It’s circus fun time!
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.