Ethiopian Dreams — Circus Abyssinia


WHEN June 10, 2020
4:30 PM WHERE Join the Facebook Event Part of "Reconnect. An Online Series" WHO The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi Open to the Public

Relive Ethiopian Circus: Heart-stopping acrobatics, juggling, clowning, and contortion performed to live music.

Were you there? Revisit Ethiopian Dreams — Circus Abyssinia, a joy-filled family show brimming with astonishing stunts and enchanted adventure. Dive into the rhythms and roots of Ethiopia’s rich musical and artistic traditions. A tale of two brothers told through thrilling tricks and stunning ensemble feats of human juggling, hoop-diving, Chinese pole, and contortion, performed to the irresistible beats of live Ethiopian song.

For one time only, revisit this highlight from The Arts Center’s archives, filmed in The Red Theater on September 5, 2019. Bridge the distance, join the community online.

Circus Abyssinia is the first Ethiopian circus made by and for Ethiopian artists. Ethiopian Dreams thrills and inspires, celebrating the beauty and power of the imagination. It transcends our differences and reminds us that wherever we’re going and whatever our hopes are, we all dream under the same moon.

Inspired by the story of its creators, Ethiopian Dreams tells the story of two brothers, Little Bibi and Little Bichu, whose dream of joining the circus is made real by the Man in the Moon. The show is a surreal retelling of how in following their dreams, Bibi and Bichu find each other. In doing so, they find the means to make their dreams become reality. The story at the heart of the show is a mix of autobiography and dream, and tells of how Bibi and Bichu became jugglers not from their adult perspective, but from how they imagined it as children. Throughout their journey, they are joined by a host of circus dreamers: some enchanting, others menacing, whose feats of acrobatic daring call up a world of rushing adventure that awakens the possibility of a bona fide Ethiopian circus. ​

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