Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

I received complimentary tickets for my family in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME - It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth® . Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family!

Ringling Bros.® Presents Circus XTREME. It’s time to have XTREME fun with your family! Get your tickets today!

Chicago - United Center
Wednesday, November 19 - Sunday, November 29

  • Thu, Nov 19 7:00PM
  • Fri, Nov 20 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
  • Sat, Nov 21 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sun, Nov 22 1:00PM ,  5:00PM
  • Tue, Nov 24 2:00PM ,  7:00PM
  • Wed, Nov 25 2:00PM ,  7:00PM
  • Fri, Nov 27 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sat, Nov 28 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sun, Nov 29 1:00PM ,  5:00PM

**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

The All Access Pre-Show

Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price. The All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

The All Access Pre-Show is your chance to feel what it's like to be part of The Greatest Show On Earth ®! You and your family are specially invited to an amazing circus experience and  FREE ADMISSION comes with your ticket! Step Right Up and be part of the All Access Pre-Show where Children Of All Ages are invited down to the show floor to try on costumes, learn circus skills, meet the performers and get their picture taken with the clowns! Then, enter for a chance to win an original pachyderm painting, which is painted right in front of you by one of the world famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® elephants! All this and more when you arrive an hour early, and remember, FREE ADMISSION with your ticket!

Prices range from $20, $25, $40, $65 (VIP). Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating). Tickets available for purchase online at ticketmaster (DOT) com,  or in-person at the venue Box Office.

REVIEW

We have been attending Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus shows for the past 12 years! And each year we are thoroughly amazed! Ringling Bros.® Presents Circus XTREME did not disappoint!

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

We were able to make it to the ALL-ACCESS Pre-SHOW - which I highly recommend! Mabel, the baby elephant made her appearance and painted a picture this year. Circus XTREME takes a trip during this show and were wearing gorgeous costumes during the opening presentation, I loved all the colors in this show.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Robert Stipka & The Desert Goddesses: The opening act begins with six girls riding double humped camels and performing acrobatics. In Circus XTREME, Robert leads a caravan of six magnificent two-humped Bactrian camels with their exceptional Mongolian Cossack Riders through an amazing ballet of animal artistry.

Robert Stipka & The Desert Goddesses: #CircusXtreme

Clown Alley: The clown entertainment between the acts is, as always, hilarious!

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Danguir High-Wire Troupe: There the show continues with a trek to Mt. Everest. Tight rope walkers were entertaining. I love when they just jet run straight across. They were even jumping over each others shoulders,  jumping rope, girl splits, They played a double hopping game, stood on each others shoulders standing and walked across the tightrope. The girl even did the splits on the tightrope. This act takes place 1300 ft in the air and they concluded with a four person tower.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Gemma (“The Jet”) Kirby: They next moved on to shooting a girl out of a canon. The human canon girl is always great. It doesn’t get more extreme than shooting yourself out of a cannon — and human cannonballs don’t get more daring than Gemma Kirby.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

The Circus Skydivers: The next act was numerous aerialists who were flying about the air wearing glow in the dark costumes. We have not ever seen this act before and it was very cool. A constellation of Circus Skydivers plunge from bungee cords in an enchanted black-light display of high-spirited teamwork that elevates the imagination!

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Clown Alley: The clowns came out whilst they were setting up for the next act and they were wildly amusing! Various costumed acrobats, with Aladdin-esque costumes were singing and dancing as well as stilted men.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Mongolian Marvels: The Mongolian strong men were up next and were simply tossing about kettle balls(one strong man lifted three), and huge steel balls. There were also Asian women contortionists and acrobats performing. The strong men were flipping girls around, and the strong man made a tower three high person tower and flipped one girl up on top. The strongest strong man lifted 551 lbs with teeth and they concluded with a group tower. This troupe is featured in a one-of-a-kind showcase that combines the Mongolian cultural style of the strongman, the ancient art of throat singing, the skill of contortion, the circus acrobatics of hand voltige and the traditional style of Mongolian dance, all with a modern twist that takes this presentation to the extreme

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

World-Renowned Asian Elephants: Next up was educating the public on the care of elephants with five elephants and their trainers. This is one of our absolute favorite acts. My girls LOVE the elephants. The were born in captivity, and the trainers work with the elephants their entire lives. One trainer has been with his elephant for 11 years, since his birth. The matriarch of the elephants just hung around with her pals as they are like a family. Did you know elephants love bread?

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

The Sirens of the Sea: After intermission was a group of acrobats hanging from steel balls suspended in the air performing acrobatic moves. Some were dressed as mermaids and were quite beautiful. These daring aerialists astonish audiences while suspended in mid-air from giant orbs that descend from the circus sky.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

The Art On Trampoline: The next act was the boys on trampolines, one 15- ft tower and two trampolines! My son LOVES this act! The Art On Trampoline troupe takes gymnastic talent to extreme heights. Showcasing precise control, impeccable timing and exceptional strength, these astounding gymnasts propel themselves higher and higher as the audience cheers them on to new heights. This tower has been specially constructed to allow these Ringling Bros.® professionally trained champion gymnasts to freestyle in, out and all around for everyone to see!

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Tabayara Maluenda: Always one of the most thrilling acts! Tigers !! In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME, Taba and his entourage of 16 exotic Bengal tigers demonstrate an intimate bond between human and animal that is unforgettable!

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

BMX: BMXers! Super cool new act! This will appeal to all your tweens and teens for sure!  This adrenaline-charged performance is a daring display that will make any street or park performance look like a leisurely ride.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

Clown Alley: These pranksters have a passion for laughter, and with their wacky antics, clever talents and hilarious parodies, they’re taking comedy to the extreme! These Ringling clowns are really good at keeping the show going in between acts and during the clean up processes.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

Benny Ibarra: This guy scares me! He is A-MAZ-ING! Daredevil Benny Ibarra raises the bar on fearlessness in a high-energy circus performance that keeps Children Of All Ages on the edge of their seats! Masterfully maneuvering the 16,000-pound Wheel of Steel, Benny attempts to control gravity, while spinning 50 feet above the arena floor in a calculating display of centrifugal force.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme

Alex & Irina: Alex and Irina lead a comedy troupe of comedic canines in one of the most animated poodle performances ever found! Celebrating their second tour with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Alex and Irina work flawlessly together, presenting audiences with fun-loving results from years of dedicated training and abundant love for their extended family.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

 

BEHIND THE SCENES OF XTREME THE PERFORMERS, CAST, and STAFF

This international cast and crew includes individuals from roughly 20-25 different countries: United States of America, Paraguay, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Cuba, France, Venezuela, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Peru, Ecuador, Kyrgyz Republic, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Great Britain, and China.

It takes about 16 hours to set up the entire show for the first performance in each city and about 10 hours to tear down the show and load the circus train for each trip.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

THE ANIMALS

The 85 animals on tour with XTREME include:
Asian elephants (9)
Tigers (9); Black/Orange
African Lion (6)
African Leopard (1)
Horses (20)
Plus (21) dogs, (4) pigs, (8) goats, (2) donkeys, (3) llamas, and (2) kangaroos

All animals are groomed and exercised daily, either in the arena or in practice areas set up in the animal enclosures.

COSTUMES

More than 100 costume technicians, milliners, cutters, drapers, tailors, finishers, and assistants spent a total of 48,000 hours to create and build all the costumes for the XTREME production. This does not include the many hours dedicated to the design process for each costume.

There are over 550 costumes in the production, with more than 100 hats & nearly 1,000 shoes.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® in Chicago Presents Circus XTREME #CircusXtreme {Review}

MUSIC/LIVE BAND

The Ringling Bros. production XTREME tours with a live band of 9 musicians, who may collectively play an amazing 20 different instruments throughout the show. Their collective experience in the live music business is over 200 years.

There are 200 uniquely different pieces of music used in the show, which are custom composed by award willing Hollywood and Broadway composers for this production, and include more than 30 different musical styles.

LIGHTS/ELECTRIC/EFFECTS

Nearly 100,000 pounds of equipment hang from 100 electric chain hoists

Additional 10-12 spotlight operators are hired locally in each city. They rehearse lighting the show one time before the audience sees it.

8 confetti Canons are use in the finale number of each performance Legends. Over a one year tour, more than 2000 pounds (one ton) of confetti will be used.

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Photos via Feld Entertainment

Disclosure: Thanks to Feld Entertainment who provided the tickets for the giveaway, as well as a set for us to review the show in our role as Feld Family Activators. I was not compensated in any manner. All opinions are that of my own.