Saturday, November 26, 2011
Big Apple Circus: W 63rd St & Broadway
They have the traditional clowns (this is Grandma's farewell tour, so if you want to get one last glimpse, you'll have to go before this tour ends on January 8, 2012) who provide comic relief, do some pretty amazing magic tricks, and play some fun tunes.
There is also some wonderful audience participation portions. There was a funny water spitting act with Grandma (see left), and another older gentleman who waltzed with her. And of course to tie in with the title of this year's tour, an audience member boy "dreaming big" about a rope acrobat.
What I thought was the best performances were turned in by the animals, which included horses, dogs, a porcupine, and what looked like a giant ground hog (but was probably some animal I just don't know). They weren't doing phenomenal tricks. They were just cute and presented well (which makes all the difference and makes them even more accessible--yes, I think I can teach my miniature poodle biscuit to do some of those things).
There were also a glow in the dark juggler (see left), a woman who balanced showing great strength and flexibility on two posts mounted on a round platform (see below right), and a fantastic finishing act of trapeze artists directly above the audience (see at bottom).
Again, the Big Apple Circus is not as flashy as some other shows I have seen, but it was wonderfully homey in a festive way. Surprising for the glitz of NYC, it is a heartwarming way to take a break from the frenzy of the shopping season and bring in the good feelings of the holiday season.