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Traditional and Contemporary Collide in Circus Krone Mandana Premiere

Can a horse and a lion fall in love? This is the “cheeky” through-line of Circus Krone’s newest show  Mandana. Celebrating the relationship and collaboration of the company’s directors, horse trainer Jana Mandana Lacey Krone and lion trainer Martin Lacey Jr, this show premiered to a full house in its 5000 seat tent on April 4th, 2019 on the same 4.5 million square foot field that hosts Oktoberfest in Theresienwiese Munich.
It was clear from the large press presence that this show was the company’s earnest attempt to generate enthusiasm around their company and redefine their public image. Bringing the production value of a Broadway show to the roots of traditional circus, Mandana celebrates the best of theatrical and traditional styles. The History Despite its stature and over 100 year legacy, Circus Krone suffers a mixed reputation amongst Europeans. The company is run by animal trainers, and many people object to the company’s use of animals in their shows (Mandana features over 20 horses, 16 lions and tigers, plus zebras, llamas, and ca...
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Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is an NYC based director and performer known for her theatrical take on aerial arts. She is co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre (ASYLUM NYU Skirball CN:ICE, Framework INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival). Her work as aerial designer and choreographer has most notably been included in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein. Recently Nicki was assistant director of 5th Wall Studio's Breaking Surface in NYC. She has also been a resident artist at Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program, the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, and was the recipient of the Glenn P. Davis Aerial Choreographer’s scholarship award for the 2018 Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado. In 2017 Nicki spent two months in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, as well as advanced training with Frantic Assembly. She also completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show Under. Nicki is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is also a freelance director, aerial theatre consultant, and educator.