Stardust opened AHOY Rotterdam in 1971 with a successful run of shows from the Russian State Circus, which at the time was presented in the Netherlands for the first time. In cooperation with the Dutch Theatrebureau Stardust brought the circus tradition back to Royal Theatre Carré. The World Christmas Circus has been a sensational annual family event since 1984. Each year it present a program consisting of the world’s best artists. With the program in 2009-2010 the circus celebrated its 25th anniversary!
Stardust took the World Christmas Circus program to Hamburg, Cologne, Kassel, Nuremberg and Stuttgart, and left its mark because of the high quality of the event. For 20 years Stardust Circus has been producing its own Christmas Circus in Stuttgart in her own massive tent, programming the best acts from all over the world. The Circus Zeitung calls this the biggest and most international circus program in Germany. Every year over a 100.000 patrons come to enjoy the show, which has about 150 employees working on the grounds. At the Monte Carlo Circus Festival many of Stardust’s recommendations receive the highest awards. The German galaprogram: “Stars in der Manege”, which reaches over ten million viewers, turns to Stardust for high-quality acts.
For over twenty years the collaboration with The Great Chinese State Circus and the good relationship with the Chinese Ministry of Culture, have led to the production of special circus shows for the European market. Stardust organizes grand tours for the great quality shows of The Great Chinese State Circus in i.e. Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Austria and Spain. With programs such as Confucius, Yin Yang, ZENsation and the less eastern-sounding fair-tail program 200 Years Hans Christian Andersen and the though Pirates Pirates, the Chinese stole the hearts of their European audiences.
Stardust also has close ties with the National Circus of Pyongyang from North-Korea, that originated over 20 years ago. Henk van der Meijden and Monica Strotmann travel to Pyongyang on a regular basis to select new numbers and to advise the artists in their creative development. Stardust also serves as the representative of the circus outside North-Korea. In this capacity they introduced several acts to the International Circus Fesitval of Monte Carlo, such as the Great Flying Trapeze, which has been awarded with a Golden Clown several times. Stardust is the first and (till this day) the only company to bring the entire National Circus of Pyongyang to Europe.
Stardust surprised its audience in 2009 with theatre/circus program Cirque Stiletto. The leading lady of this new circus format was sing-songwriter and actress Ellen ten Damme. Together with an ensemble of dancers, awarded circus acts and a live orchestra she formed a golden combination, which became a great success. The show was followed by a sequel in August 2013 and in 2015 Cirque Stiletto 3 will go on tour, this time with performer Karin Bloemen as ringmaster.
Since 2010 Stardust has been responsible for illusionist Hans Klok’s productions. These shows have also successfully incorporated a circus element. The Houdini Experience (2012-2013) traveled to London’s West End, Germany and the Netherlands. Hans Klok won the prestigious Silver Clown at the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in January 2014 and he currently performs in his own circus tent in Hannover, Germany with The New Houdini.
When it comes to circus, Stardust is the market leader in Europe. Not only because of their shows with The Great Chinese State Circus and the National Circus of Pyongyang, but also because of their World Christmas Circuses in Amsterdam and Stuttgart, which belong to the best in the world!
Circus Hans Christian Andersen
Wereldkerstcircus Carré – Fredy Knie
National Circus of Pyongyang – Balance act fotograaf François Dehurtevent