18th August 2022
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‘Circlassica’ pays tribute to 250 years of modern circus

It’s 250 years since modern circus was created and the Productores de Sonrisas company is staging a new show at Madrid’s IFEMA venue to celebrate this anniversary.

Circlassica is a family show set in a magical world that features tightrope walkers, trapeze artists and jugglers, and tells the story of Nim, a clown who wants to win the heart of a dancer called Margot.

A live orchestra provides accompanying music to the acrobatics, humour and performance that make up this production. It was written by Emilio Aragón, a popular Spanish-Cuban actor, writer, composer, director and comedian, whose own father was a famous clown known as Miliki.

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‘Circlassica’ pays homage to the countless entertainers who’ve been part of the circus world over the past 250 years.

The history of modern circus dates from 1768 when Philip Astley opened the first show in England.

Astley was a skilled horseman and his performance featured him doing tricks on horseback and riding in a circle rather than a straight line as was the norm; it was this style of riding that gave rise to the name ‘circus’.

A few years later, Astley added other artistes including acrobats, tightrope walkers and clowns, who were originally there to fill in spaces between other acts.

When: 23 November – 27 January 2019

Where: IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Av. Partenón, 5

More info: circlassica.es

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