Circus - 01/09/18 - 21/09/18 - By Robert Poole

Roberts Profile

In Bruce Davidson's seminal work, Circus he described the circus as, "A Kind of World Within a World" which is where the title of my project came from. After visiting the circus with my family I was instantly enthralled. Not only by what happened on the stage but by this community which existed within our society. The Moscow State Circus hires Russian Circus artists from the best circus schools in Moscow and they travel around the country, taking their homes and families with them. Often the sons and daughters of circus performers themselves for many the road is all they have ever known. 
 
This year I managed to get access to the backstage of the circus and have spent many hours documenting the pre-stage rituals of the performers. Capturing the emotions, the focus and the laughter which exists behind the confetti, glitter and bright spotlights. 
 
Available to view at Leica Store Manchester from 1st September

 

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