The Return of the Zoppé Family Circus!

Saturday, December 11 - Sunday, January 22 | 8am-10pm
Saturday, December 11 - Sunday, January 22 | 8am-10pm


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Haversack Productions presents:

The return of the Zoppé Family Circus!

For the twelfth year in a row, the legendary, old world Zoppé Family Circus returns to Tucson, setting up their Big Top tent in the parking lot on the corner of Congress and Avenida del Convento in the Mercado District. The 2023 run features 24 individual performances between January 6 and 22, including two shorter, discounted performances on Friday mornings.

This year’s theme: Liberta! 

Zoppé says: Liberta brings forth the remembrance of the struggles of our fellow people worldwide, attempting to obtain the freedoms and unities they desire for themselves. We hold in our hearts the key.

“You, the people, have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite.”

Charlie Chaplin – ‘The Great Dictator’

One hundred seventy seven years and seven generations of the Zoppe Family uphold the love and fun of their uniquely intimate show. Come…find out for yourself why this circus is historic.

The schedule:

Fri Jan 6: 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 7: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 pm

Sun Jan 8: 1:00, 4:00pm

Thu Jan 12: 7:00 pm

Fri Jan 13: 10:00 am (special short program), 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 14: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 pm

Sun Jan 15: 1:00, 4:00 pm

Mon Jan 16 (MLK Day): 1:00, 4:00 pm

Thur Jan 19: 7:00 pm

Fri Jan 20: 10:00 am (special short program), 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 21: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 pm

Sun Jan 22: 1:00, 4:00 pm

Ticketing this year has been simplified:

Beginning January 1st, Ticket Prices are:

$25 General Admission – all ages

$45 Ringside – all ages

Children 3 and under are free

December Early Bird Promo:

$20 General Admission – all ages

$40 Ringside – all ages

Children 3 and under are free

Friday 10am Shows – SHORT PROGRAM

$15 General Admission – all ages

$30 Ringside – all ages

Children 3 and under are free

Please note: these prices do NOT include AZ taxes and additional fees, and there are no discount coupons this year.

In addition to Nino the Clown and other Zoppé Family members, some of the new and current performers include an acrobat troupe, a trapeze artist, the Ladder of Death and a new ringmaster:

Aaryn Russell – Ringmaster: As an artist, Aaryn Russell admits he loves the world of performance and entertainment, but holds a unique reverence for the circus as a place of wonder, and for its particular gift of returning the audience to feelings of childlike joy. For 38 years, Aaryn has performed as a musician, performer, and multi-media artist, touring the western hemisphere with various bands and showing his oil paintings in national galleries. Aaryn has captured his alter ego, Henry Lowrance, a name in tribute to both grandfathers, to debut his act as master of the circus ring. Ringmaster envelopes several meanings of the word master; a professional guide through your experience in the Big Top charged with the direction of the circus theater itself.

Acrobats Kaloleni: Joining Zoppé from their home country of Kenya, Africa, Kaloleni Acrobats have carved their place in the circus industry as a dynamic troupe with several acts to offer. Troupe leader Renson Kaingu left his hometown, Kaloleni, and his seven siblings to perform worldwide. His Kenyan brothers, David, Thomas, and Martin, join him, creating a troupe holding many awards and world entertainment experience. Seven years ago, Zoppé matriarch, Sandra Zoppé, affectionately called Mama Sandra, found Acrobats Kaloleni on social media, befriended them, and hoped to bring them to America one day. That dream has become a reality this season as they perform ground acrobatic acts with a performance flair honoring their unique cultural traditions.

Alek Alegria Ramos:  In the 1800s, the legendary trapeze artist Kaye Washington created a complex aerial act that carries his name into the twenty-first centuryAlek Alegria Ramos, born in the small town of Ixmiquilpan, Mexico, began performing the Washington Trapeze at fourteen. During his youth, Alek worked across Mexico with various productions, including his family circus; in 2016 he debuted his act in the United States. With its broader and heavier bar, the Washington trapeze enables the artists to perform balancing stunts in conjunction with a pendulum swing. Alek’s expert and precise movements keep him in the air while viewers look on with increased excitement. When asked about his views on his life as a fourth-generation circus artist, he says simply, “This is my life, and I love it.”

Brayan Portugal: The Ladder of Death, the name, imparts its bold spectacle; however, the knowledge that only one family in the world performs it today makes this a truly unique act found under the Zoppé Big Top. Brayan, a fifth-generation circus artist from Mexico’s renowned Portugal family, has been training this audacious act since the age of eight, going higher on his fall with each passing year. A blend of tumbling and outright bravery, the Ladder of Death is a staggering demonstration. The audience’s shock brings satisfaction to Brayan; speaking about his life, he expresses his love of affection from the public and appreciates the experience of life on the road, its novelty, and constant change. Pay attention while watching Zoppé’s unique pre show experience for a chance to view the next-generation training in Brayan’s unprecedented act.

Ilario Fabrizio Luigino Zoppé: Now 18 months old, seventh-generation Zoppé, Ilario Fabrizio has settled into his life as a circus baby. Circus is family, and even toddlers have their place. Ilario styles to the crowd during the pre show and follows Papa’s actions in the ring. He speaks only a few words but in four different languages! Recently when viewing a photo of the audience, Ilario pointed to the people and said, “BRAVO!” If he is awake, watch him become part of the show.

Giovanni Zoppé, new ringmaster Aaryn Russell, and Zoppé co-producer Jeanette Prince-Zoppé (mother of Ilario Fabrizio Luigino Zoppé) are available for interviews!


Address: 125 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson, AZ

Phone: 520-461-1107

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