On The Road With The Big Apple Circus
We see how the tent rigged in calm weather and with high wind conditions, in downpours and snowstorms, by a winsome team of quirky, dedicated techies. The performers, one more fabulously skilled than the next, strive for perfection while dancing on the tightrope, high flying from one trapeze to another, executing impossible tricks on galloping horses or doing triple twists over a narrow handheld balance beam. The tricks are extremely dangerous, even life-threatening. Clowning is a big part of Big Apple Circus' appeal, and three clowns working solo or together invite kids from the audience to enter the ring for their interactive clowning antics.
Behind the scenes, we meet circus kids of various ages, and learn about their aspirations to follow their parents into the ring -- or move on to other careers. Everyone has a compelling story, and the intimate profiles the filmmakers present of performers and crew reveal the joys, challenges, romance and loneliness of circus life.
Change Is In The Air
The series is magical and moving, beautifully shot, and the music is perfect. It's a perfectly satisfying experience, whether seen in six successive sittings or all at once. PBS had a superb interactive Circus Website, where you can follow up on your favorite performer and learn more background about the Big Apple Circus' past and future.
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- Title: Circus
- Directors: Maro Chermayeff and Jeffrey Dupre
- Release Date: November, 2010, on PBS
- Running Time: six hours
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: USA
- Locations: U.S., including New York State, Virginia, New York City and elsewhere
- Language: English
- Production Company: Show of Force Films
- Distribution Company: (DVD) PBS
- Official Website