3 Animal-Free Circus Shows Around The World

Back in the days of our grandparents, kids dreamed of running away with the circus, travel the world and explore far away places.

It was exotic, exciting, and the lifestyle was one that most people could only dream of: the life of a vagabond.

Today, the circus world has changed a lot, and as our society is getting ever harder to please, they have to come up with some very good stunts to get our attention.

The best circuses in the world are quite different from what you once associated with a circus, and many are (finally!) steering away from using animals.

As a child, I only ever went to a circus once, because I couldn’t stand the torture that animals had to go through for the sake of our entertainment.

But today you can enjoy all the magic, excitement and smell of popcorn in a colorful tent guilt-free at these animal-free circuses …

Cirque du Soleil

Perhaps the best example of the modern circus, many argue that nobody can put together a better and more professional show than Cirque du Soleil.

Based in Canada, the circus employs over 4000 people who tour the world in different groups, performing the most amazing stunts, tricks and magic with great live music.

The Cirque du Soleil Orlando has become very popular, so it’s definitely a show to check out when you’re in “the land of entertainment” – this show definitely stands out from the rest of the Florida attraction tickets.

Circus Oz

“Think Cirque du Soleil on drugs”, someone said in a review – the Cricus Oz preforms the same stunts as many other circuses, minus the animals, but it’s the way it’s all put together with a great selection of live music and the awesome narrator who keeps the crowd going.

It’s all very modern, and all very loud.

What people love the most about this show is the laid back, quirky, naughty, satirical and funny attitude.

New Shanghai Circus

With a group of 40 acrobats from China, the New Shanghai Circus tests your perception of what is possible to do with your body – it’s a unique production, which although quite long, nails the audience to their seats.

In the line-up they have quite a few award winning numbers such as Diabolo, Aerial Fish Ballet, Pole Climbers, Lions, Dragons, Chair Stack, Adagio, Bicycle, Human Top and Plates Spinning.

The one thing they could do without however is the lengthy video in the beginning.

Other Animal-free circuses that have had great reviews: Chinese state circus, Moscow State Circus, Circus Smirkus, Cirque Éloize, Circus Finelli – if you want more, check out this list of PETA approved shows.

Which is your favorite animal-free circus?

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5 Responses to 3 Animal-Free Circus Shows Around The World

  1. Thomas S. Moore October 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I read the title wrong and I thought it said 3 FREE circus around the world. I have been to Cirque du Soleil and they certainly aren’t free. But you are so right though we are getting harder and harder to please. Some of the stunts and tricks these performers do are just crazy. As time goes on even these will be boring. Never heard of New Shanghai Circus do they do any performances in the US?

    • Sofia October 21, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Haha no Cirque du Soleil certainly isn’t free. Yes you can watch the New Shanghai circus at the new Shanghai theater in Branson, MO.

  2. Cows ears October 19, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Oh, circus: I like circus very much especially for the spell bounding shows which just reinforce my belief that regular practice under suitable guidance can make you prefect in any art or skill. I agree with the blogger when he says that in circus animals are subjected to torture just for the sake of entertainment.

    • Sofia October 21, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      Yes I agree, practice makes perfect :), although you need some guts to even dare getting in to it :)

  3. Eloise @ Am I Nearly There Yet? November 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    I love going to the circus! I haven’t been to any of these, but more local animal-free circuses in my home town back in England. They always have an old fashioned feel to it, which takes me back to my childhood. I hope that some day circuses every where will all be animal-free.