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Beyond the Big Top: Nomadic world of the traveling circus

Bright lights, exotic costumes, dazzling displays of superhuman feats. For any wide-eyed child -- and indeed adult -- who has gazed upon the circus ring, it appears a place of magic.<!-- -->
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</br>But just what goes on behind the Big Top spotlight? Italian photographer Giuliano Plorutti spent a decade visiting circuses across Europe, capturing performers in their downtime -- and giving us a rare glimpse into their nomadic world. <!-- -->
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</br><i>Interview by Sheena McKenzie</i>

Bright lights, exotic costumes, dazzling displays of superhuman feats. For any wide-eyed child -- and indeed adult -- who has gazed upon the circus ring, it appears a place of magic.

But just what goes on behind the Big Top spotlight? Italian photographer Giuliano Plorutti spent a decade visiting circuses across Europe, capturing performers in their downtime -- and giving us a rare glimpse into their nomadic world.

Interview by Sheena McKenzie