"Last Impacts": After Cirque de Demain Festival's Cancellation, 3 Artists Move On

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“Last Impacts”: After Cirque de Demain Festival’s Cancellation, 3 Artists Move On

After this year’s edition of Le Festival Mondial de Cirque de Demain was canceled, festival planners and artists alike were left to face the disappointment of their loss– but in the face of loss, there grew determination. Three circus artists on the festival’s roster– Agustín Rodriguez Beltran (RB), Marica Marinoni, and Evgeny Kurkin— weigh in on moving on and recovering from disappointment.
In its third year, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to throw wrenches in our plans. The world seemed almost back to normal when, after a year of postponement, the 42nd edition of the Cirque de Demain festival was finally set to happen from January 27-30, 2022 in Paris, France. But history repeats itself even in the present. In early January, as the Omicron variant made waves and sent worldwide case numbers soaring again, French health officials moved rapidly to introduce a new round of restrictions on public gatherings. Left with a difficult choice, the organizers of the Cirque de Demain festival, under Chairman Alain M. Pacherie, held an emergency meeting to decide whether to proceed with the event. They knew there really was no choice; the health and safety of their artists and audience mattered more than having the event itself. Finally, on January 5, it was announced that ...
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Carolyn Klein

Carolyn Klein is a writer, poet, and circus fan from the Washington, D.C, area. Writing stories about the circus has been a dream of hers since getting introduced to circus fiction around 2014. She recently completed her B.A. in English and Creative Writing, magna cum laude, at George Mason University. As a new member of the Circus Talk journalism team, Carolyn looks forward to learning as much as she can about the industry and people behind circus.