BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – People և four-legged performers are set to return to Hungary’s largest traveling circus after the COVID-19 epidemic stopped its screening for more than a year.
The Florian Richter Circus is rehearsing from a small village just outside the capital, Budapest, at its unusual home in the town of Sada, carefully waiting for performances to resume.
Last year, the band was due to start its spring season, a state of emergency was declared in Hungary, and epidemic restrictions on “events” and public gatherings meant the circus had not made any money since.
“It’s been almost a year and a half, there is nothing. “Obviously I have to think at the same time as a businessman, an artist and a father,” said circus owner Florian Richter. “I am the engine of this circus, so I can not give up, I can not get excited.”
In addition to human performers, the troupe consists of nearly 50 different animals, including the Indian elephant Sandra, eight camels, five zebras, and three ponies, և 32 horses. “Feeding the animals, paying the keepers has exhausted almost all of the circus’ financial reserves,” Richter said, adding that he did not yet know when epidemic rules would allow performances to resume.
“It’s all money, money, money. “A lot of money has to be spent, because maintaining a farm of this size is very expensive,” he said.
Performers also need to be physically and mentally fit so that they can take action as soon as the restrictions are lifted. Florian’s son, circus artist Kevin Richter, said he and the other acrobats in the troupe had been rehearsing throughout the epidemic to “be ready for any opening.”
“It’s very difficult for all the members. “It is not easy to train without knowing what will happen tomorrow or even next month,” he said during a break from training with his acrobatic group. “We used this time to take new action to keep ourselves ready for any opportunity to premiere.”
In recent weeks, Hungary has begun to lift epidemic restrictions following a successful vaccination campaign. Further loosening of the rules is expected in the coming days, although deaths and infections remain high.
While the circus troupe hopes to move forward with its traditional summer premiere on July 1, its two-legged members realize that the epidemic could lead to another lost season.
“The situation of the virus may be such that it will be canceled, but not being ready is not an option for us,” Richter said. “This is what gives the whole team energy and motivation to stay united. Our goal is to present the best traveling circus show in the country. ”
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