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Lone Star Circus – The Show 05/2010

by Administrator on May.26, 2010, under Show

And it is a wrap!

I invite you to look through the photographs I took during the latest Lone Star Circus event. It was held in Garland, Texas.  Here is a link where you can see all the pictures:

Lone Star Circus – May 2010

Click “sideshow” option at the top of screen  to listen to the music of the show.

It was a profound and revealing experience for me. I never came close from  a circus in my life but from the “Cirque du Soleil” classics.

I have done before fashion shows where every minute comes a discharge of adrenaline rushing down your body. Oh yes, that is thrilling to bit. But what a bout a circus then?

So, I decided to attend a few rehearsals as I wanted to impregnated myself with this new atmosphere. That is the only way you can take good photos of the show itself. There was no elephant or tiger, but young kids training for perfection. Teachers always on the lookout for the kids improvement and security, it was an environment where I could see kids growing healthy physically and mentally. A lot of rigor and practice comes ultimately with a huge self-confidence factor. And succeeding is not that important in fact. It is also how do you tackle your failures when they happen on stage during the real show? What a lesson they gave us that week-end! All the kids did their best. But some had missteps. And you had to see their bravery trying to redo and redo again up to the moment it clicked. The public was with them, encouraging the kids to go to the end of their moment. Because, it was indeed their moment.

The teachers and helpers were really good and dedicated. They had the required authority to run the business (so many kids!) and the kids loved being “bossed” around by their mentors. You could see that on their faces during the rehearsals and when they performed on stage where they mentors always kept an eye them during the performance.  It is really like the students understood the adults were there for their good, and not just to annoy them. What a change :-)

Beautiful, emotional, strong but so light, colored and musical. I only have superlatives for what can be gained from a circus environment such as the Lone Star Circus. I think we will be able to tell one kid from another once they go through such education. Education? Yes, that is what it is to me. It is a strong preparation for the real life. How does the saying go again?: Good in your body, good in your mind!

I posted on the web all the pictures of the event itself. But I decided to make a book to relate the full circus experience. The book gathers about 120 pictures of plain emotion gathered during rehearsals, practices and behind the scene shots during the event. Kids were so in their own world behind the scene, that it had to be documented. Their smile, their fear, their fun, their make-up “make me a princess” moment… You can buy or just see a preview of the book here:

The book!

If you have five minutes, browse through the book. You might get stung by curiosity and decide to give it a shot locally, wherever you are!

And if you only have 30 seconds, here is an appetizer:

Enjoy!


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