Circuses worth traveling to see
New Shanghai Circus, Shanghai
As the new Shanghai Circus’s other name, Acrobats of China, suggests, the show focuses on breathtaking acrobatic skills. However, you don’t travel to Shanghai to see them, but to Branson, Missouri, in the United States, where they have been based since 1998.
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Bolshoi Circus, Moscow
The Bolshoi Circus is the name of the show and of the 3,400-seat arena at Vernadsky Prospekt in Moscow. It’s one of the biggest non-touring circuses in the world, mostly famous for acrobats, but its shows feature some animals as well.
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Cirque du Soleil
The 21st century circus takes the phenomenon to new heights, to the point where it’s Circus 2.0. They combine pop culture with dance and acrobatics to create a magical world. Permanent shows in Las Vegas, Florida and Mexico, and a half-dozen shows touring the world.
One of the world’s biggest traveling circuses using a big top tent tours mostly in the western United States. They have everything, from thrilling death-defying tricks to trapeze artists to magicians to clowns.
Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione de Paris
The famous Bouglione brothers’ circus has two shows, one that tours and one at the 19th-century Paris theatre at 110 Rue Amelot since 1934. An added bonus for the touring show, “Bravo”, is that you can see Don Christian there until mid 2016.
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By Risto Pakarinen
Published: May 20, 2017