‘Circus Sarasota…Reviving the Art of Circus in America’
A Feature Documentary Film now in Post Production.
A Film by Lori Bowen

Pedro Reis and wife Dolly Jacobs, Co-Founders of Circus Sarasota give us the story of Circus, yesterday, today and tomorrow, in this important and entertaining film.
‘Circus Sarasota’ sheds light on a lifetime of Circus in America, seen through interviews and performances by today’s top circus talent working in America, including Nik Wallenda of the legendary Wallenda family. Our Big Top guides are Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs, the dedicated creators and Co-Directors of Circus Sarasota. How they began is a saga unto itself. He was a poor South African boy who literally ran off to join the circus. Dolly was royalty, the lovely daughter Lou Jacobs, famed circus clown.
Pedro is a twenty-five year veteran circus performer, Dolly a world-acclaimed aerialist. In 1997 they created Circus Sarasota, combining their years of experience and passion for the art of Circus. Today, they draw on talent from around the globe to create a five-star European-style circus with an American twist, and few equals in North America.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. And, oh, Circus is not a dirty word, but a well deserving art form poised for revival!”
–Pedro Reis, Co-Founder, Circus Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida is one of the world capitals of Circus. John Ringling moved his Circus here in the early twenties and built a dynasty, permanently affecting the city and its people. So important was the little winter tourist town to the idea of Circus that Cecile B. DeMille shot his epic ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ here in the 1950s, when Circus gained its highest level of popularity in America.

A work in progress, ‘Circus Sarasota’ broadens the artistic contribution of Circus, while raising the level and perception of American Circus to that of the other fine arts.

Since then, from the sixties to well into the nineties, Circus fell to a low level of interest as must see American family entertainment. Unlike Europe, where Circus has always been revered, America seemed to forget its role in preserving this great tradition. But Circus and its people have survived to bring back the true nature of the beast as great value, great entertainment, and great performing art.

“Circus Sarasota” broadens the artistic contribution of Circus, while raising the level and perception of American Circus to that of the other fine arts.

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