but is here turned to suit the taste of a modern audience. The secret lies in the method of binding one’s hair. Properly trained and with the hair properly bound the artist can hanging in the hair carry much more than her own body weight and also perform acrobatics at a high level. This is certainly not something you should try at home!
Duo Capricorn: Beauty grace and elegance high under the circus dome. Here we will once again see some of our Cuban acrobats in a classic circus act. There are many sorts of aerial acts. There are Roman rings, the trapeze, the double trapeze and many other tools. Yanaisi and Norelys appear in a so-called aerial hoop which gives the artist more varied opportunities to do their arts.
2 March 2018
Circus Arli 2018. This year's performance is called "Long Live The Circus". Season opening will take place at Møllebakken (‘the Mill Hill”) in the Copenhagen suburb Floeng in the weekend 31 March / 1 April. From then and until the end of August Circus Arli will tour Zealand with Faxe Ladeplads as the southernmost point. The performers in the upcoming season are:
Sergei Populans, handstand on a special bike - from Latvia
In 2018 we can celebrate the 250th anniversary of the modern circus. For Circus Arli it is 48th season they are on the road. In their brand new 2018 program you can see handstand acrobatics in top class on this very special prop. All photos by courtesy of Circus Arli.
Jelena Vasiljeva, hula hoop in the air as well as tissue.
This year we will see hula hoop in a whole new way: in the air. From Latvia comes adorable Jelena Vasiljeva. She the wife of Sergei Populans
Vlad Olandar's trained cats
In Circus Arli they are very selective with the choice of animal acts. Animal welfare and the quality of the act must be on a high level. Therefore, they are proud to present Russian Vlad Olandar and his cats which is one of the best such act in the circus world. Vlad and the cats come directly from Cirque Bouglione in France. In 2009 and 2013 they toured Denmark with Cirkus Benneweis. In Sweden they have been with Circus Maximum (2008) and Circus Brazil Jack (2011).
Alexander and Francesco, - Chinese pole
In this year's performance, you can see French Francesco Fratellini and Danish Alexander Arli in a brand new act in Chinese pole
Sarah Florees in the fishing net
The Arlinis club juggling - Sarah, Francesco & Alexander.
The Arlinis - the name is a combination of Arli and Fratellini
Martin Arli, the magic circus director (50 years anniversary as magician)
Francesco Fratellini with new reprices
The clowns Martino & Co.
2 March 2018
Circus Mascot 2018. The Deleuran family’s small circus opens the season in its hometown Roslev on 28 March. This year's performance is called "High Mood". As in recent years, Daniel Deleuran is ringmaster. It is also him who presents Circus Mascot’s ponies while his mother presents her lovely poodles as well as pigs and goats.
The versatile clown Gulio and his family are also an important part of the performance, just as they have been since 2003. Gulio himself is the overall figure of the performance. His son Husik performs with hoops and juggling and mom Tatyana does an aerial act. Two few male artists perform in trampolines and with comic acrobatics. Season 2018 lasts until September 23rd. During the 6 month season, Circus Mascot visits the whole country with the exception of Bornholm. The performance lasts 1 hour 45 hours incl. a break of approx. 15 min. In July, Circus Mascot will again this year be in Sommerland Zealand as free attractions for the visitors in the amusement park.
27 February 2018
Judy Glosted as pop singer. From 2006 to 2008 and again from 2011 to 2014, Judy Glosted was singing ringmistress in Danish Circus Benneweis. For a few months last year she had the same job in the much smaller Circus Trapez. In the coming season she will be a singer in Danish dance band Fede Finn & Funny Boyz.
Judy Glosted in front of the Circus Trapez tent. In the coming season you can’t see her in circus, but on various Danish pop music stages.
23 February 2018
Circus Arnado 2018. The large Norwegian Circus Arnardo has as the first circus in the Nordic region season opening on 10 March. In this year's performance you will meet Jennifer and Kelly Saabel with Siberian Huskies and Samojed dogs, the strongman Denis Ilchenko, Yvonne Lübben with pinto-colored ponies, Clown André (André Broger), Diana Boiachin in aerial ring and with soap bubbles, the African acrobats Kenya Boys, Duo Costache with perch and trapeze, the juggler Nandor Varadi and Are & Paolina Arnardo with illusions. Ares late grandfather, Arne Arnardo, the Circusking, is Norway's most famous magician throughout the ages and founder of Circus Arnardo.
The strongman Denis Ilscenko spent season 2017 with the Swedish Circus Brazil Jack.
Although internationally known, the Swiss clown André Broger only once had a tour with a Nordic circus: in 2003 with Circus Scott. The photos above are from the German Circus Charles Knie 2012. Both the entrée with the shark in the bath and the entrée where a clown mime to "Save my love" was invented by André Broger, but with more or less talent copied by a number of other clowns
Duo Costache has performed in Swedish Circus Brazil Jack as well as in Danish Circus Arena. Nandor Varado has performed in the Danish circuses Krone and Baldoni.
"I am convinced that this year's performance is in the very best Arnardo tradition. An adventurous and magical world where the audience meets the joy, fascination and excitement of the around two hours they are our guests. And we know how to take care of our guests,” director Arild Arnardo says. He has seen countless numbers of children and adults go into the circus tent with hopes in their eyes. They have opened their senses and given Arild and the artists the opportunity to fill them with sound, light, smell, excitement, fascination and not least laughter.
22 February 2018
Baldoni’s Winter Circus had performances in week 8 in Ishøj Shopping Center in the southern part of greater Copenhagen. The school children in a number of municipalities south of Copenhagen have winter holidays in week 8. Thus, it was in week 8 that the Ishøj Shopping Center for the third consecutive year presented Baldoni's winter circus. All the approx. 35 minute long performances were extremely well-attended and undoubtedly attracted many visitors and customers to the shopping centre. True to tradition the performance was presented by René Baldoni and his lion Leonardo. All photos: Jacob Boas Leitisstein
The first act in the performance was Rudy Janacek, who rolled into the ring on a large ball and then juggled.
His mother Maria did fine hula-hoop artistry
The Baldoni clowns - Danilo, Cindy and Eduard - got the laughing muscles started
11-year-old Kaya Janacek completed the performance with rola bola at level with what one see adult artists do. Click here to see more of Jacob Boas Leitissten's photos from the show.
Click here to watch a 4½ minute video shot by Ole Simonsen with iPhone.
21 February 2018
Winter Circus 2018 produced by Isabella Enoch Sosman. Jørgen Lorenzen saw the performance in Hobro Arena on February 18 at 3 p.m. and writes (my translation):
There were between 100 and 200 visitors. Among the artists in the performance were the Konyots clown trio. And it's been a long time since we've witnessed a White Clown together with two Augusts. Here she was a woman - not white-faced, but dressed in white. And in interaction with the two Augusts. And especially the elder August mastered the clown profession. He started the performance with the entrée where the music paper descends from the music stand until he tape it - with the unforeseen consequence that he tapes himself.
Isabella Enoch welcomed before Marian presented 6 mountain goats in fine routine where she showed the versatile skills these animals possess - agility and balance. A diabolo act then entered the ring where Duo Markewich juggled with diabolo props - among other things on high monocycle. Henry Fröchte then presented the classic plate spinning act before The Konyots appeared as musical clowns and played on trumpet (two!), clarinet, watches, harmonica, whistle, honk horn - and finally concert for a tube with funnel.
The second part of the performance was initiated with a puddle symphony, presented by Anton Tarbeev. The main trick was probably the dog standing on the forepaw in the hand of the trainer. David Enoch Sosman has grown thinner. It makes his juggling entrée better because he has acquired the springy steps of the juggler. He performed difficult tricks without any drops. What the most difficult in his versatile entrée is he only knows himself. But at last he bounced with 8 balls which seems to be extraordinarily difficult - at least it's spectacular.
David Enoch Sosman. Photo by courtesy of Isabella Enoch Sosman
An interlude with Katharina as a hula hoop artist was replaced by Henry Fröchte, alias the Indian Winnetou in his robust foot juggling entrée - assisted by his daughter Nathalie. The last act in the performance was a lasso and cowboy number, presented by Lilli Lasso.
And then it was all over. Isabella presented the 11 performers before audience left for the cold winter weather.
Isabella Enoch Sosman and her team
17 February 2018
Circus Big in Slagelse. Among the winter holiday performances was Circus Big, who performed at the West Zealand Center in Slagelse. As the pictures below show, there were a lot of spectators when Mr. Big (Benjamin Breith), Clown Knud (Thomas Larsen) and Andreas Magic were on the stage. Shops and eateries in the centre undoubtedly enjoyed the occurrence of something that attracted visitors and thus also customers to the centre during the winter holidays.
17 February 2018
IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS -- THEATRE CLAVEL proudly presents LA COMEDIE MAGIQUE, a theatrical MAGIC SHOW, by and with CARMELO CACCIATO and BERTRAND CRIMET.
Bertrand Crimet and Carmelo Cacciato. Photo by courtesy of Theatre Clavel
THEATRE CLAVEL is built in the style of an amphi-theater, sporting 120 seats, and a rather large stage, giving plenty of space for the artists to perform.
Both CARMELO and CRIMET are good actors, performing the different sketches in an attractive and pleasant way.
After an hilarious entrée, using a white handkerchief, taking different forms - this stunt is called NAPKINS NONSENSE, a lot of public interaction follows, which all does involve the audience in all that is happening:
We saw paper-cutting, the classic MONEY OUT OF THIN AIR, a vertical levitation, and a sequence where both CARMELO and CRIMET act behind and in a picture, hanging on the wall , difficult to describe but very funny and vivid.
Some sublime effects may have got lost for the smaller fry / 6 - 10 years old/ - but all had a hilarious and pleasant afternoon, both kids and adults.
Carmelo Cacciato. Photo by courtesy of Theatre Clavel
Showtime: 60 min.
A sympathic, funny and appealing show - well worth seeing!!
IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS!!!
Venue: THEATRE CLAVEL, 3 rue Clavel, 75019 Paris. Metro: Pyrénées.
See more: www.theatre-clavel.com
....................... reported by ZARRO ZARRO.
16 February 2018
Enoch's Circus Show 2018. Jacob Boas Leitisstein has seen the performance and writes (my translation):
Jimmy Enoch has been presenting Enoch's Circus Show for a number of years in the winter holiday at Rosengaard Shopping Center in Odense, and it has to be said that the circus show has become popular among the guests of the center. Long before the show start, all the ringside and tribune seats were occupied, and around the ring there were a lot of people standing up.
This year's edition of Enoch's Cirkus Show featured a number of acts that the Danish circus audience on Zealand probably will remember from the last two seasons in Circus Arli. The show started with a clown entrée with Francesco Fratellini, who had a camera with him in the ring. He was followed by Jimmy Enoch, who entered the ring on bike and did a few tricks before he welcomed.
Jimmy Enoch. All photos: Jacob Boas Leitisstein
Francesco Fratellini came back in the ring again - now with juggling and a one-wheeled bike. First juggling with balls and then on the mono-bike on which he with his foot was throwing cups and plates to top of his head.
Now there were animals in the ring - it was Gina Giovanni's dog show. A nice dog act with tricks as jump through hoops and skipping. The act ended with all Gina's dogs getting a roller-coaster ride.
After the dog act the clown Francesco came back - now with a baby and a pram. Next artist was Sarah Florees with a nice hula hoop show. Sarah combined both acrobatics and hula hoop.
The last act in the show was a fun and fast-paced knockabout table act with Alexander Arli and Francesco Fratellini. All in all, Jimmy Enoch once again presented a great winter show!
Alexander and Francesco, Click here to see more of Jacob Boas Leitisstein's photos from the show.
14 February 2018
Circus Krone. Jorgen Lorenzen saw the performance in The Concert Hall in Aarhus on 13th of February at 14 and writes (my translation):
The hall was crowded - many children. The spirit became high while the clown Allando walked around and chatted with the children. And when he finally found a way to the ring there were beach balls everywhere. Of course, they had to get out of the ring before the show could get started, and Allando threw them to the audience - who returned them under deafening delight.
Allando small talks with the audience. Photo: Jørgen Diswal
The Krone Band, more precisely Marc and Frank Thierry played Krone’s signature tune before the former director Irene Thierry welcomed the audience using her usual ritual, which ends with the audience bowing for her. And then we were in Denmark's coziest circus. Later in the performance, she presented her successor to the executive chair, her son Frank Thierry.
The Janacek family from the Czech Republic masters 8 different acts. We saw some of them. Rudolf being 5 years old dressed in beautiful, tailored suit was "Kugelläufer", as it is called in German when artist balances on a large ball. He juggled with rings, balls, clubs cones and sword.
Rudolf Janacek. Photo: Jørgen Diswal
Then we went, or rather Allando went, on a picnic. But a mischievous pony disturbed him, and it would certainly not leave the ring willingly. Great enthusiasm and sympathy with the pony.
Allando and the mischievous pony. Photo: Jørgen Diswal
Eduard, the father of the Janecek family, performed with chair balance, dressed as Agent 007. 4 chairs in alternate positions with juggling in the top.
Eduard Janacek. Photo: Jørgen Diswal
Allando entered the ring with an animal of indeterminate nature. Even he was in doubt. Was there a duck, a lion, a dog, a seal or a sea lion? The children helped him with well-intentioned shouts and it was agreed that it was a sea lion. But then a mischievous penguin appeared. Here too, Allando’s zoological knowledge failed. Was it a quack-quack, a dinosaur, an ant, a toad scratch or a pingeling? Together with the children, the animal was determined as a penguin, which, however, showed a behavior so that one could be misled to believe that there was a human behind the ham, which actually was the case.
Kaya (= Karel) being 11 years old was a competent rola bola acrobat. He was used 3 and 4 cylinders, and he also mastered the trick in which the artist, standing on his board at the top of the rollers, maneuvers his body through two rings.
Kaya Janacek. Photo: Jørgen Diswal
And then there was a finale. Irene Thierry is now no longer the director, but employed and certainly not ready for retirement! And we are excited about what the new director has for ideas when Circus Krone starts the season something in the spring.
13 February 2018
Circus Mascot. Jorgen Lorenzen saw the performance in the Herning Shopping Center Monday, February 12th. pm. 14 and writes (my translation):
Daniel Deleuran welcomed. The clown Gulio disturbed before Daniel showed Gulio some magic tricks of which a couple was easily seen through by the kids. Which also was the intention. Husik then presented his beautiful juggling act with "overgrown" rings before Gulio provoked laughter with a kidding and rubbish clothes dog. But soon the real dogs came in the ring when Marianne filled the ring with her pets - in a symphony of dog tricks.
Husik and the hoops. Photo from an earlier performance
Gulio and Julia performed a sketch with a mechanical doll. The same as you could see last summer in Mascot's tent. But the number was further developed so it became more poetic and lively. The new was that Julia's mimic had been refined, so her face radiated many emotions - far more than in the tent. The entire emotional registry from irritation and amazement to banter and fun.
Gulio and Julia. Photo from an earlier performance
Circus is a nice feature in some of the major shopping malls programs during the winter holidays. Large centers may actually seem a little sterile and hurried with the many flagged and glass facades and busy people on shopping. But it is obvious that the shopping centers are trying to add an aesthetic and cultural dimension: green oases and decorations - and also circuses. In the long term, one can hope that there will be space for circus and street performers in the pedestrianized streets - in the centers and in the city streets. There must be opportunities for popular art here. And the shop owners will make the experience that street performers, acrobats and street singers doesn’t hinder the sale - on the contrary, they reinforce it because they contribute a nice and relaxed atmosphere and provide space for imagination and amazement.
13 February 2018
Circusland in Slagelse - Winter Holiday 2018. Jacob Boas Leitisstein writes (my translation):
Again this year, Circusland in Slagelse has been open during the winter holiday. This winter holiday was the last chance to experience the theme "The Wild West" in the circus park. In the summer of 2018, Cowboys and Indians will be replaced by pirates.
In addition to the amusements at the playground, circus school, pony rides and the circus museum, there is still greatest focus on live entertainment in the form of various shows. The first show on the program was the Western show, which during the winter holidays presented by Texas Jack.
Texas Jack. All photos: Jacob Boas Leitisstein
The first act in the show was a dog act with Stephanie Berdino. She was followed by fun with the clown Christian Folco and the whip-cracking Texas Jack. Then Charmaine Berdino came in the ring with her two beautiful horses. The last two acts in the Western show were revolver juggling with Texas Jack and a pony show presented by Daniel Koscik and Timm Delbosq.
Charmaine Berdino with one of her beautiful horses
After the western show, it was time to meet Arena’s own sea lions Luna, Sally and Oscar. During the first part of the sea lion, Stephanie Berdino told a little about how sea lion training takes place in Circusland. Afterwards, the sea lions did a nice show with tricks both on the dry and in the water.
After lunch there was a children's show on the small stage in the playground. Chief Talking Waterfall presented Texas Jack, who did a magic show. In the children's show you also got a little taste on the summer's pirate theme - it was a pirate show with the parrot Gøje.
Circus Landino was now ready for a new, beautiful circus performance, presented by Charmaine and Patrick Berdino. The first act of the show was Laura Berdino with a beautiful liberty act with a total of eight horses.
The clown Christian Folco, who also was part of Landino’s performance during the autumn holiday, had a couple of new entrées. The first gag was one where one from the audience is invited to the assist in a springboard act that does not end as expected.
The next act was an illusion act with Duo Biasini, followed by Daniel Koscik with Indian ducks. Christian Folco now entered the ring with a very "dangerous" animal that ended up flipping his clothes J Then Patrick Berdino and his cousin Oliver Berdino made a nice and fast-paced juggling and knockabout table act.
Patrick and Oliver Berdino
The circus performance was completed with lots of circus animals presented by Timm Delbosq - there were both dromedaries, zebras, llamas and a pony.
Click here to see more photos from Circusland
13 February 2018
Magic at the Circus Museum. The circus museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, presented during week 7 a 45-minute show with one of Denmark's most internationally renowned magicians and illusionists, Kim Kenneth. He and his two assistants presented also tricks which they never before have presented in Denmark.
There was a booked up at the performances
Kim started juggling and conjuring with cards, while telling him that he, with his father as teacher as a kid started with doing magic tricks with cards. Later, however, he wanted to do magic tricks with women J - and then he had to change the cards with illusion acts!
The trick where Kim puts fire on the prop and conjure up his girlfriend Jessica. In addition to this act we saw the illusion in which Jessica is locked into a box which immediately after appears to be empty. Afterwards, it appears to contain both Jessica and an additional assistant Henrika. We also saw the illusion where Jessica is squashed in a box.
The show also offered mind reading. A couple of randomly selected spectators should tell in which town they wanted to see a circus, what the tickets would cost, how they got to the circus lot, , what they bought in the kiosk and what the first act in the performance was. The answers Kim Kenneth wrote on a flip-over. Then Line Vittrup hoisted down a small box down from the ceiling, containing a roll that turned out to contain a paper with the exact answers Kim had written on his flip-over!
Jessica also presented her own act: elegant sword balance. Due to the fire regulations, however, without her final trick, where she balances swords over a burning ladder.
The final trick in the performance was a nice and original version of the number called the substitution trunk. Click here to see more photos from the show.
12 February 2018
It is a longstanding tradition that Benny Schumann presents a performance in Elsinore City Center during the winter holiday. It is also a tradition that he 10-15 minutes before the show begins inviting some children in the ring. All photos: Ole Simonsen
Among the performers in Benny's performance was his niece Laura’s husband Luis Torres who years ago was partner for the famous clown Bello Nock. At Benny’s performance he did pole acrobatics.
Benny Schumann's 2018 performance also featured Peter Taylor's comic dog show. Benny himself appeared among other things with magic and as ventriloquist. - The Photographer Per "Mr. Sputnik" Krogh Petersen has also visited the performance. Click here to see his photos.
10 February 2018
The Swedish Circus Brazil Jack, which this year is the largest touring Sweden, opens the season at the Mill Square in Malmo Thursday 15 March. They stay in Malmo until Sunday, March 18th. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg, and the sixth largest city in Scandinavia, with a population of above 300,000. There is a tunnel/bridge connecting Malmö with Copenhagen, Denmark.
This year's performance offers artists and clowns, but not on animal acts. Amongst the artist are the outstanding diabolo juggler Pierre Marchand.
The Danes met Pierre Marchand in the Circus Arena in 2017. The Swedish circus audience remember him from Circus Brazil Jack in 2015. No doubt that the Swedish audience is looking forward to seeing this superstar again. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The second Swedish circus, Circus Olympia, will open the season on Saturday, March 24, in Oskarström.
Norway's largest circus, Circus Arnardo, has the premiere on March 10 in Arendal.
9 February 2018
Addition to overviev of circuses during the winter holidays. A show at Funen which wasn’t mentioned in my overview dated February 2:
Enoch's Circus Show is produced by Jimmy Enoch and can be seen in Rosengaard Shopping Center in Odense from Monday 12th February to Saturday 17th February. You will meet clowns, acrobats, bike show and animal acts. Free admission.
8 February 2018
Book Review: Dick H. Vrieling: The Best of Best - The Unique Circus Collection of Jaap Best. Publishing Special Collections (Amsterdam University). Softcover, 48 pages, 21 x 21 cm. Many illustrations in colour. Reviewed by Ole Simonsen
There are many collectors, but far less valuable collections. And many collectors overestimate the value of their own collection. But it happens that a collector has a really valuable collection. One example is Danish Ølund Barly, whose unique collection today is an important part of the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen.
In Holland, one of the most important collectors was Jaap Best (1912-2002). From 1947 to 1961, he worked as a secretary for a number of major circuses. At his death, he left about 9,000 posters and 7,000 photographs, which have since been photographed and digitized and made available on the website www.circusmuseum.nl The site is currently under reconstruction and will be expanded with some other circus collections.
Dutch circus historian Dick H. Vrieling tells in the book about Jaap Best’s life and about his unique collection, which just has been transferred to the Amsterdam University’s Department for Special Collections. The book is well written, highly presentable and richly illustrated, and includes presentation of some circuses that have been touring Holland. It is available in both English and Dutch. The price is very reasonable; 14.95 Euro + shipping. The book can be purchased at https://bijzonderecollecties.hexspoorwms.nl/NL/webshop/museumwinkel
4 February 2018
In my overview about circuses during the winter holidays dated February 2 I wrote that the clowns in Isabella Enoch Sosman's Winter Circus, the Hungarian The Konyots, not
previously had performed Scandinavia. English John Cooper has corrected me. They were in Norway in 1999 where David Konyot and his wife Ansca together with a third partner toured with Circus Arnardo.
The couple's daughter, Lilli, was born then, but too young to be involved in the performance.
Thus, it was wrong when I wrote that the clown trio never before had worked in Scandinavia. I should have written that "Singing Lilli Lasso, turning and throwing ropes in all sizes and directions" not previously has appeared in a Scandinavian circus ring. .
4 February 2018
IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS -- but certainly also in DUBAI - where we during the BIG DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL can see marvelous acts in the various SHOPPING MALLS.
This year I have chosen to highlight some unique performances that combine physical prowess and musical talent, and all that in a wonderful decoration and becoming costumes.
ELECTRIKA STRING QAURTET are 4 female musicians, who play baroque music, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 violoncello, they are dressed in costumes from that time, including artful wigs. They walk around playing among the potential shoppers, a great moment for those who never saw anything like that. It is a unique visual and musical show - NEVER SEEN HERE BEFORE.
ELECTRIKA STRING QUARTET. By courtesy of Dreammaster. Photographer ADRIAN CHITIC.
SUPER DRUMMERS are 8 musicians who display lots of energy and rhythm, they feature an outstanding show, also musical and visual, as they follow a carefully studied choreography, dressed in colorful costumes with matching hats, and they get big success with the shoppers and showing that much talent, it is evident that they were shortlisted at ARAB GOT TALENT.
Super Drumners. Photographer Marcela Bello.
In the GLOBAL VILLAGE, a large fun fair, you can meet market sellers and traders from the whole world, the classic fun fair attractions, ethnic restaurants and wonderful shows on several outdoor stages. It was impossible for me to get details this year.
IT ALL HAPPENS IN - DUBAI.
......................... reported by ZARRO ZARRO.
2 February 2018
Circus during the winter holidays. School children in Denmark have winter holidays either in week 7 or in week 8. Whether it is in week 7 or 8 is different from municipality to municipality.
As previous years you can in several shopping malls etc. in Denmark see circus performances etc. during the winter holidays. Here is a summary of what you can see this year:
In Copenhagen and on Zealand
The circus museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen
From 12 to 16 February you can every day at 11 see a show with the famous Danish illusionist Kim Kenneth. He will be assisted by Jessica Caveagna who also does sword balancing.
At the Circus Museum you can meet the magician Kim Kenneth and his girlfriend Jessica, who does sword balancing.
Benny Schuman's winter holiday performances in Elsinore City Center
Benny Schumann present from 12th to 18th February a winter holiday performances in Elsinore. Benny celebrates 250 Years of Circus by telling the story between the different acts. In addition to Benny you will meet Luis Schumann-Torres with pole acrobatics and Peter Taylor (Peter Taylor Balder) with his comic dog show. Free admission.
Circusland in Aarslev by Slagelse
From the 19th to the 18th of February there is open every day from 10 to 16. In a press release Circusland writes (my translation):
The winter holiday is the last option if you want to see all the best of the Wild West in Circusland as the summer's theme will be brand new.
Talk to Chief Talking Waterfall, try out gold mining, archery and pony riding in our big playground. All activities and shows are free when the entrance fee is paid. See Circus Arena’s sea lions, zebras and other animals inside and outside the ring and have a look into a real circus camping. Get stuck on the prairie, train circus skills with our artists or go for a walk on the water in our waterballs.
Circusland offers a western show with Texas Jack, here seen together with Chief Talking Waterfall, sea lion show as well as performance and circus school in Circus Landino.
Baldoni's winter circus in Ishøj City Center
From 19th to 24th: Ishøj City Center (Shopping mall in Copenhagen suburb). The performers are in addition to René Moenster Baldoni the clowns Danilo and Cindy as well as the Janacek family from the Czech Republic: The 11-year-old Kaya with rola bola, Maria with hula hoop, and Eddie as part in the clown act. Free admission.
Kaya Janacek was also part of in Baldoni's Christmas circus
Isabella Enoch's Winter Circus.
From 9th to 18th February, Isabella Enoch presents winter circus in a number of Jutland arenas.
The program is
Isabella Enoch welcomes
Gentle goats from the Alps presented by Marian
Beautiful Kathrina from Hungary with hula hoop
Diabolo with Duo Markawich
World-class juggling David Enoch Sosman
Henry Fröchte from Germany foot juggler
The clown trio The Konyots from Hungary
The namesakes David and David. Magic as if they were twins.
Dancing plates presented by Henry and Nathalie.
Dog act presented by Anton Tarbeev from Russia
Singing Lilli Lasso, turns and throws ropes in all sizes and directions.
The Zealand circus audience knows Katarina Markawich and Anton Tarbeev from Circus Arli 2013 and Circus Baldoni 2015. The photo picture is from Circus Arli 2013
Henry Fröchte performed for several seasons in Circus Dannebrog under his artist name Winnetou. Together with Katja Enoch, with whom he was married for a while, he has the daughter Nathalie.
The Konyot family is a well-known Hungarian artist family. David Konyot worked for several years as a white clown together with Toni Alexis. As far as I know, The Konyots have not previously worked in Scandinavia.
Circus Krone in Aarhus Concert Hall
From 11th to 19th of February Circus Krone present winter circus in Aarhus Concert Hall.
In the press release, Circus Krone writes (My translation):
Circus Krone & Aarhus Concert Hall present the International Winter Circus 2018
Cirkus Krone and Musikhuset have over the years created a tradition for winter circus in the winter holidays. The music hall's small stage creates the perfect setting for a warm, present and enjoyable experience for the whole family.
NEW! In 2018, there will be a generational change in Circus Krone as Frank Thierry has become managing director. However, this does not mean that former circus director Irene Thierry not will be in the ring this year, just because she has withdrawn from the management of Circus Krone. But the generational change will mean that Cirkus Krone hopefully will continue for many years.
This year we can proudly present acts from the very young generation in cooperation the Czech Janecek family. 11 year old Karel (Kaya) and his family have chosen this year to spend their winter holiday in Denmark with us in Circus Krone. Karel makes a very nice rola bola act on level with what adults can do. Together with him come his smaller brother Rudolf and his father Eduard. Rudolf makes a nice juggling act on the rolling globe. Eduard comes with a slightly different handstand act, where the props consist of kitchen chairs. Mama Maria makes sure that all the boys get their props.
Jan Allan is the clown Allando - in all modesty Denmark's undisputed, best clown! Allando is working with his best friend Pingo this year. With the two together in the ring a lot of things can happen!
Of course, the small ponies are also in the Music Hall. They might tease Allando!.
The circus music is provided by Marc and Frank Thierry, and in Krone's circus café the girls make sure the foyer smells of popcorn!
Irene Thierry is ringmistress and guides as always the audience safely through the performance.
Come and see a very versatile, funny, exciting, dangerous and traditional circus performance for the whole family. Circus delivered as always with the heart ☺
Cirkus Mascot visits the Herning Center in week 7 and Aalborg Storcenter in week 8. Free admission.
The performers are members of the Deleuran family as well as the clown Ulmas / Gulio and his family: Mrs. Tatyana and the children Husik and Juliya.
Gulio with the living doll, here his wife Tatyana.
1 February 2018
Konstantin Mouraviev to Zirkus Nemo. Soren Ostergaard has expanded the artist group in the coming season to include the raving Russian rhonrad acrobat Konstantin Mouraviev, also known as The Fat Man.
The first time the Danes met Konstantin Mouraviev at Arena in 2001, where he presented a classical act in rhonrad. The comic version with the man on slimming the Danes first time met in 2004 at the Clown festival at Bakken and in Soren Ostergaard's Tivoli Variety. In 2010 he was back at Arena and in 2012 at Bakken and with Soren Ostergaard, this time in Zirkus Nemo. Press photo from Zirkus Nemo, shot in 2009, where Konstantin was in Monte Carlo.
In addition to Soren Ostergaard’s own comedy figures Zirkus Nemo will in 2018 present the French-Cuban Duo Solys, the hula hoop star Geraldine Philadelphia, the world's fastest juggler Mario Berousek, Konstantin Mouraviev and Cabaret Deca Dance with their sexy puppets for adults.
31 January 2018
No animal acts in Circus Brazil Jack in 2018. On the Swedish Animal's Right Website you can read (my translation):
In a historical decision, Circus Brazil Jack, Sweden's oldest circus, announces that they stop using animals in their performances.
This year, circus art in Sweden celebrates 250 years and circuses are still something that engages and touches. But what does the circus of the future look like?
The animal's right attitude to the question has always been that circus is fun, but not for the animals. Since early autumn we have had a dialogue with Circus Brazil Jack, who now takes the historic decision to become completely free of animals in their 2018 season!
- Circus Brazil Jack is Sweden's oldest circus and we have always adapted to the time. Stop having animal acts is something we've been thinking of for a long time, and we have phased out the animals for several years now to become completely animal-free,” says Trolle Rhodin, Circus Director at Brazil Jack.
To the Swedish newspaper Expressen, the 29-year-old Trolle Rhodin explains the decision as follows:
We adapt and give the audience what they want ... Brazil Jack was an animal circus in the 1940's and 1950’s and had a lot of animals but we are adapting to present time. It is important to follow developments. For us, the circus is an art form …
Circus Brazil Jack 2016. In the foreground Rosi Hochegger's large dog pen. But such a thing is history: in the coming season you will not see stables or pens because there are no animals in the Brazil Jack performance
In Germany, Circus Roncalli has previously taken the same decision as Brazil Jack. In Switzerland, neither Circus Salto Natale, Církus Conelly, Cirkus Monti nor Cirkus Starlight have animals in their performances. And German Circus Flic Flac has never had any animals in their performances.
The last few years, Swedish circuses have in many cities had demonstrators outside the tent who have tried to tell the visitors that the circus ill-treats their animals. The demonstrators have usually rejected dialogue with persons of another opinion, just as they have rejected by self-esteem to see how the animals have it.
Circus Brazil Jack's decision is about season 2018. And they have not made a "deal" with the Animal's Right-people. But the Animal's Right organization praises them for the decision they have made about the forthcoming season.
For the last couple of years, Brazil Jack has had only a few animals in the show: in 2017 horses, presented by the Donnert family, and in 2016 dogs and a horse presented by Rosi Hochegger.
As far as we know, the other Swedish circus, Circus Olympia, will as usual have animals in their performance. However, neither elephants nor sea lions, who never have been part of an Olympia performances. But horses, dogs and camels, which have always been an important part of the Bengtsson family’s performances. Apart from the very small circuses, Brazil Jack and Olympia will be the only circuses in Sweden this year.
19 January 2018
Lotte Arli turns 75 on 30 January. When Lotte in 1957 met a young and handsome painter’s apprentice Soren Arli Hansen both Lotte and Soren fall in love. They became a couple and Soren who a few years earlier have had his debut as an artist at the variety theatre Alhambra at the amusement park Bakken north of Copenhagen persuaded Lotte to try her luck not at a painters wife but as an artist wife and assistant. They created a comical juggling act called Lott and Arli. Furthermore Soren performed as whiteface clown and Lotte did thought reading using the artist name Madame Zarina. With acts like those Soren and Lotte toured with circuses among those the Danish circuses Moreno and Arena.
Lotte Arli. Photo Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
As many artists Lotte and Soren Arli had a dream about establishing his own circus. Not the largest circus in the world but a small show with good atmosphere and close contact to the audience. In 1971 their dream came through when they opened Circus Arli in a tiny 1-pool big top they had made themselves. The staff consisted of Soren, Lotte and their son Martin. The first two seasons was spent in Jutland Mini Zoo in Haustrup. Since 1973 Circus Arli has toured Zealand with a two pole tent with a seating capacity of 220 people with family-friendly performances and performers from the Ali family assisted by a few foreign artists, which is always of good quality. The small circus quickly gained success and has maintained the concept that it must be small, but good.
After Søren Arli passed away in 2011, Lotte Arli continued the operation of the small circus cooperation with her son and daughter-in-law Martin and Bettina Arli, who today are the owners of the circus.
As in many circus families Lotte take care of the ticket office. And many friends of Circus Arli believe that an Arli-performance will be quite wrong if they haven’t bought their tickets from Lotte. Today, however, there are more and more who buy the tickets over the internet. It is nice for Lotte, because the work in the box office isn’t as stressed as in old days with long queues. Despite turning 80 Lotte will not stop to take care of the ticket office. As her son Martin says, "Mom are allowed to retire as long as she still take care of her duties!”
16 January 2018
No Circus Maximum in 2018. For some time rumours has told that the large Swedish Cirkus Maximum wouldn’t tour in 2018. Now they rumours are confirmed: Sweden's largest circus, Cirkus Maximum will not tour this year. The owner Bengt Källquist chooses to take a break and "charge the batteries" and find a new concept for how he wants to run his circus.
Click here to see a video clip where he tells about his decision and the background for it. (Language: Swedish). There are also clips from some of his performances.
Bengt Källquist (born 1958) started his circus in 1983 under the name of Circus Minimum and with a tent that seated 400 persons. His circus grew and changed its name to Circus Maximum. In his last tent there was room for 1,400 spectators. He always presented an international performance of high quality, often with the same artists which the Danes met in Circus Benneweis and the Norwegians in Circus Merano.
Cirkus Maximum is the fifth major Scandinavian circus which in the recent years has stopped or decided to take a break. Norwegian Circus Merano stopped after season 2014. Danish Circus Benneweis after season 2015. Danish Circus Dannebrog and Swedish Circus Scott after season 2016.
Apart from some very small circuses, the only circuses in Sweden in the coming season will be Circus Brazil Jack and Circus Olympia.
Proposal for a ban against elephants and sea lions are pending in the Swedish Parliament. Strange as no cicus in Sweden has presented elephants or sea lions in their performances since 2013 and none of the circuses have plans to start presenting such animals again …
16 January 2018
Danes in Budapest. The 12th International Circus Festival in Budapest was held from 8th to 14th of January. The artistic level was extremely high and clearly better than in 2016. There were no Danish artists in the performances, but many Danish visitors including 18 on a tour organized by Briano's Circus Travel. The photo shows some of Briano's guests. There were also several Danes who had travelled to Budapest on their own.
From left: Bent Soelberg (former stable master for Circus Arena), Jørgen Lorenzen (circus historian), Cindy Binau Nielsen (clown’s assistant in Circus Baldoni), Sonja Soelberg (former trapeze artist), Britta Thanning Olsen (circus fan), Kim Thanning Olsen (circus fan), Irene Thierry (former owner of Danish Circus Krone), Daniel Dimitrijevic ("Danilo", clown in Circus Baldoni), Camilla Frimann (Circus Baldoni), Ole S. Hansen (almost hidden), Frank Thierry (new owner of Danish Circus Krone), René Moenster Baldoni (owner of Circus Baldoni), Marc Thierry Deleuran (almost hidden), Lasse Nørager aka the well-known clown Bonbon, Briano Behrendt and Julia Myllykangas (artist, daughter of Lasse Nørager)
All the performances of the festival were initiated by Florian Richter and his son Kevin with a horse act: first, elegant high school riding and then the Courier with 20 horses! The most beautiful and impressive horse act I have seen since Schumann stopped in the Copenhagen Circus building in 1969. Click here to see a photo and video clip from the act.
Florian and Kevin Richter presented an outstanding horse act. They did not participate in the competition for prizes.
There were two opening acts that did not participate in the competition. In addition to Richters, the Hungarian Rippel Bros., who appeared on a platform hanging from the circus doom, assisted by trainees from The Rippel Bros. Academy.
The Nomuna Troupe and Chinese National Acrobat Troupe won the Gold Award. A Silver Award was awarded to Andrejs Fjodorovs, Duo Funcoholics, as well as the Without Socks clown trio. Stanislav Vysotskyi, the Vodyanik Group, Duo Solys, as well as Adam Fehér and Benjamin Kassai received Bronze Award.
The Gold award winners Chinese National Acrobat Troupe pretended two acts: one where they juggled with umbrellas and one with diabolos. The act with umbrellas was initiated by the artists forming a human lotus flower
There was also gold for the Nomuna troupe from Mongolia. They presented two acts: springboard and hand voltige
Lord of the pigeons Andrejs Fjodorvs from Latvia started his international career with Einar Trie in the small Danish Circus Charlie. He got his breakthrough at Danish Circus Arli in 2008, where foreign circus directors saw him and spotted his unique talent. In 2015 he was with the Swedish Circus Maximum. The silver medal in Budapest is his most outstanding distinction so far. A participation in the Monte Carlo festival a few years ago "only" got him a special award.
Victoria and Konstantin from Duo Funcolics presented an outstanding act in pole. They come from Russia. They were awarded a silver medal.
It's rare for clowns to end up with one of the finest awards. But this happened this year when the 3 young Russians who call themselves Without Socks got a well-deserved silver medal. They have four nice and completely original entrées: In the first, a camera with self-timer did not perform as expected. In the next they had fun with a floor that played music when they stepped on it. In the third two of the clowns were mosquitoes in battle with the third clown. Their fourth and last entre was a modern musical entrée.
There was bronze to Stanislav Vysotskyi, who uses the ankle and the shin while juggling (not shown in photo) - something I have never seen before.
There was bronze to the Vodyanik troupe from Russia for an unusual and spectacular aerial act.
The French-Cuban handstand / hand-to-hand duo Duo Solys, who the Danes met in Zirkus Nemo in 2016, got a well-earned bronze medal at the circus festival in Budapest. The Danes can look forward to see Duo Solys once again in the forthcoming Nemo performance.
Adam & Benjamin come from Hungary. They got a bronze medal for their act in pole.
14 January 2018
Norwegian Circus Minimax stops. Director Carl-André Hjelvik from the tiny Norwegian Circus Minimax has decided to stop. He writes (my translation):
Circus Minimax shuts down. Unfortunately, we have so far decided to shut down our minicircus. The reason is increasing costs and other things which make running of a circus more and more difficult. We wish to thank everyone who has supported us during our five seasons! It has given us a lot of pleasure these years, but also a lot of struggle to get on the roads. We also thank all the artists who have been through us. And we will miss our amazing audience! We may come back again sometime in the future.
Circus Minimax 2016. The staff was Carl-André Hjelvik, the clown Don Carlos, the box office manager Ingrid Lone and the juggler Oliver Berdino.
Only circuses in Norway this year will be the large Circus Arnardo and the medium-sized Circus Agora.
9 January 2018
Marianne Deleuran in the Danish version of Got Talent. The popular TV show starts a new season and sends the first broadcast on January 20th at 20:00 on TV2. Circus director Marianne Deleuran and the poodle Bobby, both from the Circus Mascot, are ready for audition.
Marianne Deleuran and Bobby ready for audition. Photo: Circus Mascot
5 January 2018
Danish circuses in 2018. Here is an overview in alphabetical order of the circuses that will tour Denmark in 2018, as well as a list of performers in each circus. Many of the artist names have previously been mentioned on this website
Cirkus Arena: Season opening in Copenhagen ‘Bellahoj’ on March 28th. The performance is presented by Patrick Berdino and the rapper Clemens. The performing artists Laszlo Simet and his astronauts with their Giant Semaphore, the trapeze acrobat Alexander Lichner, the juggler Juan Pablo Martinez, Pat Harrison and his hot dogs, Laura Berdino with Arab stallion, the foot juggler Jan Navratil, Zhang Fan on slack wire, Charmaine Berdino with Spanish horses, the clown Jimmy Folco clown, Rudi Althoff with Circus Arenas elephants, Trio Angelis with Russian bar and artists from the Bingo Troupe.
Cirkus Arli: Season opening on 1 April in Flong (Copenhagen suburb). Among the performers are apart from members of the Arli family, Francesco Fratellini and Sarah Florees, both with other acts than in 2016 and 2017. Additional artist names are not yet published.
Martino & Co. Photo from 2017
Cirkus Baldoni: Season opening mid-March in Lyngby (Copenhagen suburb). In addition to the owner René Moenster Baldoni and the clown Danilo and his girlfriend Cindy, the performers are the illusionist Kim Kenneth, Jessica Caveagna with sword balance, the acrobats Mombasa Boys (with other acts than in 2017), Kaya Janacek with rola bola, the knock-about acrobat Freddi Steckel and the musical clown Eddie Janacek.
René Moenster Baldoni and the lion Leonardo is an indispensable feature of Baldoni's performances. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Circus Krone: Premier Date not yet published. Apart from Irene Thierry and the clown Allando, the names of performers are not yet published.
In Danish Circus Krone you can meet the lovable clown Allando
Circus Mascot: Season opening on March 28 in Roslev. Apart from members of the Deluran family and the clown Gulio and his family, the names of the performing artists are not yet published.
Marianne Deleuran and her dogs is an indispensable feature in a Mascot performance
Zirkus Nemo: Season opening on April 18th in Horsens. In the performance you will meet the comedian Soren Ostergaard, the hand-to-hand duo Duo Solys, the hula hoop star Geraldine Philadelphia, the super juggler Mario Berousek and Cabaret Decadanse with their sexy puppets for adults.
Duo Solys is back at Nemo after a season with the Swedish Circus Maximum
Circus Trapez: Premier Date not yet published. In the performance you will meet three members of the Chaves family: the clown Angelo Chaves, the aerial artist Erica Chaves and the rola bola acrobat Kevin Chaves. In addition, the foot juggler Nathalie Enoch is part of the performance. Furthermore, Bernhard Kaselowsky present his elephant Ramboline as well as with Friesian horses, ponies and donkeys. Band under the direction of Tino Aaby. The performance is presented by the singing ringmisstres Mathilde Gormsen.
Circus Trapez and Circus Arena are the only two circuses in the Nordic region that still have elephants in the performance. At Arena there is three elephants, at Trapez one, which here is seen here with its owner Bernhard Kaselowsky,
2 January 2018
IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS -- cirque PINDER proudly presents a nice family program, geared at the family audience, including all that they might wish to see.
RINGMASTER, in FRANCE called MR LOYAL, guides the spectators thru the performance.
SOPHIE EDELSTEIN has acted as a stagesetter, thus put her competent fingerprints on this production, but we would have liked to see her big illusions show, backed up by 5 acrobatic dancers. We also missed PINDER’S elephants...
SANDRO MONTEZ features with maestria 6 Siberian camels, 6 donkeys, 2 zebras, 3 beautiful horses and - later in the program - he treats us to a sympathetic number where 6 dogs playfully perform tricks that come natural to them.
SANDRO MONTEZ © Cirque Pinder
ZDENEK POLACH is an excellent tempo-juggler, mastering up to 7 balls - great!
Zdenek Polach © Cirque Pinder
SWING URBANO /ERI and CARLOS/ feature breath-taking acrobatics on Chinese mast/pole.
Swing Urbano © Cirque Pinder
FREDERIC EDELSTEIN performs with his 12 lions, 2 males, and 10 females -- all white, beautiful and willing to play, he is sure and kind towards his lions, and they surely like him.
When the big circular cage is being taken down, we saw VALERIY on vertical rope, an act otherwise performed by female acrobats.
Frederic Edelstein © Cirque Pinder
CLOWNS RAMPINS present the well-known classic sketch "LITTLE BEE, GIVE ME HONEY” against a backdrop that is appealing and in good taste.
Clowns Rampins © Cirque Pinder
TROUPE HABANA is - to my mind - the highlight of the show - performing salts on bar - at a height where flying trapeze perform -- then stunt on the RUSSIAN SWING , where these Cuban acrobats take off - only to land on a thick "mattress" or on top of a perch pole
I very much liked the only female acrobat's stunts!!
Cirque Pinder is in Paris until 21 January
Cirque Pinder use a very large tent seating 5,000. The current tent is from 2017. Unlike the German Circus Krone, which has an oval tent, Pinder has a round tent, which means that it is quite a distance from the backmost row to the ring. Probably this is the reason for the large TV-screens that are positioned around the ring, thus making it possible to see all that is going on in the very ring.
IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS!!!
See more: www.cirquepinder.com - in French, a google translation might help out.
Venue: PELOUSE DE REUILLY, Metro: Porte Doree, 75012 Paris.
.............................. reported by ZARRO ZARRO.
1 January 2018.
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1 January 2018
The circus year 2017 in review
The circus year in review is an annual review published on this website by the end of each year. You can find link to the previous year's reviews at the bottom of the circus news page.
It is not easy to run a circus. The cost of live entertainment such as the circus and theatre is high. Due to this ticket prices cannot compete with the cost of a ticket to a cinema. Many adults, unfortunately, believe that visit with their kids to a circus should be much cheaper than when mom and dad are going to a concert or in the theater.
At the same time, the increasing bureaucratization makes it hard to run a circus. There are rules that give both industry and municipalities a number of useless but time-consuming tasks. For example, it's hard to understand why a circus which wants to visit several lots in a municipality must submit an application for each lot and can’t do it in a single application. It triggers more work for both circus and municipality. Another example is the rules for putting up and removing posters. They differ from municipality to municipality. And interpreted far from as liberal as when it comes to politicians' election posters. Certain municipalities are also greedy when it comes to cost of renting a lot. Fortunately, there are also municipalities that are happy for circus visits and make a lot available free if charges.
Neither Cirkus Benneweis nor Cirkus Dannebrog toured in 2017. The rest of the Danish circus had a regular tour and most report better visits than in 2016.
As usual, the quality of the performances in the Danish circus was good and the audience well pleased with what they saw.
For the ninth year in row the Danish circuses got competition from DR television’s Big Band’s and the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation’s Circus Summarum. The Summarum-performances are not circus, but children's theatre that takes place in a circus environment. But for sure DR PR for Circus Summarum has moved market shares away from the circuses to Cirkus Summarum.
For the second consecutive year, sponsorship of private sponsors made is possible to give out Danish Circus Awards.
The award ceremony took place on August 9th in the Fencing hall at the Circus Museum in Hvidovre.
The Danish Minister of Culture Mette Bock handed the Danish Circus Award to Søren Østergaard from Zirkus Nemo. This year's talent award went to the AMoC (Academy of Modern Circus) as recognition of their ability to educate talented artists with skills that can be used both in contemporary circuses, in the classical circuses and in theaters. The award for the best act of the year went to Rafaella Honden from Circus Mascot for her beautiful act with 9 large Swiss sheepdogs. A new special effort award was given to former Minister of Culture Bertel Haarder. The award goes to the politician or public person who has done the most for circus in the past year. For many years the responsible ministry for circuses was the Ministry of Justice. This was unsatisfactorily for the circuses which wanted to have the Ministry of Culture as responsible as circuses just as theatre, ballet, opera, film and literature is part of culture. Several ministers rejected a request from the circuses to get the minister of culture as responsible. But in the spring 2016 Bertel Haarder, who at that time was minister of culture, with approval from the Danish Prime minister accepted the request and made the ministry of culture the responsible ministry for circuses.
The year's performances
During the school’s winter holidays in February CIRCUS KRONE had performances in Aarhus. BENNY SCHUMANN presented his mini circus in the Elsinore City Shopping Centre. CIRCUS MASCOT had performances in in Herning Shopping Centre and Aalborg Shopping Centre. JIMMY ENOCH produced a show for Rosengaard Shopping Centre in Odense. ISABELLA ENOCH presented winter circus in 6 arenas in Jutland. The Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, featured a show with the ventriloquist
Russian Cicus on Ice had performances in the Concert Hall in Aarhus and at the Opera in Copenhagen.
From 23 to 26 March, Cirque du Soleil visited Copenhagen’s Royal Arena with the show Varekai.
The largest circus in the Nordic countries Circus Arena opened the season at Bellahoj in Copenhagen on 23 March. Rud Kofoed, journalist and for many years reviewer of theatre and circus performances for the leading Danish tabloid enthusiastically handed out six stars and writes (Zarro Zarro’s translation, somewhat shortened compared to the Danish text).
An extraordinary success!!
Pierre Marchand is an outstanding diabolo player, dynamic and super-skillful, featuring an impressive act - second to none.
Pierre Marchand. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Encho present hand-stand as it is seldom seen. Both have won medals in Monte Carlo.
Encho. Last we saw him in Denmark was in 2006. A few months later was awarded both the Audience Award as a silver clown in Monte Carlo. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The master behind this success is Motor Mikke aka Mille Gori - she is the princess of this show: ideas, scenario, instruction and choreography, as well as the especially composed music. Mille's main idea is that a show can be created by imagination - proving that dreams can become true.
Motor Mille aka Mille Gori. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Kris Kremo, 65, world famous juggler, juggling three objects of each kind.
Kris Kremo. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Jackie Berdino’s wife Laura, presents Arab horses, their daughter Scarlett features Shetland ponies, at the age of four - her first appearance in public.
Laura and Jackie Berdino's daughter Scarlet. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Patrick Berdino, 25, presents with his cousin Oliver, 23, a knock-about-act on table - very funny.
The cousins Patrick and Oliver Berdino. Patrick is son of Jackie Berdino and Oliver of Suzanne Berdino. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Jidinis Magic Company amazed with spectacular illusions.
Keryazon Brothers: Angel, 17, and Radostin, 14, presented a quick and slick dance-and-acrobatic act. (I believe they are sons of Encho).
Diana showed the spectators that dachshunds can be taught to perform
Diana Vedyashkina and her small dachshunds. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Duo Costache performed a breath-taking perch act.
Mille featured advanced stunts in a swing-trapeze, with bungee-jumps - amazing.
The clown Jimmy Folco, inspired by Buster Keaton - had everyone laughing.
Rudi Althoff displayed an elegant animal show: dromedaries and lamas, then three African elephants.
Ekaterina Karmashova treats the audience to a beautiful aerial act.
All in all -- a wonderful show, also geared at children.
Jacob Boas Leitisstein also visited the show at opening night. Click here to see his photos.
In the middle of the season Bubber replaced Motor Mille as ringmaster as she was booked for Circus Summarum. Motor Mille is well-known and very popular from Danish television’s programs for kids and many children wanted to see her live. The same was not to case for Bubber and Mille came back as ringmistress in the end of the season.
Circus Arena closed the season 4 September in Roskilde.
As previous years Circus Arena kept their winter quarters in Aarslev open during the winter holidays, summer holidays and autumn holidays. Circus Land, as it is called, offered sea lion show, wild-west-show, pony rides, playground, museum etc. as well as short performances in Circus Landino. Amongst the performers in the summer season was the clown Don Christian, well-known from several seasons with Circus Benneweis.
Circus Arli opened their season in Fløng on 26 March.
This year's performance was a themed show called Ship Ahoy. It “took place” on board the good ship M/S Arli. Martin Arli was wearing the uniform of a captain and Bettina Arli of a first officer. And even the grooms were wearing sailor uniforms.
After the opening spec the first act in the show was an excellent knock-about on table act with Alexander Arli and Francesco Fratellini.
Alexander and Francesco. All photos: Ole Simonsen, unless otherwise stated
Next came Latvian Olga Makejeva with a fine act in a rotating ring. She was also with Circus Arli in 2007 and 2008 and with Circus Baldoni in 2005. At that time her surname was Guseva.
Last year there was many who missed Martin Arli’s cozy magic entrée. This year he was back in the ring and conjured with goldfish in an entrée which as far as I know was "invented" by the late Paul Arland (1921-2007) who traveled with it all over world as "The Merry Angler".
Martin conjures goldfish out of nothing
It's not every day you experience mermaids, and certainly not in an aerial ring. But you did in this year's show. The mermaid came from South Africa and was called Sarah Florees and was the girlfriend of Francesco Fratellini. Both Sarah and Francesco were also with Arli in 2016, but with completely different acts compared to what they presented this year.
The South African mermaid Miss Sarah
The mermaid was followed by an entrée where Francesco wanted to fish. "You can’t fish here," Bettina Arli says and Francesco then goes to the opposite side of the ring, as in the classic "don’t play here" -entrée. Eventually Francesco caught a small dog.
In an Egyptian tableau you met the talented Hungarian foot juggler Eva Varadi who juggled with hula hoop rings, balls and cylinders and finally a cross with flames.
Eva Varadi was also featured in the first act after the break: Donnert Quick change when she and her spouse Richard Donnert change clothes at lightning speed. For example she changes dress in a cloud of silver confetti from an umbrella.
Donnerts with quick change
Next came Francesco in the ring with a chest which turns out to contain a doll (his girlfriend Sarah). A fine act which ends up when he was “twisting” his girlfriend, see photo
Francesco and Sarah
Olga Makejeva was then back in the ring with an act in vertical rope.
Last act in the performance was the glorious musical clowns Martino & Co. This year with Martin Arli as the August in sailor suits, Alexander Arli as white-faced clown and Francesco as the last man in the trio. Alexander offers Martin 500 DKK if he can play the clarinet. But Martin can’t play the clarinet. But Francesco can. Martin offers Francesco 20 DKK if he will hide under a table and play while Martin with a clarinet mimes as is he was playing. There is a lot of fun in this all-new entrée with of course ends with a festive finale in which Alexander and Francesco plays trumpets and Martin trombone.
Martino & co.
I the finale Martin Arli paid tribute to his mother Lotte Arli, who in 2017 could celebrate her 60th year circus anniversary. Lotte's debut in the circus took place in 1957 in Circus Moreno. 14 years later, in 1971, she founded together with her husband Soren Arli (1935-2011) the small circus Arli, which since then has been on the roads every summer
Lotte Arli. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein
The talented young photographer Jacob Boas Leitisstein took numerous photos from the performance. Click here to see them.
Circus Arli closed the season on22 August in Sengeløse. As usual, they toured only on Zealand, including the Copenhagen area.
Just as in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the Arli family arranged from the middle of November and until Christmas the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market in Copenhagen. This year, the Christmas market was moved to Nytorv at “Strøget”, a much better location than last year.
Cirkus Baldoni opened the season in Lyngby on 21 March.
As something new they have plastic bucket seats instead of benches which had reduced the total number of seats on the two rows of ringside chairs and the 5 rows on the grandstand from 450 to 414.
The performance was Baldoni in top form and with the features which is a "must" for Baldoni fans. For example the lion Leonardo's dialogue with the circus director René Moenster Baldoni. Leonardo, who is a ventriloquist’s doll must say "ladies and gentleman, things gets worse and worse" and tell that “I love children - with sauce and potatoes ".
As something new Circus Baldoni had this year musical clowns. Their usual clown Danilo was assisted by the super musical Eddie (Eduard Janacek) who the audience met last year as a juggler and rola bola-acrobat. Between the acts in the show, he also tried the classic juggling gag with throwing 7 teaspoons into 7 glasses. He failed again and again. Then to succeed at the very end of the performance.
Danilo and Eddie opened the show with music, respectively on trombone and trumpet, which was followed by the opening with all artists in the ring which in Circus Baldoni is a stage. The artists waved with Danish flag and sang Happy Birthday as Circus Baldoni this year could celebrate their 15th year birthday (anniversary).
First artist act was Emmanuel Zuma and his 3 Mombasa Boys, who appeared in pole. Then we saw an elegant and charming act with trained house cats, presented by Fatime (Fatime Horvath) with the assistance of her spouse Peytchev (Peytchev Plamen Metodiev). Also the cats seemed to enjoy the act!
Danilo and Cindy the had an entrée where Danilo first tried to shoot with arrows and Cindy then tried to throw knife with a member from the audience as a target.
Next came Mombasa Boys back in the ring, this time with a well presented Limbo act.
One of the four Mombasa Boys with great limbo
The last number before the break was Agnes Nemeth and Roland Dittmar's excellent entrée where Roland finds a girlfriend in a tiny house.
Roland sees a lovely lady in the window of the tiny house
The comical act with the trampoline, which is “dressed” as a swimming pool with a 3-meter diving next, is always a success. At Baldoni it was presented by Mr. Jumping aka Peytchev Plamen Metodiev. He has two times before been with Baldoni, but according to the printed program he is the artist which the audience most times have asked to be allowed to see again.
We've seen it before. But you can enjoy Danilo's version of Renée & Renato old 80’s hit Save Your Love again and again. The gag with the mop as wig is as far as I know invented by the Swiss clown Andre Broger, but perhaps best known in José Michel’s version.
Danilo "sings" Renato’s voice in Save your love my darling, save your love
Roland and Agnes Dittmar then came back with a follow-up to their first entrée. This time the crippled Roland find a lamp and the spirit of the lamp grants him 3 wishes.
Maria Janacek had then an entrée in vertical rope.
Danilo and Eddie were then assisted by Cindy in the musical clown entrée "Do not play here" where Eddie managed to play many different instruments (even two trumpets at once) before Cindy was allowed to put head to " My hat, it has three corners ". See photo
Last artist act was Mombasa Boys partly skipping and partly building impressive human pyramids.
The closing act was a kind of dance entrée with first Danilo and René and then all the artists wearing boxing gloves. It went into the grand finale with Baldoni farewell song "We've been the best of friends" and all the artists in ring.
Grand Finale. All photos: Ole Simonsen. Click here to see a number of fine photos shot by the talented young photographer Jacob Boas Leitisstein.
The tented season where Baldoni as usual only toured Zealand and Lolland-Falster ended on August 30 in Algestrup but was followed by visit to the Faroe Islands with performances in the arenas etc.
BALDONI'S CHRISTMAS CIRCUS had in November and December performances in 17 different arenas on Zealand, including in the fencing hall at the Circus Museum in Hvidovre. In addition, they produced under the name CIRCUS PIXIE FUN a number of performances for kindergartens etc.
The small Danish Circus Cirkus Krone opened the season on 17 April in Salten.
Circus Krone at the circus lot in Salten, where season opening took place on 19 April. All photos: Ole Simonsen unless otherwise mentioned
The performance began with the poetic and slightly naive clown Allando walking around and chatting with the audience. Then he finds that it flows with plastic bags in the ring. When he throw them in the trash bin, runny rabbits throw them out again. Allando figure out that you can juggle with the plastic bags, and at last it rained down over him with plastic bags from a small box under the circus dome.
The first artist act was Nedyalko and Veselka, who in the dark are juggling with glowing sticks.
Eventually, the couple's 8 year old daughter Yana entered the ring wearing a kind of illuminated butterfly wings.
The small family was followed by Allando's beloved entrée where two ponies will eat his apple.
Then charming Yana came back in the ring and showed her skills with hula hoop
8-year-old Yana. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Now 4 pirates entered the ring. These are the two Czech Wolf brothers with their spouses. They made nice and fast-paced ladder balance act where they also showed their skills as jugglers. In my opinion, the best act in the performance.
The Wolf family master both ladder balancing and juggling
The first act after the break was Nedyalko with plate balancing on illuminated sticks. Not the talented artists best act!
It is a tradition in Circus Krone that Allando has to fight with a dangerous animal. This year it was an elephant. Both the children and adults cheered over the naive Allando's many ideas and comments in the charming entrée.
A Krone classic is the act with Allando and a dangerous animal. This year, an elephant, who even the most fanatic animal rights activist cannot protest against being presented in a circus ring
Next number was Nedyalko and Vesalka with a nice adagio balance, where he stood in the ring while he on arms and shoulders was carrying Veselka in various positions.
Then the Wolf family came back again. This time with nice and fast-paced formation juggling act.
The last act in the performance was the not quite young artist couple Alessandro and Christina Gillert. First Christina walked on a tight wire. Then Alassandro continued on a slack wire, where he rode a mono bike, balanced with Christina on his back and ended up balancing on a ladder on the wire.
Alessandro Gillert could balance on a ladder, even on a slack wire
Click here to see more photos from the show.
Alessandro and Christina Gillert chose later in the season to leave Circus Krone. They were replaced by the skilled French Chinese pole artist Guillaume Peudon. He was born in 1983 and thus far younger than the Gillert couple.
In connection with a performance on Wednesday July 12 in Circus Krone, Irene Thierry was appointed honorary member of Danish Circus Friends Association. Irene has been owner of Circus Krone since 1984. She turned 70 in the spring and 2017 was her last season as owner of Circus Krone.
Cirkus Krone ended the season 3 September in Aarhus after touring in Jutland and Fyn and the isle of Ærø. It was Irene Thierry's last season as circus director. As from 2018 her eldest son Frank Thierry takes over. However, there is still the intention that Irene and Jan Allan aka the clown Allando shall be part of the performances.
Circus Mascot opened the season in Roslev in the northern part of Jutland on 29 March.
Jørgen Lorenzen saw the performance at the opening night in Roslev at 18 and wrote (my translation):
Daniel Deleuran presents the show - with a beard, a Prussian War general commendable, and this year he has arrogated a hairstyle that is guaranteed not seen before throughout Roslev and neighbourhood. His speak is enthusiastic and accurately.
The clown Gulio has gradually become a regular part of Mascots show. His gags are new every year – at least most of them. You will enjoy his open face and whimsical twinkle. He is a true children's friend, and the best thing is that the man looks as if he also is enjoying it himself.
After Daniels welcome Marianne enters the ring with her “symphony of dogs”. Surprising to see them as opening act, but the explanation is that you this year have two dog acts in the performance. One at each end of the performance.
Marianne Deleuran and her dogs is a ”must” in a Mascot-performance
Then Rafaela enters in the ring with the horse Amigo and the dog Indy. Amigo wants to go the restaurant but Indy intervenes. And then scene is set for a lot of fun, and of course Rafaela comes short when she will introduce good table manners.
Lunchtime for Rafaela Honden’s tinker horse
And then it's time for a nice rola-bola number. Latoya is doing a nice and difficult balancing act. It is for outsiders difficult to see what trick which is the most difficult, but four boards stacked up on shaky cylinder are always impressive
15 year old Latoya is daughter of Rafaela Honden and her spouse Eric Zwart
Gulio now has an entrée with a tame hen who can flap the wings on command. It can also lay eggs on command and of course it ends up with Gulio getting an egg in his head.
Gulio's son Husik is balancing and juggling rings - larger than those usually seen. And his style is becoming the true artist attitude, sure, but not confident - proud but not boastful and self-confident, but not arrogant.
The lord of the rings Husik is son of the clown Gulio and the aerial acrobat Tetyana
Ranco, Rocco, Rikki and Little My. This is the names of Circus Mascot’s 4 ponies. And now it's their turn. They are presented by Daniel Deleuran. This year, the delicate green plume not only fits neatly into the tent and sawdust in the ring but also sharpen attention on the ponies.
And there are more animals. Rafaela and Latoya present a bunch of parrots. It's weird animals, not only due to their colourful plumage. But their sound is like a commentary on what is happening - a strange sniggering guttural, which connoisseurs probably can interpret in the same way as they can interpret the sounds from domestic animals. The parrots can balance, grab something with their beaks, keep something in their beaks, ride a bike on a wire and move and push items.
Gulio then have an entrée with his daughter Juliya - a dream world where Juliya is a motionless doll.
Gulio with his daughter Juliya
Alfred and Luna is the name of circus Mascots Canadian pigs. They play soccer, hoist a flag, run down in slide and go over obstacles. They are vigorously promoted by Marianne Deleuran, but that they do not want to do tricks and must be fed with several delicious titbits is the part of the act. And the cheering will not end when a little baby pig makes enter the ring.
A good circus performance needs an aerial act. Here, it is Tatyana acrobatics in an aerial ring which is provided with two silks, see photo. It is difficult for non-acrobats to tell which trick which is the most difficult to perform. But I believe it is hanging in her feet.
The penultimate act is the performance's second dog act. 8 white Siberian sheep dogs are presented by Rafaela, also dressed in white. The act is both aesthetic and beautiful. The dogs seem happy, relaxed and very well-kept. Finally they behave almost like horses, as Rafaela call them up and ask them to stand on their hind legs. Hind leg dogs (Steigerdogs)! It is a strong act and proof that the animal acts are and shall be an integral part of the circus.
Rafaela Honden with her sheep dogs. By courtesy of Circus Mascot
The last act was before-seen clown act where the clown Gulio invites four men in the ring to participate in the four stools gag. Seen before, but for those who see it first time, it is of course very funny. And with his disarming humour Gulio get the participants to relax, so they get fund out of it.
It is absolutely the best performance Circus Mascot has presented so far! And nice that here we have the proof that animals and circus belongs together.
Click here to see more photos from the performance.
Circus Mascot closed the season on 24 September in Glyngøre. The month of July they spent just as in 2015 and 2017 as "free attraction" in the amusement park Sommeland Zealand.
Apart from performances in Bytorv Horsens shopping mall in week 42 the presented some weekend before Christmas a 30 minute long performance in a number of Plantorama’s garden centers.
From 26 April which was opening night in Horsens and until 16 September Søren Østergaard visited a number of cities with his Zirkus Nemo, which he called Denmark's only circus for adults. Where the other Danish circuses have many one-day cities, Zirkus Nemo staid at least 5 days in a city and had never performances Sunday and Monday. This make the work for both the artists and the tent crew less stressful than in the other Danish circuses.
Apart from the comedy part of the show, this year with Soren Ostergaard and the comedians/actors Michel Castenholt and Laura Kvist Poulsen, you met some very good artists in the show. I quote from a review by Rud Kofoed, who gave the performance 6 out of 6 possible stars (my translation):
As for the Ukrainian top athletes in Crazy Flight, Soren Ostergaard succeeded in inspiring them to return with a brand new act in addition to their groundbreaking signature act. The world premiere of the new act we attended to in a gigantic enthusiasm at the opening night in Horsens. The four five-fold gold winners in sports acrobatics are wildly sovereign and so brilliant that their acts will stand as examples of the human body's ability. It is modern classicalism when it’s best.
To the left: In the new act Sergey Sakun and his Crazy Flight work with Russian bar. To the right: Crazy Flight with their old act. Photos: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
The Englishman Ingo Stiebner and his sea lion Lappy. It is a world class act where animals and humans merge into a symbiosis of beauty. It really looks like Lappy loves to dance with her trainer - and vice versa. Pure enjoyment
Ingo Stiebner and the sea lion Lappy illustrate how humans and animals can work together ... It is a pleasure to see the couple come out of their shells. Lappy retired by the end of the season. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press
Like Stiebner with his seas lion the Spanish juggler Picaso Jr. can get his juggling balls and plates to do what he want. It is so elegant and charming done that one senses the total surrender of the audience in the sold out tent. The circus world’s Picaso thus matches the painter world’s Picasso.
Picaso Jr. is the son of the legendary juggler El Gran Picaso, who has taught him how to juggle. It is easy to understand why Junior hardly dared to make his entrance to the ring after his famous father. But he has inherited his father’s talent and learned his skills to perfection.
I watched when Junior got a silver clown on the most prestigious international circus festival in Monte-Carlo in 2002. He has not gotten worse - on the contrary! He was the first time in Nemo in 2013 - after seasons with Circus Arena in 2008 and 2012. It is not surprising that more than one mantelpiece is needed to get room for all the prizes he has been awarded.
Picaso Jr. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press. Click here to see more photos from the performance.
Zirkus Nemo closed the season 16 September in Odense. Sadly enough one of the artists Picaso Jr. passed away on 24 September, just a few days after he ended the season with Nemo, only 47 years old.
Circus Trapez opened the season in Kolding on 12. April toured during the season Jutland and Funen.
It was Circus Trapez’s 2 season on the Danish roads. Artist wise the performance was better than in 2016. Isabella Enoch Sosman had also upgraded its entire set-up: there was live music and she had engaged an experienced ringmaster (ringmisstress).
Tino Aeby was in charge of the music. He was for some years a band master in Circus Dannebrog, where he had eight musicians in his band. At Trapez he has only three hilmself included. But the result is surprisingly good and on par with what you experience in the much larger Circus Arena.
As ringmistress Isabella has hired Judy Glosted who for several seasons was ringmistress in Circus Benneweis. The elegant and always smiling Judy did a great job and demonstrates also her talent for singing.
Judy Glosted was back in the circus world as ringmistress.
With 550 seats in the tent Circus Trapez is a somewhat smaller business than Benneweis and Dannebrog and the economy does not allow them to book a lot of top artists. But less can also do it, and the audience seemed contented with the artists, Isabella has chosen: the versatile Spanish Jackson family, the two young German aerial acrobats Seraina and Michelle and the clown and juggler Marc Dorfner. And of course Bernhard and some of his animals: horses, ponies, camels and elephant Ramboline. Others of Bernard animal groups are leased to other circuses.
The show was opened by the run-in clown Marc Dorfner who turned on a radio. After Judy Glosted’s welcome Bernhard Kaselowsky presented in the beginning of the season 6 young Frisian horses. Young horses are often skinny, and although a veterinary said they were healthy the very skinny horses resulted in a shit storm. After a few weeks the act was taken out of the performance.
In the original version of the performance the Frisian horses was followed by ponies.
Next act was a nice aerial act with Seraina and Michelle, who the Zealanders saw last year in Circus Arli. At Trapez there is higher to the top of the dome, which gives slightly better opportunities than at Arli, and the two young German artists present the best aerial act which I this year saw in any Scandinavian Circus ring. However, for health reason one of the girls had to leave the act before the end of season.
Then, Marc Dorfner had a fine and original run in, which he uses a long balloon as arc. Always great to see a clown doing something you have not seen before.
It must hurt to be hoisted up under the big top while you hang in your hair. But this is what Fina Micaelo Jacksonwas doing while she juggled with torches and later hang in the splits. She was followed by her husband Mr. Jackson in a run in where he says funny sounds and end up boxing in slow motion with a member from the audience.
Next came Marc Dorfner, now as a juggler with both rings and clubs. Eventually he juggled standing on a freestanding ladder.
Then Mr. Jackson was back with a comical entrée, where he was fighting a desperate battle with a microphone while singing "My Way." The idea behind the microphone fight comes probably from the legendary George Karl. Many Danes will remember the combination of singing "My Way" during the fight with a microphone from Circus Dannebrog 2012 when Cesar Dias did it and the audience was enthusiastic. But Mr. Jackson has not “stolen” the act from Cesar. Papa Jackson is Cesar Dias’ uncle and has trained Cesar Dias and made his props. And just as his nephew Mr. Jackson made the audience enthusiastic.
The first act after the breakwas a ballet entrée which turned into 17-year-old Lara Jackson’s juggling entrée where she sit on a high mono bike and with her foot throw cups and plates up on the head with her twin brother Marco as her assistant. Originally, it was intended that Marco should do some clown run ins. But Isabella skipped it at his gags and style was close to Marc Dorfner’s entrées.
A lot of visitors to a circus believe that there has to be one or more elephants in a good circus performance. At Trapez you meet Bernhard Kaselowskys versatile elephant Ramboline.
The elephant act was followed by a by a hula hoop entrée with Lara Jackson and Seraina. In the end of the act they were hoisted up under the dome while they rotated their hoops.
Next act was a combination of camels in the ring and a tissue act with Michelle in tissue. Presented while Judy Glosted was singing "Smile" to Marc Dorfner. Isabella Sosman always does a lot to create such combination acts in the performances she is putting on stage.
Judy Glosted and Marc Dorfner
After a short run in with Marc Dorfner time has come for the performance's last act: Jackson family's fine bike act which the Swedish audience last year saw in Circus Olympia. Mr. Jackson shows his great skills on a bike, even when he has her wife and their two kids on the bike.
Later in the season, Bernhard Kaselowsky's group of cows joined the show. They had been rented out to Finnish Circus Finlandia, which after a while sent the act back as the act did not match their expectations.
The season was not quite easy for Circus Trapez. In addition to the accusations of neglected animals, there were animals which run away, collapse of seating etc. In the middle of the season, both ringmistress Judy Glosted and Marketing Manager Louise Mandrup left Circus Trapez. And worst of all: disappointing visitor numbers in some cities. The season ended September 28th in Tommerup.
Years ago you could see artistes in many amusement parks. But this is unfortunately history.
Katja Schumann has turned a farm outside Løkken in the northern part of Jutland to a circus farm where she during the summer months and until the beginning of October she presented short performances. During the school’s autumn holidays CIRCUS MASCOT had performances in Bytorv Shopping Centre in Horsens. CIRCUS ARENA produced a performance for Kolding Shopping Centre. CHARLIE AND BINALTO from Circus 3 appeared in Frederiksberg shopping mall. At the Circus Museum in Hvidovre you could meet Benny Schumann.
Benny Schumann was also one of the stars in Wallman's new dinner show ENTOURAGE, which was premiered in the Copenhagen Circus Building in September. He performed with his plate spinning act which he first time presented in Circus Schumann in the Circus Building in 1967. As the only premiere night performer, Benny was rewarded with standing ovations. My side lady refused to believe me when I told her that Benny was 72 years old!
Benny Schumann. By courtesy of Wallmans
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