Big top show ready to go
Igor Aristov, left, and wife Tatiana along with their son, George (not pictured) are jugglers and acrobats who will be added to the bill when Circus World opens its summer season May 19.
from: THE BARABOO TIMES REPUBLIC
By Ed Zagorski
Apr. 9, 2012
Come one, come all.
When Circus World kicks off its summer season, the entertainment will dazzle and illuminate the minds of its audience.
“We will definitely have something for everyone,” said David SaLoutos, Circus World performance director.
He said the circus is experiencing a renaissance in the U.S., where more people are seeking family-friendly entertainment. SaLoutos said when Circus World opens May 19 its big-top performance lineup will feature families from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
New to Circus World this year are the Aristovs — Igor, wife Tatiana and son George. SaLoutos said the trio of jugglers and acrobats mesmerized crowds across Europe, Canada and the U.S. They have even performed on tour with the Rolling Stones.
Also appearing this season at Circus World is Heidi Herriott, a third-generation American circus performer and animal trainer who returns this season with her equestrian act.
“This summer she will share the spotlight with her daughter, Cassidy,” SaLoutos said.
Cassidy Herriott, an aerialist, will serve as the new assistant to magician Tristan Crist.
“Cassidy will also present the historic ‘slide for her life,’ hanging by her neck and shooting across a thin metal wire just 50 feet above the Baraboo River,” SaLoutos said. “That will be a must-see event for our visitors.”
Coming from England is David Rosaire, who is considered by many to present the world’s greatest dog act, featuring tiny Pekinese dogs, a Great Dane, a
scene-stealing mutt and Vanna the cowboy baboon.
He said Rosaire appeared at the London Palladium, Cirque d’Hiver in Paris and even in a Command Performance before the king and queen of Sweden.
SaLoutos said Circus World’s new clowning team is Michelle Musser and Nathan Holguin, who are better known as “Judy and Punchy.” The two have traveled with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
Rounding out this year’s cast of characters are Edward “Eddie” Monserrate and his wife, Jaheida Guerrero, of the famous high-wire family.
“Circus families will tell you that what they do is much more than a living,” SaLoutos said. “Circus is a way of life — a life that demands dedication, constant attention to detail, physical conditioning and a respect for tradition.”
A new tradition this year at Circus World features Crist, who will kick off his seventh consecutive season this year in the newly-constructed Tristan Crist Magic Theatre, which will provide the backdrop for his new production, “Theatre of Illusion.”
“Theatre of Illusion is my greatest production to date,” Crist said. “The illusions and high energy will blow your mind. Circus World visitors watch as an audience member experiences acupuncture, laid out on a rack of sharp metal spikes.”
He said spectators will witness him “melt” through an 8-foot plate glass mirror.
SaLoutos said magic and the circus have a lot in common.
“They enrich the soul, delight the heart and they both take a lot of practice to make perfect,” SaLoutos said.
If you go
• Where: Circus World, 550 Water St., Baraboo
• What: 10 live shows daily May 19-Sept. 23. Magic show performances are staged May 19-Oct. 26. The museum is open year-round
• Cost: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $8 for children 5-11