Entertaining the crowds since 1976, Circus Roncalli has done something unimaginable – they have swapped out horses, lions and elephants for holograms. And the show remains spectacular.
Circus Rocalli decided to make drastic changes in aid of fighting animal cruelty in the booming industry.
The shows still feature tusks, tails and an array of acrobats and fiery circles, but in a world’s first, not a single animal is real. They recreated the magnificent 3D holographic imagery with projectors which fill an arena measuring 32 meters (105 feet) wide and 5 meters (16 feet) deep with a view of 360°, for the entire audience to enjoy.
TAG/TRAUM, Roncalli’s agency has joined forces with Bluebox who has partnered with Optoma who have installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors throughout the arena, providing for a mesmerizing experience.
Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox said, “We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance, and reliability. We needed a high contrast projector with great colors for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project.”
Their bold moves comes at a time where animal living conditions in captivity are under dire concern.
Activists have accused many circuses of severe cruelty such as beating, starving and keeping their performing animals under the most unsanitary conditions, being forced to perform for massive crowds night on night on very tight schedules.
A great example of the movement being made, the UK government has been presented with a legislation that would ban all travelling circuses from utilizing wild animals from the year 2020 on wards – a victory in its own.