Take a peek into the circus world while enjoying the low wire, balancing, juggling and clowning around!
January 2-5, 2018 • Ages 8-13
The circus is coming to town! The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.
Sixth generation circus performer Giovanni Zoppé traces the beginning of performance art to the circus arts, with its humble beginnings in street clowns and jugglers. “The circus is antique,” he says, “it’s history.” In his case, it’s something more. It’s family history. Giovanni’s son Julien Veneto Zoppé made his first appearance in the family circus when he was just six days old, celebrates his seventh birthday this year. Folks who attend will see him perform alongside his father as his mini me, “Nineto.” While Julien’s specialty is being quite adorable, he also performs hat tricks, balancing acts and more.
“The show changes every year,” explains Zoppé. So no worries if you saw last year’s Chandler gig.
(a 7 member company)
International theatrical acrobatics comes to the circus when the world-famous Black Bear Group interprets one of China's oldest art forms with dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, brilliant costumes, and even a touch of comedy.
The Black Bear Group was formed at the esteemed acrobatic school of Hebel Province in China when the very best of the acrobatic students were just seven years old. The Group was discovered by veteran performer Guiming Meng, himself from China, whose Chinese Acrobatic show and his amazing vase-head balancing act have wowed American audiences for thirty years. Guiming and his troupe have appeared with Ringling Brothers Circus, The Big Apple Circus in New York City and have been touring with the Shrine Circuses and variety shows for amazed audiences from coast to coast.
Venue: West Lawn,
Chandler Center for the Arts
Adults: $22 GA or $32 & $34 Reserved
Child: $15 GA or $25 & $27 Reserved
Adults: $24 GA or $34 & $36 Reserved
Child: $18 GA or $28 & $30 Reserved
New Year’s Eve:
Adults: $28 GA or $38 & $40 Reserved
Child: $20 GA or $30 & $32 Reserved
2 And Under: FREE On Lap
Reserved Chair Seating Around The Ring
|Wed, Dec 27, 2017||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Thur, Dec 28, 2017||2pm||Buy Tickets|
|Thur, Dec 28, 2017||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Fri, Dec 29, 2017||2pm||Buy Tickets|
|Fri, Dec 29, 2017||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Sat, Dec 30, 2017||4pm||Buy Tickets|
|Sat, Dec 30, 2017||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Sun, Dec 31, 2017||4pm||Buy Tickets|
|Tues, Jan 2, 2018||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Wed, Jan 3, 2018||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Thur, Jan 4, 2018||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Fri, Jan 5, 2018||7pm||Buy Tickets|
|Sat, Jan 6, 2018||1pm||Buy Tickets|
|Sat, Jan 6, 2018||4pm||Buy Tickets|
|Sun, Jan 7, 2018||1pm||Buy Tickets|
Zoppé SPECIAL Performance
|New Year’s Eve
Under The Big Top
|Sunday, Dec 31, 2017||7:30pm|
|*Special Pricing Includes Party Favors|
The Zoppé Family Circus has an amazing, unique story. The Zoppé Family Circus emerged more than 160 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe. And like many good legends, it begins with a boy and a girl falling in love. In 1842, a young French street performer named Napoline Zoppé wandered into a plaza in Budapest, Hungary, looking for work. There, his eyes glanced upon a beautiful equestrian ballerina named Ermenegilda, who captured the hearts and minds of the crowd with her grace and showmanship. More importantly, this talented beauty captured Napoline’s heart.
However, since Napoline was a clown, Ermenegilda’s father saw him as beneath her and disapproved of their relationship. The two ran away to Venice, Italy, and founded the circus that still bears their name. Alberto Zoppé, Napoline’s great-grandson, inherited the circus almost 100 years later.
Alberto’s children, Giovanni, Tosca and Carla, along with their spouses, have all been active at one time or another in the family business. Giovanni revived the Zoppé Family Circus in America eight years ago, and has since been building its reputation with audiences and critics as an enchanting exhibition of traditional European circus.
The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, so get your tickets early!