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Circus
CIRCUS is a six-hour series that takes you on an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus. From the big top to the "back lot," explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address. Follow the diverse characters who make up the Big Apple family and find out what it really means to live life in the ring.

Latest Episodes

Born to be Circus Air date: 11-17-2010 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623753774/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Many performers who grew up in the circus find it difficult to imagine another kind of life. Luciano and Gladis Anastasini who are in charge of this year's dog act, are no exception. Seven generations of circus performers have preceded them. Both grew up in the circus, and it is the only life they... /episodes/get/1130 /episode/1130 Circus: Born to be Circus /episode-player/1130
Down the Road Air date: 11-17-2010 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623597775/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Amid the final performances, we hear about everyone's plans for the future. Many will be leaving Big Apple Circus. Some have consciously chosen a different path. Others have no idea what they're going to do next. As the trailers pull out of the lot, and the tent comes down for the last time, we... /episodes/get/1132 /episode/1132 Circus: Down the Road /episode-player/1132
Survival of the Fittest Air date: 11-10-2010 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623597761/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false We're in New York's Lincoln Center. The snow is coming down and the garden hoses that supply running water to the trailers are frozen solid. Still, the show goes on. Circus life can be a grind - and it isn't for everyone. A crewman, a trapeze artist, and even Artistic Director Paul Binder weigh... /episodes/get/1135 /episode/1135 Circus: Survival of the Fittest /episode-player/1135
Change On! Air date: 11-10-2010 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623753760/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and the performers sent packing. Tensions are running high. Making matters worse, a seasoned company regular has been diagnosed with cancer and will drop out of the show. Lackluster ticket sales are not helping the situation. The next stop... /episodes/get/1131 /episode/1131 Circus: Change On! /episode-player/1131
One Ring Family Air date: 11-03-2010 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623597098/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false The clock is ticking down to the first full dress rehearsal in Walden, but the show is nowhere near ready. As the pressure ratchets up, and the fate of the performers and the show hangs in the balance, we get inside the dynamics of the Big Apple family, watching relationships begin to gel, and... /episodes/get/1134 /episode/1134 Circus: One Ring Family /episode-player/1134
First of May Air date: 11-03-2010 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1621183652/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Walden, New York is home base of the Big Apple Circus. Here, the 150 members of the company gather from all over the country and the world to put together a new show for their year-long, town-to-town tour. As the sets are built, costumes designed and fitted, acts rehearsed and refined, we get... /episodes/get/1133 /episode/1133 Circus: First of May /episode-player/1133
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One Ring Family
The clock is ticking down to the first full dress rehearsal in Walden, but the show is nowhere near ready. As the pressure ratchets up, and the fate of the performers and the show hangs in the balance, we get inside the dynamics of the Big Apple family, watching relationships begin to gel, and...
Air date: 11/03/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623597098/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false The clock is ticking down to the first full dress rehearsal in Walden, but the show is nowhere near ready. As the pressure ratchets up, and the fate of the performers and the show hangs in the balance, we get inside the dynamics of the Big Apple family, watching relationships begin to gel, and... /episodes/get/1134 /episode/1134 Circus: One Ring Family /episode-player/1134
First of May
Walden, New York is home base of the Big Apple Circus. Here, the 150 members of the company gather from all over the country and the world to put together a new show for their year-long, town-to-town tour. As the sets are built, costumes designed and fitted, acts rehearsed and refined, we get...
Air date: 11/03/2010
Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1621183652/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Walden, New York is home base of the Big Apple Circus. Here, the 150 members of the company gather from all over the country and the world to put together a new show for their year-long, town-to-town tour. As the sets are built, costumes designed and fitted, acts rehearsed and refined, we get... /episodes/get/1133 /episode/1133 Circus: First of May /episode-player/1133
Survival of the Fittest
We're in New York's Lincoln Center. The snow is coming down and the garden hoses that supply running water to the trailers are frozen solid. Still, the show goes on. Circus life can be a grind - and it isn't for everyone. A crewman, a trapeze artist, and even Artistic Director Paul Binder weigh...
Air date: 11/10/2010
Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623597761/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false We're in New York's Lincoln Center. The snow is coming down and the garden hoses that supply running water to the trailers are frozen solid. Still, the show goes on. Circus life can be a grind - and it isn't for everyone. A crewman, a trapeze artist, and even Artistic Director Paul Binder weigh... /episodes/get/1135 /episode/1135 Circus: Survival of the Fittest /episode-player/1135
Change On!
On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and the performers sent packing. Tensions are running high. Making matters worse, a seasoned company regular has been diagnosed with cancer and will drop out of the show. Lackluster ticket sales are not helping the situation. The next stop...
Air date: 11/10/2010
Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623753760/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and the performers sent packing. Tensions are running high. Making matters worse, a seasoned company regular has been diagnosed with cancer and will drop out of the show. Lackluster ticket sales are not helping the situation. The next stop... /episodes/get/1131 /episode/1131 Circus: Change On! /episode-player/1131
Born to be Circus
Many performers who grew up in the circus find it difficult to imagine another kind of life. Luciano and Gladis Anastasini who are in charge of this year's dog act, are no exception. Seven generations of circus performers have preceded them. Both grew up in the circus, and it is the only life they...
Air date: 11/17/2010
Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1623753774/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Many performers who grew up in the circus find it difficult to imagine another kind of life. Luciano and Gladis Anastasini who are in charge of this year's dog act, are no exception. Seven generations of circus performers have preceded them. Both grew up in the circus, and it is the only life they... /episodes/get/1130 /episode/1130 Circus: Born to be Circus /episode-player/1130
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