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Royal Canadian Circus visits Richmond

By Angel St. George

Published 2:11 PDT, Thu June 9, 2022

Last Updated: 5:16 PDT, Tue June 14, 2022

The Royal Canadian Circus will display a mesmerizing spectacle in Richmond from June 30 to July 3.

“It’s an incredible showcase of elite circus artists from all around the world that has been designed for multi-generational families,” says ringmaster Joseph Bauer, who is a ninth-generation daredevil performer.

According to the circus website, this year’s show is about giving the audience a glimpse into a traditional world where 10th-generation circus families are showcasing their talents.

This year’s line-up does not include exotic animals or endangered species. The circus transitioned away from including them five years ago and has since conducted a survey that indicated 94 per cent of customers would continue to support the circus, even if there are no exotic animals. 

The show will include high-flying acrobats, precarious aerials, death-defying stunts, and clowning.

One of the acts travelling with the Royal Canadian Circus this year is The Dominiguez Brothers, an eighth-generation high wire troupe. They have won international circus awards and have been featured numerous times on national television.

In the 20th century the Wallendas, a family of high wire artists originally from Germany who debuted with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey show in 1928, helped set the standard for acts of skill.

The Wallenda family was renowned for balancing three-high on bicycles on the high wire and, later, for their seven-person pyramid.

Other famous high wire acts include French tightrope walker Blondin, pseudonym of Jean-Francois Gravelet, who owed his celebrity to his feat of crossing the gorge below Niagara Falls on a tightrope 335 metres (1,100 feet) long and 49 metres (160 feet) above the water. 

He crossed the gorge below Niagara Falls a number of times, first in 1859. He often employed theatrical variations, including walking while blindfolded, in a sack, trundling a wheelbarrow, on stilts, and carrying a man on his back, as well as sitting down mid-way to cook an omelette. 

The Royal Canadian Circus show runs about two and a half hours, with an intermission. There will be a variety of circus snacks including cotton candy, candy apples, and snow cones.

Children under age three are welcome to attend for free, as long as they don’t occupy a seat. 

General admission tickets offer access to seating on a first come, first served basis. VIP and ringside seats guarantee a seat in those sections and people can also enjoy the convenience of a priority line-up. 

There is wheelchair accessible seating available for those arriving 45 minutes early. Report to the front of the tent entrance for assistance.

The show takes place in the Lansdowne Centre parking lot (5300 No. 3 Rd.). To purchase tickets, visit royalcanadiancircus.ca

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