It’s been a rough month for the circus scene. Beloved and charming Big Apple Circus pulled up the tent stakes for a final time, and just last week, the big daddy of the circus world Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s (which faced its fair share of controversy in recent years over animal rights) announced this season will be its last. We’ve got good news! Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring, a sensational seasonal circus show is in town right now, and it’s a must-see for kids with a passion for acrobatics, dance, gymnastics and whirling and twirling in the air.
A Simple Story Sets the Stage
The 60-minute show features a small but mighty company of five performers, who tell the story of young Brianna, a girl confined indoors due to an impeding blizzard, who then magically enters an enchanted winter wonderland.
Wintry characters such as the mischievous Jack Frost, the elegant Snow Queen, formidable North Wind and shapeshifter Azura, show Brianna the many moods of the winter season through dance, acrobatics, suspended spectacle and more. It’s all set to an energetic score filled with passages that range from fun and jazzy to dramatic and delicate, depending on the current action on stage.
Lots to Look at (Close Up)
One of the especially enjoyable aspects of the show is the intimate nature of the theater, a black box on the second floor of the East Village 14th Street Y. With seating for just 105 people, there’s no bad seat, and for those who want to be on the edge of the action, that’s more than possible. (In a way you don’t really get when seeing similar shows in a larger venue, you can really appreciate the artistry and the phenomenal physical strength of the performers.)
Major Skills on Display
Snowkus Pocus features acts and stunts that impress and often amaze in a variety of ways. Scarf, cape and ribbon-twirling is both simple and gently mesmerizing; Jack Frost delivers some fearsome and amazing precise whip work (yes, whip); Azura shows off some mind-boggling contortion and hula hoop work, and the whole company performs impressive aerial silk routines, both solo and in pairs. Additionally, the cast executes multiple acrobatic feats throughout the show, many of which seem to test the laws of gravity and personal strength.
The show also features many detailed and dazzling costumes, as well as funky hair and makeup, which make things fun to watch. (Think: blue hair, white wigs, out of the ordinary unitards, much bedazzling and big eyelashes.)
Go For the Balloon Bit Alone
As the winter turns to spring, things get really upbeat, and the Snow Queen (now outfitted in vernal attire) performs an out of this world, truly hilarious number with the biggest balloon we’ve ever seen. We guarantee your kid will love it, and yes, you will too.
The show is probably best for children ages five and up, and an interest in dance, acrobatics and circus will ensure the action sustains kids’ attention. Performances take place Thursday through Sundays, with both matinee and evening shows.
General admission is $25/person; for $50/person, you get a VIP ticket, which gives you early access for premium seat selection, a Snowkus Pocus coloring book, magnet, and a poster signed by the cast.
The show is here for a limited time only, so hurry below this snow flies!
Cirque-tacular’s Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring
Jan 21 – Feb 5, 2017
The 14th Street Y
344 E. 14th St.
Have you seen Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring? Tell us what you thought in the comments!