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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of this beloved New York City cultural gem, the Big Apple Circus is excited to announce its confirmed dates for the 2017 holiday season at Lincoln Center, promising a night of thrills and laughs—and a lifetime of memories.
For this year’s celebration, Big Apple Circus is proud to present 10-time World Record Holder, Nik Wallenda. Hailed as “The King of The High Wire” and the “Greatest Daredevil of Our Generation,” Nik and the Fabulous Wallendas promise to amaze audiences with feats of daring never before seen under the Big Apple Circus Big top.
So, step right up! The Big Apple Circus returns! Ready to astonish generations of New Yorkers with the world’s most celebrated acts in the circus’ most intimate setting—where no one is ever more than fifty feet from the ring.
After working as street performers in Europe, Paul Binder and Michael Christensen returned to New York City and founded the Big Apple Circus which debuted in 1977. Begun as alternative to the glitz and spectacle of the American three ring circus, Big Apple Circus has epitomized the intimacy and artistry associated with the European one ring circus.
Following its first year in what would later become Battery Park City, Big Apple Circus moved to Lincoln Center in 1981 and has continued to be an integral part of New York City’s holiday season. Over the years Big Apple Circus has toured throughout the east coast travelling as far south as Atlanta and as far west as Chicago. Unfortunately, after the recession of 2008, the circus met with financial hardship and filed for bankruptcy in late 2016. In early 2017 Big Apple Circus was acquired by BigTop Works with the intention of restoring the Big Apple Circus back to its long-cherished place as one of New York City’s cultural gems in time for the 2017 holiday season at Lincoln Center.
Many of the world’s greatest circus acts have performed under the Big Apple Circus Big Top. Each year a new show with a new theme is created by many of New York’s most creative directors and designers. This 40th Anniversary Show is no exception. Never before in circus history have the two most daring aerial feats been attempted under the Big Top in the same show. Nik Wallenda, the “Greatest Daredevil of Our Generation” and 10-time World Record Holder, and the Fabulous Wallendas will perform the seven-man pyramid on the wire high above the ring. And on the flying trapeze, Ammed Tuniziani of the Flying Tuniziani’s will attempt the elusive quadruple somersault to the hands of his catcher. Joining the All-Star cast will be Grandma the Clown, returning from her Big Apple Circus retirement for this very special occasion.