The Art of Taking Risks: Circa

Written by Alyssa Pappas

Photo by A.Pappas

While experiencing the show ‘Circa: Humans’, I experiences more emotions in the process of an hour than what I regularly experience in a week.  Feelings of anxiousness, love, and intrigue were the most prevalent emotions felt throughout this performance.

The feelings of anxiousness were definitely the most prominent emotion I felt while watching the athletes in the show.  Maybe due to the fact that I have a gymnastics background, but I could definitely recognize the risks of all of the specific moves that the performers were doing.  They definitely took many risks tonight, as I could feel the same nerves that I would have as a gymnast before accomplishing a new skill.  With my background, I know the consequences of making a mistake and how easy it would be to make one.  So, I was very distracted with making sure that all of the athletes were okay and didn’t make any mistakes.

Photo by A.Pappas

Another feeling I felt while watching this performance was a feeling of love.  There were so many moves involving multiple people and I could truly feel the connection between all of the performers and how they really must be a big family.  This made me feel happy knowing that they literally had the support of one another.

Photo by A.Pappas

Overall, I was intrigued throughout the entirety of the performance. I was intrigued to see what they would do next, what would be the theme of the next performance, and if they would be successful in doing it.


The biggest thing of this performance for me was the amount of risks taken as well as the possible consequences of a small mistake to have been make.  Thankfully, there were no extreme mistakes so my concerns were fortunately denied.

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