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Documentary 'Circus' to premiere on AETN Nov. 3; provides intimate look at mystery, thrill of big top

Posted 27 Oct 2010

"Circus," a six-hour series examining the life of big-top performers, will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m. and air in three parts Wednesdays Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, at 9 each night. 

"Circus" offers a never-before-seen look into how a traveling big-top show functions. Constantly in motion, startling insular and completely interdependent for months on end, the circus community demands a uniquely high level of sociability, diplomacy and flat-out patience. Audiences will quickly discover that running away to the circus does not always guarantee one's troubles won't eventually catch up.

From the makers of "Carrier," the documentary provides an intimate portrait of circus performers from around the world, as well as those who construct the tent, fit and tailor the costumes and choreograph the show. The series highlights the physical demands of human performance, as well as the confinements of living life on the road for 10 months straight with 150 other people of differing nationalities, belief systems and backgrounds.

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