Before circus clowns entertained children, they worked in quality assurance, maintaining the anatomical accuracy of balloon giraffes and ensuring every new vehicle holds at least two dozen floppy shoes. Embrace new gigs with this GrouponLive deal to see the Big Apple Circus performance of Legendarium at the Lincoln Center. For $52, you get one ticket for either preferred ringside, box, or mezzanine seating (up to a $103 value, including all fees). No seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. Best available seats are assigned at the discretion of management. Children younger than 3 are free if held on an adult's lap; limited to one child per adult. Choose from the following showtime options:
- Wednesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, at 12:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, at 12:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, at 12:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Profiled on the PBS series Circus and dedicated participants in community-outreach programs, the international performers of Big Apple Circus stretch one ring to new limits with this year's original show, Legendarium, presided over by veteran ringmaster John Kennedy Kane. Profiled in the New York Times for their clowning mission to such conflict-torn areas as Afghanistan and the Balkans, the husband-and-wife team of Acrobuffos elicit gleeful chortles with athletic buffoonery. Daniel Cyr showcases his invention, the Cyr Wheel, a man-sized tool that allows him to roll about the ring in dazzlingly complex elliptical figures and easily go undercover at auto-repair shops. Led by animal trainer Jenny Vidbel, Big Apple Circus' ponies, Arabian horses, and energetic dogs perform sprightly routines, learned under humane training regimens based on positive reinforcement. With every seat within 50 feet of the ring, the circus' custom-made big top keeps show-goers comfortable with a raisable cupola that allows warm air to escape as guests relax on comfy cushions that keep incubating eggs from cracking in back pockets.
Big Apple Circus
Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience.
You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.