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Big Apple Circus puts up tent in Cunningham Park

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The Quinterion Troupe from Hungary demonstrate acrobatics in the air and on the ground. Photo courtesy Big Apple Circus
Jenny Vidbel leads her equine co-performers. Photo courtesy Big Apple Circus
Jenny Vidbel is slated to perform with her troop of handsome horses, prancing ponies and perky pups. Photo courtesy Big Apple Circus
Electricians Keith Christianson (l.) and Brian Debs hook up lights inside the Big Apple Circus' tent in the parking lot of Cunningham Park. The circus is slated to open Sunday. Photo by Christina Santucci
Janoi Cowan (l.) and Julio Mota work to setup the Big Apple Circus's tent in Cunningham Park. Photo by Christina Santucci
Tom Larson (l.), the Big Apple Circus' general manager, and electrician Jon Batz oversee the work Wednesday morning. Photo by Christina Santucci
The circus is slated to open Sunday. Photo by Christina Santucci

The Big Apple Circus returns to Queens Sunday for a month of performances packed with trapeze artists, synchronized cyclists and performing animals in its production of “Legendarium” at Cunningham Park.

A slate of global performers will entertain boys and girls of all ages in this nostalgic show that recalls another era of circus traditions.

Watch Bulgarian Andrey Mantchev take to the sky in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and catches. From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs synchronized poses while atop their bicycles. Russians Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova, who perform as Desire of Flight, defy gravity with soaring stunts while attached to aerial straps. And marvel at Jenny Vidbel’s majestic horses, prancing ponies and playful pups.

Throughout the evening, the Big Apple Circus Band will evoke memories as it plays iconic music from the past. And the Acrobuffs, a husband-and-wife clown team, will elicit laughs as they bring their brand of slapstick comedy to the ring.

Performances begin Sunday, May 19, and run through Sunday, June 16, under the Big Top at Cunningham Park, at 196-22 Union Tnpk. in Fresh Meadows.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at or by calling 1-888-541-3750. The circus box office, in front of the tent, opens Saturday, May 18.

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