Big Apple Circus Goes Global Saturday in Cineplexes
By: Ellis Nassour
In a first for New Yok’s homegrown Big Apple Circus, on Saturday, it’s going global and taking millions under the big top with its much-acclaimed new edition Metamorphosis, playing live now at Lincoln Center, in a cinematic debut this Saturday at 12:30 P.M. [Eastern]/11:30 [Central] and to other areas by tape delay. By Experience, pioneers of global live cineplex events, is doing a high definition satellite feed through Fathom Events’ Digital Broadcast Network to more than 650 cinema and performing arts institution screens across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Irrepressible ringmaster John Kennedy Kane will transport viewers into a dreamscape of enchantment that redefines circus. Appearing under the big top in BAC’s European-style one-ring .show are artists from six nations in fun and edge-of-the0-seat acts set to the rhythm of the Big Apple Circus Band.
Among those appearing will be the U.S.’s Jenny Vidbel in a spectacular equine act, that also features camels. This is a prelude to a later presentation, a first for this always exciting trainer: mixing horses, camels, ponies, goats, a donkey. She also presents a mixed bag of tricks with rambunctious rescued pooches jumping rope and riding scooters. Thrill acts include a rolla bolla act – with Armenian native risking life and limb atop a skyscraper of wobbly steel square and cones on a huge rolling pin while juggling.
Those way out Star Trek adventures pale next to what Giovanni Anastasini and Irene Espana do as they arrive in an orbiting spaceship and bedazzle with jaw-dropping acrobatics. The Anastasini Brothers show off their skills with Chinese yoyos, whirling double-tops, and jaw-dropping foot juggling. Russia’s agile Aniskin Troupe is dauntless soaring though the air to new heights with the greatest of ease on trapezes in unimaginable leaps of faith with double and triple somersaults.
The theatre showings feature a 15 minute intermission during which audiences will be treated to a behind-the-scenes "making of" mini-documentary about the creation of the circus show and circus life.
Use www.bigapplecircus.org to purchase tickets for the cineplex event. Manhattan theatres are the Regal Union Square 14 [12:30 P.M.; $15, adults; $10, children] and City Cinema Beekman [11 A.M.; $15].
The BAC creative team includes director West Hyler, Tony-winning set designer Todd Rosenthal, costume designer Mirena Rada, choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo, and illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer.
To experience the Big Apple Circus live, it runs through January 11 at Lincoln Center. On November 22, BAC presents the ultimate good-time for children of all ages: their annual Family Holiday Fundraiser, from doors opening at 3:30 P.M. until after 7 P.M. there’re photo opts galore with an interactive pre-show with a large contingent of BAC’s Clown Care Unit, family refreshments – juices, sodas, snacks, passed hors d’oeuvres; and for the adults, wine and cocktails. This is followed by a boxed supper, along with hot dogs and soft drinks. Then there’s the performance of Metamorphosis followed by a post-show party with live music, dessert with the artists, and gift bags filled with goodies.
Tickets for The Big Apple’s Metamorphosis under the big top at Lincoln Center are $25 – $75; $95, center ring box and mezzanine; $135, premium center ring; and $175, premium center ring and VIP lounge with refreshments and program. Purchase by calling (212) 962-5471 or (888) 541-3750, and the Damrosch Park box office [where there’re no service charges]. Some packages are perk-loaded.
BAC box office hours are: Tuesday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M., and Saturday – Monday from 10 – 6 — 8 when there is a 7 P.M. performance. For group sales and information on wheelchair-access and seating, call (800) 922-3772