Italian Circus Fans
Made for Circus Scandinavia
by Dario Duranti - Italian Circus fans
At the moment Circo Lidia
Togni is in the same time the "youngest" and the
"strongest" italian big circus.
This circus was founded in 1983
by Lidia Togni and his sons Davide, Vinicio and Livia Canestrelli Togni. The
hausband of Lidia Togni was Riccardo Canestrelli (died around 1973),
owner of a very big 3 ring circus in '60-'70, the "Circo Royal
After the death of the father
Riccardo, Vinicio and Davide went to work with their animal acts in
european circuses (above all Bouglione in France). In the first '80s they came
back home and in 1983 mother Lidia with her sons opened a little circus (4
poles) "Circo Lidia Togni", in Italy. The family present 3
elephants, horses, and the programme includes other acts.
In 20 years "Circo Lidia
Togni" has grown up and today it has got a very big chapiteau (6 poles) and
a very "strong" programme.
Now it travel by train and with
containers (look at the photos on the website www.lidiatogni.it).
And it works above all in the main cities (Rome, Naples, Turin, Milan, ...).
They are waiting for a new big
tent long 80 meters that should arrive in the month of december.
The show presented in theese
weeks is one of the best and more complete ever seen in this years in Italy:
cage act, 12 horses (but in the zoo the horses ar more than 50!), 3 elephants,
russian equestrian djighitz, flying trapeze, musical clown entrée, some
exotic animals, teetboard act, live orchestra from Brasil, brasilian
THE PROGRAMME 2002/2003
- Rafael Markus (austria): 3
tiger and 4 lion-tiger: nice act.
- Troupe Eshimbekov: highwire
- Riccardo Canestrelli-Togni:
exotic animals (zebras and camels)
- Hand balancing duo from South
- Vinicio Togni: 12 black
italian horses ("sanfratellani"). Very nice act.One of the best horse
act in Italy.
- Troupe Luis Milla (Flying
trapeze with 2 men and 3 women) good act
Bassan (Chile): Clown entrée and reprises
- Vinicio Togni : 3 indian
- Troupe Romero (Brasil, 13
people): teetboard act
- Troupe Eshimbekov : russian
equestrian djighitz (like "kossowiiks"). Very very good act.
- Brasilian Orchestra with
singer and dancers.
The show is very very fast and
with a very good rithm. No pauses between the acts. The lights are very
modern. The sound of the music is a little bit too high. But is very original
the idea to make present the whole show by a brasilian girl who sings during
all the show.
The theme of the show is
This circus doesn't sell
any printed program.
"Circo Lidia Togni"
will be in Naples from 13 december for all the Christmas period. In the same
town there will be the other big circus: "Circo Moira Orfei".
this circus - Front