A Circus High in Paris: Celebrate the Circus Arts of Tomorrow

A Circus High in Paris: Celebrate the Circus Arts of Tomorrow
Can a circus change your life? Can you banish the Paris winter gray doldrums by discovering beauty and camaraderie in a place where people fly, where bodies bend and balance, and where leaps of faith abound? If you were part of last week’s 42nd Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, the answer is a resounding yes. The inimitable Calixte de Nigremont, a master of ceremonies who keeps the crowd highly entertained. © Meredith Mullins Aerial Acrobats. Jugglers. Contortionists. Diabolo masters. Trapeze artists. Futbal magicians. Teeter Boarders. Sword dancers. Chinese antipodist Pei Pei keeps a heavy German wheel moving in miraculous ways. © Meredith Mullins Graceful whirlers; sure-footed equilibrists; artists climbing, diving, sliding, flying, somersaulting, and moving their bodies in mind-bending ways. After three years of pandemic postponement, the festival was back — exploding with power, passion, and pzazz. Performers represented many different countries but showed a true spirit of unity. © Meredith Mullins Festival president Alain Pacherie hoped the festival would renew our spirits and reconnect us with beauty and artistic strength. His wish came true for thousands of circus arts fans. And, for me personally, I came away with an insatiable desire to fly … and more importantly, the belief that I can.

Lead photo credit : Antoine Boissereau from France performs on the aerial silks. © Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at www.meredithmullins.artspan.com or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." (If you’re in Paris, a few rare, signed copies are available at Shakespeare and Company and Red Wheelbarrow.) She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.