Making a human pyramid doesn't merely take balance--it also takes teamwork. Acrobats must trust one another and hold hands or they'll fall down. At the Jerusalem Circus, performers aren't only juggling balls and rings, they're also juggling complicated identities. Jew. Arab. Christian. Palestinian. Israeli. These labels can be as explosive as a circus cannon, but at the Jerusalem Circus, kids from all walks of Israeli society come together. When these performers build a complicated pyramid, they're not simply demonstrating athletic ability; they're demonstrating solidarity and building hope.
The Jerusalem Circus Association was founded as a non-profit organization in 1994, and since then aspiring acrobats and magicians have performed across the globe in this multicultural youth circus.
Jamie, a 12-year-old boy, says he enjoys participating in the circus "because it's a place where Arabs and Jews can come and be active in a fun hobby together." His friend Iris, 11, echoes that sentiment. The circus "opens you to all new forms of life," she says. "It's a place where you can come and be with children from all different backgrounds."