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Co-Created and Produced by Mehari "Bibi" Tesfamariam
Co-Created and Directed by Binyam "Bichu" Tesfamariam
Written by Cal McCrystal
Choreography by Kate Smyth

Best enjoyed by all ages.
Lap passes will be available for children 3 years of age and younger.
Run time: 110 minutes, including one intermission. Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

A whole new kind of circus is coming to town! The rhythm of Ethiopia comes alive as this internationally acclaimed, dream-filled adventure makes its daring Minneapolis debut. Jaws will drop as one amazing feat after another defies gravity and awakens possibility; oh, to be part of the spectacle! It’s an incredible range of high-flying hilarity, hula hooping, death-defying tricks, and ridiculously joy-filled juggling with the music and movement of East Africa.

Things to Know About the Show

  • This show features Ethiopian music and is primarily non-verbal; very little English is used.
  • Audience cheering is encouraged in this production to add to the circus atmosphere!
  • CTC has never featured a show with this level of athleticism and acrobatics. Professional acrobats will be performing stunts on our stage; while it might be nerve-wracking, not to worry—they are trained professionals!
Circus Abyssinia Calendar


Bibi and Bichu dream of joining the circus. Each night when the boys fall asleep, the man in the moon makes their dream come alive.


Bibi and Bichu are juggling back and forth in their bedroom. Every night, they make plans to run away with the circus. The boys fall asleep and the man in the moon makes their dream come alive.

The company fills the space with dance and circus tricks. Bibi and Bichu are thrown into the air by the ensemble and perform a variety of jumps and flips including an act where performers standing on top of each other.

The ensemble leaves and two contortionists take the stage. They twist their bodies into unbelievable shapes. Then, two jugglers arrive. They start by juggling three balls each, but increase up to five each.

Five women join and perform scarf juggling. They spin the scarfs on their hands and feet while dancing and performing acrobatic feats.

A man and woman join the stage and dance while performing a variety of lifts and acrobatics. It is clear they are in love. Young Bibi and Bichu kick them offstage and show off their juggling skills. They are quickly joined by Adult Bibi and Bichu who kick the boys offstage and show everyone how it is really done. They juggle clubs between them. The boys rejoin and the four juggle together.

The moon lights up and we see four women shadow dance, perform contortions, and acrobatics. They return to the moon.

The ensemble finishes by performing acrobatic tricks on large poles and dancing.

Concessions items can be pre-ordered for the intermission of your performance by visiting the Concessions Stand during pre-show of your performance.

The Concessions Stand opens one hour prior to the start of the performance and will remain open until 15 minutes after the performance concludes.

We are proud to offer a selection of snacks that are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, Halal-friendly, and Kosher-friendly. Please ask our welcoming staff if you have any dietary concerns.

For our adult patrons, we are delighted to offer premium wines and a selection from local breweries to help celebrate the wonder and magic of theatre and a night on the town.

Beer and Wine can only be purchased by an adult over the age of 21 with a valid government issued ID. We will sell one drink per adult with valid ID at a time and a maximum of two drinks per adult with valid ID per performance. Beer and Wine will be available for sale to patrons attending the current performance at Children's Theatre Company when the Concessions Stand open for pre-show sales and will cease approximately 30 minutes prior to the end of the performance.

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