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Last updated : 27. July 2018

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27 July 2018

Circus Flik-Flak in Odense. Odense Children's and Youth Circus Flik-Flak which is one of Denmark’s very best, writes (my translation):

As it has been a tradition in Odense children and youngsters welcome to a circus performance for the whole family in Circus Flik-Flak in week 31.

The program is composed of our many young artists and offers an exciting show where inspiration is taken from the circus world.

Here you will meet an artist troupe consisting of 230 children and youngsters in good form, presenting all sorts of artistry, subtle and funny clowns, dizzying aerial acrobats, spectacular challenge of the law of gravity and illusion you can hardly understand.

In Circus Flik-Flak you can give yourself and your family, a child or a boy- or girlfriend a vitamin injection of joy, happiness and good mood!

The circus tent is just the perfect setting for a great experience for the whole family.

It is with great pleasure that Cirkus Flik-Flak this year again will present a unique performance.

"Ladies and gentlemen! Circus Flik-Flak now has the pleasure to welcome you to this year's circus show for children of all ages."

The tent is put up at Herluf Trolles Vej 138, 5220 Odense, for the following performances:

Friday 3 of August at 13:30

Saturday 4 August at 13 and 15.30

Sunday 5 August at 13 and 15.30

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27 July 2018

Circuses in Scania. If you visit Copenhagen and want to see Swedish circus performances there are good opportunities in the first half of August.

Scania, also known as Skåne is the southernmost province of Sweden. Scania's largest city is Malmö, which is also the third largest in Sweden, as well as the fifth largest in Scandinavia. There is a bridge/tunnel from Copenhagen to Malmö.

Sweden's largest circus, Circus Brazil Jack, returns to Scania from 6th to 12th of August. 10 and 11 August they have performances in the Malmö Suburb Limhamn.

They had premiere in Malmo in March and have since then traveled all over Sweden with this year's performance. Among the artists, they themselves emphasize the clown Emiliano, the diabolo juggler Pierre Marchand and the human cannonball Jody Bellucci. They have chosen not to have animals in the performance this year. Click here for link to tour list with possibility of ticket ordering.

The amazing diabolo juggler Pierre Marchand is among the performers in Circus Brazil Jack

Brazil Jack's clown for the season is named Emiliano. He is from Argentina. It is his first season in a European circus

Trolle Rhodin found the human cannonball Jody Bellucci in a small Italian family circus

Sweden's second largest circus, Cirkus Olympia, visits from 4 to 10 August a number of cities that are easy to reach from Denmark. For example, they are in Helsingborg on August 10th. 20 minutes with ferryboat from the Danish city Elsinore. They have lots of animals: horses, camels, alpacas and dogs. Artistically speaking, the top act is Duo Stauberti, who received a silver clown in Monte Carlo in January for their impressive perch act. In addition, they offer on classical musical clowns. Click here for link to tour list with possibility of ticket ordering.

All the artist in this year's Olympia performance. Press photo from Circus Olympia, photographer Linda Himsel

A world class act in Circus Olympia: the silver clown winners Duo Stauberti. Press photo from Circus Olympia, photographer Linda Himsel

Clowns with red noses - Cito and Danny Rivelino. Press photo from Circus Olympia, photographer Linda Himsel 

Both circuses have live music: a 6 pieces band.

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26 July 2018

Contemporary circus and street theater in Denmark. In the coming month, you can several places in Denmark see contemporary circus and street theater performances. Most places with free admission as the performances are funded by the Ministry of Culture, the Danish National Council of Art and a number of municipalities or foundations. Denmark’s 8 circuses, which do not receive any such support, hardly find the competition from the contemporary and street performances quite fair!

There are no less than 6 street theater festivals which also feature contemporary circus performances or performances with artists:

Bornholm’s International Street Theatre Festival, held from 26th to 29th of July on Bornholm. Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, to the east of the rest of Denmark, south of Sweden, northeast of Germany and north of the westernmost part of Poland.

Passage International Street Theatre Festival, which takes place from 31 July to 5 August in Elsinore, Denmark, and Helsingborg, Sweden and in the neighbor areas.

Fanoe Street Theatre Festival Gadeteaterfestival 2018, held 9th to 11th August. Fanoe is the northernmost island in the Wadden Sea.

STREET CUT - Næstved's international street theater festival, which takes place on 10 and 11 August in Næstved. Næstved is a town in the municipality of the same name, located on the island of Zealand in Denmark.

Denmark's International Street Theatre Festival, which from 12 to 26 August has over 100 performances in Esbjerg, Frederiksberg, Gentofte, Guldborgsund, Ikast-Brande, Copenhagen, Køge and Silkeborg.

Among the many theater performances is La Fem Fatal with the Spanish artists Anton and Polina. Press photo from the Danish International Street Theatre Festival.

The show Bromance with the English Barely Methodical Troupe features new circus, parkour and wild stunts! Press photo from the Danish International Street Theatre Festival.

About the performance Udul the Street festival writes: A mysterious tent stands upright. It does not look like a typical circus tent. And inside, you will not find normal circus artists. Los Galindos is a handsome family with father, mother, son and daughter-in-law. UDUL could be seen in Elsinore in 2017 and can now be seen in Randers, Silkeborg and Gentofte, with room for 90 people per performance. Press photo from the Danish International Gadeteater Festival.

Street International Street Theater takes place from 23rd to 26th of August in connection with Triangle Region Festival 2018 with performances in Fredericia, Give, Haderslev, Jelling, Kolding and Vejle. The Danish Triangle Region is a cooperation consisting of seven Danish municipalities on the Danish peninsula of Jutland and the island of Funen.

In addition, August offers two contemporary circus festivals:

Dynamo Circus Festival, which takes place in Odense on 10 and 11 August 2018 at Finlandkaj 6, Odense C.

The Heaven and Harbor Festival which is called Taarnby's own festival with modern circus, acrobatics, clown and live music for the whole family. It will take place 11-12 August at Kastrup Marina, close to the Copenhagen Airport. Taarnby is a Copenhagen suburb on the Isle of Amager.

In addition, as mentioned on this page on 20 July Aquanaut with the performance The Golden Fleece can from 31 July to 4 August be seen in a number of ports in the southern part of Jutland, on Funen and at Ærø. Also in August, GLiMT present the performance opHAV in the ports of Kastrup, Hvide Sande, Ringkøbing and Esbjerg.

   

Finn Stendevad took these photos when opHAV on July 19 could be seen in Esbjerg. Finn writes (my translation): They presented just 3 acts from the full performance. The first act was a nice slack wire act. 2nd act was a water splash act where a female clown demonstrated how she meant they were doing the personal wash on the large sailboats. The third was a brilliant vertical rope act in a rope that hung down from a tall crane. The performance ran for 20 minutes. My only complaint is that the water clown spoke English although the act was for children. You should have let the young guy, who was a sort of ringmaster, say what should be said in this act so also children you could have understood what it was all about.

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24 July 2018

Campsite with circus wagon. Frederiksværk City Camping has both a campsite and a hostel. Connected to the campsite there are 5 cabins and as something new a real circus wagon from Cirkus Maximum in Sweden. Here you can stay 2 adults and 2 children, there is a small tea-kitchen, but to get to the toilet you need to walk 50 meters. The circus car is isolated and can be used all year long. It cost 800 DKK to rent the circus car for a night. Photo: Frederiksværk City Camping. Further information at www.fredfyldt.dk

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20 July 2018

Maritime contemporary circus performances in the summer months

The Danish contemporary circus company GLiMT’s harbourfront performance called “opHAV”, which they are co-producing with Teatret OM, could be seen in the harbor in Esbjerg on Friday 20 July. The performance will be repeated Tuesday 24 July at 18.30 at Assens Harbor. In Esbjerg, the performance was part of the Tall Ship Races. In Assens it is the part of the Assens for Full Sail event, arranged by the municipality of Assens.

11 and 12 August the performance can be seen at Kastrup Marina in Copenhagen during the Heaven and Harbor Festival. A festival with modern circus, acrobatics, clown and live music.

17th of august at 15 the performance can be seen at Hvide Sande Habor. 18 August at 13.00 in Ringkøbing Harbor and 26 August at 14.00 in Fredericia Harbor.

Free admission to all performances.

Press photo from GLiMT. Photographer: Søren Meisner

GLimT writes:

opHAV is a site-specific performance with acrobatics, physical theatre and live music about our relationship to the sea.

The crane stands on the quayside, solidly planted – the link between land and sea.

In the company of the crane and its operator we’re allowed to dream about distant horizons and new adventures. And we experience how we receive new opportunities and new people, who come from elsewhere, with curiosity, joy and distrust.

From the harbor, travelers embark into the world. And here we welcome new people and wares coming from foreign regions. The crane leads us up into the heights and all the way down to touch the water, and through aerial acrobatics in rope, slackline dancing, live music and much more, the 4 performers give soul and energy to this story about our eternal yearning for new horizons.

Compagnie Aquanaut presents its newest show: The Golden Fleece, a contemporary circus performance happening on a sailing ship in the harbor. Stunning aerial artistics, acrobatics, juggling, dance, theater and live-music. It is a German contemporary circus company which using their ship "Lovis" as a sailing stage for more than 10 years every summer has visited some Danish harbors.

From a previous performance with Aquanaut. Photo: Lise Kokholm

Lovis and its crew have the following performances in Denmark:

31 July at 19: Graasten harbor

1 August at 19.00: Sønderborg harbor

2 August at 19: Faaborg Harbor

3 August at 19: Ærøskøbing harbor

4 August at 19: Marstal harbor

Everywhere there are free admission thanks to financial support from Flensburg City, Sønderborg Municipality and Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality.

Both GLimT's performances and Compagnie Aquanaut performances can only be presented thanks to money from local municipalities. Thus, they are a taxpayer-funded competition to the Danish circuses which not receive any form for economical support.

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19 July 2018

Circus Elvira. For the 10th consecutive year, Swedish Circus Elvira has performances at Norra Berget in Sundsvall City Park in Sundsvall. From the 2nd to the 28th of July, the show is called Sommarskoj (Summer Fun), and the performers are the clown Daff-Daff and artists from Sweden, Finland and Norway. The performance run for approximately 45 minutes and can be seen daily at 12 and 14. 29th and 30th of July at 19 Circus Elvira presents the contemporary circus performance Revolt. Further information at www.sommarskoj.nu

 

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17 July 2018

Small Danish Circus Krone has had a couple of performances at the Danish Long Island ‘Langeland’. Of cause the photographer Per "Mr. Sputnik "Krogh Petersen who has his home at Langeland visited the circus. ”Circus Krone does not just make circus with the heart, but also for the heart," he writes. Click here to see Per’s photos and video clips from Circus Krone’s visit to Langeland.

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13 July 2018

Circus Krone, Denmark's smallest touring circus is currently on Funen. Here their small tent is photographed at Camp Hverringe north of Kerteminde.

Just like Circus Arena and Circus Trapez, Circus Krone has live music, but only to part of the performance. The juggler Kasper takes care of the drums and circus owner Frank Thierry plays the keyboard.

   

Circus Krone’s usual clown Allando has chosen not to be part of the performance this year. Instead, the clown for part of the season is Tonny Trifolikum and for another part of the season Don Carlos. Both of them Danes. At Camp Hverringe, it was Don Carlos who had the task. It is the first time since 2002 Don Carlos is on tour with a Danish circus.

Among the artists, the young Sofia Speratti from Argentina impressed me. She present handstand with the use of balls (see photo). Elegant and something I have never seen before. In addition, she has a very good hula hoop entrée.

The juggler Kasper Bujanauskas is also in a special class. Last year he won the Lithuanian version of "Got talent". At Krone he shows his winning act where many different juggling disciplines with talent are presented in a very short time. - The performance in Circus Krone 2018 was reviewed on this page on 24 May.

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12 July 2018

Pirates in Circusland. "The pirates are coming," Circusland in Circus Arenas winter quarter at Aarslev, Slagelse, write about the summer season, which lasts until August 12th.

Two of the pirates: Kalle Cannonball and Pirate Foam Beard

Where other Danish amusement parks like Tivoli, Bakken, Legoland, Bonbonland and the many summer lands mainly offer a lot of rides main emphasis in Circusland is on a number of entertaining shows: pirate shows, Circus Landino and sea lion show. In addition, there are a number of amusements, mainly for the smaller children, such as moon bounces swings boats, a merry-go-round, a small train, fun balls and a (mechanical) rodeo bull. There is also a circus school where visitors with the help of artists can try their skills. The entrance is reasonable: 119 DKK (16 Euro) and free parking. Thus Circusland is an excellent destination for parents and grandparents with children up to 10-12 years old. The visit does not have to cost a fortune, since you can bring your own food. However, food can also be bought at the bistro.

The Pirate Show which takes place in the sea lion hall begins with a small parade, where the pirates of course fight another. With Suzanne Berdino as a narrator there is a story: the evil witch, played by Sylvana Biasini, has bewitched the beautiful princess (one of the Wolff family’s female members), so she has become a mermaid.

The elixir, which can heal her, hangs in a chest high up under the ceiling. The pirates - the two male members of the Wolff family - try to reach the chest with the aid of Claude Biasini. Of course, by means of ladder balancing which is one of the Wolff family’s specialties.

   

They do not succeed at first. The mermaid is even spelled to a sea lion after the pirates have tried to spear the witch in a basket.

But of course there is happy ending: the brave pirates reach the chest and the princess becomes a princess again.

   

Pirate Foam Beard’s show first presents a ventriloquist act with Pirate Foam Beard aka Preben Palsgaard. Denmark's best ventriloquist!

Sorcerer Black Beard (Daniel Koscik) then has a short entrée with his parrot.

Kalle Cannonball (Brian Behrendt) and Codfish Marie (Sylvana Biasini) present python snakes which however are not as large as those your years ago could meet in circuses and at fairs. Kalle Cannonball and Pirate Foam Beard then has an entrée with comic magic before the show ends with an act with of one of the small girls from the Wolff family.

The performance in Circus Landino is presented as Circus as in the good old days by Professor Briano and Preben Palsgaard. The first act is tight wire performed by one of the female members of the Wolff Family while the wire is held by Daniel Koscik (see photo). How I do not want to disclose

Next Sylvana Biasini presents her foot juggling act.

The comes Tim Delbosq with 6 beautiful Frisian horses.

After a short magic run in with Suzanne, Briano and Preben Palsgaad the Wolff family present their excellent juggling entrée. 

The are followed by Claude and Sylvana Biasini with an illusionist act which also includes a short quick-change. Last act in the performance is Tim Delbosq with dromedaries and llamas.

The last show of the day is a short sea lion show with with a pirate theme and both of Circusland’s sea lions.

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11 July 2018

On Tuesday, July 10th, Benny Schumann appeared with Max Carling at the ‘GREEN* in Nyborg as part of Nyborg's summer entertainment. Benny's good friend Per "Mr. Sputnik" Krogh Petersen was on the spot and took the photos shown above and below. Click here to see more of Per’s photos.

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4 July 2018

Circus Trapez’ truck with tent stolen. The night between 2 and 3 July, Cirkus Trapez’ truck with big top, foyer tent and poles etc. was stolen from the lot in Fjerritslev, where they had a performance on July 2nd. It was ready to be driven to Saltum, where Circus Trapez should have a performance on July 3rd.

Fortunately, the truck was found later in the day. However, not in time to put up the tent for the show at 19:00 in Saltum. Circus Trapez therefore chose to have an Open Air performance. The show must go on! On Facebook a visitor wrote (my translation): "A quite unique experience; to see this year's performance in the evening sun in Saltum, without a tent, without trapeze and aerial acrobatics, but with lots of humor and commitment"

From the circus lot in Saltum. Photo: Circus Trapez

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3 July 2018

Zirkus Barnly 2018. Sunday 1 July at 15 there were gala premiere in Søren Østergaard's new zircus for children: Zirkus Barnly. Zirkus Barnly offered 45 minutes of good and child-friendly entertainment.

   

To the left: a summer-dressed circus owner Søren Østergaard welcomed the audience when they arrived at the lot. Here he is seen in conversation with the "old" theater reviewer Rud Kofoed and Søren’s main star in Barnly: Captain Frodo. Apart from Zircus Barnly Søren Østergaard owns the very successful Zirkus Nemo, which he calls zirkus for adults. To the right: Before the performance, Captain Frodo acted as barker, just at the older generation remembers it from old days at fairs. Photos: Ole Simonsen

A look into the tent, where there are some ring side chairs and 4 rows of benches around the little sawdust filled ring. The tent has previously belonged to the Danish clown and entertainer Tonny Trifolikom. Photo: Ole Simonsen

The small curious Canadian mini pigs are the first to welcome the audience around the ring, However, they are not included in the performance. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

The first act in the performance is a honk horn concert with the one-man orchestra Henning Amstrup. The two ring girls are to the left Line Vittrup and to the right Jennie Mikaelsson. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Captain Frodo welcomes and shows a completely different part of himself than the one known from La Clique, La Soirée and Zirkus Nemo. In Zirkus Barnly he is a very entertaining and talking as a waterfall. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

Frodo juggles and balances with household tools. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

A large part of the performance consists of Frodo's cozy magic for children with the use of among other things a magic change bag and the trick with the rope, cut into 3 pieces. He also gets a lot of fun from the invisible egg and the lost shoe. He is not a stranger of magic: he is the son of the Norwegian magician The Great Santini. The artist's name has his father probably borrowed from an American novel, also filmed. The novel/film is however not about a magician. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

There are animals in the show! Here you can see Line Vittrup riding a bird. Line and Jennie also have a few other short run in’s in the performance, including a knockabout entrée. Line was for many years partner in Steckel's well-known knockabout table act. Photo: Ole Simonsen

The last act of the show is Frodo's famous act with buckets. Photo: Ole Simonsen

The show ends with Frodo and the 3 others in parade leading the children to circus fun in front of the tent. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press. Click here to see more of Rud Kofoed's photos from the show.

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3 July 2018

Last show in Wallmans 2017/18 performance ENTOURAGE in the Copenhagen Circus building was Saturday 23rd June. Benny Schumann who was among the performer writes (my translation)

After the last show we were all gathered up in the stables where show producer Johan Espeland gave each of us a gift and nice words. Latter, I also received the honor that CEO Dorthe Ekelin appointed me as a guest of honor at the Circus Building.

It has been an unforgettable season. Not just to be back the Circus building (the Schumann family run the building until 1969), but also to see how fine all the staff is doing and to meet a unique audience at every show.

Photos by Schumann

Wallman's new show URBAN NIGHTS has gala premier on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, where the press, VIPs and friends of the house are invited up to the red carpet. There are dress rehearsals from August 24th. The circus artists in the upcoming show are the juggler Grygoriy Lovygin, who can keep no less than 9 balls in the air, and the aerial acrobat Igor Zavadko. They both come from Ukraine. The third circus performer on the show is Danish Ylva Maia (Ylva Havndrup), who was among the artists who completed their education at the Danish circus school AMoC in 2017. She thus contributed to the talent award from the Danish Circus Prize in 2017 being given to AMoC. "I am particularly proud of working with Ylva, since she is Danish and has been educated at AMoC. It is always fun to be able to employ artists from the domestic education in performing arts," Wallmans show producer Johan Espeland writes.

The skilled Danish contortionist and hand stand acrobat Ylva Maia Havndrup is among the performers in Wallman's upcoming show. Photo from AMoC's graduation show 2017. Photographer Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

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1 July 2018

The Swedish Circus Olympia has visited a few cities in Scania in the southern part of Sweden. They will return to Scania again in August. This year's performance was reviewed here on this website on 27 March 2018. Below are a few photos from the show on June 30 in Lomma.

Until now the Swedish Circus Olympia’s act with goats has been presented by David Hammarberg and Natascha Jarz. But a few days ago, Natascha has handed her task in the act over to her and Niklas Bengtsson's 12-year-old son Simon, as Natascha is pregnant and she and Niklas are expecting an addition to the family in August.

As can be seen, Mama Natascha is in the background. But Simon did fine!

An old-fashioned musical clown act is today seldom seen. But that's what Cito Rivelinos and his son Danny does in their main act in this year's Olympia performance. Intro with the two clowns playing trumpet, then the gag with the bomb in the tuba (see photo), a custard pie gag and finally Cito playing saxophone and Harry trumpet. They received more applause from the audience than any other clown act I've seen in season 2018. - Cito was part in the Rivelinos troupe which in some seasons toured with Danish Circus Arena and Swedish Circus Maximum, last time in 2009 with Circus Arena. Then for a few years he was tent boss Zirkus Nemo, but stopped when Jackie Berdino lost the contract with tent rental to Nemo.

The last act in the performance is Duo Stauberti, who received a silver clown at this year's Circus Festival in Monte Carlo and next year is going to the large German Circus Krone. The duo has since 2015 consisted of Dimitr Stauberti and his niece Nancy. In their final trick Dimitr is sitting on a high mono bike while balancing the perch with Nancy in handstand at the top - see photo. Impressive that Cirkus Olympia has been able to book such a top act!

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