D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus (formerly Circus Raj)
D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus has been specially created by Rhythms and Ragas in collaboration with Access All Areas and 30ips for touring in 2018 to celebrate Circus250, marking the 250th anniversary of the World's first circus appearing in London in 1768.
Rajasthan is home to the most elite of street circus performers; this fascinating region's legendary entertainment communities combine their amazing skills - with optional live musical support from the World famous Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band- in performing breathtaking acts of courage and bravery. Preserved over many centuries from the time of the Maharajas, they take this ancient, mystical and magical circus format to even greater heights.
The cast of dancers, puppeteers, aerialists, acrobats, musicians and rope walkers, with the eye-watering displays by their fakir, present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise.
Their spectacular, awe-inspiring and unique shows toured Europe extensively all through the summers of 2015 - 2017 under the name of Circus Raj, thrilling audiences of all ages at festivals, melas, community events and carnivals - including Glasgow, Southampton, Edinburgh and Leicester Melas, Walthamstow Garden Party and numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Bestival, Lunar, Imagine Watford, Richmond upon Thames, Readipop, Rhythms of the World IOW, Geronimo, Harwich, Middlewich FAB, Sziget in Hungary, Earigail in Ireland, SKIrcus, Stoppenden Verden and Forde in Norway.
The main video on this page here is the provisional line-up of the new D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus. The second one on the video page is the former Circus Raj group. A new video with the current line-up will be uploaded shortly. Meanwhile, the current videos are examples of the range of skills that make up a typical outdoor show; it can be modified for settings without the headroom for the aerial work, indoors or out. The group can also run workshops for children that include a short circus show and participation in juggling, simple acrobatics, balancing objects, dancing, singing and turban tieing.
The circus is suited to audiences of all ages, available in a street theatre format either in one location or on walkabout or as a fully staged outdoors circus show with a slack rope and other aerial equipment, backdrop and scenery.
Further information can be found by clicking HERE
photo credits. Farzana Neazi and Michael Whitewood