ARCHIVE 2001-2008: 2005 - TRAVELING CIRCUS
Members of the Xuzhou City Xiong Ying Xun Shou Tuan traveling circus live simple, somewhat nomadic lives of hard work and little pay. Though they have few resources for performance and travel, their performances are high energy, colorful and well coordinated displays.
China has over 250 circus troupes with at least 15,000 performers; surpassing the count from any other country. Contemporary Chinese traveling circuses are rooted over two thousand years to the Qin Dynasty, when acrobatic performances achieved new technical heights and became a popular form of entertainment.
These photographs are from one week in March spent traveling with the circus throughout Anhui Province.