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Big Apple Circus Raises The Big Top at TD Bank Ballpark

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The Big Apple Circus will pitch its tent in the parking lot at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater for performances of "The Grand Tour!" Feb. 12-March 13. Credits: Courtesy Big Apple Circus
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BRIDGEWATER - The Big Apple Circus returns to New Jersey for the company’s 38th season with the New Jersey Premiere of The Grand Tour! at TD Bank ballpark, Feb. 12-March 13.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles.

With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe.

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Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance.

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensationAlexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasiniwith hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

 The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with choreographer and associate director Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik, with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design byMaruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. Big Apple Circus has joined with world-renowned Autism Spectrum Disorders experts to adapt The Grand Tour for families with members on the spectrum.

The adapted show includes the same world-class artistry as the full performance with a shorter running time, adjusted lights and sound, a calming center, pictorial social narratives, and specially trained staff and volunteers to assure a memorable event for everyone.

All tickets to this special performance, a 75-minute abbreviated show, are half price ($12.50–$37.50).

Tickets for all shows (excluding special performances) start at $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, visitwww.bigapplecircus.org.

 

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