CirKuba has a long history in Cuba. During the eighteenth century, ‘jugglers, magicians, mime artists and tightrope walkers’ performed during the feast of Corpus Christi and in the 19th century an equestrian show opened in a vacant lot near to where the Capitolio now stands. Dozens of smaller travelling shows went from town to town throughout the island - and still do - to bring a little frivolity to what is seen by the habanerosas the insufferable monotony of provincial life.
During the 1800s, the Familia Montello circus was famous throughout the island and descendants of those original Montalvos are still performing today, whilst their offspring attend the Havana National Circus School, which was founded in 1977. Every year, this worthy establishment turns out accomplished circus performers of all persuasions including clowns, acrobats, tightrope walkers, contortionists, magicians and musicians, all of whom have to undergo a rigorous four-year course which includes ballet, modern dance, drama, makeup, musical appreciation and history of art.
The Cuban National Circus has performed regularly in theatres, fairs and sports centers throughout the country since 1962 and has also had various triumphs abroad, winning awards at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, the Festival of Montecarlo, Italy's Riva del Garda and the Nigiao Acrobatics Festival in China. So Roll Up! Roll Up! Roll out to Miramar to see Breathtaking Acrobats! Clara and Karina the Contortionists!