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Postponed until Fall 2022

Best enjoyed by All Ages

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Because of current visa challenges due to COVID-19 and the civil war in Ethiopia, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the return of the beloved Circus Abyssinia, originally scheduled for January 18-February 13, 2022. Circus Abyssinia will instead kick off CTC’s 2022 – 2023 Season with a six-week engagement beginning September 11, 2022.

If you hold tickets for Circus Abyssinia: Tulu, your tickets for performances scheduled in January and February will transfer to the new run dates in the fall, with no additional fees or payments necessary. You do not need to do anything at this time.

While we’re disappointed by this delay, we’re thrilled that Circus Abyssinia is available to kick off our next season and we look forward to bringing you their breathtaking and brilliant artistry in this new show.

A Children’s Theatre Company American Premiere Production

World-famous Circus Abyssinia returns by popular demand with a fantastical celebration of athleticism and the power of speed inspired by Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu, the first Black African woman to win Olympic gold.

Watch in awe as a dazzling spectacle of high-flying acrobatics, hand balancing, and juggling (sometimes with fire!) flashes before your eyes, backed by the beat of Ethiopian music. Witness the energy and spectacle of the Olympic games, packed with extraordinary circus acts, and be amazed as the world of triumph and virtuosity come to dynamic life!

Co-created and produced by Mehari “Bibi” Tesfamariam
Co-created and directed by Binyam “Bichu” Shimellis
Choreography by Tamerat Ejeta and Binyam “Bichu” Shimellis

  • Run time

    90 minutes with 1 intermission

  • Best enjoyed by

    All Ages

  • Stage

    UnitedHealth Group Stage

  • Lap Passes

    Available for children 3 years and younger

Three Things to Know About the Show


  1. Circus Abyssinia’s second creation, Tulu, is a family circus backed by 70s Ethiopian funk to modern Ethio-pop and rocking with the exuberant joy of its cast.
  2. Tulu tells the story of the first African woman to win Olympic gold, Ethiopian distance runner and Olympic legend, Derartu Tulu. Meaning both ‘valley’ and ‘mountain heights’.
  3. Dancing with flags and flames, invoking the iconic Olympic rings and showcasing Ethiopia’s diverse culture, the show emulates the mesmerizing and heart-racing thrills of the race that made Derartu a star.
Circus Abyssinia

“With our new show, Tulu, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the story of Ethiopian icon and Olympic legend, Derartu Tulu, the first African woman to win Olympic gold. We can’t wait to perform with the wonderful audiences of Minneapolis again!”

– Creators Bibi and Bichu


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Circus Abyssinia: Tulu

Postponed until Fall 2022

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