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==New Videos==
==New Videos==
* [[Koechlin_Twins_Hoop_Video_(2023)|Koechlin Twins]], aerial hoop (2023)
* [[Koechlin_Twins_Video_(2022)|Koechlin Twins]], double hoop (2022)
* [[Koechlin_Twins_Video_(2022)|Koechlin Twins]], double hoop (2022)
* [[Koechlin_Twins_Video_(2023)|Koechlin Twins]], aerial hoop (2023)
* [[Koechlin_Twins_Video_(2023)|Koechlin Twins]], "aerial atom" (2023)
* [[Vitalys_Video_(2022)|Duo Vitalys]], hand-to-hand balancing (2022)
* [[Vitalys_Video_(2022)|Duo Vitalys]], hand-to-hand balancing (2022)
* [[Eric_et_Amelie_Video_(1991)|Éric & Amélie]], hand-to-hand balancing (1991)
* [[Eric_et_Amelie_Video_(1991)|Éric & Amélie]], hand-to-hand balancing (1991)
* [[Dede_Larible_Video_(2023)|Dede Larible]], juggler (2023)
==New Oral Histories==
==New Oral Histories==

Revision as of 21:32, 29 August 2023

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In The Spotlight


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The Casartelli family is one of Italy’s most prominent circus families; they are also well known in the Mediterranean countries, the Balkans, and even Israel, where they tour regularly—although the name Casartelli rarely appears on their circuses’ marquees. They have used different titles over the years, most famously Medrano—a title they purchased from the Swoboda family of Austria, and which had no connection (beside the use of its famous name) with the legendary Parisian circus.

The Casartellis run perhaps the most widely traveled circus organization in activity, having visited no less than twenty countries, some regularly, over the past seventy years (as of 2020)—sometimes with up to three units touring simultaneously. They are also active in the safari and theme park business. In contrast to typical century-old Italian circus dynasties, the Casartelli family managed to become in just a few decades one of the largest circus families in Europe; it counts today about one hundred members.

They have revived at its best the prewar tradition of the great European traveling circuses-and-menagerie, with a large family-based company surrounded by some of the best acts in business. As artists, especially equestrians and animal trainers, the Casartellis won two Gold Clowns at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo (in 1996 and 2007), and they have given six command performances for four different Popes at the Vatican.

The first known Casartelli active in the circus was Giuseppe Casartelli, who performed in the 1850s—although not much is known of him. His sons, Pietro (1860-1922), who was known as a good hand-balancer, and Federico (?-?), an acrobat and clownGeneric term for all clowns and augustes. '''Specific:''' In Europe, the elegant, whiteface character who plays the role of the straight man to the Auguste in a clown team., started the first Casartelli circus, with the help of their numerous offspring. As it was common in Italian circus families of the time, all of them were trained acrobats and equestrians (notably bareback riders). When Pietro’s elder son, Umberto, better known as Romeo (1893-1933), died in 1933, the family split.... (more...)

New Essays and Biographies

New Videos

  • Koechlin Twins, aerial hoopA heavy metallic hoop used as a variance of trapeze, usually with contortion moves. (Also called Cerceau.) (2023)
  • Koechlin Twins, double hoop (2022)
  • Koechlin Twins, "aerial atom" (2023)
  • Duo Vitalys, hand-to-handAn acrobatic act in which one or more acrobats do hand-balancing in the hands of an under-stander. balancing (2022)
  • Éric & Amélie, hand-to-handAn acrobatic act in which one or more acrobats do hand-balancing in the hands of an under-stander. balancing (1991)

New Oral Histories

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CIRCOPEDIA is a constantly evolving and expanding archive of the international circus. New videos, biographies, essays, and documents are added to the site on a weekly—and sometimes daily—basis. Keep visiting us: even if today you don't find what you're looking for, it may well be here tomorrow! And if you are a serious circus scholar and spot a factual or historical inaccuracy, do not hesitate to contact us: we will definitely consider your remarks and suggestions.

Dominique Jando
Founder and Curator