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Circus is an art form that is rarely well-understood by the layman in the US, regardless of its stature as a cultural icon. Circus extends from grand spectacles like Cirque du Soleil or Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, to small-cast contemporary productions like C!RCA, to festival competitions like the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival, to corporate events, to recreation. Circus extends proudly through many forms of performance art as well, often coalescing beautifully with theatre.

Suffice it to say, any one post will hardly be able to encompass a full understanding of the vast permeation of the circus world, but I hope that the below videos will help to create an overview that is sufficient to an introductory understanding.

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