The Austrian circus phased out the use of wild animals in its shows in the 1990s, well before others began to take similar steps, and since then has only used domestic horses. But recently, the circus decided to stop using animals altogether.
The result is mesmerizing.
“Most of the numbers in the show would already be done by the artists and clowns today anyway,” the circus’ director told a German newspaper of the decision to end all animal performances. “The focus of the Circus Roncalli is on poetic and acrobatic numbers.”