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In The Spotlight
LE CIRQUE LEONCEThe Cirque Léonce was created in 1907 (and originally called Cirque Printania) by Léonce Chapuis, a circus enthusiast from a well-to-do French provincial family, who left his sedentary life to follow a circus—the well-known and highly reputable Cirque Bureau, one of France’s oldest traveling circuses (active from c.1855 to 1953). There, he worked in the circus office as a jack-of-all-trades: Someone with a education was enough of a rarity in the traveling circus world to be useful in a large range of administrative chores.
However Léonce was a good horseman, and while at Cirque Bureau he trained as an acrobat on horseback—the goal he had set for himself as a circus artist. Unfortunately, he broke a leg in a bad fall, and his dream came to a vanishing point. He left the circus and became a journalist, and then, probably missing show business and touring, he went on to work with the "Tournées Baret," a famous theatrical touring company. But this was not the circus. ... (more...)
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- The Casselly Family, Acrobats and Elephants (2012)
- "", (2011)
- The Kazhlev Troupe, (2014)
- The Gerasimov Family, Jugglers (2014)
- Yakov Ekk Troupe, Act (2014)
Featured Oral Histories
- Nikolai Pavlenko, tiger trainer - Interview (RIA Novosti, 2012)
- Alberto Zoppé, Equestrian - Interview (McCutcheon & Distasio, 2003)
- Olivier Taquin, Mime - Interview (Jando, 2008)
- Barry Lubin, (Grandma) - Interview (Jando, 2008)
- Fumagalli, - Interview (Jando, 2008)
A Message from the Editor
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- Dominique Jando