Circus and its Allied Arts: the Broad Galaxy of Circus at Edinburgh Fringe

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Circus and its Allied Arts: the Broad Galaxy of Circus at Edinburgh Fringe

The return of the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival in 2022 marks a continued evolution of how contemporary circus art is made and categorized. Weighing in on the offerings at this year’s Fringe, Raffaele De Ritis examines the many gorgeous forms of modern circus.
Surrounding an immaculate white circus ring in the crowded big top, everyone in the stands moves silently and intimately into tears, reflecting the ten Australian acrobats in thousands of moist eyes.  Meanwhile, a few miles away, on the opposite side of the town, six Kenyan acrobats end their show in a sold-out theatre, making the audience rise to their feet and give a cry of joy. Humans 2.0 The ten acrobats in the white ring were the ensemble of ...
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Raffaele De Ritis

From Italy, Raffaele De Ritis is considered one of the pioneers of circus creation. Since the late 1980s, he has written and directed shows for the world’s leading companies, including Disney, Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, Ringling Bros., and the Big Apple Circus. Besides his main creative work, he has also directed major performing arts festivals and consulted for hundreds of TV specials. A recognized historian, Raffaele has authored seminal books and papers in seven languages, teaching and lecturing worldwide. His circus history book Storia del Circo, in Italian, is considered the most extensive reference text on circus by most international historians. Raffaele is also one of the authors of the Circopedia project. He is the custodian of an extensive private circus collection, with pieces dating from the XVth century, and is seated on the Performing Arts Council of Italy’s Ministry of Culture. As well, Raffaele is a professor of Economy of Creative Industries at Unich University in Pescara (Italy) and of Art Direction at the Institute of Artistic Industries in the same city.