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Rogana, Born 1933



  • Existence: Born October 1933


Dora Rogge aka Rogana was born in October 1933 in Germany into a well established circus family. Dora made her debut in the ring at six years old and soon started to perform with her sisters, Gerda and Vera developing their own signature act on the rolling globe as the Rogge Sisters.

After achieving fame in Germany the Rogge Sisters made their first appearance in England with Tom Arnold’s Circus at Harringay in 1950.

During the early 1950s they continued appearing with international circuses including Knie, Krone, Althoff, Blackpool Tower, Kelving Hall and Bertram Mills with whom they worked between 1953 and 1957.

Dora left the Rogge Sisters act in 1957 after marrying ringmaster Frank Foster Jnr. and develop her own individual act as Rogana. Rogana’s act consisted of a combination of various juggling and balancing acts, including sword balancing, rolling globes and ladders. Although the act wasn’t new, Rogana was the first woman to ever perform it and made it very popular.

Rogana remained with Bertam Mills until 1963 when she started to travel her act around the leading European and American circuses and theatres of variety, and appeared in numerous television programmes. Rogana continued performing until the late 1990s and eventually retired in Florida.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Althoff Circus Programmes, 1953 - 1977

Reference code: 178K43.638
Scope and Contents

Althoff Circus programmes for Franz Althoff, Carl Althoff, Adolf Althoff and Rudi Althoff Circus, containing colour illustrations on the front covers, inside black and white and colour photographs of perfomers and acts with text, introduction, programme and commercial advertising, featuring Koringa, Buffalo Bill impresonators, Rogge Sisters, Rogana, Arthur Robin aka The Black Hercules and The Rivels.

Dates: 1953 - 1977

Blackpool Tower Circus Fantastic Programme, 1977

Reference code: 178K41.14
Scope and Contents

Charlie Cairoli and his company clowns, Bronley’s Space Rocket, Rogana balance act, Circus Knie’s Horses and Ponies presented by Franz R. Althoff, Tommy Chipperfield and his lions, Bratuchin Cossack Troupe, Gina, Orlando and Celinas, Los Hermans, Inge Lise, Tommy de-Vel Trio jugglers, Normans and his udgerigars, Professor Grimble clown. Contains illustration on the cover with photos, 12p.p.

Dates: 1977

Christopher Palmer Collection

Reference code: NFA0105
Scope and Contents

Circus programmes and VHS tapes from Billy Smart’s Circus and Chipperfields’s Circus collected during the 1970s and early 1980s by the TV producer, Christopher John Palmer. There are also a number of promotional photographs of artistes and other ephemera related to the circus.

Dates: 1973 - 1983

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Palm Springs Follies Trade and Advertising Material, c1900 - 1999

Reference code: 178I22.21
Scope and Contents

Includes a three fold programme for the 6th season with brown and white photographs of performers and information as well as programme and commercial advertising, a three page press release, an A4 black and white poster and information related to Rogana equilibrist act, including an A4 Monte Carlo Sporting Club poster.

Dates: c1900 - 1999

Pinder and Jean Richard Circus Programmes, 1931 - 1979

Reference code: 178K43.647
Scope and Contents

Programmes for Circus Pinder, Jean Richard Circus, Pinder Jean Richard Circus, Pinders Royal Circus and Menagerie, Pinder's New International Circus, Pinder's Grand Imperial Circus and Pinders Big Zoo Circus containing colour illustrations and photographs on the front covers, inside black and white and colour photographs of perfomers and acts with some text including Koringa and Rogana, introduction, programme and commercial advertising.

Dates: 1931 - 1979

Programmes, 1970 - 1981

Reference code: 178K41
Scope and Contents

Programmes for various British and international circuses including Billy Russell's, Blackpool Tower, Fossett's, Chipperfield's and the Toni Boltini's Circus.

Dates: 1970 - 1981

Programmes, c1800 - 2019

Reference code: 178K43
Scope and Contents

A collection of mainly British and international circus programmes and some variety and music hall programmes containing circus acts.

Dates: c1800 - 2019

Trade and Advertising Material, c1900 - 1999

Reference code: 178I22
Scope and Contents

A range of items of promotion and advertising from a range of circus companies and performers, including artistes' photographs with act descriptions used for seeking employment in circuses and pamphlets advertising independent performances and circus companies' literature and souvenirs for public distribution and promotion including Gerry Cottle's Circus, Belle Vue, Blackpool Tower, Bertram Mills Circus, Gandey's, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey, Knie and many more.

Dates: c1900 - 1999