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The Culture Report with Rob Sachs ? Award-winning circus strap act takes 'Flight' at NYC's Big Apple Circus
Katerina Stepanova, daughter of Malvina Abakarova, doing a split during a performance. Stepanova is a fourth generation circus performer. Photo Credit: Big Apple Circus.
by Kim Palchikoff
July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON (VOR) – The Big Apple Circus in New York is now in its 35th year and among its many attractions, a Russian family has blown away fans by its award-winning circus strap act, “Desire of Flight.”
In part 1, host Rob Sachs spoke with VOR correspondent Kim Palchikoff to discuss the circus strap act “Desire of Flight” performed by Malvina Abakarova and Valeriy Sychev. The strap act is an award-winning act that has been selected to participate in the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, the Olympics of the circus world.
Palchikoff also spoke with Phil Thurston, public relations manager of the Big Apple Circus, where Malvina and Valerie currently work, to talk about why the company chose the act and what it makes it special and different from the other acts in the show.
Listen and read more: http://voicerussia.com/radio_broadcast/58461471/117334521.html
Philadelphia has big role in book's tale of circuses, elephants
From the book jacket "Topsy" includes the little-known story of Adam Forepaugh, an 1800s Philadelphia circus man and Barnum competitor.
Reviewed by Steve Weinberg
Saturday, July 6, 2013,
Topsy The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison By Michael Daly Atlantic Monthly Press, 345 pp. $27
Philadelphia is not usually the city that comes to mind when thoughts turn to the circus, circus elephants, circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum, or inventor Thomas Edison.
Yet the city of Philadelphia plays a starring role in author Michael Daly's slice-of-Americana history featuring the name of a now-dead elephant as the book's title, with Barnum and Edison receiving billing in the book's subtitle.
The name of the Philadelphia anchor to Daly's convoluted slice of American folklore is Adam Forepaugh, a Philadelphia businessman whose traveling circus rivaled P.T. Barnum's through several decades of the 19th century.
Forepaugh's name is not in the book's title or subtitle. He is a major character, however, and drags his home base of Philadelphia into the saga again and again until his death during 1890 alters the circus/elephant world.
Endless inspiration: Wanderlust Circus shows people what is humanly possible
By Cory Walsh
July 5, 3013
There’s no animals at the Wanderlust Circus, says Noah Mickens.
There’s no sideshow, either.
“It’s just a lot of human beings with amazing abilities,” said Mickens, who goes by the name William Batty when he’s acting as ringmaster of long-running Portland, Ore., circus troupe.
He and his aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, tribal fusion belly dancers and more are dedicated to “a more human and more intimate form of performance,” Mickens said in a phone interview recently.
Skerbeck Bros. Shows brings family tradition of carnivals to Bay City Fireworks Festival
The carnival, provided by Skerbeck Brothers Shows, Inc., will be Thursday through Sunday with a preview night on Wednesday. The preview night, beginning at 5 p.m., allows local residents to experience the rides before those from out-of-town arrive for the fireworks show. from: mlive.com by Danielle McGrew July 2, 2013 BAY CITY, MI — With a history of more than 150 years to its name, Skerbeck Bros. Shows is once again bringing its carnival to the annual Bay City Fireworks Festival.
The carnival, set up in Veteran's Memorial Park on Bay City's West Side, gets underway from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. All-night ride wristbands will be available for $22. Individual ride tickets are $1 each with different rides requiring a different number of tickets.
The carnival continues Thursday, July 4, through Saturday, July 6 at the following times: Thursday, July 4 — Noon-11 p.m.; $22 wristbands available for riding from noon to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., only ride tickets can be used.
Friday, July 5 — Noon-11 p.m.; $22 wristbands available for riding from noon to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., only ride tickets can be used.
Saturday, July 6 — Noon to midnight; only ride tickets may be used on this day.
Doug Clark, president of the Bay City Fireworks Festival, said some of the hours of operation may be different on the festival website as plans have changed since the last time the website was updated.
Skerbeck Bros. Shows began as a circus in 1857 Bohemia, but transitioned to a carnival in the late 1890s. The operation is now managed by the fifth generation of Skerbecks, Joe and Bill. Their spouses, children and grandchildren have also found a spot in the carnival life.
Bob Skerbeck, a member of the sixth generation, said he moved to Arizona after college, but returns six months a year to the life he grew up with — traveling with his family, living in trailers and putting up, running and taking down the carnival at festivals across the area.
The Escanaba-based operation owns about 60 rides, half of which will be at the Bay City Fireworks Festival, according to C.J. Skerbeck, co-owner of the carnival.
Some rides are difficult to find elsewhere.
According to Bob Skerbeck, the Toboggan attraction is the only one in the country, because of its size and the number of people required to put it up.
He said the operation employs about 140 people each summer and can host two carnivals at one time in different cities. About 20 travel with the shows and additional workers are hired from the towns hosting the carnivals.
Skerbeck crew members were in Vets Park on Tuesday setting up the carnival, which features rides designed for younger children toward the north end of the carnival and more intense rides at the south end. Some rides do have height restrictions, which can be found at www.skerbeck.com.
As setup continued, Bob Skerbeck’s nephew, Dusty, approached holding a stuffed animal. His uncle chuckled, recalling his own memories from that age.
“And there’s the seventh generation,” he said.
from: xpatloop.com July 5, 2013 Circus as a form of art, and popular entertainment, will be showcased soon in Budapest, Balatonfüred, Balatonlelle, and Zamárdi. The Metropolitan Circus of Budapest will put on its 'Circus Maximus' show, featuring, "A gladiator among 5 tigers, elephants and an adorable clown trainer, beautiful rubber girls, air acrobats and the Khadgaa group".
Balatonfüred (Fürdő utca 35. - in the northern part of Lake Balaton) visitors can see the 'Eötvös Circus' featuring kids face painting, riding a pony, fun with Duda the clown. Also the popular circus singer Fasy – Kratelly Josephine - will be on stage.
Balatonlelle (Rákóczi utca 297. - in the southern part of Lake Balaton) promises a full-on circus show, including guest artists from Spain Duo Alambria, "walking 16 meters high and on tip-toe on a connecting cable on marquee pillars".
Zamárdi ('Military Park' - also in the southern part of Lake Balaton), Florián Richter and his team of 50 artist will aim to entertain circus style with a horse show. In 2004 the Richter group won awards for its riders and dancers at the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival.
Heidi, Daisy and Ellen-Rae are toted as Australia's only performing circus cows (NT Country Hour) from: farmingahead.com.au 02 July 2013 When you think of circus animals, you think lions, tigers and elephants, but the Top End is currently hosting a Big Top that claims to have Australia's only performing cows... yes cows!
Circus Royale ringmaster Damian Syred says Daisy, Heidi and Ellen-Rae are very intelligent and that in general people don't give cows the credit they deserve.
"They're pretty quick to learn, they took just on six months to learn the act, along with lots of bags of carrots. People call cows dumb animals whereas I think they're far from it."
Daisy and Heidi are from the same farm and have been with the show for more than eight years, but Ellen-Rae is a new recruit.
"We picked her up in Western Australia. A farmer was going past on his way to the abattoir with her.
"She was sort of one of their family pets, so he really didn't want to part with her. He said if we could fork out the same as the abattoir, then she was ours.
"He said she was good at being hand-led and would come when called, but he failed to mention that she's a very good fence jumper!"
Damian believes the cows do enjoy performing and says they are often so keen to enter the ring that they'll crash the preceding geese act in their pursuit of the limelight.
"They get bells around their necks and a nice wash before they go in."
Watch out for your popcorn if you sit in the front row though, it's their favourite snack!
Isabella and her Grandfather have been performing together since before Isabella was one year old. frrom: alburywodonga.starcommunity.com.au By KRYSTEN MANUEL 27 June 2013 IT’S all very well to say you’ll ‘run away with the circus,’ but where do you run to when your family is the circus – literally! Well, when you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. “My parents performed in the circus,” Circus Olympia owner and performer, Aliya Ferroni said. “My dad, Serik Abishev, is still performing. He’s 63 now and can still carry both my daughter and I on his forehead. “My husband, Douglas Ferroni, is an eleventh generation circus performer from Italy. He performed the high-flying trapeze act all his life and has been performing in the circus since he was six or seven.” Family is the heart of Circus Olympia, which is comprised of around 25 people – even the animal act is performed under the instruction of Mr Ferroni’s nephew. With several generations of performers and so many tricks and talents passed down, this is a circus sure to surprise and amaze you. For the first time in Australia, the program includes a mixed farmyard animal review, including displays from miniature horses, donkeys, Scottish highland cattle and British Alpine goats. Also on the agenda are aerialists, whip-cracking cowboys, jugglers, acrobats, crazy clowns and an astounding array of circus skills performed by eight-year-old Isabella Ferroni, who must been seen to be believed. “She does a few different things,” Ms Ferroni said. “She started performing when she was just walking, at about nine months old. One day she decided to get in the ring to be with her granddad and ever since then she’s loved it. She still performs with her grandfather.” Ms Ferroni said her family came to work in Australia about 16 years ago, with Douglas having arrived 25 years ago. Both found themselves working in The Great Siberian Circus but decided to start a circus of their own six years ago. “We worked together for about 10 years and decided it was time for us to open our own show,” Ms Ferroni said. “We opened our show in Queensland and now we’re in Albury Wodonga for the first time. “Our show is very family oriented. We have something for really small children, for teenagers – something for everyone to be amazed.” Circus Olympia will be in Gateway Lakes, Wodonga, from Friday 28 June until 14 July. Various show times available.Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 children and $65 for families (two adults, two children). Bookings can be made via phone from 10am-7.30pm daily on 0427 513 030.
Circus Smirkus returns for annual Big Top Tour July 9-11
from: shelbourne.com July 2, 2013 Circus Smirkus, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus, is back on the road with its 2013 Big Top Tour with six shows at the Champlain Valley Exposition, July 9, 10, and 11, celebrating a 26-year tradition. The traveling youth circus performs almost 70 shows this summer, from the mountains of Vermont to the shores of Maine. Twenty-nine stars, ages 11 to 18, bring youthful exuberance and polished skills from all parts of the country and the world. The 2013 Big Top Tour takes to the road in late June and travels through mid-August.
Grab your ruby slippers and click your heels together, as Circus Smirkus goes somewhere over the rainbow with a new spin on the “Wizard of Oz.” It will take acrobatic thinking, high wire hearts, and courageous clowns to embark on this Emerald City adventure! This time it’s all flying monkey business as we cartwheel down the yellow brick road to a new twist in the tale. Pull back the curtain and discover fun for the whole family as Circus Smirkus presents “Oz Incorporated.”
Tickets for the Champlain Valley Exposition shows are $21 for adults and children under 13 are $18, Tuesday-Thursday, July 9, 10, and 11, two shows daily 12 noon and 6:30 pm. For tickets call Champlain Valley Exposition at (802) 878-5545 x26 or visit smirkus.org. Special group rates are available for 15 or more at Champlain Valley Exposition by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nik Wallenda/Festival of Boats Parade: What to Know If You Go
The Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival is in its 29th year. Credit: Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix from: sarasota.patch.com by Jason Bartolone July1, 2013 Here's everything you need to know for 2013's Festival Parade of Boats featuring Nik Wallenda and the annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix in Sarasota. The Festival Parade of Boats, the kickoff to the annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix, is always a big deal in Sarasota.
This year's parade will be even better thanks to the inclusion of hometown hero Nik Wallenda, who gained international fame by walking on a tightrope across the Little River Gorge at the Grand Canyon last month on live TV. read the rest of the story here: http://sarasota.patch.com/groups/weekend-planner/p/nik-wallendafestival-of-boats-parade-what-to-know-if-you-go?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post