When I posted to my Facebook that I went to the circus and saw the clowns, some of my friends thought I was talking about a milonga. I went to a "real" circus and saw "real" clowns. It was at the Escuela de Circo Criollo , a circus school and where many circus' perform.
When you think circus you think 3 rings, lions, tigers, and of course clowns. Most circus' in the US are spectaculars, Ringling Brothers, Cirque du Soleil , and the smaller traveling circus'. Here in Buenos Aires there are many types of circus'. It is one more testimonial to the cultural base that lives here.
On Saturday when I was leaving the gym I ran into my friend Amy. She told me our friend Sol was here visiting from Ushuaia. She moved there to work for the government. She is a civil rights lawyer. Her team was the one that paved the way for the gay couple to marry down there. I always say that if Sol lived in the US, she would live in Berkeley and drive a beat up VW. She is an amazing woman.
The idea was for us all to meet around 10 in San Telmo. I had no idea we were going to see a circus. Neither did Amy. The Escuela de Circo Criollo is an old building in San Telmo. They gutted the inside to create the school. We paid 10 pesos to see the show.
It was wonderful! It was really a comedy show using clowns. They were hysterical. There were 2 acts. In each act there were 3 or 4 clowns who performed. The clowns were clever and humorous. I would go again. Even if you don't speak Spanish I think you would enjoy the show. Clowns are clowns and they entertain people.
We actually went to see Circo Trivenchi who were clients of Sol when she lived here. She saved their home from being destroyed by our mayor Mr. Macri. They are preforming on November 7. Instead we saw the performers from the escuela. No disappointment there.
I remember once about 4 years ago I was dancing with someone from San Francisco in a milonga here. He told me I was lucky because I could dance tango everyday and all day and night. He was shocked when I told him that I didn't. That there were many other things to do here. In disbelief he said to me "Really? Like what?" Now I could tell him "The circus."