- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
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Circus is known for its inclusive nature, embracing the extraordinary and championing the most wonderful acts imaginable. In fact, circus frequently unites and celebrates the differences in individuals; take for example Puffball, a company of young performers who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) performing at CircusFest. They reveal their exhilarating, heart-breaking, devastating and joyful personal stories through this unique production .
Circus allows people to witness acts that would never be seen anywhere else, from hair-hanging to aerial hoops – almost all performances guarantee something extraordinary that boarders on the impossible.
Contemporary circus focuses more on character driven or narrative pieces often focused around one central theme. Whereas circus used to be a series of spectacles controlled by a ringmaster, today circus often includes elements of story telling or attempts to convey a message to the audience. If you’re all about the story, then circus is definitely for you!
If all this glitz isn’t enough, the fantastic costumes add to the glamour of the spectacle. The colours and uniqueness of the costumes contribute to what makes circus stand out from all other art forms. The clothing often reflects the message in the story performed, whether simple and modest or completely flamboyant.
Circus may seem like an impossible pursuit for a ‘normal’ person, but there are countless ways to get involved and test your limits. If you’re a street dancer, popper, locker, breaker, acrobat, circus artist, or just fancy giving it a go, pop down to the Street Circus Drop In every Thursday and find out if you’re the next CircusFest star.