A work in progress by Beauvais Lyons
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Conceived as a long-term work of parafiction, Circus Orbis will require as many as ten years to complete, and is intended to include props, costumes, a model of the “Splendarium Show Palace,” photographs, printed ephemera, and even circus music. The theme of the circus bridges fact and fiction, as it tests our understanding of the impossible and the plausible, fantasy and reality. The circus is a rich topic as it encompasses subjects including zoology (with the menagerie), anthropology (with its representations of “other” cultures), and even the concept of the museum (with the sideshow display).
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