Circus Sarasota Celebrates 250th Anniversary of the Modern Circus with OVATION!
Each year, Circus Sarasota boasts an impressive roster of international artists pushing human boundaries and leaving audiences awestruck. This year’s performance, titled Ovation, honors the 250th anniversary of the modern circus and those who have impacted the artform.
Beginning Friday, February 9 – Sunday, March 4, Circus Sarasota will present 32 performances under the Red and White Big Top full of elegance, excitement and unforgettable moments. The show is being produced as an ovation to the circus arts itself – a moving tradition of depth, daring and perseverance.
This year’s lineup of performers will soar through the air and whirl around the center ring with their varied and incredible acts. Performers featured in Ovation include:
Ringmaster Joseph Bauer, Jr. – The prodigious and multi-talented Bauer returns to Circus Sarasota after joining the group in Washington, DC this past summer for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Sylvia Zerbini and her Liberty Horses – Ethereal grace takes both human and equine form in a unique and beautiful performance audiences won’t soon forget.
AJ Silver – High ho, silver! Bronx native AJ Silver transforms the center ring into the Wild West in a fast-paced act that will leave you on the edge of your seat!
Jimmy Folco – Jimmy Folco’s greatest passion in life is the “great world of comedy.” Audiences will hoot and holler for this international funny man’s antics!
Anastasini Soccer Dogs – Luciano Anastasini and his capable canines will leave you howling with laughter as they flip, jump and roll.
JuJu Tight Wire – Julia Figuière & Julien Posada (together known as JuJu) are astounding tight wire artists – and audiences won’t believe their eyes watching them suspended on a thin metal rope!
Vladimir and Olga Smirnov – Back by popular demand, quick change artists extraordinaire Vladimir and Olga Smirnov return to dazzle audiences with their wardrobe wizardry!
Kris Kremo – Juggler extraordinaire Kris Kremo will dazzle children of all ages with incredible artistry at the speed of light!
Flying Cortes – In one of the most awe-inspiring acts in the circus world, join us in welcoming The Flying Cortes as they ascend to the pinnacle of the Big Top and soar through the air!
Kirill Rebkovets – Kirill Rebkovets likes to “live [his] life on the edge…literally” and he’s right – you won’t believe what he can do on the rola bola!
Duo KVAS – After travelling the world, hand-balancers Vladimir Kostenko and Anton Savchenko will come to Sarasota to present an act that impressively demonstrates the power and the unprecedented possibilities of the human body.
To learn more about all of the acts, please click their pictures below.
Circus Sarasota prides itself on being a show designed for children of all ages – audiences young and old flock to the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park year after year to indulge their senses in the brave, beautiful acts that have transfixed the world for two and a half centuries.
Tickets for Circus Sarasota presents OVATION are $15-$55 with children under 2 free. To purchase tickets in advance, please go online to CircusArts.org/BuyTickets or call or visit the Box Office (2075 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota, 34239) at 941.355.9805. Box Office hours are 10AM- 1/2 hour after showtime.