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New York | 1h 50m | Already closed

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

From 10 critic and 7 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Masterful, Absorbing

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.

1h 50m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Mommy Poppins

"With inventive twists on familiar acts, 'Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams' is an exhilarating holiday show for the whole family...The first half of the show flies by—often literally, with gravity-defying acts...The second act includes the mesmerizing Summer Lacy, an aerialist who climbs and wraps herself in chains instead of silks...In addition to being a fine time at the circus, the show gives audiences a taste of Ethiopian culture through its costumes...and its soundtrack." Full Review

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

Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a great acrobatic show. They put some new twists on acts I have seen over and over again. Really well done and talented performers.

Don't see it if looking for a show with a story. This is an acrobatic show. The midpoint comedy act, needs some work, but all the performers were excellent.

Also I recommend this show for all ages.

Delightful, Dizzying, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want a great family show. I only wish the women were allowed to tumble, juggle like men. And wear real clothes like the men.

Don't see it if You think women performers should be allowed to do more than "women" acts: bending, spinning, etc. in skimpy outfits. Equality? It is 2019.

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.

Ambitious, Epic, Intense, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if if you like cirque du soleil

Don't see it if IF you want something with a rich plot

Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if It is a beautiful and very artistic show. Performers are amazing and music is incredible.

Don't see it if Should definitively see it. Good for kids and adults!

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