CULTURE

El Gran Circo de Invierno: Tuga Steals the Show

SANTIAGO — Schools across Chile are on winter break and parents looking for an entertaining way to spend an afternoon with their children in Santiago would do well to consider El Gran Circo de Invierno. It offers an eclectic mix of old- and new- school, and local and international, circus acts. A clown steals the show.

The circus is in town. El Gran Circo de Invierno (The Great Winter Circus) in Centro Parque in Parque Araucano, Las Condes, to be exact.

Ambitiously billed as “one of the most important shows in the world,” this circus has been organized by a Ukrainian circus company that features, among its acts, Danylo and Oskar Strakhov, a father-son duo who perform strength and acrobatic feats that include Danylo lifting and upside-down Oskar with Oskar’s head in the palm of Danylo’s outstretched hand. (So, parents, if you’ve always wondered if this was possible, this act is proof positive that it is, but please don’t try this at home.)

How Tuga Stole the Show

The circus also features homegrown trapeze act, The Flying Stars, and several other memorable and not-so-memorable acts, as well as a somewhat-awkward and out-of-place pole dance.

The one who stole the show, however, was another Chilean, street artist Rodolfo Meneses. He performed intermittently throughout the show as his international award-winning el mimo Tuga (Tuga the mime).

If you are of a certain age, you might have been traumatized by traditional Ringling Bros.-type clowns and annoyed by Marcel Marceau’s ubiquity and the silent clone army he spawned worldwide that was perpetually navigating invisible cages on stage and street corners.

If so, you were probably also among those who cheered during Tootsie when a dejected Michael Dorsey (played by Dustin Hoffman) walks past a mime practicing a balancing act in Central Park and pushes him over.

Well, push (no pun intended) all that aside and come to El Gran Circo de Invierno if you want to see what a clown/mime could be, should be.

By the end of the show, you will not only be laughing but rooting for Tuga.

What/When/Where

What:   El Gran Circo de Invierno

When: Most days through August 11, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Where: Centro Parque, Las Condes

 

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