We wish you a happy new year and that 2005 will bring the respect that circus deserves. Thanks for visiting our site during the last 2 years. We were visited by 3954 circus fans (since 2003).
According to burguscircus, the portuguese clowns Balders (Emiliano netos) will be part of Pinder 2005 cast. i
Pedro Abreu informed us about the fotos of tha Xmas circus show in Guimarães 8by Soledad Cardinali. i (click here
Jose Antonio had a myocardic infart last sunday. Herby took his place as circus director.
Tonight, some people from the audience were injured when the general seats took down. It hapened in Claudio´s circus.
Soledad will reduce her Xmas program in order to include some of the acts (Magomedova) in the shows in Guimarães and Sta. Mª da Feira. The previous show took 2.30h
1)Soledad will be at Europarque (Sta. Mª Feira) on 18/12.
2)Futuro de Tomás da Silva will be at Estádio do restelo (Lisboa) from 18/12 to 2/1 (more details on Xmas page).
1)The new horses maxi and mini have just arrived to Dallas. Mary Chipperfield will help Mario Sandro in the training of these animals. It is likely that these animals will be displayed during this Xmas show.
2)Tomorow, Rui Mariani will be the special guest of the RTP1 tv talk-show Portugal no Coração.
1)The Xmas show of Oporto coliseum opens tonight. The enterprise brought to Portugal the elephant of Joy Gartners,Color do Brasil (capoeira), Flying Souza (voadores), Marianis and Kikos, irini (hula-hoop), cats and pigeons, Tomas (prapeze), Sandra (aerial tissues).
2)Guimaraes will have a Xmas circus (Soledad Cardinali):15 and 16th december.
After the public presentation last monday, you can find the new book "Historia do circo" by Luciano Reis at FNAC stores or at the best book stores.
Victor Hugo bought a group of baby tigers, (some of them are white). After being trained they will be part of a new act.
The clowns Charles bros are working for Chen during the Xmas season.
The following performers will be part of the 29th edition of Monte-Carlo festival: Gaspar (portugal-rola-rola), Liazeed (maroco-hand balance), Pyongynag (flyers) and Guanghzou (diabolo/contorsion).
There are rumors that Ruben will be in Oporto for Xmas. For now we can assure that Americano will join Soledad and Oporto coliseum in Oporto. Adélio Roque hired new performers: quadrante gymnasts.
There are some more fresh news from Victor Hugo Cardinali: Hugo already works with the 8 horses. In the cast Oct/Nov 2004, there were Filipes (clowns) and Antares (quadrante).
The Vedyaskin bears, which should have arrived to Portugal last weekend, are still in Kiev due to the political instability of Ukrania. G herby is still looking for an animal act to be part of Coliseu dos Recreios Xmas program. (contact him)
C´esar Jr obtained an huge sucess in Chen opening. Besides this clown you can find perch balance, jugglers, swing board acrobats, comic acrobats. This year there will be no tigers performance. We visited its tents this weekend and took a picture. As you can see Chen cares about the audience comfort: there are upholstered chairs.
Dallas performance at Cachaça Disco last friday went very well. Take a look at the advertising voucher.
Besides Tabares and Tito Lester, victor Hugo brought to portugal parrots and sea lions act.
The Xmas season is about to begin (by the way, we have created a Xmas page with many interesting info). Circus casts weren't released yet, but we can advance that:
1)Soledad will debut tonight at 9.30 pm in Oporto, presenting an international cast: tigers, bears, flyers (from Mexico), contorsion and acrobats (from russia). Very nice advertising posters.
2)Dallas will have 2 units: one in Faro (from 4/11) and another will tour through Algarve (read details on our Xmas page)
3)Tabares (flyers, winners of the golden clown in the 28th Monte-Carlo festival) and Tito Lester will be once again in Victor Hugo Cardinali.
4)Chen will debut tomorrow in Lisbon. There will be a swing board acrobat troup, comic act and many animal species.
1)Mundial is in Gaia. It will debut next 4/12. For now you can only see trucks on the yard! At Soledad, some more details and everything will be ready for the great opening at Parque da Cidade (Matosinhos). The cast isn't defined as some performers haven't arrived yet. Pavel's bears (who worked for soledad last season) won the 3 rd prize at S. paul les dax festival.
2)You can read the index of the 3rd volume of Circus History by Luciano Reis in advance by clicking here.
1)The 3rd volume of Portuguese Circus History by Luciano Reis will be presented at the Central Library in Lisbon. You will be able to read its index in this site in a few days.
2)You can find the Cadimas (aerial bambu), Martins (jugglers), crocos, snakes and spiders in freedom in Imperio Cardinali. There will be some more surprises in Xmas time (in Braga)
Xmas circus shows are comming to towns. Dallas are about to receive some more surprises (soon, you will know what we are talking about- its great debut will be on 4/12 in Faro). Chen will open on 26/12, Victor Hugo on 30/12, Roberto on 1/12 (Alg´es), Atlas will have a group of flyers from Florida-USA. Gulliver has just arrived to merito for Xmas season. Soledad will be in Parque da Cidade from 26 November (tigers, beras, flyers...).
Next 26/11 in Cachaça disco (Montijo) there will be a circus night. The nperformers are from Dallas circus: Renato (ringmaster), Ricardo (cómico musical), Lola (bike balance, Mário (clown Teté)...
D. Aida Muñoz left us at the age of 77. She was married to Filipe Cardinali and mother of Frederico (clown in the spanish Italiano) and Aida (Chicha, working at Circolândia). She has worked in the most important european circuses, like Pinder, Nock; D'Hiver Bouglione, Bouglione... Her funeral will take place today in her home town. Read more about her biography (only available in portuguese)
Roberto Cardinali will return to Lisbon for Xmas time: he will be at Algés from 1/12 till 1/1/2005.
1)Besides the cast announced on 15 th november, the 29 th edition of monte-carlo festival, will conciliate the traditional and modern circus schools. The comite selected the following performers: Laura Miller (UK), Rokashov (RUS), Iroshinov (UKR) and KGB (clowns-RUS/GER).
2)Chen will debut in Lisbon next 27 th November; Dallas great opening will take place in Faro next 4 th December.
3)Our friend and contributor Maximo Luftman is performing in Univerersal Renz with César Jr. (after being in Portugal in Dallas-read program 2004) till next 21/11. These known performers will return to Portugal (Xmas matines). César Jr will be part of Chen Xmas cast.
The new Xmas porduction of Lisbon Coliseum will have many surprises. Kludsky (high-school, la poste), Vediaskiny (russian bears-unusal routine) Mr silva and Manduka (aerial ladder), Korzhumbaev (giant poodles), Alatau (swing acrobats-Kazaquistan), Zamira (trapeze-Mongolia), Zamira and Tangalag (contorção), Monti Althoff (high wire and motorbike). Live music by Barta Marcel orchestra. Dias 20, 22, 23, 25, 26 December at 3.30 pm.
The clown Emíilio Calderon will be part of Oporto coliseum Xmas circus. The great opening will be on 10 th December
The artists transferences don't stop: Kikos (clowns) and the international Gonçalves (rola-rola, vertical rope and giant wheel-after an european tour, including the french Kino's) are in Carbinaly.
Congratulations to the portuguese Mundial for its 10th anniversary. The best moments were presented by Mendonça troupe (flyers, including Ruben Mariani), Sasha (7 balls on the ground) and the light effects
The french new circus Plume will be at Lisbon (CCB) from 15 to 23 december 2004. The stage of CCB will be flooded due to water drops and spurts. You can buy tickets for this show at www.plateia.iol.pt or take a look at it at www.cirqueplume.com
Luis Cardinali is waiting for the arrival of Torralvo Family (crocodiles, contorsion and aerial acts). He will return to activity (with his Império) before the end of November.
Cláudio Torralvo contracted recently Gauchos (argentine folklore).
Victor Hugo has returned to activity: he is in Setubal (this weekend).
After the huge success of the portugese Mundial in Galiza, it has returned to activity in Portugal. It will be at Matosinhos from 29 to 7/11. It celebrates its 10th birthday. Children under the age of 10 have free entrance with a paying adult.
Many national performers at european festivals. Nery Cardinali (clowns) and Zoltan (magician) will be part of the european circus festival (Liége-Belgium from 18 december to 9 January 2005). Peres bros. will be at S. Paul les Dax (11 to 14 november).Pavel (who worked for Soledad Cardinali, this season) will present his bears at Lille festival (9 to v14 november)
One of the elements of Quiros troupe (high wire performers) fell during the opening of Bravo at Hiver Bouglione. He is in bad shape. (source: italian circusfans)
Victor Hugo Cardinali has returned to Portugal after being in Madeira.
Cesar family are no longer at Dallas. This enterprise intends to hire jugglers and transformers (Duo Martinis)
Peres bros were part of Boeblinger circus festival cast.
The circo de Portugal finished its spanish tournee last weekend at Tui.
The 20th edition of the international clown Festival will take place (as usual) at Barcelona from 19 till 28/11. There will be many well known clowns. Take a look at its site.
1)The smallest man in world has returned to Victor Hugo Cardinali.
2)The portuguese international clown Tito Lester is working at Cottle and Austen combined show (UK)
1)Some circuses have stoped their activities in order to produce new shows for Xmas, like Império and Chen.
2)Indian and Brasil have broken up.
3)Embell Riva will finish its spanish tour (which included some portuguese cities) next 14/11. Bellucci bros. will start the italian one at Torino. Against our expectation and sources of this enterprise (3 months ago) there won't be any national tour.
4)Tomás da Silva will return to circus skies (trapeze) at Xmas (Oporto Coliseum). There will be some surprises: pigeons and cats, monocycle...
5)The 29 th Monte-Carlo Festival cast will include King Charles (basketball players), Velez (high whire), Pereznovy, Toto Chabry (clown)
1)Sad News: Mrs Maria Garcia Hierro (mother of Cardinali brothers, travelling with Soledad Cardinali) and Leite Mendes (working at Victor Hugo Cardinali, father of Paula-clowns Nery Cardinali bros) passed away.
2)Walter Dias will surprise everyone at Lisbon. Wait and see!
1) Mrs. Maria Hierro was admitted in Coimbra Hospital. She is mother of Victor Hugo Cardinali. Best wishes!
2)2 indian cows have just arrived to Chen.
3)Atlas intends to go to the east side of the country. It has a new cast: Irina (antipodism and sword and knife balance)and Drago (trampolin).
The Gauchos are working at Merito for the 2004 season.
We won't be present at the V Clown Meeting at Santarem. Despite of this, and with the cooperation of the organization of this meeting, there will be previous numbers of our magazine in the theatre halls (see program). Don't miss the chance!
1)Yesterday we watched on tv (Sic) a report about Peter Fratini in Dallas. He is an amazing tamer: he entered the cage without any stick and stood up among 4 lions without any problem, as if he was one of them. He is also known as Sandokan and is from Switzerland. He has been in Portugal teaching some animals of Victor Hugo and Dallas since August. The audience had the chance to watch as circus animals are treated.
2)Victor Hugo is packing! He will be in Madeira for 2 months. He'll return at Xmas time.
Here are some more news:
1) From Spain, Francisco Medrano told us that the portuguese performers Cadimas (aerial bambu) are in Holiday circus.
2) Chen presents an international company: Brasil, Moldavia, Roumain. Clowns are national (Charles bros.)
3) Dallas is renwing its material: Traillers have new pictures, it has wc facilities... Its show is very nice. We'll publish it in October. Untill then, Know that it finishes with My Way, cats and dogs on low whire...
Did you know some european countries intend to create a law that banish animals in circus? It seems The EU intends to do the same. Please save the traditional circus by signing a petition. Visit the site of the Circus saving Comite.
We´re back! Here are some fresh news:
1) The portuguese clown Emilio Calderon (father of Marco) is in Futuro.
2) During summer time, Roberto Cardinali and Futuro shared the same town: Nazaré.
3) It seems that Brasil and Indian will join their staff in order to present a better show.
Before our summer vacations, we'd like to remind you that:
»»We were surprised by the presence of a circus in the east of the country during August. In fact, império cardinali will be at Guarda from 39/7 to 2/8.
»»Be wise: subscribe the clown workshop by Gaulier. Por Trás do Azul assures that this will be the only chance to do this (untill 5th August) and it will worth the ammount of money (410 euros) we'll spend.
»»According to the enterprise, Embell Riva should be in Andalucia's coast for August.
There will be a clown workshop by the french Philippe Gaulier, from 23 to 27 August 2004 (10.00-16.00h) at Capela do museu da Marioneta (Lisbon-Portugal). Subscribe untill 5 th August (firstname.lastname@example.org). It will cost 410 euros per person (maximum: 35 peolple). It is a Por Trás do Azul organization.
There will be fewer circuses in Algarve than usual. For now, only 3 companies will present their shows: Brasil+Indian (Dallas 2), Dallas and Chen. Atlas won't be in Albufeira, like previous years. The majority of national circuses will be in the North/center of Portugal. Tradition isn't the way it used to be!
According to Luciano Reis, the new book about portuguese circus history shall be presented on September. It seems Its printing was delayed by Euro 2004.
A great circus party will happen at Inatel Stadium next 24 th July (18.30 tio 23.30h). Many performers: Roberto Cardinali, Gran Fele, Tot Circ, Circolando, Rafek Albertoni, Pequeno circo de moscovo. Info line: 21 002 71 50.
Marco and his son (bicycle rider) are in Spain at Italiano. The last one, sings during the Great End. Photo soon available.
The Amar circus (France) celebrates its 80 th anniversary. To commemorate this event, the enterprise will create a circus miniature, including animals, traillers, tent and artists. It is likely that it will be commercialized in portugal from the end of 2004. We will wait and see!
Cláudio Torralvo is ready for the summer season. Next weekeend he will be at Figueira da Foz.
It´s summer time! Some circuses are on advanced vacations, preparing material and summer tournée. For example, Cláudio circus will reopen in July as well as Ruben. This one, has returned from Azores 1 month ago. The crocodile act is no longer in yhis circus.
Today, Embell Riva says goodbye to Portugal and returns to Spain: next week-end at Ciudad Rodrigo (Salamanca). The enterprise intends to come back to portugal in 2005. Meanwhyle, You can still visit this circus at Bragança: 17.30 and 21.45h.l
New schedule for Embell Riva: saturday and sunday-5.30 and 9.45h. It's not sure but it's possible that Vila Real will be visited by this circus.
After being in Galicia (Spain), the italian Embell Riva comes to Portugal. It will be at Bragança from 16 til 20/6 (16-18-9.30 pm; 19 and 20-15.00 and 17.30). The stars of the company are the rino Kunta (by Mario Bellucci) and Bellucci Jr (flyers). If you are intetrested in visiting this circus, you can print a bónus from their site (unfortunetly it is not updated). Just go to the ticket section. www.embellriva.it .
Congratulations to Rui Mariani and Portuguese circus! He has been in Galica for 6 months with an huge success! Good luck for the future!
Sérgio Gottani is on the road with his show Pinnochio. It is an humble production (6 performers): Lara (vertical rope), Pinnochio's story, Sérgio Gottani (dancing water), maxi and mini, hula-hoop, aerial quadrante, Pinnochio (trampolin). For the sadness of the children (not only!) there were no clowns!
The new Dallas vouchers mention our web address. We'd like to thank Isaac Alves enterprise for the promotion of our site. Besides we can announce the new Dallas 2004 performers: Cesar (glasses balance), Soraya (juggler) and Cesar Jr (rola-rola/comic act).
Luciano Reis decided to present his new book (which will be about families and circus arts) on 12th July. We'll give more details in a few days.
The new American tent has just arrived to Portugal. It´s a 4 pole structure, red outside, blue inside, without any perchas. For the moment it will not be used.
Finally the last book of the Portuguese Circus History collection is ready. The author (Luciano Reis) will show it in advance on 31 st May at Parque Mayer (Lisbon). We don't know if there will be a similar session at Oporto. We'll wait and see!
From now on we have a new mail address: email@example.com . If you have written us to the old address and didn't get any answer, please rewrite us again to new one. Sorry for the trouble caused.
Adélio Roque, owner of the portuguese Americano intends to buy a new Chapiteau and tent for animals. The new structures will probably arrive to Portugal till the end of 2004.
The gymnast on the giant, who was hired by Claudio Torralvo for 2004 season has finally arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, dear children, just hold your breath. The show is about to start.
The cars and motos have just arrived to Magic circus. Reinaldo Torralvo decided to stay at Rio Tinto for this weekend, in order to present the new motor show.
The portuguese cable tv will continue to advertise its products and services at Victor Hugo Cardinali (at least till August 2004).
The well known spanish tamer Angel Cristo reopened its circus. From the cast, Angelo Roque (juggler) and Linda Mary (contortionist). We wish that this season will bring him the success he deserves!
The famous portuguese clown Companhia will be at Chapito for a special show under its bigtop. Days: 17, 18, 24 and 25 April-4.00 pm. Infoline (00351) 21 8855550.
Filipe Cardinali is a group of portuguese clowns. It is formed up by Frederico Cardinali, his wife and son. Freferico is son of Filipe Cardinali and Aida Munoz. They are now performing at the spanish circo Italiano.
Stefanie Chen Gottani and Marco Mariani are in Austria at Louis Knie circus. Soon we'll publish their photos. Thanks for the news, Cristoph! Click here to see some photos.
The flames consumed Soledad Cardinali's tent and a truck. Despite of the accident, the show is still on the road. This weekend, in Carregado. As far as we know besides all the atractions, The russian bear show worths a visit.
For the first time in many years, Victor Hugo Cardinali won't have flyers (Tabares are now in Ringling-your town unit) for the 2004 season. Despite of this, Michelle and Gracy (cirque du Solei) remain in the tour show. Many new performers: Gulliver (rola-rola), Jess Lester (clown), Fausto (mad car) and after many years away from the ring Avelinos (high-wire). Nice show for 2004 season!
In Portugal many yards (where circuses have presented their shows for many years) are disappearing. The last one was largo Zeca Afonso (Setúbal) which will be remodeled. We are not agaisnt the project, but the lack of solutions to this problem. We can't expect people to go to circuses if they are placed far away form the cities...
The portuguese clown Tito Lester received a work proposal from Mundial (spain). As far as we know, this artist will take part of its 2004 production: SHAOLIN.
Imperio Cardinali joined many circus arts into a single show: aerial acts (russian ring, vertical rope), whire, trampolin, jugglers, magic... Despite of the reduced number of artists and employees, the show runs on a good rythm. Isabel Garcia introduces the acts, proving her great skills as an announcer (one of the few women announcers).
A small group of interesting people joined in order to collect portuguese circus material, in order, to create an exposition about this theme. Congratulations for this project! Go ahead!
The portuguese artists are conquering Europe: familia cardinali (Medrano-Italy) and Sandro Gaspar (Merano-Norway)
The balance was made: more than 160 000 people visited Atlas during the Christmas season (1 month in Lisbon). A real nice number, don't you think?
The portuguese Guilherme Cardinali and family will remain in Armando Bellucci circus for 2004 season (spanish tour). Remind that they perform 2 acts: huskies and clown entree.
The well known portuguese Antonio Jesus Ferreira (Duo Manducas-acrobatic comedy act-2 times in Monte-Carlo Festival) won the Belas Artes medal in Miami. Despite of living in Benidorm, he has a dream: to return to Portugal owning his own circus company.
Ruben circus (+ Brasil) is in Azores. Last weekend they were in Ponta Delgada (21 to 29/2), obtaining the usual success.
During the season opening, many circuses are still looking for artists. Atlas hired recently the roumain equilibrists Milenium (in 2003 in Circolandia), Chicha is in Circolandia. Mario Mariani went to France and bought a new hippo for Mundial. Maxymova bear show is in Greece as well as Michael (giant wheel).
On 30 th of January, a bear hurt his tamer on his back and leg. The man had to be admited at the local hospital for 3 days. The accident took place during the evening show. As far as we know he is ok and has started working again.
The portuguese Atlas reorganized a new program: besides the animals, we can admire jugglers, rola-rola, aerial quadrante, hula-hoop, aerial strips... We will soon publish this program.
The portuguese clowns Campos are in Spain with Coliseum.
the Zensation spanish tour continues. This company is in Palma de Maiorca till 22/2, Murcia (26/2 a 7/3) and Málaga (10/3 to 28/3). Solei will be in Sevilha till 22/2.
The season is about to begin! Some companies have started last weekend, like Atlas, Chen (see tournee). Dallas will open in Olhao for Carnaval. The new 4 lion act will be presented by Mario Sandro, who wants to include a tiger in the performance.
white-face Maximo Luftman is in Roncalli for 2004 season. He performs with an elemen of Kelly Family in a show combining circus and music.
The national clowns Nerys will remain in Amar for 2004 season. They will be part of Sensations program, celebrating the 80 th anniversary of this circus.
The Mundial trip to Vigo did't go well. The hipo Harry died, and the posters had to be excahnged, so there was no show in the last weekend. See a photo of Harry by clicking here .
oTnight at 9.30 pm in Faro (algarve), Dallas circus will promote a combined show: circus and music. This one will be played by the portuguese singers Anjos. Some of the money will be given to a Cancer Association.
Happy birthday Victor Hugo Cardinali!
Here is the list of the winners of 28 th edition of monte-Carlo festival. Reference to Tabares, the flyers of Victor Cardinali last Christmas. Italy was very well represented in this festival (gold, silver, bronze clowns). Rainier III didn't see the show alive, because of medical advise
Gold Clown- Pekin (flyers), Tabares (flyers), Errani (icarians); Silver- Stefano Orfei Nones (tigers), Wallenda (aramists), Kogvar (swingboard), Richter (horse acrobat); Bronze- Willer Nicolodi (ventriloquist), Golden (hand-to-hand), Alan Sulc (juggler), Golden (acrobats), Sea worl (equilibrist).
According to the enterprise information, after being in Madeira, Futuro will visit the north/center of Portugal.
The portuguese circus Mundial will be in Vigo (Galiza) from 23/1/2004, presenting the new 2004 production.
New year, new life... was what really happened in Mundial. 3 tigers were born in the begining of the year. They are being cared by Rui and Mario Mariani. After Gaia, Mundial will go to Vigo.
From the cast of the 28th edition of Monte-carlo circus festival, we point out the flying 12 Tabares (two bars), who performed last Christmas in Victor Hugo Cardinali, after being in RBBB. (click here to see photo). Other artists will be Stefano Orfei Nones, Sonny Frankello (elephants), Alan Sulc,Duo Passion (aerial tissues), Grigorescu (clown), mambo Jambo (acrobats), Errani (icarists), Maxim papazov, Anatrest (equilibrist), Holmikers (comic acrobats),Kovgar, Didik (spring board),Claudius Spect (juggler), Elementary force, Gotys (clowns), Rzaev, Wallenda (funambulists) Woznievsky, Gaston (clown), Kalachev (magician), Brumbach, Golden Power, Willer Nicolodi (ventriloquist), Fish (aerial ballet).
2004 brought bad news to Dallas: 2 lions and 1 tiger died during last week. The lions were very old; the tiger was mario Sandro favourite (in the rimg he hugged the animal). Meanwhyle a new act is being prepared.