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New York | 1h 50m | Ends Dec 30

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

From 9 critic and 3 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Intense, Dizzying

About the show

This holiday season, wishes do come true! Growing up, real-life brothers Bibi and Bichu wanted one thing: to someday join the circus. Now they're here to share their dream with you and your family. More…

Watch agile tumblers ricochet around the stage, elastic contortionists twist into unfathomable shapes, and expert jugglers exchange an endless array of objects. Let the infectious joy and effervescent energy of Ethiopia's astonishing circus artists warm your heart and inspire you to dream big. Best for ages 5 and up.

Voice Mag

for a previous production "A series of brilliant acrobatic stunts has the audience on the edge of their seats from the very first moment...No matter the pace, the energy and vibrancy of the show is never lost, and the audience is on tenterhooks for the entire hour...Everything they do makes you more and more convinced they are insane, as the stunts get harder and the stakes higher...This is an all-round brilliant show; the music is electrifying, the stunts are astonishing and visually, it is stunning." Full Review

Broadway Baby

for a previous production "A solid first act for a circus show and the audience cheer and clap along to the excellent fusion of traditional music and beats that accompanies the show. We then get a moment to catch our breath only to have it whipped away from us by an impressive contortion duo which leads into some impressive ball juggling and then a spinning towel routine that somewhat defies description...A phenomenal hour of circus that shows that dreams can come true." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

for a previous production "From the breath-taking tumbling and somersaults that open this show, it seems impossible that the performers will be able to maintain this level of physicality for the next hour. However, not once does the tension ever flag...The seamless mix of juggling, acrobatics, and eye-watering contortions all have the audience shouting with joy...The high-octane finale with Chinese poles is a heart-stopping way to finish, and it seems as if all the cast is involved in this final act." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "An hour of ebullient escapism. At its best it moves beyond slick acrobatic entertainment and becomes a study in physical (and mental) harmony. The production – which comes to Underbelly via a run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe – is a success story through and through...This is a show to be roundly applauded and admired." Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production "A boisterous, hour-long, family-friendly display of exuberance from a company at the top of their game and with a message to shout about...Humming with brio and many-splendored joy, they burst out on stage, revealing sequence after sequence of contortion, hand vaulting, acrobatics, club juggling, and Chinese pole climbing...A uniformly excellent company working in tandem...This is all body, physical, raw, and unimpeded. Joy-fuelled talent at its purest." Full Review

Love London Love Culture

for a previous production "From a hypnotic juggling act that is filled with grace to backbreaking balancing acts performed by some extremely flexible female performers, 'Ethiopian Dreams' has plenty to keep the audience entertained and mesmerised...It is clear that all of the performers really enjoy what they do...They really engage with the audience as well, encouraging them to feel involved...A vibrant and mesmerising show that shows the depth of trust and bond between the performers." Full Review

The List

for a previous production "Obviously a hothouse for bendy, mesmerisingly good acrobats, the troupe is trained by former Ethiopian gymnast coach, Solomon Tadese which explains the unique style of graceful contortion and strength that they take turns showing off here...Impressive and good fun, this East African twist on the well-known circus format gets two thumbs up." Full Review

GScene Magazine

for a previous production "With gleaming energy and liberated movement at full throttle, the very appropriate tribal music descends. Talented brothers Bibi and Bichu have done a sensational job putting together an array of acts that the layman’s mind can barely fathom...Although, somewhat shaky in tight and clean movement, they made up for it with showmanship and obvious dedication to their craft – which at the end of the day, is what really makes productions like 'Circus Abyssinia' a worthwhile watch." Full Review

Miro Magazine

for a previous production "The soundtrack fuses jazz and scat with cultural world music, all supported by a highly rhythmic, electro style beat. It’s joyous to listen to...It shouldn’t be completely slick and seamless – the raw energy that emanates from this troupe is part of the joy of watching...But in parts, this is a messy performance. The movements are fluid and well executed, but too often lack a feeling of self-confidence that puts an audience at ease...The potential and the promise are there in spades though." Full Review

Original, Dizzying, Intense, Entertaining, Great sound design

See it if being dazzled by acrobatics of amazingly talented & charming young cast appeals—jaw-clenching acts performed by a joyous, gleeful troupe!

Don't see it if averse to thrilling acts challenging gravity & self-preservation. Don't want to be impressed by extraordinary charm & grit (see below)

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Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You appreciate superb training and an ability to use your body in remarkable ways.

Don't see it if You are looking for context. This is a visual and amazing statement.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy good circus acts from an African based company. Great entertainment for both kids and adults. Simple staging, great acts.

Don't see it if you do not like the circus or do not like being in a theater with a lot of children.

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