Older Circus news from Denmark 2022

 

31 May 2022

Jens Christian Sorensen has visited the Circus Farm in Løkken and sent me these photos. Jens Christian writes  that the show, in addition to what was mentioned on this page on May 26, features Victor Høeg Abrahamsen with a comic entrée with a pony, Katja Schumann with dogs and Liv, who showed both how to train a horse and a new way of thinking of the classic act big and little. Louie presented ponies and his father Luffe Bøgh was in the ring with a slightly heavier liberty horse.

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29 May 2022

Spring circus at Frederikshøj in Slagelse. On a sunny summer day in September last year, the passionate Brian "Briano" Behrendt presented late summer circus at Frederikshøj open-air theater in Slagelse. Approximately 1,000 guests enjoyed the beautiful and entertaining performance to which thanks to the support of one of the Ministry of Culture's pools admission was free.

It was therefore natural to arrange a similar performance this year. Brian chose this time to do it as a spring performance on 28 May and this year he had to take admission, as the Ministry of Culture's 2021 pool was a one-time pool to kick-start cultural life after the corona lockdown. Just as in 2021, all participating artists lived in Denmark to show that we have many talented artists in this country.

Although the ticket prices were extremely reasonable, it is never easy to sell tickets to something that has been free of charge in the past. And this year, Briano did not have the weather with him: rain in the morning and wind with strong gusts of wind during the performance, which began at 13. Not the best weather for an outdoor performance! Malicious rumours in the week leading up to the show that it had been cancelled certainly did not help either, even though the rumours were denied in local newspapers.

So where last year there were approximately 1,000 guests, this year there were less than  200.

But that did not mean that Briano and his team did not deliver the show, even though some of the artists were bothered by the wind.

Before the show began, Slagelse's pride the Slagelse Guard entered the arena.

The performance itself was started by Mr. Tik Tak (aka Briano) and show dancers from Dansegulvet in Slagelse singing the original clock song. Watch a video clip.

Mr. Tik Tak being in good form was the show's ringmaster. All photos Jacob Boas Leitisstein unless otherwise stated

The first artist act was 2 beautiful white Arabian horses in liberty dressage, elegantly presented by Laura Schumann, who is the 6th generation of the famous circus family.

Laura Schumann

Next, the young artists Oscar, Elias and Malthe from Kalundborg's youth circus Circus O’laiski entered the ring with their trainer Morten with an entrée with juggling and riding a unicycle - both a high one and a low one. However, the act was bothered by strong gusts of wind. The same was true during the last part of the act where the young artists were in the ring with diabolos.

One of the young artists from Cirkus O’laiski

Now, Mr. Tik Tak called for a famous foreign star who was to appear in what in the technical language is called Chinese Pole. However, she did not show up, so instead it was Luis Torres (married to Laura Schumann) who showed his skills in the pole.

Luis Torres

Then it was time for clowns: the clowns Alfredo and Binalto from Circus 3, who showed their well-known and beloved entrée where Alfredo thinks he should be photographed, and instead gets water in his head.

Binalto and the white faced clown Alfredo

Then the time came for more music: this time the drum corps from Slagelse Guard.

One of the audience favourites from last year's performance was the ventriloquist Preben Palsgård. He is this year touring with Circus Mascot, but had been given time off to take part in Briano's performance. His first entrée was with his live dog Charlie, who could talk. Most ventriloquists using live dogs cheat a little by providing the dog with a false lower jaw that can be operated mechanically so that it appears as if the dog is talking. Preben does not use this kind of cheating: the dog only says something when it opens its mouth.

Preben with his dog Charlie

The next act was the Dutch artist Mister Michiel. He lives in Denmark and presented a contemporary circus-like act where he walked on stilts. A few juggling features were severely hampered by strong gusts of wind.

Mister Michiel. Photo: Ole Simonsen

The first act after the interval was magic tricks with Mr. Tik Tak. At first he acted as a sword-swallower. Then he stuck small swords through a knife box that Preben Palsgård had on his head. An additional feature with the flying lady was abandoned in advance as the wind would make it impossible not to reveal how the illusion worked.

Mr. Tik Tak with the knife box over Preben Palsgård's head

Next, talented show dancers from Dansegulvet (the Dance Floor) took over the ring.

The show dancers from Dansegulvet

Now time had once again come the clowns Alfredo and Binalto with their most beloved act: the custard pie entrée, where Alfredo wants to throw a custard pie in Binalto's head, but ends up getting it in his head himself.

Alfredo ends up getting the custard pie in his head

Next Mr. Michiel entered the ring. This time in fine entrée with handstand and juggling with fire.

Mr. Michel with fire in his hands

The next act was Preben Palsgård, this time with one of his oldest ventriloquist dolls: the clothes dog Poppe, who could celebrate his 50th birthday.

Preben Palsgård, Poppe and Mr. Tik Tak

Then there were once again horses in the ring in the act Schumann Surprice with Laura, Luis and their two children, assisted by Daniel from Dynamo in Odense. The western-inspired entrée featured both whiplash and Luis on horseback.

Schumann Surprise. Click ­­­here to see more of Jacob Boas Leitisstein's photos.

The last act in the performance was a song and dance act with two singers from the Musical Association Storebælt in Korsør accompanied by Dansegulvet's show dancers. See video clip.

High praise to Briano for the initiative for another performance with artists who all live in Denmark.

Despite the somewhat disappointing turnout, Briano also hopes to arrange a show in 2023.

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28 May 2022

Queen of the air in Helsingborg, Sweden. The Swedish contemporary circus group Kompagni Giraff writes (my translation):

With especially composed music and dreamlike scenography, Stockholm-based Kompani Giraff creates a magnificent aerial acrobatics performance on Helsingborg City Theatre’s large stage. Viktoria Dalborg put the performance on stage. It is Helsingborg City Theater. We are the Queen of the Air is largely based on aerial acrobatics and on stage we see some of the world's foremost aerial artists and trapeze artists.

We are the Queen of the Air is a free interpretation of Pauline Wolff's novel of the same name. Premiere at STORA SCEN, HELSINGBORGS STADSTEATER 16 September –can be seen until 16 October.

Performers:

Elisa Bitschnau - static trapeze, dance acrobatics

Justin Collas - Dance Acrobatics

Françoise Fournier - dancer, actor

Samuel Ramos Imbeau - korean cradle bass

Giulia Scamarcia – swing trapeze, aerial ring

Ronja Särkiniemi - korean cradle flyer

"We are the queen of the air" is based on the Swedish author Pauline Wolff's novel “Vi är Luftens drottning” from 2006 about a special genus of aerial acrobats. A family that, after centuries of secret persecution as a legacy from mother to daughter, has finally reached its forbidden goal and learned to fly.

The Queen of the Air. Press photo from Kompagni Giraff. Photo: Sigurd Grünberger. Photo Assistant: Jacobo Campos

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26 May 2022

Season opening at the Circus Farm (in Danish: Cirkusgården). Katja Schumann has a circus farm just outside the seaside resort Løkken, where she has performances during the summer months.

Katharina "Katja" Schumann (born September 16, 1949) is circus performer who performed with, among others, Danish Circus Schumann and American Big Apple Circus.

Schumann was born to the late Max Schumann, a circus proprietor, and his wife Vivi Merete Mikkelsen.

In 1974, Katja Schumann was awarded La Dame du Cirque at the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. In 1976 she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Circus World Championships in London.

In 2015, Katja Schumann purchased a dilapidated former pig farm in Løkken, Denmark, a tourist town in the northern part of Jutland. She and her partner, Luffe Bøgh, renovated the property into a working animal farm, seasonal circus, and museum showcasing Schumann's family history and artifacts.

The 2022 season opened today with a performance at 16. There are also performances

on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 16. From then and until the summer holidays, there is a performance every Saturday and Sunday at 16. From 25 June and the rest of the summer holidays, there is a performance every day at 16, except Mondays. Take a closer look in What’s on.

Katja Schumann with liberty horses. All photos by courtesy of the Circus Farm.

In addition to performances, the circus farm offers a circus museum with a special focus on the Schumann family.

The Circus Farm writes (my translation):

Circus as we know it today can be dated back to 1768 when the English artist Philip Astley invented the ring with a diameter of approx. 13 m. He found that it was easier to stand on the horse when it was running in a circle, and it was much more audience-friendly as you could see the horse all the time rather than when it was just running past.

Phillip Astley then took the ring out to the marketplaces and performed there with his horse show. It was a great success for the first many years, but then there was competition from the fairies and court jesters who also performed at the marketplaces, so he invited the best but also only the very best jokers and jesters into the ring, where they became artists and clowns. But the main attraction was still the horses.

Later, a traveling zoo came to the marketplaces, also called a menagerie, where you could experience various wild animals; they were also a competition for circuses, so you invited the wild ones into the circus.

Now the wild animals are away from the ring in Denmark and many other countries. Today you can see wild animals both on TV and in the zoo, where they help to preserve the different species through their breeding work.

Circuses are horses; we cannot deny that, so a circus without horses is not a real circus as it is the horses the ring was invented for.

If you also want to experience the circus in its purest and original form, with the horse in the centre, then visit us at Schumann Løkken Circusfarm.

 

Katja Schumann and Luffe Bøgh

Katja Schumann with what in circus world is called a steigerpferd

In addition to the animals, this year there are 7 people in the ring: Katja Schumann, Luffe Bøgh, Victor Høeg Abrahamsen, Liv, who are at the farm to improve her skills with the horses, Luffa’s son Louie and two girls who perform in tissue, aerial ring and with partner acrobatics.

Victor Høeg Abrahamsen with ponies. The beautiful harness comes from Cirkus Mascot.

   

To the left: one of the young artists in the aerial ring. To the right: Katja Schumann also has trained geese in the performance.

For circus friends visiting Jutland a visit to the circus farm can highly be recommended.

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20 May 2022

Circusland 2022. The theme park Circusland in Cirkus Arena's winter quarters opens on Ascension Day 26 May. It is also open on Friday 27 May. From then and until the summer holidays, it is open every weekend from 10 to 17. From 25 June to 7 August, it is open every day.

As in previous years, there are shows, playgrounds, rides and circus. There is a magic show at 11:30, and clowning on stage at 13. At 13:30 there is a circus school, where visitors can practice tricks assisted by real circus artists and maybe become the star of the day in the circus ring. At 14:30 there is performance in Circus Landino.

Among the performers in Circusland are the clown José Michel and his wife Juilia. They have performed in a large number of Danish and Swedish circuses: Arena, Benneweis, Dannebrog, Brazil Jack and Maximum. Most recently in 2015 in Circus Arena with the funnel routine, which for many years was their signature act. Together with their longtime partner Kike (Enrico Riquelme), who passed away in August last year.

In 2021, Circusland was expanded with 20 new attractions and rides - and more are coming.

Every Friday in July, popular Danish musicians can be seen on Circusland's new open air music stage. The Friday concerts are separate events outside Circusland's normal opening hours.

July 1: Lars Lilholt Band

July 9: Birthe Kjær & Feel Good Band (Rotary Family Day) (NB: a Saturday, not a Friday)

July 15: Mads Langer

July 22: DJ Martin Jensen

July 29: Anne Dorte & Maria + Michael Learns To Rock

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19 May 2022

One of the top acts in Circus Arena is the Duo Costache. When not on tour, the couple lives in Romania, which is also the birthplace of Leonardo Costache. His spouse Vita is born in Ukraine. The act has been out for a few days in Arena's performance, as Vita was in Romania to get some papers in place. As a replacement, the audience has experienced the couple's 8-year-old daughter with hula hoop, and it caused great cheers.

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16 May 2022

Circus Trapez Open Air. Until now, the Circus Trapez 2022 tour has been both in sport centres and other arenas, in tent and as an Open Air performance. Sunday15 May they had their last arena performance so far in Hornsyld Sport Centre. They are now continuing their tour in Denmark with their Open Air show and visiting i.e. a number of campsites. The performances last approx. hour and offers i.e. diabolo, juggling, acrobatics, hula hoop, comedy and lovely animals. In addition to these performances, Circus Trapez has some sold Open Air performances adapted to the country's nursing homes and the like.

Of Denmark’s other circuses, Circus Mascot tours in arenas and Arena, Arli, Baldoni and Nemo in tents.

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16 May 2022                 

New circus in Sweden. In Sweden there is now a newly started circus called Ballerina. It is Circus Harlekin and the Sperlich family who is setting up a new concept with a shorter performance of 30 minutes and then workshop for all the children. Face painting is also offered and there is a bouncy castle (moon bounce). The entire circus scene is surrounded by a high fence to keep unauthorized people away. In Lund, they plaid two weekends Saturday and Sunday: 7/8 May and 14/15 May.

Circus Ballerina in Lund. All photos: Martin Lasson Berglund

From the performance. In one of the photos you can see that several children are sitting on the ring edge which was allowed. An opportunity for the kids to get really close. You can see more photos and a video clip on Martin Lasson Berglund Facebook blog Circus news & reports

Some German family circuses have some seasons tried their luck in Denmark without attracting much audience. However, present Danish rules regarding e.g. technical documentation for tent construction and security will make it very costly for foreign tent circuses to visit Denmark. The present rules are due to a tent collapse in 2013 and since then no foreign tent circuses has tried their luck in Denmark.

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13 May 2022

Open Air Circus at Frederikshøj. As previously mentioned, the passionate Brian "Briano" Behrendt, also known as Mister Tik Tak, is arranging a circus on Saturday 28 May at the amphitheater at Frederikshoj in Slagelse. He arranged with success a similar show last autumn. Tickets can be purchased at Billetto

Mr. Tik Tak has regularly presented performers participants on Facebook. Below are slightly edited and translated excerpts from the presentation.

In the circus there must be horses or ponies, and it is a great honour that I can present another Schumann in the ring in 2022: Laura Schumann with her beautiful horses.

Laura Schumann says: As the 6th generation of the Schumann family, circuses and especially horses have always been a big part of my life. Come and see me and my family with our Spanish horses and experience our new version of classic horse training.

Laura Schumann is the daughter of Philip and Susanne Schumann and the niece of Katja Schumann

I once again manage to book the local Dance Floor with their Showgirls. Look forward to seeing what they've come up with for this year. The dance floor showgirls are some top talented dancers who love to perform and always deliver a bang of a show. If you love dance and good music, then you can look forward to seeing them perform!

I'm managed to get hold of an artist who has performed in some of the world's largest circuses in the United States: Luis Torres, who is married to Laura Schumann. He is trained by the circus world's stunt master and clown Bello Nock, with whom he was a partner for several years. In the performance we will experience Luis Torres with a nice number in the pole and maybe we are lucky that he also has a big surprise act for us on the day.

Laura met Luis when she worked for some years in New York's Big Apple Circus, where her aunt Katja was married to the director Paul Binder. Luis fell in love with the beautiful Danish girl and followed her to Denmark when Laura left for home. The couple lives on Funen and has for some summers presented shown excellent horse shows at Ditlevsdal Bisonfarm.

In circus there should be fun and I can promise you that you will have a good laugh when I present the Danish classic clowns Charlie and Binalto from Cirkus 3. Some may remember them from when they were part of DR’s children TV many years ago, so rejoice. Circus 3 is Denmark's only clown troupe that continues the good old classic clown tradition for entertainment for children. In the over 40 years that Cirkus 3 has existed, they entertained children with over 3,500 clown shows in Denmark and abroad.

Charlie and Binate

As many thought a ventriloquist act is wildly exciting, it is a great honour to be able to present Preben Palsgaard with a few new acts. Preben Palsgaard is one of Denmark's best ventriloquists. He has performed as a ventriloquist since 1969, but only became really famous when he appeared in "TV IN THE TENT" in 1981. Here he performed for the first time with the talking shoe. Over the years, he has performed at company parties, association parties, schools, institutions, etc., and has also travelled with several Danish and Swedish circuses and performed in Circusland and participated in several revues. Right now he is traveling with Danish Circus Mascot, but he has been given time off today to be able to be here. He had great success in our show last year, so it will be a dear reunion - and of course this year with brand new entrées. One of his popular dolls, namely the dog Pope, is also celebrating his birthday this year, where he has performed 50 years with Preben.

In 2022, I have chosen to have guest artists from the Children and Youth Circus Olaski from Kalundborg. They train, do performances and workshops, go on trips and meet other circus children from all over the country. We will experience one of their young stars Oscar on a unibike and he looks forward to seeing you at Frederikshøj. Look forward to seeing what the young artist who has a dream of circus life has come up with.

Mister Michiel performs with a very nice innovative number on stilts. For everyday life, Michiel is a guest teacher at the Circus School in Copenhagen AFUK´'s artist line. Michiel Tange van Leeuwen was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he has been going to the circus since he was 10 years old. After graduating from circus school in Denmark, he toured in large parts of Europe as part of the company CIKAROS. Since then, Michiel has become a solo artist and especially known for his stilt number.

We can also proudly present a number called Schumann Surprise performed by two generations of the famous circus family: Laura and Luis Schumann Torres and their two children Natalie and Adriana.

In circuses there must be good music. The city's pride the Slagelse Guard comes again and gets us in the right mood before the show starts, and their Drumcorps come to us with a whole new number.

Slagelse Guard in the arena before last year's performance. Click here to watch video clips with one of the garden's tracks.

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10 May 2022

Obituary: Pia Ville Hansen. An advertisement in the daily press states that Pia Ville has passed away at her residence on 28 April. She turned 75 years old. Together with her spouse Leif Rosengaard Hansen, she presented under the artist name Lee Pee Ville an excellent illusion number. In 1966, they became full-time professionals and travelled around Scandinavia and the rest of Europe with magic and mind-reading acts. They quickly became a hot name in the circus and variety world and performed with Benneweis in the Copenhagen Circus Building in 1974 and 1976 and in the tent in 1977. In 1982, the Danes saw the couple in Volmert Sørensen's winter revue on the Amager Stage. In 1984, Pia and Leif divorced. He later established himself as an artist agent in Brühl in Germany and booked artists i.e. to the Circus Arena. Pia lived in Copenhagen and utilized her creative abilities as a painter and exhibited at galleries in Denmark and the South of France as well as in numerous art associations.

Pia Ville as resp. artist and painter

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8 May 2022

Pippi will turn Cirkus upside down this summer. Grand Opening on July 1st! The Swedish contemporary circus Circus Cirkör writes:

Pippi at the Circus will be an epic re-make of Astrid Lindgren’s classic character and equally classic story. So, get ready to see Pippi Longstocking in a completely new way, in a sensational circus musical.

The doors of Cirkus in Stockholm will open on July 1st and stay open for the summer. Welcome to a high-flying show for the whole family. See Pippi, Strong Adolf, Prussiluskan, Kling and Klang and the other beloved characters raise the roof of Cirkus alongside circus performers and acrobats. Astrid Lindgren’s classic story about when Pippi, Tommy and Annika went to the circus will be delivered in a completely new fashion.

The performance can be seen in the circus building at Djurgaarden in Stockholm. It premieres July 1st. According to the plan, there are performances until and including 14 August. The composer Björn Kristian Ulvaeus is a Swedish singer, songwriter, producer, a member of the musical group ABBA, and co-composer of the musicals Chess and Mamma Mia!

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7 May 2022

IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS - everything --  and it demands actions and decisions - and IMAGINATION --yeps - imagination is an important element in show bizz !!!

Cabaret means basically change - like the word variété.

You get stuck in situations that you would rather avoid...

One situation: I featured the sudden appearance of a dove from a ”dove pan" - particularly constructed to allow the air to flow in - for the comfort of the dove.

Dove pan. Photo by courtesy of Pegani, who present the act as this: The Magician shows an empty pan, and drops a piece of lit paper inside. The pan is covered, and when it is opened silks, candy, flowers - or even a live Dove appears. Se more at www.pegani.dk/en

Then manager told me that livestock of any kind was not allowed, together with other rules: no audience participation/interaction as some men were accompanied by a girlfriend and not their wife, discreet behaviour !!!

Nor were female assistants in the act allowed, the cabaret had female dancers - and that was enough !!

I had to respect and accept these rules, only the livestock element was a subject to discussion: the manager told me to produce.... a DOLL !!!I made up a tall collapsible doll - that made the trick - and everybody was happy !!

I couldn't for the life of me perceive any difference in public response.

DOVE - DOLL, which made me use the doll repeatedly - much simpler and easier for transport !

Furthermore: no more trouble with animal rights people, often violent.

IMAGINATION !!!

............................. reported by ZARRO ZARRO.

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2 May 2022

The Danish celebration of World Circus Day took place on Saturday 30 April. Two weeks later than in most other countries. But Saturday 16 April was Easter Saturday, and in Denmark the Easter holidays run from Maundy Thursday to and including Easter Monday. By experience we know that only a limited number of people will participate in a celebration during the Easter holidays.

The celebration on 30 April took place at the Circus Museum at Hvidovre, Copenhagen. It was very successful with a lot of people attending. It was organized by The Danish Circus Friends Association in cooperation with the museum and Circus Baldoni.

This special day there was free admission to the museum, which collection is among the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. It consists of more than 100,000 different artefacts, including many thousands of photos and posters, costumes and props, personal notebooks, programmes and newspaper clippings. The Circus Museum’s collection contains material relating to acrobats, jugglers, animal trainers, clowns, magicians, illusionists, workers, musicians, actors and dancers. While it focuses on Danish artists, the collection also contains quite a lot of international material.

At 11:15 the owner of Circus Baldoni René Mønster Baldoni told about how a municipally trained office assistant became a magician, business manager at Circus Arena, then director of his own circus and coach in personal development and author of the recently published book "Tænk stort” (Think big).

At 13 Suzanne Berdino performed in the Fencing Hall with dogs, ducks and the parrot Gøje. She welcomed in a festive red costume. And then a little less than one hour of entertainment with many animals.

First 3 Indian ducks Rip, Rap and Rup entered the ring. Rip, Rap and Rup is the Danish names for Huey, Dewey and Louie. And they could do more than run. In fact, they could both run and walk - with a bent neck and at a pace and in patterns which Suzanne wanted.

Suzanne with Rip, Rap and Rup. All photos smartphone photos shot by Kim Thanning Olsen

After them came Madame Berdino with magic with bottles conjured up from cylinders. And then Ida from the youth circus Circus Kæphøj had an entrée on unibike.

Ida on her one-wheeled bike

The time had come to the parrot Gøje. It was in the shedding season and therefore looked like "something in between a parrot and a barbecue chicken". But even without feather splendour, it could do a lot of things: ring the bell, ride a doll's carriage, play ring games, ride a scooter, put coins in a piggy bank, play basketball, ride a bike and skateboard, and finally pump water into a bucket.

Gøje, which Suzanne called something in between a parrot and a barbecue chicken because it is changing feathers

And then the stage was ready for the Canadian mini pig Gullig. It could roll out a blanket, throw along and pick up things, go backwards and play football. And during the whole act, it wagged its tail, and that can only mean that it enjoyed performing.

The three dogs Kenny, Cody and Valdemar had fun with the tricks which dogs can do: turn pirouettes, jump, roll, stand on their hind legs, waggle and bark. And finally ride with each other in the doll carriage.

Suzanne, Ida and Uffe Neise with the dogs

Suzanne ended up blowing soap bubbles - in all sizes. The kids went crazy and ran up to help, mostly puncturing the bubbles.

At 14:10 there was a gala performance in Circus Baldoni. Full house!

Circus Baldoni. Photo from 2021.

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2 May 2022

IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS - INFLUENCED BY THE AMERICAN REVUE/MUSIC HALL- CALLED VAUDEVILLE.

BURLESQUE: definition: a humourous show sporting good clean fun, often performed by female /also sometimes male/ dancers displaying appetizing and attractive round shapes, wearing elegant costumes and an extreme make up.

These my write-ups never are about films, only live shows, but you may feel free to find on  YOU TUBE: LA TOURNEE, the film.

The very important is that there is NO porn, but an hilarious show that appeals to all, of course an adult audience, the husband can feel free to invite his wife - everybody indulges in laughter.

Then Paris: I write this in APRIL 2022, BURLESQUE was featured a few years ago,

got an excellent response by the audience, not the least by the female adults, within the framework of real theatres.

   

Photos from Beauties of Burlesque in Paris in the autumn 2014. By courtesy of Garter & Garter Evènements burlesques

I kept applauding, this initiative pleased me, I did hope for a continuation/follow up,

BUT ALAS !!!!!!!!!!!!! it didn't happen so, in spite of a sure success in front of the audience.

Cependant, I do hope, possibly being somewhat naive, that  BURLESQUE is to revive like bird FELIX out of his ashes , it remains an important component and a strong det possibility in show bizz.

....................................... reported by  ZARRO ZARRO.

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29 April 2022

World Circus Day is usually celebrated worldwide on the 3rd Saturday in April. Due to Easter, however, the Danish celebrating has been postponed until Saturday 30 April as Easter Saturday almost is a national holiday in Denmark.

The day is celebrated by the association of Danish Circus Friends in cooperation with the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, and Circus Baldoni. Venue: The Circus Museum in Hvidovre.

Open at the Circus Museum from 10 to 14. This day free admission.

At 11:15 René Mønster Baldoni tells about how a municipally trained office assistant became a magician, business manager at Circus Arena, then director of his own circus and coach in personal development and author of the recently published book "Tænk stort” (Think big). It is possible to buy a signed copy of René's book in connection with the lecture.

Venue: The auditorium, located a few minutes’ walk from the Circus Museum. The address is Vestre Kvartergade 5, 2650 Hvidovre. Free admission.

At 13 Suzanne Berdino performs in the Fencing Hall with dogs, ducks and the parrot Gøje. Free admission.

At 14:10 there is a gala performance in Circus Baldoni, which has put up their tent on the lawn at Fægtesalsvej. Ticket price reduced by DKK 30,

Circus Baldoni at the lawn at Fægtesalsvej. Photo from 2021.

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28 April 2022

Circus Arnardo 2022 - the show must go on.

From Norway, Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo writes (my translation):

Program

Opening with artists

Emi Velkova in tissue

Kevin Probst with playful dogs

Duo Rossi clowns

Are and Paulina with magic

Yann Rossi clown

Kevin Probst with trained donkeys and solo horse

Luigi Folco Arnardo with diabolo

Duo Rossi clowns - musical act

Shannon Folco Arnardo - Flying Rugs (foot juggler)

Duo Rossi clowns

Tünde Szabo – aerial straps

Duo Rossi clowns

Steven Carroli - unicycle act

Finale

Circus Arnardo continues to work on the successful project they had with summer shows in a smaller tent in 2021 from June to October.

Tent from Kevin Probst with room for about 450 spectators. Since 2021 the performance has been expanded with a few more artists. Against about 1 hour show last year, the performance now last 1 hour and 20 minutes without a break. Child-friendly ticket prices and a great family show.

Arnardo has also this year opted out of live orchestra but has Rossi JR on live drums live as a supplement to pre-recorded music.

The performances are absolutely worth seeing and the entertainment with many great artists. I will especially highlight Kevin Probst with 3 beautiful acts. Donkeys, solo horse and a playful mix of dogs.

Kevin Probst is still working with the Norwegian props Frank in a comic combination. Frank also interacts with the Rossi clowns' plate act.

Kevin Probst with resp. 8 donkeys and dogs. All photos: Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo

Duo Rossi are well-known clowns in Europe and has worked for most major circuses. They are great classic clowns with original musical acts.

Duo Rossi

For many years, the white faced clown Yann Rossi had his brother Hector as a partner and they were known as the Duo Rossyan. Today he has his wife as partner

Luigi Folco Arnardo makes an excellent diabolo act that keeps getting better and better. His sister Shannon Folco Arnardo continues to work on a combination of dance and foot juggling with flying blankets. Last year the theme was Swan Lake, this year it's Harlequin. Excellent done.

Shannon Folco Arnardo

As Arild Arnardo used to say in his presentation: The artists will do their best, I hope the audience does the same.

I recommend Scandinavian circus friends to take the trip to Norway to see Circus Arnardo's performance 2022.

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26 April 2022

Circus Baldoni 2022. Jacob Boas Leitisstein writes (my translation):

On Wednesday 20 April, Circus Baldoni kicked off their season in Hillerød. This season offers the performance "It's Showtime", and again this year the entertainer Peter Nørgaard is ringmaster.

The show started with the clown Allando taking over the ring with his mop.

Allando with his mop. All photos: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Then it went to the opening of the show, where Peter Nørgaard in best "The Greatest Showman" style welcomed with song and a parade of inflatable animals. In addition to presenting the show's acts, Peter also spiced up the show with a number of his own acts: ventriloquist acts and show acts. You met both Baldoni's mascot the Lion Leonardo and Peter's own ventriloquist doll the Dog Charlie.

Peter with Baldoni's mascot Leonardo

And then Peter presented his version of "Singing in the rain" with both singing and step dancing.

In addition to being a ventriloquist Peter Nørgaard graduated as an actor / musical performer from the Danish Academy of Music in 2008

In addition to Peter Nørgaard, the show's recurring character was the clown Allando, whom the Baldoni audience met for the first time last year. Again this year, Allando featured a series of run-ins which “got straight into the kids' laughter muscles”. This year, Allando had i.e. brought a large inflatable elephant into the ring.

Allando and the elephant

The second part of the show started with a fast-paced bike act with Daniella and Lénárd Matos. A beautiful act where Lénard rides a unicycle while jumping: both across Daniella, from podium to podium, up and down stairs, on a trampoline and across a burning rope.

Duo Matos

The show also featured the couple Line Carol and Stefan Platchov. In the first section with Stefan's act with ladder balance. An act where he climbed the free-standing ladder both with and without being blindfolded. The act ended with Stefan juggling clubs while standing at the top of the ladder.

Ladder balance

We also got to see Line's act. A juggling act with high speed where both bouncing balls, drums and piano were used. A super nice act!

Line is assisted here by her husband Stefan

And then you can’t say Circus Baldoni without also saying The Janacek Family, which also this year offered a number of acts. Eddie Janacek presented a classic juggling act, which was a nice reunion from previous years' performances. Maria Janacek climbed again this year to the top of the circus dome and showed a fine act in vertical rope.

Maria Janacek in vertical rope

And last but not least, we also got to see the sons Kaya and Rudi - this year in a knockabout table act with Eddie.

Kaya and Rudi with one of the classic tricks in a table act

In the show's finale, the ring was filled with all the artists, and it developed into a wonderful cocktail of show singing with Peter Nørgaard, dancing and lots of artistry. A super end on a good circus show!

Finale. Click here to see more of Jacob's photos.

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26 April 2022

Circus Arena's 6-man Polish orchestra is extremely well-playing. It is led by 24-year-old trumpet-playing bandmaster Rafael Wojaczek. And this is not his first visit to Denmark: Agnete Louise Enoch says that he was one of the musicians in the orchestra which Circus Dannebrog had in 2016.

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24 April 2022

In this year's Zircus Nemo performance, you will meet Professor Wacko with a comic act in trampoline. His civil name is Vladimir Georgievsky, and this is not the first time he works in Denmark.  In 1993 he toured with Circus Fantastico, where he was one of the 4 artists in the troupe Trampolino Veneziano. But the comic act he shows at Nemo, he has not previously shown in Denmark. The Swedes experienced it in 2001 at Cirkus Scott, where he performed under the name Egon von Scwantz. - Press photo from Zircus Nemo.

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23 April 2022

IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS

Some have probably noted that it has been a good while since I have brought write-ups from my faithful Paris correspondent Zarro Zarro. But Zarro Zarro, who turns 90 in November, has been ill but is now recovering. He writes: 

To my readers: After hospital for a heart problem, never had before, I am back home and follow a rehabilitation program. Write ups will come. ZARRO ZARRO.

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Zarro Zarro

18 April 2022

Circus Brazil Jack 2022 - circus at its very best. Prior to the 2020 season, Circus Brazil Jack had invested in a brand new tent and a brand new lighting system. But the corona meant that neither in 2020 nor 2021 did any circuses go on tour in Sweden.

For this reason the director Trolle Rhodin III and his mother Carmen Rhodin had been looking forward to touring this year. But while the corona was returning, there were other challenges, namely the war in Ukraine. It hit Circus Brazil Jack because both their props and their orchestra come from Ukraine.

But circus people do not give up! So on April 15, there was season opening at the Mill Square in Malmö, where I saw the show the next day. In the new Scola Teloni tent, which has a diameter of 36 meters against the old tent’s 34 meters. And with chairs at all seats. In the old tent there were benches on the steps. The chairs have been bought from Benny Berdino, who used them in Swedish Circus Skratt during the years he provided tents etc. to Circus Skratt.

Nice to see a queue at the entrance to a circus!

Using quarter poles with a Y at the top halves the number of poles which can interfere with visibility. In the new tent there are 2 rows of ringside chairs as well as 7 rows of folding seats of plastic. Clearly more comfortable than the benches in the old tent

Due to the war in Ukraine the members of the band can’t leave Ukraine. That's why Circus Brazil Jack uses pre-recorded music. But both music choices and sound quality are top quality. They also do not quite have the number of props they need, but more are on the way and should be ready when the circus on April 24 ends the visit to in Malmö and starts this year's tour.

With all these obstacles, one could fear that it could pinch the quality of the performance. But that is certainly not the case: the almost 2-hour-long performance is of international top quality and the best of the performances I have seen this year. And with several acts that are obvious candidates for prestigious awards at upcoming circus festivals.

The recurring characters in the show are the Czech Wolf Brothers, who have a number of extremely successful comic reprises. The Danes have seen them in Circus Arli, and they have also previously been to Brazil Jack. The tall and muscular David and his somewhat smaller elder brother Richard have much success in this year's performance. No one missed that there were no traditional red-nosed clowns in the show.

David and Richard opened the show with the well-known clapping entrée before director Trolle Rhodin welcomed. And then it went act after act without the use of ringmaster.

Trolle Rhodin welcomes, surrounded by the 2 Wolf brothers

First act was the young Italian hat juggler Sage Macaggi. The Danes saw him last year in Cirkus Baldoni, and he has certainly not gotten any worse!

Sage Macaggi

Next came David Wolf in the ring as a trapeze star. But alas, the trapeze hung too high, and little Richard tried to use a ladder to help his brother up the trapeze. As those who have seen the act before know, it develops into a formidable comic trapeze act, which thrilled the audience.

       

Wolf Brothers

We do not meet many Ethiopian artists in circuses in our part of the world. But Brazil Jack has engaged three this year: The Black Diamonds. In their first entrée, however, there were only two in the ring: Tiblet & Selam, who presented a distinguished act as foot jugglers with scarves. Even on two floors, so as to understand that one carried the other on her feet while juggling the scarves.

Tablet and Sesame with juggling on 2 floors

They were followed by an act of international top class: an aerial straps act performed by the only 17-year-old Maksym together with the 23-year-old Mariia Shevchenko. Both come from Ukraine. The degree of difficulty was light years above what you normally can see with, among other things, foot-to-foot hanging, see photo. Had it been a Danish circus, they would have been obvious candidates for a nomination for the award for best act of the year. However, threatened by Maria's other act which came later in the performance!

   

Ab aerial straps act og international top class!

Next, the Wolf brothers were back in the ring. This time with their bullfighting entrée, where the bullfighter Richard gets help from a lovely lady (his brother David) who, when she bends down, transforms into a bull. Again an entrée that thrilled the audience.

Richard riding the bull

Now the Ethiopian artists came back into the arena. This time as Trio Black Diamonds with impressively beautiful acrobatics.

Three black diamonds!

The first act after the break was the two Meta Brothers in a high wire act, which offered safe presentation of the tricks one usually sees performed by a high wire duo. High wire acts never use safety nets, even though it is known as one of the most dangerous disciplines. Circus Brazil Jack has therefore chosen to place a giant inflatable pillow under the line. It was not needed in the performance I saw. But reassuring that it was there.

Note the air cushion - reassuring for both artists and audiences who should not experience accidents

Most of us use a chair to sit on. But Mesa Brothers stands on it. And while the chair balances on a high line!

Then time had come again for Wolf Brothers. This time with an entrée with a springboard done in the best knockabout style.

Skating Jasters then came into the ring with a classic roller skating act which offered all the tricks one expects from such an act when, like Jasters, it is top class.

Skating Jasters

They were followed by the Wolf brothers, this time in an entrée as strong men.

Wolf Brothers, this time as strongmen

I often get tired when I see silks hanging down from the circus dome. And thinking: Oh no, another number in tissue, also called aerial silks. But the performance's last act performed by Mariia Shevchenko, is by far the best tissue act I ever have seen, both in artistic performance and in difficulty. Carmen Rhodin says that Mariia won silver at the circus festival in Latino in 2019, where she did a solo act in aerial straps with many of the tricks she did at Brazil Jack in tissue. She must be an obvious candidate for one of the prestigious awards at an upcoming Monte Carlo festival.

   

Mariia Shevchenko - a world-class act

Then time had come to the final where the artists came in the ring and were presented by name. Poetically, the performance ended with Mariia lighting a candle in the ring in a hope for peace in her native Ukraine. A hope everyone can share.

As mentioned, an excellent performance. The performance would be an obvious candidate if there was an award in the Nordic countries for the best performance of the year.

Let's hope that despite the lack of pops Circus Brazil Jack succeeds in completing a fairly problem-free tour and that a lot of visitors will come to see circus at its very best.

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17 April 2022

Circus Rhodin. Members of the Rhodin family run 2 circuses in Sweden: Diana Rhodin runs the small Circus Rhodin, and her nephew Trolle Rhodin runs assisted by her mother Carmen Rhodin Sweden's largest circus, Circus Brazil Jack.

Cirkus Rhodin has for many years used a tent they bought from Danish Circus Arli. But this year they have got a new tent of the same size as the old one. In the tent there is a small ring, 2 rows of chairs and 3 rows of benches. Without backrest.

Circus Rhodin on the square by Mobilia in Malmö

The circus director Diana Rhodin is daughter of Trolle Rhodin (1917 - 1997), who after many years running his own circus became artistic director for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. The lighting conditions in Circus Rhodin's tent unfortunately made it difficult to take good photos.

This year's show is a nice and family-friendly show. And with a Danish star: The 16-year-old trapeze artist Nynne Hulsig Samuelsen. She has had Isabella Enoch, who in her younger days was an excellent trapeze artist, as a teacher, and has previously performed in Isabella's Circus Trapez.

The young Danish talent Nynne Hulsig Samuelsen

This year's performance begins with the Bulgarian clown Dimo ​​with Popov's familiar entrée where the clown must catch the spotlight on the ring carpet. Next comes all the artists in the ring before Diana Rhodin welcomes.

The clown Dimo

Some of the artists in the ring. At the back is Nynne

The first artist act is Diana's daughter Simona in act in an “aerial ring” set on a pole.

Next, Dimo ​​is back with an entrée where he juggles a bit and catches fictitious balls in a bag, where you can clearly hear the ball landing. Also a well-known clown entrée.

And then there are animals in the ring: 3 ponies presented by Diana Rhodin.

Diana Rhodin and her ponies

Next artist is the excellent juggler Benjamin Pfeiffer. First with 3 clubs, then with 4 clubs, then with 5 clubs and finally with 6 clubs. The act ends with juggling clubs with different colored lights in. Extremely spectacular!

The luminous clubs

Next, Diana Rhodin is back, this time with 3 dogs.

Diana and the dogs 

Now Dimo ​​has another reprice: the familiar one with the skipping rope, where he gets help from 2 spectators. Finally, one spectator must be blindfolded. As connoisseurs of the entrée know, it's a fake: the clown knocks the rope end down in the ring with greater and greater speed. But the spectator thinks it's the skipping rope he hears.

Then pirates enter the ring. These are the 4 members of the Wolf family, probably a father and mother with two grown sons. First they fencing with each other, then they show excellent ladder balance.

   

Ladder balance with Wolf family

The first act after the break is Danish Nynne Samuelsen. Diana first tells about the legendary Danish-born trapeze star La Norma, who according to Diana as a 16-year-old was given the opportunity to travel by circus. A somewhat simplified version of how Norma ended up in the circus! And then she presents another 16-year-old Danish girl, namely Nynne, who 80 years after Norma got the same opportunity.

It should be added that where Norma was not asked at all before her parents left her as trainee to an artist, then it is completely voluntary for Nynne to perform in the circus. And she is a clear talent who may over the years develop into a star of international format.

Nynne

After a short entrée with Dimo ​​and a fictional dog, Simona is back in the arena, this time with an excellent hula hoop act.

Simona Rhodin is the daughter of Diana Rhodin and her spouse

Dimo is now back. This time in an run-in which starts with him throwing a big ball out among the audience and ends with him getting a little boy in the ring and astonishing him by first conjuring paper balls and then his one shoe away. The spectators can see what happens: he simply throws the ball / shoe over his shoulder while the boy focuses on the clown's hand,

Now Benjamin Pfeiffer is back in the arena. This time with two beautiful macaw parrots. Next all parrot acts consist of the parrots doing various arts on a table. But Benjamin's entrée is completely different: he plays with the parrots, which also fly around freely in tents several times. He can also juggle the parrots and juggle balls while holding them. And they can, in the same way as you know from dog acts, walk between his legs. Nicely refreshing to see such a parrot act.

Benjamin Pfeiffer and his parrots

Last act is finely executed formation juggling with Wolf Family.

Wolf family, this time as jugglers

The performance did not feature world-class artists. But as mentioned, it was an absolutely nice and family-friendly show. When I saw the show, the audience consisted mainly of parents with children up to 7-8 years old. Both the children and the adults felt that they had a good circus experience.

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15 April 2012

Line Vittrup turns 50. On Sunday 17 April the acrobat Line Vittrup, Copenhagen, can celebrate her 50 years birthday.  Since 2007, she has been associated with the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, where she is responsible for the museum's popular circus schools, team building, birthday parties, and Circus Fun where she or one of her assistants is ready to help children master the tight wire trapeze or keeping the juggling the balls in the air.

Line ready for Circus Fun

Line Vittrup was born in Vissenbjerg on Funen. She received her initial training as an artist from Irene Thierry in the tiny Danish Circus Krone, where she worked a few years. Then the comedians Soren Ostergaard and Flemming Jensen asked her if she would be lady who gets sawn in half in their comedy show "the big dog show" and also serve as backstage manager. Line accepted their offer and was later with “the big dog show” on its tour in Germany. In 1997 was Line Vittrup assistant to the magician Kim Kenneth who in this season worked for Circus Arena. After the end of the season she followed Kim Kenneth to Billy Smarts Circus in England. There she met the Czech artist troupe Faltyny who asked if she would like to be their trainee. The following two years Line toured around the world with the Czech troupe with tempo juggling, acrobatics on one-wheel bicycle and a knife throwing act.

Afterwards Line Vittrup joined the Danish Circus Theater, where she met the knockabout table acrobat Freddie Steckel, with whom she worked for 12 years. They performed in Cirkus Agora and Cirkus Merano in Norway and in Cirkus Maximum in Sweden. In Denmark, they performed in Circus Dannebrog, at events in Circus Benneweis, at clown shows on Bakken, on tour with Circus Arena in the Faroe Islands. South of the border, they performed a couple of times at the Hansa Theater in Hamburg, in the well-known French TV program "Le Plus Grand cabaret Du Monde" and at various winter galas in France, etc.

Line was also a circus princess in Soren Ostergaard's Zircus Barnly. In 2011, she made her debut as an author with the children's book Milo in the Circus, which is about the dog Milo visiting Circus Benneweis.

Line Vittrup

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13 April 2022

Circus Trapez 2022. Jorgen Lorenzen saw the performance in Hobro Sports Centre 10 April at 15 and writes (my translation):

There were about 300 people in the sports centre. Agnete Louise Enoch was ringmistress instead of her sister Isabella Enoch, who is on sick leave from her circus. And Agnete clearly enjoyed being back in the ring. She had chosen to wear her old green suit, which brought thoughts back to the early years of circus Dannebrog. (Agnete Louise Enoch was for many years ringmistress in the large Danish Circus Dannebrog which closed after season 2016).

Agnete Louise Enoch. Ringmistress. All photos: Anny Schaldemose

The house artists in circus Trapez were last season Nynne Hulsig Samuelsen and Lasse Hasager. Nynne is an aerial artist in rapid development, and this season she is engaged by the Swedish circus Rhodin. But Lasse is still with Trapez and he too is a dedicated artist in development. And of course you will once again meet Bernhard Kaselowsky.

The foreign artists consist of two artist couples, Edita and Yuriy and Bettina and Patrick. Yuriy and Patrick form Duo Gancho, which was part of circus Trapez Christmas Circus in Kolding - the performance that after a few performances was interrupted by the corona. Back then, their main act was a knockabout table act. This act is not presented this year as Patrick is suffering from a shoulder injury. But they are versatile and talented artists who can still solve the task, because they are all-round artists who can do most of the artist disciplines and create acts which delight and amaze the audience throughout the performance.

Agnete Enoch opens the show and mentions that she can celebrate her 50th year anniversary in circus. And then there was no let-up. First an act with formation juggling - Lasse and Patrick.

Formation juggling. Lasse Hasager in the foreground. Yuriy Mamchych in the background.

Then an act in aerial straps performed by Yuriy. It looks easy and effortless, although it is a strength act that requires almost supernatural powers.

Patrick has to give up the most difficult physical acts due to his injury. But he knows so much else, and performs his art / his arts with a talking, vivid mimicry that reaches everyone in the centre. He presents a series of magic tricks - acts where the presentation is part of the act. He can do that - and has a facial expression that supports the magic.

Magic with glasses. Patrick.

Lasse Hasager enters the ring with the world's smallest dog - only 300 grams. Patrick continues with the magic, i.e. he conjures up a rabbit - but the children have already revealed that it is in the hat.

The rabbit up in the hat. Patrick.

Then it's the women's turn. Bettina Kovacs knows the art of slinging rings around her body - hula hoop as it is called. She stands on hands and juggles the rings around her body and she has a hair extension which is included in the act as a ring is juggled around it.

Hula hoop. Bettina Kovacs.

Lasse comes in with a suitcase and clown nose - and wearing a garment that can probably be described as a kilt. The act is full of ideas that need to be developed and clarified at a later stage. But the essence is diabolo juggling and that is one of his competencies.

Lasse Hasager as a juggler in an exciting outfit.

Patrick ends the first part of the performance with an act where he inflates balloons and plays a mouth organ with the leaking air.

Second part of the performance begins with 5 goats, presented by Bernhard Kaselowsky. The population has expanded to 5, and the extra goat has the effect that you feel that the whole ring is filled with these good-natured and slow animals.

And then comes a comic entrée as there is no real clown is the performance, But Patrick comes in, sits down on a chair and pulls out an issue of a newspaper - to read today's news. But Yuriy is disguised as a fly and comes in and disturbs. The newspaper is folded so that it can slap the fly - and then a hunt takes place, which leads both out among the audience, who are involved in the fly hunt. Very funny, big cheers, almost a fight with rolled up newspapers.

Edita is a foot juggler and balances 4 tablecloths while lying on her back in her trinka.

The mirror entrée is performed by Yuriy and Patrick, before Lasse juggles with balls and knives, this afternoon with a lot of ball drops!

The mirror entrée. Patrick and Yuriy.

Finally, there is a stylish and aesthetic adagio number, where Edita and Yuriy (Duo Mamchych) balance on and with each other. For example. she hangs on his shoulders / neck with her head down, and she lies on the floor with one leg stretched up, where he stands on the outstretched foot. A nice way to end the act.

And then there is an act that needs to be mentioned separately. Patrick enters, dressed in black. In front of the backdrop stands a hat stand on which a coat hangs. A drama is now unfolding in which Patrick wraps himself in and out of his coat, and his hands have white gloves so that they are part of the story.

Who owns the hands? The coat or the artist? And is it a love drama, or is it a tale of loneliness. At the same time, there is a shadow effect up against the backdrop, so there is a double effect - a shadow play. It seemed like a kind of continuation of the Czech Laterna Magica.

A poetic act with a shadow effect. Love or loneliness? Multi-artist Patrick.

All in all, a great performance with a good response from the audience. Skilled artists, good atmosphere, great applause. That’s how we know a good circus performance.

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11 April 2022

Circus Olympia 2022. The Swedish circus opened the season in Oskarström on 9 April. Among the guests was Martin Lasson Berglund who writes (my translation):

Sold out circus premiere at Cirkus Olympia!

A wonderful premiere yesterday in a sold-out Oskarström outside Halmstad. People have really missed the circus! 🎪

After a two-year corona break, you can once again see Circus Olympia's blue / yellow tent on the Swedish circus lots. Photo: Linda Himsel

This year's program offers both Paczo's comic trampoline, Fatime and her cats and David Hammarberg with a new balancing act. The clown Rico is new to the Swedish audience and his best act is his love act 😄

The performance offers i.e. on a reunion with Hungarian Paczo (Peytchev Plamen Metodiev), also known as Mr. Jumping. He was most recently at Olympia in 2009. The Danes knew him from several seasons in Circus Baldoni. Photo: Linda Himsel

David Hammarberg. Photo: Ellen Valheim

Of course, the circus' own horses and dogs are included, as well as the live music, which this year only consists of three musicians.

Niklas Bengtsson. Photo: Linda Himsel

Henrika Bengtsson and her dogs. Photo: Linda Himsel

The performance is festive and good, but great that many people to see the show being happy for the facts that circuses now are back on the road.

Big CONGRATULATIONS to Henrika Bengtsson who in the final was awarded the Swedish Circus Academy's honorary prize, Charlie of the Year, as a proof of her hard and committed work in running and developing Swedish Circus Olympia!

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10 April 2022

Circus Finlandia 2022. Circus Finlandia calls itself the world's largest Finnish circus. And they are undoubtedly Finland's largest. And in the Nordics, only Arena has a bigger tent than Finlandia. They opened season 2022 on April 9 in Karjaa (Karis). In this year's show you meet

Emmi Peltola -  Aerial Hoop

Laura Savolainen - Tightwire

Ignat Ignatov - Friesian Horses

Andrejs Fjodorovs - Dove Artist

Mystery of Gentlemen - Acrobatics

Marionette’s Dream - Skipping Rope

Diorios - Globe of Death

Andrey Jigalov & Oleg - Clowns

Sebastian - Ringmaster

Sirkus Finlandia Band conducted by Waldemar Rakowski

When Andrej Fjodorovs was with Danish Cirkus Arena in 2019, he received the prize for the best act of the year from the Danish Circus Award. He made his breakthrough at Circus Arli in 2008, where a visiting artist agent saw that it was a pigeon act completely out of the ordinary. Two years later, he performed at the International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo, where he received the prestigious ‘Prix de l´Association Monegasque Des Amis du Cirque’. Now the world had seen him, and the international breakthrough was a reality. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Diorios and their death globe are well known in Denmark from several seasons in Circus Arena. The Swedes saw them several times in the now closed Circus Maximum. They have also previously been to Finland. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

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10 April 2022

In connection with the premiere on April 9 in the Swedish Circus Olympia, Henrika Bengtsson received the Swedish Circus Academy's prestigious award "Charlie of the Year". Here she is seen surrounded by the Circus Academy director Janne Näsström and its secretary Hans Lindgren. The first recipient of Charlie of the Year was the director of Circus Scott, Käte Bronett, who received the award in 1985. Photo: Photo: Janeric Dahlin

The jury's motivation (My translation)

"Henrika Bengtsson has together with her late husband Herbert (Charlie Recipient of the Year 1998) created Circus Olympia and she has also continued to run and develop Circus Olympia with her family into a modern, but still traditional touring circus.

She is the spider in the web who organizes and plans so that the circus can function every day. She is the one who manages the circus' finances, takes care of visa issues, so that every year there is musicians and tent workers and artists. She handles the contact with municipalities, i.e. she does all those important and essential parts needed for a circus to work. In addition, she performs with her happy dogs every night and her act in the Circus Olympia performances is a must which regular audience looks forward to and expects. During Cirkus Olympia's 36-year journey, she has also raised two children, Jessica and Niklas (Charlie Recipient of the Year 2010), who both with their respective spouses are part of the management of the company. She is also the grandmother of Simon and Sam.

The Circus Academy's Prize Jury has decided to award Henrika Bengtsson the honorary prize "Charlie of the Year 2022" for her cultural contributions for the preservation of circus art. "

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8 April 2022

A circus queen turns 75. On April 14, the Jutland circus queen Irene Thierry, Horsens, turns 75. For many years she ran the small Danish Circus Krone, which toured in Jutland, on Funen and on Ærø. In the same way as queens in the Netherlands abdicate when they are in their early 70s, in 2017 Irene chose to pass the ownership to Circus Krone to her eldest son Frank. Due to corona etc. Circus Krone has however not been on tour since 2018.

Circus Krone's roots go back to 1937, when Irene Thierry’s father Regner Thierry started it as a fairground circus called Circus Thierry. Later, the family bought a travelling fun fair and Irene and her brother Ricard made an aerial act in a swaying pole which was placed at the fairground site. Circus Krone’s seasons then became shorter and shorter. In 1984 Irene Thierry restarted Circus Krone assisted by her sons Frank and Marc and her brother Ricard. The past several years she has also been assisted by her spouse Jan Allan, who is the children's favourite as the clown Allando and also has mischievous ponies in the ring.

In 2021 and again this year, Allando is the recurring clown figure in Circus Baldoni, though without ponies.

In her many years as director, Irene Thierry was also human resources manager in the most distinguished sense of the word. With one eye on each finger, she noticed any signs of bad mood or problems with her staff and did everything possible to ensure that everyone was feeling as well as possible. "In short, she is a really lovely lady, and is for this reason highly respected among the artists who have been with Cirkus Krone", the ventriloquist Preben Palsgaard, who worked in Circus Krone for several seasons, says.

Irene Thierry. Photo: Lise Kokholm

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7 April 2022

Circus Arena when it is best! That was the conclusion among the more than 1,200 persons who on April 4 watched the season opening performance at ‘Bellahoj’ in Copenhagen on a cold and windy Monday night. But inside the brand new tent, there was warmth, charm, talent and atmosphere. Big praise to Lasse Nørager, also known as the clown Bonbon, and Jackie Berdino, who has out the show on stage. Also praise to the 6-piece Polish orchestra under the direction of the trumpet-playing bandmaster Rafael Wojaczek. It is the best circus orchestra I have met in recent years.

Circus Arena's new tent has a diameter of 40 m2 and is the Nordic region's largest circus tent

When Cirkus Arena last time got a new tent - it was back in 2008 - there were 8 large circuses in the Scandinavian countries. In Denmark Arena, Benneweis and Dannebrog. In Norway Arnardo and Merano. And in Sweden Brazil Jack, Maximum and Scott. Today there are only 3 left: Arena, Arnardo and Brazil Jack, and the first two have got smaller tents. However Arena's 40 meter tent with room for just over 1,200 spectators is still the largest in the Nordic region. And the guests will be pleased by the fact that the tent does not have storm poles that interfere with the view from certain seats but only the four giant king poles.

The new tent does not have storm poles, which can often disturb the view from the spectator seats

Each circus has its own style - thankfully. At Arena, they find it important that there should also be fun of the fair in the performance, and that it should run too fast. And preferably with two hosts who talk a lot with each other. This year’s performance lives up to these demands in the most beautiful way.

This year's performance, entitled Circus according to Bubber 2, is Arena's 65th anniversary performance. It was actually in 2020 that they could celebrate their 65th anniversary, but both in 2020 and in 2021, the corona make a tour impossible. But this year they manage to celebrate the anniversary.

The performance begins showing films about Circus Arena from the beginning to recent years using a small tent in the ring as a screen. Then the hosts Bubber and Julie Berthelsen welcome with what has almost become Circus Arena's familiar tune: The song Circus, circus, circus is town - written by Keld Heick especially for Circus Arena.

A short movie is shown with a small tent as screen. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

The two ringmasters: Bubber and Julie Berthelsen. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

First artist act is Robi Berousek (Robert Berousek) with a fine act with ladder balance. Robi is also the chief prop. He was most recently with Arena in 2010 as well as in their Circusland in 2020.

Robi Berousek can juggle while balancing on a ladder!

After a little chat between Bubber and Julie, the circus princess Laura Berdino enters the ring with 6 beautiful Arabian horses.

Laura Berdino and her horses. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Now time is coming to Arena's house clown Jimmy Folco. He comes driving into the ring and shows his entrée as a pizza baker and juggler.

The pizza juggling Jimmy Folco

Bubber and Julie then present two strong artists - "he really got muscles", Julie explains. It's Duo Costache (Leonardo & Vita Costache) with the act in perch, which they also presented in Arena in 2017. A great act. Not least the final trick where Vita rides in a ring at the end of the perch which Leonardo balances on his forehead impresses. The couple comes from Romania.

   

Duo Costache. Photos Ole Simonsen and Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Now time again is coming for Jimmy Folco. This time with an entrée he has not shown before in Circus Arena: the funnel routine which not least the Jose Michels clowns are known for. Julie promises that Jimmy will get DKK 1,000 if he can get a coin she puts on his forehead to fall into a funnel that is tucked into his trousers. Of course, she pours water in the funnel and then persuades Jimmy to do the same with someone who is even stupider than Jimmy, namely Bubber. As connoisseurs of the entrée can guess, Jimmy gets very wet during his many attempts to pour water in Buber’s pants water from larger and smaller bottles and tubs! A fine entrée which the trio has given their very own twist.

Jimmy Folco was soaked. Also Bubber got wet …

Then there are horses in the ring again: this time 6 Shetland ponies presented by Karsten Berdino.

After the horses, Julie Berthelsen sings the poetic and beautiful song Lyse Nætter (Now the birds are coming again), which Alberte Winding had a hit with a few years ago. Julie is a very popular Danish-born Greenlandic pop singer and she has a wonderful voice. While she is singing, one of the members of the Atai group performs with acrobatics and dancing.

While Julie Berthelsen sings, the Atai artist acts as a bird. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

The last act before the interval is the bouncing juggler Alan Sulc, who very well deserved received the evening's biggest applause. Only 12 years old, he won gold in 2002 at the European Youth Circus Festival, which is the most prestigious festival for young artists. In 2004, he got a bronze clown at the 28th International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo. The same year, the Danes saw him in Circus Benneweis, where he "overturned the tent" night after night. In 2019 he toured with Circus Arli and was among the 3 artists who were nominated for the award for best act of the year. He was beaten with a hair's breadth by another artist, but many believe the award should have gone to Alan. At Arena, as in Benneweis and Arli, he shows an impressively beautiful act without a single drop.

   

Alan Sulc

The interval is used to put safety net up for Flying Wulber, which as the first act in the 2nd part of the performance does a great and very safe performed act in flying trapeze. With both somersault, double somersault, triple somersault and double passage done and done in a perfect way. The double passage even blindfolded! One of the market's very best acts in flying trapeze. They were also with Circus Arena in 2019.

Flying Wulbers masters among other things the double passage - even blindfolded

While the net is taken down, Bubber runs around with a saw, which he will use for the old fun at the fair act saving a lady in half.  However, he is "overtaken" by Jimmy Folco with an entrée where Jimmy's wife rattles the balloons he inflates.

Then there are happy dogs in the ring: Pat Clarrison (Patrick Harrison) and his Hot Dogs, which consist of dogs of different breeds that he has rescued from places where they were not treated well. He has taken over the number from his father Pete Harrison. It was most recently at Arena in 2017 and in their Circusland in 2020. Previously he has performed with both Benny Schumann and Benneweis. Always nice to see a dog act where you feel that the dogs also have fun.

Pat, Pip and their hot dogs. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

This is followed by Jimmy Folco's entrée where he is a strong man. Nice that Jimmy not once during the performance takes innocent spectators into the ring. Something he has otherwise been known for.

Now Bubber wants to present the old act sawing a lady in half. And it's the slightly hesitant Julie who's going in the box. It would be a shame to reveal how the entrée is developing! But it arouses great cheers among the audience. As part of the act Julie sings her own hit: Every Little Part of Me.

Bubber is ready to get Julie in the box as the lady to be sawed in half. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

The last act of the evening is one that “split the waters”. A contemporary circus-like act performed by 4 artists from the Atai show, who are presented as robot break dancers. I would rather call them mimics. They have impressed judges and audiences in America Got talent and several other talent shows. This year it is the Danes' turn to see them. A large portion of the audience was thrilled, while others found the act strange and a little scarring for smaller children. Brave of Arena also to show something that is not classic circus.

The Atai show features both a Napoleon figure and a Chaplin figure. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein. Click here to see more of Jacob's photos from the performance.

Then it is time for the finale with great applause to the artists. And in the coming months the audience, including the many who like the Arena and their style, will certainly not be disappointed when they see the year's performance.

From the finale of the opening night performance

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7 April 2022

Circus Mascot 2022. Jørgen Lorenzen saw the performance in Aars Idrætscenter on 3 April at 15 and writes (my translation):

Circus Mascot leaves the tent at home during this year's summer tour. Instead, the focus is on performances in sport centres and other arenas. Certainly not a bad idea as costs can be kept down, and there can be more spectators in an arena than in Mascot's tent. This afternoon there were 400. The children could sit or lie on mats along the ringside - and thus get the very best view as there were no ringside chairs.

This year, the performance is presented by Preben Palsgaard. He is a classic, stylish ringmaster who leads the audience through the performance with relevant comments. And he shows his own skills as ventriloquist in two entrées. The first is the entrée with the talking shoes - version 2. It has now become a men's shoe and a women's shoe, which show interest in each other as they come out of the shoebox - and apparently become lovers in the end. Almost like in a Hans Christian Andersen universe. In the second entrée the vulture Galle appears.

Preben Palsgaard with Galle. Photo by courtesy of Circus Mascot

Daniel Deleuran will not appear in the ring this year. He will concentrate on marketing and presale.

The show is very child friendly. Tatyana begins with an aesthetic hula hoop act. She is a versatile and stylish artist. Always quality, high degree of difficulty and sense of expression.

Tatyana. Photo: Anne Schaldemose

Her husband Gulio hides among the children - and disturbs the ringmaster. He has no ticket but must borrow one as he is threatened with deportation. Because those who do not hold a ticket must be thrown out! But the clever Gulio borrows a ticket from a spectator - and has just heard that people without a ticket must be thrown out. The ringmaster show mercy and Gulio is invited into the ring where he and Preben tease each other and is conjuring a clock away.

Gulio. Photo: Anne Schaldemose

Marianne's dog show is a must in Circus Mascot. But every year with some changes and renewals. This year, for example. a dog jumping on a trampoline. Her act is followed by Gulio, who has an unruly clothes dog that he has a hard time controlling - at least that's what it looks like.

Marianne and the dogs in the ring. Photo by courtesy of Circus Mascot

And then time had come for Preben Palsgaard's own act. The two shoes have become a male shoe and a female shoe, Hugo and Karla. These are shoes without ears and eyes, but when they come out of the shoebox, they can both hear and speak. Eventually, they probably become lovers.

And then there is slinkies in the ring. Inside one pipe is Gulio. In the second, the artist girl Gige hides.

2 x Slinky. Photo: Anne Schaldemose

Husik then shows his juggling entrée with large rings (hoops). It was the act that aroused great applause at the recent circus festival in Budapest. In Mascot however in a different and simpler costume - black and discreet.

Husik. Photo: Anne Schaldemose

The second part of the performance begins with Gulio throwing a large balloon out among the audience - who returns it. It's an act which does not require great skills, but it always evokes fun. Then Preben Palsgaard and vulture Galle show up - in cheerful conversation and mutual teasing. Galle / Preben can yodel, and that is there probably no other ventriloquist who can. 

The small animals are now making their entrée. Marianne presents a goose and the two Canadian minipigs Yrsa and Sille. The two pigs give themselves plenty of time and must be lured and persuaded before they move and do what they are asked to do.

One of the pigs. Photo by courtesy of Circus Mascot

Gulio now pretend that he is driving a car. He picks up two from the audience, who are to be passengers and help him driving. And then it goes over stick and stone and uneven road with hard braking and engine failure.

New to Mascot is the Mongolian artist Gige. She is a contortionist and she also masters the art of shooting with a bow and arrow, which is held with her feet while lying on her stomach.

Gige. Photo: Anne Schaldemose

Gulio follows the act up when he makes animals out of balloons. He makes a bow that can be tightened so that it sends a fictitious arrow off. And then balloons bursts.

And then there was the finale - after a performance where the audience was concentrated and followed what was going on from start to end. And when this is the case the circus works as it should - and shows how unique a circus is. A good show with a good audience is what makes people come back when the circus Mascot next comes to town.

Finale. Photo by courtesy of Cirkus Mascot

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4 April 2022

Kim Kenneth and Jessica at Circus Flik-Flak. On Sunday 3 April, the internationally well-known Danish magician Kim Kenneth and his Italian spouse Jessica visited Circus Flik-Flak in Odense. "Thank you for a great magical afternoon." writes the photographer Per Krogh Petersen, who saw the performance and sent me the photos below.

Kim Kenneth with assistants Jasmin Werth and Jessica Caveagna

Kim's very own version of the trick substitution trunk

Jessica Caveagna presented fine sword balancing. Click here to see more of Per's photos and video clips from the show.

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1 April 2022

Comeback to Agnete Louise Enoch. When Cirkus Trapez starts the season on April 9 in Balling, they offer a comeback for Agnete Louise Enoch, who was ringmistress in Circus Dannebrog until they closed after season 2016. At least at the beginning of the season, it is Agnete Louise who presents the performers in Circus Trapez. NB! It's NOT an April Fool.

Agnete Louise Enoch. With her long eyelashes, she was for many the epitome of Circus Dannebrog, and with knowledge and authority she presented the acts in the performance. This year you meet her in her sister Isabella Enoch Sosman’s Circus Trapez.

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31 March 2022

Swedish Circus Brazil Jack 2022. The Swedish Circus Brazil Jack is Sweden's largest circus. Prior to the 2020 season, they bought a brand new big top after a couple of fairly good seasons. But the corona meant that in neither 2020 nor 2021 did they come on tour. And this year they were hit by the fact that their orchestra and their props / tent workers is from Ukraine, which country they were not allowed to leave due to the war.

Now, however, they have has managed to solve the problems and can open the season at the Mill Square in Malmö on 15 April. They will stay in Malmö until April 24.

As in 2019, it is a performance without animals. Not because the Rhodin family is opposed to animals in circuses, but because they found that their audience became less and less interested in animal acts. In addition, they were tired of the very active Swedish animal rights activists, who with their demonstrations outside the circus did what they could to scare the spectators away.

In the performance you will meet the multi-artists Wolf Brothers from the Czech Republic, the aerial acrobat Mariia Schevchenko from Ukraine, the hat juggler Sage Macaggi from Italy, the three acrobats The Black Diamonds from Ethiopia, Skating Jasters from Italy and Brazil, the foot jugglers Tiblet & Selam from Ethiopia and the high wire acrobats Mesa brothers.

Wolf Brothers is known, among other things, for their comic trapeze entrée. They have been with Circus Brazil Jack several times before, most recently in 2019. The Danes know them from Circus Arli 2011 and 2014. In 2013 toured with Swedish Circus Olympia

   

The hat juggler Sage Macaggi was one of the top acts in Danish Circus Baldoni in 2021. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Mesa Brothers toured Denmark with Cirkus Dannebrog in 2013. In 2015, they were with Swedish Cirkus Olympia

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30 March 2022

Magic show with Kim Kenneth & company. Jacob Boas Leitisstein writes (my translation):

On Saturday 26 March, the small cinema The blue Angel Kalundborg was filled with magic, illusions and a good atmosphere from floor to ceiling. The illusionist Kim Kenneth (internationally known as the Dane in the fast Lane) and his partner Jessica Caveagna invited inside for an illusion show. The show offered a potpourri of Kim's many illusions, which in recent years you have also been able to see in i.e. Circus Baldoni, Circusland and at the Circus Museum in Hvidovre - this evening spiced with a new features during the show.

The cinema which for the evening was transformed into a theater with stage was well filled - and the show started with Kim coming in with flying cards. The opening then turned into a series of card manipulations, which were followed by illusions, where the assistants were conjured away and back again. Also on stage were Kim – apart from Jessica - Helena Neumann and Pip Potaychuk as assistants.

Kim Kenneth and his assistants. Photos by courtesy of Jessica Caveagna

The show then continued both with predictions with balloons, several tricks and manipulations with cards and also Kim's floating table. This evening it was a comic version of the floating table which turned into a lovely song with Helena: "What The World Needs Now Is Love".

The floating table

In the last part of the show, Jessica presented her beautiful act with sword balance on the ladder.

Jessica on the ladder

There were also members from the audience on the stage, who helped Kim with the sawing the woman in half trick and an escape trick. The show ended with a few illusions - including Kim and Jessica's substitution trunk with the box rolled into paper. After this trick, 1 hour and 20 minutes had passed with lots of show and magic - and Kim thanked for tonight. The whole show was tied together nicely by Kim's warm and humorous comments and anecdotes.

If you are close to Odense on Sunday 3 April, it is at 14 possible to see Kim Kenneth and Jessica at Cirkus Flik-Flak, Herluf Trolles Vej 138, 5220 Odense SØ.

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29 March 2022

Arli in top form – 5 stars out of 6 in the Six Star Rating System. This was the conclusion when Circus Arli had its national premiere on Sunday 27 March next to the Mill Hill in the Copenhagen suburb Fløng. Not as the largest circus in the Nordic region, but as the first circus in the Nordic region.

This year's performance is called For full Music. Therefore, it is natural that it began with Martin Arli and Francesco coming into the ring and playing the sousaphone and trumpet, respectively, before Martin welcomed and presented the elegant ringmistress Bettina Arli.

Martin welcomes with a sousaphone around his neck. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

The first act was a handstand entrée with Sergei's Populans, who elegantly used a bench for his tricks and was eventually visited by a lovely lady. She hid her face behind a fan to eventually reveal herself as the show's recurring clown Francesco.

Sergei Populans. Photo: Ole Simonsen

Martin Arli then sat down at a small grand piano. But he was interrupted several times by a female spectator who was a little late. In the end, the tenacious lady wanted to perform. When Martin did not find her white cotton coat elegant, she made a quick change and had an elegant entrée in tissue under the artist name Jelena Vasiljeva.

Martin and Jelena. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Jelena and tissue. Photo: Ole Simonsen

After a short run-in with Francesco, Bettina presented Duo Grajdian, who did beautiful and graceful adagio acrobatics.

Dua Gradjian. Photo: Ole Simonsen

Next, Martin entered the ring playing a nice trumpet solo. It is a performance for full music, and this year Martin has chosen to replace his usual magic entrées with musical run-ins.

The next act was the tempo jugglers Trio Arlinis: Alexander Arli, Francesco Fratellini and Sarah Flores. The act ended in a spectacular way with juggling clubs with light.

Trio Arlinis and luminous clubs. Photos Jacob Boas Leitisstein and Ole Simonsen

The first act after the interval was Sarah Flores with hula hoops in an entrée that was far better than most other hula hoop acts.

Sarah Flores can call herself mistress of the rings

Martin then had an entrée where he played Kim Larsen tunes on honk horns. The late Kim Larsen was an extremely popular Danish singer, composer and musician. The premiere audience spontaneously sang along to some of the songs.

Martin with honk horns. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Now Francesco entered the ring as a tennis coach. The moody entrée ended with him getting a spectator to help him stretching out a net out, which again and again hit Francesco in the neck and sent him into one of the poles. Of course as a deliberate stunt and not as an accident.

Francesco has hardly has a great future ahead of him as a professional tennis coach… Photo: Ole Simonsen

Next, Duo Populans came into the ring with an illusion act where they, as Bettina said, had a twinkle in their eye. Impressive that Jelena can disappear in the boxes. Most impressive is the trick, where she magically crawls through Sergei's stomach.

Pure magic! Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Then time had come for musical Martin, this time with a poetic tune played at a very small concertina.

Martin, now with concertina. Photo: Ole Simonsen

"Do you want to see clowns?" Bettina asked. Of course, the audience wanted to see clowns. Therefore, Alejandros aka Alexander Arli and Francesco entered the ring. This year's clown entrée is an Arli classic: the one where the two clowns sit on a bench and sing the song "On a bench in Charlottenlund" and are disturbed by a dangerous monkey. With good reason one of the most beloved entrées in Circus Arli.

The dangerous monkey and a terrified Alexander. Francesco has not discovered the monkey at all. Photo: Ole Simonsen

Last act was a fine act in aerial straps to River Dance music, performed by Olga and the muscular Mihail Gradjian. In some tricks in the act, it was Olga who wore Mihail, and not as usual the man holding the woman. Impressive!  And a nice end to a wonderful performance.

Here Olga is the "driving force". Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein. Click here to see more of Jacob Boas Leitisstein's photos from the performance.

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28 March 2022

Season opening in Circus Arli. Below are some photos of some premiere guests and of a debutant in the ring

A king and a queen. The Nordic circus king Benny Berdino together with the Swedish circus queen Carmen Rhodin. Benny's Circus Arena is the largest in the Nordic region. Swedish Circus Brazil Jack, which today has Carmen's son Trolle as director, is Sweden's largest.

Carmen Rhodin together with the Circus Museum's Line Vittrup

Freddi Steckel might be Denmark's oldest artist still being active. Here he is seen with his little dog. This summer you can meet him in Norwegian Circus Jesper in Kristiandsand Zoo.

For the first time in his 14-month-long life, Noah was in the ring

3rd and 4th generation of the circus dynasty Arli: Alexander, Jamie (born February 18 this year), Tara and Noah (born January 16, 2021).

A proud grandmother. Bettina Arli is seen here with her eldest grandson Noah, who stares a little bewildered at the photographer. But feel safe on grandma's arm. In the background Noah's father Alexander Arli

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25 March 2022

New big top to Circus Arena. Last year, Benny Berdino told that Arena would get a new tent in 2022 to replace the old tent which is from 2008. And now the new tent is ready. Circus Arena writes (my translation):

Over the winter, we have worked hard with the crochet hook and created a new and fantastic circus tent in the well-known Arena colours for our 65th anniversary tour.

In week 12 the tent will be put up for the first time at Bellahoj, Copenhagen, so it is ready for the national premiere on 4 April. Then tour throughout Denmark.

From the tent set-up. Photo: Kenny Quinn

We look forward to inviting you inside for adventure, real circus and unique experiences in the new circus tent.

Inside, the circus tent also offers new rows of chairs with plastic bucket seats and new technology. So you can look forward to a completely state-of-the-art circus production this year - which still includes the right circus nostalgia.

The new tent has a diameter of 40 meters and can accommodate almost 1,300 spectators. It is slightly smaller than the old tent, which diameter was 45 meters with room for approx. 1,800 spectators. Tent and seating come from the Italian tent company Cannobio. But even though the tent is a bit smaller than the old one, it is still the largest circus tent in the Nordic countries.

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24 March 2022

Circus Mascot 2022. Circus Mascot writes (my translation):

PRECIOUS MOMENTS in Circus Mascot 2022 - Indoor tour of sports arenas April 2 to October 23

We have done it before and now we are doing it again. Mascot is on the road for the 28th time with a brand new show - and it will be quite a circus. This is how it is when you are a travelling salesman in the precious moments which give a twinkle in the eye and memories for life.

Forget everything around you, just not the others. Circus is about the magic that occurs when we meet around the ring. And it does not matter who you are - or where you are. This year's performances take place in sports arenas throughout Jutland and on Funen - and most do not have a built-in circus atmosphere, so we bring that with us.

This year's performance is presented by Daniel Deleuran. It is his mother and co-director Marianne Deleuran who presents Circus Mascot's many animals: playful dogs, geese, Canadian minipigs and a pony.

The pervasive figure of the performance is, as in previous years, the clown Ulmas, who comes from Uzbekistan. You also meet his wife Tatiana and their children Husik and Julyana. Husik was among the performers at the prestigious circus festival in Budapest in January this year.

Furthermore, the performance features Denmark's best ventriloquist Preben Palsgård. He has performed as ventriloquist since 1969, but only became really famous when he appeared in "TV IN THE TENT" in 1981. Here he performed for the first time with the talking shoe and with Niels Hovgaard as a doll. Over the years, he has performed at company parties, association parties, schools, institutions, etc., and has also toured with several Danish and Swedish circuses and performed in Circusland and participated in several revues. This year, Circus Mascot is looking forward to introducing him to the Jutland and Funen audience.

Preben Palsgård and Galle, who is one of his many ventriloquist dolls. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

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19 March 2022

Circus Agora 2022. As mentioned on this page 1 March, the Norwegian Circus Agora had to postpone its premiere as their circus specialists (tent workers / props) came from Ukraine, which they could not leave due to the war.

When the premiere had to be postponed, director Jan Ketil Smørdal, as mentioned on this page on March 8, travelled to Ukraine to help.

Now he has got hold of circus specialists from other countries, but hopes that all the regular people from Ukraine will come as soon as possible.

This year's performance will premiere next to the fire station in Bergen on Friday 8 April at 18.00. Circus Agora will be in Bergen until April 24.

The artists in this year's performance are

Adriana - foot juggler

Di Lello clowns

5 ponies, presented by Jan Ketil. The ponies come from the Swedish Circus Olympia.

Catalin, aerial act from Romania

Peter Taylor's dog show

Badea, handstand

Jan Ketil, balance with cups on slack wire

Anton Navratil, Washington trapeze

Miss Adriana (Adriana Wolf) made her debut in Circus Arli in 2014. She comes from the Czech Republic

Allan and Jenny Di Lello performed in Cirkus Dannebrog in 1999 and 2004 and in Cirkus Kenny in 2003 and 2009. Photo from Swedish Cirkus Wictoria 2016, taken by Gertrud Nilsson

Peter Taylor has participated in several of Benny Schumann's shopping centre performances, most recently this year at the West Zealand Centre in Slagelse. Photo: Kim Thanning Olsen

Antonin "Mad Tony" Navratil toured with Danish Cirkus Krone in 2004

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18 March 2022

Circus Trapez in tents, as Open Air show and in sport arenas. Circus Trapez writes (my translation):

Circus Trapez presents A magical Circus experience 2022. Look forward to meet Circus Trapez on Danish tour in 2022. See a world-class circus show with i.e. diabolo, juggling, acrobatics, hula hoop, comedy, lovely animals and much more.

This year's circus performance can be seen both in sport arenas, in tent and with our cozy Open Air set-up. Likewise, again this year we will perform at nursing homes, schools etc.

Circus is for everyone, whether you are a child or an adult, young or old. Everyone can meet and enjoy the magic circus has to offer. This is exactly what we live for and are passionate about in Circus Trapez.

We are looking forward to traveling all over Denmark with our new show.

Step into our magical universe and enjoy the show with those you love. Welcome to Cirkus Trapez 2022.

Photos from the set up at the Open Air performance in 2021

Isabella Enoch Sosman has told me the following about this year's performance:

The first 1½ month we will have Duo Gancho, who also was part of our Christmas show. Bettina Kovacs from Hungary performs with standing ring, hula hoop and quick change. Lasse Hassager present dogs and goats, a new juggling entrée and diabolo. Yuriy and Edita Duo Mamchych, from Ukraine and the Czech Republic respectively, make two aerial acts, acrobatics and antipode. Bernhard has 6 new goats + alpacas.

Duo Gancho. About their performance in the Christmas show, Jørgen Lorenzen wrote: Duo Gancho has an excellent knock about table act. And they have another act where they play musical instruments: one plays on and with the other. Original - and funny. And one of them has a good act in the Cyr Wheel. And they can also throw with what in technical language are called water meteors. Two bowls, which sit at each end of a rope. The artist can then swing the rope around and juggle the bowls. All photos by courtesy of Circus Trapez

Hungarian Betina Kovacs in standing ring.

Duo Mamchych. Click here to see a promo video from their acts

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17 March 2022

Circus Rhodin. The small Swedish Circus Rhodin, which is owned by Diana Rhodin, has its national premiere in Aakarp, Sweden on 9 April at 16. Aakarp is located midway between Malmö and Lund. After Aakarp, they visit a number of other cities in the Malmö area. They are in Malmö from 15 to 18 April.

In this year's show you meet

Circus director Diana Rhodin with her dogs

Simona Rhodin with hula hoop

The clowns Dimo, who comes from Bulgaria

The 15-year-old Danish trapeze artist Nynne Hulsig Samuelsen

Benjamin Pfeiffer with his Ara parrots and as a tempo juggler

The Wolf Family with ladder balance and formation juggling

Simona Rhodin is adopted daughter of Diana Rhodin. In the 2022 season, the Danes saw Simona in Circus Trapez's Open Air performances. She is the main character in the Swedish documentary The Last Circus Princess, which for a fee can be seen at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelastcircusprincess/385222862

Nynne Hulsig Samuelsen has received her trapeze training from Isabella Enoch Sosman, who in her younger days was an excellent trapeze artist. Nynne has participated in a number of Circus Trapez's performances.

The versatile Soloman Wolff family worked in August and September 2015 in Cirkus Dannebrog as a replacement for another act which had stopped. In 2017 the toured with the small Danish Circus Krone. The following year the Danes met them in Circusland. Photo. Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

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11 March 2022

Circus Mascot 2022. A post on Facebook shows that Circus Mascot is looking for an artist family from EU with MINIMUM 2 different acts to join their season 2022. It is a 6 month tour in Denmark starting April 2. All shows will be held inside local sports arenas. They do not need the following acts: clown, hula-hoop, aerial acts, silks, diabolo, or juggling as such acts are done by the clown Gulio and his family. The family, who live in Kyev when they are not on tour, have managed to get out of war-torn Ukraine. Gulio (Ulmas Gulyamov) is born in Uzbekistan. His wife Tatiana is from Ukraine.

Circus Mascot had several months ago hired another pair of artists who also live in Ukraine. Because of the war, they cannot come. That's why Circus Mascot is now looking for another artist family.

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8 March 2022

Circus Agora's director brings aid to Ukraine. As mentioned on March 1, the war in Ukraine has meant that the Norwegian circus has postponed the premiere indefinitely, as both the technical staff and some of the artists come from Ukraine. But director Jan Ketil Smørdal has not just sat down to wait for the situation to improve. Together with 2 buses and a semi-trailer filled with emergency aid, he has driven to the Polish / Ukrainian border. Behind the transport is in addition to Jan Ketil Fyllingsdalen Theater, which in 5 days collected 1 million NOK for emergency aid. Jan Ketil was the driver of the trailer. The transport arrived on Tuesday morning and was handed over a few hours’ drive into Ukraine to those who will be in charge of the further transport and distribution, including two of Jan Ketil's Ukrainian key employees. The plan is that the buses will now help refugees to the border and from here to Bergen in Norway.

Jan Ketil says that Cirkus Agora's season isn’t cancelled, but just postponed.

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7 March 2022

Circus Baldoni 2022. Circus Baldoni has its national premiere in Hillerød north of Copenhagen on 20 April with a dress rehearsal on 18 April. Here is what they write about this year's show (my translation):

Circus Baldoni is known as a circus without animals, and yet not. Everyone, not least the children, knows the lion Leonardo and the dog Charlie (ventriloquist’s dolls), they are of course with us, but now both an elephant, sea lion, parrot and horse have found their way to Baldoni´s ring. But one thing is for sure, no one can be allergic to the beautiful animals which are part of this year's show (they are not live animals).

Look forward to meeting a string of super talented artists who again this year will be presented by ventriloquist and musical star Peter Nørgaard. The clown Allando is also back and has come up with completely new jokes. The beautiful circus princess hangs high under the dome in her rope, the super cool monocyclist Lénárd is assisted by the beautiful Daniella, Line Carol juggles balls, not only in the air but also in the floor to instruments as drums and keyboard. Stefan challenges himself with balance on the ladder and Janacek Boys give it gas in their new knockabout table act.

Forget about time and place and enjoy two hours in the well-known Baldoni style, which evokes joy and memories until next year.

Just like 2021, the recurring characters are the clown Allando, known from many seasons in the small Jutland Circus Krone, and the ventriloquist and actor Peter Nørgaard. This year, it is the latter that puts the show on stage

New in Denmark is the couple Lénárd & Daniella (Lenard Matos & Daniella Teibler), who probably come from Hungary. Click here to see a video clip from their act

Line Carol is daughter of the clown Totto Chabri. She made her debut with Circus Benneweis in the Copenhagen Circus Building in 1984 and was back in 1990, which was the last season with circus in the beautiful old building. In Denmark she has also performed in Circus Arena and with Circus Benneweis in the tent. The last time we saw her in Denmark was in 2020, when she and her husband Stefan participated in Baldoni's Christmas show. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

Line's spouse Stefan Platschkov presents a nice ladder balance act. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

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7 March 2022

More artists for Zircus Nemo. In addition to the artists mentioned on this page on March 3, Zirkus Nemo's press page now shows photos of Leosvel and Diosmani as well as Duo Vilja. None of them have previously performed in Denmark.

Leosvel and Diosmani performed at the Swedish Circus Brazil Jack in 2014 with the best act in pole I ever have seen! They got a silver clown in Monte Carlo in 2013. Their final trick where one artist stands in horizontal handstand from the pole while the other stands on hands on his upper body is absolutely amazing.

Duo Vilja consists of the Swedish twin sisters Jenny and Sara Haglund. They appear with contortion. Click here to watch a video clip from their track.

Zirkus Nemo was founded in 1999 by the Danish actor and comedian Søren Østergaard. In Latin, Nemo means ’no one’ or ’nobody’, and that’s exactly what Søren Østergaard in the beginning wanted his circus to be about: nothing. A circus with no actual circus acts, but with a range of absurd and poetic comic characters who had no actual skills.

However, having loved the world of circus since he was a child Søren Østergaard has come to deeply admire and highly respect the skills of the ‘real’ circus artists whom he has for many years included in the Zirkus Nemo experience.

Today, this unique show recipe is attracting interest from all over the circus world, and Zirkus Nemo’s audience count numerous people from the entertainment business, national politicians and the Danish royal family including queen Margrete.

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6 March 2022

Circus Arnardo 2022. The large Norwegian Circus Arnardo has its national premiere on April 2 in Arendal. In this year's performance you will meet:

SHANNON FOLCO ARNARDO with foot juggling with blankets. She is 19 years old and as the daughter of the directors Are and Paola Arnardo 4th generation Arnardo.

Shannon Folco Arnardo is 19 years old and has an act where she juggles blankets with her hands and feet. Photo: Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo, shot at Arnardo's 2021 performance

DUO ROSSI is classic musical clowns. The white clown is Yann Rossyan, who for many years performed together with his brother Hector Rossyan in leading European circuses. Now Yann has his wife as partner.

Duo Rossi was pictured on the cover of Circus Arnardo's program for 2020. Due to the corona, there was no tour in 2020, but the program was printed.

EMI VELKOVA was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and is a 2nd generation circus artist. In this year's performance, she performs in tissue.

ARNE OTTO LUIGI FOLCO ARNARDO is son of the directors. He is 22 years old and named after his great-grandfather the circus king Arne Arnardo. He performs with diabolo.

22 year old Arne Otto Luigi Folco Arnardo with diabolos. Photo: Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo, shot at Arnardo's 2021 performance.

ARE & PAOLAS ILLUSIONS. This year, the director couple is in the ring with a completely newly developed magic and illusion act. Are’s grandfather, the Circus King Arne Arnardo, is Norway's most famous magician of all time and the one who founded Circus Arnardo in 1949.

Are Arnardo and his partner and spouse Paola with a magic and illusion act. Photo: Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo, shot at Arnardo's 2021 performance.

TÜNDE SZABÓ is educated at the circus school in Budapest and performs in aerial straps.

Tünde Szabo in aerial straps. Photo: Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo, shot at Arnardo's 2021 performance.

KEVIN PROBST presents his 8 trained donkeys

Kevin Probst and his 8 asses. Photo: Thorbjørn Klæbo Flo, recorded at Arnardo's 2021 performance.

STEVEN CARROLI is a 6th generation circus artist from one of the largest Italian circus families. He followed in his parents' footsteps and in 2002 was trained as a circus artist at the circus school of the Accademia d'arte circense in Verona. In this year's Arnardo show, you will meet him as a juggler on a unicycle.

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4 March 2022

Circus Arli 2022. Circus Arli will as the first of the Danish circuses open the season on Sunday 27 March with a dress rehearsal the day before. The place is true to tradition the Mill Hill in the Copenhagen suburb Fløng.

This year's performance is called With full music. Circus owner Martin Arli tells that they this year they have 3 teams of artists:

Francesco Fratellini and Sarah Floores. Francesco will have 2 new run-ins as well as a clown entrée together with Alexander Arli. Sarah will do a new hula hoop act. In addition, Alexander, Francesco and Sarah do formation juggling. An act they had great success with 2018.

The Arlinis - Alexander, Francesco and Sarah. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Olga and Mihail Gradijan. The couple comes from Moldova and does adagio acrobatics and an act in aerial straps. They were also with Circus Arli in 2014.

Olga and Mihail present among other things a fine act in aerial straps

Jelena Vasiljeva and Andrejs Polupans. They perform with tissue, magic illusion as well as a brand new handstand act. The versatile couple has been with Arli several times with different entrées.

In 2019, Jelena mysteriously passed through the belly of Andrejs.

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3 March 2022

Zircus Nemo 2022. Zircus Nemo is at a combination of circus and comedy show. Owner is the popular Danish actor and comedian Søren Østergaard. On Zirkus Nemo’s facebook page they write (my translation):

"We have been looking forward to revealing that Søren's old friend the actor, comedian and entertainer Tommy Kenter is part os this year's brand new Zircus Nemo performance Out in the Universe.

The names of the other performers are not yet disclosed. But under press photos on Nemo's website, you will find photos of trampoline comedian Professor Wacko, tempo juggler Mario Berousek and equilibrists Duo Solys. So a good bet is that they are among the performers along with Søren Østergaard’s characters Smadremanden, Marianne, Bager Jørgen and Kim Tim.

The tempo juggler Mario Berousek juggles so fast that you can't tell the clubs apart. I Denmark he was with Circus Benneweis in 2007, with Circus Arena in 2016 and with Zirkus Nemo in 2018. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

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1 March 2022

The Norwegian Circus Agora had hoped to be able to open the season on 18 March. But circus owner Jan Ketil tells Norwegian newspapers that a large part of his technical staff comes from Ukraine. This has been the case since 2007, except for seasons when Agora took a break. As the situation in Ukraine worsened, Jan Ketil himself intended to drive a bus to the border with Poland to pick up the employees. But he was told that men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave Ukraine. This makes it impossible for the technical staff - probably 15 people - to come to Norway. The same goes for a Ukrainian artist family. The premiere of Circus Agora has therefore been postponed indefinitely.

Circus Agora has planned to open the season in Bergen on March 18. But the war in Ukraine is for the time being preventing season opening

Also other circuses may be affected by the war in Ukraine. As mentioned on February 24, Circus Mascot's clown Gulio and his family come from Ukraine. And among others, Swedish Circus Olympia usually has some employees from Ukraine.

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1 March 2022

The Finnish Cirkus Tähti will start the new season on 15 April in Jalasjärvi in the province of Western Finland. They promise a new magnificent and fun event with world class artists.

The performers are:            

Ringmaster: the circus owner Samir Abdelmeguid

Anelya Roslyakova / Cats, ferrets & hula hoop

Duo Phoenix / Roller skating

Aaro Kontio / Diabolo, Fire

Professor Bluffo / Clown

Enzo Cardinali / Juggling

Yris Cardinali / Ring trapeze

In 2014, the Danes met the Russian Babuskha Anelya Roslyakova, who under the artist name Anelya Rossl presented her trained ferrets in Circus Benneweis. This year, Finns can see her in Circus Tähti. "Tähti" is the Finnish word for pace.

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25 February 2022

The sea lion trainer Addie Jepsen turns 80. On Tuesday 1 March the sea lion trainer Addie Jepsen can celebrate her 80 years birthday. Addie was born into a circus family: Her grandmother was married to director Joseph Bruun from the Danish Circus Royal and had from the time before she met Joseph a daughter Rosa, who was Addie's mother. Addie was attracted to life in the circus and worked e.g. as tightrope acrobat in Circus Royal. However, her desire was to work with animals and in 1963 she joined the newly established Circus Vivi. The owner Vivi Schmidt was a well-known and talented sea lion trainer. Circus Vivi closed at the end of season 1968, and Vivi Schmidt took in 1969 engagement elsewhere with her sea lions and offered Addie to follow her as her assistant. Thus, Addie debut as sea lion trainer was in 1969. The following Addie presented Vivi's sea lions in the Norwegian Circus Berny. In 1971 she toured with the act with the Norwegian Circus Arnardo and in 1972 with the Swedish Circus Scott. From 1973 to 1975 Addie presented sea lions in the large German Circus Barum. In the following years she had engagements in many parts of Europe. In 1981 she presented the act in Circus Benneweis in the Copenhagen Circus Building and in 1987 in Circus Arena.

At one time Addie Jepsen bought her own sea lions, which she later sold to the large Swiss amusement and animal park Conny-Land. At the same time Addie got a job in Conny-Land, where she presented the sea lions, which had been her own.

Addie Jepsen

In 2003 Benny Berdino of Circus Arena persuaded Addie to return to Denmark to present sea lions in the amusement park Bonbonland which from 2003 to 2008 rented sea lion acts from Benny Berdino. After Benny Berdino expanded his winter quarters in Circusland in Slagelse with a huge sea lion pool Addie has lived in Denmark where you until she retired could see her and the Berdino-family’s sea lions when Circusland in Arena’s winter quarters at Aarslev was open. After retirement she still helped Berdino family with advice about sea lions until a ban against sea lions in Danish circuses forced Circus Arena to sell their sea lions. After being retired Addie Jepsen started painting. Originally most pictures of animals. But later also paintings of people together with animals. Her paintings have among others places been exhibited in Circusland.

One of Addie Jepsen's paintings: Charmaine Berdino’s Spanish horse Meloso.

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24 February 2022

The clown Gulio and his family. Throughout the Danish winter holidays in week 7 the clown Gulio (Ulmas Gulyamov) and his family: his wife Tetyana, son Husik and daughter Juliya have thrilled the audience at Circus Mascot's performances in the Herning Shopping Centre. Just as Gulio and Tetyana have done since making their Danish debut in Circus Mascot in 2003. The family comes from Ukraine, and on Monday 21 February they returned to their homeland, just 3 days before Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to enter Ukraine. Gulio and the family are also booked for the upcoming season of Circus Mascot with season opening in the beginning og April. "We think a lot about our lovely family from Ukraine and sincerely hope that nothing happens to them and that they can return to Denmark soon," Marianne Deleuran of Circus Mascot says and continues: "Of course we have room for them in our winter quarters even if they come before the start of the season”.

Circus Mascot's beloved clown Gulio and his family come from Ukraine

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23 February 2022

Norm-breaking women. The Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, writes (my translation):

In the circus, the strong man can easily be a woman, and throughout history there have been many women who in the circus have broken with the conventions of the surrounding society. You can experience this in our new special exhibition, which opens on March 8 at 10.

The Circus Museum’s collection is among the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. It consists of more than 100,000 different artefacts, including many thousands of photos and posters, costumes and props, personal notebooks, programmes and newspaper clippings. The Circus Museum’s collection contains material relating to acrobats, jugglers, animal trainers, clowns, magicians, illusionists, workers, musicians, actors and dancers. While it focuses on Danish artists, the collection also contains quite a lot of international material.

The museum is open Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 15:00. The address is Hovedporten 6, Avedørelejren, Hvidovre. From central Copenhagen you can take Bus 1A to Avedørelejren right in front of the museum.

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22 February 2022          

Enoch’s Circus Show. Jørgen Lorenzen saw the performance in the Rosengaard centre in Odense on 16 February at 14 and writes (my translation):

The Rosengaard Centre deserves great praise. In the old days, it was a requirement that circus performances in the centre should be settled quickly so that the audience could return to trade in the shops after a maximum of half an hour. That's not the case now. A performance lasts 45 minutes. In other words, no unrest and restlessness in the audience, but calm, concentration and large, unifying applause. Hundreds of spectators felt like real circus! And they completely forgot for a while that they were in a shopping mall. Positive that the large, densely populated centres not only focus on goods and sales - but also on cultural experiences. And this year it is 35 years since the late Haddy Enoch started the circus tradition in the Rosengaard centre under the name circus Kenny. Before Haddy Enoch, Ken Anker Petersen was director, and this is where the name comes from. And now the time has come for Enoch's Circus Show with Jimmy Enoch as producer.

Jimmy Enoch greeted at the backstage. Always open, happy, positive and with a great surplus of energy. And you understand him - and wish him all the best. He has found his place in the circus world. And he can! And he will!

The clown Berty Balder warmed up the audience with an artificial dog and the clapping entrée where the audience competes with each other to clap the most and loudest. And then director Jimmy Enoch entered the ring wheeling in on his monocycle, welcomed and showed some tricks on the bike. A bicycle can also be used for something else that seems to go against the nature of the bicycle. It can be used to jump up and down stairs. Jimmy calls it parcour. And in the bike act there was a debut. Jimmy's daughter Emily made her artist debut - and follows in the footsteps of her father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Generation must follow the course of generations!

Jimmy Enoch jumping up and down the stairs. All photos: Lise Kokholm

Jimmy with his and Melanie Kaselowsky’s 8 year old daughter Emily

Then Katja Enoch's beautiful daughter Nathalie Fröchte Enoch presented a distinguished, aesthetic and stylish number as a foot juggler. Tablecloths and balls swirled from foot to foot, from hand to hand and from foot to hand - and back again. My companion was - like me - impressed by her safety, professionalism and charisma. But he pointed out that there was a mismatch between the act and the chosen music, which was rhythmic and reminiscent of the disco. He had preferred a quieter and more lyrical melody to the noble artistry.

Nathalie with foot juggling. Her talent does not come from stranger. Her father is Henry Fröchte who using the artist name Winnitou is a skilled foot juggler. He was for several seasons with Circus Dannebrog.

Berty came in with a bag that gave off a bang when an imaginary tennis ball was thrown into it. A good entrée where the audience can be involved in an easy and harmless way.

Then came Tarzan and Jane, who swung - not in lianas but in a prop, which is a mix between what in the artist's language is called Schwungseil and what is called vertical rope. A fabric-like rope that hangs down from the ceiling in a large sling. The artists referred to it as a hammock. The female artist was Josefine Kaselowsky. Her partner was the Austrian circus director Alexander Schneller from circus Picard - a talented and versatile artist. They swayed, rocked and did acrobatic exercises on and with each other.

Josefine and Alexander. Josefine is as Melanie daughter of the animal trainer Bernhard Kaselowsky

And then followed an animal act: Fatime Howart and her 4 cats. It looked like ordinary domestic cats. I have had cats as pets all my life. They are confidential and cuddly, but no one can make them do anything other than what they want. So how it is possible to get them to jump, climb and jump on command is a mystery. Part of the explanation is that they get treats when they do what they are asked to do. But still: how to get a cat to climb on the underside of a pole that it holds on to with its paws. Impressive!

Fatime Howart with one of her cats. Behind Fatime her spouse Packo (Peytchev Plamen Metodiev), also known as the trampoline acrobat Mr. Jumping. However, his comical trampoline entrée was not part of the show.

Berty Balder then showed the old trick of bottles in a cylinder, where the bottles come and go before Eddy Carello juggled small boomerangs. The act evolved as Alexander Schneller and Eddy Carello juggled in formation, i.e. from one to the other. Surprising and exciting was that they had a box with all sorts of kitchen props, which they in turn put into the juggling from man to man.

Berty Balder and the cylinders with bottles which can move from one cylinder to the other. And suddenly there are lots of bottles.

Alexander and Eddy juggling

A great performance, which could easily be an excellent first or second part of a performance in a high quality touring circus.

Grand finale in Enoch’s Circus Show

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18 February 2022

Throughout the week, Enoch’s Cirkus Show has very well deserved drawn large audiences to the Rosengaard Shopping Centre in Odense. Review and photos next week. Click here to see Jimmy's trailer for the show, which was his 10 year anniversary show. Years ago, it was Jimmy's grandfather Haddy Enoch who, using the name Circus Kenny, produced winter and autumn performances for the Rosengaard Shopping Centre.

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18 February 2022

Baldoni Winter Circus in Ishøj City Centre. In most municipalities in Denmark the school children’s winter holiday is in week 7. But in some of the municipalities south and west of Copenhagen, the winter holiday is in week 8. This applies e.g. to Ishøj, where, apart from the corona break in 2021, it is a tradition for Ishøj City Centre to invite customers to see an approx. 30 minute long performances with Circus Baldoni. This year, the playing period has been extended so that there are also performances Thursday to Saturday in week 7.

This year's performance begins some gags with the clown and multi-artist Eddie Janecek, before the circus director René Baldoni welcomes.

The first act in the show was a fine juggling entrée with Eddie's son Rudi juggling with up to 6 balls.

Next René Baldoni entered the ring with his ventriloquist’s doll the lion Leonardo

After a run-in with Eddie, his wife Maria entered the ring with a nice hula hoop act.

The next artist was Alexis Levillon. He calls himself vertical diabolist. In 2018 he won first prize at the IDA International Diabolo Championship in Shaoxing, China.

The diabolo master was followed by Eddie Janecek with another clown run-in.

The show's last and best act was 15-year-old Kaya Janecek with an excellent rola bola act. In 2018, when he also was with Baldoni, he was among the three nominees for the talent award from the Danish Circus Award, but the award went to another artist. Since then, he has clearly gotten better. Maybe it will bring him a prize this year? He and his family will also be with Baldoni at their summer tour,

From the finale of Baldoni's winter show

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18 February 2022

This year it was the 25th time Circus Mascot produced a winter circus performance in Herning Shopping Centre. Daniel Deleuran has sent me these photos from the show.

As you can see it was lots of spectators

A regular feature in Mascot's performances is Marianne Deleuran and her playful doggies

For the first time ever in the Herning Center, the audience could see the Canadian minipig Sille

Circus Mascot’s beloved clown Gulio and the ringmaster Daniel

Husik - just returned from the Circus Festival in Budapest

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17 February 2022

During the winter holidays, Benny Schumann has performed at the West Zealand Centre in Slagelse together with Peter Taylor and his dogs. Kim Thanning Olsen and Mrs. Britta saw the performance on Wednesday at 11 am, where 150 children and adults had turned up. Kim writes: Benny Schumann started with the famous plate spinning act that always makes great luck. Then various magic and play with the children. The ventriloquist act with Hunni and the big bird was a great success. The dog act with Peter Taylor dressed as a postman made happiness for children and childish souls. It was a nice performance lasting half an hour.

Benny Schumann with his famous plate spinning act. All photos: Kim Thanning Olsen

Benny Schumann with his bird

Parcel postman Peter Taylor and his dogs

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17 February 2022

Circus Trapez Winter Circus. Jørgen Lorenzen saw the performance in the Vinderup arena on 15 February at 16 and writes (my translation):

The seats in the arena were nicely filled - many children. Throughout the performance, you experienced what is so important in the circus: the artists must not only show impressive skills, but they must with their charisma have the ability to reach beyond the piste, so that the audience is carried away. The audience was carried away - and that's the main guarantee that they'll come to the circus again.

The performance was influenced by the Lutzny family, who have travelled with the Austrian circus Picard for the past few years. And there was something that put the show together: they were wearing colourful, imaginative costumes with distinctive hats with cockscombs and feather ornaments - which were replaced with others during the performance. Costumes play a role in any performance. Here they were a good setting for real, honest artistry.

Great costumes. All photos: Anny Skjøth Schaldemose

Isabella Enoch welcomed, and the artists were conjured up from boxes before Lasse Hasager warmed up the audience with the clapping entrée. It was followed by Trapez`s goats - 3 pcs. - before Chantal Lutzny presented a tissue act. Click here to watch short video clips with the goats.

Chantal Lutzny in tissue

Lasse followed with his diabolo act before Chantal's father Rene Lutzny took over the ring with the comic entrée, where a rubber rope is too short to reach from one side of the audience to the other - and slams back on Rene. Then it was Lasse's turn again, this time with diabolo juggling. And then the whole Lutzny family filled the ring with dance in beautiful costumes, before the two sisters Chantal and Samantha danced with hula hoops - synchronously. It has probably not been seen before.

Mother Sabrina then entered the ring with 4 dogs. A good act where there wasn’t many props, but play with the dogs, who jumped up and around their "mother" and happily obeyed her invitations to roll and dance.

Sabrina Lutzny and her playful dogs

After the interval Samantha did contortion on a pedestal, before Rene swallowed fire, so that the flames came out of his mouth and up his arms. And then there was another Danish feature. Lasse Hasager juggled clubs and knives before Rene and Sabrina performed some parterre acrobatics. Among professionals, it is probably called an adagio number or hebe acrobatics.

Sabrina and René Lutzny

The second last act was Chantal up in aerial ring. It was a beautiful entrée that made a big impression on the audience. The same can be said about the chair act which ended the performance when Joel Chantal balanced high in the air on chairs, which became tablet up on top of each other.

High in the air. Joel Lutzny

In short: a good show. Fine artistry, enjoyable animal acts, beautiful costumes and good contact with the audience. A performance that worked its way towards a climax (the chairs), and which ended while the audience thought: we would wish there were more. It is preferable to the audience sitting and thinking: when is it over?

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16 February 2022

The Circus Museum in Hvidovre held Magic Week in week 7. On Monday, Mikkel Falbe (Magic-Mikkel) presented a show which thrilled the audience in the packed Fencing Hall.

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15 February 2022

Circus Olympia 2022. The Swedish circus celebrates their 36th season with an exciting and fun international performance running for 1 hour and 45 min. They promise talented acrobats, funny clowns and beautiful horses and dogs and a great circus band. Due to the corona, Circus Olympia has not toured in either 2020 or 2021, and the Bengtsson family is looking forward to meeting their audience again. Opening day probably in the beginning of April.

The artists this year are:

Circus Olympia’s Orchestra under the direction of Valentin Smirnov

David Hammarberg - handstand acrobatics. Known from the Swedish version of "Got Talent"

The clown Rico

Matteo - tempo juggler

Paczo - comic trampoline

Henrika Bengtsson & Natascha Jarz with Circus Olympia's charming dogs

Lusesita - aerial acrobat in chains

Fatime & her domestic cats

Paczo - Comic reprise

Niklas Bengtsson – liberty dressage with Circus Olympia's beautiful horses

David Hammarberg – Aerial acrobat in bungy trapeze

Lusesita & Matteo - perch

David Hammarberg is known as a skilled and versatile acrobat. He has been part of several of Cirkus Olympia's previous performances. In the 2016/2017 season, he performed at Wallmans in the Circus Building in Copenhagen. In 2019, he was in Norway with Circus Arnardo. Photo from Circus Olympia 2015. Photographer: Linda Himsel

Paczo (Peytchev Plamen Metodiev) is also known as the trampoline acrobat Mr. Jumping. He was with Circus Olympia in 2005 and 2009. In 2006, 2011 and 2017 he was in Denmark with Circus Baldoni and in 2013 with Circus Brazil Jack in Sweden. He was also with Baldoni in 2019, but that year as a clown and not as a trampoline comedian. Photo from Circus Baldoni 2011

Lusesita Farell and Matteo come from Poland. Among other things, they have participated in the Polish edition of Got Talent. The clown Rico (Radosław Rico Krajewski) also comes from Poland.

Fatime (Fatime Horwart) is married to Paczo and originally made a nice acrobatic hula hoop act where Paczo carried her. She then switched to the physically less demanding act where she presents her cats with charm and talent. She presented the cat act at Circus Baldoni in 2011 and 2017 and in Sweden at Circus Brazil Jack in 2013. During the winter holidays this year, the Danes were able to see the act in Odense in Enoch’s Circus Show. Photo from Circus Baldoni 2017. Photographer Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Henrika Bengtsson her playful dogs are a regular and beloved feature in an Olympia performance. This year she is being assisted by her daughter-in-law Natascha Jarz. Photo: Linda Himsel.

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10 February 2022

Pippi at the circus. Björn Ulvaeus, Pop House, the Circusbuilding in Stockholm and the Astrid Lindgren Company are celebrating Pippi Longstocking with a fun, musical circus show in collaboration with Cirkus Cirkör – PIPPI AT THE CIRKUS. Opening night on 1 July. The venue Cirkus is located in the Royal Djurgården district of Stockholm and was inaugurated on May 25, 1892 to house the many prominent circus companies of the times. Now, the venue Cirkus is an arena for all types of activities, including concerts, congresses, TV productions, and above all for theatre, musicals and shows.

Dialogue and lyrics are in Swedish but the story is mainly told by circus acts.

PIPPI AT THE CIRKUS will be a grand, swinging and entertaining show for all ages with fantastic circus numbers, colourful characters and lots of music – everything in Pippi’s irresistible universe created by Sweden's most beloved author Astrid Lindgren.

Björn Ulvaeus is the executive producer and responsible for the show’s lyrics to music by Benny Andersson among others. The music will be performed live by a ‘flying’ circus orchestra. Cirkus Cirkör’s founder, director and artistic director Tilde Björfors is the circus director and alongside her is Maria Blom, director and playwright, who is responsible for directing the actors. Magdalena Åberg is responsible for the stage design and costume design.

Together with Björn Ulvaeus, Maria Blom and Tilde Björfors have written the show’s script, which is based on Astrid Lindgren’s story of when Pippi, Tommy and Annika went to the circus and met the circus princess Miss Carmencita, the line dancer Elvira and the world’s strongest man Starke.

Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were the male partners in ABBA and have written musicals as Chess and Mama Mia.

See more at https://pippicirkus.se/en/pippi-at-cirkus/

Tilde Björfors (Cirkus Cirkör), Björn Ulvaeus and Astrid Lindgrens’ grandchild Malin Billing. Press photo.

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9 February 2022

Benny Schumann on German TV. On February 6 the Danish clown and multi artist Benny Schumann participated in the broadcast "Ich trage einen grossen Namen" on SWR Südwestrundfunk, Germany. You can now watch the broadcast on ARD Medieathek.  The “grossen Namen” (big name) was Benny's grandfather Charlie Rivel. The broadcast includes clips from some of Charlie Rivel’s and Benny's entrées. Click here to see it approx. 14-minute long broadcast about Benny and his grandfather.

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8 February 2022

Circus Arena changes bandmaster. For many years, Alex Bociz has been bandmaster for Circus Arena's 4-piece circus orchestra. But not this year. Alex is an Englishman, and after Brexit he cannot work in Denmark without a work permit, which can be difficult to get. Last year, he worked in the UK for Gandey World Class Productions, which runs several circuses and other stage shows. He will probably also work for them this year.

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8 February 2022

The Mustafa Danguir Troupe should have been on tour with Circus Arena this year. But the plans have changed, perhaps due to problems obtaining work permits. The leader of the troupe Mustafa Danger is born in Tangier, and the troupe members come from Morocco, Russia, Colombia and New Zealand. The requirements set by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) to grant work permits to artists who do not come from an EU country are so cumbersome and the case processing time is so long that several circuses are forced to opt out artists who do not has an EU passport. Other countries are less restrictive, and from 17 February to 3 April you can see the Danguir troupe in the Circus Krone’s building in Munich, where they both perform on high wire, including with the difficult and dangerous 7 man pyramid, and with double wheel of death.

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8 February 2022

Circus at Frederikshøj. The one day event was first time held at Frederikshøj Open Air Stage in Slagelse, Denmark on 18 September 2021. It was a great success, and the initiator Brian "Briano" Behrendt is betting that it will be an annual event that is held either in the spring or in late summer. This year it will be on Saturday 28 May. On the Facebook page Cirkus at Frederikshøj, Brian publishes the name of one of the participating artists every Tuesday. Up to now, 2 names have been published:

The talking dog Charlie. It is a live dog, which performs together with the ventriloquist Preben Palsgaard.

Diabolo juggler Mister Johnny aka Jonathan Bendtsen. When he presented his act in September last year as part of the Circus Museum's Rising Star performance, it was inventively started with the gag with the heavy suitcase, which e.g. the clown Bonbon is known for. The suitcase contained 3 diabolos, and with elegance and talent he got first one, then two and finally all three diabolos in the air.

   

Mister Johnny with suitcase and diabolos. Photos from the performance at the Circus Museum at Hvidovre, Copenhagen.

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4 February 2022

Changes in Circus Arena's artist program. There have been a few changes in Circus Arena's list of artists for the coming season. The Danguir troupe, which should have performed both on high wire and in an act with human pyramids, will not be with Arena. New to the program is juggler Robi Berousek, who also masters ladder balance, and the Atai troupe.

Robert "Robi" Berousek is brother of the juggler Mario Berousek. Robi was also at Arena in 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2010. In 2016 he was with Circus Dannebrog on what became their last season. In 2020, you could see him in Circusland in Slagelse.

Robi Berousek's specialty is juggling tennis rackets. Here he is photographed during a performance in 2020 in Circus Landino in Circusland.

The Atagi troupe consists of 4 robot dancing artists. They do breakdance, acrobatics and contortion. It may be the same troupe that under the name Adem Show a few years ago participated in American Got Talent - see video clips here. However, there is also a Czech troupe that does something in the same style.

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3 February 2022

Circuses in Sweden 2022. Neither in 2020 nor in 2021 it was possible for the Swedish circuses to go on tour. But the possibilities should be better in the coming season, as the Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has stated that the Swedish corona restrictions will be lifted as from February 9. Sweden has 3 circuses: the large Circus Brazil Jack, the medium-sized Circus Olympia and the small Circus Rhodin.

Robert Bronett plans to let the large Circus Scott have performances in Stockholm in the spring of 2022. Circus Scott has not toured since 2015. However, owner Robert Bronett tried his luck in Stockholm for a few years with a show called MagicXmas.

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2 February 2022

Circusland 2022. Until recently, the plan was that the theme park Circusland in Circus Arena's winter quarters in Aarslev near Slagelse would be open during the winter holidays from 12 to 27 February. But now the plans have changed, and Circusland will not open until 26 May 2022. Then open from 10 - 17 on all weekends and during the summer holidays. In addition to rides and shows, Circusland offers concerts with well-known artists on their new open-air rock stage every Friday during the summer holidays.

Three of the concerts have been announced:

July 1: Lars Lilholt Band

July 9: Birthe Kjær & Feel Good Band

July 15: Mads Langer

Banner for Circusland 2022. However, this year you will not experience Bubber, who will be touring with Circus Arena, Kim Kenneth, who will be Pierrot at Tivoli Friheden in Aarhus, or Pat Harrison, who will be touring with Cirkus Arena with his hot dogs.

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1 February 2022

News from the Circus Museum. The Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen  writes (my translation):

WINTER HOLIDAY

Experience a show with the unique magician Mikkel Falbe on Monday 14 February or join the magician Tryllestøv's magical universe from 15 to 18 February. Tryllestøv (in English) civil name is Helle Lyngholm and is she i.e. voted Denmark's best magician for children and has also appeared in several TV programs. Mikkel Falbe performs with a show that offers crooked surprises. All performances take place at 11 and lasts approx. 30 min.

The magician Tryllestøv aka Helle Lyngholm. She is known from Danish TV2 and became Danish Champion in Child Magic 2016.

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28 January 2022

Winter circus in shopping malls. After almost all Danish corona restrictions are lifted with effect from 1 February, it is possible to present circus performances in a number of shopping malls in weeks 7 and 8. Everywhere there is free admission to approx. 30 minute long performances.

The Herning Center offers in week 7 Circus Mascot's winter circus. Daniel Deleuran is ringmaster. His mother Marianne presents her playful dogs and the Canadian mini pig Sille. In addition, you will meet the clown Gulio and his family.

Photo from Circus Mascot's performances in HerningCentret in 2019

Ishøj City Center in Copenhagen present Baldoni's winter circus from 17 to 25 February with two daily performances on the library square. The performers are the Janacek family with rola bola, clown, hula hoop and Alexis Levillon, who is the reigning world champion in diabolo. Click here to watch a video clip with him.

Baldoniclowns in Ishøj City Center February 2000

Rosengaadcentret in Odense offers Enoch’s Circus Show in week 7. The program is as follows:

Jimmy Enoch ringmaster

Jimmy Enoch and his 8-year-old daughter Emily on a unicycle. Jump / parkour on stairs.

Nathalie Fröchte Enoch, hula hoop and foot juggling.

Eddy Carello and Alexander Schneller-Pikard, jugglers

Josefine Kaselowsky and Alexander Schneller-Pikard, aerial act

Animals and name of clown not yet published.

Eddy Carello at Enoch’s Circus Show February 2020. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

The West Zealand Center in Slagelse presents Benny Schumann's Mini Circus from 14 to 19 February. Every day at 11 & 14. In addition to Benny, you meet Peter Taylor with his dog show. Before each performance, Benny Schumann shows a film from his time in Circus Schumann in the Copenhagen Circus Building 1945-1967. After the last performance, there is a circus workshop for children.

Peter Taylor presents a comic dog act. Photo from 2018

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24 January 2022

Benny Schumann on German TV. On February 6 at 18:15 the Danish clown and multi artist Benny Schumann participates in the broadcast "Ich trage einen grossen Namen" on SWR Südwestrundfunk, Germany. You can watch the broadcast online at ARD Mediathek for 30 days. You can also find the broadcast by google "Ich trage einen grossen Namen", but only after it has been sent.

The broadcast series "Ich trage einen grossen Namen" has been broadcast since 1977. It is about 4 different people who have to guess who the "guest" is related to and the name of the specific famous person. They ask different questions to the guest and must within a certain time frame guess the name of famous person.

Benny Schumann and TV host Julia Westlake. Photo by courtesy of SWR. Photographer: Baschi Bender

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21 January 2022                                

Circus during the Danish winter holidays. Usually you can see circus performances etc. in many venues all-over Denmark in the weeks 7 and 8, where the Danish schoolchildren have winter holidays. The children only have one week's holiday. Whether it is in week 7 or 8 is different from municipality to municipality. However there were due to corona restriction no such performances in 2021.

As the Danish corona restrictions look right now it will be possible to have performances with seated audiences. However, people over 15 must show coronapas, and people over 12 must wear face masks when not sitting down.

Due to this it is possible for Cirkus Trapez to offer winter circus in a number of Jutland arenas. You can find tour schedule and link to ticket booking at What’s on.

CircusTrapez writes (my translation)

Look forward to the Winter Holiday as Circus Trapez invites you inside a number of Jutland arenas. You can see a completely new and magical performance for the whole family. Look forward to see among other acts several impressive aerial acts which are performed by the 2 beautiful young sisters Samantha and Chantal Lutzny. The young talented Joel is a gifted juggler and furthermore he presents an impressive chair balance act. The sweet and charming John makes the audience smile. Rene and Sabrina Lutzny present a cute and romantic partner acrobatics number, and Sabrina will also introduce you to her cute animals. Also experience fast-paced hula hoop, a male ventriloquist, fire-eating, dancing and much more.

Joel Lutzny with chair balance. Press photo from Circus Trapez

   

The Lutzny daughters can perform with hoops, both as hula hoops and in an aerial hoop (ring). Press photo from Circus Trapez

Members of the Lutzny family were part of the winter circus which Circus Trapez presented in February 2020. At the time, most of us belived that the corona was just something with China …

In 2020, Chantal and Samantha Litany appeared in a trapeze shaped like a cube. Samanta Lutzny also had a soap bubble entrée, and the at that time 14-year-old Joel Lutzny did a great chair balance with up to 8 chairs. The lower chair stood on 4 loose bottles, at a time of only 3. The Lutzny family comes from the German Circus Montana and has also performed in the Austrian Circus Picard. The Lutzny family also present their own Christmas circus together with the Spindler family: Klever Weihnachts Circus. The family consists of parents René and Sabrina, daughters Chantal and Samanta and sons Joel and John.

Children of the Lutzny family. Press photo from Circus Trapez

Shopping centre performances during the winter holidays: Jimmy Enoch hopes that it will be possible to present a performance in Rosengaard Shopping Mall in Odense and Circus Mascot that it will be possible to present such performance in Herning Centre in Jutland. However, it will be subject to possible corona restrictions.

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19 January 2022

The winners at the Circus Festival in Budapest

Golden award (golden Pierrot):

- Kevin Richter Troupe, teeterboard

The special feature of the rock and roll performance of the group led by Kevin Richter, member of the world-famous Hungarian Richter circus dynasty, is that it mixes the Russian board performance with the Hungarian springboard show.

- Zaripov’s Group, teeterboard

The board production Echo of Dreams was created in 2021 by Aleksey Zaripov, and was directed by Vitaly Logvinenko. One of the specialties of the Zaripov Group’s production is that since board performances are generally considered a male circus genre, in this case they are still performed by airy ladies. Photo: Kim Thanning Olsen

Silver award (silver Pierrot):

- Oleksii Grigorov & Marina Glavatskikh, aerial hoop

Oleksii Grigorov and Marina Glavatskikh are from Russia and Ukraine. Oleksii Grigorov’s career has started in 1996 with a duo trapeze show then entertained the audience with his solo wheel gymnastics (röhnrad) performance. After he met his future wife, they made their old dream come true and created their romantic, lyrical aerial hoop performance which they presented in the world’s most famous circuses, shows and variety shows.

- Vardanyan Brothers, hand to hand

- Ekaterina Zapashnaya and Konstantin Rastegaev, aerial straps

Bronze award (bronze Pierrot):

- Duo Devlikamovs, chinese pole

Russian Olga and Marat Devlikamov became artists from gymnasts. After mastering several circus art genres, they chose the Chinese pole as their main performance. Photo: Jörgen Börsch

- Mihail Nyikolajevics Ermakov, dogs

   

Mikhail Nikolayevich Ermakov is a member of a hundred-year-old Russian circus dynasty founded by his grandfather, Nikolai Andreevich Ermakov, who became world-famous as an animal trainer with his Dog School performance. Following his grandfather and father, Mikhail performs with his smart dogs. Photos: Jörgen Börsch

- RCC Aruba, teeterboard

The Rcc Aruba Springboard Group from Columbia presents amazingly spectacular somersaults. Photo: Jörgen Börsch

- Shatirov troupe, Russian bar

The Shatirov Troupe is from Russia. Photo: Jörgen Börsch

- Duo Stauberti, perch

Dimitr Stauberti and his niece Nancy.

LKhagva Ochiir with chair balancing won the special award of the Budapest Prix

Lkhagva Ochir from Mongolia got the special award of the Budapest Prix. Photo: Jörgen Börsch

Special award of the jury of Hungarian Circus Directors:

- golden award to Kevin Richter Troupe, teeterboard

- silver award to Duo Stauberti, perch

- bronze award to Mihail Nyikolajevics Ermakov, dogs

Newcomer Show:

Golden award: Grandpierre Gabriel, handstand

Grandpierre Gabriel does handstand act mixed with contortion. Photo: Kim Thanning Olsen

Silver award: Duo Donnert, roller skate

Bronze award Novákovics Noémi, vertical rope

Bronze award Varga’s Huan, juggler

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14 January 2022

Danish Corona restrictions and circus - status. All circus, theater and cinema performances have due to a lockdown been cancelled through January 15th. From 16 January, performances with seated audiences can be resumed, however, with a participant ceiling of 500 people and requirement for use of face mask when not seated.

The number can be increased to 1,500 if the spectators are placed in clearly separated sections of a maximum of 500 people. The sections must have their own entrances and exits and their own service facilities.

The country's museums, including the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, are closed until 15 January. Then they can reopen. All guests over the age of 12 must wear a face mask or visor. All guests over the age of 15 must present a valid corona passport. The circus museum in Rold is, as always, closed during the winter season.

The circus season in Denmark usually run from late March to September.

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14 January 2022

The Circus Museum's annual poster 2022. Many circus enthusiasts have a weakness for circus posters. In recent years, there have not been many new posters because many circuses use the same poster year after year. For poster collectors, it is therefore great that the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, present a new poster every year. This year's poster has just arrived.

The museum writes (my translation):

We are proud to present the annual poster for 2022, which is made by the artist Martin Jørgensen, who i.e. has drawn Christmas calendars for both TV2 and DR and on a daily basis - next to his own works - illustrates everything from magazines and books to advertisements and storyboards.

The poster measures 80 x 60 cm and costs DKK 50, - and can be bought in our shop or ordered via info@cirkusmuseet.dk (for shipping, the price is added a handling fee of DKK 35, - plus postage).

This year we have also chosen to print the poster in a high quality numbered and signed version in the size 30 x 40 cm, which will soon be ready from the printing house. This version is also signed by the artist.

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12 January 2022

More artists for Circus Arena. On January 1, I wrote that this year's Arena performance i.e. would feature high wire troupe Mustafa Danguir, jumping acrobats who also came from the Danguir troupe, Leonardo and Vita Costache with perch, Pat Harrison and his hot dogs, Circus Arena's house clown Jimmy Folco, Laura Berdino with Circus Arena's horses and Circus Arena's show dancers.

Now Arena has released the names of a few more artists: the flying trapeze act Flying Wulber and the bouncing juggler Alan Sulc.

Flying Wulber was also with Arena in 2019. The year before, they were in German Circus Charlie Knie, where they also did a trampoline act. It is unknown at this time if this act also will be presented in Circus Arena.

Flying Wulber masters among other things the triple somersault. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press.

Alan Sulc was first time in Denmark in 2004, where he performed in Cirkus Benneweis. In 2019, he was with Circus Arli and was among the three artists nominated for the award for best act of the year.

Alan Sulc at Arli in 2019. He was among the nominees for the award for best act of the year.

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7 January 2022

Danish Corona restrictions and circus - status. All circus performances etc. have due to a lockdown been cancelled until and including January 16th.

The Danish museums, including the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, are also closed until 16 January. The circus museum in Rold is, as always, closed during the winter season.

The above mentioned restrictions might be extended.

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2 January 2022

DYNAMO is a stage and a workspace for contemporary circus and performing arts located in the middle of Denmark at Odense City Harbour.

The old warehouse provides with its 1300 m2 room for productions from national and international performers in a professional and creative environment,

DYNAMO opened in January 2017.

In a New Year's letter, they write (my translation):

We hope you have a good start to the New Year! To the sound of the last firework we reflect on the past year:

The fall of 2021 is, for better or worse, a season we will remember.

We premiered a brand new co-production with Rapid Eye.

We had seven international and six Danish screenings and guest performances on the program.

We were nominated for the award “Odense of the Year”.

We have expanded our circle with more international networks.

We have entered into several local cooperations.

We built up and got ready for the big bang, ARCADE DELIGHT, and had to cancel the event at the just before the opening as coronary restrictions made it impossible to open the doors for the public. It hurt, but was not allowed to knock us out.

And then we received a grant from the The Danish Arts Foundation of DKK 3 million to continue our work for the next three years - a strong signal that they believes in DYNAMO as a national and international meeting point for contemporary circuses.

It is a huge gift that gives us motivation to work even harder towards becoming a firmly established contemporary circus house in the centre of Odense.

We are excited about the next season, which offers over 20 events/performances. We look forward to inviting you to circus, dance, physical theater, work in progress shows, children's shows, street theater and much, much more.

We sincerely hope we can reopen in mid-January!

We look forward to seeing you again

Many greetings

Rune Vadstrøm Andersen and Gry Lambertsen

Artistic directors, DYNAMO Workspace

Click here to read more

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1 January 2022

Danish circuses in 2022. Here is an overview in alphabetical order of the circuses which we hope to see on the Danish roads in 2022, as well as the planned opening dates. Of course, subject to corona-related changes.

Circus Arena: Season opening at Bellahoj in Copenhagen on 4 April. The performance will be presented by Bubber and Julie Berthelsen.

Among the performers are the high wire troupe Mustafa Danguir, jumping acrobats who also come from the Danguir troupe, Leonardo and Vita Costache with perch, Pat Harrison and his hot dogs, Circus Arena's house clown Jimmy Folco, Laura Berdino with Circus Arena's horses and Circus Arena's show dances. Changes may occur.

With a few exceptions, Jimmy Folco has been clowning in Arena's performances since 1997. Press photo from Circus Arena

Circus Arena’s theme part Circusland in Aarslev is next time open during the winter holidays 12 to 27 February. In the summer 2022 they plan to have concerts in the style of Tivoli's Friday rock every Friday night. Among those booked are Lars Lilholt Band on 1 July, Mads Langer on 15 July and Johnny Madsen Band on 22 July.

Circus Arli: Season opening in Fløng March 27. The names of the performers have not been released.

Martin Arli and his son Alexander are always among the main forces in Circus Arli.

Circus Baldoni: season opening in Hillerød 18 April. The director couple Camilla Frimann & René M. Baldoni say that Cirkus Baldoni in 2022 celebrates its 20th anniversary as they had their first season in 2002. “Our goal has always been to present the best show ever to you, which forms the foundation of our performance 2022, which will be the strongest show ever”. As in 2021, the ventriloquist Peter Nørgaard is ringmaster. This year, he is also put the performance on stage. Among the other performers are the versatile Janecek family as well as the bouncing juggler Line Caroll and her husband Stefan Platskov with ladder balance. They both starred in Baldoni's Christmas show 2020. Line, who is daughter of the clown Toto Chabri and Mrs. Nora, had in her debut with Circus Benneweis in the Circus Building in 1984.

Line Caroll and Stefan Platskov. Photo from Baldoni’s Christmas Circus 2020. Photographer: Jacob Boas Leitisstein.

Danish Circus Krone: no information. Circus Krone has not been on tour since 2018.

Circus Mascot: if possible season opening in Roslev at the end of March. In addition to members of the Deluran family and Clown Gulio and his family, the names of the cast have not been released.

Marianne Deleuran and her playful doggies are an indispensable part of a Mascot show. Press photo from Circus Mascot

Zircus Nemo: season opening April 9 in Horsens. Apart from Søren Østergaard, the names of the performers have not been published.

Although Zirkus Nemo offers excellent artists, it is first and foremost Søren Østergaard himself that the audience comes to see. Here as Smadremanden together with Søren's personal assistant Laura Kvist Poulsen. Photo from 2019. Photographer: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press.

Circus Trapez: no information

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1 January 2022

Birthdays with a round figure in 2022. Several from the Danish circus and artist world can celebrate a birthday with a round figure in 2022:

March 1, 2022: Addie Jepsen, retired sea lion trainer, 80 years

March 26, 2022: Larbi Bouhou, former tent master at Benneweis, 75 years

April 15, 2022: Jan Kierulff, Circus 3, 70 years

April 17, 2022: Line Vittrup, The Circus Museum at Hvidovre, Copenhagen, 50 years

June 5, 2022: Bettina Arli, Circus Arli, 60 years

June 15, 2022: Diana Benneweis, 75 years

July 3, 2022: Viggo Salting, painter, 70 years

August 13, 2022: David Sosman, artist, 30 years

August 20, 2022: Lasse Hjort, magician (Ricky with the ventriloquist doll Nancy) and longtime Pierrot in Tivoli Friheden, 75 years

August 23, 2022: Brian "Briano" Behrendt, 50 years

November 25, 2022: Marianne Deleuran, Circus Mascot, 60 years.

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1 January 2022

This website had approximately 26,000 visitors in 2021. The news section, being a weekly internet magazine and the tour list (“What’s on) are usually updated every Saturday. Apart from news and tour list the website has pages with facts about Danish circuses, Danish circus families etc. Links to those pages can be found at the bottom of the opening page

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