On the front page - Clown BonBon - circus Arena 2008
Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2008 (C).
Two new Reviews
Two reviews from the hands of Holger Gensel in Germany. The first is a review of Universal Renz and the second a review from circus Knie. Both reviews in German – Universal Renz here – Knie here
To nye anmeldelser fra min Tyske cirkus ven Holger Gensel. Første anmeldelse fra Universal Renz og den anden fra Schwietz hvor Holger har besøgt cirkus Knie. Begge anmeldelser er på Tysk– Universal Renz her og Knie her
No prize for MerryLu Casselly
There was no winning prize for the fantastic contorion artist Merrylu Casselly in this evenings Final in Talent 2008. Merrylu did it well and as always charming and smiling. The winners was a combined dance and Robot duo – The Robot boys – and they were very very nice in both attitude and performance. Anyway circus Arena where MerryLu normally performs must be very very proud having an artist as MerryLy.
Der var ingen vinder tittel for slangemennesket MerryLu Casselly I aftenens finale I talent 2008. MerryLu gjorde det som sædvanligt fantastisk godt og var som altid smilende og charmerende. Vinderne blev et kombineret danse og robot nummer kaldet Robot drengene. De var virkelig dygtige i deres optræden og indtryk. På den anden side må cirkus Arena, hvor MerryLu normalt optræder må være rigtig rigtig stolte over at have en så fantastisk artist som MerryLu.
The Danish Pickpocket artist – Kenny Quinn are soon ready with his personal homepage. Kenny Quinn are well know in the most of Europe for his outstanding gentleman thief entrée. Kenny has been performing in most circuses here in Scandinavia and in his next summer season he will perform in his home country – Denmark. – link on the artist link page
Den Danske gentleman tyv Kenny Quinn er ved at være klar med sin egen hjemmeside. Kenny Quinn er velkendt i det meste af Europa for sit enestående og elegante nummer. Kenny har optrådt i de fleste større cirkus i Skandinavien og kommende sommer sæson vil han optræde i sit hjem land Danmark. – link findes på links til artister siderne
Thessa and René Baldoni has just returned for a trip to Hamborg where they were buying a new tent for the 2009 season. The new tent is from the German firm Raap and is almost similar to the capiteau Baldoni sold to the Danish circus Museum a few months ago. The new tent comes in the same colour – Red and blue but the new one is much higher than the old. Therefore it will be possible to work around under the new gradin, just as we can see in Dannebrog and circus Arena. The director couple used the opportunity to visit the two German circuses – Roncalli and Flic Flac.
Thessa og René Baldoni er lige returneret fra en tur til Hamborg, hvor de bestilte et nyt telt for sæson 2009. Det nye telt er fra det Tyske firma Raap og er næsten identisk med det gamle som de fornyeligt solgte til cirkus Museet i Danmark. Det nye telt for samme røde og blå farver men det nye er betydeligt højere end det gamle. Derfor vil det nu blive muligt med et nyt og højere gradin, hvor man kan gå nedenunder ligesom i cirkus Dannebrog og cirkus Arena. Da direktør parret besøgte Hamborg brugte de muligheden for at besøge de to Tyske cirkus Roncalli og Flic Flac.
The fantastic Merrylu Casselly has reached the final in the Danish national television talent contest 2008 (DR1). The 16 years old Merrylu has competed against a lot of talents with her fabulous contorion act and now she stands in the final. In the first round she presented her Little Mermaid entrée as we could see in the Danish circus Arena in 2006. Merrylu is a part of the Danish circus Arena where she works with her family. In 2008 she was in charge of Arenas Stallions and presented a modern act in an iron ball far over the ring.
Friday evening (October 24th.) at 20:00 Merrylu will compete against seven other talents. It is the viewers choice who will leave the competition as a winner. Therefore be ready in front of the television Friday and vote by sms on Merrylu.
See Merrylu Cassely Audition 2008
Read about Merylu - see pictures, radio interview and video here
Den fantastiske Merrylu Casselly har nået finalen I det Danske national TV´s talent konkurrence 2008 på DR1. Den 16 årringe Merrylu har været i konkurrence imod mængde talenter med sit fantastiske slangemenneske nummer (contorion) og nu står hun i finalen. I første runde viste hun sit lille havfruenummer, som vi kunne se i Danske cirkus Arena i 2006. Merrylu er en del af cirkus Arena, hvor hun til dagligt arbejder med sin familie. I 2008 havde hun ansvaret for Arenas mange heste og stod sel i manegen med de flotte dyr og var også inde med et flot luftnummer udført i en jernkugle langt over manegen.
Fredag aften d. 24. oktober kl. 20:00 vil Merrylu stå på scenen og konkurrere imod syv andre finalister. Det er seernes valg hvem der skal vinde og det er derfor vigtigt at alle cirkus fans sidder klar foran TV og stemmer via sms på Merrylu.
Se Merrylu Cassely Audition 2008
Læs om MerryLu - se billeder, radio interview og video here
The world crises has so absolute something to do or the consequences from it, with circus. First of all will a low conjuncture in Europe give a smaller amounts of money in the families and amusements will maybe be cut down. It is not a good time for a lot of businesses in Europe, where crises in the circus is well known A direct consequence happened on Iceland where two circus has been on tour this autumn. Both the Danish circus Baldoni and the Norwegian circus Agora were on tour on the north Atlantic Island and both was contracted by the Icelandic firm MIDI administrating the sale of tickets for the show. The tour on the Island was just finished when the crises stroke in Europe. In the contract was stated, that the money from the sale of tickets should be paid a month after the tour was finished. Nothing wrong with this way to do it – it is a normal procedure but after the tour the North Atlantic state was going into a deep crises. When a state is close to go down, their money goes the same way and a fast inflation is the direct consequence. So when Baldoni should have paid out their money from the ticket sale they did not have the same value. Baldoni is a healthy business and they survive without any trouble but I don’t know anything about the economy in circus Agora. Baldoni has decided to let their money stay on Iceland and hopefully the money again will reach a nice value.
Krisen på verdensmarkedet har så absolut en konsekvens på cirkus forretningerne I Europa. For det første vil en lav konjunktur i Europa have en direkte indflydelse på den mængde af penge der er til rådighed i hver enkelt familie og vil selvfølgelig have en indflydelse på, hvor meget der kan bruges på forlystelser. Denne krise er ikke en god tid for mange forretninger i Europa, hvor krisen i mange cirkus allerede er en realitet. En direkte konsekvens af denne situation, skete på Island, hvor to cirkus var på turne i dette efterår. Både det Danske cirkus Baldoni og det Norske cirkus Agora var på turne i nord Atlanten og begge cirkus havde skrevet kontrakt med billet firmaet MIDI. Turneen var netop slut da Finans krisen ramte her og på Island. I kontrakten med MIDI er der på helt normalvis, en aftale om at pengene fra salget først skal betales en måned efter turnéens afslutning. Dette er helt normalt men desværre indtraf den store Finans krise netop i denne periode og Island havnede i en dyp krise. Når en hel stat er ved at gå bankerot er en voldsom devaluering samt inflation en direkte konsekvens. Så da Baldoni skulle have udbetalt deres penge fra salget, havde pengene bestem ikke mere den samme værdi, da der var handlet i Islandske kroner. Heldigvis er Baldoni en god og sund forretning og de overlever helt uden problemer men jeg har ikke kendskab til Agora som var på turne med samme betingelser. Baldoni har besluttet at lade pengene stå på Island hvor håbet om en bedre økonomi kan bringe lidt mere til kassen.
Circus Roncalli is entertaining, old fashion but at the same time a very modern circus, Roncalli is circus when circus is best. They have a super circus orchestra managing a lot of musical styles and everything is great here. The owner Bernhard Paul have a fantastic and very entertaining business presenting top artists from the best class. We saw Roncalli in Hamburg on a very rainy day and witness a sold out Sunday afternoon performance. I haven’t seen Roncalli since 2006 and now where most of the artists are replaced, it was time for a new visit here. Only Gensi (reprise) and Konstantin Mouraviev (German Wheel) seems to be left since 2006. Roncalli is one of the most well looked after circus in Europe with a car park so wonderful that it is hard to believe. Not so many animal acts in the performance – only the combined high School, dog cart and dogs was seen in the ring and they were the first act presented. David Larible – the Italian star clown is back after many years in USA - a great artist for any circus. David was so absolutely the guy chaining the performance nicely together.
Roncalli is more than beautiful, so well taken care of, is rare to see elsewhere. Everything is nice and clean and trucks and trailers here are worth the ticket price alone. In Roncalli the show starts when you have bought the ticket, where the circus band plays when you are waiting for entering the capiteau. Inside it is fantastic sorrundings with a great atmosphere – Only one thing, maybe the Roncalli style is old fashion but please replace those hard benches with comfortable chairs – it would be great. Crises in the German circus business – maybe but here for the Sunday afternoon performance there was completely sold out.
David Larible is here there and everywhere before the performance starts not as the clown David Larible but as a circus worker. Just before the opening he enters the ring and change clothes – all his clown outfits are delivered by the artists from the show. Nice way to present the people included. The show is titled “All you need is laugh” and personally as an old Rolling Stones fan, I was afraid of a show being spoiled with to many Beatles tunes. A shame Circus Scandinavia because the show and music was fantastic with a lot of different tunes from many different bands and composers.
First in the ring was Duo Urnov – a combination of Afghan dogs, High school and a dogcart. Yes there is a reason for there is a ring in a circus and without the horses there would be no real circus. This is the only animals in the performance and the act was great. Especially the High Scholl act was very very elegant and in a rarely seen high class. Duo Urnov has been in Scandinavia several times the recent years where they have performed in Benneweis and Arnardo. In both circuses here in Scandinavia. they performed two acts( An air act and their horse act) but here in Roncalli they were in the ring with the horses only.
The Russian twin sisters Maryna and Svetlana is just Antipode when it is best. Those two 30 years old girls look fantastic and they have put together one of the best acts in the genre. Fantastic costumes made in blue colours and two smiling girls doing the most impossible with their feet. The act includes a lot of acrobatic and the whole thing is just great.
Soap bubbles – what has that to do with circus? – oh yes a lot because Darren Burnell or Burl as he is called in the program, can make those bubbles in a way never seen before. No rings to bring the bubbles out Burl uses his fingers to blow out the transparent soap balls – Boring? No so absolutely not but breathtaking is a small word. I have never seen anything like that Burl does and I would never imagine it was possible. Burl must be seen because he was just fantastic (where do we find artists as Burl?).
Trio Bellisimo are from Ukraine and three girls doing a fantastic job. Those acrobats Olena, Ana and Anastasii combines flexibility, balance and performance far over the average as we normal can see in those kind of entrées. Fantastic girls.
David Larible has many reprises in the performance but never to much. Also two entrées are done by Larible and both of them with a lot of help from the audience. If you are one of those who is more than afraid for being a part of the performance, then don’t feel secure because you are seated on the rear seats. In the first we see Larible as a conductor for an orchestra and yes the musicians are people from the audience. Full of funny situations and lots of laughs – Larible is fun but personally I’m against using spectators in the ring.
Encho was seen in Scandinavia back in 2006 where he melted the audience, when he performed in the Danish circus Arena. A silver clown in Monaco and the audience 1st. price was not to much for this more than fantastic artist. His handstand act is unique combined with music just fitting his slow and strong movements. Encho is in my opinion one of the worlds best artists.
Duo Minasov with their clothes change acts was seen in Scandinavia in 2004 where the couple performed in Circus Benneweis. Victor Minasov was announced in the printed program with his comic man in balloon act - in Benneweis it was included but not here in Roncalli. The Minasov clothes changing act is one of the best among those acts. Very colourful and with a lot of tempo – nice.
Konstantin Mouraviev with his comic German wheel act is great. It is funny and at the same time in a high artistic level. Konstantin has been a part of Roncalli in many years now, witch is great because his act is just great fun.
Alan Sulc first seen in Scandinavia when he performed in the Norwegian circus Merano. Here he was only a young child with a lot of talent. The year after he was in Denmark where he performed in the Danish Benneweis and later in Finlandia. A medal in Monte Carlo circus festival is also included before he was contracted for Roncalli. Now he is much older (we all are) and that suits him and his act very well. Not so much change in the act since the Scandinavian days but still a world class bouncing juggling act. Alan performs to Celtic music as he did in 2004 were we first saw his appearance in the north. Up to nine balls at one time speaks for the quality – not many jugglers can reach this amount.
New act for me was Duo Bobrov (never seen them before) and a fantastic vertical rope act. The tempo was huge and best as I was missing a thrilling act in the performance Duo Bobrov was close to fulfil my wish. Huge tempo and a lot of breathtaking moments.
Ending performance - yes of cause the star clown Larible with his opera act. Here David was responsible for a opera set up and again people from the audience as the actors. The act is close to his first entrée at least the concept is very similar. Once again very entertaining.
Roncalli is a great circus with a fantastic performance. No doubt, that Roncalli is one of the best entertainments in Europe and not many Circuses can reach this level. Thoughts behind everything makes the circus and the performance very complete.
Lots of souvenir items for the audience and the spectators. Very well equipped bar with all kinds of drinks. Of cause it was possible to find popcorn and other usual circus food.
The performance was seen in Hamburg and was sold out.
Wiesbaden circus festival
Wiesbaden circus festival is a competition for talented artists between 10 to 25 years of age. They compete in two groups the first from 10 to 17 and the second group from 18 25 years of age. In the older group we find Edward and Jimmy Enoch with their bicycle act. Also in the group we find the very nice artist Olga Guseva with her vertical sail act. Olga is very well known in Scandinavia where she has performed in circus Baldoni, Charlie, Olympia in Sweden and for the two latest seasons in circus Arli. In the younger group we find the Swedish girls Mira and Esmaralda performing a trapeze act.
Wiesbaden cirkus festival er en konkurrence for unge artister imellem 10 og 25 år. De konkurrerer i to grupper hvor den første består af unge artister imellem 10 og 17 år og den anden gruppe, hvor alderen er imellem 18 og 25. I den ældre gruppe finder vi de to Danske artister Edward og Jimmy Enoch med deres cykel nummer. Også i denne gruppe finder det dygtige artist Olga Guseva med hendes vertical nummer. Olga er kendt her i Skandinavien, hvor hun har optrådt i cirkus Baldoni, Charlie, Olympia i Sverige og de seneste to sæsoner i det Danske cirkus Arli. I den yngre gruppe finder vi de to Svenske piger Mira og Esmaralda med et trapez nummer.
The artists for Monte Carlo circus Festival 2009
Duo Spiral – Partner acrobats.
Mayarov – Comedian.
Karl Ferdinand Trunk – Ponies. (Benneweis 2007 and 2008).
Housch – Clowns.
Russian Barre act – from Cirque du Soleil.
Roger Falk – Tigers.
Fuijan – Lasso play.
Wolfgang Lauenburger – Dogs.
Constantin Muraiev – German wheel. ( Clown festival in Denmark a few years ago).
Zebras – Acrobats (Circus Scott 2003).
Duo Sorellas – Trapeze
Pyngyang – Flying Trapeze.
Trio Escape – Diablo.
Romain Cabon – air act.
Gipsy Gomez – Hula hoop.
Dany Daniel – Rola Rola.
Val de Fun – Comedian.
The list is not 100% complete.
Buby Ernestos clowns as we could see i9n Sweden performing in circus Brazil Jack for this season and for the Danish Dannebrog in 2005 has been signed for Circo Di Mosca in Italy.
Buby Ernestos klovnene som vi kunne se I Sverige optræde I cirkus Brazil Jack i denne sæson og for Danske Dannebrog I 2005 har skrevet kontrakt for sæson 08/09 med Circo Di Mosca I Italien.
The Germman circus Flic Flac is very special and the circus show as it is called, is invented by Benno and Scarlett Kaiser Kastein back in 1989. Flic Flac is very very modern in design, sound and the whole set up, is very different from the traditional circus. Here is no sparkling costumes and all seems to be traditional street clothes. The sound is hard rock and delivered by the best Bose sound system for optimal experience for the ear. The sound level is high giving the best for the artists. Light system is great and the whole show is covered with a huge selection of technical inventions never seen in any circus before. This includes fire, water and a lot of other stuff to give the spectators a great experience. Flic Flac is young and very entertaining for those people looking for a different experience. There is no doubt that Flic Flac finds their fans in the younger modern generation and the show is so absolutely not for people under the age of 12 years. There is no animals in Flic Flac this is an all human experience. The surroundings in Flic Flac are fantastic – the colours are black and yellow and in the foyer tent there is bars, foots, souvenirs and a lot of other interesting possibilities. Outside there is a huge bar with all you can think of with lots of room for the guests in Flic Flac.
We saw Flic Flac in Hamburg in the San Pauli area, where Flic Flac stays until October 19th. Then they move to Hanover with premiere October 23rd.
All seats are great – there is no bad views in Flic Flac because all 1300 comfortable seats are placed on a very high gradin. The whole show is in a black and mystery atmosphere – very very scary but it suits great to the hard style presented.
The show is called underground and that is exactly what you get.
Lots of nice artists was presented and the two daughters of Scarlet and Benno - Larissa and Tatjana Kastein did two separated handstand acts. Larissa done in a water symphony and Tatajana over a mirror witch gave a nice effect.
A tradition for dangerous acts in Flic Flac is followed up with this production. The very dangerous wheel of death act was presented by Tito Vanegas and William Patino. In this season they do the wheel act with safety net suspended - very vice because of the height of the Flic Flac capiteau witch reach 22m up from the ground. The two guys in the Wheel works in a very high tempo and do the forward summersault more than one time outside the wheel.
Normally we see vertical rope acts in circus but here in Flic Flac the rope was changed by a heavy chain. In the Chain we saw Roman Konanchuk doing a very special act. The best and special part was the falls from a great hight – great and special.
In the breaks between the acts there was of cause the normal reprise clown or should we call him comedian to be exact but also a motor cycle trapeze was running up the high line. Just in, - doing a trick in the trapeze hanging under the motorcycle and ready for next act. The act was done by Benadett Stock and Mario Sandoval. Mario is indeed a multi artist because in 2006 we could see him perform in a very nice bow act.
Four hot Russian guys did a very nice reck act and later in the performance a nice trampoline act. Especially the reck act was great.
Alla Domokos did a nice hola hoop act – Personally I´m not so thrilled when it comes to hola hoop acts but Alla looks nice but the act itself was normal.
I like the unusual and that is what we can call the African Saidou Conde. He does a very qualified kontorion act – so strange that it is hard to believe it is possible to twist a body so much. Before Saidou joined Flic Flac he was a part of the Africa Africa show.
Seven Colombian artists presented a wheel of death on their Yamaha motorbikes. The globe here in Flic Flac is 5,80 meters and those artists manage to put in seven bikers inside the globe. Very dangerous and very entertaining.
Flying Baetas is a flying Trapeze act from Brazil. In this troupe is five brothers and a nice looking girl. Flying trapeze acts are very similar to each other and most do the same passages, summersaults etc. Flying Baeatas present their act very nice and lots of fine details in this act – great entertainment.
Julia Galenchyk climbs in the air in a vertical /tissue act but done with a net.
Also in the performance was the great diablo player Alexander Xelo. Alexander fits perfectly here in Flic Flac with his young and fast attitude. Alexander Xelo has been in Scandinavia for one season back in 2004, where he performed in the Danish circus Arena.
Dave Blundell was in the ring on his BMX bike. Dave is a great artist with a lot of nice moments on his bike. DAve Blundell was seen in the Norwegian circus Arnardo in 2005 and in 1999. Dave is a world champ on his bike and must give a lot of inspiration for younger generations trying to control their bikes
Flic Flac is great entertainment and is value for the money – It is so absolutely for younger people or for people with a young mind. I have seen Flic Flac better but that doesn’t mean there is something wrong with the show. Are you here for the first time it is breathtaking, with loud heavy music and lots of fantastic artists. Flic Flac is different and suits the business with a new way to look at, how to do things. Are you in Germany and you are close to this circus Show, then pay for your ticket and enjoy some hours with one of the finest performances in Europe.
Circus Scandinavia in Hamburg
Circus Scandinavia just returned after a fast circus weekend in Hamburg. Here we saw two of the hottest circuses in the German circus business – circus Roncalli and circus Flic Flac. There will be a full review and lot of pictures from both performances in a few days. Until then enjoy a few pictures from those two top class circuses
Cirkus Scandinavia er lige returneret efter en hurtig weekend I Hamborg. Her overværede vi to af de hotteste cirkus i Tyskland – Cirkus Roncalli og cirkus Flic Flac. Der vil selvfølgelig komme to fulde anmeldelser og mange billeder fra disse to top klasse forestillinger. Indtil da, kan man nyde lidt billeder fra begge cirkus.
Last chance for a visit in circus Skratt in Sweden. Their last performance here in this 2008 season will be October 6th. At 18:30 in Ystad. Ystad is not so far from Copenhagen and is a great opportunity for the Danish circus fans to cross the bridge to Sweden and see this very nice performance.
Sidste chance for et besøg I cirkus Skratt I Sverige. Deres sidste forestilling her i sæson 2008 vil være 6. oktober kl. 18:30 i Ystad. Ystad er ikke lang fra København og dette er en fin chance for at krydse broen til Sverige og se en meget fin forestilling.
A new DVD is released from the Hands of the Dutch circus enthusiast Henk van den Berg. The DVD runs for one hour including transportation, build up and down and lot of other circus stuff. You can buy this DVD:You send 20 Euro by post to: Henk van den Berg – Brabanstraat 25 – 5341 NZ, Oss – Holland.
En Ny DVD er udkommet fra den Hollandske circus entutiast Henk van den Berg. DVD spiller i en time og inkluderer transport, up og nedtagning samt en masse andre fine ting. Du kan købe denne DVD ved at sende 20 Euro i konvolut til Henk van den Berg – Brabanstraat 25- 5341 NZ, Oss – Holland.
The German circus Krone is ready with their winter programs in the circus building in Munich. The first program opens at December 25th, the second February 1st and third program March 1st. 2009. In the programs we find the Italian roller skate family The M.G team as we could see here in Scandinavia performing in circus Dannebrog 2005. In the February program we find duo Minasov with their quick change entrée and the man in the balloon. Both acts are at the moment found in circus Roncalli. Duo Minasov performed in 2004 in the Danish circus Benneweis. Rosi Hochegger is announced as the Hochegger family and CS suppose it covers over both their acts witch is a comic horse act and juggling on horse combined with a lot of dogs. Rosi and her husband Roger has been in Scandinavia in several occasions – Arena in 2005 but here without the juggling act, in circus Merano in 2007 and in this 2008 summer season with the Swedish circus Brazil Jack. In the coming summer season 2009 the Hochegger family can be seen in the Danish circus Benneweis. The comic will be represented by the Spanish clowns José Michells clowns. Those clowns will be included in the December and January programs. For more details please visit the Krone homepage.
Det Tyske cirkus Krone er klar med deres vinter program I cirkus bygningen I München. Det første program har premiere d. 25. december, det andet 1. februar og det tredje program d. 1. marts 2009. I programmerne finder vi blandt mange den Italienske rulleskøjte familie – The M.G. team, som vi havde glæden af her i Skandinavien i 2005, hvor de optrådte i cirkus Dannebrog. I februar programmet finder Duo Minasov med deres lyn omklædning og manden i balon. Begge numre er for tiden på turne med et andet tysk cirkus nemlig cirkus Roncalli. Duo Minasov optrådte i det Danske cirkus Benneweis i 2004. Rosi Hochegger er annonceret som familien Hochegger, hvilket med stor sandsynlighed gælder begge familiens numre, hvilket er Rosi frække hest- Scout, samt jonglering til hest inkluderet en masse hunde. Rossi og hendes mand Roger Mettin har optrådt her i Skandinavien ved flere lejligheder, i cirkus Arena i 2005, Merano 2007 og her i 2008 i det Svenske Brazil Jack. I kommende 2009 sæson finder vi familien Hochegger i Danske cirkus Benneweis. Komikken her i Krone bliver leveret af Spanske José Michell clowns. Disse klovne har optrådt i Skandinavien ved flere lejligheder og vil være i Krone i både december og januar programmet. For flere detaljer om Krones vinter program kan findes på deres hjemmeside.