About Circus Manduhai
Circus Manduhai was founded in 2002 by Erdenechimeg “Chimgee” Haltarhuu as a way for her and her family to share the Mongolian culture, continue displaying their circus skills, and to entertain the Twin Cities area. The other members of the performance are Tamir Bayarsaihan, Sodoo Ganbaatar and Anwar Hassouni.
By 2005 Circus Manduhai was performing over 50 shows per year in over 15 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some highlights were performing for 10 weeks at the old “Camp Snoopy” at Mall of America, performances at Edina Art Center and the yearly performance at the Chinese New Year’s Celebration and Reunion (for children adopted from China).
2006-2009 saw Circus Manduhai performing at venues such as "The Park at Mall of America”, Mystic Lake Casino, Como Zoo, the Fitzgerald Theater, Grand Casino, Nickelodeon Universe, and Dakota County Fair.
2010 was a special year for Circus Manduhai. Chimgee began a new project called Mission Manduhai, which strives to bring awareness of the problems of domestic abuse in Mongolia and around the world. She raised money to bring Circus Manduhai and American performers to Mongolia in the summer of 2010 for a very successful three week tour of free shows. Chimgee’s goal is to return every year to continue in her struggle to make every Mongolian woman and child safe from domestic abuse.
More recently Circus Manduhai has performed at Ostego Park, General Mills and at the Ordway Center for the performing arts for the Children's Festival. They have also performed at Metropolitan State University for the past few years.
In 2016 Circus Manduhai competed in the Waldoni Circus Festival in Darmstadt, Germany. Anwar Hassouni won first place with his solo handstand act.