Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

From Bibi and Bichu
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This holiday season, wishes do come true! Growing up, real-life brothers Bibi and Bichu wanted one thing: to someday join the circus. Now they're here to share their dream with you and your family. Everyone will be grinning from ear to ear as agile tumblers ricochet around the stage, elastic contortionists twist into unfathomable shapes and expert jugglers exchange an endless array of objects. Let the infectious joy and effervescent energy of Ethiopia's astonishing circus artists warm your heart and inspire you to dream big.

"Pure circus gold"The Scotsman "An enchanting mix of upbeat and astonishing circus tricks and storytelling"The Wee Review  "A phenomenal hour of circus that shows that dreams can come true"Broadway Baby



Performance Facts

Performance Facts

1 hour and 45 minutes including one intermission

Tickets start at $22.
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What Kind of Show?

What Kind of Show?

Exciting and celebratory


Play Before the Play!

And after! Experience the art forms on stage in Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams for yourself through New Victory Family Engagement programs, including online options. Connect on social media to digitally discover other cool artist info.

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Getting to Know Bibi and Bichu

As teens, brothers Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam caught sight of a teacher juggling oranges on the school playground, and after joining in the action the pair haven't stopped since. Inspired by their own childhood dreams of joining a circus, the duo has sponsored Circus Wingate, a circus school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, since 2010. There, they discovered the talented Konjowoch Troupe and formed Circus Abyssinia, the first Ethiopian circus made by and for Ethiopian artists.

Did You Know?

  • Bibi and Bichu hold the record for being the longest-serving act in England's Giffords Circus! Prior to developing CIRCUS ABYSSINIA: ETHIOPIAN DREAMS, the brothers traveled all over the UK with the acclaimed troupe for 11 seasons from 2002 to 2016.
  • The world-famous duo has dazzled audiences in dozens of countries from London's 20,000 seat O2 Arena to Japan's Fuji Rock Festival and in shows that span the spectrum of the circus arts, from children's television to Olivier Award-winning opera. Be sure to catch them in Tim Burton's upcoming film adaptation of Dumbo (2019).
  • In November 2017, Circus Abyssinia appeared on the Royal Variety Performance, and their youngest artist, Ezra Nigusse, presented the Duchess of Cambridge with flowers in the royal receiving line.


All The Way From...

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
...Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


In 2016, 350 Ethiopian Airlines employees stood in formation at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to accurately outline an Airbus 350 XWB and set the Guinness World Record for the biggest human replication of an airplane.

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.

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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


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Welcome to the Crossroads of the World. We recommend that you come early or stay late and grab a bite with one of our neighborhood partners. Visit Partners & Discounts page.

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New Victory ticket prices are subject to change. Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No lap seating is permitted without a ticket. Program and schedules are subject to change. No refunds.