Bello Nock, the circus superstar Time Magazine calls "America's Best Clown," will amuse and amaze children of all ages as he performs his unique blend of comic daredevilry in a theatrical setting for his brand new show, Bello Mania. Adding a unique and personal touch to the big thrills and laughter audiences have come to expect from their favorite entertainer, Bello will be joined on stage by his daughter Annaleise and supported back stage by his wife, Jennifer, and daughter Amariah. The U.S. premiere of Bello Mania is a true family affair that will perform at The New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, from March 15-31, 2013.
"I'm really excited about Bello Mania, because I have always wanted to create a show of my own that gives the audience a sneak peek into my world," said Bello, who will wow audiences with stunts on a sway pole, balance a chair on a high wire and perform tricky trampoline mayhem as only he can do. "Every life has a story and I want to share a little of mine, while doing what I love. Bello Mania is as much about honoring my unique family heritage as it is about bringing thrills and everlasting memories to kids of all ages," he concluded.
His wife, Jennifer, writes and directs, while daughter Amariah keeps things in line backstage as the production stage manager. Though she won't be wearing Bello's signature gravity-defying hairdo, 16 year-old Annaliese follows her father's footsteps to become an eighth generation performer born to a family of daredevils, ballerinas, equestrians and opera singers.
Born Demetrius Alexandro Claudio Amadeus Bello Nock in Sarasota, Florida, Bello is the most honored modern day circus celebrity. He is featured in the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Book of Records for the first ever high wire walk over a cruise ship at sea; in 2011, he received the circus world's highest honor, the Gold Clown (presented by Princess Stephanie of Monaco), at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival. Bello was the Ringling Museum's 2012 "Circus Celebrity of the Year," and in 2009 was the youngest person ever inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame. He's won the Silver Clown in Monte Carlo, the Gold Lion in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Prix Special in Grenoble, France, and again at the Daidogei World Cup Festival in Japan. Bello has also won the Walt Disney Award for Creative Entertainment.
He spent several years with Mexico's Circo Atayde before joining the prestigious Big Apple Circus in 2000. He stayed with the company for three seasons, leaving after his final tour, Bello and Friends. Beginning in 2004, he wooed millions as a star of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, becoming the only person in the company's history to have a production named after him. The show was called Bellobration, and toured the U.S. from 2007-2008.
Bello also designs and builds all of his own stunts and riggings, including the Double Wheel of Steel and the Aqua Trap. As a self-proclaimed "comic daredevil," he has hung by his toes under a helicopter flying over the Statue of Liberty, walked a high wire from the NYC Ballet to Avery Fisher Hall, repelled off of Madison Square Garden and ridden an elephant through the Mid-Town Tunnel.
Bello Mania is his first independent production. Performing alongside him is Dave Cox, Zebulon Fricke and Annaliese Nock. The cast is accompanied by a creative team of Jennifer Nock for Direction, David Miller for Set Design, Guido Naus for Musical Direction, Eric Winterling and Kay Torralva for Costume Design and Steve Curtis for Safety and Technical Direction.
Bello Mania is recommended for everyone 4 and over.
For more information and to watch a short video clip of Bello Mania, please click here: http://www.newvictory.org/Show-Detail.aspx?ProductionId=4237