Sunday, February 28, 2016

Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME

Last Look at Elephants in Long-Running Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

“XTREME” Returns with Retiring Elephants, Dancing Poodles and Other Popular Acts

By Shandra Hill Smith

In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, Alex and Irina with their delightful dancing poodles are back, as are the age-old Asian elephants — but, for the latter, this time for the final time. This year, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced the May 2016 retirement of the traveling elephants. Your last chance in Atlanta came during performances Feb. 10 to 15 at Philips Arena in Atlanta and Feb. 18 through this Sunday, Feb. 28 at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, plans to move the elephants to its permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.
Other acts will remain, including the aforementioned entertaining Dogs of the City act and the electrifying The Art on Trampoline (freestyle sports) featuring acrobatics launched off trampolines. As the audience cheers them on, athletes propel themselves higher and higher, leaving many holding their breaths and others, like the female patron one seat over, gasping.

Another astounding act audiences will find is Mongolian Marvels, a troupe of strongmen, showcasing the Mongolian cultural style of the strongman, while, at other parts during the performance, contortionists bend their bodies in amazing fashion. One Mongolian Marvels highlight features the troupe building an eight-person pyramid with a combined weight of more than 880 pounds!

It’s one of a kind and extreme all in one package! And what more would you expect — from a show that works hard to prove year after year it’s The Greatest Show on Earth.

More info:

Images Copyright © 2014, Feld Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission from Feld Entertainment