The circus is back in town from October 12, 2019, to February 2, 2020, for its 42nd season. The Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center with its award-winning acts. This season, they prome “a bigger and better” experience with new and familiar acts.
Big Apple Circus @ Lincoln Center 2019:
- Brooklyn native Storm Marrero returns as the circus ringmaster. Her vocal style is a combination of contemporary, soul, jazz, R&B, and Latin music.
- The Savitsky Cats (with their three owners) will be making their New York premiere at the circus this season. Audiences may recognize this cat act from America’s Got Talent.
- Dupla Mão Na Roda means “four hands and two wheels/double hands-on wheels” in English. Alan Pagnota and Rafael Ferreira combine strength, balance, agility, and flexibility to bring this award-winning, hand-to-hand act to New York. This act was even selected to perform at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
- The Aliev Troupe returns with their signature presentation of flying maneuvers and aerial acrobatics with the Russian Barre, which is typically performed on the ground.
- Former Julliard and NYU professor, Hovey Burgess, also known as the “king of the circus” presents dramaturg.
- Juggler Kyle Driggs created his own unique juggling act consisting of open umbrellas.
- Audiences may even acrobatic horseback riders, Caleb Carinci and Renny Spencer, from The Greatest Showman movie.
- Get ready for “The Funny Lady,” Amy Gordon, to bring the laughs. Her website describes her as a love-child of Carol Burnett, Liza Minelli, and Jim Carry who was raised at a roller disco. This Olivier award-winning actress has also performed in 40 different countries, including Broadway and West End.
- The Lopez Troupe is a hire wire act with sixth-generation circus performers. In 2016, they became the first-ever high wire walkers to perform in the Sydney Opera House.
- Cuban natives Abel Driggs and Daniel Bridon Benitez bring their Explosion Duo (Chinese Pole) act to the tent.
- Jayson Dominguez is an eighth-generation circus performer and one of the only few people to master a somersault on top of the Wheel of Death.
- Circus Bingo Straps will soar high above audience members without the use of a safety net below.
In addition to a new and exciting season, Big Apple Circus also promises a tent big enough for all kinds of audiences. According to their website, the Big Apple Circus is “committed to being a part of each community we visit through our Community Partnerships Programs. We pride ourselves in bringing joy to all audience members and take great care to ensure the circus is a welcoming place for everyone.”
From December 5 to 6, Circus of the Senses brings the magic of circus to life for audience members who are Deaf or Blind “or experience the world through a diversity of cognitive, hearing or visual interpretations with an exciting, multi-dimensional performing arts experience, integrating theater, dance, and live music with the circus arts.” There will be ASL interpreters and Braille and large print programs on both performance dates.
On October 26 and November 1, the circus will schedule Autism-Friendly Performances. On both days, the circus will welcome ASD patrons and their families.
Big Apple Circus continues to reach out to the New York community with their Circus for All program. The circus will reserve discounted tickets for underserved schools in the city and will also offer study guides “to spark [students’] interest in physics, history, geography, and more.”