The Zoppé Family Circus, a tented, one-ring spectacle being has been performed by the same family for seven generations. The circus, founded in 1840's has been handed down through the generations here in the United States of America and North America. Giovanni Zoppé, the current partiarch of the troupe, leads as "Nino" the clown. Jay Walther, long-time ringmaster, and all around boss of the backstage and set-up, along with Tosca Zoppé are the main principals these days.
Giovanni Zoppé wrangling crowds, North Dakota State Fair, Fargo, North Dakota. July 2015.
Raising the tent, Tucson, Arizona, 2014.
Jay Walther, applying his "white face" prior to performance. Denver, Colorado, August 2015.
Giovanni "Nino" Zoppé.
Tosca Zoppé and Principessa, Arizona, 2014.
Balancing act. 2014.
Ringmaster Walther starts music backstage prior to meeting the crowds. Denver, Colorado.2014.
Cast and Family, traditional prayer prior to performance. North Dakota, 2015.
Tosca Zoppé over the fire on a moving horse, capping act of the events. 2015.
Jay Walther, an unexpected deviation while tending the horses. 2015.