Bianco
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Bianco NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
14%
Negative
4%
Members say
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Edgy, Absorbing

About the Show

St. Ann's Warehouse presents the U.S. premiere of NoFit State Circus' immersive spectacle for all ages.

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Member Reviews (28)

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945 Reviews | 386 Followers
79
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You enjoy Circue de Soliel but this is more quirky and with so much more heart! The tent was filled with joy!

Don't see it if You can't stand for two hours.

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
77
Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy extreme gymnastics. The artists are very talented and able to do physical things that are exciting to watch with grace.

Don't see it if you expect traditional circus. No spandex or sequins often more gymnastic then performance. In addition you have to stand for most of it.

273 Reviews | 473 Followers
85
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to see an edgier, hipper Cirque du Soleil. Skip Paramour. Bianco is where the real circus is.

Don't see it if you're opposed to standing for 2hrs. and moving around with a herd of people.

197 Reviews | 529 Followers
84
Entertaining, Original, Great staging, Edgy, Acrobatic

See it if A Brooklyn hipsterish, grittier version of Cirque du Soleil. Incredible acrobats perform up close, with attitude, charm and unique props.

Don't see it if You need to sit; this is on your feet for 2 hours, being moved around by guides (although some people in the front just sat on the floor).

250 Reviews | 75 Followers
95
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to see a great aerial show. This is not a show for acting. This is for your visual stimulation. The music is also live and is great

Don't see it if you don't like the circus and cirque type shows. If you didn't enjoy this show, then seek help. It's a great show, everyone is so talented.

241 Reviews | 59 Followers
80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Original, Dizzying, Refreshing

See it if You like Cirque du Soliel, want to be in the middle of the action, enjoy aerial acts or you want to be under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Don't see it if You have asthma (seriously it's dusty) or if you can't stand for 2 hours. It's in a "big tent" so it's outside over dirt (mats placed down)

205 Reviews | 43 Followers
77
Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like aerial acts, want something less polished than Cirque du Soleil -

Don't see it if you can't stand for 2 hours, acts are repetitive with not enough difference to keep interest

204 Reviews | 42 Followers
95
Delightful, Enchanting, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of other like minded shows such as Fuerza Bruta, or are in need for something entirely different from the usual.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows such as Fuerza Bruta, or would rather not stand for two hours.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
May 8th, 2016

"This company exudes an enticingly musky scent of vagabond glamour...Watching this show suggests what it might have been like to experience the circus in the days of Dickens and Hardy, filled with exotic and illicit promises...The cast is steeped in a sort of louche, defiant and highly attractive arrogance. Its members appear to be less courting your applause than allowing you to hang out while they do improbable and seemingly very pleasurable things with their bodies."
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Time Out New York
May 10th, 2016

"Though there’s some snazzy stuff with trampolines and visual coups de théâtre, 'Bianco’s' most striking moments utilize little more than strands of rope and the performers’ physical prowess. 'Bianco' wants to be both iconoclastic and flashy but isn’t quite either. The appeal of this big-top show isn’t in the high-concept aesthetics or technical flourishes, which feel a little overcooked. It’s in the curve of a bicep, the arch of a back and the tightrope walker’s foot that negotiates the wire."
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New York Post
May 13th, 2016

"If hunky dudes in skimpy clothing are your bag, check out NoFit State Circus’ 'Bianco'—at times the show feels like 'Magic Mike' under a big top. There are women in the cast, too, and they’re as fit as you’d expect...The effect is even more striking, since 'Bianco' is mostly aerial and the stunts take place right above our heads — this is literally standing-room only."
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Theatermania
May 9th, 2016

“While it has all the elements of a truly unique circus experience, a series of misfires and oversights leaves us feeling unsatisfied...That's not to say that the acts aren't amazing...Angelique Ross is grace personified in her dance trapeze act...Unfortunately, many of the routines feel quite short compared to the considerable transition time...It may not be the greatest show on earth, but you have to admire the scrappy resourcefulness of its young performers.”
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Lighting & Sound America
May 15th, 2016

"If you're tired of the pretensions of the Cirque du Soleil shows, you might find the performers of 'Bianco' to be congenial company...One of the pleasures of 'Bianco' is the ability to roam the tent, watching the action from different angles...Then again, this is a variety show that suffers from a lack of variety...With a program that consists almost entirely of aerial acrobatics, a certain sameness sets in...The novelty factor of 'Bianco' lies in its style rather than its substance,"
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TheaterScene.net
May 16th, 2016

“The general vibe was anti-technology, homespun, sort of old-fashioned and human scale—all of which, of course, is camouflage for extraordinary technical expertise...Frankly, the main difference between ‘Bianco’ and its sister circuses is its ambiance and not the acts, wonderful as they are…‘Bianco’ presents them as people, not virtuosos...Worth a trip to its river’s edge location under the bridge to satisfy a yearning for unpretentious entertainment.”
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TheaterScene.net
February 11th, 2019

"The creator of 'Betty & The Belrays' pretty much dares you to compare his well-meaning, but cartoony, new musical to 'Hairspray', a comparison in which the new musical fares poorly. Written-book and lyrics-and directed by William Electric Black, with music by Black, Valerie Ghent and Gary Schreiner, 'Betty,' like 'Hairspray,' tells the story of a white high school-aged girl, the eponymous Betty (Paulina Breeze), living in a racially divided city, here 1963 Detroit."
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May 11th, 2016

"For families who prefer edgy and scrappy neo-circus troupes to the slick razzle-dazzle of Cirque du Soleil, 'Bianco' is a heart-pumping thrill...Don't worry about the story and focus on the incredible sights. Many performers shine in solo acts...Sometimes a sense of sameness creeps in as the two-hour show stretches on. But just as your mind starts to wander, a breathtaking visual will grab you back, like fake snow covering the audience at the finale."
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