WHAT: Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the presentation of Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, running September 17 through October 20, 2019. This new circus was created by brothers Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam in 2017, who have been circus performers for over two decades. Recently, they were performers in Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo as members of the Medici Brothers Circus. Circus Abyssinia has been touring worldwide consistently since it began including the UK, New York, Japan, France, Hungary, Australia and Abu Dhabi. This is only the second time Circus Abyssinia has been in the United States. The show delves into the rhythms and roots of Ethiopia's rich musical and artistic traditions to weave its story through death-defying tricks, and feats of juggling, clowning, and contortion, all performed to the irresistible beats of modern Ethiopian popular music. Full cast list below.
ABOUT: A whole new kind of circus is coming to town! The rhythm of Ethiopia comes alive as this internationally acclaimed, dream-filled adventure makes its daring Minneapolis debut. Jaws will drop as one amazing feat after another defies gravity and awakens possibility; oh, to be part of the spectacle! It’s an incredible range of high-flying hilarity, hula hooping, death-defying tricks, and ridiculously joy-filled juggling with the music and movement of East Africa.
“One of the things I love most about theatre is re-imagining what theatre means, especially on our own stage,” states CTC Artistic Director, Peter C. Brosius. “And while the Twin Cities is a large hub for circus training and performance, Circus Abyssinia will be the very first circus piece to play on our stage. What I loved most when I saw this piece at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the pure joy, virtuosity, and expression by these acrobats. Their incredible skill and heroic acts are both extraordinary and deeply human, and we know will leave anyone who sees them in awe.”
“We're over the moon to be bringing Circus Abyssinia to the CTC,” stated performer/director Binyam “Bichu” Tesfamariam. “It's going to be an absolute privilege to perform at such an extraordinary theatre, one so perfect for kids and their families. And we can't wait to come to the brilliant city of Minneapolis!”
THEMES: Circus; community; modern African music; Ethiopia/East Africa; teamwork; family; traditional circus; transformation; strength; belonging; physical expression.
PRESS DATES: Media are invited to attend opening weekend performances, which include:
Friday, September 20 at 7pm
Saturday, September 21 at 2pm
Sunday, September 22 at 2pm
Each media person can RSVP for two tickets gratis with the option to purchase additional tickets.
SOURCE: Children’s Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis
MEDIA NOTES: Contact Melissa Ferlaak, Senior Communications Manager, for access to interviews with the creative team, performers, or CTC executive staff.
PHOTOS: Advance photos are available here.
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