Say adieu to the archetypal ringmasters of Ringling Bros. past. Instead of a red-top-hat, ornate-overcoat-wearing man, youll find Tony Tone. Hes witty and hip and embodies the spirit of the UniverSoul Circus. Operated and owned entirely by African-Americans, this big-top traveling circus is based in Atlanta. The soundtrack at this circus wont be those cartoonish circus jingles entertainers will dance to Beyoncé. Theyll get folks in the crowd in a dance-off; theyll conduct the Soul Train Line. The elephants will dance to Rihanna. Here, theres an urge to showcase talents collected from an eclectic pool of black Americans as well as people from the world over: Chinese aerialists, acrodunk players from Belgium and Holland, contortionists from everywhere, people who play with tigers, and people who walk on razor-sharp wire. There will be acrobats, horses, and Caribbean dancers who will sashay under limbo sticks lit on fire. The soul circus comes to town at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens). More shows are scheduled daily until Sunday. Tickets cost $15.50 to $25. Visit universoulcircus.com.
Tue., March 23, 7:30 p.m.; March 24-28, 2010