Annually since 1977 The old-fashioned Big Top returns to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, running through January 27th.
This is a circus, not a cirque, so that should tell you something. It's an old-fashioned, rootin' tootin' affair, with clowns, jugglers, trapeeze artists, equestrians and equestriennes doing their darndest to flaunt, flip, and finagle their way into children's hearts and dreams.
What you’ll find under the tent for the 41st anniversary of the Big Apple Circus is a more modern production. Beginning this year, the audience can get even closer in the new Hall of Wonders, the revamped reception area where circus fans can arrive up to an hour before the show begins to watch select performers and take part in activities like face-painting and photo ops - free to all attendees.
There are several female performers making their debut. This year's ringmaster is Stephanie Monseu, presiding over a show featuring newcomers ironwoman Virginia Tuells, who uses her husband Ihosvanys Perez for her impressive feats of strength in Duo Fusion; the fivesome Spicy Circus, a wildly creative trampoline act led by Andréanne Quintal; and Desire of Flight, which lifts a couples ballet into the rafters.
Fun, fast-paced and kiddie-friendly to the core, the Big Apple Circus has pitched its tent at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center for another seasonal serving of acrobatics, grace and animal magnetism (the four-legged kind). Every act is polished to a high sheen, but, as always, some shine especially brightly.
New York Post
The Big Apple Circus' most ambitious show to date...offering all the dazzling big-top staples - gorgeous galloping horses, heart-stopping aerialists and more clowns than you'll meet in Midtown Manhattan.
December 28, 2008
wonderful for kids, just large enough and varied enough to keep their attention for the whole show
December 24, 2008
It was nice and warm in the tent venue. That was because of the inefficient kerosene heaters, which filled the tent with a strong stench of kerosene which burned my eyes and throat and provided adequate discomfort for my 5 guests. Show was great, however venue was dangerous.
December 22, 2008
TOOK MY GRANDKIDS AND WE ALL ENJOYED THE CIRCUS IMMENSLY...LONG FOR A 5 YR. OLD HOWEVER. AGE 9 & 13 LOVED IT.
SEATS WERE NOT TOO GOOD..BEHIND A LARGE LIGHTING POLE. HAD TO KEEP LEANING OVER TO SEE ACTS IN THE RING.
ALL THE TALENT WAS VERY GOOD