175th Anniversario Tour!
October 13-29, 2017
Matinee & Evening Showtimes
Circus Tent: Red Morton Park
1455 Madison Ave. Redwood City (map)
The Circus is coming to town with an extra special show in Redwood City for the 10th year in a row! Step back in time, as the Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus celebrates its 175th Anniversary from October 13th through October 29th, with spectacular performances featuring amazing equestrian showmanship, daring acrobatic feats, canine capers and of course the antics of Nino the Clown!
The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. This year’s event “Celebrating 175 Years Under the Big Top” will be a great show highlighting the Zoppé family of performers, including some exciting acts that haven’t been seen in America for years. New for 2017, Tosca Zoppé will present her father Alberto’s classic bareback riding act to honor the 175th Anniversary. Also new to the lineup is a rare bicycle riding act, a 120-year-old throw-back set in a unique bowl-like structure, which has not been seen in a modern circus for 65 years.
The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. This year's event "Celebrating 175 Years Under the Big Top" will be a great show highlighting the Zoppé family of performers, including some exciting acts that haven't been seen in America for years.
In honor of their 175th year, Tosca Zoppé will present her father Alberto's classic bareback riding act. Plus, the circus will bring a plethora of new, engaging and exciting acts to the big ring, including the acrobatic and juggling feats of La Famiglia Gentile, Owen & Esmeralda Hand Balancing, German Rodogell Sword Balancing, and a rare bicycle riding act. Dubbed THE BLACK HOLE, this 120 year old throw-back is set in a unique bowl-like structure which has not been seen in modern circus for 95 years, and features the 18-year-old Argentinian Daredevil Chiqui.
It’s all the things you think a circus will be—horses, acrobats, clowns, a big top, a sawdust ring—but it’s also something more, a magical experience, a joy, a personal thrill. “Things are happening inside our tent that are impossible,” says Zoppé. “It broadens the imagination, and it broadens the joy of life.”
The Circus Tent has its home in beautiful Red Morton Park, specifically 1455 Madison Ave. There are multiple parking lots distributed around the park with an easy walk to the tent. On your stroll, see why Red Morton Park was voted Bay Area Parent Magazine’s “Family Favorite” park, with its multiple sports fields perfect for lounging, flower gardens, and kid's playground.
The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, so get your tickets early! On sale online September 12th, and in person September 26th.
The Zoppé Family Circus Celebrates 175 Years
The Zoppé Family Circus has an amazing, unique story. In 1948, Alberto Zoppé agreed to come to America and perform with the Ringling Bros.—under one condition. In his absence, his circus in Italy needed a headliner, so he asked Ringling to send an elephant to replace him. The Americans agreed, the elephant was sent, and Alberto came to the U.S. to perform as a bareback horse rider. He eventually appeared in Cecil B. DeMille’s ode to the pageantry and drama of life under the big top, The Greatest Show on Earth. In the circus’ heyday, Alberto’s stunts and pranks, including his signature backflip from one horse to another, won over audiences lining up for three rings brimming with spectacle.
Alberto remains perhaps the most famous of the Zoppés. Today, Giovanni Zoppé, one of Alberto’s five children, is the sixth generation of Zoppé to run this show since it began in 1842. 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 ten years ago, and has since been building its reputation with audiences and critics as an enchanting exhibition of traditional European circus.
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