CircusFest is a show you won’t want to miss. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best shows in the world…

Circus is a family tradition that has been passed down through generations. Contemporary circus, or “Nouveau Circus” as it is sometimes called, is now bursting with amazing costumes, original musical scores, and innovative acrobatics. We’ve created a guide to the most important acts, names and shows in contemporary circus in the spirit CircusFest!

Rola Bola

Mason West, a remarkable juggler, can work with many objects and balance on uneven surfaces. West’s extraordinary concentration and coordination make it seem effortless to his audience. Since he was nine years of age, he has been mastering the art. He can use everything from wooden boards to metal barrels and boxes.

Rola Bola is bursting with modern choreography, dramatic music, and jaw-dropping skills. There’s not much focus on costumes, lighting, or scenery, so all eyes are on the action. Rola Bola creates an audience reaction that will leave you wanting more.


Ruslan Dmytruk, a masked juggler, is a Circus State School of Circus Arts graduate and has performed at hundreds of shows. This unique act of juggling is one of the best. Ruslan has done everything, from corporate events to weddings, cabaret shows, and Las Vegas-style TV shows.

Cirque de Soleil

We couldn’t leave out the biggest circus in the world. The show has been seen by more than 90 million people worldwide, and this number keeps growing! Two of Cirque de Soleil’s most exciting shows were chosen.

La Nouba

Cirque de Soleil’s Quidam and Walt Disney World Resort Florida featured this sensational make-believe act. La Nouba, an avant-garde spectacle perfect for families, features clowns, puppets, and amazing acrobatics. It blends dreams and nightmares, reality and fiction, the ordinary with the extraordinary. You will find lots of audience participation, laughter and plenty of talent.


The ninth Cirque de Soleil show, Quidam, was first presented at London’s Royal Albert Theatre in 2009. Quidam is a spectacular acrobatic show that millions around the world have enjoyed. Quidam is a story about Zoe, a bored little girl who dreams up the fantasy world of Quidam to escape her parents’ neglect. It features juggling, aerial hoops and skipping ropes, hand balancing and surrealist art.

Square Peg

Square Peg is an innovative group that was formed in 2009. They regularly perform at Jackson’s Lane and the Roundhouse. They are touring their show Rime, which premiered at the Stanze Poetry Festival, Fife, Scotland, and will embark on a national UK tour throughout 2014. Since their inception, they have grown as a group through the Roundhouse tunnels.

Rime was inspired and based upon Coleridge’s epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The National Theatre commissioned it. This show combines circus, dance and theatre to create an amazing spectacle for the audience. It features group acrobatics, human towers, Chinese poles and silks. There are also some incredible flips and tricks.

Square Peg was also awarded the Ideas Tap Award in 2012 and the Scottish Herald Angel Award.

Gandini Juggling

The group was founded by Sean Gandini, a world-renowned juggler, and Kati Yla–Hokkala, a champion rhythmic gymnast, in 1992. They are currently leading contemporary juggling and have revitalized the art for 21st-century audiences.

Gandini Juggling is a pioneer in integrating modern dance and mathematical notation to create a special show for all ages. They have over 4,500 shows under their belt in 40 countries.

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