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Grab The Family And Get To Paris Las Vegas, Circus 1903 Has Come To Town

Last updated: July 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows, Paris Las Vegas, Uncategorized. Comments Off on Grab The Family And Get To Paris Las Vegas, Circus 1903 Has Come To Town.

Step right up! Come one, come all! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages – welcome to the greatest show on earth!

Pick whatever circus jargon you like and get excited. The circus is in town!

This Las Vegas show under the big top isn’t like others. In a way, it is both ultra-modern and a complete throwback.

Circus 1903 at The Paris Las Vegas

Let’s start with the latter. As the charismatic ringmaster David Williamson told Young Hollywood in a YouTube interview, “We are in a time warp. We’ve gone back to 1903 – the roots of the circus. This show is a love letter to the traditional circus.”

The show he is discussing is aptly named “Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus” which opened at Paris Las Vegas on July 25 and plays six days a week Tuesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. along with 3 p.m. matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 31.

“Circus 1903” comes from the producers of the internationally touring magic show “The Illusionists” in conjunction with the puppeteers of “War Horse.” The loose structure of the production follows a turn-of-the-20th-century travelling circus as it rolls into a new town, ready to put on a show.

As Williamson reminded Young Hollywood, this was before Internet, before television, even before radio became available. So when the circus came to town, it wasn’t just a big deal, it was the biggest deal.

“It was like the Super Bowl, the Oscars, the Olympics all rolled into one,” Willamson enthused. “And the whole town would come up just to watch this incredible spectacle unfold.”

And what a spectacle “Circus 1903” is. A bevy of must-see-to-be-believed acts constitute the bulk of the cast. There are The Flying Fins, a trio of teeterboard acrobats. One gentleman jumps on one side of the board sending the gentleman on the other side of it soaring in the air where they flip and fly. It’s like an X-Games version of a see-saw.

Opening Night of Circus 1903

Speaking of The X Games, Florian Blummel would probably win some gold medals for his insane bicycle trickery. The man known as The Cycling Cyclone rides a bike in ways most people can’t even imagine.

While there isn’t a traditional competition for Senayet Assefa Amara to challenge, the African-born performer is a stunning athlete. One can’t gain the nickname “The Elastic Dislocationist” without dropping the jaws of spectators. Contortionists are a circus tradition, but the 360-degree way The Dislocationist wriggles and stretches her body around into mind-blowing positions is a sight to behold, if not fully comprehend.

Equally as impressive with his body control is Geddy “The Sensational Sozonov” Pavlovich. A master of the rolla boll, no matter how high Pavlovich stacked cylindrical rollers, he managed to maintain his balance.

Then there is tempo juggler Francois Borie, better known as The Great Gaston. While juggling is older than the circus itself, the way Gaston throws and catches bowling pins is unlike the jugglers of the past. He whips shiny pins up and down so quickly, it looks like liquid silver.

Juggling of a different type is the specialty of Fratelli Rossi – Alejandro and Ricardo. The duo specialize in foot juggling, where one brother lies on his back with his feet in the air and kick spins the other brother, who flips at lightning fast speed.

Human iterations of traditional circus acts is a theme throughout the show. Les Incredibles, Andrei Kalesnikau and Anny LaPlante, present a mesmerizing turn on the Russian cradle, which also goes by the name the human trapeze. The duo, which has appeared on Cirque Du Soleil’s Corteo and had an epic stand on “America’s Got Talent” are perfectly in sync with one another as Kalesnikau acts as the trapeze, whirling LaPlante around as she catches major air before landing in her partner’s arms.

Tying the line between circuses of yesteryear and this version are Los Lopez, a family of high-wire walkers who are sixth generation circus performers. It’s an elegant bridge — nay tightrope — to the past.

The ultimate tie to the past and the present in “Circus 1903” is the elephants. The producers wanted to remind audiences of days-gone-by when the larger-than-life animals appeared before their very eyes. A lot has changed since the 1900s, especially the treatment of animals. With that in mind, the producers brilliantly decided to collaborate with the artists at Significant Object, the team behind the amazing puppets in the award-winning play “War Horse.”

The result is the amazing elephants in “Circus 1903.” These elephants feel real. You can watch them and know they are giant puppets – sometimes it takes up to four puppeteers to operate the mother elephant, Queenie – but it’s like they are living beings with personality.

Peanut, the playful baby elephant, is mischievous and helps Williamson – aka Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade – play tricks on kids in the audience. Adding to the realism is that these “elephants” are able to shoot water from their trunks.

Queenie and Peanut capture the emotions of their real-life counterparts. They take the audience on a ride to the past, but are clearly in this time, in this moment. It is a perfect example of everything that is right with “Circus 1903.”

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Jason is originally from the great state of New Jersey. That’s right – great! He’s lived in Las Vegas on and off for the past 20 years, which he also rates as top notch. As a pop culture fanatic, he loves concerts, great food, offbeat adventures and movies. He has written for too many publications to mention, has sold a few screenplays and is immersed in the creative world.

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