Students soon to graduate from Montreal’s esteemed National Circus School expect months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has closed shows around the world and thrust their career prospects into doubt.
Head upside down, feet pointed to the sky, Antino Pansa balances on a slack wire strung in the courtyard of his apartment building, a few feet off the ground.
The makeshift installation allows the 20-year-old circus student to stay in shape despite the school’s closure in early March, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Several months without training is a lot,” Pansa tells AFP. “My only solution was to install a wire between two trees.”
“It creates a lot of constraints: I can’t do all my tricks on it,” he says, complaining of too many trees, a nearby staircase and other physical obstacles.
Pansa had expected to join a circus troupe in Switzerland for a six-month gig upon graduating at the end of June, but the offer was postponed.
In the meantime he has been forced to take a job as a security guard…
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