In­ter­na­tional cir­cus re­turns to city

The Southland Times - - NEWS - DAVE NI­COLL

"When you grow up in the cir­cus you're pretty much per­form­ing from when you're lit­tle." Kiarnna We­ber

Af­ter a nine-year ab­sence, the big top has re­turned to town.

The We­ber Bros Cir­cus will be per­form­ing its new show ‘‘Adren­a­line’’ in town for 10 days, fresh off a tour from South Africa and South Korea, at the Gala St re­serve in In­ver­cargill.

Pro­moter An­nie Todd said this was a real cir­cus that had been tour­ing world­wide.

It was a hard job work­ing in the cir­cus, Todd said

But there were a lot of fan­tas­tic re­wards when they saw the looks on the faces of au­di­ence mem­bers, she said.

The per­form­ers were from all over the world, with about eight na­tion­al­i­ties rep­re­sented when counted.

The cir­cus has toured the North Is­land for about three months, and the South Is­land tour starts in In­ver­cargill be­fore head­ing north.

Aerial silk dancer Kiarnna We­ber is a sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion cir­cus per­former.

Born in Aus­tralia to a Kiwi mum, she is also a Ger­man cit­i­zen, We­ber said.

Her fa­ther was a hand bal­ance per­former.

‘‘When you grow up in the cir­cus you’re pretty much per­form­ing from when you’re lit­tle.’’

She had been all over the world and en­joyed ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the dif­fer­ent cul­tures where she trav- elled, We­ber said. It was in­cred­i­ble to tour the world do­ing what she loved, she said.

There was a lot of his­tory to her fam­ily that had orig­i­nated from Ger­many and were one of the first cir­cus fam­i­lies, We­ber said.

In the show, she per­forms an aerial silk rou­tine and dances through­out the show, but she also has many other tal­ents.

‘‘When you’re in the cir­cus you learn so many dif­fer­ent skills like right now I do the silks in the show but be­hind the scenes, I prac­tice as much as I can do­ing dif­fer­ent ap­pa­ra­tuses.’’

In the cir­cus you never learn just one act, she said.

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We­ber Bros Cir­cus per­form­ers Rus­sian swing artist Laura Dunn, hu­man can­non­ball Luis Daza and aerial silk dancer Kiarnna We­ber.

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