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Spotlight:Circus Do Portugal — the show will go on

Submitted Photo The new show by Circus Do Portugal was created during the pandemic and will feature death-defying acts.

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Circus Do Portugal to premiere a new show for Roswell

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

There might be nothing as symbolic of the stand-still the pandemic caused as the large circus tent on the Eastern New Mexico State Fair grounds. The 50 members of the Circus Do Portugal had started their first tour of the U.S. in late 2019, in early March arriving in Roswell to stay for two weekends. Those two weekends turned into a year due to the pandemic.

The circus lost half of their artists over the year, the family carrying the name Portugal remained. Aldo Portugal is known for his death-defying trapeze acts. He said that those who left had to find jobs. “No hard feelings, it is what it is,” he said, while sitting in the shade of the circus tent for the interview.

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It is hard to imagine how difficult it was for the family to be stuck in one place. Portugal is a fifth-generation circus performer, based out of Mexico, but always on the move, meeting new people and seeing new places, mostly in Central America. “This pandemic had put a perspective to my life, the show, traveling I took for granted,” Portugal said. “Now that it was taken away from me, I can’t wait to get back to it. Get back to the stage and get back to traveling.”

As a thank you for the support by Roswell citizens during the pandemic, Portugal said they will have the premiere of a brand new show. “Actually, we have to ready the stage, the lighting, because my little brother and one of my cousins will be performing for the first time. They had a whole year to prepare, so I am excited for that.”

Asked how they were able to practice and to prepare for the show, Portugal said, “To be honest, besides money issues and being stuck here, the Roswell community has been amazing to us. A lot of people have given us the facilities, so we could train in a local gym and the people from the fairgrounds have allowed us to train as well in one of their buildings. A lot of people helped us.”

The new show will have something for everyone. Portugal said, “They are going to be very pleased, from laughs to excitement.”

One of the most daring acts, next to Portugal’s trapeze act, is a huge metal globe for a motorcycle act, called The Globe of Death. It is a circus and carnival stunt where motorcyclists ride inside a mesh sphere ball, looping vertically as well as horizontally at break-neck speed. “They (the audience) are going to be scared with the motorcycle one. They are going to have some mixed feelings,” Portugal said and chuckled.

The circus had an online performance in July of last year, Portugal said. “Over 50,000 people watched. I was very happy with that. But I don’t know if they felt the energy; when you see a show live, it’s a different feeling, different experience.”

With the large airy tent being outdoors, Portugal isn’t as concerned that the county turned back to Yellow risk level on April 21. He said the seats in the tent will be limited according to COVID-19 regulations and masks will be required to enter.

Asked about the family’s plans, Portugal said, “We are planning on having a very good season in Roswell and moving on to the next town in New Mexico.

“I want to say a big thank you to Roswell,” Portugal said. “Besides everything, all of the hard times we had the last year, we made good friends, we met amazing people. People will hear about Roswell.”

Performances will be April 30 at 7:30 p.m., May 1 at 5 and 8 p.m., May 2 at 2 and 5 p.m., May 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., May 8 at 5 and 8 p.m. and the last day to visit the circus is May 9 with performances at 2 and 5 p.m.

Tickets are now available at doportugalcircususa.com. For more information and updates, visit their Facebook page @Doportugalcircus.

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