Big Apple Circus Coming to Washington, D.C. Area in March

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Dandino & Luciana

BigTop Works, the new producers of BIG APPLE CIRCUS, are pleased to announce Washington, D. C. as a stop on the National Tour during its historic and critically acclaimed 40th anniversary season. The full lineup of global artists and acts including 10-time world record-holding high wire artist Nik Wallenda and fan favorite Grandma the Clown will play at National Harbor in Maryland from March 8 – April 1, 2018. Tickets are now available with special ‘early bird’ pricing for purchases prior to Feb. 9.  The National Tour launches immediately following the New York engagement, which runs through Jan. 7 at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, and travels to Atlanta prior to the Washington, D. C. opening.

The Fabulous Wallendas – Seven-Person Pyramid

World renowned for its one-ring, intimate and artistic style, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers, BIG APPLE CIRCUS is passionate about revitalizing the circus for modern-day audiences with unique and astounding human feats, innovative design and technology. The 40th anniversary season program features the famous seven-person pyramid on the high wire with Nik Wallenda and The Fabulous Wallendas and the daring quadruple somersault attempted on the trapeze by The Flying Tunizianis – the first time in circus history that both legendary feats are performed under the same big top. The record-setting acts are joined by BIG APPLE fan favorite Grandma the Clown and her comedic sidekick Joel Jeske, as well as Dandino & Luciana, a dynamic duo who combine speed, acrobatics and daredevil grace on roller-skates; award-winning contortionist Elayne Kramer; master juggler Gamal Garcia; Jan Damm on the Rola Bola; acclaimed Risley acrobats The Anastasini Brothers (who broke the World Record for Most Flips on Nov. 9, 2017); Ringmaster Ty McFarlan; and circus trainer and presenter Jenny Vidbel, who performs in the ring with 16 horses and ponies, as well as six rescue dogs.

Outside of the ring, BIG APPLE CIRCUS continues to honor the essential and iconic characteristics that have set them apart for the past four decades with multiple community outreach programs and a vital no-wild-animals policy.  Circus of the Senses offers special enhanced experiences for audiences with autism, visual and auditory challenges. The special performances include ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices with live audio commentary, pre- and post-show touch therapy experiences, and a Braille program book. Sensory-friendly performances for Autistic audience members will feature lowered light and sound levels, a descriptive picture book showing the different areas and acts involved with the circus, and a “calming center” that can be accessed at any point during the show.

The BIG APPLE CIRCUS 40th anniversary season is directed by Mark Lonergan, artistic director of three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company Parallel Exit, with choreography and associate direction by Antoinette DiPietropolo and music direction by Rob Slowik. Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten!), Scenic Designers Rob Bissinger(Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Legally Blonde – Assoc) and Anita LaScala (Magic Mike Live) of ARDA Studio, Inc, and Drama Desk-nominated Costume Designer Amy Clark (Heathers: The Musical, Chaplin) come together to create a most vibrant environment to fit the momentous occasion of the circus’s return. 

Tickets for the National Harbor performances are now on sale at and range in price from $27.50 – $109 for VIP Ringside. Group tickets start at $17.50

  • Performances run Friday, March 8 – Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • National Harbor – Intersection of Waterfront St. & St. George Blvd – National Harbor, Maryland
  • National Harbor Parking – St. George Garage (Mariner Passage & St. George Blvd.) or Mariner Garage (Waterfront Street & Mariner Passage)
  • For tickets, visit or (855) 258-0718
  • Early Bird Pricing through Feb. 9, 2018
  • For Groups of 10 or More – (212) 257-2330
  • Circus of the Senses Performance is Saturday, March 9, 2018 at 10:30 a. m.
  • Embracing Autism Performance is Sunday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 a. m.



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