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The circus Knie is now as a Musical

Hereinspaziert! In the history of the Circus Knie. A hundred years of the Swiss National Circus is now on the road. We see in a dynasty that stretches back to the time around 1800.

There are men that could not occur with your plaster beautiful in appearance point here: all of the entertainment kings, dressed and groomed. And we accompany on their way, the women are princesses beautiful as Prince. With skill, you have pulled the carts always work.

A fanfare on these people! Because they all created a world of sensations: with jugglers, acrobats and Clowns, horses, elephants, and tigers, with air numbers and also Shows under the water. Exotic international look and a midget troupe. But circus is just folk entertainment, a dream catcher for the big audience.

Good times, bad times

So Rolf Knie, Born in 1949, great-great-great-grandson of founding father Frederick knee, the history of a dynasty brings to the stage. His Musical, he says, is to make you Laugh and cry. So, as the circus itself: emotionally moving.

Good times had in the circus. And also the bad times. The blackest Moment in the history of describes a Chapter, it's called "performance in front of Hitler". Rolf knee told of this Episode, like his father, Fredy Knie, Sr., "by the German Propaganda, was forced to perform in Berlin in front of Adolf Hitler".

This was the condition that Germany let back artists in Switzerland. Without Polo Rivel, La Tirana, or Miss Rosita, the circus would have to adjust its operation. And really: The Poster for December 1943 in the Berlin winter garden: "Fredy Knie, circus riders".

The Name is very big in the first place in the program, even before the Pantzer Brothers, the kaleidoscope dancer Renée Debauga, the Japanese-group, Hoshi, Toko, or the Parisian street singer Miette miss. A Swiss-based powers, therefore, among the artists of the axis and from the territories occupied by Germany. The admission cost 1 Mark.

horseback riding: The Musical tells the whole artistic history of the circus. Photo: Lukas Pitsch

Fredy knee was not alone. In Scala, the second-largest Berlin Variété, Rolf Knie, Sr., famous for its elephant Sandry, who showed his Stair climbing number. At this time, the German capital, as the Newspapers wrote: "the home territory of Berlin!", Bombs of the allies fell from the sky. Stalingrad had fallen, the Russian army was drawing closer by the day. Germany stood in front of the sunset. But in the winter garden, the stars shining in the night still at the big dome. The entertainment made the people forget for a Moment what was outside. And who they were: Nazis.

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but How was that with Hitler? And the hand of his father refused, of the Rolf knee told? Quick e-Mail to Harald Sandner, has created an itinerary of Hitler's ways, are recorded meticulously all the stations. The answer: "your question is quickly answered with a resounding no. Even if Hitler would not have been in Berlin, which was not the case, no longer would he have gone in the winter garden."

in any case, Rolf Knie says it was for his father, the hardest decision to travel to Berlin. But he had done everything to ensure that his company, which he led since 1940, together with his brother Rolf, could survive. And he feared also, as a Nazi, when the whole story would become public. Nothing about this commitment in the Swiss Newspapers. Alone the "fact," wrote that "Fredy knee with his school horses and Rolf knee had returned with his elephants from a successful tour Abroad".

"Have played the knee in front of Napoleon, gave them the Habsburgs, one on the roof, and Vice versa,"Rolf Knie

The circus is always a non-political organization. The knee of the elephant and the knee-horses have also worked for Guisan. A picture shows the General in a circle the knee in the Directorate. "Have played the knee in front of Napoleon, gave them the Habsburgs, one on the roof, and Vice versa," says Rolf knee. In the course of time the circus has made through a lot: the German-French war, world war one and two, and other crises.

And always the knee have pulled the carts on; "Tense!", says Katharina knee in the play by Carl Zuckmayer, from the year 1928, the tent in 1934, also in the circus of the knee was performed, after initial concerns of the Directorate. Because all of the knee, making a very accurate idea of how your story is told. Everyone has there own point of view. Not always is agreed. The 100-year anniversary two books come out, and the Musical.

As part of a heritage

Rolf's knee is since 1984, the circus Clown became a painter and entrepreneur in his own right. Now he wants to give with his Musical "the name knee something back". The name of the story, as told in the Musical, are here: Friedrich and Antonia knee from the founding generation, he made the Show, she took care of the Business. This will be the sound that accompanies the history of the circus up to the present day. "There's No Business Like Show Business" is the title of the song, Rolf Knie has sung it myself in the ring.

Each figure has founded and contributed in the past, the circus went his way: Marie knee, which made the Arena productions is a gold-mine, her son Friedrich, who bought with his brothers in a tent on the Pump, and in 1919, the National Circus. And, especially, Fredy Knie, Sr., who made the circus what is the Name of the knee today.

One, of the had no place in the circus more: Eugen knee, called the beautiful Eugen. He was a terrific high-wire artist, loved by the audience, his skills were no longer asked: The number didn't fit into the tent. Eugen drew back. The sky in the circus has always been its limits.

Di 12.3. / Mi 13.3. — 20 hrs
Air Force Center
Dübendorf, Überlandstr. 271
entrance 48 to 178 Swiss francs
Up to 3.5. in dübendorf
Also, the Circus Knie, a jubilee program, from the 4. May to 2. June in Zurich.


Created: 06.03.2019, 13:33 PM

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