CIRCUS: Zoppe Italian Family Circus @ the Big Top on Broadway, Schenectady, 7/18/13

July 20th, 2013, 10:30 am by Greg


Review & photographs by Stanley Johnson

Seeing the big top circus set up in a parking lot on Broadway next to the parking garage, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleased to find the Zoppe Italian Family Circus to be one of the best circus experiences I’ve ever had.

Right from the beginning, the circus troupe showed its roots: an authentic tradition dating back to 1842 in San Firore, Italy. The circus sports costumes, make-up and skills which haven’t changed much in 170 years but are still thrilling and lots of fun to watch.

Outside the tent the performers greeted the customers both on the way in and out (imagine that anywhere else) and, during the introduction, stressed the family aspect, even though many in the group were from different countries. “Without family, you don’t have a circus,” they told the spectators.

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