Cover that red nose! Circus festival adapts to virus rules – Washington, District of Columbia

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Marseille, France (AP) — The virus blockade has been lifted, making it a tough year for performing arts in most countries …

Marseille, France (AP) — The virus blockade canceled the show and closed the venue, making it a tough year for performing arts in most countries.

But the world’s top circus festivals have found a way to thrive during the rule cracks, even without the large number of people they would normally attend.

The fourth edition of the biennial Circus Biennale (BIAC) in Southern France, ending Saturday in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, celebrates the art of stretching the spine against the injuries that fuel the prestigious sight.

More than 110,000 people participated in the final BIAC in 2019. With up to 2,000 visitors this year, all professionals are working in the circus or are considering buying a show.

Still, it is a testament to the organizer’s willingness and determination to skillfully adapt the festival to the rules and regulations of the French authorities.

“We decided to start with Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, and finally do Plan E, a professional biennale. It was possible, we decided to do it. It was forgiven, “said BIAC organizer Raquel Rache de Andrade.

Dozens of performances featured upside-down tutu, acrobatic bikes, colorful parachutes, and enough distortion to shock the chiropractor.

The virus safety sign posted at the port side venue shows a clown with a red nose, bow tie and mask, and the text “Even if you have a big nose, you are not exempt from wearing it.” I did.

In France, COVID-19 has closed theaters, concert halls and other venues since October 30th. Prior to that, it was closed from mid-March to late June.

No one knows when performing arts can resume.

However, according to this year’s BIAC flagship artist, dancer and choreographer Joam Bourgeois, who has been trained in circus art, it is important to show that culture is essential.

“The management of this crisis has had a tremendous impact on poets, artists and those who devote their lives to culture in general,” said the bourgeoisie. “It categorized what is considered essential or non-essential. We are convinced that poetry is essential to life.”


Adamson reported from Leeds, England


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