Following a smash hit run at the UK Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 Circus Abyssinia made its London premiere at the Underbelly Festival.

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is a jubilant celebration of circus itself that will mesmerize audiences of all ages through the sheer infectious energy and spirit, which fly from its cast.


Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is an unashamedly joyful mix of astonishing stunts, astounding circus skills and enchanting adventure. The show dramatizes in surreal, often comic and mostly wordless ways, the magical true tale of two Ethiopian brothers, Bibi and Bichu who dreamed as little boys of joining the circus, and stages the journey of how their dream came true. Performed from the perspective of the young brothers, through the universal language of circus, the show mixes autobiographical and fictional narratives to tell how the Bibi and Bichu became world-class jugglers.


The adventure truly begins when the brothers realise their dream is a shared one: their journey is joined by a host of high-flying, contorting figures, some enchanting, others menacing – and at least one ridiculous! – but all of them circus dreamers, whose feats of acrobatic daring call up a world of rushing adventure that awakens the possibility of a bona fide Ethiopian circus!


The show delves into the rhythms and roots of Ethiopia’s rich musical and artistic traditions to weave its story through death-defying tricks, and feats of juggling, clowning and contortion, all performed to the irresistible beats of Ethiopian song.


The multi-talented and incredibly versatile Circus Abyssinia Troupe celebrates the birth of a new Ethiopian tradition through a breath-taking range of circus skills including; human juggling, hand- vaulting, contortion, cloth spinning, Cyr Wheel, clowning and the astonishing eight strong double Chinese Pole act. Fusing theatrical storytelling with astonishing stunts, the show combines the arts and innovations of contemporary circus with Ethiopia’s artistic heritage to create one of the world’s first full- blown Ethiopian circuses. Surrealist and joy-driven, accompanied by a soundscape that draws on Ethiopia’s rich musical past and present, Circus Abyssinia includes twelve dazzling acrobats from the circus school that founding brothers Bibi and Bichu (originally from Jimma and now living in the UK) established in Addis Ababa.


Source: Underbelly Festival