B A L A N C I N G A C T
Exploring the whimsical yet daring life of the circus, one of Fellini’s most cherished themes, a metaphor for life itself with its mysteries and magic. It presents the whole drama of balance and captures the emotional turmoil and splendor of the spectacle through the acrobats’ rapid movements where their lives were spent on the high-wire. The dangers were real and they did it not only for the sake of their art but also for their survival. The circus marks progress by circular movement, never in a straight line; as each self-contained act comes to a climax and a close. Life is affirmed, control is maintained, and art triumphs.