The Zoppè Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500-seat tent on the lawn at the Chandler Center for the Arts for a one-ring circus that honors the best
The Zoppè Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500-seat tent on the lawn at the Chandler Center for the Arts for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old World Italian tradition.
The circus is more than 160 years old, with its roots planted in 1842 when a young French street performer named Napoline Zoppè wandered into a plaza in Budapest, Hungary, looking for work. There, he met a beautiful equestrian ballerina named Ermenegilda. Because Napoline was a clown, Ermenegilda’s father saw him as beneath her and disapproved of their relationship. The two ran away to Venice, Italy, and founded the circus that still bears their name.
Nino the Clown has been a mainstay at the circus. This year, the audience will enjoy Raoul Gomiero, the new ringmaster. Zoppè’s longtime friend was recruited from Italy, where he worked as a ringmaster and actor.
The circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.
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3 (Wednesday) 7:00 p.m. - 7 (Sunday) 5:42 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225