Classic & Modern Circus Meld at Monte Carlo International Circus Festival

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Classic & Modern Circus Meld at Monte Carlo International Circus Festival – 44th Edition

The quality of dreams…
Escaping notions such as “traditional” and “contemporary,” the world’s oldest circus festival shows the way to a modern, popular circus that is still lavish in thrills and danger. From a fugacious, raw miracle such as a quadruple somersault, to the more crafty and persistent breeze of thirty horses glowing in the dark, the Monte Carlo Circus Festival seems to guarantee Hemingway’s definition of circus: “The only spectacle that, while you watch it, gives the quality of a truly happy dream.” Perhaps because this Festival was conceived by a prince, or perhaps it is from the royal spirit of the travelling dynasties each year, the crowds still gather here in thousands. The Festival, in its  44th year of existe...
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Raffaele De Ritis

Raffaele De Ritis, among the pioneers of circus creation by the late 1980s, wrote and directed shows for the world’s leading companies, including Disney, Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, Ringling bros., Big Apple Circus. Beside his main creative work, he directed major performing arts festivals and consulted for hundreds TV specials. As a recognized historian, he authored seminal books and papers in seven languages, teaching and lecturing worldwide. His book of circus history “Storia del Circo”, in Italian, is considered the most extensive reference text by most international historians. Raffaele is also one of the authors of Circopedia project. He is custodian of an extensive private circus collection, with pieces dating from XVth century, and seated in the Performing Arts Council of Italy’s Ministry of Culture.