- Paul Binder, Big Apple Circus founder and artistic directorAt the circus, now in Fresh Meadows' Cunningham Park, the award-winning cast of the Big Apple Circus celebration includes trapeze artists swinging swiftly through space, a man juggling ping-pong balls with his mouth, and a woman dancing with dogs. Acrobats flip fearlessly into precarious chairs, and clowns command laughter without a word. In every act of this year's show, "Picturesque," famous artwork comes to life, including the harlequins of Picasso, the ballerinas of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec's can-can dancers. It's a continuous kaleidoscope of beauty and daring, precision and pratfalls.The clown Grandma is played by a man, Barry Lubin. During the show, Grandma is here, there and everywhere, interacting with the audience, mimicking performers and lipsynching. The antics of the Russian clown Vallery include repeatedly throwing a ball to the audience, as he seeks people to toss it back onto the stick in his mouth. At one point, he led a small boy into the ring for this challenge, and when he succeeded, there was a resounding response of cheers and applause.T
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