Clowning Around With Big Apple Circus

Rob Torres, an award-winning clown in the new Big Apple Circus show, has performed around the world without using words, sharing with every audience the universal language of laughter. Among his many achievements, the native New Yorker performed a one-man show in seven countries, toured with another circus to 121 American cities and created shows for Walt Disney World resorts in Orlando, Fla.

Torres will come back to perform in New York during the Big Apple Circus’ tour in Cunningham Park in May.
“In Cunningham Park, the arena is really perfect,” he said. “It allows the audience to see the acts as closely as they would street performers, combined with the comfort of seats.”

Rob Torres

Rob Torres

A graduate of a now-shuttered clown college in Florida, he also studied clowning in Mexico and Europe, and performed in a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the popular children’s show, “Sesame Street.” Using silly expressions, playful antics and zany interactions with both kids and adults in the audience, Torres creates cascades of laughter wherever he goes, playing an everyman character with the joy of Jerry Lewis and the hilarity of Harpo Marx.

“I get inspiration for my character’s actions from life’s daily dilemmas,” he said.

The performances in the new show “Luminocity,” are centered around activities in Manhattan’s Times Square. The acts include Ty Tojo, a teenage juggler from Japan; Jenny Vidbel, an American woman who works with ponies; the amazing Dosov Troupe from Russia, that works with a teeterboard, and the Russian Acro-Duo; Duo Guerrero (Werner Guerrero and Aura Cardinali), fantastic high-wire performers from Portugal; Canadian acrobat Daniel Cyr; and Pierre Ginet from France, whose clever act is full of surprises.

The Big Apple Circus will perform at Cunningham Park, located at 196-22 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows, just west of Francis Lewis Boulevard, from May 18 to June 15. The show is two hours long with a 15 minute intermission and takes place in an air-conditioned tent. For tickets, go to or call (888) 541-3750.

For more information, call the Ticket Information line at (800) 922-3772.

-Barbara Arnstein