The 2018-2019 Big Apple Circus!

I’m a huge circus fan and one lucky lady. We’ve been guests of the Big Apple Circus before (in 2014 and 2015) and couldn’t wait to return this year for it’s 41st season!

 

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

Once again in Lincoln Center (through January 27th, 2019) we were able to relive the joy of the big top. This time, we brought our two-year-old and experiencing it through his eyes was (as expected) fantastic.

 

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

 So let’s get to it! Post-pony ride, the lights went down and the circus began.

 

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

This year the Big Apple Circus is led by ringmaster Stephanie Monseu. Well-qualified for the position, she is a circus veteran who can swallow fire, walk on stilts & throw knives with precision. You know, just like you can do too…

Each act had so much excitement.

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

We loved the amazing balancing of Emil Faltyny which made us look at our home ladder’s potential in a different way (do not try this at home!).

 

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

We were amazed by the wall trampoline act – “Spicy Circus”, created by Andréanne Quintal. It was hard not to have fun watching this, especially because the performers had such huge smiles on their faces. It looked like it was as much fun to do as to watch. I turned to my kids and pointed out the apparatus these men were jumping on looked like what they often build out of Magna-Tiles. Naturally, they needed to build a replica when we got home.

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

As an avid Yogi, I am always so impressed to watch the upper body strength of the hard balancing acts. The acro fusion poses of Duo Fusion (featuring the “strongest mom in the world” Virginia Tuells & her husband Ihosvanys Perez) did not disappoint! Even more impressive: Virginia and her husband Ihosvany’s had a baby on December 24, 2017. Three months later they were up and performing again! Talk about an impressive post-partum period!

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

But of course, one of the highlights was a dog driving a car. Yep, you read that right. Animals are always a hot topic in the circus. Something that sets the Big Apple Circus apart is their commitment to featuring only rescue animals and maintaining a vital no wild or exotic animal policy. In fact – the horses, ponies and dogs that appear in the show are members of 3rd generation animal trainer Jenny Vidbel’s family!

 

 

Finally, what would the circus be without the flying trapeze? It always amazes me to see how effortlessly these performers – here the Flying Tunizianis – fly through the sky. I was lucky enough to try aerial acrobatics a few times and let me tell you it is not easy. I was just happy to get my legs up onto the bar (the first time was a fail that I blame on my post-partum period, unlike Virginia!). Even more impressive about this group (many of whom are related) is that it’s the home to Ammed Tuniziani – one of the only living performers to ever land the quadruple somersault on the trapeze.

 

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama 

As usual, Big Apple Circus had lots of comedic acts in between the big performances, thanks to Mark Gindick and Adam Kuchler that were fun to watch.

 

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

But – you might ask – didn’t the circus close? The tent was not raised for the 2016-2017 season but was revived by a group of investors led by the new CEO, Neil Kahanovit. A bit of an unorthodox path for a retired spine surgeon to take but, as always, we look to our formative years to guide us. For Neil that was performing trampoline acts and as an aerialist while in med school! See? We are all just chasing that Fountain of Youth and sometimes, especially in the Big Apple Circus, dreams can come true!

 

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

The Big Apple Circus is a fantastic way to spend the day with your family. After ending their Lincoln Center residency in Damrosch Park on Sunday, January 27th, 2019, they head down to Maryland February 14th – March 24th, 2019 (Neil’s a  Pikesville, MD native), then back up to Long Island at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury April 26 – 28th, 2019. You can purchase tickets here.

2018-2019 Big Apple Circus - The Mint Chip Mama

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Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (10, 6, and 4). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member (and former president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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