Grab your Bozo Nose and Floppy Shoes, here comes the Big Apple Circus. Oh what fun! Arriving October 25th at Lincoln Center this is a great time for the whole gang. I mean really, when was the last time you went to the circus??
Remember the beautiful elegant women on the High Flying Trapeze? Or the Lion Tamer who stuck his head IN the lion??
Or how about the clowns running lose through the isles bringing cheer (or horror) to all of the little, amazed,
awe stuck children??
IT’S THE CIRCUS!!! HURRY HURRY GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!
If you’re not yet convinced, perhaps need a more logical reason to spend the money? How about a little back history on the circus? Turn it into a educational day!
Ancient Rome, the circus was a building for the exhibition of horse and chariot races, equestrian shows, staged battles, gladitorial combat and displays of (and fights with) trained animals. The circus of Rome is thought to have been influenced by the Greeks, with chariot racing and the exhibition of animals as traditional attractions.
Philip Astley is credited with being the ‘father’ of the modern circus when he opened the first circus in 1768 in England.
A traditional circus performance is often led by a ringmaster who has a role similar to a Master of Ceremonies. The ringmaster presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the show moving. The activity of the circus traditionally takes place within a ring; large circuses may have multiple rings, like the six-ringed Moscow State Circus. A circus often travels with its own band, whose instrumentation in the United States has traditionally included brass instruments, drums, glockenspiel, and sometimes the distinctive sound of the calliope.
Clowns: Have always been an integral part of the circus, offering a source of amusement for patrons and providing relief from the array of animal acts and performances by acrobats and novelty artistes. Clowns have also appeared in pantomimes and vaudeville, in films and television, and as straight or comedic characters in plays and operas.
The Lion Tamer: Lion taming is used as a stereotypical dangerous occupation due to the obvious risks of toying with powerful instinctive carnivores. Isaac A. Van Amburgh (1811–1865) was an American animal trainer who developed the first trained wild animal act in modern times. He was known for acts of daring, such as placing his head inside the jaws of a wild cat, and became known as “The Lion King.”.
Flying Trapeze: The performance was invented in 1859 by a Frenchman named Jules Leotard, who connected a bar to some ventilator cords above the swimming pool in his father’s gymnasium in Toulouse, France. After practicing tricks above the pool, Leotard performed his act in the Cirque Napoleon (now known as the Cirque d’hiver). The traditional flier’s costume, the leotard, is named after him.
IT’S THE CIRCUS!!! HURRY HURRY GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!
We are getting popcorn and cotton candy and light up pins and water squirting flowers and buckets or confetti and horns and whistles and face paint and… and… and..
See you in the big top!
The Adler Home Team