Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories

by Anna Carnick Photographer Paolo Ventura’s new book "Winter Stories" follows an old circus performer’s visions as he looks back on his life during his final moments. Wonderfully, Ventura built the protagonist’s haunting and melancholy world with his own bare hands, constructing incredibly detailed miniature sets from props he collected at flea markets, and then photographed them to appear life-size. The result is a dark …

Hula-Hooper Marawa Ibrahim

by Fiona Killackey A born performer, Marawa Ibrahim has been exciting audiences from Poland to Portugal since 2004 as a trapeze artist and hoola-hooper, who not only can keep a remarkable 50 hoops spinning but, as a "rubber-faced goof with impeccable timing," according to Hooping.org, brings a theatrical element to the stage as well. With glowing reviews of her work surfacing across the globe, including …

La Noche en Blanco: The Deambulants

This past weekend at Madrid's annual La Noche en Blanco, a city-wide, all-night arts and culture festival, I watched the Deambulants defy the laws of gravity at 00:30 in the Real Madrid stadium. The floor became the walls and the walls became the floor as the improvisational circus performers and acrobats scaled the stadium, mixing moves from circus acts and modern dance with bizarre, gravity-defying …