Big Apple’s ‘Circus of the Senses’ Is An Inclusive Experience

The Biggle Apple Circus is at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre through Feb. 25.
Nik Wallenda and his family walk – and bike – across a wire in the air. Photo by Juliana Crawford.

The Big Apple Circus was founded in 1977, and for nearly their entire history the company has been putting on shows for kids who have vision, hearing or cognitive challenges.

“City Lights” spoke with the Chairman of the Big Apple Circus, Dr. Neil Kahanovitz, and their Director of Community Programs, Lisa B. Lewis.

Lewis said that for their “Circus of the Senses” and “Embrace Autism” performances, “the artistry of the circus doesn’t change … what we adapt is the way that people are able to perceive it.”

The Big Apple Circus is at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre through Feb. 25. The “Circus of the Senses” show was Jan. 31, but the “Embracing Autism” performance is coming up on Feb. 10 at 11:00 a.m.

This story originally appeared with an audio interview in

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