Zoppe Circus is an Italian Family Circus (since 1842) which tours North America. I photographed it in Napa in the beginning of October 2016.
This behind the scenes photo essay began on the final set up day and concluded with a performance the following day.
I cannot say as some do, that I ever thought of ‘running away and joining the circus’ as some do. I suppose I had a sense as to how hard one has to work and how grueling life on the road can be. Performances in Napa were for a mere 2 days and then everything was disassembled and it was back on the road. This gig had been preceded by ‘Oklahoma’ with an ensuing mad dash to California.
Not only was it a privilege to get a behind the scenes insight of to life on the road, I did not expect to be welcomed and accepted by the performers to the extent that I was, But more importantly I also got a strong feeling of the satisfaction and pride they get from their work. People refer to it just as ‘show business’ but I got a powerful sense that all the joy expressed in the performances is a genuine expression of how they feel for their audiences. I hope that comes across in the photos.
The photos in the gallery more or less follow the actual timeline, so the so called ‘best images’ are not highlighted.