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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ringling circus is mostly a waste


By STeve Barnes Senior writer

Saturday, May 7, 2011
ALBANY -- Rarely if ever have so many sequins and rhinestones been used in service of such an undazzling show as the current edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, performing at the Times Union Center through Sunday.
Circus press material puts the number of shiny costume adornments at 3.14 million, which works out to approximately a million glittery bits per genuine thrill during the show.
In one compelling moment, 16 acrobats, clad in blue bodysuits with long, wide orange fringe, bounce from tall towers onto and among a half-dozen trampolines. They spring and soar, jumping through hoops at times, to an almost hallucinatory effect, their parabolic arcs through the air mimicking the fireworks simultaneously shown on big screens along each side of the arena.Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Ringling-circus-is-mostly-a-waste-1369417.php#ixzz1Ll0CIXPw

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