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Broadway Show Blends Circus Acts, African Performing Arts

A contortionist from the "Circus Der Sinne" performs at the CBS 2 studio. (credit: CBS 2)

A contortionist from the “Circus Der Sinne” performs at the CBS 2 studio. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “Circus Der Sinne” mixes modern circus acts with traditional African dance and music.

The show is running on Broadway through Jan. 5.

“Mother Africa is basically bringing Africa to New York,” one of the show’s stars, Theresa Makaita Muteta, told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider in an interview Sunday morning. “We have circus acts. We have acrobats. We have music and dance going on. We have a lot that we’re bringing to you guys from the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street.”

The performers come from all over Africa, Muteta said.

“What has basically happened is our producer and director have come together and they did form a school in Tanzania, and this is where many of the artists, many of the acts have gone through, have the platform to practice, to rehearse, to have the grilling and the drilling of how the acts should be going,” she said. “And from there, they put the show together, and it’s been seven years now we’ve been on tour.”

“Circus Der Sinne” is being performed at the New Victory Theater on West 42nd Street. For showtimes and tickets, visit the theater’s website.

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