UniverSoul Circus, whose HBO Special was nominated for an Emmy Award, has created a world all its own -- a family tradition like no other. It's a magical world of extreme bravado performances, song and dance, clowns, aerialists, elephants, acrobats and horses. Join the dynamic Ringmaster team of Shuckey Duckey and Patrice Lovely, (AKA Mabelle,) under the UniverSoul big top for the first time in Los Angeles, August 13-22.
Dallas native Shuckey Duckey is the Ringmaster with a stylistic flair all his own. Comedian by trade, Shuckey plays straight man to Mabelle's sustained craziness. Aside from keeping the show rolling with her high comedy antics, Miss Lovely, an acclaimed gospel singer in her own right, stands center ring for an unforgettable gospel finale. Hailing from Charlotte, NC, she has the distinction of being the first ever African American female Ringmaster.
"As we enter our second decade under the big top, we are fast becoming an annual event for entire families -- a tradition," said Cedric Walker, president and founder of UniverSoul Circus. "The music, the rhythm and energy are all a part of our unique brand of circus artistry. Our fans come back to our shows year after year because they want to be entertained and inspired. After all," Walker added. "We are America's Soul Inspiration."
For the eighth consecutive year, UniverSoul Circus enjoys the national sponsorship of Burger King Corporation. Its partnership with Burger King Corporation has enabled the circus to expand its community outreach efforts throughout the country. Burger King Corporation and the UniverSoul Circus, shares in the same commitment to community and family.
UniverSoul Circus, the only African American owned circus, provides a one-of-a-kind showplace for performers from around the world. UniverSoul is a blend of circus artistry and urban showmanship never before witnessed under the big top. In 2004, UniverSoul's two touring units will travel to 58 major markets throughout the United States. The Atlanta based circus is comprised of approximately 150 performers. The circus, dubbed "Cirque Du Soul" and "Hip Hop Under the Big Top" by the national media, will present 1,054 shows in 2004.
UniverSoul Circus features 14 acts from around the world:
Graciella Single Trapeze Ring Brazil
Caribbean Flava Stilts/Limbo/Showgirls Trinidad & Tobago
Cossacks Thundering Horses Russia
Anatolie Acrobatic Bar Act Russia
Magic Man Disappearing Tigers USA
Twisted Sistas Multicultural Contortionist Quartet Mongolia and South Africa
Willy Family Salsa on the Highwire Colombia, SA
Tyrone Taylor Tiger and Elephant Presenter/Trainer New York
Danise Payne Female Clown California
Onionhead Male Clown Florida
Wheel of Death Giant Wheel Balancing Act -- Colombia, SA and Dominican Republic
Pagoda Bowls Chinese Contortion/Acrobatic Balancing Act China
Lucky and Country Acrobatic Hip Hop Dancers Louisiana and South Africa
Jean Claude and Veronica Silks Trapeze Duo France and California
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