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Circus Lockdown


May/June 2020 ~ Calabria, Italy

Since 9 march 2020, the start of the italian lockdown, a circus is locked in a little town positioned on the jonian coast of South Calabria due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All the artists, operators and circus workers have spent the lockdown into a fenced area where the caravan was placed and fortunately neither of them have shown syntoms of the virus.

Never is changed for them after the end of lockdown. The professionals with VAT have received a 600€ monthly bonus, but all employes are still waiting for the refundancy fund. The expenses necessary to make a circus move are unsustainable without a work plane and the entire sector of circus will be operating from June 15 with the necessary restrictions.

From May 4, I’m documenting the daily life of this community who is looking forward to restart.
The ticket office disassembled.
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The ticket office disassembled.
Manteinance work to the circus tent. That took a whole day just to open and close it.
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Manteinance work to the circus tent. That took a whole day just to open and close it.
Manuel from “The Family Dem” is playing with juggling balls among the trucks.
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Manuel from “The Family Dem” is playing with juggling balls among the trucks.
The caravan is placed around a little circus tent.
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The caravan is placed around a little circus tent.
Alex in his roulotte. He works as clown for the “Paranormal Circus”. His partner and the child are locked in Sardinia due to the ban of displacement from one region to another.
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Alex in his roulotte. He works as clown for the “Paranormal Circus”. His partner and the child are locked in Sardinia due to the ban of displacement from one region to another.
Mister David, from The Family Dem, is a juggler, magician and excapist. Here he’s gaming with one of his child.
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Mister David, from The Family Dem, is a juggler, magician and excapist. Here he’s gaming with one of his child.
The acrobatic Martis Family on a sunny day.
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The acrobatic Martis Family on a sunny day.
Specimients of Zebù.
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Specimients of Zebù.
Baba, circus worker. He takes care for the animals of the circus.
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Baba, circus worker. He takes care for the animals of the circus.
The inside of a truck. Who knows when will light up the banner of the circus.
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The inside of a truck. Who knows when will light up the banner of the circus.
Manteinance works of the circus supporting structure.
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Manteinance works of the circus supporting structure.
Alex and Soemi, from "The Family Dem", between gaming and performing.
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Alex and Soemi, from "The Family Dem", between gaming and performing.
In the evening, they are used to do a walk in the surrounding countryside in small groups.
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In the evening, they are used to do a walk in the surrounding countryside in small groups.
Manuel e Danny, from “The Family Dem”, in the camper during distance teaching. For them is nothing new.In the months of the year in which they are in tour, they follow the lessons on their mobile devices.
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Manuel e Danny, from “The Family Dem”, in the camper during distance teaching. For them is nothing new.In the months of the year in which they are in tour, they follow the lessons on their mobile devices.
Mr. Zorzan in his roulotte. He’s the oldest man of this community (1930). He has been an aerialist and has finished his career as a clown. He toured Europe with circuses, he met the Marx Brothers, he trained as an amateur with the italian cycling champion Gino Bartali, he has appeared in the movie “Il maestro di Vigevano” by Elio Petri and much more. “But I’d never experienced a pandemic”, he said.
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Mr. Zorzan in his roulotte. He’s the oldest man of this community (1930). He has been an aerialist and has finished his career as a clown. He toured Europe with circuses, he met the Marx Brothers, he trained as an amateur with the italian cycling champion Gino Bartali, he has appeared in the movie “Il maestro di Vigevano” by Elio Petri and much more. “But I’d never experienced a pandemic”, he said.
The indian worker “Lungo” comes back from the supermarket.
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The indian worker “Lungo” comes back from the supermarket.
The small circus tent in the middle of the caravan site.
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The small circus tent in the middle of the caravan site.
Childs are playing amongst the tie rods of the circus tent.
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Childs are playing amongst the tie rods of the circus tent.
Tayler, the Martini Circus director, dives into a selfmade pool. He cheers up the community, even in this difficult historical moment.
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Tayler, the Martini Circus director, dives into a selfmade pool. He cheers up the community, even in this difficult historical moment.
Mister David comes back from the supermarket.
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Mister David comes back from the supermarket.
A mobile-house of the circus caravan.
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A mobile-house of the circus caravan.
Indian workers crew on the top of a surrounding hill.
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Indian workers crew on the top of a surrounding hill.
Alex, from “The Family Dem”, peers inside the circus tent.
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Alex, from “The Family Dem”, peers inside the circus tent.
Soemi’s watching her mother during her daily training.
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Soemi’s watching her mother during her daily training.
Adamo shows to Manuel his last performance in Palermo before the italian lockdown.
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Adamo shows to Manuel his last performance in Palermo before the italian lockdown.
Baba after a daywork.
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Baba after a daywork.
The horse of the circus in his fence.
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The horse of the circus in his fence.
The caravan of Mr. Zorzan, stage name “Farinella”.
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The caravan of Mr. Zorzan, stage name “Farinella”.
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