Big Apple Circus show backflips through time
By Kelly Burch Correspondent
March 21, 2013
From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden.
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For centuries, the circus has entertained viewers around the world by pushing the limits and showcasing thrilling acts.
This year, when The Big Apple Circus erects its big top on City Hall Plaza for its annual Boston engagement, the focus will be different.
Of course, thrills and laughter will ensue. This year, however, the show will look to the roots of the circus. “Legendarium” explores, you guessed it, the legends of circuses past, while keeping up the excitement and world-class acts for which The Big Apple is known.
“We’re going to set the tone of how things started,” said Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane. “But this is in no way a history lesson. It’s full of fun facts and great acts.”
RM. JOHN KENNEDY KANE
Kane participated in one of the greatest circus legends himself when he ran away with the show more than 30 years ago. Since then, he has been a concessionaire, a clown, a magician, and a fire-eater, to name just a few. This is Kane’s first year as the ringmaster at Big Apple, but he was thrilled to already have been asked back for next season.
“My job is to make people believe I am in charge, that I’m more important than I am,” Kane said. “The ringmaster is an actor.”