Magic of Circus Chimera unfolds under the Big Top next weekend |

Magic of Circus Chimera unfolds under the Big Top next weekend

The smell of grease paint and popcorn. The surge of voices. The airy flight of acrobats. It’s all coming to Glenwood Springs with Circus Chimera, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8.

As some may remember, a chimera is a figure from Greek mythology: part lion, part goat, part snake. Circus Chimera creates a magical illusory world intended to entrance.

Circus Chimera brings a blend of theater, circus acts, choreography and colorful costumes. Performers come from nine countries to add a truly international flair.

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 animal performers include Sir Baron the Miniature Horse, tigers, giraffes, ponies and exotic reptiles.

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.

“I wanted to produce a show where the public was part of the action … part of our magical world,” Judkins said.

“Too often when you go to see a live show, you’re so far away from what’s happening, you lose appreciation for what you’re actually seeing – if you can even see it. So, I turned my thoughts to the intimacy of performance art and a closer involvement with the audience.

“A key to the high-energy excitement, and just plain fun, generated during the performance is this up-close-and-personal relationship the performers develop with the audience,” he said.

No seat is more than 60 feet from the ring.

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 at the Community Center.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 2-10 are free with a paid adult. Coupons will be included in local newspapers next week for free admission for children.

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.

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