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Circus Abyssinia: Sensory‑Friendly

Bibi and Bichu
from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

December 18, 2022 at 5pm
Recommended Ages
For everyone 5 and up
All tickets $25
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What Kind of Show?
Circus; celebratory and awe-inspiring
Running Time
70 minutes with no intermission
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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  • Audio Described Performance

    Live audio-description provided

  • Audio Described Performance

    Relaxed performance adapted for sensory sensitivities

  • Audio Described Performance

    Live Sign-Interpretation provided by partner organization Hands On.

  • Audio Described Performance

    Get to know the performers and creative team at a Talk-Back!

Public Performance

About the Show

Circus Abyssinia (Ethiopian Dreams, 2018) returns for the holidays, running circles around the competition in a high-spirited spectacle of speed, sport and skill! One for the history books, Tulu honors Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu’s trailblazing 1992 gold medal win with a nonstop marathon of aerial acts and all the excitement of the Olympic Games. Juggling flags and flames to the sounds of ’70s funk and modern-day Ethio-pop, this tribute to teamwork showcases the incredible athleticism and artistry of Ethiopian circus and the pride that Tulu’s triumph inspired.

★ ★ ★ ★ Sensational entertainment

The Times, London

What to Expect

  • Modified lighting and sound
  • Judgment-free, inclusive environment
  • Calming corner and activity area
  • Specialists and support resources

About the Company

As teens, brothers Bibi Tesfamariam and Bichu Shimellis spotted a teacher juggling oranges on the school playground. The pair joined in the action and haven’t stopped since! Inspired by their own childhood dreams of joining a circus, the duo has sponsored Circus Wingate, a circus school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, since 2010. There, they discovered the talented Konjowoch Troupe and formed Circus Abyssinia, the first Ethiopian circus made by and for Ethiopian artists.

Creative Team

Producer and Co-Creator
Mehari “Bibi” Tesfamariam

Director and Co-Creator
Binyam “Bichu” Shimellis

Tamerat Ejeta and Binyam “Bichu” Shimellis

Costume Designer
Feven Alem

Lighting Designer
Mark Whatmough

Stage Manager
Gabriella Cooke

Tour Manager
Elshaday Shimels