MARSEILLE, France (AP) — It’s been a tricky yr for the performing arts in most nations, with virus lockdowns canceling reveals and shuttering venues.
However the world’s high circus pageant has discovered a option to flourish between the cracks within the guidelines — even with out the large crowds that might usually have attended.
Ending Saturday within the Mediterranean port metropolis of Marseille, the fourth version of the Circus Biennale (BIAC), held each two years within the south of France, celebrates the injury-defying and spine-stretching arts that gasoline the storied spectacle.
Greater than 110,000 folks attended the final BIAC, in 2019. This yr it had as much as 2,000 guests, all professionals who work within the circus or wish to purchase reveals.
Even that may be a testomony to the grit and dedication of the organizers, who skillfully tailored their pageant to the French authorities’ guidelines and rules.
“We began with a plan A, then plan B, then plan C, then plan D, and eventually we determined to do plan E which was a Biennale for professionals. That was doable, we had been allowed to do it,” mentioned BIAC organizer Raquel Rache de Andrade.
The handfuls of performances featured upside-down tutus, acrobatic bicycles, multicolored parachutes and sufficient contortionism to shock a chiropractor.