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Winnipeg-based circus company launches Canadian tour

THROWBACK: A Retro Circus Experience uses classic circus performance to take a nostalgic look at pop culture of the 1980s and ʼ90s.


Winnipeg’s own acrobatic company The Street Circus will showcase THROWBACK: A Retro Circus Experience at the Gas Station Arts Centre on June 17 and 18.

Husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Kimberly Craig created the show in 2018 and first performed it at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival before the COVID-19 pandemic. The company originally planned to tour in 2020, but their 2022 run will finally give them a chance to share their story.

“This is what we have been waiting 2.5 years to do, and we are excited to be able to do it (in Winnipeg) and to be able to bring it back to the stage where it should be,” Daniel Craig says.

Daniel explains that the purpose of this story is to spark some nostalgia in its viewers who grew up in the ʼ80s, ʼ90s and early 2000s. The show focuses on the main character, Idris, a 30-year-old man who experiences a throwback while clearing out his childhood possessions in his parents’ basement.

“We wrote this show based on the music, movies, video games and culture of the 1980s and 1990s. It was created to be a nostalgic piece,” Daniel says. 

The cast is made up of acrobatic performers from all over the world, including Winnipeg, Montreal, Las Vegas and Melbourne, Australia. Combining acrobatic and comedic talent from around the world will make this show a must-see.

“People from different places bring different perspectives, artistically and creatively, and working with people you can trust on stage is always super important,” Daniel says. “These people, I am very proud of (them), and they are all (extremely) talented. They are all wonderful to work with.” 

After receiving rave reviews prior to the show’s debut in 2019, THROWBACK will kick off its 2022 tour in Winnipeg and Edmonton.

For tickets and more info, visit thestreetcircus.com.

Published in Volume 76, Number 25 of The Uniter (May 31, 2022)

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