I was always curious to find out what life in one of those circuses that came to town was like. that's why i went after one for a couple of days. from arriving somewhere, the setup, the show in the big top, life of those who make the circus the show we see is hard, nomadic, with lots of work. since the circus no longer brings in a lot of money, the artists also have to help in the day to day chores, take care of the animals, clean the cages, setup the big top. a few hours before the show, everyone retreits to their caravans to relax, get dressed, put on make-up, concentrate and prepare mentally for the show.
Text: Joost de Raeymaeker