Small Danish circuses
Denmark has a number of small dog and pony-shows (what Americans calls high grass circuses). Among those are:
Circus Krone (not to be mistaken for the large German circus!) is owned by the Irene Thierry. Krone has toured more or less regularly since sometime in the 1960's. Link to homepage: www.cirkuskrone.dk (language: Danish)
Jess and Marianne Deleuran own circus Mascot. They established the show in 1994 and use a big top seating 260 people.
Link to homepage: www.cirkus-mascot.dk. (language: Danish)
Circus Mascot. Photo reproduced with kind permission from Peder Jensen, webmaster for Circus Mascot
Circus Baldoniwas established by René Moenster in 1998 under the name Cirkusteatret Aloe ("The circus theatre). René Moenster worked from 1986 to 1994 with circus Arena as assisting manager and performed for some seasons as magician under the name Ron Marvin. In 1995 he established a theatre with performance for kids. From 1998 to 2001 the Circus-theatre was more a theatre than a circus although the performance included several circus acts. The play within a circus was scripted. After a poor 2001-season René Moenster changed concept to a more traditional show touring under the name Cirkus Baldoni.
Other small shows are
Circus Bella Donna
Link to homepage: http://www.bella-donna.dk/ (language: Danish)
Circus ChangHigh is owned by Chang Ascher and is performing especially with monocycle-act at fairs etc.
Link to homepage: http://users.cybercity.dk/~dko4700/Circus_Changhigh_dk.htm (language: Danish)
Link to homepage: http://www.cirkuspanik.dk/(language: Danish
Circus 3 (Charlie and Binalto's clown shows)
Link to homepage: http://www.cirkus3.dk/ (language: Danish)
Circus Mongo (Tony Trifolikum)
Link to homepage: www.cirkusmongo.dk (language: Danish)
Cirkus Fyr og Flamme
Link to homepage: www.cirkusfyrogflamme.dk
Det Flyvende Kuffertcircus
Link to homepage: www.kuffertcirkus.dk
Link to homepage www.cirkusluna.dk
Circus Big (Benjamin Breith Andersen)
Circus Pip (Ole Bünger)
Circus Skunk (David Skunk)
Cirkus Zalmov (Per Venzel Mikkelsen-Zalmov)
Benny Schumann (born 1945, grandson of the late clown Charlie Rivel) has for many years presented several one-man-shows in Denmark.
Benny Schumann (to the right) with his daughter Patricia
Benny Schumann was trained by his parents Albert and Pauline Schumann as a
horse-trainer, rider and multi-artist in the Schumann Circus, Copenhagen. 1967 saw the
premiere of his juggler act with plates and glass bowls. After the circus season in the
same year he left the family circus to go on tour with the juggler act in Europe, the
United States, Canada and Africa during the following ten years under the name Ric Benny.
In 1980 Benny Schumann and his wife Marianne started to perform in Denmark with an artist and clown show. 1984 saw the premiere of Benny's one-man show "The Clown", in which he performs as juggler, ventriloquist, tightrope walker, magician and clown with music and gags written by himself. In 2000 Benny included a pony-show and a goat in the performance. This versions of his show were presented under the name Circus Benny Schumann.
In addition to perform with his one-man show Benny Schumann in 1996 became artistic director of The International Clown Festival, which has since become a tradition, held every year at Dyrehavsbakken (Denmark's oldest amusement park, north of Copenhagen).
Link to homepage: www.schumann.dk (languages: Danish and English)
From the clown festival at Bakken. Benny Schumann is to be seen to the far right in the front row.
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