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Circus Juventas presents Nordrsaga

  • Big Top 2070 Montreal Avenue Saint Paul, MN, 55116 United States (map)

Circus Juventas presents Nordrsaga, a swirling, high-flying adventure through the Nine Realms of Norse legend, July 27 through August 13, 2017, under the Big Top at 1270 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul. The story is told through the cirque nouveau style, combining artistic storytelling with wonderous physical feats in the tradition of Cirque du Soleil.  The show features Circus Juventas’ most advanced circus performers in a professionally staged large-scale theatrical production.

Tickets are on sale now, and are available through Ticketworks (, 612-343-3390, or by calling the Circus Juventas Box Office,  651-699-8229. More information is available at

Tickets regularly sell out, so make like Thor and put the hammer down!

One of Nordrsaga’s most spectacular highlights will be a custom-designed Russian Cradle act, featuring a 15-foot swinging Viking ship and four flyers, four catchers and four pumpers who move the ship, creating a whirlwind of aerial acrobatics, brute strength and fearlessness. The act was created by Circus Juventas coach Dmitiri Arnaoutov, who grew up as part of a famed circus family with the Moscow Circus and whose father created the very first Russian Cradle act in 1936.

Brave New Workshop’s co-artistic director Katy McEwen wrote the script for Nordrsaga, which will be narrated by a local talent. It tells the tale of a Midgardian (mortal) named Leif, who stumbles upon a mythic library and is transported into the Nine Realms. After landing in Asgard, he is sent on a path to retrieve the lost hammer of Thor. He encounters crafty, riddling dwarves, spritely elves with a sinister agenda, grumpy giants and theiving trolls. Ultimately, he is united with an unlikely rival, the God of Thunder himself. Together they undertake a perilous journey to retrieve the hammer and stop Ragnarok – the destruction of the universe.

“The epic nature of norse legend was an ideal canvas for us to showcase our highest caliber circus feats that will leave the audience holding their breath in amazement,” said Elizabeth “Betty” Butler, Circus Juventas co-founder and artistic director.

Nordrsaga performances run Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, August 13. Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and weekend matinees start at 1 p.m.Shows last 3 hours including a 20 minute intermission. Tickets range from $17.50 to $40 VIP seats. Family 4 Packs of tickets are available for Saturday matinees. For complete details and to order tickets visit

About Circus Juventas

Circus Juventas is a 501(c)3 non-profit and the largest youth performing arts circus school in North America. Over the past 23 years, co-founders Dan and Betty Butler have seen their dream grow into a year-round program that serves more than 2,500 children and youth up to age 21 with a diverse array of circus arts training and performance opportunities in a noncompetitive setting.  Circus Juventas mission is to inspire artistry and self-confidence through a multicultural circus arts experience that encourages leadership and life skills, teamwork, athleticism, artistry, pursuit of excellence and community service. For more information, visit

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