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Circus Chimera coming to Vail

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Special to the DailyCircus Chimera is designed ater the American "big top" tent tradition but adds a European element that focuses on the amazing feats of the human body rather than exotic animals. The circus rolls into Vail Sept. 8-10.

VAIL ” Circus Chimera, the brainchild of founder Jim Judkins, is returning to Vail Sept. 8-10 with a theme based on the classic children’s tale “Alice in Wonderland.”

Judkins founded Circus Chimera in 1997 after working with several circuses around the nation. He designed his circus after the American “big top” tent tradition but added a European element that focuses on the amazing feats of the human body rather than exotic animals. According to Judkins, this distinction makes Circus Chimera’s acts comparable to ballet and theater performances.

The international cast is made up of performers from Russia, Peru, China, France and Kenya. Most performers are circus veterans ” some even studied in prestigious schools that specialize in circus arts.

This year’s circus begins just as the traditional story does, with Alice, in this case a former Russian Olympian, falling down the well into Wonderland. On her journey, she meets Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, played by a family of acrobats from China, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, both portrayed by a Peruvian circus veteran. The white rabbit, the Jabberwock and the Queen of Hearts also make appearances. The performance is complete with foot jugglers, rolling bungees, aerial acrobats, rope dancers and contortionists.

Circus Chimera will be at Ford Park in Vail on Sept. 8-10. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8; 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; and 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Tickets are available at the Vail Chamber and Business Association, the Colorado Ski Museum, the Vail Village and Lionshead Visitor Information Centers, the Vail Safeway and the Vail City Market. Tickets are $10 $7 with a discount coupon. Discount coupons are available at all ticket outlets. Call the Vail Chamber at 477-0075 for more details, or visit

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