Tosca Pony

Zoppé Italian Family Circus


Nino the Clown

Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus

The 7th Generation

October 9-25, 2015
Matinee & Evening Showtimes
Circus Tent: Red Morton Park
1455 Madison Ave. Redwood City (map)



The Circus is coming to town! Redwood City is pleased to welcome, for the eighth year, Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus from October 9th through October 25th for spectacular two-hour performances that will enthrall the entire family!

About the Show

The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, 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.
Julien ZoppeSixth generation circus performer Giovanni Zoppé traces the beginning of performance art to the circus arts, with its humble beginnings in street clowns and jugglers. "The circus is antique," he says, "it's history." In his case, it's something more. It's family history. Giovanni's son Julien Veneto Zoppé, who was born at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City in 2009 and made his first appearance in the family circus when he was just six days old, celebrates his sixth birthday this year. Folks who attend "Zoppé An Italian Family Circus" during its Oct. 9-25 run at Red Morton Park might see him perform alongside his father as his mini me, "Nineto". Julien will participate for a week this year, and while his specialty is being quite adorable, he also performs hat tricks, balancing acts and more. Giovanni's sister, Tosca, continues in her family's footsteps by combining death-defying equestrian feats with exquisite grace as she dances on horseback.

"The show changes every year," explains Zoppé. So no worries if you saw last year's Redwood City gig. Highlights of this year's show include several performances by guest artists which features two new acts: the world-famous Black Bear Group interprets one of China's oldest art forms with dazzling acrobatic displays and Jose and Elizabeth Ayala from Mexico bring Rolla bolla performances and gravity defying hair hanging.

New acts for 2015 include...

Black Bear Group Chinese Acrobats  

(a 7 member company)  
International theatrical acrobatics comes to the circus when the world-famous Black Bear Group interprets one of China's oldest art forms with dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, brilliant costumes, and even a touch of comedy.

The Black Bear Group was formed at the esteemed acrobatic school of Hebel Province in China when the very best of the acrobatic students were just seven years old. The Group was discovered by veteran performer Guiming Meng, himself from China, whose Chinese Acrobatic show and his amazing vase-head balancing act have wowed American audiences for thirty years. Guiming and his troupe have appeared with Ringling Brothers Circus, The Big Apple Circus in New York City and have been touring with the Shrine Circuses and variety shows for amazed audiences from coast to coast.

Jose and Elizabeth Ayala from Mexico 

Rolla bolla performer and hair hanging

Jose- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEaUU5lVLRc

Elizabeth- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQduJBwBLQA

The Circus is a Zoppé Family Tradition!

zoppe circus tentThe Zoppé Family Circus has an amazing, unique story. The Zoppè Family Circus emerged more than 160 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe. And like many good legends, it begins with a boy and a girl falling in love. In 1842, a young French street performer named Napoline Zoppè wandered into a plaza in Budapest, Hungary, looking for work. There, his eyes glanced upon a beautiful equestrian ballerina named Ermenegilda, who captured the hearts and minds of the crowd with her grace and showmanship. More importantly, this talented beauty captured Napoline's heart.

However, since 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. Alberto Zoppè, Napoline's great-grandson, inherited the circus almost 100 years later.  

Alberto's children, Giovanni, Tosca and Carla, along with their spouses, have all been active at one time or another in the family business. Giovanni revived the Zoppè Family Circus in America eight years ago, and has since been building its reputation with audiences and critics as an enchanting exhibition of traditional European circus.

The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, so get your tickets early!