UniverSoul Circus arrives at Bayside Expo Center to Boston on Monday, July 22 with a newly launched second unit of its highly acclaimed touring Circus. Roots, Rags & Rhythms, a 30-day tour, is an outgrowth of nine years of success by America's only African American owned circus. It is described as "a special blend of urban flavor mixed with centuries old circus traditions. It combines the past, present and future of traditional circus artistry with the diverse cultural mix that shapes and defines the UniverSoul experience. It proudly displays award winning international artists in custom designed settings, using the latest in theatrical performance technology."
Leading the cast of performers is Dallas-born comedian Cecil Armstrong whose alias "Shuckey Duckey" and tagline "Quack-Quack" frame his side-grabbing punchlines as seen on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, BET's Comic View and Showtime at the Apollo.
The audience never knows what to expect as Shuckey mixes hi-jinks and wholesome comedy to a backdrop of UniverSoul brand hip-hop, jazz and R&B in a rollicking rendition of Ringmaster. Ricardo Sosa from Havana, Cuba, bedazzles fans as he balances and contorts his body on a single hand bar. Eighteen-year-old Veronica Williams glides and swirls on her trapeze dancing in mid-air far above the heads of a dazed audience.
Also appearing will be New York City's King Charles Unicycle Troupe, with their show-stopping unicycle basketball antics, fast-peddling to the beat of the hottest hip hop tunes. The Bronx natives show off their skills with Double Dutch jumping, high-flying footballs and dynamic dunking prowess unmatched by anything you'll ever see in the NBA. The troupe takes "He's got game" to a whole new level.
Back by popular demand - the Ayak Brothers from Capetown, South Africa will astound audiences when they use only their feet to catch each other while swinging on the trapeze at breakneck speed 50 feet above the Circus ring.
The star-studded Circus cast will also include urban acrobat and dancing sensations, the Dragon Masters from New Orleans, LA; veteran clown, Garry O-Clown; the internationally famed high wire walkers, the Willy Family from Colombia, South America; aerial strap artist and French sensation, Jean Claude Belmat from Paris, France; Margo Porter and the UniverSoul Circus elephants; and white tiger trainer Ameera Diamond.
Shows are scheduled for 10:30 am on Monday; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon, 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday; and on Sunday, at noon, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the box office onsite.