The Roar of Pure Circus--MonteCarlo International Circus Festival - 43rd Edition - CircusTalk

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The Roar of Pure Circus–MonteCarlo International Circus Festival – 43rd Edition

Halfway between the Oscars and the Olympics, the world’s greatest circus festival is also perhaps the largest existing one-ring circus space: 5000 gazes staring around the perfect, 250 years old  arena, in a permanent structure combining the glory of old-time circus buildings and the magic of the big top. Every existing form of circus is celebrated here at its best: the two selection shows presents about 200 performers; plus, any kind of animal (also a quiet group of buffalos this year), while  respecting the strictest ethical principles.
For the aficionado or professional, the calm Riviera weather creates around the big top a spontaneous fair, and  the most crowded circus hub possible on the planet. Agents, performers, students, writers, circus owners from the smallest family show to the powerful Asian moghul are in attendance. The flag parade of the 43rd Festival We started to visit the Festival thirty years ago: the circus world and arts knew major changes and revolution...
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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.