SARASOTA, FL – With the King of the Highwire, Nik Wallenda, a premier location and new, custom seating for the Big Top, Circus Sarasota’s 2015 Winter Show, “FEARLESS,” hits the jackpot of live entertainment! In addition to an up close thrill from the world’s most watched wire-walking daredevil, now the Big Top has landed in Sarasota’s hottest spot (Nathan Benderson Park, directly behind the UTC Mall) with an incredible array of international circus stars. Acclaimed around the globe for its world-class artistry, the 18th season of Circus Sarasota, once again, guarantees to impress. For two consecutive weeks – from Friday, February 6th through Sunday, February 22nd – Florida’s Gulf Coast will be electrified with “FEARLESS,” an unparalleled family experience.
Circus Sarasota – Fearless
The headliner for this riveting production, Nik Wallenda, has conquered Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the skyscrapers of Chicago. Here, in his hometown of Sarasota, crowds be will awestruck too. This time he and his troupe attempt the iconic Wallenda family trademark, the Seven-Person Pyramid. As an added touch of excitement the pyramid will include three former students from America’s most beloved youth circus, the Sailor Circus Academy! These amazing alumni have gone from performing in The Greatest “Little” Show on Earth to being hand-picked, by Nik himself, to train for the act and make their professional debut performance. This perilous feat demands impeccably accurate timing, tempo and trust. It is the masterpiece of multi-person highwire stunts and inspires an air of anticipation and exhilaration so palpable, the entire Big Top will be buzzing!
Other amazing acts include talented artists from around the globe and many who are making their American debut, like Duo Shcherbak from Ukraine. This extraordinary hand-balancing team charmed the crowds and took home the top prize, the Gold Clown, at the 2013 Monte Carlo Circus Festival. Trio Stoian hits the ring with astounding Russian Barre acrobatics, including the unheard of triple somersault and the energy doesn’t stop there! There will be lightning-speed juggling from Gamal David Garcia, a plate spinning extravaganza from David Burlet, plenty of hilarious antics from the nation’s smartest swine, The Pork Chop Review and much, much more. There will be divine dressage from Sergei Byakin and his enormous Clydesdale, whirling wonderment from hula hoop extraordinaire, Anton Monastyrsky and The Remarkable Renaldo will ignite the laughter with his zany clowning. Of course, no Circus Sarasota Winter Production would be complete without a special aerial act from world-famous aerialist and undisputed “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs and her talented partner, Rafael Palacios. Together they soar high overhead to perform an aerial pas de deux.”We are excited to be in this popular, new location,” said Pedro Reis, Co-Founder of The Circus Arts Conservatory. “In addition to a magnificent production of incredible, international circus artists, we are also introducing brand-new and more comfortable custom seating, from Italy. This is a premium circus experience and we are delighted to present it to our audiences.”
Circus Sarasota’s 2015 Winter Performance, “FEARLESS”will run for two consecutive weeks – with 24 performances taking place from Friday, February 6th through Sunday, February 22nd – at the Circus Sarasota Big Top, now located at north Nathan Benderson Park, on the southeast corner of University Parkway & Cattleman Road in Sarasota. All Opening Weekend tickets are 20% off courtesy of ABC7. Regular ticket prices range from $12 to $50. Get your tickets online at CircusArts.org or call the Box Office at (941) 355-9805. Don’t miss it!
* The Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota is home to world-class performances, excellence in training the circus arts, and community based education and humor therapy outreach programs. The organization was born from decades of circus history and today serves as a legacy to those that have set the standards for international circus artistry and athleticism. The Circus Arts Conservatory is a 501(c) 3 non-profit performing arts educational organization, whose extraordinary mission underscores its commitment to sharing the entertainment, education and enrichment of the circus arts.