The circus is coming to town! This time honored part of Sarasota history continues this month between Nathan Benderson Park and the Mall at UTC. The dedication and detail that the Circus Arts Conservatory continue to put into keeping the circus traditions alive is so impressive. A unique experience not to be missed!
Circus Sarasota brings global cast to perform under Big Top
A global cast of circus artists is coming to perform during Circus Sarasota’s monthlong run under the Big Top in Nathan Benderson Park.
Circus Sarasota: Friday through March 1. Shows at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays and Presidents Day (Feb. 17); Big Top, Nathan Benderson Park behind University Town Center mall, 140 UTC Drive, Sarasota. Tickets: $15 to $55; Children 2 and younger admitted free. 941-355-9805; circusarts.org
A global cast of circus artists is coming to Sarasota to perform during Circus Sarasota’s monthlong run under the Big Top in Nathan Benderson Park.
The show starts off with a gallop, the three-woman Alanian Riders showcase Cossack trick riding skills at a full gallop around the ring. “We open the show with a bang,” said artistic director Pedro Reis, adding that the riders set the tone for fast-paced, nonstop thrills that follow.
Ringmaster Joseph Bauer Jr., a 15th generation member of one of Switzerland’s oldest circus families, will introduce the acts with his customary flair and fanfare.
“Our show is from beginning to end, wow factor,” said Reis, who is also the founder and CEO of Sarasota’s Circus Arts Conservatory. “That’s what the audience wants, that’s what they deserve and that’s what they’re going to get.”
Dima Shine: This flagpole artist has performed all over the world, including on “Russian Idol,” an “America’s Got Talent” type show. “His power and strength and what he does with his body fully extended like a flag on this pole, it’s going to blow people’s minds,” Reis said.
Trio Dandy: The Russian barre acrobatic act was a huge hit at Monte Carlo, Reis said. “We are very proud and very excited that they are coming to join us this year.”
Dominguez Poodles: Jorge and Alcira Dominguez put on a show with their dogs that have been rescued from shelters all over the country. The act appeared on season 14 of “America’s Got Talent.”
Zuma Zuma Acrobats: This act from Kenya made it to the finals on Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent.” Zuma Zuma is described as African-style Cirque du Soleil with acrobats jumping between Chinese poles 20 feet in the air.
Duo 19: Americans Oliver and Cassie perform a trapeze act that is artistic and acrobatic. “They do a romantic, very physical duo trapeze act, which is astonishing. It’s beautiful, it’s mesmerizing in a way,” Reis said.
Get the Shoe!: A comedy juggling act performs martial juggling arts, with the juggling pins acting as knives and swords. Choreography mixed with slow-motion, delayed reaction visual effects is all centered around a pair of shoes.
Emil Faltyny: Czech acrobat incorporates ladders into his high-flying act. “He goes up and does a spinning cube way on top of this balancing ladder,” Reis said.
Hannah Griffith: This popular trapeze artist will showcase her artistry and technical excellence.
Renaldo: Circus Sarasota favorite returns with his “Chaplinesque” clown routine.
Vicki Dean is a freelance writer based in Venice.