The Wonderful World of the Circus in Sharm
“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN … AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES. WELCOME TO THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT EXTRAVAGANCY THE HUMAN EYE CAN BEHOLD… PLEASE WELCOME THE STARS OF THE PRODIGIOUS KIDS CIRCUS COMPANY ‘S MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH!!!” – The proud and loud voice of the Ringmaster calls to the crowd in the breeze of the winter evening by the stage at Genena City.
CIRCUS??? In Sharm el Sheikh? Who would have thought?
But the truth is, we do have a circus school in our city and they do have regular spectacular stage performances. On the 13th of December everybody was invited to enjoy one of their amazing performances at Genena City. The show told the audience a very special story; performed by the students of the Prodigious Kids Circus School who are all dedicated and well trained dancers and acrobats on trapezes and suspended hammocks.
The story, titled as “The Journey of Children”, started with babies being brought to our world by storks, innocent and pure. It continues following them growing up with their dreams to become someone special. One dreamt to become a supermodel, one a famous ballerina, and another is to be a princess and many more. Following their dream, working hard to become that special person, during the show they all achieve what they wanted to be, but in the process they all have lost the sight of human values, such as compassion and generosity. At a certain point during their life, they suddenly see how they became so materialistic and find their way back to being genuine, giving and caring people by sharing all the benefits they received with the less fortunate.
This in-depth story was depicted by an extraordinary performance of acrobats and artistic ballet dancing from all ages of the children – with the cooperation of the Sharm Ballet School. The performers had beautiful costumes and wonderful moves – a spectacular performance with the creative flair of a real world of the Circus. We saw the same characters in four ages, the same dresses, the same dream, but played by four different children of the corresponding age. The show ends – with all the children participating in the show – by putting their toys, awards and all they have into a big box to give to the poor children.
The story is an unbelievable life lesson, actually for all of us given by the tiny artists of the Circus School from the age of 3 till 15. Altogether 34 children and 2 adults performed this beautiful story through a perfect, one and a half hours long circus performance.
“ We wanted to send a message to the kids and adults of today, to stop being egocentric and materialistic, it’s great to work hard for our dreams and achieve what we want to be, but we need to remember always to share our blessings with the less fortunate for a better future for all of us.” – said the founder of the school, Erika Posse.
Erika started at her age of 6 with rhythmic and artistic gymnastics. Twirling and piano playing soon came into her life, and then she specialized in trapeze. She has now worked over 20 years in different circuses all around the world, especially in Italy and Spain. In 2010 she arrived to Sharm and one year later she started with her school for children with an aim for them to become real artists on the stage. The acrobats and the aerial techniques the school is teaches, are a very complex. It is difficult and the acrobats need alot of patience and strength. From the first lesson they dive into the world of performance with passion and from the moment they get confident with the tools in the air, this art gives the feeling of both the artist and the spectator, as if the whole act is simply dancing in the air.
“Many would say, “ Oh, but I can’t do that!” – but actually we all have what we need to become an acrobat: our own body. You win your fears with dedication, passion, practice and soon you’ll discover, that there are no limits of joy and confidence. But you need to try … and try again.”
The school gives lessons to children from the age of 3 up to adults, one can learn to become an acrobat on the trapeze or on aerial silk, can have lessons in twirling (majorettes ) or juggling and acrobatic gymnastics. All the dedication that leads to perfection teaches us discipline, patience, confidence, courage and endurance. This special skills show every age how to never give up and that our body is not only there for beauty, but it can move in a way we have never dreamed of before. Anybody can start to train by the school, who has a good medical condition, even if someone is overweight ( max 20 kg) they can still start to dance in the air. As for the costs, for 35 LE for kids and 50 LE for adults per lesson one can try their limits and discover the passion for something – they would have said before – impossible. They are flexible on the price, they have really convenient monthly subscriptions available. For more info call Erika on 01069185919.
Sharm el Sheikh is very unique in the way that it’s a multicultural city. So many different people from different nations gathered to live here; this makes Sharm a very flexible environment and ambience, when it comes to art. This city can easily become the Cradle of Art, especially when more and more educational and interesting schools are appearing around us, just like the Prodigious Kids Circus School. I wouldn’t wonder at all, if in the near future on any international and famous circus stage an artist would appear, who has started the carrier in our beautiful city, Sharm el Sheikh.
As far as we said, anybody can do it with enough dedication and passion, without any age or gender restriction, my only question is to you: “What are you waiting for !? “