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It’s a “G” Thing: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme

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High-flying acrobatics, dancing extraordinaires, puppies and a lot of clowning around.

That's right, the circus is in town!

We stopped by Barclays Center to check out the performers behind the new Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme.

“The circus is my life," Irina, an animal act and comedian, exclaimed. “ We just play and dance with the dogs.”

"It’s my first time in the circus," Blair said. I’m a dancer.”

“Why are you a clown?" I asked Brian. "Because I love it, this is all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was four years old."

These talents come from all over the world.

"I went to an audition in Australia," Blair said.

"[We are from] Russia,” Irina and her partner, Alex, said.

There's even a local New Yorker in the show, "[I'm] from right here in Brooklyn.”

And for many, the circus runs in their blood.

“I’m 2nd generation in the circus," Irina said.

"My uncle was a clown," Alex added.

Through the long days and nights on the train going from city to city and country to country, they end up becoming a family of their own.

“What do you when there’s a problem," I asked Brian and the other clowns. "Well we get together as a group, we talk about it, then we have a really really really big fight!"

"We have so much fun on the train," Blair smiled. "Yes partying is always on the side."

But their biggest joy...

“I want to make everyone happy,” Irina said.

“Just making people laugh people forget about their problems," Brian said. "It’s amazing”

“To see an adult smile and giggle and clap their hands," Blair added. "I just have the biggest smile.”

Circus Xtreme is only at Barclays Center until Sunday, but it is traveling the New York area through March 22nd.

 

PRODUCED BY: KIM PESTALOZZI

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