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Monday, September 3, 2012

Circus troupe stage surreal 'feather pillow fight' above Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus in London is transformed into a giant big top as part of a spectacular aerial performance.
from: telegraph.co.uk
8:40AM BST
03 Sep 2012



As dusk fell over Piccadilly Circus, 'Les Studios de Cirque' presented the UK premiere of their show Place des Anges as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Soaring 110ft over the audience on three zip wires, the performers released around 1.5 tonnes of feathers onto the crowds below.

The show, created by Stephane Girard and founder of cult circus troupe Archaos, Pierrot Bidon, followed a day of circus-themed events.

More than 250 artists from 17 nations performed spectacular aerial stunts across twelve stages. London Mayor Boris Johnson also put in an appearance, although this time he insisted there would be no repeat of his circus-style antics.

"This is the home of circus. London gave the world circus about 250 years ago and this is a very modern type of circus with zip-wires and what have you, none of which I am pleased to say I am going to be doing myself.

"It's a chance for people to enjoy this space in a way that they haven't been able to do before and also of course to drive a bit of commercial activity here in the West End," he said.
At the start of August, Boris Johnson was left dangling for several minutes on a zip wire at an Olympic live screen event in Vicotoria Park after the attraction stalled
Circus troupe stage surreal 'feather pillow fight' above Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus in London is transformed into a giant big top as part of a spectacular aerial performance.

As dusk fell over Piccadilly Circus, 'Les Studios de Cirque' presented the UK premiere of their show Place des Anges as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Soaring 110ft over the audience on three zip wires, the performers released around 1.5 tonnes of feathers onto the crowds below.

The show, created by Stephane Girard and founder of cult circus troupe Archaos, Pierrot Bidon, followed a day of circus-themed events.

More than 250 artists from 17 nations performed spectacular aerial stunts across twelve stages. London Mayor Boris Johnson also put in an appearance, although this time he insisted there would be no repeat of his circus-style antics.


"This is the home of circus. London gave the world circus about 250 years ago and this is a very modern type of circus with zip-wires and what have you, none of which I am pleased to say I am going to be doing myself.

"It's a chance for people to enjoy this space in a way that they haven't been able to do before and also of course to drive a bit of commercial activity here in the West End," he said.

At the start of August, Boris Johnson was left dangling for several minutes on a zip wire at an Olympic live screen event in Vicotoria Park after the attraction stalled.
The Mayor declined an offer to participate in the latest event, saying he would "let reason, caution and experience prevail" as he left it to the experts.
Contains footage from Reuters

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