The 41st Edition of the Big Apple Circus brings together the world’s most acclaimed circus acts from around the world. Victor Moiseev presents extraordinary feats of horizontal juggling for the first time in America. The aerial duo, Desire in Flight, return to the Big Apple Circus after receiving the coveted Golden Clown Award at the Monto Carlo Circus Festival. And the Flying Tuniziai’s will thrill audiences with not one, but two simultaneous flying trapeze acts side by side, culminating in the quadruple somersault, a feat perfected by only 10 flyers in the history of the world.  Plus, horses, dogs, clowns, acrobats, and more, all to delight and amaze you in our magical and intimate one-ring Big Top tent.

So, step right up! The Big Apple Circus is ready to astonish generations of guests with the world’s most celebrated acts in the most intimate setting—no seat is more than fifty feet from the ring!


The Big Apple Circus in Reston, Virginia, 1993. Photo Big Apple Circus/Theo O. Krath

The Big Apple Circus on 8th Avenue at 50th Street, on the site of the old Madison Square Garden, 1978. Photo © New York Times.

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.


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