There are still people who want to run away to the circus…and they actually do it. PBS’ six hour documentary, Circus, follows the daily grind of the one-ring, European-style Big Apple Circus along its 2008/2009 season. The curtain is pulled back on stage-crew grunts, performers and management alike from show-building during May until the 350th show and final tear-down. There are staggering and fabulous feats of human strength, agility, humor and invention, but there are also unexpected babies, a bomb threat, a recession, cancer, flaring tempers, retirement and other ills. Whether it’s to see the red-nosed clowns, twin jugglers, wirewalkers and trapeze act or to see the sawdust and blood under the big top, Circus has your all access ticket.
Sawdust in Their Blood
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