Aside from funny clowns and heart-stopping trapeze, animals played a huge part in a circus. Unfortunately, due to reported abuses and maltreatment of these animal performers, as well as concern for public safety, animals were slowly banned across the world as far back as year 2000. Since then, circus performances have never been the same.
While many troupes respected the decision, one Germany professional circus founded in 1976 has taken an alternative route; it has, since 2019, using hologram of animals in its circus performances.
Circus Roncalli is the world’s first circus to do so and in the process, adding the much missed element of a circus sans the cruelty.
The German troupe has teamed up with projector maker, Optoma, to install laser projectors around the arena to project 360-degree 3D holographic images of various animals, including horses, elephant, and even fishes, on a specially developed, transparent and circular projection surface.
For this, and the outfit’s efforts in trying to conserve resources by reducing its transport costs and whatnot, the circus has recently been selected as a finalist at the German Sustainability Award 2021.
Images: Circus Roncalli.
Additional images: Mediengruppe Kreiszeitung.