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Family circus returns to Redwood City with new show

Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns to Redwood City Oct. 7-30 with a new show. Photo by Leah Worthington.

Zoppé Italian Family Circus may have about 180 years' worth of history behind it, but you don't stay in the spotlight for close to two centuries without keeping things fresh.

The family-run company brings its mix of old-world Italian circus traditions and newer acts to Redwood City through Nov. 27 with its latest show, "Liberta."

According to an event announcement on the Redwood City website, acts new to the circus' big top this year include the Ladder of Death performed by fifth-generation circus artist Brayan Portugal; the Kaloleni Acrobats from Kenya; trapeze artist and juggler Alek Alegria Ramos; and new ringmaster Henry Lowrance.

There may even be a pre-show appearance by Ninetto, possibly one of the world's youngest clowns, played by 18-month-old Ilario Zoppé, the seventh generation of the family to perform in the circus.

The circus' annual stop in Redwood City has become a Peninsula tradition on its own over the past dozen years, with the company even hosting a "drive-in" circus to accommodate social distancing in 2020.

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Zoppé Italian Family Circus will be in town through Nov. 27 at the Redwood City Main Library Parking Lot, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Tickets are $10-$29. For more information, visit redwoodcity.org.

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Heather Zimmerman
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Family circus returns to Redwood City with new show

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Uploaded: Fri, Oct 7, 2022, 10:43 am

Zoppé Italian Family Circus may have about 180 years' worth of history behind it, but you don't stay in the spotlight for close to two centuries without keeping things fresh.

The family-run company brings its mix of old-world Italian circus traditions and newer acts to Redwood City through Nov. 27 with its latest show, "Liberta."

According to an event announcement on the Redwood City website, acts new to the circus' big top this year include the Ladder of Death performed by fifth-generation circus artist Brayan Portugal; the Kaloleni Acrobats from Kenya; trapeze artist and juggler Alek Alegria Ramos; and new ringmaster Henry Lowrance.

There may even be a pre-show appearance by Ninetto, possibly one of the world's youngest clowns, played by 18-month-old Ilario Zoppé, the seventh generation of the family to perform in the circus.

The circus' annual stop in Redwood City has become a Peninsula tradition on its own over the past dozen years, with the company even hosting a "drive-in" circus to accommodate social distancing in 2020.

Zoppé Italian Family Circus will be in town through Nov. 27 at the Redwood City Main Library Parking Lot, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Tickets are $10-$29. For more information, visit redwoodcity.org.

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