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Zoppé Family keeps the tradition alive

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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 4:30 pm

Christmas is a time for keeping long-standing family traditions. The Zoppé Family has been keeping theirs for almost 200 years.

Unlike other Christmas traditions, theirs involves staging an old-world traveling circus. Started in 1842 by Napoleone and Ermengilda Zoppé near Venice, Italy, Zoppé — An Italian Family Circus continues seven generations later. They perform this week in Chandler, where you’ll see acrobats, equestrians, canines and clowns put on a show suited for all ages.

This one-ring show is not the typical flashy circus performance. All audience member are within 20 feet of the ring, the costumes are handmade and you’ll even see a few dancing dogs, creating a winsome experience all of us could use more of. The show runs through Jan. 5.

Details >> 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28; runs through Saturday, Jan. 5. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. $20-$38 for adults, $15-$30 for kids, free for children 2 and younger. (480) 782-2680 or ChandlerCenter.org.

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