BY YVETTE BROWN
The highly anticipated circus show, UniverSoul Circus, is gearing up to come back to Jamaica at the end of the month.
UniverSoul Circus will be presenting a multicultural and multinational cast of performers with performances like extreme motorsports, back-flipping canines, twirling bicycles, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and more.
According to UniverSoul Circus, “UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top three circuses in America along with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey and Cirque du Soleil. UniverSoul’s fresh approach to family friendly live entertainment has garnered it a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The circus was founded 23 years ago in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker.”
Some of their multinational acts include Olate Dogs from Chile, the Ethiopian Pole Act from Ethiopia, the Aerial Duet from Colombia, bicycle tricks from China, Caribbean Dance and Limbo from Trinidad and Tobago, a Russian bar from Cuba and more.
“At this time in our history we need to come together, to embrace and learn from each other,” said Walker. “I believe the circus naturally brings people together. In 23 years of searching for talent, I have journeyed to every continent to find a multicultural, multinational mix of talent to showcase.”
This year, the Ringmaster will be Lucky Malatsi, 27, from Johannesburg, South Africa. Malatsi has been performing for 23 years and in 1999 is when he caught the attention of Walker. By 2000, Malatsi was 10-years-old performing a popular duo contortionist act for the UniverSoul Circus. He has been an acrobatic hip-hop dancer, acrobat, contortionist, trapeze artist, teeterboard flyer, trampoline artist and an acrobatic-dunker with basketballs.
The UniverSoul Circus will be at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick Blvd. and Baisley Blvd. from April 27 through May 15.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com or you can call 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $16 to $40 and they vary based on the venue and the day.
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