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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey to debut 'reimagined' circus in Allentown

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey
Argendance is a dance troupe with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The circus is coming to town.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's "Greatest Show on Earth" will make its tour debut in Allentown this fall.

The performances will be Nov. 1-3 at the PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St.

Tickets, the prices of which have not been announced, go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at PPLCenter.com, at 484-273-4490 or in person at the venue, at 701 Hamilton St., Allentown.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey
The Lopez family are a group of performers with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The Ringling Bros. circus has been on a hiatus for six years.

Managed by Feld Entertainment, the "reimagined" circus will feature modern choreography with traditional circus acts by performers Lauren Irving, Alex Stickels and Jan Damm.

In total, 75 performers from 18 countries will combine stunts, acrobatic displays and comedy acts.

New this year will be a triangular high-wire bit, led by the Lopez Family.

The family of four will walk, jump and ride bikes on three thin wires connected in a triangular shape, 25 feet above the ground.

Equally as dare-devilish will be the "double wheel of destiny," which will showcase four performers doing leaps and somersaults on top of and across two spinning wheels that hang 30 feet in the air.

Clowning around, new music

The Ringling circus wouldn't be complete with some laughs.

Offering humor in a new way will be comedians Nick Nack and the Equivokee Trio. The group will introduce a different spin on clowning — sans the colorful makeup.

The clowns instead will perform juggling, acrobatics, dancing and balancing acts.

For bike enthusiasts, there also will be a zippy skatepark where a combo of BMX bikes, a trail bike and an extreme unicycle will soar through the air during an act that features a trampoline as a launch pad for motorized fun.

Get moving: Argendance, an energetic dance troupe from Argentina will present a fusion of Latin moves.

Breaking Guinness records

Wheeling at scary heights will be Wesley Williams, also known as the One Wheel Wonder.

Williams is a Guinness World Record-setting performer who will take a new challenge as he tries to set a world record by riding 10 different unicycles around the show floor.

Closing the show will be the Ringling Rock, which will launch performer Skyler Miser across the circus arena at 65 mph.