The ninth production of the UniverSoul Circus kicked off its 20-city Platinum Soul 2002 tour in Miami, Fla. Feb. 1. The UniverSoul Circus, the only Black-owned circus in the country, continues its mission to excite and ignite imaginations and thrill urban audiences.

This year’s tour showcases a cast of extraordinary performers from myriad cultures. The breathtaking S15 Flyers, trapeze performers, will make their debut performance in the U.S. with UniverSoul. From South Africa, contortionist Lunga, “Princess of the Big Top,” joins two other contortionists from Mongolia. The Soulful Aboriginal Dancers from Australia present a rare art form through dance.

The Platinum Soul 2002 line-up also includes the return of UniverSoul Circus Ringmaster “Casual Cal” and his pint-sized sidekick Zeke. Cal will again take on the persona of the “Great Caldini” and amaze his audiences with a spectacular magic act featuring exotic animals and beautiful showgirls.

This production also marks history as the UniverSoul Circus introduces live music under its big top. The Platinum Soul Band will add a new dimension of energy as audiences feel the rhythmic beats of rhythm and blues, reggae, hip-hop, gospel and cultural music from around the world.

The UniverSoul Circus presents educational messages, encourages empowerment and promotes self-esteem building in all its performances. The basic premise of UniverSoul Circus is the same because “soul comes from within and transcends all cultures,” comments, President and Founder Cedric Walker. “What we have been proclaiming for years is that soul is not a color – soul is an experience.”

UniverSoul Circus was created in 1994 by Cedric Walker and Cal Dupree to provide educational and inspiring entertainment to urban families.