As in 2002 8 tented circuses toured Denmark from late March/early April to September: 3 large: Circus Arena, Circus Benneweis and Circus Dannebrog and 5 dog and pony-shows (what Americans calls high grass circuses): Circus Arli, Circus Baldoni, Circus Charlie, Circus Krone and Circus Mascot.
there was a number of small shows touring more or less regularly: Circus Panik, Circus Petit, Circus Julius & Co.,
Circus Bella Donna, Circus
Some youth organisation produces circus-performances with kids as performers, using names as Circus Flik-Flak (probably the most established of the youth circuses), Circus Regnbueborn, Circus Gelatti, Circus Candi, Circus Kanutski, Circus Kaephoj and Circus Sjowtime.
performance was the Australian company Acrobat with
artist with long hair and beards. Acrobat could be seen from 4 to 6 July. The last show
fifth show the German (traditional) three-ring circus Circus Berolina planed to visit
many years most Danish circuses had musicians from
Arena have for many years had its winter quarter near Slagelse 57 miles west of
February Arena presented an indoor circus in some cities in
summer season opened on March 22 at the Bellahoj lot in Circus Arenas brand new Italian-made Scola
Teloni big top with 4 king poles. The tent was a 41 x 49-meter big top with slightly more
than 1,700 chairs. Circus owner Benny Berdino
claimed that it was the largest circus tent in
performance was called GIANT CIRCUS 2003. Arena is today the largest circus in
The performance ran for 2 hours and was accompanied by a 4-piece band. Circus owner Benny Berdino acted as singing ringmaster and presented the following performers:
Gordon Livesey's orchestra (4 musicians)
Suzanne and Karsten Berdino liberty horses
Bonbon reprise clown
Ingo Stiebner sealions
The Flying Ciobanu flying trapeze
Los Sittos (Rivelinos) clown
Bonbon reprise clown
Especially the first part of the performance was very strong. My favourite acts were Ingo Stiebners with his sealions, Frankellos elephants, the Catana Troups teeterboard act, the juggler Karl Ramwell and BMX-biker Stephan Cureadeau. Closing day for the 2003 tented performance was September 11 in Skaelskor not too far from the shows winter quarter in Slagelse.
29 September to 5 October Circus Arena visited
the cities Ilulissat, Aasiaat, Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, Nuuk and Sonderstrom on
previous years circus owner Benny Berdino had connections with a show in
14 June to 10 August Benny Berdino produced a short circus performance in
"BonBon-land" - an amusement park 40 miles southwest of
Circus Arli opened its 32nd season on 6 April in Flong, near
Welcome in Circus Arli - entire company
Alexander Arli ladder balancing
Mr. Mystic (Martin Arli) - magician
Bettina Arli dog training
Oksana contortion (female partner in Duo Lorenz
Martin Arli musical entertainer
Blues Brothers acrobats
Duo Lorenz - adagio acrobats
Alexander Arli - juggler
Martino & Co. (Martin and Bettina Arli) - clowns
Sachas bike act (same artist as Duo Lorenz)
Benneweis' winter quarter is in Dronningmolle 30 miles north of Copenhagen. Opening day for the show's 116th season was April 3 in Hillerod 20 miles north of Copenhagen. The tent was from 1996 - 42 meter (137 feet) in diameter with 4 king poles and with chairs on all seats. Ticket prices were from DKK 100 - DKK 180.
From opening day until late September Circus Benneweis toured Zealand, Isle of Funen and Jutland. On 23 august Benneweis was back on Zealand where the season closed with the traditional visit to Copenhagen (Bellahoj) from 29 August to 7 September.
The performance ran for 2 hours 15 minutes and was accompanied by a 5-piece band.
MENESTRELLI-YAZLOVSKI - Dog Training
Fumagalli & Darix - Reprise/Entrée Clowns
DUO URUNOV-DZEN - Aerial Ring/Voltige
TYRANA & RONALD SPINDLER - Camel Training
GLEN NICOLODI - Handstand Equilibristic
STEVEN PEDERSEN - Sealion and Penguin Training
Fumagalli & Darix - Reprise/Entrée Clowns
The Novikovs - Horizontal Bar Acrobatic
Double face - Diabolo Juggling
TYRANA & RONALD SPINDLER - Elephant Training
Fumagalli & Darix assisted by MAREK BENNEWEIS - Reprise/Entrée Clowns
DUO URUNOV-DZEN - High-School/Horse Dressage
As previous years there was no ringmaster.
It was a very nice performance with the outstanding clown Fumagalli as main attraction. But Novikovs, Glen Nicolodi and his dog, Menestrellis dog training and Steven Petersens sealions is also worth to mention.
During the season there was discussions in the Danish newspapers regarding use of elephants and sealions in circuses. Diana Benneweis did not become too popular amongst other circus owners when she stated that she very well could do without elephants and sealions and would not object to a prohibition. Benny Berdino, Haddy Enoch and Soren Arli started an action to avoid a prohibition. The Danish Ministry of Justice is still considering the matter. However at least in 2004 there is no prohibition against elephants in circuses in Denmark.
Sadly enough this fine building was not used for circus performances in 2003.
On 25 June Cafe Wallmans opened in the foyer to Circus Building. Cafe Wallmans is decorated with posters and photos from the many circuses and artist who have performed at the Circus Building. Thus a visit to Cafe Wallmans is almost a must for every circus freak visiting Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Circus Building is situated in downtown Copenhagen close to the Tivoli Garden and the Town Hall Square. Several of the posters and photos in Cafe Wallmans are provided by the Circus Museum at Hvidovre, Copenhagen or are from the collection of the Swedish Circus Academy. Tino Rivoro who for several years worked as trapeze acrobat with Ringling has been in charge of the decoration.
From 1 November to 20 December the new tenant in the Copenhagen Circus Building Wallmans Nöjen presented a magical show "Expect the Unexpected" with the Swedish star magician Joe Labero who for the time being probably in an international perspective is the most well-known magician from the Nordic Countries.
Circus Charlie was established in 1988 by Einar Trie. For the 2003 season Circus Charlie used a 4-pole tent seating 400 people. Amongst the performers in 2003 were the clowns Red and Blue, Miss Magic, artist from Scandi Balti Circus School in Latvia and the clown Charlie (alias circus owner Einar Trie).
Season opened on 6 April in Frederikshavn and closed on 14 September in Aalborg. Most of the season was spent in the northern part of Jutland.
From 23 to 28 June circus owner Einar Trie was in charge of a Circus Summer Camp in Frederikshavn in the northern part of Jutland for children from 10 to 21 years.
It was Haddy Enoch's 27th season as owner of Circus Dannebrog. Performing artists at this year's performance were:
Vicky and Hans Pedersen 4 sealions and 2 penguins
Miss Martina handstand
Irina & Jury Koisncev reprice clowns
Freddy Antony - musical entertainer and magician
Bernhard Casselly African elephant
Katja Enoch liberty horses
Isabella Enoch and Malanie & Josephine rotating trapeze
Liubas hand voltige
Irinich Doinitza - dog training
Dascal Troupe - skipping
Kaselowskys camel training
The Haddies Jr.Jr. (Jimmy, Edward and David Enoch) bicycle act
(Liubas same as Dascal Troupe; Bernhard Casselly same as Bernhard Kaselowsky)
Haddy Enoch's daughter oldest Agnete Louise Enoch acted as ringmistress.
The 2002-performance was nice. Especially worth to mention was The Hadies Jr.Jr. and the clowns Irina & Jury Koisncevs plate spinning act. The audience liked the musical entertainer Freddy Anthony. Bernhard Casselly presented assisted by his daughter his elephant Rambo (22 years old) in a spectacular performance and his camels in a show combined with cloud swing (cloud swing performed by one of the riders and not by the camels!). Liubas hand voltige act was nice and so was the Lilliputian Irinich Doinitzas act with poodles.
During the season Bernhard Casselly acquired an additional 32-year-old elephant named Baby.
The performance took place in the ring and at a stage.
Opening day was on 27 March in Vojens. Vojens is close to Circus Dannebrog's winter quarters in Toustrup Molle. Dannebrog advertise them as "The national circus of Denmark".
The performance run for 2 hours 25 minutes and was accompanied by taped music. The tent was from 1998 - 34 meter in diameter with 4 king poles and 8 quarter poles and with chairs on all seats.
The season started in Jutland. August and September brought the show to Zealand with a stay in Copenhagen from 29 August to 21 September. Closing day was on 27 September in Vamdrup.
Under the name Circus Kenny Haddy Enoch produced an indoor performance during the school childrens winter holiday in February and again during the autumn holidays in October 2003 in a shopping mall in Odense. Amongst the performers in February was Belgian Sandrine Bové with her dogs, the Finnish juggler Calle Jernström (son of circusowner Carl-Gustaf Jernström of Circus Finlandia) and the musical clowns di Lellos (Alan and Jeany di Lello). Amongst the performers in October were Hans and Vicky Pedersen with their 4 sealions, the Russian clowns Irina & Jury Kosincev, the foot juggler Miss Franza and Dubskys football dogs.
Jess and Marianne Deleuran own tiny circus Mascot with a seating capacity of 260. It was the shows 10th season. The performance run for 2 hours and was accompanied by taped music. Opening day was on 3 April. The season closed on 30 September. In July Circus Mascot was free attraction in Sommerland Sjaelland an amusement park at Zealand.
5-years old Andreas (Jess and Mariannes youngest son) opened the performance with a nice little song. Then came Tatyana with hula-hoop, the juggler Zdenek and Marianne Deleuran with her poodles. Then Zdenek was back with plate spinning. Daniel (Marianne and Jesss oldest son being 13) presented a rola-bola act. After the interval Tatyana was back this time under the name Prymarchenko and with a nice act in tissue. Then Daniel was back on slack wire. Jess Deleuran presented his ponies. Then we meet Miss Maria with a fine act in arial ring. Clowning was done by Gulio.
Ringmaster was circus owner Jess Deleuran
All in all it was a very nice performance. Especially I liked the acts performed by Zdenek, his wife Maria and Gulio the clown.
In February and October Circus Mascot presented indoor performances in shopping malls.
Opening day for tiny Circus Krone (no connection with the large German show!) was on 10 April in Haarup, Jutland where Krone has its winter quarter. Amongst the performers in 2003 were a musical act called Los Cauchos from Ukraine and a bike act performed by Voronin Andrey. Misi was supt. Canvas and presents a dog act. Eva Varadi presented her antipode (foot juggling) act. Circus owner Irene Thierrys husband Jan Allan presented liberty horses and performed as the clown Alando.
Season closed on 19 September.
Circus Krone visited Dublin in Ireland from 22 October to 5 November and was also active in Denmark with performances in shopping malls etc before and after the tented summer season.
René Marvin Moenster used the name the Circus-theatre from 1998 to 2001. In 2002 he changed the name to Circus Baldoni. For 2003 René bought a new tent in Germany of the same size as the old one being 26 meter in diameter and with a seating capacity of 500. The new tent was 5 or 6 old but in a much better shape than old tent.
Opening day was on 12 April and the season closed at 28 September. Circus Baldoni travelled at a total 3,500 kilometres and visited 147 cities and gave 156 performances.
Many of the prerformers in 2003 were the same as in 2002, however most of them with new acts: The skipping Baltics, Jane in an arial act, the clown Ploppi, Bro Brothers in aerial straps and as comical cascadeurs, The Barbie Family, plate spinning jugglers, Tatjana handstand acrobat, Katya in an arial act and circus owner Rene Marvin himself as magician and ventriloquist.
From 27 October to 5 November Circus Baldoni visited 8 villages on the Faeroe Islands. Local sport clubs sponsored the tour. The performers were circus owner René Marvin (magician and ventriloquist), the female clown Karla and some of the acrobats from Latvia who toured with Circus Baldoni during their summer season.
In the autumn Circus Baldoni rented at new winter quarter at a former manor at Tureby 35 miles south of Copenhagen.
If you in the summer 2003 visited the western part of Jutland and passed the beach resort Sondervig close to Ringkobing you meet a tiny tent called Cirkaos. Apart from some animals there were two performers: the artists Venzel Zalmov and Ilone Björkman presenting what they call a Musicomedy Show with no spoken words. They hoped to attract the many tourists visiting Sondervig, most of the tourist being Danes, German, Dutch, Swedes, Norwegians and English. However the season did not give many full houses! The tent was a two-pole tent with a diameter of 17 meter (57 feet).
The Danish New-wave circus school AFUK in Copenhagen presented a small summer festival on 20 and 21 June 2003 with new wave circus, performance, crossover etc. AFUK was also involved in a performance called Untamed Circus Grandprix at the Kanonhallen concert house in Copenhagen from 12 to 15 July. Among the performers were students from AFUKs circus school and artist and performers from the new wave group Nova Exit and Danish aerial cradle Duo Aerius.
A number of small shows performed at shopping malls or toured Denmark during the holiday season.
As previous years Benny Schumann (grandson of the late clown Charlie Rivel) presented several one-man-shows.
More than 10,000 people saw one of the 3 outdoor performances given from 22 to 24 July in Aalborg, Odense and Roskilde by Benny Schumann and his guest artist from Swedish Ludvika Young Stars Minicircus. And none in the audience was disappointed: Benny himself is well known and popular among children all over Denmark and the young Swedish artist were very talented. The bike act Cycling Triss was surely a first class act. 4 Goldies presented nice acrobatics on a table (the same table as their trainer Barbro Nordström used in her time as an artist). An act with 4 young girls performing with tubes was a new and fascinating way of using such props. Benny Schumann plans to bring back the Ludvika Young Stars Circus in 2004 or 2005.
Benny Schumann has since 1996 been artistic director of The International Clown Festival - now a tradition, held every year in August at Dyrehavsbakken (Denmark's oldest amusement park, 10 miles north of Copenhagen). The 2003 festival was held 7 to 17 August. Benny Schumann awarded The World Artist and Clown Award to Kotini Jr. and the Golden Nose to Fumagali and his brother Darix (Gianni and Darius Huesca).
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen presented as always some fine acts as free attractions. During the season we saw Laszlo Simet (Giant Wheel), Sharkov Brothers (Partner Equilibristic), Duo Aragorn (Aerial Voltige), Consuello Reyes (Foot-Juggling), Duo Sorellas (Double Trapeze), Kris Kremo (Gentleman Juggling), Jidinis & Magic Co. (Illusionist/Magic Show) and The Simets (High-Wire).
In January Danish handstand acrobat Elvard Elwardo Johansson passed away 77 years of age. In his younger days he was internationally well known and had performed with celebrities as Marlene Dietrich and Edit Piaf. His son Nick Olander is chairman of The Danish Artist Union
Danish Magician Poul Preben Kjeldsen passed away on 22 April 2003, 93 years old. As magician he was known as The New Kjeldsen.