'Circus' reveals sweat and tears behind laughter and sighs
By John Crook, Zap2It October 28, 2010
A good circus performance can bring out the kid in almost anyone, with its bright colors, pratfalling clowns, and thrilling acrobats and jugglers.
Behind the scenes, though there's the different, just as enthralling world of the folks who labor long and tirelessly to put together the seemingly lighthearted fare on display in front of their audiences.
"Circus," a six-part documentary miniseries airing over three weeks starting Wednesday, Nov. 3, on PBS (check local listings), gives viewers an all-access pass into that shadowy (and quite a bit more adult) world behind the scenes, where performers and crew members from around the world form a makeshift, dysfunctional family as they hit the road with the acclaimed Big Apple Circus.
" 'Circus' really has everything that, as filmmakers, we look for in a story," says executive producer Maro Chermayeff, who created and directed the miniseries along with fellow executive producer Jeff Dupre. "(It has) a high-stakes environment where human drama and challenges are inherent to the experience, a world within a world with its own upstairs and downstairs, so that we could capture the high level of performance and artistry but also reveal the grit and substance of the hardworking crew that makes the circus possible every day."
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