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Zip Zap Circus
from Cape Town, South Africa

April 11 – 24, 2025
Recommended Grades
Grades 3 – 12
Students: $2
Chaperones: $5
What Kind of Show?
Circus; exuberant and thrilling
Running Time
80 minutes with no intermission
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.

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Week of July 15 – 21

Dec 31

Wed, 7pm

Sensory-Friendly Performance

About the Show

In the buzz of Cape Town, traditional gumboot dancers stomp their wellies to the ebullient beats of local pop music. Acrobats spring and soar through bustling township streets. A merchant juggles apples and an aerialist flies from the sheets of her washing line. Experience the big-hearted spirit of ubuntu with MOYA, a uniquely South African story, and come together for an invigorating circus extravaganza that shines with the vibrant humanity of the Rainbow Nation.

Prepare to be dazzled.


Things to Know

  1. The word “ubuntu,” sometimes translated as “I am because we are,” is a spirit of shared humanity—we are all connected. As a social circus, Zip Zap is an embodiment of that spirit, using arts education to build community and empower young people.
  2. Not only does MOYA feature show-stopping circus spectacles, but it also highlights traditional South African dance forms like gumboot and pantsula.
  3. When the segregation of South African Apartheid ended, Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the term “Rainbow Nation,” describing the country’s unique potential to embrace multiculturalism—a dream shared by President Nelson Mandela.

About the Artists

Established by Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève in 1992, Zip Zap Circus uses circus arts to bridge socio-economic gaps and create a lifelong sense of belonging for young people in and around Cape Town. Their nine youth and outreach programs offer kids community, new skills and improved self-esteem. The performers on stage in MOYA represent the most exceptionally talented graduates of these life-changing programs.


Photo: Amy Wood
Photo: Camille Rorive
Photo: Amy Wood
Photo: Joan Ward
Photo: Greg Wong

Creative Team

Company Managing Director, Writer & Production Stage Manager
Brent Van Rensburg

Sabine van Rensburg

Adele Blank and Sabine van Rensburg

Costume Designers
Catherine Lourioux and Beaura Jacobs

Lighting Designer
Kieran Mcgregor

Sound Designer
Josh Hawks

Acrobatic Coach & Artistic Director
Brin Schoellkopf

Acrobatic Coach & Creative Director
Nikolas Pulka


For every performance at the New Victory Theater…

  • You can request to borrow supports like fidgets, earplugs, assisted listening devices, wheelchairs and more.
  • Our quiet Cozy Zone and a live feed of the performance are available in the lower lobby at all times for those with sensory sensitivities or anyone who needs a break from the theater.
  • Wheelchair-accessible seats and Companion seat tickets are available (see more details when buying tickets).

Read more about all of the New Victory accessibility offerings for additional details, and prepare for your visit with our New Victory Social Story.

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