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Cirque Du Soleil Enters China With Big Bet On Rising Middle Class

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

SHANGHAI -- Cirque du Soleil is coming to China, and the Canadian performance troupe will kick things off with its adaptation of one of the highest-gr...

Elephant Escapes From Circus, Kills Man In Germany

AP | Posted 06.13.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A German man taking his regular morning stroll was killed by an elephant who had escaped from a nearby circus, police said Saturday. ...

A Little Person's Antidote to Bullying

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Imagine there's nowhere you can go where you are not the curiosity that tempts roving eyes and odd glances. Imagine that your very presence evokes a profile in the imagination of others, which instinctively limits who and what you are.

The Circus Wonder Woman

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Adrielle Alves had a secret. A secret she'd been clinging to since joining Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey approximately four years earlier. Initially, she was hired to perform alongside the featured flying trapeze ensemble.

Acrobatic Conundrum's "The Language of Chance" Opens Two Weeks of Amazing, Intimate Circus at 12th Avenue Arts

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Last night, Acrobatic Conundrum performed its show The Language of Chance to open a two-week series of circus events at Seattle's 12th Avenue Arts, and the show was spectacular.

Circus Cat Freed From A Life In Chains

The Dodo | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green

A sad, emaciated puma who spent his life chained to the open back of a car — the only home he'd ever known — is finally free....

Fat Guy In a Little Coat

Al DeLuise | Posted 06.25.2015 | Comedy
Al DeLuise

I had a very nice suit at home, but I hardly ever wore it; weddings and funerals only. So with the impeding wedding of my niece on the horizon, I pulled it from hibernation and tried it on. It fit -- and if I didn't breath, move, eat or drink anything at the wedding it would be fine.

Jerry's Gift: The Art and Passion of a Circus Super Fan

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The arts cast a peculiar spell. Relationships are forged and avenues are explored that likely would have never been considered. For some time, Jerry was simply a character, a fun-loving fan of The Greatest Show On Earth whose presence and kindness was much appreciated.

The Last Ringmaster

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As both a ringmaster and a man, it is all at once awe-inspiring and humbling to look upon the enormity of a life such as Col. John Herriott's. A steep standard he has left, and it is well worth the ascent. In circus, we never say "goodbye," rather we say "see you down the road."

Love, School And Birthday Parties At The Circus

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

There was some backstage flirting, but nothing serious until Jonathan told Priscilla that he wanted to get to know her better. That summer they began dating seriously and fell in love. Dating was easy since they were always in the same city with the circus and had the same schedule.

Elephants Hit the Bricks

Michael Levin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Comedy
Michael Levin

"I'm an elephant." "I can see that." "I just got notice I'll be out of work."

Burnt Paws and Broken Spirits: What Happens When the Circus Lights Go Out?

Nancy Colier | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Nancy Colier

How is it that we can believe we have the right to misuse these magnificent and wise wild creatures for the purposes of entertainment and profit, without any consideration or empathy for their wellbeing?

Elephant Acts to Be Taken Out of Ringling Bros. Circus

Rescue Idiot | Posted 05.06.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

Good news coming out of the circus industry today! Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have announced they will be eliminating elephants from shows by the year 2018 due to animal welfare concerns.

A Berlin Wall Moment for Animal Protection

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

It's surely one of the biggest announcements of the modern era in animal protection: Ringling Bros. has announced that it will cease its use of elephants in its traveling circus. Get the confetti and streamers. Grab the kids and the dog. Put on the party hat. Head over to the parade. Jump on what remains of the fallen wall and raise your arms.

Ringling Bros. Circus To Phase Out Elephant Acts

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 03.05.2015 | Green

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, one of the United States' most famous circus companies, will eliminate elephants from its shows in the coming year...

The Old Man, The Impresario and the Making of a Circus Icon

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Much like the great Sammy Davis, Jr., the unicycle ensemble from the South Bronx beat the naysayers and racists, as well as the pitfalls of their neighborhood with their talent. They achieved this while breaking down barriers and leaving a smooth trail of unicycle tracks for others, like myself, to follow.

The High-Flying Adventures of Kristin Finley

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"My father would be rolling over in his grave if he knew I gave up a secure, well-paying job to start a circus career." Most parents mean well. They sincerely want the best for their children. Unfortunately, that often means the best as they see it.

The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.

A Ringmaster Goes Country

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was suddenly at ease and excited. This appealed to me. For a good song is a good story, and even with my minimum knowledge of the music I knew no genre tells better stories than country, and the circus has plenty of stories.

The Wonder Working Power of the Circus Arts

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Such is the wonder and working power of Arts Education. Give a child the Arts and you give them access to a world far beyond anything they've ever known.

Sixty Seven Elephants in Need of Immediate Rescue in India

Wildlife SOS | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Wildlife SOS

Suzy is one of sixty-seven pachyderms living in terrible conditions in Indian circuses, despite a nationwide ban on the use of elephants in such shows. The next step for Suzy and the others is to find their way to safety thanks to Wildlife S.O.S.

The Lucent Dossier Experience Returns to Las Vegas on 12/5 And 12/6

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Running away to join the circus has become much more enticing since the emergence of electro-cirque tribe, The Lucent Dossier Experience. Combining a neo-tribal, steam punk aesthetic with orchestral electronic music creates a rich and textured palette for your senses.

Is There Any Hope for Two Retired Circus Elephants, Rosie and Opal?

Christina M. Russo | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Christina M. Russo

Since 2012, Rosie and Opal -- a pair of middle-aged, retired circus elephants -- had been living at Hope Elephants, a facility in Hope, Maine. But Rosie and Opal's storyline took an unexpected turn.

Physical Magic Under the Big Top: Cirque du Soleil's Kurios in SF

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.19.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Who could fault the creators of Cirque du Soleil's visual extravaganzas for dressing each new show in some fresh and exotic guise? Novelty, after all, is an essential part of entertainment.

12 Street Performances That Are Better Than Anything You'll See On TV

Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

Step right up, folks! And welcome to the oldest, grandest, most splendiferous show on Earth. Matriculants of this ancient open-air university include ...