Circus Chimera opens under the big top at Meadows this weekend |

Circus Chimera opens under the big top at Meadows this weekend

By Donna Daniels

Staff Writer

Flying trapeze artists, daredevil motorcyclists, amazing jugglers and hilarious clowns will wow audiences under the big top this weekend when Circus Chimera comes to town.

The two-hour performances are set for 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the field next to the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The show will benefit construction of a swimming pool there.

Tickets are $14 for adults. Family coupons are available until 5 p.m. Friday at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent office, 2014 Grand Ave., and are available at local stores. Tickets can be purchased in advance at a $2 discount at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Tickets are also available at City Market stores in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The circus promoters promise that no seat is more than 60 feet from the ring.

Circus Chimera blends theater, fast-paced circus acts, choreography, colorful costumes and an international cast of circus performers promises a memorable event.

Billing itself as “the word’s biggest Big Top,” Circus Chimera offers orchestrated acts on the ground and in the air. There are aerial contortionists, jugglers, tumblers, balancing acts, a flying trapeze, motorcycle daredevils, flying mermaids, the Wheel of Destiny and the Globe of Death.

Donald and Roberto Chimal perform split-second maneuvers on motorcycles, passing each other inside the Globe of Death. Members of the Chimal family of Mexico also perform on the teeterboard, completing a triple somersault and four-man-high pyramid.

The Rosales family of Mexico presents the Double Wheel of Destiny, in which four performers defy laws of gravity on a revolving pendulum.

Also featured are foot juggling by Xiaohong Wu from China and the Fernandez Duo of Argentina on the aerial cradle.

The circus will be coming to town in a fleet of white semi trucks adorned with the colorful Circus Chimera logo. The circus’ home is in Hugo, Okla., where it was created by James J. Judkins and Jorge Cepeda.

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