Editor’s Fanfare Vol. III, No. 6

 Circus is More Than Raw Skill

The thing about the circus that first captured my imagination was it visual excitement: the color, the movement, the changing lights, those magical super trouper followspots piercing the darkness of Madison Square Garden with moving shafts of colored light.

It is that same physical part of the circus production that still stirs my heart and stimulates the mind.  So costumes, lights, props and movement are still very significant elements by which I first judge a circus.

I offer this preamble to my discussion of Circus Smirkus’ most recent production,  Anchors Away for Atlantis, in which the aforementioned physical elements work exceeding well and serve immeasurably to enhance the overall production.  The same is true for Circus Juventas’ production Neverland.  Juventas which has been staging extravagant physical production as showcases for the work of their ever growing number of talented students for the past twenty years.

Certainly the physical production is a vital part of the success of Feld Entertainment’s latest adventure Marvel Universe Live, aside from his non-stop action.

This issue of Spectacle focuses exclusively on reviews, and in each the visual component is a important element.  There are nine reviews in all, suggesting the diversity of expression the circus arts can be put to use.  Each is accompanied by a photo gallery, two of which are quite extensive.  The two productions that are exceptions in part to the above are the Bindlestiff’s Family Cirkus and spontaneous new skill-based production, Company McQuigg, both of which strip down the production values to highlight the skills as their essential ingredients.