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Big Apple Circus is back in Stamford

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On October 18th, the world renowned Big Apple Circus will return to The Long Ridge School in Stamford for a second exciting year to preview its upcoming 31st season of Lincoln Center shows. Families will be able to delight in performances by the Nanjing Acrobats from China who combine world-class acrobatics and classical ballet to create intricate images of grace and beauty, Luciano Anastasini from Italy and his razzle-dazzle canines delivering doggone delight!

Olvier Taquin from France will be joined by company member Valdis Yanovskis in a whimsical, playful, charming mime act in the spirit of silent film! Armenian quick-change artists Sos and Victoria, Guinness Book of World Record holders for the most costume changes in two minutes (16!) will mystify the audience with their sorcery.

From Russia, the Rodion Troupe will amaze all with heart stopping soaring leaps and flips from a bar that is only 5 inches wide in a Russian Barre act! From America, the LaSalle Brothers, Jake and Marty-flashy identical juggling twins-will bring double the trouble and double the fun to the ring, along with clowns Glen Heroy and Mark Gindick who will provide plenty of merry mischief. And of course, Grandma (Barry Lubin) the iconic clown of the Big Apple Circus’s Department of Laughter and an International Clown Hall of Fame inductee will delight young and old with a bag full of antics and laughs.

The Big Apple Circus is the first and leading non-profit circus in the United States and the benefit performances at The Long Ridge School will be the only opportunity for Fairfield County residents to preview the Lincoln Center show. Last year’s performances in the school’s new Arts and Athletics Center were extremely well received by more than 1500 delighted circus fans from Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Chris Wearing, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Big Apple Circus, commented: “We are so excited to bring the Big Apple Circus back to Fairfield County after last year’s successful preview at the Long Ridge School.  We are proud to be connected to an organization like The Long Ridge School which shares our commitment to providing great learning experiences for children.

Their new Arts and Athletics Center is also such an intimate venue to experience the show in the way that classical circus was meant to be enjoyed. These special preview performances are a unique opportunity for people in and around Fairfield County to see our new show before we move into Lincoln Center for our annual holiday engagement.”

Kris Bria, Head of the Long Ridge School, an independent co-educational day school for Beginners, Nursery and Elementary students in North Stamford, (and the winner of the Stamford Plus “Best Elementary School in Stamford” award) said she was delighted to welcome the Big Apple Circus back to her campus. “Last year’s performance was one of the highlights of the year for us--we can’t wait to see what’s coming this year!”

Tickets are available through the Big Apple Circus at or 800-922-3772 (Monday-Friday 9-5). General performances on Saturday October 18 are at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm. Additional information is available at

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