A documentary art work
On hand from interviews with circus people, the new piece CIRCUS tells of striving for the public’s favour, the magic of the moment and the boundaries to ‘normal’ life. What happens in the ring has nothing to do – and at the same time – everything to do with our everyday life and that is why it is so particularly appealing. What the acrobats, clowns and animal trainers show us is a contest between elementary aptitudes and rules which structure our everyday life: gravity, gender boundaries or the hierarchy between man and animals. It seems that here nothing is impossible and that makes the circus a revolutionary endeavour!
The piece is moving, very funny, often melancholic and mostly quite bizarre. By the way, in one respect circus people and theatre makers are quite similar: they fight for the public’s appreciation. In this case, there were minute-long standing ovations at the premiere and there was no doubt as to whom they were for.