Circus Merano 2004

Lots of nice artists in the 2004 Merano production in Norway was what circus Scandinavia expected to see in this 30th. Performance. And I can tell you - I wasn’t disappointed. Only the best satisfies director Knutt Dahl and this 2004 performance must satisfy all the Norwegian people.


The program was led by Director Knutt Dahl and a traditional circus parade


The wonderful trained camel from circus Olympia in Sweden was the first act. The act is performed on horse back by Mirek Maternik. The camels are trained by Herbert Bengtsson in Sweden and the act has been around in Scandinavia for circus Arena in 2002 and in circus Finlandia –2003. The act is very visual and is a nice replacement for the traditional opening horse act.

Mirek Maternik.

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C).

Don Christian reengaged for the 2004 season was abselute in top class. Lots of new gags. Some was new otheres borrowed but he did it very very well. Last year he was good – this year he was very funny. Christian has a funny expression and his clown face are very nice and you can only love him. 10 points to Christian.

Don Christian ready for the performance.

Photo by circus Scandinavia (C).

Menestrelli dog training. A very different dog act from Russia build up as an old fashion mix of theatre and ballet.The act has a very visual effect and it is nice sometimes to see a dog act in new clothes. Menestrelli was in Circus Benneweis in the 2003 season.


Photo By Circus Scandinavia (C) 2004

Duo Gukaev is presented in the souvenir program as a new and different air act. That’s not the true because Gukaev is a very old act but it is absolute different from other acts made under the big top. The act reminds me as a seesaw from a playground but here it can turn 360 degrees. Everybody who has tried to balance on a seesaw with two people in the ends knows how difficult it is to keep the ends free of the ground. Gukaev is a highly specialized act and the level is extremely high. The problem is that it doesn’t look so difficult as it is. Gukaev has made a new ending on the act where they fall down but breaks on the security lines stops them just before they hits the ground. Gukaev has a good and a very well worked out act..

Duo Gukaev

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C).

Guidi Brothers. Two Italian guys with a vey nice Ikarian game act. Nice tempo and a very high level. Never seen before in Scandinavia and it would be a pleasure if those two guys would stay in Scandinavia for a few more seasons

Guidi Brothers

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C) 2004

Kevin Huesca the Italian star ventriloquist did a very charming and funny entrée. Kevin is a world star and is extremely well educated in this special way of entertaining. He started up with his naughty bird – Buddy. Did a duet with him and went on to the traditional show with spectators in the ring. When Kevin squeezes their hands they shall open their mouth and mr.. Huesca delivers the sounds and words. Very very funny situations and a very high level.

Kevin Huesca

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C) 2004

4 Kirakosyan – very different perch act. With jumps from one perch to another. They even do a 2 man high from the sticks. Very impressive.

4 Kirakosyan

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C) 2004

Ingo Stiebner and his sea lions are very well known in Scandinavia. Ingo is a front figure in sea lion training and his wonderful way of treating his animals are very positive for circus. Ingo got 3 animals but only 2 of them are in the ring. The remaining sea lion are substitute for Ruby and will be replaced very soon because of his high age. The act is build up in a funny and positive atmosphere, where is seems to be the sea lions running the show for them selves., doing all the tricks behind Ingos back. Ingo has been in Scandinavia many times before .Benneweis 1998, Arena 2000,2002 and 2003.Merano 1990 and 2004, Maximum, Agora and others.

Ingo Stiebner

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C) 2004

Adriana Folco Althoff reengaged from the 2003 season in Merano. A nice act with a single elephant – Baba seems to love Adriana and they have built a nice act together. Baba is an Indian Elephant with a nice temper. It is not allowed to perform with African elephants in Norway – I don’t know why ?

Adriana Folco and Baba

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C) 2004


Rola Rola act by Los Sandros in a very very high class. They did a lot of impossible tricks and it seems as a extremely difficult act. Very nice and a very visual impression as well.

Les Sandros

Photo by Circus Scandinavia (C) 2004


Band Leader Michal Kochmanski

Music Arrangements Zygmunt Kukla

Stage director Laci Endresz


Tent, seats etc.

Sound in tent, microphones etc.

Circus orchestra




Artist Quality

Circus Souveniers



Toilets and other 

Overall Service

Overall presentation




-The Merano band was very well playing.

-Performance time 2 and half hours including a 15 min. break

 -The Tent was new in the Norwegian colours. New entrance tent. in the same colours

-Everything was very nice and clean - No handicap toilets

-Because of the law it is not possible to have a bar with bears and drinks in Norwegian circus

-It is very cold outside this time of the year in Norway but the temperature inside the tent was very -comfortably.

-Souvenir shop was okay.

Very nice souvenir program.


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