Big Apple Circus Presents LEGENDARIUM

Attention Families! The Big Apple Circus presents LEGENDARIUM, a Journey into Circus Past, in its annual engagement at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in NYC from Saturday, October 20, 2012 through Sunday, January 13, 2013. And it’s a show you don’t want to miss!

At LEGENDARIUM your family will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era!

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days. Show your kids a good old’ fashioned circus show with courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze, a captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise, agile acrobats, a swaying wire act, dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop, stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks, jaw-dropping juggling tango team, bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts, and majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear.

Bring your kids to the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages! At the 35th season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers.

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show. Here’s what your family will enjoy:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!

  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!

  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!

  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!

  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!

  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!

  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!

  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!

  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!

  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!

  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!

  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

Performances of LEGENDARIUM begin on Saturday, October 20 and run for 134 shows through Sunday, January 13, 2013 under the Big Top at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center (62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.

Tickets for LEGENDARIUM start at $25 and are available online here or by calling (888) 541-3750. The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top, will open Monday, October 15th; there is no service charge for tickets purchased at the box office. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday through Monday from 10 am to 6 pm. For more ticket information, group sales, inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

The Big Top is heated in cold weather and air–conditioned in warm, for all–season comfort! The show runs for 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

Announcing the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM Young Legends Contest!

Big Apple Circus is looking for a captivating kid or terrific teen to be a Guest Ringmaster! Someone with Big Top talent, personal pizzazz and a legendary love of their community. Someone who makes a difference through volunteering, succeeding in school, showing leadership or overcoming adversity – anything “legendary”!

Know a kid like that? Nominate her or him by clicking “Submit an entry” here. Then upload a photo and write a short caption (or share a YouTube link) that shows us why your child is legendary.

Teens ages 13-18 are encouraged to nominate themselves or their friends.

Nominations will be taken until October 15.

From October 16-20, get everyone you know to vote for your entry!

  • 20 kids with the most votes will receive four free tickets to the Big Apple Circus 12:30pm performance on Sunday, November 4th at Lincoln Center.
  • Members of the Big Apple Circus will also select one Grand Prize winner based on the quality of the entry. The Grand Prize winner will be invited to be the Guest Ringmaster at the 12:30pm performance on Sunday, November 4th at Lincoln Center and will receive four tickets to the show.

Good luck!

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