VICTORVILLE, Calif. (news release) — Cirque Legacy has arrived in Victorville. The traveling circus has set up their red and yellow tent at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds at 14800 7th Street in Victorville.
Their first show is on Thursday, Feb. 8 and they are scheduled to stay in town for two weekends before continuing on with their tour.
Tickets to their high flying, hand standing, gravity defying shows are available for just $15 to $30 depending on seating choice. The $30 tickets put you right at the foot of the stage, though every seat feels like it’s right in the action at this one ring, family-run circus. Each ticket holder can also attend with one child 12 or younger free of charge.
Showtimes for the first weekend are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each show lasts two hours.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door, or they can be pre-purchased online. Visit CirqueLegacy.org, then scroll down just a tad to the big, red “Click here for tickets” button.
Cirque Legacy is a modern style of circus. Rather than featuring caged animal acts and oddity spectacles, Cirque Legacy puts on a show of skiller performers who have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting physical feats that one must see to believe.
Daniel Perez, Cirque Legacy’s director and one of its performers, graduated from the National Circus School in his home country of Cuba. He has over 20 years of circus performing experience and has won five gold medals from performing at international circus festivals from Paris, France to Seoul, South Korea.
Though Cirque Legacy’s style is modern, this circus family is also deeply rooted in tradition. Daniel is a fifth generation circus performer, and that tradition continues with his son, Axel Perez.
Axel performs the showstopper of a balancing act known as Rolla Bolla. He starts by climbing onto a 6 foot platform, then balancing a flat wooden board on top of a rolling metal cylinder. Through a lifetime of practice, Axel is able to not only balance the board on that cylinder, but even able to roll it back and forth across the platform and jump rope while maintaining his balance in a feat so surreal it feels as if it’s straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon.
As if that’s not enough, Axel’s act builds from there until he’s balancing the board on top of a stack of five cylinders.
Axel took performed on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. In the clips, which are available on YouTube, judge Simon Cowell seems to be both unable to watch the tense act yet also unable to look away. Cowell watched most of the act with his hand held over his mouth. Judge Howie Mandel said Axel’s act was amazing.
Cirque Legacy features many other performers including balancing, juggling, and aerial acts. In addition to the acrobatics, they also have magic acts and clown skits.
The circus is continuing their tour to Victorville just one week after finishing their show in Ridgecrest, which was extended for one week due to popular demand. The Cirque Legacy performers tour for about four months, take a short time off, and then get back on the road. Daniel said that the traveling circus life is not an easy life, but he does it because it’s his passion.
“It’s difficult. It’s like a construction person that lives in the city. For eight hours you work hard, working in concrete with your hands. But at end of the day , they get to go back home. They have regular power and water. We’re living in an RV right now,” he said.
Whenever the group does get a chance to relax, they make sure to enjoy it. Daniel said they seize any free day to hold a barbecue with music and dancing, and they celebrate all the members who had a birthday that month.
“It has good things and bad things, like any job,” Daniel said.
Like any other job, except their office chair is swinging from aerial hoops high in the sky. These performers have found quite a way to make a living, and this is a show that should not be missed. Cirque Legacy will be in Victorville from Feb. 8 – 19.