Trust

Here is a video created by BuzzFeed and Cirque Du Soleil: Why trust is worth it

This is hardly a ground breaking concept and the tricks chosen don’t really scream ‘trust moves’ to anyone who has a working understanding of acro and it’s potential.

Perhaps the video feels a little cheesy because the text is spoken about the performers and not by them (possibly the accent and rhythm of the voice over just grates on me) it is still a bit of a style change for Cirque (with a capital C). Not a video I would straight away associate with their athstetic.

The video also doesn’t match the style or artistic choices for the show it is advertising, Totem. Not that it should, just interesting that it is a different approach to promotion from the normal ‘reporter in a harness on stage’ that we are all so used to seeing featured in the ‘and finally’ item on TV news. Perhaps this is the future of circus advertising?

Aesthetically it’s a move away from bad 1980s graphics and toward 1990s Calvin Klein adverts. But perhaps that’s just BuzzFeed having some artistic influence on the video?

Interesting collaboration anyhow.

Parkour before parkour

Parkour has risen in popularity over the last decade or so but as many know it’s not really a new art form. Before the tun of the last century John Higgins was a professional jumper bringing breathtaking jumps to the masses. In this video Mr. Higgins (54 years old at the time) shows of some of his skills and inventive stunts.

You can read a full article about Mr Higgins entitled ‘The Champion Jumper of the World’ by Oswald North first published in The Strand Magazine and reprinted in Charlie Holland‘s book ‘ Strange Feats & Cleaver Turns‘.

There is also some information about Higgins here (including reports of him jumping over a car and even hourse and cab).

Video of the week – The 3 Rebertis

According to rderitis on YouTube, “The magnificient Rebertis italian comedy acrobats, at Hollywood Palace (January 10, 1966, host Elizabeth Mongomery of “Bewitched”).
“They are the Bertolaccini family: Fernando (father), and Riccardo and Luciano (sons). This is barely the half of their full act.”