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MIRROR, MIRROR: A foreign performer gets ready to perform for the Gemini circus in Delhi. The Gujarat-based circus roped in firangis to boost audiences though many of the men come more to ogle than appreciate the acts

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


MIRROR, MIRROR: A foreign performer gets ready to perform for the Gemini circus in Delhi. The Gujarat-based circus roped in firangis to boost audiences though many of the men come more to ogle than appreciate the acts

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: Trailers become home for the foreign artists who come from countries like Ukraine, Uzbekistan and even Russia. Under the Soviet Union, Russian circuses held a stature on a par with its globally-renowned opera and ballet, touring internationally and boasting of visits from the Russian elite, including Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Interestingly, Brezhnev's daughter ran off with a circus acrobat at 22. With the Soviet Union disintegrated, state support for these circuses disappeared, forcing performers to search for work in countries like India

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: Trailers become home for the foreign artists who come from countries like Ukraine, Uzbekistan and even Russia. Under the Soviet Union, Russian circuses held a stature on a par with its globally-renowned opera and ballet, touring internationally and boasting of visits from the Russian elite, including Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Interestingly, Brezhnev's daughter ran off with a circus acrobat at 22. With the Soviet Union disintegrated, state support for these circuses disappeared, forcing performers to search for work in countries like India

JUGGLING GENIUSES: Making mistakes isn't an option when performing in front of a crowd so performers spend hours honing their skills

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


JUGGLING GENIUSES: Making mistakes isn't an option when performing in front of a crowd so performers spend hours honing their skills

IT'S CUPID, STUPID: It's not uncommon for circus performers to form romantic relationships. Many get married and their kids travel with the circus too

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


IT'S CUPID, STUPID: It's not uncommon for circus performers to form romantic relationships. Many get married and their kids travel with the circus too

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER: The sense of community is very strong and performers help each other from everything like putting on make-up to mending costumes

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


BEST FRIENDS FOREVER: The sense of community is very strong and performers help each other from everything like putting on make-up to mending costumes

HOOPS & HOPES: It takes hours of practice for the artists to perform to their full potential

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


HOOPS & HOPES: It takes hours of practice for the artists to perform to their full potential

TASTE OF HOME: After the glitz and glamour of showtime, it's back to mundane chores like cooking and cleaning

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


TASTE OF HOME: After the glitz and glamour of showtime, it's back to mundane chores like cooking and cleaning

FEELING AT HOME: While it's difficult to live a normal life, most performers add whatever little homely touch to their quarters they can

Ladies of the ring

July 28, 2012


FEELING AT HOME: While it's difficult to live a normal life, most performers add whatever little homely touch to their quarters they can

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