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. ...
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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. www.raffaelederitis.com