~ Opening Ceremony ~
JOSEPH DOMINIK BAUER, Switzerland – Our RINGMASTER & DAREDEVIL Extraordinaire!
Born to Swiss parents, Joseph Dominik Bauer comes from a 9th generation pedigree of circus performers. His accomplishments in the world of the circus and aerial thrills are astonishing. His numerous Daredevil feats over 40 years include performances on the 50’ Wheel of Destiny, High Wire, Stunts, Skywalks, Sway Poles, & the Incline Motorcycles. He has been featured on every major network in the United States, headlined Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, Circus Sarasota, Equitana USA, Piccadilly Circus, and more. Today Joseph Bauer is one of the most sought-after ringmasters in the circus world.
CLAUDIA ALVARADO Bauer from Mexico
A sensational Aerialist and Flying Trapeze performer on the single swing, whose family goes back 3 generations in the circus world. Her outstanding talents, athletic prowess, beauty and daring maneuvers have taken her throughout Europe, North American, Asia and South America. She is also the assistant on the Wheel of Destiny with husband Joseph Dominik Bauer.
Whirly Twirling HULA HOOPS – Our TZ performers will display an incredible Hula Hoop maze. It’s fun, fast and you’ll be mesmerized at the precision of the hula hoops as they spin and twirl, defying gravity.
GIMMI FORNACIARI HAND BALANCING – TENOR SINGER
This is a one-of-a-kind act in the world. Gimmi, who hails from Italy, and is one of the only performers who sings Tenor while executing unbelievable acrobatic hand balancing maneuvers high in the air. He has performed with many renowned shows throughout the world including Cirque Italia. Fornaciari’s daring precision combined with an amazing Tenor voice, results in a unique performance that is absolutely “magnifico”!
GIMMI FORNACIARI HUMAN SLINKY
COMEDY! What can we say? Of course, it’s Gimmi Fornaciari with a surprise a Human Slinky. Can’t wait? Well, just be ready to have “fun”.
Under the Big Top will have you mesmerized! It’s Electrifying, Exciting, and Energizing!
THE thrilling CHICAGO BOYZ ACROBATIC TEAM
This is an act like none other. Featured on the NBC hit reality show “America’s Got Talent (season 8), The Chicago Boyz is a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys who have earned their spot on the world scene as one of the finest Acrobatic Teams.
The Chicago Boyz performance includes amazing nonstop acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, while also catapulting off mini trampolines and executing thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing.
Founded in 1999 by professional gymnast Tim Shaw, these young inner-city youth are taught discipline, respect, hard work, integrity and teamwork. Members must maintain a “C” average in school, are not allowed to drop out of school, associate with gangs, drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Through Tim’s positive impact, many kids have not only become professional polished gymnasts, but turned their lives around in the process.
The Chicago Boyz have performed at NBA (regular season & playoff games) and college halftime shows, professional circuses, festivals, theme parks and schools throughout the country.
PIOLITA AND daughter LUCITA
will get the audience going with fun, laughter, and gags. Piolita, from Argentina, goes back 6 generations in the Circus world. 8 year old Lucita first entered the Ring at 3 years of age. Fun, family, and comedy is their world.
performs a whirly twirly Hula Hoops maze in the Ring. A former professional dancer for Argentina Guillermina showcases a fast, fun and mesmerizing display of hula hoops as they spin, and twirl, defying gravity. And oh, Guillermina is wife and mother of Piolita and Lucita.
The TZ AERIALISTS
The gorgeous and talented Ladies of the Air from Mexico, Colombia, United States, Argentina and Canada will take you into a world of elegance and beauty as they flow effortlessly through the air, high above the circus ring. This team of amazing aerialists represent the multi-cultural talent of the Royal Canadian International Circus 2022 under the Big Top.
THE VALENCIA GAUCHOS from Argentina
The Valencia Gauchos dance with boleadoras ancient weapons, that spin at an incredible 90mph, and perform routines to the frantic rhythms of bombos (drums). You will be thrust into the Argentinian culture as the legendary Valencia Gauchos execute their performance fast and furiously with whips, capes, stomping with their feet. And, oh, there is some comedy! It’s an exhilarating power-punch of excitement that will surely be unlike anything you’ve seen before!
NATHAN VALENCIA Chair Balancing
Quite simply Nathan Valencia from Argentina will amaze and astound with his precision, strength and perfection as he meticulously stacks chairs high up in the air while performing acrobatics. How does he do this. We don’t know! But you’ll be amazed!
LEO GARCIA Human Cannon Ball
Hailing from Mexico City, Leo Garcia is a sixth-generation circus artist with an emphasis on death-dying stung acts. Leo stands with remarkably few in history to carry the title of “human cannon ball”. Utilizing complicated physics, secrets passed thought generations, and sheer bravery, human cannonballs have dazzled audiences since the late 19th century. Leo says, “I love the circus, I love to perform, I love to thrill the audience, I am blessed to call this my nine to five”.
ASHLEY OJERDA – Hair Hang Aerialist
Ashley started performing at the age of 7 with a special act passed on by her aunt that features her suspended by her hair doing aerial tricks and spins high above the ground.
The 28-year-old is a 3rd Generation circus performer from Texas but her circus roots come all the way from Mexico. Ashley glides through the air performing unbelievable aerial maneuvers, all while being suspended from her hair. It’s a one-of-a-kind act.
Ashley has performed throughout the US and Canada, entertaining audiences of all ages and keeping on the Circus dream we call life.