Uni­ver­Soul Circus will present “Jab­u­lani: Joy, Hap­pi­ness & Laughter” as part of 15th season

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will host the Uni­ver­Soul Circus’ cul­tur­ally and musi­cally diverse family show “Jab­u­lani: Joy Hap­pi­ness & Laughter,” from Tuesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 6 in the Columbus Avenue parking lot in cel­e­bra­tion of its 15th season.

The Uni­ver­Soul Circus will present 13 shows at North­eastern and will fea­ture 12 visu­ally stim­u­lating, inter­ac­tive and unusual mul­ti­cul­tural acts from 75 enter­tainers around the world. Per­forming to R&B, Hip-​​Hop, Gospel and Funk music, the “Rough Riders” from Kaza­khstan, Russia and Gabon, Africa will defy gravity with daring, hands-​​free horse­back riding; a male and female aeri­alist team from New Zealand and Brazil will leap, spin and fall through the air sus­pended only by two pieces of silk; 14 acro­bats from China will per­form a martial-​​arts inspired act between two ver­tical poles; “El Niche,” from Colombia, South America, will guide six fierce tigers through tricks others never even teach their dogs; expertly-​​trained ele­phants will dance to today’s biggest hits; Ring­master “Tony Tone” and his side­kick, “Zeke” will have the audi­ence laughing until they cry and dancing on stage, and more.

Our show is about bridging gen­er­a­tional and cul­tural gaps,” said Uni­ver­Soul Circus founder and CEO Cedric Walker. “As our world is get­ting smaller, fam­i­lies are looking for ways to spend time together and appealing to all ages is no easy feat. But UniverSoul’s blend of old-​​school soul and modern hip-​​hop sounds pro­vides enter­tain­ment and a rich cul­tural expe­ri­ence that grand­par­ents, par­ents and kids can enjoy.”

Hailed by the New York Times as a spir­ited show that leaves one feeling that their soul has been nur­tured, and by Fast Com­pany Mag­a­zine as a “unique reimag­ining of family enter­tain­ment,” Uni­ver­Soul Circus was ranked No. 8 in 2007 on Ticketmaster’s Top 10 “Most Requested Family Attrac­tions” list, besides “Disney on Ice” (No. 1), “Sesame Street Live” (No. 4) and “The Wig­gles” (No. 9). During the course of its nine-​​month tour, it will visit 29 cities, including Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles and put on 500 shows.

The world has dis­cov­ered through the global impact of Black cul­ture the essence of who we are,” Walker said. “Whether it’s our busi­ness savvy, spending power, cre­ativity, intel­li­gence or spir­i­tu­ality. The Uni­ver­Soul Circus is an expres­sion of our expe­ri­ence set under the big top and is the ideal oppor­tu­nity for fam­i­lies of all eth­nic­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in a cul­tural exchange that they can all enjoy.”

Per­for­mances include:

Tuesday, July 1 — Sunday, July 6

Tuesday, July 1 — Opening Night –7:30pm

Wednesday& Thursday show times: 10:30am and 7:30pm

Friday, July 4th (spe­cial show times) — 12pm, 3pm and 6:00pm

Sat­urday show times — 12pm, 4:30pm and 8pm

Sunday show times –2:00pm and 5:30pm

Tickets to the Uni­ver­Soul Circus are avail­able on Tick­et­master and at the Circus Box Office. Ticket prices are $17.50-$30 for adults and $15.50-$28 for chil­dren 1 to 10 years old. 10:30 am shows on Wednesday and Thursday are $10 and spe­cial Fourth of July prices include $16.50 for the 12 pm per­for­mance and $17.50 for the 3 pm and 6 pm performance.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Uni­ver­Soul Circus and show times, please con­tact Jason Korn­witz at 617–373-5729 or j.​kornwitz@​neu.​edu or visit http://​www​.uni​ver​soul​circus​.com.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.