It’s cir­cus fun time!

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Mod­ern Cir­cus came alive in Dan­nevirke over the week­end of May 4-6.

Eight per­form­ers from Cir­cus Aotearoa brought a so­phis­ti­cated range of skills to the big top at Dan­nevirke’s A&P Show­grounds, which had the au­di­ence gasp­ing and cheer­ing.

Cir­cus Aotearoa was on its 10th an­niver­sary tour and cel­e­brat­ing the 250th world an­niver­sary of mod­ern cir­cus.

Damian Gor­don, owner, M/C and clown, in­tro­duced each of the young per­form­ers and their spe­cial­ist skills — trapeze, tis­sue, high hoop, Chi­nese pole, roller boller, uni­cy­cle, di­a­balo and club jug­gling, with solo and group gym­nas­tics. The per­form­ers sup­ported each other, set­ting up and dis­man­tling equip­ment, com­bin­ing in acts and stand­ing as backup. They even sold the pop­corn.

Along with tal­ented New Zealan­ders, per­form­ers had come from afar. The most dis­tant were Nonni, Ice­land’s 2016 cham­pion gym­nast, and Syl­vain orig­i­nally from France now based in Estonia, who has been jug­gling di­a­bolo since he was 10.

Twins from Sydney, Mat and Ali, joined Cir­cus Aotearoa from school re­cently af­ter de­cid­ing not to train as doc­tors.

Eli said it was hard work but a great way to see the world.

Cir­cus Aotearoa spends six months on tour start­ing in the New Year and has re­cently per­formed in Wairoa, Napier and Waipuku­rau.

TWIN-TASTICS Sparkles on the high hoop.

STRONG­MAN Nonni demon­strates his ac­ro­batic skills.

MATTHAIS squeezes through two hoops while bal­anc­ing on a roller boller.

DAMIAN the Clown jokes with Blair Tay­lor and fam­ily.

TOOTS Sparkles looks at home on the trapeze.

THE Toss­ing Tan­geli­nos fin­ish their act in a spec­tac­u­lar man­ner.

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