Bibi and Bichu
from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.
Few Seats Left
Week of December 12 – 18
Relaxed performance adapted for sensory sensitivities
This performance has live sign-interpretation.
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
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.
Producer and Co-Creator
Mehari “Bibi” Tesfamariam
Director and Co-Creator
Binyam “Bichu” Shimellis
Tamerat Ejeta and Binyam “Bichu” Shimellis
Curriculum and activities
Inspire creative thinking with ready-to-implement, grade-appropriate activities
Led by New Victory Teaching Artists
Explore art forms and themes in the show in a pre- or post-show workshop
Plan your visit
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