Circus is … ja wat is circus eigenlijk? Op deze pagina vind je alle definities die we tegenkomen, aan mensen weten te ontlokken en die vrijwillig aan ons worden gemeld – over stunt-oriented artists, over vliegen en over het alles en het onderbetaalde, je lichaam ondermijnende oertheater.


A circus is commonly a travelling company of performers that may include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists. The word also describes the performance that they give, which is usually a series of acts choreographed to music and introduced by a ringmaster. A traditional circus performance is normally held in a ring 13 m (42 ft) in diameter. This dimension was adopted by Philip Astley to enable a horse rider to stand upright on a cantering horse to perform a series of acrobatic maneuvers and to more easily retain their balance. Most modern circuses have a system of tiered seating around the ring for the public and since the late 19th early 20th century the performance has taken place under canvas and more recently plastic tents commonly called “The Big Top”. Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia


The contemporary circus has everything old: flying, falling, grace, risk, sweat, injury and beauty as well as moments of absolute fear. It has the realness of life meeting death, the seconds when time runs slow, and it still has, often, if not always, the devil’s virtuosity. Most of all, it has the quality of what you least expect. De Engelse circusorganisatie Crying Out Loud op haar website The Space. Bekijk daar ook hun mooie filmpje!


Van Paul Koek neem ik graag de omschrijving over die hij eens in een aanbevelingsbrief voor Circo Circolo gaf: circus is de oervorm van theater, dans en muziek.Wim Claessen