CHANDLER, Arizona (December 7, 2011) - Back by popular demand, the Chandler Center for the Arts is proud to present ? Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus Since 1842 starting Thursday, December 29 and running through Saturday, January 7. Tickets are $15-$32 and show times vary. In Old-World Italian tradition, the Zoppe Italian Family Circus raises the tent and welcomes you into their intimate 500-seat one ring circus on the Center’s West Lawn.
“We are so excited Zoppé is back for the third year in a row,” said Katrina Pappas, General Manager of Chandler Center for the Arts. “They are excellent performers and are so great with children of all ages.”
In 1842, Napoleone and Ermengilda Zoppé founded Circo Zoppé near Venice, Italy and their vision lives on as Zoppé, a traditional one ring European circus. Six generations later, the same family creates in their 500-seat tent, an enchanted, thrilling world far from our digital age –This magnificent show features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning, audience participation and plenty of hot chocolate and popcorn for everyone!
Giovanni Zoppe, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino the clown, says the show aims higher than what passes for circuses these days. “We try to touch every emotion during the show,” he says. “They’ll laugh, they’ll cry, and they’ll feel for the characters.”
Always charming, often thrilling, Zoppé is an intimate, involving experience. No seat is more than 20 feet from the ring! Learn all about the circus at New World Classics and the Circus' site and the Zoppe YouTube Channel.
“The Zoppé circus evokes something from a picture book: the clown, the trapeze, the dancing dogs, the ring and the tent. The show is frozen in time… exactly the way it’s supposed to be.” The New York Times
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CALENDAR LISTING INFO
Event: Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus Since 1842
Event Date & Time: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - January 7, 2012, Times Vary
Venue: West Lawn, Chandler Center for the Arts
Address: 250 N. Arizona Avenue - Chandler, AZ 85225
Box Office: 480-782-2680
Venue Website: www.chandlercenter.org
On-line Photo Gallery: http://chandlercenter.org/press/photo-gallery.html
Interview Request Form: http://chandlercenter.org/press/request.html
Venue Contact: Judi Johnson, Marketing Coordinator @ 480-782-2674
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ABOUT THE CIRCUS The Zoppè Family Circus emerged from humble beginnings more than 160 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe. And like many good legends, it began with a boy and a girl falling in love.
In 1842, a young French street performer named Napoline Zoppè wandered into a plaza in Budapest, Hungary, looking for work. There, his eyes glanced upon a beautiful equestrian ballerina named Ermenegilda, who captured the hearts and minds of the crowd with her grace and showmanship. More important, this talented beauty captured Napoline's heart. However, since Napoline was a clown, Ermenegilda's father saw him as beneath her and disapproved of their relationship. The two ran away to Venice, Italy, and founded the circus that still bears their name. Over the generations, the circus survived wars and political upheaval in Italy and the rest of Europe.
Alberto Zoppè, Napoline's great-grandson, inherited the circus almost 100 years later. A grand equestrian in his own right, Alberto toured Europe with the circus since his youth, forging many unique friendships along the way, including one with famed actor/director Orson Welles. Welles, who was working in Rome at the time, persuaded Alberto to take a role in a small film about the circus being shot in London. Alberto was then offered a job by John Ringling North of Ringling Brothers fame, who was putting together the circus acts for Cecil B. Demille's Oscar-winning film, The Greatest Show on Earth. Alberto was hesitant to leave his family circus in Italy for America, but North was persistent and offered to loan the family circus an elephant for the show as long as Alberto worked for him. He obliged and was prominently featured in the film.
Alberto would remain in America, producing circuses for Ringling and starting his own family. Together with his wife Sandra, Alberto has ushered in a new generation to continue the family tradition. Their 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 three years ago, and has since been building its reputation with audiences and critics as an enchanting exhibition of traditional European circus.
Come experience the history of Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus!