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Cirque Italia brings water circus to town
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Ricardo Ocoro unloads a piece of grandstand flooring for the Cirque Italia at Browns Bridge Shopping Center. - photo by NAT GURLEY

A European traveling circus with a 35,000-gallon water stage will perform its unique show today through Saturday at Brown’s Bridge shopping.

The show will be performed on a 40-foot Broadway-style circular stage underneath a tent. During the show, audience members will watch as the water tank lid lifts up 35 feet in the air and a curtain of rain and fountains dance with each performance. Some of the other performances include: Coco the Clown from Argentina who rides the world’s smallest bicycle; contortion on top of an 8-foot coat rack; a bull fighting matador act; juggling Fusco twins, who hold the Guinness Book World Record Juggling of five clubs for the longest time; and a mermaid who swings above the audience.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Box office hours are 10 am. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on show days.

Tickets range from $9 to $45 for the two-hour show under the white and blue tent at 2293 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. For tickets or more information, visit or call 941-704-8572. Advance discount tickets are online at

The show is the 13th tour stop in the U.S.