Smaller Danish circuses
Denmark has three medium-sized circuses:
Circus Baldoni was established in 1998 by René Moenster Baldoni under the name Cirkusteatret Aloe ("The circus theatre”). René Moenster worked from 1986 to 1994 for 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.
Link to website: www.baldoni.dk
Circus Baldoni 2018
Zirkus Nemo is owned by the Danish actor and comedian Søren Østergaard. It is a combination of a circus and a comedy show. It was established in 1999 and was at that time mainly a comedy show with Søren as the main star. He is still the main star in the performance, but today also international top artist are part of the performance. Both in 2016 and 2018 the Danish Circus Awards prize for the best circus act of the year was given to artists working in Zirkus Nemo.
Link to website: www.zirkus-nemo.dk
Zirkus Nemo 2018. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein
Circus Trapez is owned by Isabella Enoch Sosman and her spouse Bernhard Kaselowsky. As touring circus it was established in 2016. Before starting Circus Trapez Isabella Enoch worked for the Enoch family’s Circus Dannebrog.
Link to website: www.cirkus-trapez.dk
Circus Trapez 2017
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!) has toured more or less regularly since sometime in the 1960's and regularly since 1984. From 1984 to 2017 it was owned by Irene Thierry. From 2018 ownership was transferred to her oldest son Frank Thierry
Link to homepage: www.cirkuskrone.dk (language: Danish)
Circus Mascot. Daniel Deleuran and his mother and Marianne Deleuran own circus Mascot. The show was established in 1994 by Daniels parents Jess and Marianne Deleuran. They use a big top seating 270 persons.
Link to homepage: www.cirkus-mascot.dk. (language: Danish)
Circus Mascot 2017
Other small shows are
Circus Bella Donna
Link to homepage: http://www.bella-donna.dk/ (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 Skunk (David Skunk)
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 was from 1996 to 2006 artistic director of The International Clown Festival, which in those years was held every year in August at Dyrehavsbakken (Denmark's oldest amusement park, north of Copenhagen). From 2008 to 2012, Bakken instead offered international clowns, presented by Benny Schumann. Since then the have neither been artist nor clowns at Bakken.
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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