Super Arena premiere in Copenhagen

As usual the Danish circus opened their circus in Copenhagen with a tent full of invited visitors. Lots of well known Danish actors, a wide range of politicians – I saw the Danish minister of education – Other circus people and lots of friends of the Berdino family was seated comfterble to se this 50 years anniversary performance. Circus Arena is the biggest circus production in Scandinavia and produces not only the Arena performance but also the Circus Skratt performance in Sweden. In 2003 Circus Arena bought the Austrian circus Althoff Jacobi and moved it to Denmark. Here it was put up in the Danish amusement park - BonBon land – where there was an international, 50 min performance through the summer 2004.

Everything is extremely nice in Arena and there is no doubt that the owner Benny Berdino has been looking at circus Roncalli in Germany when he employed René Irek. René is the man behind the art in Roncalli and now he is working for Arena and their cars and wagons.

2 singers are engaged for this 2005 season. The Danish/Italian singer mr. Dario Campeotto and the famous (in Denmark) rock/pop singer Sos Fenger. They are both introducing the acts as well. Behind them is an English circus band making one of the best modern sounds in Scandinavia. Arena is not only traditional in their performance but also very modern. This year there was more traditional circus than in the 2004 season, where there were a little more modern acts and a more modern sound from the circus band. The sound and music from a circus band is very very important for the Circus experience and Arena has really succeeded in times where more and more circuses in Europe use CD music.

The program

The program was led by a short film with the history from the first years of Arena. The speaker on the film was director Benny Berdino himself, telling us about his dreams about to own the biggest circus in Scandinavia 50 years ago.

 

First in the ring was the winners of the golden clown in Monarco 2003 – The Russian troupe - puzanovis. They had two entrees tonight and the first was the very impressing skipping rope act. To skip there persons standing on each other are very special and just nice to look at. One of the reasons to go in circus is to se things that can’t be done and here is puzanovis just doing their job right.

 

Suzanne and Carsten Berdino was next showing their wonderful horses. Suzanne and Carsten was a part of Circus Ahoy in Holland this winter but now ready to show us Arenas own horses in the ring. Arena has 36 horses in their stables but this year the couple has chosen to show us a liberty act with 12 stallions and 8 ponies. This act was very nice and visual. . Many people think that horse acts are boring but for many people is circus not circus if the horses are missing and there was no reason to perform in a ring if there is no horses.

Suzanne Berdino

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

Rosi Hochegger was next with her first entrée this evening. She is charming, she is good and her way to put almost human abilities in her animals are just outstanding. The first entrée was her fantastic dogs in the garbage act. Seen before yes, but this act with Rosi was very nice. Rosi has been in Arena before 1995 and 1998 and last year she was a part of Circus Finlandia in Findland.

 

Rosi Hochegger

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

Juan Martinez – Mexican tempo juggler. He did an okay juggling act with a fast tempo. So far as I know has Mr Martinez not performed in Scandinavia before?

 

 

Juan Martinez

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

Rivelinos – No circus without the old fashion traditional clowns. Back in Arena was Rivelinos with a new entrée. The water entrée was on the program for this Spanish clown trio. I do not know who originally made this entrée but it was performed just as Jose Michels clowns do this act. Maybe I’m to often in circus and can see those things because I’m sure that the kids had a good laugh from this slapstick entrée and the clowns are in circus to amuse the younger generations. The white face was replaced with a woman since last visit in Arena. Rivelinos has been in a lot of Scandinavian circuses as Merano in 1988,- Circus Maximum 1997 and 2000. Arena 2002 and 2003 but under the name Los Sittos. In the 2004 season Rivelinos was in their homeland and performed in The Spanish circus Americano.

 Rivelinos 

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

The evenings thrill came from the motorcycle artists Diorios. The act is just fantastic and those Brazilian globe of death riders are just marbles. They have been in Arena before (2002) and then it went wrong a few days after the premiere. They were a part of circus BonBon in Denmark for the 2003 season and also there it went wrong. But anyway they are back in Arena with a new designed steel globe, witch opens on the middle in the last part of the program and yes at the same time there are 4 riders in the globe three driving round in the top and the last down in the second half. Extremely thrilling and very very dangerous.

 

Diorio biker the day after his accident in Circus BonBon

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2003 (C).

 

Gao Fei opened the show after the break. A very nice rubber band act from China. 5 artists on the rack at the same time do the job. A short act bust still very impressing.

Gao Fei

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

A family mix between the Berdinos and the Cassellys – 5 at one time in the ring in an extremely nice high school act. 3 white stallions bought from the Spanish school in Andalusia only for this act here in 2004 and what a surprise. Suzanne Berdino and her daughters Charmaine and Stephanie did together with Alexia Casselly and her daughter Mary – Lou a very very qualified lesson in horse back riding in a very high level. Thank you for keeping one of the old circus traditions alive and it is very nice to see the youngest generation in the ring. Mary – Lou is a very promising contorion artist but not in the Arena program. The Swedish people could see this act last year in circus Skratt.

The Berdino and Casselly family

Pictures by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

The second entrée for Rosi Hochegger and in my opinion the best act in the performance. What she can get out of that horse in her Pippi Long stocking act is just out of my imagination. It could laugh, kiss and teas Rosi and if I wasn’t sure, that it was a horse, I could be convinced, that it was human. The act are very well considered and with a nice timing – not to short and not to long.

Rosi Hochegger and horse

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

The Danish clown BonBon just returned from circus Krone in Germany is doing the reprise business in Arena and he is just funny. This year he also perform with an independent act together with his wife and partner Tiina from Finland. It is the same act as they performed with in circus Krone the - badminton act. It is not one of BonBons newest entrees but it is funny. In my opinion BonBon are going to be better and better. BonBon has been in Arena now for many many years and he is one of those kinds of clowns who amuse both the adults and the kids. This quality is very important that adults and kids can see two different kinds of humour in one character. BonBon is an extremely nice musician too but unfortunately it is very rare that he shows us his high level. BonBon has performed in many other Scandinavian circuses. Benneweis in 1992 and 1993. Merano in 1991 and 1996 (Norway). Maximum in 1994 (Sweden) and in Arena 1999 and again in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Finlandia from 1986 too 1989.

 

The heavy weigh entrée was replaced this year and this time the African elephants were performed by the Casselly family. Four lovely elephants did a nice elephant entrée. In many years it was Sonni Frankello who performed elephants in Arena but Casselly has absolutely the same level. No shouting and no bull hooks here. The Casselly act has a very nice tempo. Casselly was last year in Sweden with circus Skratt and later part of the Arena show in BonBon land (amusement park). Casselly has been in Arena before in 1992 and 1997.

 

Puzanovi ended this show with their winning act who gave them the gold clown in Monte Carlo circus festival 2003. Their springboard act are just breath taking and extremely nice. Thousands of hours rehearsing before they ended up with this act. Everything was there but most impressing was the 5 double sommersault – on stilts. It seams easy but it is absolutely not the case and it is dangerous too. One of the tricks went wrong under the performance and a four man high collapsed. One was hurt and couldn’t continue the performance.

 

Puzanovi

Picture by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

The finale was of cause with Dario ans Sos singing and dancing waltz before the whole ensemble entered the ring.

The performance went on for almost 3 hours but I’m sure it will be cut down half an hour.

Arena will be in Copenhagen for almost one month and continues directly to the second capital in Denmark Aarhus.

 

 

 

Tent, seats etc.

Sound in tent, microphones etc.

 
Circus orchestra

 

Artist Quality

Circus Souveniers

Toilets and other 

 

 
Overall Service

Overall presentation

Remarks:

Tent and seats: Just perfect nice seats everywhere. Arena is very nice and clean.

Sound in tent: Very nice sound but it was a littels to low.

Circus Orchestra: Very nice circus band not aways playing circus music and can come up with a modern rock sound - a littel to low in the level.

Artist quality: Very high standard.

Circus Souveniers: Here is everything, skarfs, caps (many different), T.shirst, jackets (leather and rain), a book, diablo sets, lighters, cups 3 different,       

                                   many different posters and much much more. It could be nice with a DVD or video.

Toilets and other: Still to few and no handicap toilets. But everything was nice and clean.

Overall service: As usual is everything ok here. As usual in Arena, it is free of charge to visit the stables.

Overall presentation : Very nice