Tricks, lights and music – everything has to be perfectly rehearsed to produce a spectacular circus show. The Zugolino artistes are giving their all and thinking up extraordinary shows to create a very special dream world in the big top.
The showground is a hive of activity: around every corner, artistes can be spotted practising their individual acts for the new show. Frederic is rather nervous and can hardly wait to see how his performers will portray the dream world theme in their acts. Since the theme was Lilly’s idea, she has the honourable duty of opening the show. With her graceful style, the tightrope walker aims to whisk the circus audiences off to a breathtaking Zugolino dream world. She is already busy training hard – she wants to appear as though she’s dancing dreamily along the tightrope with a natural ease.
Perfecting a new act requires a great deal of training, patience and discipline. Kind Luisa keeps the whole circus family supplied with healthy snacks and her delicious elderflower cordial during rehearsals. She knows that all of the performers want to achieve true perfection. They are all only prepared to present their acts to an audience once they have got everything exactly right. Safety is paramount of course.
That is something that Roxy is also well aware of. She has been with the circus since she was a child and enjoys trying out slightly more daring acrobatic stunts on occasion. When Roxy starts dreaming, she always sees herself in the middle of an adventure. And she wants to express that in her act: “In my dream world, there’s going to be plenty of action,” she explains to Frederic.
Henry has very different ideas. Whenever he dreams, he enters a world where he feels free and safe. Colourful flowers, crystal-clear waters and endless pastures for his horses: in Henry’s act, music will play a major role – he wants everything to be magical and peaceful.
Since Henry is rather shy, Hugo is helping him practise his act. With his helpful manner, the clown is always there for all the artistes. And he knows that Henry sometimes needs a little nudge in the right direction. Hugo the clown always plans little acts to fill in between the individual pieces so he waits until the others have settled on their plans before starting to rehearse his own acts.