Andover teen to perform in ‘Nordrsaga,’ a rollicking adventure

The Circus Juventas show “Nordrsaga” runs in St. Paul from July 28 through Aug. 12. Photo courtesy of Circus Juventas

A typical performance artist focuses their training on a specific area of performing. This rule rings true in the circus, with most performers choosing to focus on one or two areas of expertise.

Emily Hovan, however, is not a typical performer. The 10th grader out of Andover will be featured in 16 different acts in the Circus Juventas summer show, Nordrsaga, a swirling, high-flying adventure through the Nine Realms of Norse legend.

The show runs from July 28 through Aug. 13, under the Big Top at 1270 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul. The story is told through the cirque nouveau style combining artistic storytelling with wondrous physical feats in the tradition of Cirque du Soleil. The show features Circus Juventas’ most advanced circus performers in a professionally staged large-scale theatrical production.

Hovan’s performances will focus on her aerial art, so her show is sure to be full of high-flying fun.

Tickets for Nordsaga are on sale now through Ticketworks (, 612-343-3390, or by calling the Circus Juventas Box Office, 651-699-8229. More information is available at

One of Nordrsaga’s most spectacular highlights will be a custom designed Russian Cradle act, featuring a 15-foot swinging Viking ship along with four flyers, four catchers and four pumpers who move the ship, creating a whirlwind of aerial acrobatics, brute strength and fearlessness. The act was created by Circus Juventas coach Dmitiri Arnaoutov, who grew up as part of a famed circus family with the Moscow Circus. Arnaoutov’s father created the very first Russian Cradle act in 1936.

Brave New Workshop’s co-artistic director Katy McEwen wrote the script for Nordrsaga, which will be narrated by a local talent. It tells the tale of a Midgardian (mortal) named Leif, who stumbles upon a mythic library and is transported into the Nine Realms. After landing in Asgard, he is sent on a path to retrieve the lost hammer of Thor. He encounters crafty, riddling dwarves, spritely elves with a sinister agenda, grumpy giants and thieving trolls. Ultimately, he is united with an unlikely rival, the God of Thunder himself. Together they undertake a perilous journey to retrieve the hammer and stop Ragnarok – the destruction of the universe.

“The epic nature of Norse legend was an ideal canvas for us to showcase our highest caliber circus feats that will leave the audience holding their breath in amazement,” said Elizabeth “Betty” Butler, Circus Juventas co-founder and artistic director.

Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and weekend matinees start at 1 p.m. Shows last 3 hours including a 20 minute intermission. Tickets range from $17.50 to $40 VIP seats. Family 4 Packs of tickets are available for Saturday matinees.

About Circus Juventas

Circus Juventas is a 501(c)3 non-profit and the largest youth performing arts circus school in North America. Over the past 23 years, co-founders Dan and Betty Butler have seen their dream grow into a year-round program that serves more than 2,500 children and youth up to age 21 with a diverse array of circus arts training and performance opportunities in a noncompetitive setting. Circus Juventas mission is to inspire artistry and self-confidence through a multicultural circus arts experience that encourages leadership and life skills, teamwork, athleticism, artistry, pursuit of excellence and community service.

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