The UniverSoul Circus Presents: A Big Top Christmas. The show promises to be a holiday celebration for all ages. This extra special Christmas extravaganza features a wintry mix of fun from around the world, including Limbo dancers from Trinidad and Tobago, mind-boggling contortionists from Guinea, motorcycle daredevils from the U.S.A, and a jolly Ringmaster leading the holiday festivities all the way from South Africa.
In 1994 the UniverSoul Circus was born. The vision was to explore the various talents other than singing and dancing that black performers had to offer. We had the idea to present something different, to create a show that presented a wide spectrum of black talent to a wide demographic of spectators.
To reach deep into our culture and search for what talent and skills lie asleep in the black entertainment experience. We wanted to apply our gathered years of experience in the live appearance industry, to make a difference, to change the industry we lived in, creating growth and new opportunity. Our journey began in libraries, first researching black entertainment from the turn of the century, until today. We came across a black circus operating in 1893. I envisioned hip-hop musicals, a return to vaudeville and animal acts.
That's when the decision was made to create a full-blown big top circus. We had to find black circus performers. But where would we find them? How could we express our culture through circus arts? In what form or forum would the presentation take place? Well, as the saying goes, if you take the first step Providence moves in. All sorts of things happen in your favor. While walking through a Black Expo a few weeks later, the corner of my eye caught one particular booth. The sign said: OF BLACKS AND CIRCUS RINGS .