By Kathy Chouteau
UniverSoul Circus is kicking off its show under the Big Top today, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Hilltop Mall, with the performances continuing during various times through Sun., June 19.
Richmond police Chief Bisa French and City Manager Shasa Curl are reportedly set to be guest ringmasters for the opening night show.
Described by show organizers as a highly interactive combination of circus arts and theatre that spans musical genres, UniverSoul Circus will feature flipping motorcycles, stilt dancers, Fire Limbo Benders, ancestral carnival characters, clowns, flamboyantly costumed dancers and more “in a celebration of energy.”
“Get ready to be amazed and frightened at the terrifying, gravity- defying acrobats on the Wheel of Death or the bold, breathtaking daredevils on the High Wire,” said UniverSoul Circus in a statement about the show.
This season’s theme is, ‘We All Belong,’ according to circus Founder and CEO Cedric Walker. “We all belong to one human Race. Everyone is coming together, different cultures, different people, a new transcultural fusion, a new generation inclusive and together in a UniverSoul Experience!”