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Big Apple Circus Oct 27-Jan 7
Posted September 4, 2017
BigTop Works, the new producers of Big Apple Circus, are pleased to announce the full line-up of global artists and acts joining ten-time world record-holding high wire artist Nik Wallenda and fan favorite Grandma the Clown for Big Apple Circus’s triumphant return. With its 40th anniversary season, the circus returns to its longtime home. This season’s New York City engagement will continue all of the organization’s special community outreach shows, for which the ‘Circus With A Heart’ has become known. The national tour will launch immediately following the New York engagement.

World renowned for its one-ring, intimate, and artistic style, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers, Big Apple Circus is passionate about revitalizing the circus for modern-day audiences with unique and astounding human feats and innovative design and technology. The 40th anniversary season program will feature the famous seven-person pyramid on the high wire with Nik Wallenda and The Fabulous Wallendas and the daring quadruple somersault attempted on the trapeze by The Flying Tunizianis—the first time in circus history that both legendary feats will be performed under the same big top. The record-setting acts will be joined by Big Apple Circus fan favorite Grandma the Clown and her comedic sidekick Joel Jeske, as well as Dandino & Luciana, a dynamic duo who combine speed, acrobatics, and daredevil grace on roller skates; award-winning contortionist Elayne Kramer; master juggler Gamal Garcia; Jan Damn's rola bola act; acclaimed acrobats The Anastasini Brothers; Ringmaster Ty McFarlan; and circus trainer and presenter Jenny Vidbel, who will perform in the ring with sixteen horses and ponies, as well as rescue dogs.

Outside of the ring, Big Apple Circus will continue to honor the essential and iconic characteristics that have set them apart for the past four decades with multiple community outreach programs and a vital no-wild-animals policy. Circus of the Senses offers special enhanced experiences for audiences who are blind, deaf, and/or have developmental and/or neurological challenges as well as those who live with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory issues. The special performances include live audio description, ASL interpretation, pre-show tactile interaction, and a post-show touch tour. Both Braille and large-print programs are available. Sensory-friendly performances for autistic audience members and their families will feature lowered light and sound levels, a descriptive social story, and a calming center that can be accessed at any point during the show. As part of the Circus for All initiative, eleven performances throughout the ten-week run will offer $10 tickets for every seat in the house to underprivileged children in underserved schools and communities.

The Big Apple Circus 40th anniversary season is directed by Mark Lonergan, artistic director of three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company Parallel Exit, with choreography and associate direction by Antoinette DiPietropolo and music direction by Rob Slowik. Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten!), production designers Rob Bissinger and Anita Lascala (Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony, Sochi 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony), Legally Blonde – associate designer) and Drama Desk-nominated costume designer Amy Clark (Heathers: The Musical, Chaplin) come together to create a most vibrant environment to fit the momentous occasion of the circus’s return.

Cities and dates for the national tour of the 40th anniversary season will be announced in early fall.
October 27, 2017–January 7, 2018
Opening night celebration: Sunday, October 29, 2017

The regular performance schedule is Wednesdays at 11am & 7pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 11am, 3pm & 7pm; Saturdays at 11am, 3pm & 7pm; and Sundays at 11am & 3pm. As there are some schedule variances, please refer to the most up-to-date calendar on

Special holiday week schedule: Wednesday, December 26, performances are at 12pm & 4pm; Thursday, December 28 & Friday, December 29 at 12pm & 7pm; Saturday, December 30 at 12pm & 4pm; Sunday, December 31 at 12pm & 9:30pm.
Lincoln Center
Damrosch Park
New York, NY
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