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21 April 2017

Danish Circus Krone 2017. This year’s performance is a classic Krone performance. Irene Thierry has as usually booked some good artists, and Allando's clown character is as wonderful as it used to be.

Circus Krone at the circus lot in Salten, where season opening took place on 19 April. All photos: Ole Simonsen unless otherwise mentioned

The performance begins with the poetic and slightly naive clown Allando walking around and chatting with the audience. Then he finds that it flows with plastic bags in the ring. When he throws them in the trash bin, runny rabbits throw them out again. Allando figure out that you can juggle with the plastic bags, and at last it rain down over him with plastic bags from a small box under the circus dome.

Irene Thierry's welcome meets the demands of a Krone Classic. First, the members of the audience are instructed to say hello and shake hand with the persons sitting next to them. Then they are instructed to stand up to greet Irene.

The first artist act is Nedyalko and Veselka, who in the dark are juggling with glowing sticks. Eventually, the couple's 8 year old daughter Yana enters the ring wearing a kind of illuminated butterfly wings.

The small family is followed by Allando's beloved entrée where two ponies will eat his apple.

Then charming Yana comes back in the ring and shows her skills with hula hoop.

8-year-old Yana. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Now the time has come for Irene Thierry to tell a little about circus and traditions. Among other things, she shows us "grandfather’s pole" - an old wooden pole from her father's circus. It is located next to one of the side canvas steel poles, see photo. And if it's not there, Irene will not go into her circus tent!

Grandfather’s pole.

Now 4 pirates enter the ring. These are the two Czech Wolf brothers with their spouses. They make nice and fast-paced ladder balance act where they also show their skills as jugglers. In my opinion, the best act in the performance.

   

The Wolf family master both ladder balancing and juggling

The first act after the break was Nedyalko with plate balancing on illuminated sticks.

It is a tradition in Circus Krone that Allando has to fight with a dangerous animal. This year it is an elephant. Both the children and adults cheered over the naive Allando's many ideas and comments in the charming entrée.

A Krone classic is the act with Allando and a dangerous animal. This year, an elephant, who even the most fanatic animal rights activist cannot protest against being presented in a circus ring

Next number was Nedyalko and Vesalka with a nice adagio balance, where he stood in the ring while he on arms and shoulders was carrying Veselka in various positions. The act was also with Krone at the start of season 2016, but had to be taken out of the performance when Veselka became seriously ill and was hospitalized for a long period of time. Fortunately, she is now well again.

Then the Wolf family came back again. This time with nice and fast-paced formation juggling act.

The last act in the performance was the not quite young artist couple Alessandro and Christina Gillert. "Nice to see that you can make a good act even if you are no longer young," Irene Thierry said. She turned 70 a few days before the premiere! It is 23 years since the Danes first time saw Duo Gillert's act. At that time it was in Circus Arli. The couple present still a nice act where Christina first walks on a tight wire. Then Alassandro continued on a slack wire, where he rode a mono bike, balanced with Christina on his back and ended up balancing on a ladder on the wire.

Alessandro Gillert can also balance on a ladder, even on a slack wire

Click here to see more photos from the show.

Cirkus Krone has once again created a performance that will delight both old and new guests in the small circus, which until mid-September tours Jutland, Fyn and Ærø.

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18 April 2017

Circus Trapez 2017. After season opening in Kolding on 12 April Circus Trapez had on Easter Day reached Odense, where they had performances at the cattle show grounds. "Circus Trapez is ready to fly and a great innovation," Per Schultz-Knudsen wrote in a number of Jutland Funen Media's newspapers and gave the performance 4 out of 6 possible stars. The got the same number of stars from Rud Kofoed, who saw the show at Easter Day at 15 in Odense and called the performance ​​both entertaining and well composed. I saw the morning show at 11 and agree with the two experienced newspaper reviewers.

Circus Trapez in Odense. The big top is at last year a 4 pole tent previously used by Circus. All photos: Ole Simonsen unless otherwise mentioned

It is Circus Trapez’s season no. 2 on Danish roads. “Trapez” is the Danish word for Trapeze. Last year, the season begun rather hastily because Isabella Enoch Sosman had assumed that she and her longtime boyfriend Bernhard Kaselowsky as in previous years should be on tour with Circus Dannebrog. When it came to nothing, she took out with her own circus, which until then had only toured as winter circus in the arenas.

This year there has been time to prepare for the season, and the performance is better than last year. Isabella has also upgraded its entire set-up: there is live music and she has engaged an experienced ringmaster (ringmisstress).

Tino Aeby in charge of the music. He was for some years a band master in Circus Dannebrog, where he had eight musicians in his band. At Trapez he has only three hilmself included. But the result is surprisingly good and on par with what you experience in the much larger Circus Arena.

As ringmistress Isabella has hired Judy Glosted who for several seasons was ringmistress in Circus Benneweis. The elegant and always smiling Judy does a great job and demonstrates also her talent for singing.

After some years away from the circus business the elegant and well-singing Judy Glosted is back in the circus world as ringmistress.

With 550 seats in the tent Circus Trapez is a somewhat smaller business than Benneweis and Dannebrog and the economy does not allow them to book a lot of top artists. But less can also do it, and the audience seemed contented with the artists, Isabella has chosen: the versatile Spanish Jackson family, the two young German aerial acrobats Seraina and Michelle and the clown and juggler Marc Dorfner. And of course Bernhard and some of his animals: horses, ponies, camels and elephant Ramboline. Others of Bernard animal groups are leased to other circuses.

The show is opened by the run-in clown Marc Dorfner who is turning on a radio. After Judy Glosted’s welcome Bernhard Kaselowsky presents 6 beautiful black Frisian horses. As Judy mentioned it is newly acquired horses still in training. The Frisian horses were followed by black ponies. It is the intention that Judy shall take over the presentation of the horses when they have got a little more routine.

Isabella Enoch Sosman has always liked ballet items in the performances she has put on stage. The next feature is a ballet with dancers in clown costumes. Just as you can see it in the large Danish Circus Arena. Arena’s dancers are better than the young artists in Trapez’s ballet. But at Trapez it is an add value that Judy Glosted during the act sings Be a clown. Overall, the result at as good as in Circus Arena.

Next act is a nice aerial act with Seraina and Michelle, who the Zealanders saw last year in Circus Arli. At Trapez there is higher to the top of the dome, which gives slightly better opportunities than at Arli, and the two young German artists present the best aerial act which I this year have seen in any Scandinavian Circus ring. Judy sings Send in the clown during the act while Mr. Jackson listen.

Seraina and Michele who last year was with Circus Arli presented an excellent trapeze act

Then, Marc Dorfner has a fine and original run in, which he uses a long balloon as arc. Always great to see a clown doing something you have not seen before.

It must hurt to be hoisted up under the big top while you hang in your hair. But this is what Fina Micaelo Jackson is doing while she juggles with torches and later is hung in the splits. She is followed by her husband Mr. Jackson in a run in where he says funny sounds and end up boxing in slow motion with a member from the audience.

Next comes Marc Dorfner, now as a juggler with both rings and clubs. Eventually he juggles standing on a freestanding ladder.

Then Mr. Jackson is back with a comical entrée, where he is fighting a desperate battle with a microphone while singing "My Way." The idea behind the microphone fight comes probably from the legendary George Karl. Many Danes will remember the combination of singing "My Way" during the fight with a microphone from Circus Dannebrog 2012 when Cesar Dias did it and the audience was enthusiastic. But Mr. Jackson has not “stolen” the act from Cesar. Papa Jackson is Cesar Dias’ uncle and has trained Cesar Dias and made his props. And just as his nephew Mr. Jackson made the audience enthusiastic.

The first act after the break is a ballet entrée which turns into 17-year-old Lara Jackson’s juggling entrée where she sits on a high mono bike and with her foot throw cups and plates up on the head with her twin brother Marco as her assistant. Originally, it was intended that Marco should do some clown run ins. But Isabella skipped it at his gags and style was close to Marc Dorfner’s entrées.

A lot of visitors to a circus believe that there has to be one or more elephants in a good circus performance. At Trapez you meet Bernhard Kaselowskys versatile elephant Ramboline. Reportedly she will star in a new Danish movie to be shot during the season and with premiere in the autumn.

The elephant act was followed by a by a hula hoop entrée with Lara Jackson and Seraina. In the end of the act they were  hoisted up under the dome while they rotated their hoops.

Next act was a combination of camels in the ring and a tissue act with Michelle in tissue. Presented while Judy Glosted was singing "Smile" to Marc Dorfner. Isabella Sosman always does a lot to create such combination acts in the performances she is putting on stage.

Judy Glosted and Marc Dorfner

After a short run in with Marc Dorfner time has come for the performance's last act: Jackson family's fine bike act which the Swedish audience last year saw in Circus Olympia. Mr. Jackson shows his great skills on a bike, even when he has her wife and their two kids on the bike.

   

The Jackson family

At the grand finale all artist come in the ring and Judy Glosted presents Circus Trapeze founder Isabella Enoch Sosman who so far hasn’t been in the ring. The show ends with Marc Dorfner assisted by Judy Glosted turning off the radio which he turned on when the performance began.

Grand finale. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

In his prefeca to this year’s printed program for Circus Baldoni René Moenster Baldoni writes that it is his view that the large animal's popularity in the circus is considerably declining. Isabella Enoch Sosman totally disagree and believe that a good performance required lots of animals, first class artistry class and a lot to laugh about. Only time will tell who is right. But if you like to see beautiful and well-kept animals in a circus, which also present good artists and clowns, a visit to Circus Trapez can be highly recommended.

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12 April 2017

Circus Dannebrog takes a break in 2017. Circus People and circus friends have known it for a while although there so far hasn’t been an official announcement. But today one can read in Der Nordschleswiger that Circus Dannebrog not will be on tour in 2017. Der Nordschleswiger is the German-language newspaper of the German minority in South Jutland. The newspaper has spoken with Agnete Louise Enoch and writes that it is the first time in 40 years the Jutland based circus with winter quarter in Sommersted doesn’t tour. Agnete Louise Enoch hopes that Circus Dannebrog comes out again in 2018. She says that the reason for the break partly is economic problems and partly that a ban on using Ukrainian tent workers has created a shortage of qualified tent workers. The ban affected Circus Dannebrog extra hard because their experienced team of tent workers all came from Ukraine. The other circuses in Denmark used mainly tent workers from Poland and other EU countries.

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11 April 2017

Circus Olympia 2017 with an innovative touch.  Martin Lasson Berglund visited the Swedish circus on opening night on April 1 and writes (my translation):

On April 1 the Swedish Circus Olympia opened the season in their blue and yellow tent. This year's show offered both classic and innovative circus in an elaborate production designed for both adults and children.

This year they had engaged the clown Sidney Balder, one of the three Balder brothers we have been able to see the Danish Circus Dannebrog. He came with both funny and new entrées e.g. a "water gag" in which his son was involved. The audience loved it!

Diana Nikuliceva performed in silk loops and did an act with modern music and demonstrated both agility and strength. Trio Gaspar is clearly a sensation in the ring. Their witty rola-bola entrée on a white piano impressed many. Later, they returned with their comic taxi where the car breaks down, people is dropping to the floor, simply a comic act.

Gaspar’s crazy taxi. Photo from Circus Benneweis 2008

No Olympia performance without Henrika's dogs. She is assisted by her daughter-in-law Natascha and her grandson Simon. This year the act has a fire brigade theme and spirited music.

Natascha, Simon and Henrika with a dog act with a fire brigade theme. Photo by courtesy of Circus Olympia. Photographer Linda Himsel

Niklas presented a new composition of animals consisting of horses, camels, llamas and a goat in a very elegant way. Nice with a new exotic animal act!

Niklas Bengtsson. Photo by courtesy of Circus Olympia. Photographer Linda Himsel

Jessica presented the circus’ Frisian horses in an act accompanied by Finnish Ester Viljanen on cello. Fun with such a thing in a horse act!

Finnish Ester also did an act in solo trapeze. She did it pretty well when you remember that she is newly graduated from the circus school. Rogerio Goncalves, super juggler from Portugal, did a really good act.

The final number in the performance was the Trio Nistorov who also has worked in the large German Circus Flic Flac. There skills impressed a lot and it was really nice to see such a great act in Olympia’s ring.

Nisterov. Photo by courtesy of Circus Olympia. Photographer Linda Himsel

Band master Valentin Smirnov and his five man band played more modern music this year than in previous seasons and as always, he and the musicians play an important role in the performance by providing lovely live music.

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8 April 2017

World Circus Day 2017. World Circus Day (in Danish "International Cirkusdag") was this year celebrated on 8 April as 13, 14, 16 and 17 is public holidays in Denmark and an event on 15 April not would attract much attention.

For the eighth consecutive year in row the celebration took place at the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen and was arranged by Danish Circus Friends Association in co-operation with the museum and Circus Baldoni. The circus day was well visited and commended on in local Medias and on Facebook.

Throughout the day there were many visitors to the museum, where visitors could explore the exhibition and the children have fun at the museum's creative workshop. Many children participated in Circus Fun in Circus Baldoni’s ring. Click here to see a short video clip from TV2 Lorry.

Around fifty people had made their way to the magician Joachim Solberg’s entertaining lecture in the auditorium in the former military camp. Joachim he told about his world and stories from a long life with magic. He also did some tricks. Photo: Ole Simonsen

At 13:00 about 100 children and adults attended a performance with Joachim Solberg’s son Philip with the artist name Philipokus. Philip specializes in magic show for children.

Philipokus on the stage in the museum's fencing hall. The Clown image above the stage is a gift from his father Joachim Solberg. Photo: Ole Simonsen

Philipokus. Photo: "Mr. Sputnik "Krogh Petersen

At 14:00 there were gala performance in Circus Baldoni, whose tent as in previous years was made put up at the square behind the circus museum. Everyone enjoyed the performance.

Circus Baldoni on the square behind the museum. The museum can be seen in the rear. Photo: Ole Simonsen

Queue in front of the ticket office. Photo: "Mr. Sputnik "Krogh Petersen

Jacob Boas Leitisstein has made a nice short video from the day. Click here to see it.

Click here to see a series of photos. Jacob Boas Leitisstein took the day.

Also Per "Mr. Sputnik "Krogh Petersen has created a gallery of the day. Click here to see his gallery.

Prior to the circus day the annual meeting in the Danish Circus Friends Association took place. Sören Kastoft was appointed as a new alternate member of the board. Sören is 40 years old.

In connection with the annual meeting Ole Simonsen was appointed chairman of the Danish Circus Friends Association. The former chairman John Lington, who is 82 years old, continues in the board as deputy chairman.  

Ole, who is 71 old, has been deputy chairman since 2009. In addition to chair the Danish Circus Friends, he is chairman of the board (jury) of the Danish Circus Award. In the years 2011-2015 he was artistic advisor to Circus Benneweis.

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7 April 2017

A Danish circus queen turns 70. On April 14, the Jutland circus queen Irene Thierry who owns the small Danish Circus Krone turns 70. When she's not on tour with her circus, she lives in Salten just south of Silkeborg. Circus Krone is marketed as “Circus with a heart" and there is no doubt that the birthday girl’s heart beats warmly for the circus. Not just for her own circus, but for the whole circus industry. Irene's ambition is that Circus Krone by far shall be Denmark's largest circus but instead the cosiest circus in the country. And the audience meets always a warm and cordial atmosphere and feel most welcome in the small circus which is touring in Jutland and on Funen.

Irene Thierry. Photo: Lise Kokholm

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 tours 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 her spouse Jan Allan, who is the children's favourite as the clown Allando and also has mischievous ponies in the ring. The other artists were in the first years young talents who were apprenticed to try their skills on Circus Krone's summer tour. Many have since used what they were taught in Circus Krone to get a lasting career in the circus. In 1999 Circus Krone stopped to train young talents and has since then every year apart from the family’s own acts presented foreign artist of good standard. Irene Thierry is not only the director, but also human resource manager in the word's foremost importance. She has an eye on each finger and notices all the signs of a bad mood or problems with its staff and does everything possible to ensure that everyone feel comfortable.

Irene Thierry. The dress is a gift from the late Thyra Miehe. Photo: Ole Simonsen

The birthday is celebrated in her hometown Salten where there is reception from 9-12 in the circus tent at the circus lot of Frisholmvej 3. Circus Krone has season opening in Salten a few days later: on April 19.

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6 April 2017

Circus Mascot 2017. Jørgen Lorenzen saw the performance at the opening night in Roslev in the northern part of Jutland on 29 March at 18 and writes (my translation):

From a distance one can see that something has happened. Circus Mascot has got a brand new tent, the same size as the old one. And when you enter the circus lot you observe that there were an unusually large number of vehicles and pens for animals. The explanation for that is that Mascot this year has a performance with lots of animals. And this is the good news as according to many visitors animals has to be a part of a circus performance. Here with a lot of different of species and everything at the cicus lot proves that they live under good conditions. How nice! And it is a knock-out to the destructive animal rights activists who want to destroy the circus with their non-objective criticism. And for children Mascot this year a paradise - a wildlife mecca.

And this year's ring coated with a fine layer of sawdust. It absorbs moisture and takes the shock should someone fall. And it gives a nice, golden colour. Hopefully sawdust now becomes customary in the coming performances.(In earlier seasons there was not much sawdust in the ring).

Daniel Deleuran presents the show - with a beard, a Prussian War general commendable, and this year he has arrogated a hairstyle that is guaranteed not seen before throughout Roslev and neighbourhood. His speak is enthusiastic and accurately.

The clown Gulio has gradually become a regular part of Mascots show. His gags are new every year – at least most of them. You will enjoy his open face and whimsical twinkle. He is a true children's friend, and the best thing is that the man looks as if he also is enjoying it himself.

Gulio. By courtesy of Circus Mascot

After Daniels welcome Marianne enters the ring with her “symphony of dogs”. Surprising to see them as opening act, but the explanation is that you this year have two dog acts in the performance. One at each end of the performance.

Marianne Deleuran with a couple of her dogs. By courtesy of Circus Mascot

Then Rafaela enters in the ring with the horse Amigo and the dog Indy. Amigo wants to go the restaurant but Indy intervenes. And then scene is set for a lot of fun, and of course Rafaela comes short when she will introduce good table manners.

And then it's time for a nice rola-bola number. Latoya is doing a nice and difficult balancing act. It is for outsiders difficult to see what trick which is the most difficult, but four boards stacked up on shaky cylinder are always impressive.

Latoya. By courtesy of Circus Mascot

Gulio now has an entrée with a tame hen who can flap the wings on command. It can also lay eggs on command and of course it ends up with Gulio getting an egg in his head.

Gulios son Husik is balancing and juggling rings - larger than those usually seen. And his style is becoming the true artist attitude, sure, but not confident - proud but not boastful and self-confident, but not arrogant.

Ranco, Rocco, Rikki and Little My. This is the names of Circus Mascot’s 4 ponies. And now it's their turn. They are presented by Daniel Deleuran. This year, the delicate green plume not only fits neatly into the tent and sawdust in the ring but also sharpen attention on the ponies.

And there are more animals. Rafaela and Latoya present a bunch of parrots. It's weird animals, not only due to their colourful plumage. But their sound is like a commentary on what is happening - a strange sniggering guttural, which connoisseurs probably can interpret in the same way as they can interpret the sounds from domestic animals. The parrots can balance, grab something with their beaks, keep something in their beaks, ride a bike on a wire and move and push items.

Gulio then have an entrée with his daughter Juliya - a dream world where Juliya is a motionless doll.

Alfred and Luna is the name of circus Mascots Canadian pigs. They play soccer, hoist a flag, run down in slide and go over obstacles. They are vigorously promoted by Marianne Deleuran, but that they do not want to do tricks and must be fed with several delicious titbits is the part of the act. And the cheering will not end when a little baby pig makes enter the ring.

A good circus performance needs an aerial act. Here, it is Tatyana acrobatics in an aerial ring which is provided with two silks, see photo. It is difficult for non-acrobats to tell which trick which is the most difficult to perform. But I believe it is hanging in her feet.

Tatyane in aerial ring. By courtesy of Circus Mascot

The penultimate act is the performance's second dog act. 8 white Siberian sheep dogs are presented by Rafaela, also dressed in white. The act is both aesthetic and beautiful. The dogs seem happy, relaxed and very well-kept. Finally they behave almost like horses, as Rafaela call them up and ask them to stand on their hind legs. Hind leg dogs (Steigerdogs)! It is a strong act and proof that the animal acts are and shall be an integral part of the circus.

Rafaela Honden with her sheep dogs. By courtesy of Circus Mascot

The last act is before-seen clown act where the clown Gulio invites four men in the ring to participate in the four stools gag. Seen before, but for those who see it first time, it is of course very funny. And with his disarming humour Gulio get the participants to relax, so they get fund out of it.

It is absolutely the best performance Circus Mascot has presented so far! And nice that here we have the proof that animals and circus belongs together. Mascot deserves to get a lot of full houses during the season. Get away from the computer, away from the smartphone, away from the television – go to Mascot to get live, genuine entertainment. The living circus cannot be replaced by anything else. And this show is a tribute to Mascot which certainly enriches the Danish entertainment universe.

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5 April 2017

Danish Cirkus Krone 2017. In a press release the small circus which will open the season in on 19 April write (my translation):

This year is a special year. Circus Director Irene Thierry's 70th birthday. She has now been a performer for 66 years! With Circus in her heart. The joy and the spark of circus life are still intact, so Irene is once again ready to be on the roads with an international circus performance and terrific entertainment for the whole family!

With all the good times three is it with pride Krone presents Veselka and Nedyalko from Bulgaria. With great agility and elegance Duo Acrobatics presents the art of balancing with Veselka bend in any direction! With precision and high voltage Nedyalko get plates to spin, and with Veselka he presents furthermore the luminous act "glowing sticks"

Veselka and Nedyalko. Photo from one of the couple's previous seasons in the Circus Krone

From the Czech Republic comes Wolf Family. A fast-paced juggling act, where all four juggles to each other. And look forward to the "balancing ladder" act inspired by the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean". It is an action adventure for the whole family!

Finally we have managed to get a world class artist! Alessandro Gillert, providing a thrilling slack wire act. Two man high on the wire. Bicycle on the wire and much more!

Alesandro Gillert. By courtesy of Circus Krone

Without the clown Allando - our very own world best clown – there would not be any Circus Krone! He captivates and delights all children and young at heart. You never know what Allando will figure out. But it surely will be fun!!

Circus Krone's trademark - the small naughty ponies - is of course also find the ring.

Director Irene Thierry guides as always the audience through the program.

The versatile Soloman Wolf Family was in 2015 first at Circusland at Slagelse and from August with Circus Dannebrog where they replaced the Cuban Estrella troupe which had to stop due to problems with their work permit.

The Soloman Wolf Family in Circus Dannebrog 2015

The slack wire acrobat Alesandro Gillert toured with the Swedish Circus Olympia in 2012. In 2015, he was together with his female partner Christina Moia with Circus Arnardo in Norway. Alasandro and Christina was also with Danish Circus Arli in 1994,

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4 April 2017

New stage and summer artist to Lalandia Rodby. Mr. Plys has sent me this photo of his brand new stage in the tropical holiday centre Lalandia Rodby. "I find it really nice and a good eye catcher when people go by. There is no doubt that this is where there is entertainment. The scene is 6x4 meters"

   

As in previous years, in addition to shows with Mr. Plys there are artist performances throughout July. This year with the juggler Alan Sulc from Czech Republic. He is on the stage Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 20:00. Many Danes will remember Alan Sulc from Circus Benneweis in 2004 when Alan, who at that time was only 13 years old, to the tune of Safri Duo bounced balls into the floor and was clearly the year's best act. Last year he was for some time in Sweden with the Swedish Circus Wictoria. Circus Wictoria however had to stop the tour due to financial problems. At Wictoria the audience could also see Alan's wife Veronica Sulcova with a handstand act. But she will not be on the stage in Lalandia as she is pregnant.

Mr. Plys himself is on stage every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays all year round with shows at 17 & 19:00. Fridays he is on stage at Lalandia Billund. During the summer holidays he is 2 times weekly in Billund. Mr. Plys started in Lalandia when they opened in 1988, so next year he can celebrate his 30th anniversary.

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31 March 2017

In the Nordic countries World Circus Day is celebrated in Denmark as well as in Sweden. Usually held on the third Saturday each April, World Circus Day is a special day to celebrate Circus Arts and Culture. However, since the third Saturday in April this year is Saturday before Easter which is considered as part of the Easter holidays in Denmark and Sweden celebration takes in those countries in 2017 place on 8 April.

In Denmark World Circus Day is for the 8th year in row celebrated at the Circus Museum at Hvidovre, Copenhagen, in a co-operation between the museum, Danish Circus Friends Association and Circus Baldoni.

The museum will open at 10am. Explore the exhibition or have fun at the Creative Workshop. The entrance is free.

At 11am-12.30pm you can participate in Circus Fun in Circus Baldoni’s circus tent. Try out everything from juggling to trapeze.

Circus Fun in Circus Baldoni’s tent is always a hit amongst the children.

At 1pm you can experience the magician Philipokus in ‘Fægtesalen’ behind the museum. The entrance is free.

At 2pm you can enjoy Circus Baldon in the tent at the square behind the museum. Tickets for the circus must be obtained directly at Circus Baldoni. Reduced ticket prices this special day. 

At 2pm the museum closes.

In Circus Baldoni you can amongst others meet Fatime and her cats and Mombasa Boys. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

In Sweden the day is celebrated in Gothenburg in co-operation between the Swedish Circus Academy and Circus Brazil Jack,

At 10 there is open house in Cirkus Brazil Jack. The Donnert family will present their horses and show how they are training.

At 10.45 there is a lecture by Toni Rhodin about his grandfather Brazil Jack and the Rhodin family. At 11.45 Carmen Lupescu-Rhodin, born in Romania, 7th generation circus artist, now circus director in Sweden will tell about her life in circus.

The Swedish circus queen Carmen Rhodin

At 13.00 gala performance in Circus Brazil Jack.

In Circus Brazil Jack you can amongst others meet the strongman Deniz Ilchenko and the Donnert Family

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28 March 2017

Circus Arli when they are very best. The season opening in the Copenhagen suburb Floeng took place on 26 March in glorious sunshine. And there was not only outside the tent is was sunshine. "The best Arli performance I've seen," my wife Susanne said. And everyone in the tent will agree and call Arli 2017 for one of the best among many good Arli-performances.

This year's performance is a themed show called Ship Ahoy. It “takes place” on board the good ship M/S Arli. Martin Arli is wearing the uniform of a captain and Bettina Arli of a first officer. And even the grooms are wearing sailor uniforms.

After the opening spec the first act in the show is an excellent knock-about on table act with Alexander Arli and Francesco Fratellini. Even the old artist Charley Kaye who years ago did a similar act was thrilled. It is Charlie who some years ago taught Alexander how to do such act. "But be careful with your back when you fall," Charley warned Alexander.

Alexander and Francesco. All photos: Ole Simonsen, unless otherwise stated

Next came Latvian Olga Makejeva with a fine act in a rotating ring. She was also with Circus Arli in 2007 and 2008 and with Circus Baldoni in 2005. At that time her surname was Guseva. Since she has been married and got a son, but fortunately she is still active in the circus business. Her husband is an IT professional and has his own business in Latvia, where the couple’s son is staying together with his father to care for the school. Both husband and son will of cause visit Olga during the season.

Olga Makejeva

Last year there was many who missed Martin Arli’s cozy magic entrée. This year he is back in the ring and conjures with goldfish in an entrée which as far as I know was "invented" by the late Paul Arland (1921-2007) who traveled with it all over world as "The Merry Angler". Fine that the tradition for a cozy magic act now has been taken up again.

Martin conjures goldfish out of nothing

It's not every day you experience mermaids, and certainly not in an aerial ring. But you do in this year's show. The mermaid comes from South Africa and is called Sarah Florees and is the girlfriend of Francesco Fratellini. Both Sarah and Francesco were also with Arli in 2016, but with completely different acts compared to what they present this year.

The South African mermaid Miss Sarah

The mermaid was followed by an entrée where Francesco wanted to fish. "You can’t fish here," Bettina Arli says and Francesco then goes to the opposite side of the ring, as in the classic "don’t play here" -entrée. Eventually Francesco cought a small dog.

In an Egyptian tableau you meet the talented Hungarian foot juggler Eva Varadi who could juggle with hula hoop rings, balls and cylinders and finally a cross with flames. Last year she entertained the audience the small Jutland Circus Krone

Eva Varadi

Eva Varadi is also featured in the first act after the break: Donnert Quick change when she and her spouse Richard Donnert change clothes at lightning speed. For example she changes dress in a cloud of silver confetti from an umbrella.

Donnert with quick change

Next came Francesco in the ring with a chest which turns out to contain a doll (his girlfriend Sarah). A fine act which ends up when he is “twisting” his girlfriend, see photo, My wife was not keen to try the same thing when we got home...

Francesco and Sarah

Olga Makejeva was then back in the ring with an act in vertical rope.

Last act in the performance was the glorious musical clowns Martino & Co. This yeat with Martin Arli as the August in sailor suits, Alexander Arli as whitefaced clown and Francesco as the last man in the trio. Alexander offers Martin 500 DKK if he can play the clarinet. But Martin can’t play the clarinet. That, in turn, Francesco can. Martin offers Francesco 20 DKK if he will hide under a table and play while Martin with a clarinet mimes as is he was playing. There is a lot of fun in this all-new entrée with of course ends with a festive finale in which Alexander and Francesco plays trumpets and Martin trombone.

Martino & co.

The audience felt very well entertained during the nearly two-hour long show. A length of performance which is absolutely perfect for the many children in the audience.

I the finale Martin Arli paid tribute to his mother Lotte Arli, who this year celebrates her 60th year circus anniversary. Lotte's debut in the circus took place in 1957 in Circus Moreno. 14 years later, in 1971, she founded together with her husband Soren Arli (1935-2011) the small circus Arli, which since then has been on the roads every summer.

Lotte Arli. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

The talented young photographer Jacob Boas Leitisstein took numerous photos from the performance. Click here to see them.

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28 March 2017

Circus Olympia 2017. The Swedish Circus Olympia will open the season in Oskarström on Saturday, April 1. In their press release they write (my translation):

For the 33rd consecutive year Circus Olympia, which has its winter quarters in Drängsered in Halland start on a six-month tour through Sweden. 170 Places to be visited from Skillinge in the south to Stockholm in the north and planning to have  200 performances.

The Bengtsson family has built Circus Olympia, from nothing to a large modern entertainment company. Each year they present a completely new international circus program. Circus Olympia is one of the most international workplace and has this year booked exciting artistic groups from 10 different countries. Most of them have never before worked in Scandinavia. It also features its own animal groups which also has been presented in some of Europe's most prestigious circuses.

The German clown Sidney Balder is back in the Circus Olympia with all new funny and original numbers. Trio Gaspar from Portugal presents two comic acts, one an advanced acrobatic act where the performers are balancing on wheels (rola-bola), the second the classic clown act with the comic taxi. The performance has two different aerial acts: Diana Nikuliceva from Latvia working high under the circus dome with what in circus language is calles tissue or silks. Ester Viljanen from Finland will get her debut as a circus performer in swinging trapeze, after studying at the circus school in Lahti. Rogerio Goncalves from Portugal does tempo juggling. The show ends with roller skate virtuosos Trio Nistorov from Italy.

Circus Olympia's own animal acts is of course part of this year's show. Niklas Bengtsson presents a new mixed group of animals, camels, horses, llamas and goats. Jessica Bengtsson present a group of six black Frisian horses. Henrika Bengtsson and Natascha Jarz appear with their mischievous but well-trained dogs.

Sidney Balder. Until 2010 he worked together with his two brothers as the Balder clowns. They toured Denmark with Circus Dannebrog in 2008 and 2009. Then the brothers parted. Not as enemies, but because it became more and more difficult circus directors who could afford to employ a three-man clown trio. Photo: Linda Himsel (by courtesy of Circus Olympia)

Trio Gaspar - rola-bola-acrobats from Portugal. The Danes saw them in Circus Benneweis in 2008. Photo: Linda Himsel (by courtesy of Circus Olympia)

Rodgerio Goncalves - juggler from Portugal. The Danes saw him in the Circus Dannebrog in 2009, when Rud Kofoed took this photo and called the number for the year top act were Rodgerio almost hung his tennis rackets in the air. Rodgerio was also with Circus Olympia in 2012.

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28 March 2017

Small circuses in the southern part of Sweden. Currently, you may experience a few small circuses in Scania (the southernmost province in Sweden).

Circus Rhodin, which is owned by Diana Rhodin open the season on 1 and 2 April at Bunkeflostrand just south of Malmo. Diana Rhodin is an accomplished horsetrainer and toured Denmark with Circus Dannebrog in 2000 and Circus Benneweis in 2002. Circus Rhodin use a tent, she a few years ago bought from the Danish Circus Arli. After Bunkeflostrand Circus Rhodin will visit Tygelsjö south of Malmö.

The German / Swedish Circus Bambino owned by the Weisheit family back in Sweden. Currently they play in the vicinity of Lund.

Circus Bambino. Photo: Martin Lasson Berglund

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26 March 2017

Circus Arena 2016.  Season opening took place in Copenhagen on 23 March. Rud Kofoed, journalist and for many years reviewer of theatre and circus performances for the leading Danish tabloid enthusiastically hands out six stars and writes (Zarro Zarro’s translation, somewhat shortened compared to the Danish text).

An extraordinary success!!

Pierre Marchand is an outstanding diabolo player, dynamic and super-skillful, featuring an impressive act - second to none.

Pierre Marchand got his breakthrough when he in 2004 got a gold medal at the European Youth Circus Festival in Wiesbaden. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Encho present hand-stand as it is seldom seen. Both have won medals in Monte Carlo.

Encho. Last we saw him in Denmark was in 2006. A few months later was awarded both the Audience Award as a silver clown in Monte Carlo. Not many understood why the jury did not give him a gold clown. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

The master behind this success is Mille Gori - she is the princess of this show:  ideas, scenario, instruction and choreography, as well as   the specially composed music.

Motor Mille aka the young actor Mille Gori, well-known from children programs in DR television. Photo Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Mille's main idea is that a show can be created by imagination - proving that dreams can become true.

Kris Kremo, 65, world famous juggler, juggling three objects of each kind.

Kris Kremo. He was for several seasons at the Open Air Stage in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens also spend a single season - 2002 – with Circus Benneweis. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Jackie Berdino’s wife Laura, presents Arab horses, their daughter Scarlett features Shetland ponies, at the age of four - her first appearance in public.

Laura and Jackie Berdino’s daughter Scarlet. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Patrick Berdino, 25, presents with his cousin Oliver, 23, a knock-about-act on table - very funny.

The cousins Patrick and Oliver Berdino. Patrick is son of Jackie Berdino and Oliver of Suzanne Berdino. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Jidinis Magic Company amazed with spectacular illusions.

Keryazon Brothers:  Angel, 17, and Radostin, 14, presented a quick and slick dance-and-acrobatic act.

Diana showed the spectators that dachshunds can be taught to perform.

Diana Vedyashkina and her small dachshunds. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Duo Costache performed a breath-taking perch act.

Mille featured advanced stunts in a swing-trapeze, with bungee-jumps - amazing.

The clown Jimmy Folco, inspired by Buster Keaton - had everyone laughing.

Rudi Althoff displayed an elegant animal show:  dromedaries and lamas, then three African elephants.

Ekaterina Karmashova treats the audience to a beautiful aerial act.

All in all -- a wonderful show, also geared at children.

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24 March 2017

Circus Arena 2017. Jacob Boas Leitisstein was among the visitors when Circus Arena opened the season on 23 March. Click here to see his photos from the show (slide show will not be completely ready until sometime Saturday 24 March).

You can read a review of the performance when this website is updated on 1 April.

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24 March 2017

Enoch's Circus Show in City West, Aarhus. So far it has only been during the winter holidays you have been able to see Jimmy Enoch’s Circus Show in various shopping malls. But the weekend 31 March to 2 April Jimmy produces a performance for City West shopping centre in Aarhus. In the show you can see Jimmy himself with glass balance on bicycle, Josefine Igen’s dogs, the clown Don Christian and Flying Superkids Junior. Free admission. See time for the performances at What’s on.

Josefine Igen’s lovely dog ​​act could be seen in Denmark in Circus Dannebrog in 2006 and in Circus Baldoni in 2013.

The Austrian clown Don Christian had great success in Circus Benneweis in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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24 March 2017

End for Circus Zorba. The Norwegian Circus Zorba has announced that it is definitely over. The Swedish magician and circusfriend Mr. Toledo tell that Ronja Gujord writes (my translation):

“Spring has come and many expect to see Cirkus Zorba on the Norwegian roads. Unfortunately, we have now taken the difficult decision to close down the operations of Circus Zorba. Thus, you will not any longer meet us on the Norwegian roads. It has been an honour to be allowed to take over the circus from my father. Running a circus is both difficult and hard but at the same time it has given me memories and experiences for a lifetime. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us and visited our show - you have made it possible for us to bring unique and entertaining culture to people all over Norway!”

Cirkus Zorba was a medium sized circus which was started by Thor Gujord in 1991. They did not tour in 2014 and 2015, but resumed the tour in 2016 with Thor Gujord’s daughter Ronja as director. But now it is definitely over. The only two circuses on Norway's roads this year is Circus Arnardo and the just restarted Circus Agora.

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22 March 2017

Circus Baldoni - now with musical clowns. Baldoni was the first Danish circus to open the season. Season opening took place in Lyngby 22 March 2017. As something new they have plastic bucket seats instead of benches which have reduces the total number of seats on the two rows of ringside chairs and the 5 rows on the grandstand from 450 to 414. But it has clearly improved the comfort for the visitors. New this year is also a nice new backdrop. And the "orchestra" consists this year apart from pre-recorded music of a drummer with real drums and not just a few acoustic drums.

The 2017 performance is very nice. It is Baldoni in top form and with the features which is a "must" for Baldoni fans. For example their welcome song and their closing song. And then of course the lion Leonardo's dialogue with the circus director René Moenster Baldoni. Leonardo, who is a ventriloquist’s doll must say "ladies and gentleman, things gets worse and worse" and tell that “I love children - with sauce and potatoes ".

As something new Circus Baldoni has this year musical clowns. Their usual clown Danilo is this year assisted by the super musical Eddie (Eduard Janacek) who the audience met last year as a juggler and rola bola-acrobat. Between the acts in the show, he also tries the classic juggling gag with throwing 7 teaspoons into 7 glasses. He fails again and again. Then to succeed at the very end of the performance.

Danilo and Eddie opened the show with music, respectively on trombone and trumpet, which was followed by the opening with all artists in the ring which in Circus Baldoni is a scene. The artists waved with Danish flag and sang Happy Birthday as Circus Baldoni this year can celebrate their 15th year birthday (anniversary).

First artist act was Emmanuel Zuma and his 3 Mombasa Boys, who appeared in pole. Then we saw an elegant and charming act with trained house cats, presented by Fatime (Fatime Horvath) with the assistance of her spouse Peytchev (Peytchev Plamen Metodiev). Also, the cats seemed to enjoy the act! Years back Fatime did a great hula-hoop act where Peytchev lifted her in several positions. Then she switched to the act with cats, which is less physically demanding than her old entrée – nobody is getting any younger. Then outcome has been one of the best cat acts you can see today. .

Danilo and Cindy the had an entrée where Danilo first tried to shoot with arrows and Cindy then tried to throw knife with a member from the audience (on opening night the magician Robert Mark) as a target.

Next came Mombasa Boys back in the ring, this time with a well presented Limbo act.

One of the four Mombasa Boys with great limbo

The last number before the break was Agnes Nemeth and Roland Dittmar's excellent entrée where Roland finds a girlfriend in a tiny house. As those wo has seen the act will know Agnes is much higher than Roland. Her height is above 2 meters and Roland is a but higher than 1.60 meters. The married pair both have big spoon spiced with humor… Last year they toured Jutland and Funen with Danish Circus Krone. This year time has come for persons from Zealand to be entertained by the odd couple. The couple toured Denmark with Circus Arena in 2008, but the number didn’t work well in Arena’s large tent. Furthermore Dittmar's act is today far better than in 2008. The Germans know the act from Circus Flic Flac.

Roland sees a lovely lady in the window of the tiny house

The comical act with the trampoline, which is “dressed” as a swimming pool with a 3-meter diving next, is always a success. At Baldoni it was presented by Mr. Jumping aka Peytchev Plamen Metodiev. He has two times before been with Baldoni, but according to the printed program he is the artist which the audience most times have asked to be allowed to see again.

We've seen it before. But you can enjoy Danilo's version of Renée & Renato old 80’s hit Save Your Love again and again. The gag with the mop as wig is as far as I know invented by the Swiss clown Andre Broger, but perhaps best known in José Michel’s version.

Danilo "sings" Renato’s voice in Save your love my darling, save your love

Roland and Agnes Dittmar then came back with a follow-up to their first entrée. This time the crippled Roland find a lamp and the spirit of the lamp grants him 3 wishes. How he uses them, I will not reveal.

Maria Janacek had then a entrée in vertical rope.

Danilo and Eddie were then assisted by Cindy in the musical clown entrée "Do not play here" where Eddie managed to play many different instruments (even two trumpets at once) before Cindy was allowed to put head to " My hat, it has three corners ". See photo

Last artist act was Mombasa Boys partly skipping and partly building impressive human pyramids.

Mombasa Boys

The closing act was a kind of dance entrée with first Danilo and René and then all the artists wearing boxing gloves. It went into the grand finale with Baldoni farewell song "We've been the best of friends" and all the artists in ring.

Grand Finale. All photos: Ole Simonsen. Click here to see a number of fine photos shot by the talented young photographer Jacob Boas Leitisstein.

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22 March 2017

New tent for Circus Summarum. Enoch Show Production ApS has taking over the enterprise of renting tent to DR Television’s Big Band’s and the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation’s performance Circus Summarum. Enoch Show Production has bought a brand new tent for the purpose. In previous years Circus Summarum has rented tent from Circus Arena / the Berdino family.

Drawing of the new tent

Jimmy Enoch has provided me with some facts about the new tent:

 - Northern Europe's largest tent for events, entertainment, shows and circus

- The tent is the only of its kind in Scandinavia.

- Spectator capacity of 2,500 guests, all on fixed and numbered chairs

- Spectator capacity of 5,000 standing persons to concerts / events.

- The tent is 60 meters in diameter and has a height of 23 meters.

- The height of the side of the tent is 5.5 meters, which means that you without problem can drive a van and a semitrailer into the tent

- The tent dome has a diameter of 15 meters.

- You need no less than 10 semitrailers to transport the tent and the grandstand

- Everything is produced in Italy by some of the best tent specialists available. (The tent is a Scola Teloni tent. Poles and grandstand is made by Anceschi)

- Both tent and grandstand is of course, approved and certified.

   

Another drawing of the tent and Summarum's seating plan in the tent.

Despite the name Circus Summarum is not at circus but a children’s theatre performance taking place in a circus environment. The performers are actors, not artists.

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18 March 2017

Katja Enoch turns 50 on 21 March. Katja Enoch is the youngest of Solveig and Haddy Enoch’s 4 children. She is a real circus child who grew up in Circus Dannebrog, where she has participated in numerous performances since the Haddy Enoch family restarted Circus Dannebrog in 1977. Her versatile artist training allows her to know all the artist’s basic disciplines and she has used her skills in many contexts: as part of the family bike act The Haddies, as aerial acrobat (vertical rope and Roman rings), with quick change and as a talented magician. She masters tap dance, and as a dancer, she has several times been part of Circus Dannebrog’s circus ballet. For some years it was Katja who presented Circus Dannebrog’s horses until the family after Haddy Enoch's death in 2009 decided not to have their own animals. In the following seasons Katja has been working in the ticket office and with kiosk sales. Until she and her husband Abdelaziz left Circus Dannebrog at the end of season 2016 she was head of the ticket office.

Today Katja and Abdelaziz lives with their son Joseph at nearly 4 years in Sdr. Hygym by Rødding in the southern part of Jutland. Katya's daughter Nathalie from a previous marriage goes in 3 grade at Ribe Secondary School and is as her father a skilled foot juggler. And the circus blood still flows in the veins of the family so they has not left show business although they no longer are traveling with a circus. Instead Katja and Abdel Aziz give lectures at schools, colleges and shopping centers, etc. all over Denmark. They train pupils in juggling, acrobatics and aerial acrobatics. The pair also offers entertainment with balloon animals, coin catch, adagio acrobatic and a fire show. The birthday is celebrated in the home in Sdr. Hygum.

Katja Enoch. Photo: Lise Kokholm

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17 March 2017

Circus Brazil Jack 2017 - classical circus when it is best. Brazil Jack opened the season in Malmö in the southern part of Sweden on Thursday 16 March. Everything went well and without the imperfections that sometimes can be seen on an opening night.

The approximately 2 hour long performance is a very strong performance presented in a brisk pace and without any superfluous breaks. There is not a single act of the kind you sometimes sees just as a “filler”. As usual in Brazil Jack there's no ringmaster. Just the circus queen Carmen Rhodin, who welcomes and says goodbye when the performance is over. Brazil Jack deserved many full houses during this year's tour.

The tent is old with quarter pools and seating on wooden benches with and without backs. But the lighting is now with modern LED spotlights, and the 6-man orchestra is extremely well-playing.

This year’s run-in clown is Mr. Lorenzo from Italy. He is clearly better than when I saw him at the Budapest Festival in 2016 and does not pull his entrées to long. And the few times he invites spectators in the ring, he has etiquette enough to accept a rejection. Many run-in clowns could learn something from that!

Mr. Lorenzo

The show begins with the well-known clap your hands gag where the clown divide the audience into 3 sections clapping / shouting in line - or at least trying to do so.

Then all the artists enter the ring, and Carmen Rhodin welcome.

First artist number is Steacy Giribaldi who with charm and elegance run up and down a ladder that stands freely in the air, She can even can go from podium to podium on her ladder (see photo). The Danes saw her last year in Zirkus Nemo.

Steacy Giribaldi

Lorenzo now has a short reprice where he hunts a mosquito, tries his luck with ladder balancing and finally is stripping.

Next comes the Wolf brothers in the ring and show their formidable comedic trapeze entrée which could also be seen at this year's circus festival in Monte Carlo. The Swedish audience saw them last time in Circus Olympia in 2013, but since then they have become much better. Danes will remember them from Circus Arli 2011 and 2014.

Wolf Brothers

Next act was Toni and Emilia from Donnert family riding pas de deux.

Toni and Emilia Donnert

Then we meet the 32-year-old Ukrainian strongman Deniz Ilchenko. Strongmen in circus are today a rarity – Danish Circus Baldoni had, however, in 2016 the not quiet young Hungarian Hercules Jozsef Pakuza in their performance. Deniz is clearly better - but also much younger - than his Hungarian colleague. He juggles with tires, pull a car by a bit and spins a tree trunk around his the neck. A feat, which he then repeats with 4 people on the tree trunk, see photo. At the end of the entrée he is run over by a car.

Deniz Ilchenko

The last number before the break is a kind of charivari, headed by Mr. Lorenzo together with the Wolf-brothers and three members of Donnert family. It is a cheerful entrée with human pyramids, Mr. Lorenzo's attempt to be a strongman and the classic gag where at springboard breaks as a spectator jumps down on it.

After the break we met Neyenne Frank who is also a member of the Donnert troupe with an elegant and spectacular contortion act.

Neyenne Frank

After a short reprice with Mr. Lorenz time has come for the Wolf brothers’ well-known knockabout table act where they are dressed as Scotsmen.

Then Mr. Lorenzo presents his version of the well-known entrée where first the clown and later members from the audience is playing O sole Mio on bells.

Last but not least the audience meets the Donnert family with trick-riding. They are today clearly better than when they were with Benneweis in 2013 and Brazil Jack in 2014. In addition to the classic jumps to and from horses they master both a forward and a backward somersault on horseback. They also master the backward somersault from horse to horse and even in a version where the jumper stands on the back of another acrobat.

   

Donnert Family. Click here to see more photos from the performance.

In the grand finale you are surprised to realize that only 10 artists can make such a great circus. Well done. Hals- und Beinbruch as you say in the circus language.

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13 March 2017

IT ALL HAPPENS IN PARIS As our readers surely have noticed, this headline has recently been brought less often than in earlier years.

Circus and other visual shows have lost a number of fans - this is true worldwide, thus also for Paris, that has lost a sizable portion of tourists, linked to the terror attacks Paris has suffered.

Together with my Paris correspondent ZARRO ZARRO, I have decided not to repeat write ups that grosso modo are the same as previous ones. However, ZARRO ZARRO will continue to send write ups on mainly visual shows, that deserve mentioning.

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11 March 2017

On March 10, I mentioned Benny Schumann's 50th anniversary as a juggler with plates, etc. in spin. There are no video clips of the act as it looked in 1967. But Benny has found an 8mm movie from 1968, where he did the act at the music hall Lorry in Copenhagen. Click here to see the movie.

As you can see on the film Benny used at that time glass bowls and no plates on the sticks. At that point, he was inspired by Eric Brenn, who had been lucky to find some light weight glass bowls in U.S.A. with a small rim. Unfortunately, it was only possible for Benny to find bowls, weighing more than 1 kg per peace. It made the act more complicated in terms of both table and sticks concerned. This meant, unfortunately, that there was so much space to “play” during the act when bowls were about to fall down and Benny was tied to make sure everything just ran properly. It was not without danger with these bowls  both if you got one in the head or if they fell down creating risk for large pieces of broken glass that could even hit members of the audience. Due to this Benny later switched from bowls to plates. "But I still look after bowls every time I come into a porcelain / glass store" Benny Schumann says.

Here is a photo where glass bowls are replaced by plates

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10 March 2017

50 years with spinning plates. Today, Friday 10 March, it is the 50 years ago since Benny Schumann first time presented his plate spinning act. It happened when Circus Schumann opened the season in Funen Forum in Odense. As son of Pauline and Albert Schumann he had had spent his entire life in circus and was trained as a horse trainer, rider and multi-artist. His aunt Adele had taught him to dance on the tight wire and when Circus Schumann in 1964 had the plate spin juggler Eric Brenn among the performers Adele said to Benny that it would be nice if he did such an act. A few weeks after, Benny started training. In 1967 the act was ready for presentation to an audience and he made his debut as plate spin juggler first under Circus Schumann’s performances in Funen Forum and later during the season in the Copenhagen Circus Building. After this season started Benny Schumann his own carrier as a solo artist in Malmo on the Crown Prince, now using the artist name Ric Benny. With this act he toured worldwide for the following 10 years. Then Benny and his wife Marianne felt that it was time to stop travelling when the children Julia and Patricia were to begin school. They could see that there was many children's theater, which had great success with performances at schools, libraries, etc. But there were no artist performances for such institutions. This gave Benny Schumann the idea to begin making the child-friendly artist and clown performances, which he still does today. The plate spinning act is still included in his solo performances, but sometimes replaced by other acts when he is visiting a place where he has shown it several times before.

Benny Schumann with the flying plates. From Benny Schumann's collection.

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8 March 2017

Circus Agora 2017. The Norwegian circus Agora was established in 1989 by the tight wire acrobat Jan-Ketil Smørdal, who then was 25 years old. It grew and quickly became a medium-sized business with nice programs. Since Agora got problems and was declared bankrupt in November 2008. It started up again in 2009, but the season ended with another bankruptcy. Since they have not been touring, but Jan Ketil has always had a dream to restart his circus. And he hopes this year to fulfill his dream with season opening in premiere at Straume Næringspark in Godvik close to Bergen on 22 March.

I quote from the website www.cirkusagora.no (my translation)

From Moldova Cirkus Agora gets a visit by the juggler Antonin Rapolli. Together with his partner Helena he has thrilled thousands of people in some of Europe's largest and most renowned circus.

Boffo is perhaps the world's smartest dog, and he loves to train and perform. Along with beautiful Helena from Slovenia Boffo present his unique tricks for the first time in Norway.

With his funny and silly gags the clown Pepino is this year funny highlight. Pepino comes from the Czech Republic.

Leroy Quaiser from Germany is an excellent hand stand acrobat. His technical skills are second to none in this exciting and demanding discipline.

High under the big dome Sandra Quaiser present her act in tissue.

Roberto from Italy serves pizzas on spinning plates at a furious pace.

David Roberto from Italy does breakneck balancing on rola bola.

Additionally there is a pony act, an adorable duo from Finland and a Slinky.

David Roberto is probably the same as David Robert, who in 2014 appeared in the Swedish Circus Brazil Jack and the following year in the Circus Arli.

David Robert Circus Arli in 2016

The large Norwegian Circus Arnardo starts as mentioned earlier on this page the season on 11 April. Circus Minimax is on tour in 2017. The same applies probably to Cirkus Zorba. Circus Merano has not toured since 2014. Thus, Arnardo and Agora seems to be the only circuses which this year will be touring Norway.

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4 March 2017

Danish stars in Munich. At the premiere on March program at Circus Krone in Munich the audience saw 4 Danish - or at least the Danish-owned - stars: 4 of Bernhard Kaselowskys cows sort funny interlude where they were presented by the star clown Tonito Alexis. On opening night with Bernhard standing in the background. Bernhard has six cows, but Bernhard’s spouse Isabella Enoch Sosman of Danish Circus Trapez told med that the act worked best for Tonito with just 4 cows in the ring. Isabella Sosman was in Munich together with her son David and her staff members Judy Glosted and Louise Mandrup. Click here to see a number of photos from the performance.

Circus Krone’s performances in the circus building in Munich are always some of the best you can see in Europe. There are 3 different programs: one in December / January (premiering 25 December), one in February and one in March. Click here to see various photos from the February show.

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3 March 2017

Circus Arli 2017. Circus Arli’s 2016-performance is a themed show, which is in the maritime component. The show is called "Ship Ahoy". It has of course the elegant ringmaster Bettina Arli as ringmistress

The signature act in Circus Arli has for all their 47 seasons been the clown act. In this year's show is the clown duo become a trio as Alexander and Martin Arli this year are joined by Francesco Fratellini - even with a brand new entrée.

Francesco, Alexander og Martin. By courtesy of Circus Arli

The two crazy sailors "Francesco & Alexander" makes a terrific comical knock-about table act. Francesso Fratellini was also at Arli in 2016, but with completely different acts. But he began in 2016 together with Alexander to train on the knock-about act.

Francesco and Alexander. By courtesy of Circus Arli

Elegant floating under the circus dome the audience is meeting Francesco's girlfriend Sarah Florees in aerial hoop. Sarah also presents a dummy act. She was also with Arli in 2016, but with with hula hoop and contortion.

New to the audience in Circus Arli is the talented Hungarian foot juggler Eva Varadi. The audience in Jutland knows her from some seasons with the Danish Circus Krone. A single year, 2008, she was with Baldoni's Christmas Circus. Aside from this, she has not yet appeared on Zealand.

Eva Varadi. Photo from Circus Krone 2016

She brings her husband Richard Donnert. Together, the couple the present the fine quick-change act which you last year could see in the Danish Circus Krone, where the couple had their debut with the number.

Quick Donnerts. By courtesy of Circus Arli

In addition to those mentioned the audience will meet Olga Makejeva from Latvia with vertical rope and acrobatics in the rotating ring. She was also at Arli in 2007 and 2008, but her surname was at that time Guseva. Previously, she has worked both in Danish Circus Baldoni and in Swedish Circus Olympia.

Olga Makejeva. By courtesy of Circus Arli

Circus Arli start the season on Møllebakken in Fløng (Copenhagen suburb) on 25 March.

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3 March 2017

Circus Arnardo 2017. The Norwegian Circus Arnardo has published the names of the performers in the forthcoming season.

As usual, the circus princess Helen Arnardo will welcome the audience to this year's show. Among the performers are as earlier mentioned on this page the musical clowns Les Rossyann.

Further the audience will meet Zusana Smaha’s Flying Dogs - three border collies on the Frisbee-hunt. Zusana Smaha is also one half of the juggling Duo Smaha which the Swedes met in 2014 in Circus Maximum.

Zusana Smaha and one of the dogs. Press photo from Circus Arnardo. Photographer: Fridgeir Walderhaug

Duo Smaha. Press photo from Circus Arnardo

Nicoleta Badea does cloud wing high up under the big top.

Nicoleta Badea. Press photo from Circus Arnardo. Photographer: Claudiene Fretin

Are and Paolina Arnardi enters this year in the ring with newly developed magic illusions. Ares grandfather, the Circus King Arne Arnardo, was Norway's most famous magician.

Their son Arne Otto Luigi Folco Arnardo present ponies in liberty dressage.

Peter & Klara shows a comical knock-about table act. I guess that it also is those who under the name of Adelina & Alex present a pole act which also includes hand-to-hand acrobatics.

From the Swedish Circus Olympia comes a group of camels, llamas and cows / oxen.

Truppe Cheban works partly in Russian swing, partly with a kind of rubber tires on which they jump. The Danes met the troupe in Circus Benneweis in 2011.

The Cheban troupe. Press photo from Circus Arnardo

Daniel Badea does with ladder balance.

Finally, the audience can look forward to see Duo Romance with a great romantic act in aerial straps.

Duo Romance. Press photo from Circus Arnardo

There is season opening in Vaagsbygd (Kristiansand) on Saturday 11 March 11. From April 21 to 30 Circus Arnardo visits the Norwegian capital Oslo.

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