At This Circus Festival, the Highflying Meets the Highbrow
PRAGUE – This city has a well-documented taste for the surreal. It is, after all, the home of Franz Kafka and the artist David Cerny, whose absurdist sculptures, dotted around town, include babies crawling vertically on a tower.
It should come as no surprise, then, that a festival of contemporary circus — complete with wacky characters and reality-bending tricks — has become one of Prague’s top cultural events.
Started in 2004, Letni Letna (a name combining the Czech word for “summer” with the name of the park where most performances take place) has grown steadily and drew 45,000 visitors last year. This summer, a bright lineup of Czech and international companies pitched their tents for the festival’s 15th edition and gave a snapshot of a thriving genre.
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