We went to The Big Apple Circus yesterday and had a blast!* The tent is intimate – seats less than 1,800 – so every seat is close to the action. One act performs at a time and there weren't any lasers or fireworks or props all lit up light like Christmas trees. That is very important to me, the mom of a child who gets sensory overload pretty easily. The crew is very efficient when changing the ring for acts. In fact, you may not even notice them at all because you are looking up at a solo trapeze act or laughing at the clowns' high jinx in the stands.
The theme of this, their 35th, season is LEGENDARIUM: A JOUNEY INTO CIRCUS PAST. We enjoyed classic acts from when circuses began – horses, trapeze, clowns, contortions and acrobats. Things I hadn't seen before were a slack wire, tangoing jugglers or were they juggling tangoers and trick bikes to bring us back to the present. Each act was wonderful. There's no magic, no slight of hand, no trickery. It's athletes and performers who awed, amazed and entertained us with their strength, skills and talents.
Our seats were front row, center! We were so close to the action, it was hard to not reach out and touch the beautiful horses as they went by or feel the costume of the female acrobat in Quinterion as she strutted on the ledge in front of us. So close, in fact, that when those horses got up to a nice trot, they kicked up some floor shavings onto us. It was a 3-D show! LOL Don't worry, the staff was diligent about keeping the floor shaving clean of any animal droppings, so we stayed clean, too.