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Review – Circus Sarasota’s ‘Red, White & Bello!’


If you still haven’t seen this year’s version of Circus Sarasota, Red, White & Bello!, under the Big Top at Benderson Park, you have a few more chances before the end of the run, Feb. 28. As always, it will be worth your while to see circus folk—performers who have dedicated their lives to doing things day after day most of us would never attempt—cheerfully risk falls, fire and poodle bites to bring you thrills. Sarasota’s own Bello Nock is both headliner—high atop the spinning Wheel of Destiny with daughter Annaliese—and clown, from the beginning of the show, where he places his entire body inside a giant yellow balloon…  MORE

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Regional Reviews: Florida – West Coast

‘Red, White & Bello!’ Review by William S. Oser – TALKIN’ BROADWAY:

February is always one of my favorite times of the year, because it is time for Circus Sarasota, under the auspices of The Circus Arts Conservatory. This year’s production is entitled Red, White & Bello! and is built around the antics of daredevil clown Bello Nock, Sarasota born and raised and he still lives here. Ringmaster, 15th generation circus performer, Joseph Bauer, Jr. introduces him as “my cousin” Bello. Bello has three features, the best of which involves him going almost completely inside a very large yellow balloon, while in another he pulls down a rope from its pulley and then works to get the rope back where it needs to be. He weaves in and out of other featured acts and is clearly the big star of the show.

The featured acts for the rest of the first act are… MORE

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Bello is a-Nockin’

By Liz Sandburg – VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY:  Bello Nock and Circus Sarasota do not disappoint to entertain children of all ages in “Red, White, and BELLO!” “How in the world can he do that?!” The man sitting behind me is incredulous. The rest of us are speechless as he blurts out these words, though we are all thinking the same thing. How? How can one man accomplish such unfathomable feats, such creative accomplishments, such death-defying maneuvers, such hilarity? Simple answer – because he’s Bello Nock. It’s just what he does … and this is only halfway through his opening act of “Red, White, and BELLO!” at Circus Sarasota.   MORE

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REVIEW: ‘Red, White and Bello’

Review By Carrie Seidman – HERALD-TRIBUNE: “Red, White and Bello,” Circus Sarasota’s winter show under the Big Top behind the University Center Mall, provides plenty of allure, for the uninitiated and the jaded alike. No sad animals, sophomoric clowns or second-rate showmen here; founders Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs are carrying on the circus legacy with style, class and an awful lot of bang for your buck (like 2 ½ hours worth). MORE

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Circus Sarasota Presents ‘Red, White & Bello’


Bello Nock has performed with elite circuses all over the world. He ranks Circus Sarasota as one of the best big-top circuses around, along with Cirque du Soleil and New York Big Apple Circus. So the man that Time magazine called “America’s best clown” said he’ll be among his peers performing with Circus Sarasota. “It is a wonderful show,” Nock said… MORE

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Black Tie & Tales

By Molly Schechter – THE OBSERVER: Sarasota attracts interesting people with interesting stories as demonstrated by the “Best Man’s Hat” winner at this years Circus Arts Conservatory gala on January 29.  The man is Preston T. Scott, a University of Virginia educated attorney whose original career was working for the U.S. government in environmental law…. The hat came to Sarasota as a gift to Scott after he organized the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival featuring Bhutan in 2008. The exhibit, one of an annual series started in 1967, included the first American performance of the “Black-Hat Dance,” which dates from the early 17th century. MORE


Red, White & Bello

By Brian Ries – HERALD-TRIBUNE : This year’s Circus Sarasota series of performances features seventh generation circus performer, hometown favorite clown and “The World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil” Bello Nock, who promises to take his act to new heights. (Did he mean “act” or “hair”?) There will also be acts from around the world, including Bello’s daughter Annaliese Nock on the Wheel of Destiny; foot juggler Deborah Maloku; The Dominguez Poodle Review; the U.S. debut of Marc Giely’s Acrobatic Mountain Bike Act; Mario Berousek – “Thw World’s Fastest Speed Juggler”; hand-balancing quartet The Pellegrini Brothers; Shannon Monni’s Aerial Bubble; Sylvia Zerbini and her Liberty Horse; and, of course, “Queen of the Air” Dolly Jacobs. Through Feb. 28, 2016; Behind The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota; $15-$55; 941-355-9805; circusarts.org


‘Red, White & BELLO!’ Circus Sarasota 2016

Circus Sarasota’s ‘Red, White & BELLO!’

The Circus Arts Conservatory is proud to present 24 exclusive performances of “Red, White & BELLO!” on Friday, February 12th through Sunday, Feb. 28th. Come see extraordinary acts from across the globe perform in a magnificent showcase under a one-ring, European-style Red and White Big Top (behind The Mall at University Town Center).
Starring “The World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil” Bello Nock, who is taking his act to completely new heights and Sarasota’s very own “Queen of the Air” Dolly Jacobs… MORE


Sailor Circus Presents Holiday Show 2015

By Marty Clear – Bradenton Herald

The Sailor Circus Annual Holiday Celebration is scheduled to start Saturday at the Sailor Circus Arena in Sarasota. It features 115 circus students, as young as 8 and as old as 18, performing traditional circus acts with a modern flair.

To note the Christmas season, the circus will include bits and pieces from such seasonal favorites as “The Nutcracker” and “Frozen.”

It’s the first of four shows in the Circus Arts Conservatory’s season. The others are Circus Sarasota’s “Red, White & BELLO!” (Feb. 12-28, Big Top, behind University Town Center), “Cirque des Voix,” which features more than 100 voices from the Key Chorale (March 19-20, Big Top, behind University Town Center), and the 67th annual “Sailor Circus Spring Show” (March 31-April 9, Sailor Circus Arena)… MORE


A Good Year For Arts and Entertainment

By Marty Clear – Bradenton Herald

If you said 2015 has been a great year for arts and entertainment in the Bradenton area, it’s unlikely anyone would put up much of an argument. Just in case, here are just a handful of the year’s highlights.

Locals Honored

This year, two Sarasota artists received prestigious and high-profile national awards. Both happen to be named Jacobs, but that’s just a coincidence.

The National Endowment for the Arts named Dolly Jacobs a National Heritage Fellow. The NEA has been giving the award to a handful of people, usually about a dozen or so, each year since 1982. Jacobs — a world-famous circus aerialist and a co-founder…MORE