Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is back with a new act six years on from its last performance. Having run from 1871 to 2017 the legendary traveling circus has announced a brand new arena show without animals that includes jaw-dropping trapeze, harrowing high-wire stunts, and more.
Recently announced, the spectacle once billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth” is set to embark on a country-wide tour kicking off with a show on September 29 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Per its website, the tour is slated to stretch into 2024 with five Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performances in Texas, including shows in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.
The reimagined show is most notably doing away with its animal performances. Instead, it will host a 360-degree experience featuring aerial artistry, “modern comedy”, musical performances, trapeze, BMX, and more.
“We’re reintroducing Ringling at a time when families are seeking shared entertainment experiences that provide joy, connection, and moments of togetherness,” said Kenneth Feld, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Feld Entertainment on its website.
“To redefine Ringling for today’s audiences, we started with a blank slate and evolved all aspects from production to performance to meet the needs of modern families, ultimately creating a massive playground that delivers an incredible and unique performance that can only be called The Greatest Show On Earth.”
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 2023 North American Tour will feature a cast of 75 performers from 18 countries across the world. The immersive circus plan to amplify the performances with elevated sonic spatial technology and a spotlight tracking system meant to elevate the audience’s experience.
“When thinking about how to bring The Greatest Show On Earth back for families, creating an experience that could be collectively enjoyed by Children of All Ages was at the top of our list,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment and Producer of The Greatest Show On Earth.
The circus website has listed Dallas on its North American Tour, though does not specify the date. Stay tuned for more details.
More information can be found at www.ringling.com.
[Featured image from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey]