FishbowlNY headed uptown last night for the big top event celebrating the new 6-hour PBS documentary “Circus.” Debuting Wednesday, Nov. 3 and running the subsequent two Wednesdays, “Circus” tells the story of the Big Apple Circus, going behind behind the scenes exploring a distinctive world with its own rules and lingo.
Last night’s party, at Big Apple’s Lincoln Center home, included typical circus fare: hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and Grandma the clown who roamed the room greeting guests before he/she put on his/her own show for the crowd. After performances from several Big Apple acts, the audience, including some big-time PBS and WNET donors, were treated to a sneak peek.
“Circus” gives an intimate look at several members of the Big Apple team: including juggling brothers, one who’s ready to leave the circus; the “oldest newbie” who’s a real clown; to members of the tent crew, one who goes off his meds one too many times.
Five weeks of training, 10 months on the road, a half-dozen languages spoken, and a 150-person team. Chaos, drama, intrigue all at the “Circus.” Who knew?