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20.000 x 16.000 x 0.250 inches
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The Fish Juggler In The White Hat In Candlelight
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas Panel
One must have a few failures before one recognizes and tastes the sweet success. This is a favorite subject of mine because of my memories of the real circuses. My mother and uncle would take my brothers and I tote circus when it came to town and set up in a field on the outskirts of Evansville. Elephants pulling the masts up for the circus tents.What a sight.
A circus season is a lesson in grueling predictability. It's performing the same act over and over again. It's packing up the trailer, stuffing the big top into a truck, and moving to another city. It's waking up in the same trailer, but in a different city, just to repeat what you did the day before. But in the midst of all this hard work and monotony are magical moments that spring up like mushrooms after a hard rain. Some of these special memories come under the hot glare of the circus lights, but many happen in the back lot or on the city streets that play host (and semi-permanent home) to the personalities and talents that compose a circus family.
During 2008-2009, the Big Apple Circus put on its Play On! show, a production showcasing music, comedy and physical feats. The circus traveled up the eastern seaboard, setting up its tent in ten cities and performing 364 shows. In the midst of this tour that began in Washington D.C. and ended in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Big Apple Circus performers and staff members collected memories along the way.
"New York is incredible," says Big Apple Circus performer Luciano Anastasini. When the big top pulls into the Big Apple, he and his family always take full advantage of the city's many amenities, including ice skating in Central Park and going to see the Empire State Building. But Anastasini's best memory from the 2008-2009 Play On! season followed the special New Year's Eve midnight performance in Lincoln Center. "The audience had a glass of champagne or cider and they wished "happy New Years!" and we all started dancing," he remembers. "That was incredible: The audience and performers were dancing [together] in the ring. We danced [for] a couple of hours,".
March 12th, 2013
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