Over the last few decades, we’ve seen how advancements in technology can improve our lives tremendously. We’ve witnessed incredible medical advancements and it’s never been easier to connect with others despite being separated by thousands of miles.
But humans aren’t the only ones to benefit from such innovation. Changing times and the growing number of people decrying abuse have pushed circuses to slowly phase out the use of live animals in their shows.
One in particular, though, still features performances of majestic beasts. But their bodies aren’t flesh and blood — they’re made entirely of light.
Circus Roncalli has entertained countless people in Germany since 1976, and even helped pioneer the movement to discourage cruel circus practices when they stopped using wild animals in the 1990s. They’ve since only used domestic horses, though recently, they’ve cut all live animals from their program. And their new act is just as spectacular, if not more, thanks to new technology.
Now trapeze artists and clowns are joined by mesmerizing holographic creatures. Roncalli’s agency, TAG/TRAUM, partnered with Bluebox and Optoma, a manufacturer of projection and audio products, to install 11 laser projectors for a truly magical experience.
At the world’s first holographic circus show, attendees can take in the beauty and wonder of all kinds of species. And they can do so with the satisfaction of knowing they aren’t causing any harm. No real animals suffer for these shows.
Now Roncalli is expected to pioneer a whole new kind of circus show — one that even animal rights activists can get behind. Soon, forced performances will be a thing of the past, Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International, says.
“This is the future of circus — a performance everyone can enjoy and for which intelligent, sentient beings are not used and depicted as objects of entertainment.”
We’re sure living in an exciting time, and for more reasons than one! Way to use technology to not only entertain, but to better the lives of animals, Roncalli! Get a taste of their dazzling holographic shows in the video below, and share to spread the word!
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